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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Happy Birthday, America! A Star-Spangled Craft Program

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Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. for a craft program in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. We'll be making holiday wreaths, Uncle Sam masks, flags and pretend fire crackers. We stocked up on red, white, and blue construction paper!

This is for preschoolers through 5th grade. Preschoolers will need some help from their grownups. All supplies will be provided.

For some books on the holiday, click here.

Jenga Tournament!

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How high can you build the tower of wood bricks before it tumbles down? Come to the Pittsfield Branch Library on Tuesday, June 22nd from 2 - 3 p.m. and test your Jenga skills. We'll provide the games, you bring the steady hands.

Prizes at the tournament will be awarded to the top three finishers in two categories: grades K-2 and 3-5. As with all summer programs, we go by the grade you will be entering in the fall.

Beginning Genealogy

Ever wondered about your family history? Find out about the many genealogical resources available and how to use them this Thursday, May 12, at the Genealogy for Beginners class. This class will be held at the Pittsfield Branch of AADL, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Our staff will show how to use several genealogy databases and databases, including Ancestry and HeritageQuest, provide tips for getting started, and answer your beginning genealogy questions. If you have never conducted genealogical research before and want to know how to get started, then this is the class for you.

Michigan Reads Author Coming to Pittsfield Branch!

Michigan Reads is a one state, one children's book program that "highlights the importance of early literacy by focusing on a picture book by a Michigan author."

The Ann Arbor District Library is thrilled to be hosting the author of the 2009 Michigan Reads title, The Pout-Pout Fish. Deborah Diesen will be coming to the Pittsfield Branch at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. She will feature The Pout-Pout Fish as well as her new title, Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade. This will be a great program for the whole family.

Past Michigan Reads titles are Barnyard Song written by Rhonda Gowler Greene and illustrated by Robert Bender, Bed Hogs written by Kelly S. DiPucchio and illustrated by Howard Fine, Big Chickens written by Leslie Helakoski and illustrated by Henry Cole and Raccoon Tune written by Ann Arbor author Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Howard Fine.

Books will be on sale at the program, courtesy of Nicola's Books, and the author will be available for signing.

Make a Mother's Day Card and Flower!

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Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th. That's coming up very soon. But there is still time to create something very special for Mom. So all you dads of kids from preschool through grade 5 bring the kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, May 1 at 11:00 a.m. We'll provide the supplies and directions for making beautiful cards and large tissue paper flowers. Mom will be thrilled with the children's masterpieces.

The Library has one title about Mother's Day crafts. But I have found that the more plentiful Valentine's Day craft books work well with just a change of text. Here is a good online site, too.

Remember that President Obama will be town that morning so you might have to figure out some creative routes to the Pittsfield Branch Library if you're coming from the downtown area.

Ellie McDoodle Author Coming to Ann Arbor!

Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen Will Travel and Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School will be at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Ellie is an eleven-year-old girl who keeps a sketch journal about her family, her school, and her life. Reading these books is like getting into Ellie's personal diary. Her whole life is laid out in sketches and words. Come hear the author tell about how Ellie came to be and how these books are made; maybe you'll want to start telling your own life's story in words and pictures.

This program is for kids K - 5 and their adults. Books will be on sale at the program and the author will be available for signing.

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