Popsicle Stick Flashlight

Saturday November 25, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade K - 5

Make your own flashlight! This hands-on project uses a battery, an LED light, and simple circuits.

Sensory Storytime

Saturday November 18, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 3-7

Storytime is for everyone!

This special storytime includes 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 minutes of adaptive free play!

This event is designed for young listeners with developmental disabilities and their friends and families.

Sensory Storytime

Saturday October 21, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 3-7

Storytime is for everyone!

This special storytime includes 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 minutes of adaptive free play!

This event is designed for young listeners with developmental disabilities and their friends and families.

Sensory Storytime

Saturday September 16, 2017: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for age 3-7

Storytime is for everyone!

This special storytime includes 20 minutes of interactive stories, rhymes, and movement, plus 40 minutes of adaptive free play!

This event is designed for young listeners with developmental disabilities and their friends and families.

Spider Web Art

Sunday October 15, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool-grade 3

Make cool spider web art just in time for Halloween!

"Bear Says Thanks" Storytime and Craft

Saturday November 18, 2017: 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for preschool

Listen to several stories about thankfulness, and then join us in making a craft!

Summer Game Spectacular Spectacular Countdown- T Minus 1 Day!

HOLY JUMPIN’ JIMINY, BATMAN! It’s almost time for the Summer Game Spectacular! We are so excited over here that we can barely stand it! Except we have to stand it, because we have to get ready to host all of you at the most AMAZING EVENT OF THE SUMMER! In fact, we might just call this the most amazing event of any summer! What about the Olympics, you ask? Ha! Do the Olympics have Mini Ping Pong? No! They just have regular ping pong AKA table tennis AKA no fun at all! Burning Man? Does Burning Man have GIANT CONNECT 4? I don’t know! Maybe! They have a lot of weird stuff. BUT you’d have to fight off 65,000 dusty hippies to play it and that would be NO FUN! Lollapalooza? More like Yawnapalooza!

So now that we’ve convinced you that no other event is even worth thinking about going to, why should you come to the Summer Game Spectacular? Well, do you like the CIRCUS? Even better, a CIRCUS with no trained animals, so you don’t have to feel guilty about loving it!? OF COURSE YOU DO!

What about games? Do you like games? Of course you do! You’re not a monster! Unless you are one of our friendly picnicking monsters, in which case, welcome! In either case, where else are you going to see AN ENTIRE BASEBALL FIELD jam-packed with our amazing outdoor game collection?!

Also, what does your face look like RIGHT NOW? Is it as plain as plain oatmeal? As plain as a low-salt saltine? Come get it painted by a WORLD CLASS FACE PAINTER and worry no more!

Did all that talk of oatmeal and low-salt saltines (can you believe that’s even a thing?!!) make you hungry? Why don’t you hop outside and order some delicious food from a foodtruck? Oh there’s no food truck right outside your door? NEVER FEAR! Come to the Summer Game Spectacular and eat your heart out!

And how about points? We KNOW you love points! And badges! Well look no further! The Summer Game Spectacular will boast not one, not two, but FIVE badges! Just think of all the AMAZING ITEMS you’ll be able to buy from the Summer Game Shop with all those points!

So have you gotten all of this?! We’re inviting you to a HUGE PARTY where you can PLAY GAMES, WATCH A CIRCUS, HAVE YOUR FACE PAINTED, and then earn points to spend on COOL PRIZES?! No library would be crazy enough to do all of that! It would be just TOO MUCH FUN! Or maybe… it would be JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FUN!

From 1:00 - 4:00 PM come one, come all, to party with us at the Summer Game Spectacular, this Saturday, July 15th, at Veterans Park! We'll be at the baseball field and the softball field closest to the dirt parking lot off of Maple, next to the Skate Park. WE CAN’T WAIT!!!!

Heirloom Apple Tasting

Friday October 13, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for all ages

Farmers once grew thousands of varieties of apples. In modern times, most of these old heirloom varieties are extremely rare, and are now grown by only a small handful of farms.

We're taste-testing some fantastic heirloom apples—all grown right here in Michigan! Join us to discover a diverse array of sweet, sour, crisp, soft, gnarly, delicious, and straight-up weird apple varieties!

AADL staff will be on hand to explain a bit of the history of each selection. Here are some of the heirloom apples that we expect to sample:

[note: varieties sampled may be subject to change]

Cox’s Orange Pippin:
Origin: 1830, in England. A highly regarded dessert apple, the Cox is best eaten or used for cider. Generally on the small side, it is complex in flavor and sweet. It is not well suited for cooking or baking.

Esopus Spitzenburg:
Origin: before 1790, in New York. Like many russetted apples, the Spitzenburg is crisp and sweet, with a vaguely pear-like flavor. It is reputed to be Thomas Jefferson’s favorite apple.

Northern Spy:
Origin: 1800’s, in New York. Probably the best pie apple ever. A great combination of sweet and acidic, the Northern Spy is highly sought-after by bakers in-the-know

Calville Blanc d’hiver:
Origin: 1700’s, in France. An excellent baking apple, the Calville holds up well in the oven, and is a satisfying mix of crisp and tart. The Calville Blanc is unusually high in vitamin C.

Halloween Costume Swap

Sunday October 22, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for all ages.

Come pick out a new-to-you costume for this year! We'll also be doing a kids' craft!

This is a wonderful chance to save money, clear your closet, and pick out something snazzy for this year from the gently used and clean costumes dropped off at any Library Branch during the month of October.

Preschool ArtStart

Monday November 20, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

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