TEENS ages 14-18! New Volunteer Opportunities this Summer

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If you like meeting people and explaining new things, OR if you like assisting librarians with fun hands-on programs, OR if you like working behind the scenes packaging up special summer orders, then AADL has some work for you between June 20 and August 18.

What do you need to do? Stop by a branch starting May 19 to pick up an application and information sheet. NOTE: you MUST be age 14-18 and able to attend an orientation at the Downtown Library on 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20. Complete the application and permission slip. Return it to the branch no later than June 10. Library staff will contact the adult references you list to be sure you are qualified to volunteer and let you know if you are part of the summer AADL volunteer crew.

This summer’s game is for all ages but only you, our teens, will get to help on the inside. Stop by today and pick up an application!

May School Visits for Summer Programs

Librarians are visiting schools in May to announce 2011 Summer Reading programs at the Library. You can find the titles Librarians are talking about in the Library website Public Lists.

Remember! When School ENDS, ... Summer Programs BEGIN !!
Let the Games begin.................

Great Listening: Sherman Alexie reading his young adult novel

The best part of the AADL Summer Reading Game for me was listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie who narrates the BOCD. I love Alexie’s teenage-sounding voice as he assumes the role of his character, 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, a Spokane Indian and the star of this semi-autobiographical novel. Arnold, who was born with water on the brain and is bullied on the reservation, loves to draw and says this about his cartoons: “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny lifeboats.“ When Arnold transfers from the reservation school to the white high school in a nearby town -- that is when I started driving longer routes and hoping for more red lights, so I could hear more of the story on my car CD player before arriving at my destination.

Kid Bits - Sidewalk GAMES

1 month left before "BACK to SCHOOL"
Forgot your games and rhymes?
Check these out to review and learn new ones:
Juba This And Juba That a “handy reference for home as well as schools, libraries, and day care centers.”
Miss Mary Mack and other Children’s Street Rhymes provides jump-rope rhyme, ball-bouncing rhymes, counting-out rhymes, and just-for-fun rhymes.
Sidewalk Games where everyone can join in the fun. “You won’t want to stop running around.”
Anna Banana: 101 Jump-Rope Rhymes traditional rhymes that “make rope-jumping challenging and fun.”
Now ... to the sidewalk for practice and fun.
Then teach your friends when you're back in school!

Make It Happen In Ann Arbor: Photo Contest Exhibit

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Summers in Ann Arbor are so awesome that we invited the public to share snapshots of what makes it happen for them in the Make It Happen In Ann Arbor Photo Contest. This contest was for youth (preschool and up), teens and adults who were all encouraged to show their favorite summer in Ann Arbor photo! This special contest was one of many summer events centering on the Summer Reading program theme – Make It Happen.

Create Something! Make it Happen!


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


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.

Kid Bits - Stories Make History Happen

I love historical fiction! It makes history happen by telling a story.

I just read One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. I was in High School in 1969. in 2010, I now know more about the social climate in San Francisco and community roots of the Black Panther movement, than I ever did. Three young girls have been raised by Father and Grandmother in New York City. The summer of t he story, they are sent to live with Mother in San Francisco. The mother is a poet, and has a printing press in the kitchen. The girls come to know their mother, and begin to understand why she left.

Countdown is the newest book by Deborah Wiles, and sets the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis in.

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.

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