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"Write On!" Contest Guidelines are now posted!

Young writers in 3rd-5th Grade may now view the 2015 "Write On!" Short Story Contest Guidelines! The "Write On!" Short Story Contest is now three years old and has received a total of 200 submissions from previous years! Keep the stories coming, writers of Ann Arbor and beyond!

"Write On!" will begin accepting submissions on Monday, February 9.

Need some help getting started? Check out the Writing Resources page. For more information about the contest, please visit the contest home page.

Happy writing!

PreK BITS - "R" is for Rules

Ms. Rachel brought bears to demonstrate etiquette this week.
Some rules are recommended for real bears.
Some rules are recommendations for toy bears.

NEVER ASK A BEAR shows consequences for errors with real bears.
BROWN BEAR IN A BROWN CHAIR demonstrates difficulties a toy bear experiences in a brown chair.

For more recommended titles regarding etiquette,.. and sometimes bears ... try the following:
TEA PARTY RULES by Ame Dyckman
TIPTOE JOE by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
BIG BAD BRUCE by Bill Peet
MR. TIGER GOES WILD by Peter Brown
SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR by Judy Sierra

PreK Bits - Q is for Quilt

Ms. Rachel's storytime was brought to you by the letter "Q" this week.

A FAR-FETCHED STORY ends with a "far-fetched story quilt" to keep the family "warm as folklore" through the winter.
"Five Plum Buns In The Bakery Shoppe" is a rhythmic counting poem about disappearing buns in the bakery shoppe.
Each customer enters the shoppe to buy a bun "with a quarter in their hand".
The rhyme is traditional and has been passed down orally. A recorded version was not found in the library.
OWL AT HOME tells of the night there are "Strange Bumps" under Owl's quilt, when he is trying to go to sleep.
Children left with a stamp on their hand of a "quarter moon" smiling at them ....

Here are more stories featuring quilts, since quilts are full of family stories about each patch.
MOOSHKA A QUILT STORY by Julie Paschkis, and The KEEPING QUILT by Patricia Polacco, are Jewish immigrant quilt stories.
PAPA And The PIONEER QUILT by Jean Van Leeuwen, an historical story from the American westward pioneer era.
SHOW WAY by Jaqueline Woodson, an historical story of how quilts led slaves north to freedom.
LUKA'S QUILT by Georgia Guback, an Hawaiian quilt story.
The QUILT by Ann Jonas, of warm memories playing under the quilt.
SAM JOHNSON And The BLUE RIBBON QUILT by Lisa Campbell Ernst, a story of Sam the Farmer who found he enjoys sewing. Now he wishes to join his wife's quilting circle.
So then ... save your favorite scraps and make a quilt that tells YOUR stories.

PreK Bits - Princesses and Pirates

Ms. Rachel told stories of Princesses and Pirates in honor of the letter "P".

PRINCESS PENELOPE's PARROT ... the Parrot and Penelope meet on her birthday.
We sang "The Pirate Song". You can find a version on the CD recording PETER PAN or see the lyrics and motions for "When I Was One" found on the website Macaroni Soup!..
PIRATE PETE's TALK LIKE A PIRATE is a requirement for being hired as crew.

For more stories of princesses and pirates, try the following titles:
PRINCESSES ARE NOT JUST PRETTY by Kate Lum.
The PRINCESS And The PEAS by Caryl Hart.
SHIVER ME LETTERS: a Pirate ABC by June Sobel
1001 PIRATE THINGS TO SPOT by Rob Lloyd Jones.
NO PIRATES ALLOWED! SAID LIBRARY LOU by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
OLIVE's PIRATE PARTY by Roberta Baker.
For more pirate songs try JAKE And The NEVERLAND PIRATES and SEVEN CLEVER PIRATES.
Sing along with Captain Bogg and the Pollywog crew on the CD recording PEGLEG TANGO.
Listen to "Ballad Of Dirty Joe" and more stories and songs, on Bill Harley's CD recording BLAH BLAH BLAH.
One of my all-time favorite stories is on this recording ... "Joey, Chloe And The Swamp Monster".
AarrrR ! ... and Enjoy!

PreK Bits - Odd One Out

Ms. Rachel presented stories of "one" in Preschool Storytime.

"One Lonely Candle" - a "Happy Birthday" story with props and sound effects ... from oral tradition.
JUST ONE MORE is a new book by Jennifer Hansen Rolli.
TEN IN The BED is a traditional nursery song ... that pushes everyone out, until only one is left in the bed.
Who's in the bed? "O" creatures ... Owl, Otter, Octopus, Opossum ...
Who's left? One Baby Owl ... and .... one Papa Owl!

Here are more stories of ONE:
ONE DROWSY DRAGON by Ethan Long. A Dragon bedtime countdown.
ONE TWO, THAT's MY SHOE! by Alison Murray. And the dog runs away with the shoe!
ONE TOO MANY: A Seek & Find Counting Book by Gianna Marino. For finding and counting farm animals.
ODD ONE OUT: A Spotting Book by Britta Teckentrup. A NEW seek & find book.
ONE LIGHTHOUSE ONE MOON. A classic counting book by noted author and illustrator Anita Lobel.
ONE HUNDRED HUNGRY ANTS. A classic counting book by noted author and illustrator Elinor Pinczes.
ONE HUNDRED THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY by Amy Schwartz. A NEW book with numbers more than ten!

Abilities over Disabilities - PreK - 7th grade

There are many "human ability" stories and exercises that deserve to be shared and discussed with kids.
People request "stories for kids" especially when issues arise in school or family life.
Here are two public lists especially for kids through elementary school ages.
There are stories of real people who have lost abilities many take for granted.
These are stories of surprise, determination and success.
Some include simple life-style enhancements such as ... eyeglasses and good friends.
Others explain trained animal assistants, braille, prosthetics, insight ... and also humor.

This list is dedicated to stories of Autism, and Aspergergers spectrum disorders
Autism and Aspergers - Grades K - 6

This list spans as many abilities as possible, yet includes some stories from Autism spectrum too.
Abilities over Abilities - Grades PreK - 7

PreK Bits - Noisy!


Ms. Rachel's Storytime featured noises this week.
TOO MUCH NOISE! ... said Peter, and the Rabbi had a solution.
We sorted noises .... from Leslie Patricelli's book QUIET. LOUD!
We danced the "Noisy-Pokey" ... clapping IN, snapping OUT, stomping ALL about!
And we read the rhyming storybook NOISY NORA by Rosemary Wells ... Nora experiences complex feelings on one complex day.

For more Noisy Stories try the following:
TICK TOCK DRIP DROP A Bedtime Story by Nicola Moon
HOLLER LOUDLY by Cynthia Lettice Smith ... a tall tale that finds the best job for a boy named "Holler"
The MOUSE THAT SNORED by Bernard Waber ... there was a quiet man and a quiet woman who lived in a quiet little house until ... the mouse!
MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT And The NOISY PROBLEM by Chris Monroe.
The LOUD BOOK and the QUIET BOOK ... both by Deborah Underwood ... offers sound (and silences) that deserve pause for thought.
ZOOM! ZOOM! Sounds Of Things That Go In The City by Robert Burleigh
NOISES from the Stories To Go kits

JUMP CUTS: Video Shorts of Rhymes, Songs and Stories Performed by Library Storytellers!

Did you know that the team of talented librarians and storytellers who entertain, inspire and educate hundreds and hundreds of babies, toddlers, parents and families at our Baby Playgroups and Preschool Storytimes perform thirteen storytimes, at four locations, every week, all year round?

We now have fun, short and entertaining videos of our staff performing rhymes, songs and short stories! Each video is just a short sample from a Baby Playgroup or Preschool Storytime. Seasoned attendees will enjoy being able to practice their favorite parts at home and newbies will appreciate the sneak peak at what AADL has to offer.

Check out Miss Rachel and musician, Sara, performing their Preschool Storytime “Hello, Hello” song. Story Laura presents several bits of her Baby Playgroups with A Tisket, A Tasket, Bell Horses with musician, Sara, Peek-a-Boo and her short Teddy Bear story. We’ll be releasing more videos as we can. Let us know what you think!

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PreK Bits - Famous Mice

Boing! Boing! Squeak! There's a mouse around the house!
Ms. Rachel brought famous characters from her mouse house to tell their stories in Storytime.

THERE'S A MOUSE In The HOUSE is a Reader by Wendy Lewison
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE is one famous mouse from the classic sequential-story books by Laura Numeroff
MOTHER MOTHER I WANT ANOTHER is a mouse mother's tale of putting young mouse to bed.

Here are more famous mice (and their authors) in young children's literature.
Ellen Stoll Walsh's mice introduce toddler concepts such as The ALPHABET.
Monique Felix's mice also present toddler concepts such as MOUSE PAINT
or find ... preschool concept-building such as SEQUENCING and PATTERNS ... in the STORIES to GO kits.

Rosemary Wells' mice play-out and resolve preschool emotions such as TIME OUT FOR SOPHIE
Lucy Cousins' mouse Maisy has many adventures such as MAISY, CHARLIE And The WOBBLY TOOTH
Kevin Henkes' mice play-out and resolve early school emotions such as CHRYSANTHEMUM and CHESTER'S WAY.
MOUSE WAS MAD by Linda Urban has a famous temper tantrum.
Katherine Holabird's mice play-out ballerina fantasies beginning with introduction of ANGELINA BALLERINA
And then there is LIBRARY MOUSE and more by Kirk Daniel
Boing! Boing! Squeak! Run. Catch 'em!!

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