March Events at Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library has a number of great events for kids of all ages. The big event in March 2014 is the 10th Anniversary of the Malletts Creek Branch. The Malletts Creek 10th Anniversary Celebration for Youth (ages 3+) will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 10-11a.

Babies (Infant-2)
Playgroups for babies from birth to 2 year olds are held several times throughout the week. My daughter and I loved the Baby Playgroups when she was an infant and early toddler. Baby Playgroups last for an hour and include about 15 minutes of stories/songs and 45 minutes of play.

  • Mondays, 10:30-11:30a at the Downtown Branch
  • Tuesdays 10-11a at the Malletts Creek Branch
  • Wednesdays 11a-noon at the Pittsfield Branch
  • Thursdays 6:30-7:30p at the Malletts Creek Branch
  • Fridays 10:30-11:30a at the Traverwood Branch

On Saturday, March 29 from 11-11:45a, parents can learn Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers at the Malletts Creek Branch. The session is designed for babies  age 6 months-2 years with an adult (no older siblings). The sessions is taught by Kathy Brady, certified instructor of Signing Smart.

There are two Dancing Babies sessions for infants through 5 year olds:

Preschoolers (Ages 2-5)
Preschool Storytimes are designed for kids ages 2-5 with an adult. My daughter never transitioned well to the preschool story times from the baby playgroup. She knew there were toys in the children’s area and was always more eager to go visit them than sit and listen to stories.

  • Tuesdays, 10-10:30a at the Downtown Branch
  • Tuesdays 11-11:30a at the Traverwood Branch
  • Wednesdays, 10-10:30a at the Malletts Creek Branch
  • Wednesdays 11-11:30a at the Downtown Branch
  • Wednesdays 6-6:30p at the Traverwood Branch
  • Thursdays 10-10:30a at the Traverwood Branch
  • Thursdays 7-7:30p at the Pittsfield Branch
  • Fridays 10-10:30a at the Pittsfield Branch

On Saturday, March 1 Preschool Yoga will be held at the Pittsfield Branch from 10a-10:40a  for preschoolers ages 2-5

On Sunday, March 9, The Michigan Theater is co-spornsoring  Story and Craft Time: “Splat the Cat” and “Grumpy Bird” at Malletts Creek Branch in conjunction with their Sunday, March 16 Not Just For Kids production The Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books. The event is geared towards kids in Preschool-Grade 3.

There are two Dancing Babies sessions for infants through 5 year olds:

Elementary Aged Students (Grades K-5)
Sunday, March 2 is Read Across America Day. From 1-2p, the Downtown Branch will have Seuss Crafts: Read Across America Day.

On Sunday, March 9, The Michigan Theater is co-spornsoring  Story and Craft Time: “Splat the Cat” and “Grumpy Bird” at Malletts Creek Branch in conjunction with their Sunday, March 16 Not Just For Kids production The Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books. The event is geared towards kids in Preschool-Grade 3.

Also on the 9th, Kids can make Cardz for Kidz: Creating Cards to Lift Spirits from 3-4p at the Downtown Branch. Cardz for Kidz is a group that organizes events across the country to make cards for pediatric patients and other kids in need. They’ll deliver the cards to cheer up children.

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History continues their Family Science Workshop with Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance from 10-11a on Saturday, March 15 at the Pittsfield Branch. My daughter loves the programs from the Natural History Museum.

Also on the 15th, kids can learn the visual programming language Kodu with Kito from 2-4p at the Downtown Branch.

You and your child can practice chess skills on Sunday, March 16 with Chesstastic from 1-4p (Grades K-Adult) at the Traverwood Branch.

Parents
Parents may want to make time to attend Free to Learn: How Children Educate Themselves Through Play presented by author and early childhood expert Peter Gray on Saturday, March 8 from 2-3:30p. The event is co-sponsored by Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The event will be recorded if you are unable to make it in person.


Teen/Adult Programs
Teens and adults (Grades 5+) interested in Storytelling through Computer Animation, Comics, or stories, should check out:

Teen and Adult Craft Sessions include:

Middle and High School LEGO lovers can checkout the Library Lego League: Robot Wrestling on Saturday, March 16 from 1-4p at Downtown Branch.

Finally, on Monday, March 31, teens can learn to Use Yoga to Detoxify the Body, Mind, and Emotions at Downtown Branch from 7-8:30p.

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