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Storytimes: H is for Heart

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 3:25pm

This week at storytimes at Traverwood and Westgate, Elizabeth told stories with hearts in them! We heard about The Love-Me Bird, who has to change her call to find a mate, and saw zoo animals made out of hearts in the book My Heart is Like a Zoo. We also heard the brightly colored rhyme The Shape of My Heart and the gentle classic story A Kiss for Little Bear. And we got some love letters in the mail in a special Valentine’s rhyme (even though it’s April!).

AADL storytimes are intended for ages 2-5 and take place at all of our locations and are free and open to the public. For a full list of our storytimes visit our JUMP page, specifically for parents and teachers.

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Teens Using Drugs: Education Series

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:41am


The [|Dawn Farms Education Series], "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" meets again this month. This is a free, two-part series that will be presented from 7:30-9:00 pm Tuesday, April 4th (part one, "What to Know"), and Tuesday, April 11th, (part two, "What to Do"). The programs will be held in the "Exhibition Room" on the first floor of [|St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center] at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. The sessions are presented by the Dawn Farm Youth & Family Services team. This program is targeted primarily to parents/caretakers of teens & young adults but is inclusive of other family members, teens, professionals, students, people who sponsor or support teens, and others interested. Please contact 734-485-8725 or or see the link to [|Dawn Farm] for further information.

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Support for Young Parents or Parents-to-Be

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 3:33pm

The [|Corner Health Center] offers support to young people, including parents or parents-to-be in a variety of ways. Here are some groups they offer that may be of interest to you or someone you know!

Mom Power:
A parenting group for young adults and their children

Who: Moms (under age 26) and their kids ages 0-6
What: A 10-week parenting program
Where: The Corner Health Center, 47 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti
When: Wednesdays April 19th-June 21st 4:30-7:15 pm

Meal and childcare are provided for each session. Participants earn points for the store at each session.

If interested, please contact Nicole Neverman at (734) 714-2226 or


[|SOAR Mentoring Program]:
A source of connection, support, and encouragement for new and expecting moms

Who: Parents who are pregnant or have a child under the age of 1
What: A mom support group and mentoring program
Where: The Corner Health Center
When: Regular monthly group meetings and weekly contact w/ mentor in person or via email, texting, or phone

Meal, child care, transportation, and $20 stipend is provided for each monthly session. Also, we’re always on the look-out for high quality mentors ☺

If interested, please contact Nicole Neverman at (734) 714-2226 or

[|Safe Baby Class]:

Who: Expecting moms (under age 26)
What: A 2-hour class on car seat safety and safe sleep
Where: The Corner Health Center
When: 1st Tuesday of each month from 1-3:30 pm

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Storytimes: L is for Loud

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:39pm

This week at Traverwood and Westgate storytimes on Thursday and Friday, Elizabeth told LOUD stories! We heard the folktale of The Squeaky Door, where lots of farm animals get put into the bed to try and comfort a scared little boy. In The Seven Chinese Sisters, sound effects helped us tell the story of brave sisters who rescue their littlest baby sister from a hungry dragon! And, in Robert Munsch’s Mortimer, we heard the story of the boy who likes to play instruments at bedtime instead of going to sleep!

And a LOUD storytime wouldn’t be complete without the “5 Hot Dogs in a Frying Pan” rhyme. You know what happens when the grease gets hot! One goes BAM!

Storytimes take place at all AADL locations and are free and open to the public. For more information about storytimes, visit our Jump page, created especially for parents and teachers.

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Amy Krouse Rosenthal - Children's Author

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 7:50am


[a:Rosenthal, Amy K|Amy Krouse Rosenthal], a popular author, filmmaker and speaker died on Monday, March 13, 2017. She is best known for her memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, her children's picture books, and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. She was a prolific writer, publishing more than 30 books between 2005 and her death in 2017. She was a contributor to Chicago's NPR affiliate WBEZ, and to the TED conference.

Her first success was with the book [t:Little Pea], about a pod denied his favorite dessert (spinach) until he finished all his candy (which he detested). She is the only author to have three children's books make the Best Children's Books for Family Literacy list in the same year for the titles [t:Spoon (2009)], [t:Yes Day!], and [t:Duck! Rabbit!], a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit? There's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, [t:Duck! Rabbit!] makes it easy to agree on one thing, reading it again!

The follow up to her alphabetized memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (published in 2005), [t:Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal], is full of her distinct blend of nonlinear narrative, wistful reflections, and insightful wit. It sheds light on all the ordinary and extraordinary ways we are connected. A testament to the notion that books and technology don't have to be at odds, this part memoir, part art installation offers a series of vignettes (personal anecdotes, observations, drawings, and photographs) divided into different subjects reminiscent of a high school "textbook."

Her final contribution was published on March 3, 2017 in the New York Times, [|You May Want to Marry My Husband]. In the piece, Rosenthal announced her illness, celebrated her family and sought a new partner for her husband, Jason. She finished the essay on Valentine's Day, and said, "the most genuine, non-vase-oriented gift I can hope for is that the right person reads this, finds Jason, and another love story begins."

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Audio Description Track on DVD!

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:33pm


AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a [| Descriptive Video Service or DVS] feature. More films are being produced for children and adults [| that are Described Video Recordings] for [|L Card users to borrow]. When you look at this list, sort the items to show the newest DVDs first! Some DVDs are even available by mail to our [|WLBPD patrons] as [|Free Matter for the Blind]. If your vision isn't what it used to be, you may want to try watching a film with described narration. That way you don't have to ask other folks what's happening on the screen and can concentrate on the film.

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Storytimes: F is for Farm!

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:10pm

Elizabeth told stories about the farm, farm animals and farmers this week at her storytimes at Traverwood and Westgate. We heard the story of Lazy Jack, a retelling of the folktale about the silly little boy who works for various farmers but can never seem to figure out how to carry home his earnings. We also heard about the cowboy who’s trying to find a horse in the fun story Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash. And, we read about the infamous typing cows in Doreen Cronin’s Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Finally, the farm animals drove the farmer’s tractor in AADL’s felt version of The Gobble Gobble Moooooo Tractor Book, by Jez Alborough.

AADL storytimes take place at all locations and are open to all. For a complete list of storytimes and locations, visit our Jump page, created for parents and teachers.

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It's Not Too Early to Think about Summer Camp!

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:43am


Do you know a young person who would be interested in having a camp experience this summer? If so, now is the time to complete a [|campership application] on behalf of a child who has dreamed of the opportunity to go away to camp. The [|Washtenaw County Camp Placement Association] believes that attending a summer resident camp is a unique life experience that provides children an opportunity for growth in social, emotional and physical well-being. Their mission is to connect at-risk youth to camps through community support. WCPA is the only camping program that accepts referrals from teachers and counselors in all Washtenaw county schools, as well as human service agencies throughout the county. Applicants must be entering Grades 5 through 12 in the fall following camp. WCPA takes referrals and applications from now and throughout the summer-please keep this opportunity in mind for kids who could use it.

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Huge Books about a Huge World!

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 4:33pm


We’ve just gotten in two amazing oversized nature books for kids and their grownups. First up is [b:1504711|Under Water, Under Earth] by the talented team [a:Mizielińska|Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński]. I am obsessed with the work by this pair, and this book is my favorite that they’ve done yet. One side depicts life under the ground, including burrowing animals, root vegetables, infrastructures under cities, tunnels, mines, and more. Flip the book over and you are treated to views under the ocean, from fish and scuba divers to the Titanic and hydrothermal vents. The two sections meet in the middle, where they share a spread on the Earth’s core. This book is jam packed with gorgeous, detailed illustrations and tons of fascinating information.

For kids who want to learn more about plants, checkout [b:1503418|Botanicum,] which joins [b:1460402|Animalium] and [b:1479776|Historium] as part of the Welcome to the Museum collection of oversized nonfiction for kids. With a gold-embellished cover and huge illustrations of beautiful vegetables, trees, flowers, and more, this book will win over any plant enthusiast.

These lovely and big books can work independently, but they also make a great pair. Learn about root vegetables in [b:1504711|Under Water, Under Earth] and then look at the detailed drawings in [b:1503418|Botanicum!] Just be sure to bring a bag big enough to fit them both.

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Storytimes: F is for Food!

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:18am


Last week at storytimes, Elizabeth told stories all about food! Yum!

We heard about Gregory, the goat who is a picky eater in [:|Gregory, the Terrible Eater] and counted 15 different flavors of ice cream from Rob Reid’s 15 Scoop Ice Cream Cone. We read the classic [:|The Wolf’s Chicken Stew] and clapped along to the rhymes of Linda-Sue Park’s [:|Bee-bim Bop!] And of course, a food-themed storytime wouldn’t be complete without a “5 cupcakes” rhyme.

Visit our special [:|Jump page] for parents and teachers to see a list of storytimes at all locations.