EVENT CANCELLED - UMS Educator Workshop: Arts Integration for 21st Century Learning

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the UMS Teacher Workshop scheduled for Pittsfield on Monday, February 4 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm has been cancelled.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Stay tuned for another upcoming UMS Education Workshop, which is happening on March 12, 4:30 - 6:30pm at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room. This will be a 'Reading Culture Book Club' where participants will be reading, India Calling.

Once Upon a Winter's Day

Join us on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Pittfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. for a cozy winter celebration. We'll have winter stories, songs by musician Sara Keller, a faux fireplace, hot chocolate and a fun craft.

We'll warm you up with this enjoyable family event. For children preschool through Grade 5 along with their grown-ups.

For some winter stories, click here.

Bring in the New Year!

Silly hats and loud noisemakers are part of the ritual of bringing in the new year.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
to make your own party supplies. This is for preschoolers through 5th graders
and their grownups. All supplies will be provided.

For more ideas, go to this website
that has many good ideas for kids' crafts.

Where My Peeps At?

Wednesday, March 20 | 6:00-8:00pm | Pittsfield Branch | 6th grade- Adult

Make a mini stuffed marshmallow Peeps bunny using felt and hand-sewing techniques! We’ll have all the Peeps-colored felt necessary to make the cutest little Peeps bunnies. Guaranteed to be a fun evening of sewing and chatting. Join us!

For more projects with felt, check out these books.

Block Printing Workshop

Tuesday, December 4 | 6:30-8:30pm | Pittsfield | Grades 6-Adult

In this workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block with the proper tools, and then print the image onto paper or note cards. This is your chance to create something to hang on your wall, or perhaps design a holiday card to send out.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have something you’d like to print on, or have your own tools, feel free to bring them. Check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, December 4, from 6:30-8:30pm. See you there!

Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Make your holiday table one-of-a-kind with decorations made by your children's loving hands.
On Wednesday, November 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.at the Pittsfield Branch we will be making table
decorations of all kinds.
There will be turkey centerpieces, colorful placemats, and napkin rings. Kids will also be
able to make a scarecrow centerpiece.
This is for preschoolers through fifth grade.
All supplies will be provided.

For more decorating ideas, click here.

Gordon Korman at AADL!!!!!!!

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Ann Arbor Public School students will get the day off. November 6th is also the day that author Gordon Korman will be coming to the Ann Arbor District Library!

His newest book, Ungifted, was just released in August and he'll be visiting southeast Michigan to talk about it. He'll be at our Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information about Mr. Korman, look here.

CANCELLED: Preschool Yoga

Preschool Yoga with Ananda Children's Catalina Arango that was scheduled for Saturday, November 3 at Pittsfield, has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

This event will be rescheduled for sometime in the spring. We hope you'll join us then, where preschoolers will enjoy combinations of stories and yoga poses that promote social skills and body awareness.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Poultry Expert Darrin Karcher, Ph.D. Discusses The Chickens: How To Keep Them Happy

Sunday, October 21 | 3:00 - 5:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch

Join Dr. Darrin Karcher, of Michigan State University's Department of Animal Science, and learn about basic management and care of chickens such as brooding, nutrition, lighting, disease management and ventilation. He will also discuss the evolution of the chicken from Red Jungle Fowl (which is thought to be the ancestor of the domestic chicken) to today. This event is cosponsored by The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

Dr. Karcher will return to Pittsfield Branch on Sunday, November 18 for a related discussion entitled The Eggs: What You Don't Know.

Look here for resources on chickens and chicken keeping at AADL.

Happy National Fossil Day -- Make a Fossil at Pittsfield October 17

Today, October 17, is National Fossil Day! The AADL is celebrating the day with a fossil making program at the Pittsfield branch from 7 - 8pm for grades K - 5. 'Rock' out with us and make your own cast fossil out of clay and plaster of paris while exploring a process that has created fossils in sedimentary rock for billions of years. We will also have fossils found in Michigan on display.

Fossils in the earth can be formed out of plants, or out of invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or out of vertebrates like dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Fossils are found in different forms too. Sometimes they are turned to stone or preserved in amber, and other times they leave an imprint in the earth that is filled in by different minerals, forming a cast. We will replicate the process of creating cast fossils.

You're welcome to bring a small, hard item that can fit in the palm of your hand -- for example, a dinosaur toy or a sea shell -- to the event or you can use the objects the library provides. Looking for more information on fossils? Check out these great books and videos from the AADL collection.

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