Magic Shows With Local Magician Jeff Wawrzaszek

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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.

Finger Knitting with Jillian Moreno

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Did you know that you can knit without using needles? If you're in grades K - 3 come to the Traverwood Branch on Wednesday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m and learn how to do some finger knitting. Knitting expert and author Jillian Moreno will show us how. We'll provide the yarn, you provide the fingers.

For children's books on knitting, click here.

Annie's Ghosts = Memoir + Mystery + History

Steve Luxenberg, an editor at the Washington Post, wrote a fascinating 2009 book chronicling his search for Annie Cohen, his aunt hidden from family history for years in Eloise mental hospital in Detroit. The book is Annie's Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret. Luxenberg grew up believing his mother was an only child, but after she died in 1999, he pursued the secret of her mildly retarded sister -- through letters, archives, and interviews. Meticulous investigative reporting gives the book spine; Luxenberg's emotional journey gives it heart. His book is dedicated "To Mom and Annie, too late to be set free; to 'the 5,000,' who still might be . . . " meaning other former Eloise residents. This book was named a Michigan Notable Book.

Make It Happen - Kids, Gardens and Healthy Eating Happen nicely in Summer!

Anybody can make a garden happen if they have a bit of dirt, some seeds or plants, a little time and some water.

NEW books that provide good ideas for gardening with kids are:
Kids' Container Gardening: Year Round Projects For Inside And Out
Gardening With Children
Ready, Set, Grow
Grow It. Cook It
The Kitchen Garden Month by Month

Aliens & Spaceships

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Get out of the heat. Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, July 7 at 2:00 p.m. to make some aliens and spaceships. Be sure to bring your imaginations!

This is for preschoolers through grade 5. The little ones will need help from their grownups. All supplies will be provided.

Look here for some books about our friends from outer space.

Happy Birthday, America! A Star-Spangled Craft Program

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Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. for a craft program in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. We'll be making holiday wreaths, Uncle Sam masks, flags and pretend fire crackers. We stocked up on red, white, and blue construction paper!

This is for preschoolers through 5th grade. Preschoolers will need some help from their grownups. All supplies will be provided.

For some books on the holiday, click here.

Make It Happen: 2010 Summer Reading Game Has Begun

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This year the theme for AADL’s summer reading program is Make it Happen. All summer long we will offer a variety of hands-on programs. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about making jewelry, listen to concerts, play games, or check out material, you can make it happen at AADL this summer.

All ages are invited to play the summer reading game (June 18-August 13). The youth game includes incentive stickers, 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 are prizes and drawings for you too.

At the end of the day, we hope you have fun this summer, and we want to be a part of that fun! You can even register right now! We hope to see you soon.

We also thank the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library for their generous support of the summer reading program.

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