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.

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.

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