Cache In: An Introduction to Geocaching

Saturday, July 13 | 3-4 PM | Malletts Creek

Are you curious about geocaching? Want to search for AADL’s Summer Game Geocache but not sure how to get started? Then come join us to learn more about this exciting treasure-hunting game and how you can start playing!

Local geocachers will explain the basics and provide you with helpful tips and resources. A sample geocache hunt will follow the program, so feel free to bring your smart phones or GPS devices, if you have them.

This program is intended for grade 6 - adult, but all ages are welcome.

Family Camp-in 2013

It's going to be family night at the Pittsfield Branch. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m when we have our annual Family Camp-in.

Join us around the campfire as we tell stories and sing songs with musician Sara Keller and her guitar. Then we're going to try to make ice cream. No electronic ice cream makers will be involved. We're going to try it the old fashioned way . . . with ice, salt and lots of shaking. You will also be able to try some sand painting.

It will be a fun evening for everybody. Parents must stay with their children for the entire event.

For some books about camping, click here.

Find us at the Rolling Sculpture Show!

This Friday, July 12 from 2 - 8 pm, drop by the AADL tent (on Liberty between Main and 4th Avenue) at the Rolling Sculpture Car Show to play Pictionary, get extra points for the Summer Game, and play with trucks in sand. We can tell you all about our programs and give you a rest before you take in more rolling sculptures!

Felt Ball Fun!

Monday July 22 | 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Pittsfield Branch | All Ages

What is a felt ball, besides fun? It can be whatever you like! A gift, a pet toy, a ball for baby, a smiley-faced friend - it's up to you. Meet us at Pittsfield, where local crafter Beth Battey will show you how to use your hands, wool, soapy water, and some patience to create your own felt ball!

This event is for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up), so bring the whole family!

Puppetry Around the World

Every culture throughout the world uses puppetry to tell its stories. Come to the Downtown Library on Tuesday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. for a wonderful puppet show.
Eugene Clark, who has studied with the Jim Henson Company, will tell stories and
show puppets from many different places.

For some ideas on doing your own puppet shows, look here.

Beginning Crochet Class

Thursday July 11 | 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | Traverwood Branch | Grade 6 – Adult

Have you ever dreamed of turning yarn into something beautiful and exciting? Local crafter Beth Battey will get you started in the wonderful world of crochet with a basic beginners project. Get ready to sink your hooks into this fun form of stitching!

Make Your Own JunkBot Buggies

Sunday July 7 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 – Adult

Drop in and build an LED JunkBot out of scrap electronic parts and learn about electrical circuits in this SciTech workshop.

The activity will take about 30 minutes, and you can take your project home!

A Little Book of Sloth: A great book if you startle easily

Have you ever come across something so hideous it is adorable? That is how I feel about sloths. I love them. I love everything from their quiet and reserved nature to their fabulous hair (just look here to see what I’m talking about). So, when I stumbled across A Little Book of Sloth in the AADL catalog, I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it and once I did, it did not disappoint me. This book chronicles the efforts of the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, but mainly focuses on its inhabitants and their varying personalities. Highlighting the two different species of sloths, this book contains many fun little facts about these very, very slow creatures. For example, did you know that no one really knows how long a sloth can live? Or that the sloth has extra neck vertebrae so they can turn their heads up to 270 degrees? Amazing!

The author of this book is the zoologist Lucy Cooke who has a passion for those creatures that most people would not think of as cute or lovable. You can check out some of Lucy Cooke’s older blog posts at The Amphibian Avenger, which highlight some unlovable creatures she has worked with in the past, but be advised that she is writing for an adult audience so some of the content might not be appropriate for younger readers. If you want to follow her current adventures you can check out her Facebook page.

AADL's Summer Game Geocache

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce its Summer Game Geocache! Use a GPS-enabled devise to visit coordinates at four library locations and collect clues to calculate the final location of the geocache. A game code and a small treasure are yours if you find it. You can sign up for a free account at www.geocaching.com and learn more with their Geocaching 101 guide.

If you’re new to geocaching, we’ll also be hosting an Introduction to Geocaching event on July 13th where you can learn more about this popular activity. You can check out the geocaching resources in our collection, and kids may also be interested to learn more about geocaching through The Boxcar Children mystery, The Box That Watch Found.

Today: Happy Birthday, America!

Let's make decorations for America's birthday party. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. for some star-spangled fun. We'll be making red, white and blue wreaths and other festive things in celebration of this national holiday. This is for preschoolers - grade 5 but everybody is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For materials on this holiday, click here.

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