Make Your Own Cast Fossil

Wednesday, October 17 | 7-8pm | Pittsfield | Grades K-5

National Fossil Day is October 17! '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 invertebrates like mollusks and arthropods, or 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 -- 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.

Author of 'Ungifted' To Visit AADL

In the delightful teen novel Ungifted, by Gordon Korman, Donovan Curtis's devilish prank lands him in boiling water at Hardcastle Middle School. He escapes punishment when administrators accidentally transfer him to the school for gifted students. Braniacs and teachers there sense something is off -- but Donovan also brings a certain unique, welcome spark to the school. Gradually he makes a place for himself on the robotics team, and later offers up his pregnant sister for observation in a human development course. Each chapter of this witty, imaginative story starts with the narrator's name and IQ.

Engaging and entertaining, the novel is a fun read and hard to put down. It was the first book by Korman that I have read, and I was happy to learn he has written more than fifty middle-grade and teen novels, including the bestselling titles The 39 Clues: One False Note and Schooled. When Korman was in seventh grade, his English teacher told the class they could have 45 minutes a day for four months to work on a story of their choice, according to Bowker Author Biography. Korman began This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, which became his first published book. Gordon Korman will visit the AADL Pittsfield Branch on November 6 at 3 pm in an event for Grades 4-12.

TINY TOES Dancing @ Pittsfield Branch

Join Morgan Grubola ... Dancer, and Teacher for a one-of-a-kind program @ Pittsfield Branch Library.
The program will take place Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 10:00 -10:40 a.m.
Morgan's training is classical ballet and she brings a new perspective to preschool music and movement experience.
Morgan is also the author of Tiny Toes: A Creative Movement Class for Young Children.
"Tiny Toes" is especially for Preschool Ages with their Adult companions.

Don't forget to bring your toes!

Screen Printing Workshop!

Monday, September 24 | 7-8pm | Pittsfield Branch | Grades 6-Adult

During this hands-on workshop you'll get a chance to screen print onto paper or cloth, using ready-made screens and designs. You’ll have a choice between printing an adorable animal design onto a tote or tea towel we supply (or on a cloth item that you bring in), OR you can print an AADL dinosaur design onto cardstock. That’s right, we’ll have two snazzy designs and two screen printing stations set up, ready for you to DIY.

To learn more about screen printing, check out these books as a resource. This DIY event is for Grades 6- Adult, and takes place at Pittsfield on Monday, September 24, from 7-8:00pm. See you there!

LEGO Connection

Sunday, September 23 | 1-2:30pm | Pittsfield | Grades K-5

Calling all young LEGO maniacs... Join us for a LEGO adventure! Here’s a chance to get connected with other LEGO-minded people and build great things at the library! During this drop-in, open-build event we’ll have a load of LEGO bricks for you to use to make something cool as you make new friends. At the end of our adventure the LEGOs will stay at the library before you head off on your next adventure.

If you’re looking for books for some LEGO inspiration, check out AADL’s collection of great LEGO books! We’ve got books including how to build stuff, the history of LEGOs, and even stories featuring minifigs!

Sound Science!

Thursday, August 30 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Malletts Creek Branch Program Room

Make a joyful noise! For thousands of years, folks in Australia have been using a musical instrument called the Didgeridoo to create music. In this Summer Science program, we'll be turning an ordinary object into a maker of this big cool sound and learning about the science that explains the noise, too!

Here is a list of cool books about sound and music science.

This event is for grades K - 5.

Family Camp-in at Pittsfield!

Haven't had a chance to camp yet this summer? Join us at the Pittsfield Branch
on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 7 - 8 p.m. as we have our annual camping night.
This year we'll feature moose. They can be very funny, those mooses.
We'll have a campfire that we'll gather around. We'll have Sara Keller lead us in
some camp songs, hear a couple of moose stories, eat s'mores and make
moose antlers to wear. What a fun night for the whole family!

Trash Tanks Science Program

Saturday August 11 | 3:00 - 4:00pm | Malletts Creek Branch

Interested in what happens to our trash? Have you ever wondered what types of items decompose? Visit us at the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday August 11 to build your very own trash tank. We will use common household items, soil, and water to start your experiment. You will also receive the tools you need to continue the experiment over the summer. After all, trash doesn't decompose over night!

More resources for those interested in this program can be found here. You can also see all the other featured events and science programs in the summer JUMP brochure.

Make Your Own Board Game

Calling all kids in grades K - 5 to come use your imaginations to make your own board game.
On Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m at the Pittsfield Branch we'll have all the boards and supplies
that you need to map out an adventure. Build your own game board, write your own rules, invent
your own characters.

For other game ideas, look here.

Build a Better Bubble Science Program

Monday August 6 | 1:00 - 2:00pm | Traverwood Branch

Do you like bubbles? Have you ever used your own home-made bubble solution? Blowing bubbles is a fun activity and through this science program, you will be able to experiment with various home-made bubble solutions.

You can also check out our summer JUMP brochure for lots of other fun science programs.

Along with putting your observation skills to work, you will also be able to make your own bubble wands and take a sample of a bubble-solution home with you. Look here for more resources on bubbles at AADL.

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