Still Looking for a Centerpiece for Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Are you still waiting to find the centerpiece that will make your Thanksgiving table picture perfect? Let the young artists in your family make one. At the Pittsfield Branch Library, on Wednesday, November 24, from 2 - 3 p.m. we will be constructing turkey centerpieces that will be sure to impress your dinner guests. What could be more elegant than a stuffed brown bag with multi-colored paper feathers attached to the back?

This program is for children preschool through Grade 5. All bags and feathers will be provided.

For more decorating ideas, look here.

Author and Illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee Visit the Library

On Friday, November 5, 2010 Philip and Erin Stead, author and illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee will be at the Pittsfield Branch Library at 10:00 a.m.
The book tells the story of what the animals do when a beloved zookeeper gets sick.
This will be a very special program for preschool age children. It is rare that children get to meet the author and the illustrator of a book at the same time.
The Steads are Ann Arbor residents. This is their first book together.

Hula Hoopla

Hula-HoopHula-HoopHave you been searching all the stores for the perfect hula hoop? Are the hoops you find too small or too light or just the wrong color? AADL has your solution: Hula-Hoopla! Join us to use tubing and duct tape to make a unique hula hoop just for you!

Come to the Pittsfield branch on October 2nd and join in on the fun!

Hula-Hoopla! | Saturday, October 2 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Pittsfield | Grade 4-Adult

A little preview?

Here is your chance to hear some of the tales that will be told by Corinne Stavish at the National Storytelling Festival this fall. Corinne has been invited to the festival, which draws a crowd of thousands, numerous times as a teller and emcee. She joins us to present Guilt Trips: Roads Taken...And Not With Award-Winning Storyteller Corinne Stavish. On Thursday, August 26th, bring your sense of humor and Corinne will give us a taste of her fun and feisty stories for the adult crowd!

Pittsfield Branch | Thursday, August 26th | 7:00-8:00 PM

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Create Something! Make it Happen!

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In the last year we have had many, many different craft programs. We've covered holidays (Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Mother's Day, etc.) and themes (Mexican Folk Art, Hawaiian Luau, etc.). And there are always art supplies left over after each program. Now we're trying to clean out all of our supply closets to get ready for the new fall and winter programs coming up.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. and see how creative you can be. We'll provide a wide variety of supplies, you provide the ideas.
For preschool through grade 5.

For some good ideas, take a look at the books Rosie O'Donnell's Crafty U or Crafts for Kids by Gill Dickinson.

Hawaiian Luau Craft Program

Let's pretend we all can take a Hawaiian vacation. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. for an island experience. We'll be making grass skirts and floral leis. You'll be ready to learn the hula! This program is for preschoolers through 5th graders. All supplies will be provided, light refreshments will be served.

For children's books about Hawaii, click here.

Magic Shows With Local Magician Jeff Wawrzaszek

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Everyone loves magic shows. And we've got two opportunities for you to enjoy a great magic show with Jeff Wawrzaszek. This local magician returns to the Library for two shows on Tuesday, July 27. At 2:00 p.m. he'll be at the Pittsfield Branch on Oak Valley Drive. At 7:00 p.m. he'll be at the Malletts Creek Branch on Eisenhower Parkway.
What a great way to enjoy a summer day!

Then try learning some magic tricks on your own with these books.

Pizza Party and Book Swap!

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The 2010 Summer Reading Game is about halfway through. Do you need something new and exciting to read to finish up? Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, July 20th at noon for a Pizza Party and Book Swap. Bring a gently used book of your own that you are willing to give away and you can swap with someone who has a title that you might want to read. And while all this trading is going on . . . everyone can have pizza for lunch! This is for children preschool age up through 5th grade.

For a good recommended summer reading list, click here.

Jean Pocket Purses

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We'll have the jean pockets, ribbons and beads for you to create a masterpiece purse. Join in the 'Make It Happen' summer theme and create something crafty. If your handiwork leaves you inspired, later you may branch out and try something else along the lines of jazzy jeans. See you there at Pittsfield, Wednesday, July 14, from 2 - 3:30 pm. Grades 6-12.

Incredible Art of Cake Making - Rescheduled!

After having to cancel this event this past weekend due to a tornado warning we're happy to announce it's been re-scheduled! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 22, 2:00-3:30 PM at the Pittsfield Branch. Fans of TV shows like Ace of Cakes and Food Network should join us for an afternoon of learning and cake tasting with Ann Arbor cake artist Heather Anne Leavitt. Heather trained in sculpture at the U and her cakes show it. Heather has assisted on a some challenges on the Food Nework!

Learn about the magic of fondant and how those gravity defying cakes actually stand up. This event is free of charge of requires no registration.

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