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Caged warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

From age three, McCutcheon Daniels, now sixteen, has been trained in mixed martial arts and must keep winning to feed his five-year-old sister and father, but chance presents an opportunity to get out of the Detroit slums using his brain instead of his fighting skills.

Titans by Victoria Scott

Seventeen-year-old Astrid Sullivan belongs to a family of compulsive gamblers, and now that her father has been laid off from his job in Detroit and lost all their money betting on the Titans, which are half-horse, half car, and race around impossible tracks, her family is falling apart--but when Astrid's new friends give her the chance to participate in this year's Titan races, she thinks she sees a way to win some money and keep her family together.

The vanishing season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Missing city life after moving to a sleepy town in Michigan, Maggie bonds with restless but dutiful Pauline during a summer that is shattered by a serial killer who is targeting teen girls.

Detroit by Sam Moussavi

Although he is still a freshman, basketball star Isaiah is on the varsity team at a private Detroit high school, even though he lives in suburban Auburn Hills, but he faces new challenges as his parents separate.

 

Did you miss our Monday Favorites Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Read to tiger by S. J. Fore

A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling, and practicing karate kicks.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of April 18. 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, April 18-May 28:

  • 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 (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Friends' Activity Room)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, April 18. 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, April 18-May 28:

  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM(Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM(Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM  (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM  (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM  (Friends' Activity Room)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

Did you miss our Monday Seed Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a blooming storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

If you plant a seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

 

"Dig a Little Hole" Action Rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime

​     Dig a little hole. (dig)

     Plant a little seed. (drop a seed)

     Pour a little water. (pour)

     Pull a little weed. (pull up and throw away)

     Chase a little bug. (chase or shoo)

     Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)

     Wait for some sun. (make sun)

     Grow a little rose. (bring hands up and smell a flower)

 

Did you miss our Monday Bird Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a bird storytime you can do at home.

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Sweep up the sun by Helen Frost

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to take flight with the birds outside their windows.

 

You'll find many variations of this rhyme. Here is the one adapted for this week's bird storytime:

     Six feathered birds, so glad to be alive;

     One flew away and then there were five.

     Five feathered birds flying over my door;
     One flew away and then there were four.
     Four feathered birds singing in my tree,
     One flew away and then there were three.
     Three feathered birds looking at you,
     One flew away and then there were two.
     Two feathered birds sleeping in the sun,
     One flew away and then there was one.
     One feathered bird looking like a hero,
     He flew away and now there are zero!

 

Suggested biographies that fall between 100 and 150 pages.

The "Who was..." series.

The Wicked History series.

A biography of Nellie Bly, the pioneering journalist whose showy but substantive stunts skyrocketed her to fame.

Ada Lovelace by Gina Hagler

A computing pioneer.

Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.

 

Did you miss our Monday Balloons Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a light-hearted storytime you can do at home.
 

From Storytime

And away we go! by Miguel Ornia-Blanco

Mr. Fox is going to the moon. Away he goes in his hot air balloon. But wait. Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let's bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox's balloon, but look out--a surprise is in store for everyone too.

 

 

Counting Up Fingerplay:

     A bunch of balloons in my hand

     I tripped, one slipped, and…

     I lost the green (red, orange, yellow…) one, it floated away.

     How many balloons did I lose today?

 

Did you miss our Monday Manners Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a very polite storytime you can do at home.

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Horrible bear! by Ame Dyckman

When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry."

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It

This is a great song to add your own verses! We included two extras this week:

     If you're thankful and you know it say thank you.

     If you're sneezing and you know it cover your mouth (and of course say "ahhhchoo")

Dance Your Fanny Off

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Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

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

Upcoming sessions

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