Moving Stories

There will be no sitting and listening in this storytime! We will move through the silly actions of the boy in The Squeaky Door and that trickster coyote using yoga poses. We might throw in a little laughter yoga too! If you are in Kindergarten or older join us at the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday February 25, at 2:00 pm.

Tile-Making Workshop: Motawi Tileworks

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Make your own impressed art tile, using Motawi's clay and tools. The nationally-renowned sibling duo of Karim and Nawal Motawi, co-owners of Ann Abor-based Motawi Tileworks will share their expertise about art tile and tell the story of the Boy Reading tile mural at the Pittsfield Branch. Your original art tile will be fired, glazed and available for pick up at Motawi Tileworks on December 22. Tiles make great gifts! There is no charge for this event.

Books that may inspire you ahead of time are, Handmade Tiles or Motawi Tileworks

Need a Centerpiece for Your Holiday Dinner?

Are you still looking for that perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table? Bring the kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, November 26 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. We will be making beautiful turkey centerpieces as well as napkin rings or placemats. Supplies (toilet paper rolls, construction paper, etc.) will be provided. For preschoolers through 3rd grade.

Tellebration!

It's Tellebration time again! This is one of my favorite programs for the family. On Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, join Tricia Travis, Jeff Doyle, Laura Lee Hayes and Judy Schmidt for stories about pirates, runaway tortillas, the circus and gigantic frogs!

Dealing with Biting Behaviors

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Do you have a pint-size biter on your hands? Whether it is out of frustration, exploration, or plain ol' swollen gums, toddlers are expressing something when they bite. Join Early Childhood Consultant Kathy Sims on Saturday, October 18 at 10:00am at the Pittsfield Branch to learn how to effectively deal with biting and other behaviors in young children. Young children are welcome. Toys will be available in the room.

Graphic Novel Bootcamp: Training in the Fundamentals of Comics Storytelling

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How is a graphic novel different than a comic book? Is it the length of the story, the format in which the story's printed, the genre or subject matter, or is there something more going on? Find out Sunday, September 28, 2008 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Pittsfield Branch Program Room .

Join cartoonist and teaching artist Mark Rudolph, author of the graphic novel Closing Doors (recently featured in a documentary aired on Detroit Public Television), in an interactive discussion and hands-on workshop that explores the unique affordances granted to a cartoonist when making a graphic novel. Learn some of the fundamental techniques used by professional cartoonists as you create some of your own comics work. Discover some of the idiosyncratic storytelling possibilities facing an author of "long form" comics stories.

Supplies will be provided. All you need to bring is your imagination and the urge to create!

Aging Gracefully

Coming into Our Years is a gathering at Pittsfield Branch on Sept. 8, 7-8:30 pm, where Jeanne Mackey, MSW, will use song and discussion to recognize and celebrate the opportunities of aging for men and women. AADL has a rich collection of books and other materials full of insight about this topic and the many arts related to it. Just do a keyword search of aging at aadl.org for a listing with reviews.

Scrapbooks From Scratch

Bring your collected items (photos, ticket stubs, sports ribbons, etc.) from home and create your own scrapbooks.
Thursday, August 7, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. Grades 6-12.
Check out Cool Scrapbooks or The Simple Art of Scrapbooking to get inspired. See you there.

YoYo Genius of Michigan

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Calling all kindergarteners through 5th graders to take a glimpse at a Yo-Yo master. Come to the Pittsfield Branch at 11 AM Wednesday, July 30 for a great show with YoJake. During National Turn Off the TV week, YoJake picked up a yo-yo and has not been able to put it down since. See the latest yo-yo tricks and skills from someone who has competed all around the nation! Extreme yo-yoing is not just "walk the dog" any longer!

Learn your own crazy yo-yo moves from these cool books:
Awesome Yo-Yo Tricks by Shar Levine
Yo-Yo’s: Tricks to Amaze Your Friends by Ingrid Roper

I Can Make That!

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With only a few craft supplies, put together tiny characters that look like fairies or superheroes.

Wednesday, July 2 | 4:00-6:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch | Grades 6-8 See you there.

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