Baby & PreK Bits - FARM

Ms. Rachel is doing FARMS this week in Preschool Storytime and Baby PlayGroups.
For the youngest children:
Farmer Doogie has plenty to do each day.
Follow a Hen on her walk around the farm in Rosie's Walk.
Sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" along with Victor Johnson in the CD Country Blues for Kids.
For kids who like more of a story:
The farm is a noisy place in Too Much Noise.

DVD Bits - Young @ Heart

Young @ Heart is a DVD title being passed around in my family from Washington State to Dallas to New Hampshire. It provides great perspective on living life! In view of this film, pop song lyrics take on completely new meanings....

Birmingham 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford

Birmingham, 1963 recounts the tragic event that took place at the Sixteenth Street Baptist church where four children were killed by a bomb. The story is told through the eyes of a young girl who is in church on that fateful day. Photographs of protest marches and the aftermath of the bombing are paired with the text. A photograph of a stained glass window with the face of Jesus blown out by the bomb is chilling.

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.

Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson

Listen to the Wind is the inspiring story of Greg Mortenson’s effort to bring peace to the world by building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The books colorful collage illustrations augment the theme of unity, and hope.

Way Up and Over Everything by Alice McGill

Many stories are told about slaves who escaped to freedom. Some stories told of slaves who could fly. Passed down from one generation to the next, Way Up and Over Everything is a poignant tale for anyone who dreams to be free.

WolframAlpha--New Search Engine That Answers Your Questions!

Do you need fast answers and facts? You can always call or visit the Ann Arbor District Library!

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But this is not an advertisement for you favorite local library. Submitted for your approval is a new type of search engine under the name of WolframAlpha. This engine has new, unusual features. It will try to compile and calculate information for the searcher. Give it a try! Here are some suggested searches to try (courtesy of the website):

enter any date (e.g. a birth date)
enter any town (e.g. a home town)
enter any two stocks
enter any calculation
enter any math formula
enter any two first names
enter any food
enter any measurement
enter any chemical formula
enter any musical notes

If you try these you will find calculations and charts for mathematical problems, statistics from towns, stock comparisons, and more.

Give it a try, then leave comments here on how effective the engine is!

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation : the Pox party by M.T. Anderson

Given the best education, clothing and food, Octavian lives the life of a prince unaware that he is being used to determine the intellectual acuity of the African race. M.T. Anderson delivers a powerful novel, written in 18th-century language, that will challenge readers both intellectually and emotionally.

Thank You for Being a Friend

beabea

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur passed away a few days ago, on April 25. Arthur was the star of two highly-acclaimed comedy shows, Maude and Golden Girls. AADL owns many discs of The Golden Girls, so why not celebrate her life by watching a few episodes?

Kid Bits - May Day

With May Day and Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, you can read about why these days are special in the following books for kids:
Rainbow Tulip
On The Morn Of MayFest
Miss Flora McFlimsey's May Day
Cinco de Mayo
The Perfect Pinata = La Pinata Perfecta

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