Want a Fun Activity to Try This Summer? How About a Scavenger Hunt!

If you’re looking for something fun to do while exploring a new city (or even your hometown), then try an Alphabet City scavenger hunt!

This scavenger hunt is inspired by Stephen T. Johnson’s Caldecott-Honor-winning picture book Alphabet City. As the author explains, “The idea for Alphabet City came to me while I was walking along a city street. I noticed an ornamental keystone that looked like the letter S. Then suddenly I saw the letter A in a construction sawhorse and the letter Z in a fire-escape. At that moment, it became clear that in urban composition I could discover the elements that form the letters of the alphabet.”

To try an Alphabet City scavenger hunt of your own, simply look around for alphabet letters made out of everyday city sights. Is there a K in that sidewalk crack? Can you spot an L in that flower bed? See if you can find all the letters from A to Z. You can even take pictures of all the letters you find. What a fun vacation souvenir!

The 2013 Summer Game Shop is NOW OPEN!

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Are you playing the SUMMER GAME at your library? If so, the 2013 SUMMER GAME SHOP is now open for you to spend your points on great AADL stuff! If not, well, what are you waiting for? Players of ALL AGES can have fun earning points by reading, attending events, finding codes hidden in library buildings, and solving puzzles hidden in the AADL catalog, plus tagging, reviewing, and rating items ALL SUMMER LONG! GET STARTED today and see what all the fuss is about with Ann Arbor's most rewarding way to spend your summer! Any questions? Just Contact Us and we'll help you out! Find some codes, read some books, play some games, get some points and trade them in for great stuff like this, delivered to the branch of your choice! It's super fun all summer... DON'T MISS IT!

Today: Ukulele Party!

There’s nothing like the ukulele to make you smile. Come on down to the Ukulele Café for family fun on
Thursday July 25, 2013: 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room . We’ll be singing favorite old time tunes, sharing a short story or two and sipping lemonade. We are so excited that our own awesome storytime musician, Sara Keller, will lead the Ukulele Party gang and Mitchell Chang and David Swain will drop by to show us how it’s really done!

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!

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