Wildlife at Pittsfield Branch

Now that the summer season is winding down it's a good time to look for wildlife outside the back windows at the Pittsfield Branch. The Pittsfield Branch is built partly on stilts above the Malletts Creek. The Reading Room at the rear or one of the study rooms offer a perfect vantage point to observe the birds and multiple turtles that can be seen in the summer and fall. Turtles hibernate in the winter so soon they will be burrowing under the soil in the water for the cold season, but for now they can be seen on any sunny day basking themselves on the rocks. There are also multiple bird houses on the wetlands so be sure to stop and gaze out the windows on your next visit to the Pittsfield Branch!

Dawn Farm Jamboree!

Head on down to Dawn Farm's Fantastic 40th Anniversary Jamboree on Sunday, September 8th, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm! Admission and all activities are FREE! This is a great family activity with hayrides, pony rides, and a children’s tent, too. Visit the working farm or bid on unique items in both silent and live auctions. Funds raised from the auctions will help support critical addiction services for individuals who need help and lack resources. For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call 734-485-8725.

Ready or not, it's time to head back to school!

Just in time, jump.aadl.org is here for parents looking for everything that AADL has to offer kids of all ages. Recommended reading lists, the details on the best upcoming events, homework help, and even guidance on planning your visit to AADL -- jump.aadl.org has it all.

JUMP's is divided into four basic sections:

Recommended Stuff helps you find some of the best books, materials and kits by age or grade, reading level, and topic. Library staff have also compiled handy lists of award winners and favorites.

Plan Your Visit is a section that guides you through the various features in our five locations, gives you links to explore to all sorts of library collections, events and exhibits, and provides tailored information for visiting with various age children and patrons with special needs.

Storytime and Events is your spot for a master list of all of our programs for parents and children.

Homework Help offers direct links to online resources for research and reports, as well as Brainfuse's on-demand/online homework help and information on other in-person fee-free tutoring offered at the Library and in the community.

Whether you're a seasoned library user or new to town, jump.aadl.org gives you the scoop on what's happening for kids at the Library. Take a peek, start exploring, and let us know what you think!

National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month! Sewing is a wonderful art form that spans generations and brings people together. How many of us learned to sew from our mother or grandmother? How many have taught our own children to sew? It’s an amazing gift to pass down, and a great skill to learn. Even if you just plan on sewing on buttons that fall off! Because guess what? You’re sewing. To participate in a month-long celebration of sewing, AADL has books to get you started on new projects, or get you motivated on ones that have been collecting dust in your craft corner. It’s time to bust out the machine and get to it. Here’s a few new favorites in the AADL collection:

Best of Stitch: Bags to sew

Sewing for boys: 24 projects to create a handmade wardrobe

We love to sew: 28 pretty things to make: jewelry, headbands, softies, t-shirts, pillows, bags & more

The library has SEW MANY great craft books to get you inspired and sewing away. With a wide range of projects from purses to dress, for many different skill levels, the books have you covered with great images and tutorials.

Learning with School House Rock!

If you grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons in the ‘70s or ‘80s it is quite likely you can recite the words to the Preamble to the United States Constitution by singing it. In fact, you probably learned a lot of cool things from the ABC short films Schoolhouse Rock! These animated ditties covered math, history, science and grammar in ways that made learning fun. The award winning program came straight out of the advertising world of Madison Avenue. When advertising executive David McCall discovered his son could not remember the multiplication tables, but knew all of the lyrics to the latest rock songs, his advertising mind took over and the wildly popular program was born. (Sadly, in 1999 McCall and his wife tragically lost their lives while on a mission in Albania aiding Kosovar refugees.) The AADL has a nice collection of Schoolhouse Rock DVDs that can be used both in the home and the classroom. Many of the DVDs have bonus features that include sing-along songs, interactive pop quizzes to help reinforce key concepts and downloadable educator’s guides with web links. Wherever you choose to enjoy the series, prepare to have fun learning with the catchy tunes that taught millions of children that Knowledge is Power!

Winners of the 8th Annual LEGO contest! Congrats to all of them!

Once again our annual LEGO contest was hotly anticipated and the entries were bigger and better! All ages from Preschoolers through Adults participated in the event. There were a total of 188 entries and the contest was held on Thursday, August 8 at the Kensington Court Hotel. There were six age categories and winners were chosen within each age group. The top three finishers and the People's Choice winners received custom LEGO trophies. The top three finishers also got medals and gift cards to Target. Please congratulate the winners! Photos of the winning entries will be added to this post on to our gallery soon.To see the contest guidelines and start planning for next summer click here.

Preschool Winners:

1st Place - Lucas Long
Runner-Up - Iris Brabbs
Honorable Mention - Steve Samuel
People's Choice - Lucas Long

Best Motorized Project - Vicky Kotsis
Best Architectural/Engineering Project - Becca Van Lent
Coolest Robot = Sanchia Gupta
Best Vehicle - Scarlett Williams
Most Creative - Eliza Farr
Most Sophisticated - Sarra El-Tawil
Best Local Interest - Kevin Chen
AADL LEGO Master Builder - Owen TenBroeck

Take a Hike @ Dolph and Lakewood Nature Areas

Thursday, August 15 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Dolph Nature Area | All Ages

Go on a nature walk with a staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) that will loop through both Dolph Nature Area and Lakewood.

Learn about native plants and trees, invasive plants, ecological restoration, and volunteer activities in Ann Arbor Parks.

Dress comfortably to walk and enjoy nature! Meet in the parking lot off Wagner Road, between Jackson Road and Liberty Street. This event is for all ages.

Comic Con 2013!

San Diego Comic Con, arguably the biggest event in comics, is in full swing and if like us, you couldn't make it this year, that can be quite the bummer! While we can't send you there or replicate the experience, you can still get a little taste of Comic Con here at AADL. If you've never been and want a look at the kinds of events, costumes, celebrities and creators that come to SDCC, check out Comic Con: Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. Or, while we wait for this year's Eisner Awards winners to be announced, you can read some of the past years' winners.

This year, SDCC has a lot of artists' spotlights, ranging from relative newcomers like Faith Erin Hicks and Vera Brosgol, to favorites like Chris Samnee and J.H. Williams III, to legends like Jeff Smith and Neil Gaiman. Give their work a look in our graphic novel collection!

And if all the news coming from the convention has put you in a creative mood, why not come out to the Super Comics Challenge and make some comics of your own? Like SDCC, the Super Comics Challenge involves the possibility of prizes and freebies, including Summer Game codes!

Get ready to STAR IT UP; it's another BADGE DROP!


5 weeks down, 7 weeks to go, and SUMMER GAME just KEEPS ON GETTING BIGGER! Now with over 20 MILLION points and 18,000 badges earned by 2800+ players, we're just hitting our stride; so we've prepared yet another amazing BADGE DROP for you this week!

Featuring the first set of CONTRIBUTOR'S TROPHIES for this Summer with the STAR GIVER series, you can now get badges and big points the more items you give star ratings to in the AADL catalog! So get starring and get POINTS!

We're also thrilled to announce that today, we're launching an ALL-NEW section of aadl.org just for Parents of young kids: you've surely heard of our JUMP events brochure, so say hello to JUMP.AADL.ORG! We've pulled together all the information for Parents about great stuff for kids at your library, and made it easier than ever for you to find great stuff to see, do, find, and get at your libraries! To help welcome everybody into this new section, we've got 4 new JUMP-THEMED BADGES to help you find your way around! So take a look, and please let us know what you think!

And don't forget MOCHI MOCHI MADNESS with artist Anna Hrachovec this Sunday at 2 PM Downtown, plus you can still get MEGA BEAUCOUP POINTS by finding Josie's Catfish or making a public comment to the AADL Board of Trustees at the July 15th, 7pm Board Meeting at Pittsfield! There are still more shop items yet to be revealed and more surprises yet to come as SUMMER GAME 2013 keeps on rolling, so STAY TUNED and as always.....

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Summer Game 2013 Badge Drop #5

Free Health Screenings!

The Mobil Health Fair with activities for children and families will take place on Thusday, August 1, 2013, 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Washington St. Cost: Free. Health Care Screenings will include blood pressure, BMI, vision, hearing, oral, glucose, skin cancer, lice, and HIV. There will also be Health Care Education Stations, Health Kits to take home, and you will receive a list of area providers if there is a need to follow up. For more information call Lily Guzman at 734-544-2983.

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