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Author Event | Llama Destroys the World

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 12:32pm

Meet Llama, the next great picture-book megastar, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves tacos way more than you.

He also loves cake, and that’s where our story begins.

On Monday, Llama discovers a pile of cake, which he promptly eats.
On Tuesday, Llama squeezes into his dancing pants, which he promptly rips.

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A2CAF 2019 - Kids' Comics Awards

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:36pm

Which comic in 2018 had the most epic adventure? Which comic had the best friends? Kids voted in these and other categories, including their favorite characters and graphic novels! Help us celebrate the seventh annual Kids’ Comics Awards! With puppets, cartoonists, and lots of laughs!

This event was part of A2CAF 2019, an annual all-ages Comic Arts Festival!

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AADL Reads: Brigit Young

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 3:24pm

In this episode of AADL Reads, we got to talk with Brigit Young about her debut children's novel, Worth a Thousand Words. We also couldn't miss the opportunity to discuss the ever-controversial topic of movies that are better than the book (and more!) 

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Exploring the Mind | When Counting Doesn't Count: The Development of Math Skills in Young Children

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:34am

For decades schools have struggled with how to teach and increase the learning of mathematics in children. It has been the focus of multiple federal programs and funding agency (NSF, NIH, IES, Gates Foundation) initiatives. Even with all of this focus and research dollars, we see very few changes in children increasing their ability in mathematics especially in foundational skills like fractions.

At this event Pam Davis-Kean, Professor of Psychology at the Institute for Social Research, reviewed her research over the last few years trying to understand the developmental pathways of math achievement. She explored both individual characteristics (self-concept) and contextual influences (parenting, socioeconomic status) that may relate to the early development of math skills. Throughout the talk, the issue of whether or not counting is an important skill as children enter into schooling was discussed, as well as how math skills prior to formal schooling predict college attendance.  

About Dr. Pam Davis-Kean:

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A2CAF Presentation - Judd Winick

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 12:39pm

Judd Winick, the author of the Hilo seriesPedro and Me, and myriad comics for DC (and Real World: San Francisco alum) joined us at A2CAF 2018! In this talk, Judd demonstrates the process of making stories that people will care about and takes questions from the audience.

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A2CAF 2017: Kid's Comics Awards

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:23am

Which comic in 2016 had the most rolicking adventure? Which character did kids love the most? Kids voted in these and other categories, including their favorite characters and graphic novels! At the third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards, we revealed those winners! Hosted by Ben Hatke, Zack Giallongo, and Jerzy Drozd, with a bevy of special guests!

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A2CAF 2017: Iron Cartoonist

Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:20am

Watch Ben Hatke, Raina Telgemeier, and even more of your favorite cartoonists battle it out in a series of themed drawing rounds with random elements thrown in by you! Will you help them draw toward victory, or make them squirm? Watch guest cartoonists fight for the title under the watchful eye of your host, Zack Giallongo! Your choices will help determine this year’s Iron Cartoonist!

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Jump Cuts: The Squeaky Door

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 4:51pm

AADL storytellers Miss Amanda and Miss Laura perform the story The Squeaky Door. The story features Miss Amanda as the little granddaughter who cries every time Grandma, played by Miss Laura, closes the squeaky bedroom door. Grandma offers her scared granddaughter some snuggly friends to keep her company, including a mouse, a kitty, and...a dinosaur?!

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Jump Cuts: Pumpkin Soup

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:15pm

AADL storyteller Miss Kayla tells the story Pumpkin Soup as Anita, a real cool cat who loves fall, because it features her favorite food: pumpkin soup. Anita plants pumpkins in her garden, but when they disappear, she goes to her animal friends in despair. Lucky thing her friends have a delicious surprise for her!

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Lights, Camera, Action! Talk Up Your Favorite Library Item

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:20am

Did you miss our event in June? No problem! Didn't know about it? No problem! The film will be rolling again this Saturday, August 9, Downtown from 11 am to 4 pm on the 4th floor so you can talk up your favorite library item on camera. Bring a friend, your mom, a little brother, or your pet hamster (Actually, lets just keep your pets at home for this one), and tell us about something you LOVE to check out from the library! You get to be in the spotlight, and your review will be posted to http://jump.aadl.org! For more information go here!

Until then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy one of our very own staff members tell you why he likes the Redwall series by Brian Jacques!