Take a Hike! @Lakewood Nature Area

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Tonight at 7pm, join the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff in a botanical walk through Lakewood Nature Area. Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake. This event is held in conjunction with the summer reading program, Local Motion, which encourages the use of local neighborhoods, gyms, recreational facilities and outdoor areas to move and get fit!

Kid Bits - Pencil Action

Got Pencils or Crayons? Get Movin'....
The NEW Books Shelf has NEW Drawing Books for Kids.
You might be an Artiste!
How To Draw Incredible Cars
Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need
Draw 50 Baby Animals
Draw 50 Princesses
Ed Emberley's Drawing Book: Make A World
The Draw 50 Way
You might even illustrate your own book someday.

Motion Monday

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We've all heard time after time that childhood obesity is on the rise. The next sentence or paragraph usually says something about exercise, maybe outdoor activities. Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine published one of these articles in their June/July issue. In this article they suggest bringing inside toys to the playground, planting a garden, turning a hike into a scavenger hunt or having a back yard dance party as suggestions for fun ways to introduce or add more exercise. You can see the article here. If you're looking for more local suggestions, ArborWiki is worth a look. Have fun!

Summer Reading = up, stress = down.

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Library summer reading programs evolved from studies that show that students who do not read during the summer lose some of the gains that they made during the previous academic year.

Translation: children who read during the summer do better in school in the fall.

First Time Camper Program

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Have you been meaning to give camping a try? If so, the “First Time Camper” Program might be for you. This program, sponsored by Gander Mountain, aims to provide an opportunity for new campers to experience both campers and the outdoors. Equipment, instructions, gear and information are provided at an economic rate.

In order to help new campers prepare for their experience, each group receives a welcome kit that outlines what to expect, pack and wear. After check-in, DNR staff help participants through the process of setting up camp and settling in.

For more information about the program, including a list of participating parks and recreation areas click here.

Happy camping!

Summer Reading Program 2009: Local Motion

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Summer reading time is here!

This year the theme for AADL’s summer reading program is Local Motion. All summer long we will offer a variety of programs around this theme including nature walks, jump roping, dancing, and rock climbing. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about health topics and being active or would like to participate as an audience member, there is something here for you.

All ages are invited to play the summer reading game (June 12-August 14). You can even register online. The youth game includes incentive stamps and prizes along the way to reading or listening to 10 books. Teens have many choices of activities to complete the game and become eligible for a prize drawing. Adults, yes, there is something for you too.

Join us at for our Summer Reading Kick-off concert at The Ark! Local act, Gemini, will get kids moving to rousing music from around the world. Families will have the opportunity to register for the summer reading program at this concert. We hope to see you there Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 PM.

The popular Lego Contest, Graffiti Art Contest and Manga Drawing Contest are back this year, and this year's details are available now.

At the end of the day, we hope you have fun this summer, and we want to be a part of that fun! We hope to see you this summer.

Glue & Go Costumes for Kids: Super-Duper Designs with Everyday Materials

Summer is a good time to get creative. How about getting a headstart on your Halloween costume? Especially if that means you'll have the best costume ever!

Summer Reading Kick-Off!

What a treat to celebrate summer reading with two of the most talented and well-read performers that A2 is proud to call our own! When San and Laz, the Gemini Brothers, are not browsing our library shelves, they are treating audiences all over the country to their delicious blend of traditional and original songs. Imagine a free Gemini concert at the awesome Ark on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:00 pm and you can sign up for the Summer Reading Program to boot!

Taste of Ann Arbor and Delicious Summer Reading

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Want to be the very first person to sign up for the Local Motion Summer Reading Program? Visit us at the Taste of Ann Arbor and get an early start on reading. We will have jump ropes, hoola hoops, sidewalk chalk and other old fashioned summer fun to kick-off Local Motion. If you have never experienced Taste, it is one of the great “welcome summer” Ann Arbor days and AADL is proud to be part of it. The next Local Motion event is right around the corner!

Teen Volunteers Needed at AADL

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AADL needs teen volunteers to help sign up summer reading participants June 12-26. Interested? You need to:

-be in grades 6-12 in the fall,
-attend training Friday, June 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m.,
-work both weeks (June 12-June 26).

Stop by the branch (West, Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, or Traverwood) at which you are interested in helping. Go to the reference desk, sign up, and take forms to complete. Return completed forms by Friday, June 5.

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