AADL Summer Game Begins!

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Get Started playing AADL's all new Summer Game for All Ages today! Earn points for using YOUR library, going to events, reading/listening to books, watching movies, posting reviews! Get prizes for completion (kids get a mid-way prize, too). Get the details at play.aadl.org!

Summer Reading Kick-off Concert At Top Of The Park Featuring The Board Of Education

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Sunday June 19, 2011: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

Kick off the 2011 AADL Summer Reading Game at this family-friendly concert with the Seattle-based band, The Board Of Education, on the Rackham stage!

Sign up for the AADL Summer Reading Game at the concert, and learn how attending this event may put you in the lead for great summer reading prizes. This event is presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and is also the first in the Kids Rock Series@TOP - a Sunday series of concerts at Top of the Park, presented by AADL and the Summer Festival.

Enjoy The Board of Education's trademark encyclopedic silliness and irresistible hooks - perfect for ages 7-12 to rock out to with their parents!

Write Songs That Rock! With The Board Of Education

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Ever wanted to perform a song you wrote yourself? Learn the tricks of the trade from the Seattle-based band, The Board of Education. BOE lead singer, children's novelist Kevin Emerson and his bandmates will give you some great tips at this songwriting session.

After jamming with them here, be sure to catch their performance at the library's summer reading kick-off event at Top of the Park later that night!

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and 826Michigan.

Sunday June 19, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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!

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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.

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