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2015 LEGO Dream Vehicle Awards Reception

This year our LEGO competition is open to a much wider age range than years past. We are sure that our patrons will produce some amazing works. Public viewing of the contest entries take place on Saturday, January 10 from 9:00-5:00 PM and Sunday, January 11 from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM.  Join us on Sunday at 4:00 PM as our contest culminates into our LEGO Dream Vehicle Award Reception. Decided by our esteemed panel of judges, we will finally see which entries roared to the front of the race.  

[Ferrari F40 by LEGO Bro is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

"Clifford" author dies

CliffordNorman Bridwell, creator of the classic book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," died Friday night in Martha's Vineyard.  He was 86. The idea for Clifford began in 1962, when Bridwell considered earning extra money for his family by working as a freelance artist.The Clifford stories became a huge success, despite being rejected by a publisher 15 times. More than 126 million books were sold in 13 languages. Bridwell drew Clifford with a ballpoint pen on a pad of paper and Scholastic added the color. Check out the great Clifford books at our library.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting Monday, January 5 thru Friday, February 13. Registration is online and begins Tuesday, December 23. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Fridays, 1:00 - 1:30 PM

Children's International Language Collection

The International Language Collection in the Children's Department is home to numerous books, CDs and DVDs in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil, and many more.  The collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles in single and bilingual format.  Resources also include language learning kits for those wishing to acquire a new language.  The collection is located near the picture books directly across from the early learning play area.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 5. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. ABC Activity Times will still take place, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 5. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. Storytimes will still be held, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Realistic Fiction for Kindergarteners

Looking for something without talking animals or inanimate objects come to life? Try a few realistic fiction titles.

A year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds — A cat and a little girl cope with the loss of a friend. Look for A New Friend for Marmalade as well.

 

Ling & Ting: not exactly the same! by Grace Lin — Look for more Ling and Ting in J READER LIN.

 

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats — A young boy enjoys the magic of a wintry day in this Caldecott-winning picture book.

Lucy rescued by Harriet Ziefert — Lots of opportunities for howling, this is the story of a new dog adjusting to her new home.

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont — For those with messy artists at home, a rhyming, color-filled story.

Biographies for Kindergarteners

Do you have a child in Kindergarten who loves to read about people? Use this list to find books to share, or to pique your own interest about famous people.

Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.

Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?

The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.

Leaf through a book!

A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, December 20 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Make-And-Take: Snowpal Mason Jar Craft

Crafty kids can get in a winter groove on Tuesday, December 23, 2:00-3:00 PM by creating a Snowpal Mason Jar Decoration. Registration begins November 24.  This program is for ages 7-12.

Masterful Mysteries

Kindergarten

Murilla Gorilla and the hammock problem by Jennifer Lloyd ; illustrated by Jacqui Lee


The case of the baffled bear by story by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by G. Brian Karas


Minnie and Moo: the case of the missing jelly donut [kit] by Den[y]s Cazet


Who ate all the cookie dough? by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin


What really happened to Humpty?: (from the files of a hard-boiled detective) by Joe Humpty as told to Jeanie Franz Ransom ; illustrated by Stephen Axelsen




Need more suggestions?

Great Graphic Novels

Kindergarten

A day in the life of Doctor Bugspit by Elise Gravel


Mr. Ball makes a to-do list by Michael Townsend


Mr. Pants: it's go time! by words by Scott McCormick ; pictures by R.H. Lazzell


Mr. Men, Little Miss: Little Miss Daredevil: the Incredible Race! by [stories by John Hardman ; art by Bryan Beach]


The Glorkian warrior delivers a pizza by James Kochalka






Need more suggestions?


First Grade

Chi's sweet home. Vol. 4 by Konami Kanata ; [translation, Ed Chavez]

Target Family Reading Night: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is almost here!  Kids ages 4-8 can come gobble up some fun at our Target Family Reading Night on Monday, November 24, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Stories and crafts will all be a part of the fun, as well as a special book to take home. Registration is online and begins October 27. 

Family Storytimes

Family Storytimes begin the week of November 10. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, November 10-December 13:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no Family Storytime on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Also the Family Storytime on 11/20 at 7:00 PM will be held in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, November 10. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, November 10-December 13:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Also, the session on 11/20  at 7:30 PM will be held in the Community Room
 
  

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, November 22 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs, and sign language especially designed for children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Hummingbird Music Together

You and your child, 0-5 years old, will love singing songs and chants from around the world, including: drumming to a traditional African folksong, paddling our canoes down the river, tapping our sticks to an Irish folk tune, singing a song in Spanish and enjoying a chant about some funny animals that live in Australia. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. Join the staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton for this great program. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 4.  There will be two identical sessions, one from 10:00-10:45 AM and a repeated program rom 11:00-11:45 AM.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and begins on October 21. Please only register for one session.   

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get?  A fun way for families and children in grades K-4 to learn new things.  Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results.  Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration is required.


Dr. Science by J D Hancock is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Target Family Reading: Bubbles!

Families and children ages 4-8 can join us as we celebrate National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day held every January.  Hear a story about bubbles, learn how strong bubbles are and get crafty with bubble wrap.  Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Registration is required.

[Photo by Miika Silfverberg is licensed under CC-BY SA-2.0]