It's Time for Spring Cleaning!

We're trying to clean out our supplies of craft materials so that we can make room for all the new stuff we'll need this summer. Here's a chance to let your imagination soar. We'll provide all kinds of materials, you provide the creativity. For preschoolers through third grade.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Traverwood Branch
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 17, 2009
Pittsfield Branch
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For some ideas, look here.

An Introduction to Vegetable Gardening

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Spring is here, it's time to garden! Learn the basics of growing your own food at the Traverwood branch this Thursday, March 26, 7 to 8:30pm when Melissa Kesterson from Project Grow visits the library to share her knowledge on topics such as learning how to identify the proper site for a garden, preparing the soil, laying out the garden space and planning your garden for the season.

Family Science Fun Workshops at Malletts Creek and Traverwood

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Children grades K - 5 and their caregivers will have two opportunities to explore science and learn all about the planets in our Solar System during our Family Science Fun Workshops-Beyond Earth: Exploring Outer Space! Planet Adventures! Workshops will be held on Saturday, February 28 at Malletts Creek from 10 to 11am and at Traverwood from 2 to 3pm. Make sure to browse the Youth department after the program ends for a book on outer space to bring home with you. This workshop is held in association with the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History and Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009, whose theme is The Universe: Yours To Discover. The full list of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads events appears here.

There's No People Like Snow People!

Come and get in out of the cold! Come to the Traverwood Branch on Friday, January 2, 2009 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. to make some charming snow people out of socks.
This program is for preschoolers through fifth graders. The preschoolers and very young children will need to have an adult stay with them. All supplies will be provided.

For stories about snow people, click here.

Kid Crafts - Make a Gift Coupon Book

Create a personal gift coupon book at the Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, December 23, between 10:00 and 11:30 am. using envelopes, ribbon and calligraphy pens. School ages and up are welcome. Younger ages will need help from an adult during the project. If you like to get into the mood for a craft, read The Book Of Coupons by Susie Morgenstern. It is one of my favorite "chapter books" to read aloud to elementary school age children.

Play the game GO!

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What's the oldest board game in the world?

If your answer is Go, a game of skill created in China about 4000 years ago, you'd be right. The outcome of this game is said to be determined by the quality of the decisions each player makes along the way. Click here for 10 reasons to try Go.

This Sunday, October 19, 2-3:30pm come join the Ann Arbor Go Club enthusiasts at Traverwood and learn to play Go!

Try Go Basics or Go for Beginners or just show up on Sunday.

I've Always Wanted to Learn to KNIT

It's 'Easy Knits' with Jillian Moreno and friends teaching basic stitches, sharing cool, simple patterns. Yarn will be supplied-bring needles if you have them, size 8, 10, or 12 will work for most basic patterns. Once you've learned the basic stitches at the 'Easy Knits' program you can move on to Easy Knitted Socks and work your way up to Knit Scarves! or choose something from Knitted accessories. Whether you want to start crafting holiday gifts or make scarves to wear with sweaters and winter corduroys, come join us and learn to knit Thursday, September 18, 6:30-8:30 at Traverwood. Grade 4 - Adult.

Check out patterns and samples here.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

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Learn how and when to sign with your baby or toddler to improve communication! Join us at the Mallett’s Creek Branch on Saturday, March 27 from 11-11:45am as Kathy Brady of Signing Smart guides you and your young one through games, songs, and other actitivities that make learning signs fun and easy.

TweenSpace goes undercover!

We're becoming Masters of Disguise this week at TweenSpace. Join us at the Northeast Branch, Tuesday, February 5th from 4:30 to 6 pm to create disguises and costumes. Make a silly mustache, an eye patch, your very own Wild West vest, or anything else your imagination dreams up. If you're a 4th or 5th grader go incognito this week at TweenSpace.

Not Just Any Tote!

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Start toting an AADL reusable bag. Beads, fabric markers, and iron-on material patches will be available to create your own look. Grades 6-12 @ Northeast.
1:00 - 2:30 PM

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