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January Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, January 13, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Please be prompt!

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

On January 9, from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Math Learning in the Home. Participants will learn the importance of math during the preschool years and determine materials from home that may be used to support math learning. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Hummingbird Music Together: CANCELLED

On Wednesday, January 8, from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, 0-5 years old, will love playing follow the leader during Follow me Down to Carlow, Counting the Stars while rocking in your arms during Great Big Stars, and thinking up favorite treats from Grandma for “Trot to Grandma’s House." Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton. This program is taking place during the regularly scheduled Family storytime, in the Community Room.

[Music is in the air by Duane Romanell is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Preschool Storytimes

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of story and words designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the purple room starting Monday, January 6 through Friday, February 14. Registration is online and begins December 23. We welcome you to one of the following sessions:

UofM Family Reading and Science Program I

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, January 18 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled Dining on Dinos: Long necks, sharp teeth, club tails, killer claws, participants will learn what fossils tell us about who ate who in the distant past. The world in the time of the dinosaurs was a brutal place. We will explore what fossils can tell us about the lives and coping strategies of predators and prey animals. Registration begins on December 23.

Preschool Storytimes

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of story and words designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the purple room starting Monday, January 6 through Friday, February 14. Registration is online and begins Monday, December 23. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:


Due to library renovations we will be closed on February 3 and 4, therefore there will be no Preschool Storytime on February 3. The Children's Library and Purple Room will be closed from Feb 3 through February 15. Remaining Preschool Storytimes are as follows:

Friday, February 7 in Community Room
Monday, February 10 in Community Room WITH Family Storytime participants
Friday, February 14 in Community Room

Track Santa

Are you eagerly waiting for Santa to arrive?  You can track his progress towards the big day with a couple of online Santa Trackers with lots of extra holiday fun.
NORAD:  The classic Santa Tracker,  Norad has been tracking Santa for more  than 50 years.  It's website has lots of fun games and Santa info

Google: Google's Santa Tracker uses Google Maps to track where Santa is. The games here are easier if you have younger kids.

Santa Claus.net:  You'll find much of the same information here, along with a weather tracker to see what the temps are in Santa's North Pole Home.  You can also dash a last minute email to Santa. 

Gluten-Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. We will meet in the Purple Room on the second Tuesday of every month and discuss a variety of topics relating to this. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: January 14, 7:00-8:00 PM

[gluten free nut bread by Elana Amsterdam is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Starfish Family Services: CANCELLED

On Tuesday, February 18, from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Terrific Twos: Staying a Step Ahead of Conflict.
Participants will learn supportive ideas and interactions, developed specifically for toddlers, that keep conflicts to a minimum when working with this age group. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Loved Frozen?

Did you love Disney's newest movie release, Frozen?  Or maybe the temps this week have you just feeling frozen?  Here are icy reads, views and listens to fit your favorite theme. 

Frozen read-along storybook and CD [kit] by adapted by Calliope Glass ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Frozen: the essential guide by written by Barbara Bazaldua

Frozen land [videodisc] by Phase 4 Films, Carpediem Film & TV and 10th Ave. Productions present ; KaBOOM! Entertainment ; animation studio, Modus FX ; written by Pierre Tremblay & Roger Harvey ; adapted by Paul Risacher ; directed by Nancy Florence Savard.


Frozen [sound recording]: soundtrack by score, Christophe Beck, songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez.

Affordable Care Act Resources

Starting on October 1, HealthCare.gov will be the home of the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow residents to find, compare, and purchase health coverage. Open enrollment will end on March 1, 2014. The following resources can help you find out more about the Affordable Care Act and how to obtain affordable health coverage for you and your family.

Dystopian Science Fiction for Fifth Grade

Students in the fifth grade at Hoben have an assignment to read a science fiction book that has a dystopian theme. Here is a selection to get them started.

Archon by Lana Krumwiede


The Resisters by Eric Nylund


Sky jumpers by Peggy Eddleman


Wake up missing by Kate Messner


Earthfall by Mark Walden


Time snatchers by Richard Ungar


Time trapped by Richard Ungar

December Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please be prompt!

Starfish Family Services: Let's Pretend

On December 17, from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Pretend. Participants will identify and use everyday elements and strategies for supporting pretend play with their children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Hummingbirds Music Together: Holiday Music Celebration

On Wednesday December 18 from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, babies-5 years old, will help bring the holidays to life with music and dance as we ring in the season with music from The Nutcracker, as well as other musical classics that are part of winter holiday celebrations across the world. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.

[Nutcracker-19 by Michael O'Brien is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

Babymouse Book Group

BabymouseHey, kids in the third and fourth grades! Come to the library during your winter break to enjoy a lively discussion on Babymouse, Vol. 10: The Musical. We'll talk about the book, do some Babymouse activities, and even enjoy a snack or two.

Register online beginning November 25, then come to the Children's Help Desk to pick up a copy of the book. The book discussion will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2:00 PM.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us to dance out the old year. This freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons gets everyone movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-K or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have great stories, a snack and a craft centered around a Christmas theme. Come join us for this fun time at the library on Monday, December 23, 11:00-11:45 AM.

December Creatapillars!

caterpillarAre you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 5 to 9 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our next program will meet on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Registration begins Monday, November 25, 2013.


[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Games Kids Play: Enhancing Language and Literacy Development through Games

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Dr. Lauren Katz and Dr. Joanne Pierson of the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute (3LI - www.3-li.org) will discuss the role that everyday board and card games, including some of the classics, play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. Drs. Katz and Pierson, speech-language pathologists with advanced degrees in education and a specialty in dyslexia, will highlight games for preschoolers to young adults that the family can enjoy together while supporting and building skills in vocabulary, memory, social language, comprehension, reading, and spelling. So come in on December 11 from 7:00-8:00 PM and get great ideas to round out your holiday shopping list!