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Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

What's going on with George? When George's mother says bark, George meows, or quacks!̀.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

As it says right on their website, Urban Stringz is a change agent.  Founded in 2007 by Cecelia Sharpe, music educator and conductor, the mission of Urban Stringz II is to enhance student’s musical talents and abilities in addition to exposing them to our culturally rich and diverse society. Their sound blends classical violin with contemporary music that produces a unique and unforgettable musical experience. We can't wait to host this talented group of students on February 13 from 2:00-3:00PM. This program is recommended for patrons of all ages.

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

As the Clearwaters travel west, fearless Granny and Little Critter are jolted from the horse-drawn wagon and have many exotic adventures before being reunited with the rest of their family.

An anaconda ate my homework by Alice Schertle

On his way home from school, Digby, unhappy about the ten pages of homework due the following day, is carried off to the jungle by a raptor and must escape from an extraordinary series of dangers using items from his backpack.

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 4. 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. Due to the renovation of the Children's Library all ABC Activity Time sessions wil take place in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Times, January 4-February 13:

Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 4. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Due to the renovations in the Children's Library all Family Storytimes will take place in the Community Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 4-February 13:
Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM
Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM
Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM
Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM

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 or remain in the lobby area, as this storytime will be held in the community room during the renovation. Preschool storytime will begin Friday, January 8, 2:00-2:30 pm thru Friday, February 12. Registration is online and begins December 23rd. There will be no Monday morning Preschool Storytime during the renovation.

Did you miss our Toys storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a toy themed storytime of your own. The books with stars before the title were shared this evening. It can be a good opportunity to talk with children about sharing, losing, or forgoing toys they have outgrown as times for new toys approach, like birthdays or the holidays.

We also danced to Toy Boat by Jim Gill from his Irrational Anthem CD and found our missing teddy bear hiding under different colored circles. We used a flannel board, but you could do the same thing with pots, boxes, or pillow cases.

Little Bear, Little Bear
Where is Little Bear?
Could he be hiding under
the blue circle there?

* Train! by Judi Abbot

A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself. Also available as a board book.

* Where's my teddy? by Jez Alborough

When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.

STEM Books for Young Readers

The Cook Prize honors the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) picture books published for children each year. Check out the winner or one of the honor books today. 

Winner

Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George ; paintings by Wendell Minor

Honor Books

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks

Mr. Ferris and his wheel by written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis ; illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Unconventional Princess Picture Books

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Meg Hunt

Princess-in-training by Tammi Sauer ; pictures by Joe Berger

The princess and the pony by Kate Beaton

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

The paper bag princess by story, Robert N. Munsch ; illus- trations, Michael Martchenko

Part-time princess by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Cambria Evans

Michigan Activity Pass

Michigan Activity Pass hot air balloon logoSaturday, September 26 is Family Health & Fitness Day USA Make the most of the day and the beautiful fall weather by visiting a state park. Library card holders can print a free or discounted pass through the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program to state parks, camp grounds, area museums and much more.

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