Kids

Anne Frank was 15 years old when her family was discovered hiding from the German Nazi's in 1944. Sadly, her whole family perished in concentration camps with the exception of her father, Otto, who later had her diary published.  She was a bright, effervescent teenager and I often wonder what she would have been like as an adult. I imagine she would have continued writing and making an impact on the world.

The cat who lived with Anne Frank by 1955- David Lee Miller
Anne Frank by Stephen Krensky

Bees are amazing and beautiful! They are pollinators and honeymakers, workers and queens, and so much more! 

"One part science, one part cultural history, and countless parts fascination, Bees celebrates the important role that these intriguing insects have played in our ecosystem throughout the ages. From Athena to Alexander the Great and from Egypt to Ethiopia, Bees explores different methods of beekeeping and uncovers the debt that humans owe this vital species. With beautifully accessible illustrations depicting everything from bee anatomy to the essentials of honey making, readers will be captivated by the endless wonders of this seemingly small speck of the animal kingdom."--.

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Autumn Adventure Kit contains a variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Included in this kit is a book of MI hiking trails, binoculars, a lens for your phone, and some delicious recipes for you to try. Looking for even more amazing ways to enjoy Autumn? 

Autumn Related Books

Full of fall by April Pulley Sayre
Kermit Versus Thorndyke Smackdown

 

Hey Kids,

Ever wondered whether a mosquito could take on a great white shark? Me neither. But now that you're thinking about it, how do a mosquito and a great white match up? If you're curious about this and other animal matchups, check out some of the books below. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This title has lots of different matchups, if you just can't make a choice.

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Card-making Party Kit includes all of the supplies you may need to bring together loved ones for a crafty, creative time. Items such as blank notecards and envelopes, fine tip pens and markers, calligraphy pens, washi tape, stamps + stamp pad, and patterned paper. Also included is a book on the art of lettering and even resources for where your final product can be sent to brighten someone's day. 

Want to work on your card design skills in advance? Try one of the titles listed below:

The ultimate guide to chalk lettering and design, by a renowned chalk artist: 60 step-by-step lessons with full-colour photos, three foldout chalkboards for practice, and 12 projects including a birthday greeting, a holiday design, and fun signage for a party. 

Learn to create gorgeous hand-drawn letterforms in 14 different styles (including ribbon, wester, circus, retro and more!) and develop your own personal look with flourishes, banners and other illustration techniques. 

Start with the basics (how to write your name, design a chalk layout, create a monogram), add charming details (illustrations like flowers and snowflakes), and graduate to wonderfully creative projects including a study in heart shaped lettering, and inspirational quote in whimsical script, a coffee shop-inspired bake sale sign, greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions, festive projects for the holidays, and three different projects for a backyard blowout party (including a right-on-trend Photo Booth sign!

Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors--including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers--give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.

Scary Flashlight Stories

Join us on October 29th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to listen to scary stories told IN THE DARK. A storyteller will read a selection of scary stories using only a flashlight for light. Participants will also get a chance to share their own scary story told by flashlight or read one of the stories provided. This program is recommended for ages 8 - 12. 

 

Image: Spoooky Stories, Day 294 of 365 under (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, October 29 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

STEAM Junior

MIssmatched letters representing science, technology, art, and math to spell the acronym STEAM

Kids aged 6-7 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math are first introduced to a topic and supporting ideas behind it. After learning about the topic, participants will be given a problem and challenged to engineer a solution or create an example.

Registration is required and begins September 24.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 28 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room NASA Detective Register
Saturday, November 9 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Mummification

For over two hundred years, lighthouses have served as a beacon of light on American coastlines. The lighthouse symbolizes safety and security for ships and boats at sea. On August 7, 1789, Congress signed into law an act establishing federal control and support of lighthouses. But in 1939, the United States Coast Guard took over. Lighthouses have declined due to the expense of upkeep and modern navigational systems. The oldest lighthouse in the nation is the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston, Massachusetts. It was built in 1716 and is still operational. The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Michigan and it keeps watch over Lake Huron at the entrance of the St. Clair River. Want to learn more? Check out these resources about lighthouses from our collection!

Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses by Dianna Higgs Stampfler

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, with more than 120 dotting its expansive Great Lakes shoreline. Many of these lighthouses lay claim to haunted happenings. Former keepers like the cigar-smoking Captain Townshend at Seul Choix Point and prankster John Herman at Waugoshance Shoal near Mackinaw City maintain their watch long after death ended their duties. At White River Light Station in Whitehall, Sarah Robinson still keeps a clean and tidy house, and a mysterious young girl at the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse seeks out other children and female companions. Countless spirits remain between Whitefish Point and Point Iroquois in an area well known for its many tragic shipwrecks. Join author and Promote Michigan founder Dianna Stampfler as she recounts the tales from Michigan's ghostly beacons.

With rare archival blueprints and stories of daring adventure, Lighthouse captures the romance and awe-inspiring history of these isolated, life-saving towers, along with the incredible feats of engineering and invention it took to create them. Beginning in the 18th century and ending in the mid-19th century, this book examines these iconic buildings from every angle, chronicling the evolution of lighthouse design; the tremendous obstacles overcome during construction and upkeep; the thrilling tales of heroism and mercilessness of the seas; and the daily lives of the dedicated and often long-suffering keepers. With over 350 illustrations, this seasonless gift book provides the tales and original architectural plans for beloved lighthouses found throughout the world, including Eddystone, Sandy Hook, Montauk Point, Stannard Rock, Borkum Grosser, Green Point, Tillamook Rock, Cape Hatteras, Erie Harbor, and many more.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time offers a safe and informal environment for caregivers to interact with their young children.

Experience a variety of hands-on and imaginative play opportunities while building social and cooperative skills with other young children and caregivers. 

No registration required.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Saturday, October 12 due to the Family Music Fest to which you are all invited.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 14 due to a library closure.

NOTE: There will be no Storytime or ABC Activity Time on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 due to a library closure.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, November 4 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, November 5 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, November 5 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, November 6 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, November 7 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, November 7 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, November 8 - 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, November 9 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Monday, November 11 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, November 12 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, November 12 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, November 13 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, November 14 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, November 14 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, November 15 - 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

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