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New Books for Curious Kids

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 6:00pm

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In [:http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1492329|The Book of What If…?], authors Matt Murrie and Andrew R. McHugh encourage kids to think about what the world would be like if things were much different than they actually are. For example, what if humans had elephant noses? What if there were no holidays? What if you could move objects with your brain? The authors offer prompts that get kids to think about what life might be like in all these wacky situations! Real kids offer suggestions for what they think might happen if these crazy things were true, and their answers are collected throughout the book, too. There are also related activities to go along with each “what if” question, which are fun to do with friends, family, or by yourself. This book really has it all and will keep kids with wild imaginations interested and engaged for hours, if not days, weeks, or months!

Everyone loves a good list, and the [:http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1463850|Top 10 of Everything 2015] is a giant book full of lots and lots of—you guessed it—amazing lists! From the “Most Powerful Engines” to the “Heaviest Animals in the Ocean” to the “Biggest Star Wars Lego Spaceships,” this book has lists for everyone. Although most of the lists are based in fact, with cited sources, there are also a few fun “unofficial” top 10 lists, like “Coolest Movie Alien Crafts” or “Most Awesome Female Artists.” This book is filled with brightly colored pictures and fun facts. Ann Arbor is even featured on one of the lists! Kids (and adults!) who love facts will consider this tome a must-read.

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Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday July 23, 2016: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Pittsfield Branch: Program Room
Grades 2 - 6

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Ghostbusters Slime Time!

Tuesday July 12, 2016: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Grade 1—Adult

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Nature Walk at Mary Beth Doyle Park

Thursday October 6, 2016: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Mary Beth Doyle Park
All Ages

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Nature Walk at Stapp Nature Area

Thursday September 8, 2016: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Stapp Nature Area
All Ages

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Nature Walk at Kuebler Langford Nature Area

Thursday August 4, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Kuebler Langford Nature Area
All Ages

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Nature Walk at Barton Nature Area

Thursday July 7, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Barton Nature Area
All Ages

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Nature Walk at Black Pond Woods

Thursday June 2, 2016: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Black Pond Woods Nature Area
All Ages

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The Wonder Garden

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:10am

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Icelandic illustrator Kristjana Williams collaborated with author Jenny Bloom on the new children’s book [:http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1483712|The Wonder Garden], a gorgeous look into five drastically different habitats. Williams and Bloom use unique locations around the world to introduce young readers to 80 amazing animals that we likely wouldn’t encounter here in the United States. From the Amazon Rainforest, they take us to the Great Barrier Reef, to the Chihuahuan Desert, to the Black Forest, and finally drop readers off in the Himalayan Mountains, where we get to learn about animals like the Asiatic Black Bear and the Bengal Tiger. The diversity in these habitats really allows Williams and Bloom to emphasize the beauty and uniqueness of our planet and showcase some of the world’s more unusual flora and fauna. Kids and adults alike will be drawn to the big, bright illustrations in this book, and will be eager to turn the pages to see what world awaits them next. The cover perhaps says it best: “Fold back the covers of this book and let the gates to Earth’s wonder garden swing wide open.”

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Sensation Stations

Tuesday August 9, 2016: 10:30am to 11:30am
Downtown Library: Secret Lab
Ages 10 Months–2 Years