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Did you miss our Puffin Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

My feet are webbed and orange by Joyce L Markovics

Each page contains a clue and a partial photograph made to look like a puzzle with pieces missing. As new photos are shown and more clues are given, readers try to guess what animal the book is about; the big reveal (spoiler alert): a puffin. 

In Storytime we always get to discover many new things. This time we learned about the beautiful state we live in--Michigan.  Be sure to enjoy the titles we read plus add some on your own.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

April is Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Nonfiction

Bubble Science

Patrons of all ages and abilities are invited to join us Saturday, June 8th from 2-3 PM for a Bubble Science program. We will be exploring different types of solutions and seeing how big, small, or strong we can make our bubbles using various household items. Feel free to wear a swimsuit or bring a towel if you want to get messy. Our program will be outdoors, weather permitting. 

Click here for reasonable accommodations requests

soap bubbles with forest background

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dance party hands in air under strobe light

It's PCCS Spring Break!   Unless you go on vacation, nine consecutive days with no school can make a person go stir-crazy.  If you need a break from your break, check out our Dance Party kit

This Experience to Go kit has everything you need to throw a dance party at home.  Mixtape? Check.  Links to tunes on Hoopla? Check.  Link to a curated list of dance videos on YouTube? Check.  A strobe light that pulses to any music you play? Check. 

Parents, help your tots get their wiggles out (or bust a move on your own!).  Students, take your Fortnite dance skills up a notch by using the interactive strobe light while completing challenges.

Our Dance Party kit brings the fun to everyone! 

An Evening with Sister Pie

Business owner and recent cookbook author Lisa Ludwinski of Sister Pie will join us for a presentation on her journey from the concept to the kitchen to a successful pie shop in Detroit and beyond. Source Booksellers will be on hand with copies of her cookbook for purchase and there will, of course, be a few treats to taste.

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rubik's cube

Spring is here! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the end of the school year is in sight-but it's no time to stop learning. The Engage Your Brain Experience To Go Kit offers myriad ways to grow and stretch that space between your ears, to learn new things, and keep your mind sharp so you can live your best life. Try seven days of brain teasers, or a stimulating game of Set, or a well-crafted musical composition to promote brain health and keep you sharp. 

If you're looking for a more social way to sharpen your wits, please join us for Trivia Night at the Library! Bring a team or make new friends by joining someone else. It's tons of fun, and a great way to put that random knowledge to work in a fun and relaxed environment. 

Trivia Night - Family Style

Adults, bring your kids! Kids, bring your adults! 
Join for a special Trivia Night tailored for the whole family. We'll have a range of general knowledge questions (no questions about chairs) as well as refreshments.
No registration required.

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Every year on March 21 since 2012, we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It's a global call to action to help raise awareness for those with Down Syndrome. For special needs parents, it becomes a life-long quest to advocate for acceptance and to make world a more inclusive and accessible place. To learn more, this article by a mom whose son has Down Syndrome is very illuminating. Here's some resources to peruse from our collection.

Based on The New York Times bestseller by Andrew Solomon, an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children society deems 'abnormal': a mother and son determined to show the world that his Down syndrome does not define him; a couple learning to communicate with their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime.

As a parent of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, you may be feeling unsure of what to do next or where your child's journey will take you. In this book, authors Jen Jacob and Mardra Sikora share their experiences and guide you through life with Ds with expert advice from diagnosis to adulthood. Each page teaches you ways to support your child through major milestones; nurture their development; and ensure that they succeed behaviorally, socially, and cognitively. You'll also find valuable information on:

  • Sharing the news with loved ones
  • Transitioning into primary school
  • Developing your child's social skills
  • Discussing future opportunities, including employment and housing options

With The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome, you will have the tools you need to raise a happy, healthy, and thriving child.

The recent cheating scandal involving an elaborate scheme to bribe admission officers, coaches and standardized testing administrators to admit students into elite schools has shaken and shocked the nation. As parents, we trust the higher education system to operate ethically and equally by admitting students who are qualified, who have earned their place through hard work and merit, and who have followed the rules to get there. It's in the hands of courts to see what happens next. In the meantime, here are resources to stay on a successful admission course to "you're in." 

Applying to college can be one of the most stressful times in a student's life. With acceptance rates at colleges such as Stanford and Harvard being under 10 percent, students need to know how to craft a winning application. This book breaks the process down into easy-to-manage sections.

You will learn how to choose a topic, how to narrow your focus, how to edit and revise, how to choose your tone and structure, how to avoid the common pitfalls, and how to overcome writer's block. In addition, you will learn strategies for getting started, requirements for application, and critical writing tips. This book has sample essays and essay questions, and even examples of the essays specific colleges use. Admissions officers have chimed in with their expertise to provide insider information on how to compose impressive applications and essays for admissions and scholarships. Whether you are a high school freshman seeking a head start or a senior hoping to glean some last minute tips, this book is your go-to guide to getting accepted.

As The Princeton Review's chief expert on education, Robert Franek frequently appears on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX to share his insider expertise on the college admissions process. Each year, he travels to high schools across the country, advising thousands of anxious students and parents on how to turn their college hopes into reality.

Now, with College Admission 101, the best of Rob's wisdom has finally been collected in one place! From standardized tests to financial aid, Rob provides straightforward answers to 60+ of the questions he hears most often, including:

· Should I take the ACT or SAT?
· When should I start my college research?
· How many schools should I apply to?
· Will applying Early Decision or Early Action give me a leg up?
· Which extracurricular activities do colleges want to see?
· How does the financial aid process work?
· What's more important: GPA or test scores?

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