May Events at Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library is a great resource for events for all ages. I have compiled a listing of their May 2014 events for kids from babies through teens. Each week they offer a number of baby playgroups, preschool story times, and homework help as well as special events.

Baby Playgroups:

  • Mondays, 10:30-11:30a – Downtown (No Playgroup on Monday, May 26)
  • Tuesdays 10-11a Malletts Creek
  • Wednesdays 11a-noon at Pittsfield
  • Thursdays 6:30-7:30p at Malletts Creek
  • Fridays 10:30-11:30a at Traverwood Branch

Preschool Storytime:

  • Tuesdays 10-10:30a Downtown
  • Tuesdays 11-11:30a Traverwood
  • Wednesdays 10-10:30a Malletts Creek Branch
  • Wednesdays 11-11:30a Downtown
  • Wednesdays 6-6:30p at Traverwood
  • Thursdays 10-10:30a at Traverwood
  • Thursdays 7-7:30p at Pittsfield Branch
  • Fridays, 10-10:30a at Pittsfield Branch
Circle K Homework Help is available for kids in grades K-12.
  • Mondays 4-8p at Downtown Branch (except May 26)
  • Wednesdays 4-8p at Downtown Branch
  • Sundays  3-5p at Downtown Branch

On Saturday, May 3 the Pittsfield Branch will host the Cute Clay Charms event from 2-4p. Kids in K-5th grade can make charms for jewelry, decoration, or collecting.

The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre will be performing Fairy Tale Family Vacation from May 15-18 and will be holding Fairy Tale Vacation Improvisation at the Downtown library on Saturday, May 3 from 2:30-3:30p for kids in grades K-5. Attendees will participate in improvisation and theater games with the shows director and cast.


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The final judging session for the Kids Art Fair at the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is on Sunday, May 4 from 1-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Advance registration is require for participation.

Elementary school aged kids can make Pom-Pom Launchers on Sunday, May 4 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. I know my daughter would love this event.

All ages can Take a Hike @ Barton Nature Area on Thursday, May 8 from 7-8:30p. The library group will meet at the parking lot off of Huron Drive.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will hold Fabulous Flute: KinderConcert: Music & Motion at the Downtown Branch. There will be two sessions – 9:30-10a and 10:30-11a on Friday, May 9. The KinderConcerts are geared towards kids ages 2-5.

Kids can Make a Mother’s Day Card at the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, May 10 from 11a-noon. The event is for preschoolers through 5th graders. My daughter has really enjoyed the craft events at the Pittsfield Branch in past years.

Kids in grades 2-5 can learn Kodu with Kito on Saturday, May 10 from 2-4p at the Downtown Branch. Kodu is a visual programming language geared towards designing games.

Celebrate Mother’s Day by brining your infant to preschooler to Dancing Babies with Denise Owens at the Traverwood Branch from1-1:40p on Sunday, May 11.

On Thursday, May 15 from 10a-10:45a, Gari Stein will lead Nurturing Baby & You: For Babies to Pre-Walkers. Parents of children ages 3 months to pre-walkers (no older siblings). The program focuses on play, movement, music, and more to promote healthy development and strong bonds between parent and child.

On Saturday, May 17th kids in grades K-8 can express their love of Duct Tape with Duct Tape Balls from 3-4p at the Downtown Library as they make playground balls from Duct Tape.

All ages (Grade K-Adult) can practice their chess skills at Chesstastic from 1-4p on Sunday, May 18 at the Traverwood Branch.

Melissa Hudson of KinderRock events will present Dancing Babies on Saturday, March 24 from 10-10:40a at the Downtown Branch. Dancing Babies is for infants through 5 year olds.

There will be an All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament on Sunday, May 25 form 1-4p at the Downtown Branch.

Teen events:
On Saturday, May 3 from 3-5p teens and adults (5th Grade & up) can learn to create video games with Creating Video Games: Art and Animation with the GameStart staff.

Brandon Dayton will hold a Comic Artists Forum on Sunday, May 4 from 1-3p at the Downtown Branch. This event for grade 6 through adult will include exercises and drills, so bring your drawing supplies.

Teen Girls who are interested in Computer Science should plan to attend #CheckMeOut: Women in Computer Science Workshop at the Downtown Branch from 1-3p on Sunday, May 4 or Sunday, May 11.

The Downtown Branch will have Nintendo Night and Speed Run Marathon on Friday, May 9 from 6-8:45p for grades 6-adult.

The monthly Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 7-8:45p at the Traverwood Branch.

On Sunday, May 18 teens and adults (Grade 6+) can attend the Mosaic Jewelry Workshop from 12:30-2:30p and again from 3:30-5:30p at the Downtown Branch. Plan to attend the entire event as it will take the full time period.

Teens & adults can join Project M/Super Smash Brothers “Not so” Regulation Throwdown on Saturday, May 24 from 3-5:45p.

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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.

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