Education

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.

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]

Citizenship and You

Have you been living in the US and wondering how to become a full-fledged citizen of this great country?
Attorney Ruby Robinson and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will provide information and access to materials to get the process started for you. Come hear how you can become a citizen of the United States of America. Join us on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 PM to get answers and help.

Grocery Savings with the Bargain Shopper Mom

Unfortunately, this program has been canceled. Stay tuned while we reschedule with Melissa Banks!

Melissa Banks, the Blogger Bargain Shopper Mom can show you all the tricks for saving when at the grocery store and preparing your meals. Please join us on January 16 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room for helpful hints and super savings.

A Time for Change? - CANCELLED

Did you spend time with your elderly relatives over the holidays? Is it harder for Mom to do the stairs or the dishes or harder for Dad to hear or get in the car? Maybe it's time for a change. That can be very difficult to talk about and to actually organize. Senior Real Estate Specialist, Nancy Austin, offers advice in everything from listing the house to cleaning it out to getting settled in someplace more appropriate and safe. Be prepared for this important change in your lives by joining us on January 22 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room.

Your 2014 Investment Outlook

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management is back by popular demand. Mr. Bloom, recognized as one of the premier money managers in the country, will share the information we need to make our 2014 investments grow. Bloom is often heard on radio, has a newspaper column and is seen on TV giving sound advise on investing and projecting the climate on Wall Street. Please join us on January 23 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room to get your fiscal year started off on the right foot.

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.

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!

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