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.

**PLEASE NOTE: The library will be closed on Monday, October 8. There will be no programs on this date.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 10 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 11 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 11 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 12 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 13 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 13 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, September 14 - 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 15 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 17 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 18 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 18 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 19 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 20 - 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 20 - 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Friday, September 21 - 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5. Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time.

No registration required.

**PLEASE NOTE: The library will be closed on Monday, October 8. There will be no programs on this date.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 10 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 11 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 12 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 13 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 13 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Community Room
Saturday, September 15 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 17 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 18 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 19 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 20 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Thursday, September 20 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Community Room
Saturday, September 22 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 24 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room
Tuesday, September 25 - 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, September 26 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Community Room

 

Did you miss our Storytime at the Farmers Market this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire an beat the heat storytime you can do at home. 

From Storytime

Got to dance by Mary-Claire Helldorfer

A young city girl dances away the summertime blues with her grandfather.

 

Did you miss our Octopus Storytime? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire an under-the-sea storytime you can do at home. 

 

From Storytime

Awesome arms by Felicia Macheske

Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. For more animal guessing mysteries, check out the rest of the Guess What series.

 

Did you miss our English-Russian Storytime? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a multilingual storytime you can do at home. 

From Storytime

 

We tried "Rushing Around in Russia," which goes like this:

 

 

     We were rushing around in Russia but we stopped to say hello.

     доброе утпо (say "DOBRO'YE UTRO")

     Good morning

     Then we were soon on the go.

 

     We were rushing around in Russia during the middle of the day.

     добрый день (say "DOBREE  D'YEN")

     Good Afternoon

     Then we hurried on our way.

 

     We were rushing around in Russia during a star-filled night.

     добрый вечер (say "DOBREE  V'YECHER")

     Good evening

     Then we were quickly out of sight.

 

July 9, 2018 is the last day to register for this year's primary elections in August. As we head into mid-term election season, get yourself in the mood with the following assorted titles about elections or voting. The list includes fiction and nonfiction, elections near and far, as well as titles to appeal to a wide age range. For more reading suggestions on any topic, visit our May We Suggest page. To learn more about your elected representatives and voting, check the Michigan Secretary of State website.

How is a government elected? by Susan Bright-Moore

Addresses how government officials are elected, with an overview of the issues that influence elections, the country's political parties, the voting process, and the importance of debates, campaigns, primaries, and national conventions.

Collection of "Schoolhouse rock" cartoons focusing on issues of American government and elections.

In honor of World Refugee Day, browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

Click on the titles for location and availability. Additional media formats included below.

 

90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

The bone sparrow by Zana Fraillon

"Subhi's contained world as a refugee in an Australian permanent detention center rapidly expands when Jimmie arrives on the other side of the fence and she asks him to read her late mother's stories to her"--.

 

If you enjoy reading about all the animals and pets featured in the American Girl series, like Felicity's horse Penny or Melody's dog Bo, you might enjoy some of these titles.

Fiction

Ten-year-old Abby Ramirez, who is on the autism spectrum, has her hands full when an anxious German shepherd, Destiny, shows up at the Second Chance Ranch animal rescue. While Abby helps Destiny learn to trust people again, Abby has to learn to overcome old habits of her own.

Explore the lives of many artists. The books below are found in our children's collections, but may appeal to wider audiences. Find more artists and art in our collections: just ask any librarian.

Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

A story inspired by the life of the influential French master artist considers how he transformed his dreary childhood community in northern France through his expressions of color and form.

 

Find a story to incorporate some magic in your life. Some suggestions to get you started are included below: books intended for older audiences are toward the bottom of the list.

Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
Also available in: video

A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris

Kate Greenaway Medal nominee Jackie Morris presents in stunning pictures a range of dragons, describing many different varieties of the beast, and why their owners find them so entrancing.

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