Summer Events at Ann Arbor District Library

There are two weeks left in the school year, so in addition to their regular programming, Ann Arbor District Library will be launching their Summer Game as well as adding additional programming for school aged kids over the summer. I have listed events below, however, please verify the times and locations before attending. The library has already relocated some events from the Downtown Library’s Multi-Purpose room to other locations both within the Downtown Branch and to other branches due to elevator problems which have required closing the lower level with the Multi-Purpose Room.

Unless otherwise specified, the events below are for elementary aged children (grades K-5). There are separate blog posts with AADL Events for Babies through Preschoolers and AADL Events for Teens through Adults.

There may be only a few days left of school, but the library will continue to offer Circle K Homework Help at the Downtown Branch. Sessions are:
All ages can get out and enjoy nature as they Take a Hike @ Argo Nature Area on Thursday, June 5 from 7-8:30p. There will be another Take a Hike, at the Furstenberg Nature Area, from 7-8:30p on Thursday, August 7.
LEGO Connection will be held on Sunday, June 8 from 1-2:30p at the Downtown Branch. We attended LEGO Connection in September 2012. LEGO Connection is designed for kids in grades K-5.
Of course you will want to mark your calendar for the library’s 9th Annual LEGO Contest which returns to Kensington Court on Thursday, August 7. Drop off is from 9a-3p with the doors opening at 6p and the awards ceremony at 8p. We love the LEGO contest and my daughter will definitely be participating.

AADL has events to celebrate holidays this summer…both Father’s Day and Fourth of July. Kids (K-5) can get ready to celebrate Father’s Day on Saturday, June 14 from 2-3:30p by Making a Father’s Day Card at the Malletts Creek Branch. We have loved celebrating Fourth of July with the Happy Birthday, America! crafts at the Pittsfield Branch in past year’s. This year’s Happy Birthday, America! celebration will be on Wednesday, July 2 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Past crafts have inspired our decorations of my daughter’s bike for the Ann Arbor Jaycees Fourth of July Parade.
The Ann Arbor District Library sponsors Kids Rock Sundays at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. As part of the celebration, they will host two events at the library. On Sunday, June 15 The Dirty Sock Funtime Band Wants YOU! to join the fun from 1-2p at the Pittsfield Branch as they write a song to be used at their 7p show at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Then, on Sunday June 29 join Aaron Nigel Smith at the Downtown Branch from 1-2p and learn to Make Your Own Instrument to bring to his 7p show at Ann Arbor Summer Festival. The event is designed for grades K-3. 
The summer schedule starts in full force on Monday, June 16 with the first weekday of summer vacation for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Unless otherwise noted, the events below are geared for elementary school aged children (K-5) although younger or older children can join in the fun.
On Monday, June 16 from 1-2p kids can Make a Flowernote Bouquet at the Traverwood Branch. They can also make Pinwheel Flower Pots on Thursday, July 24 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch.
Kids can learn about Braille – both the history and hands-on with tactile materials – at Read with Feeling on Tuesday June 17 from 2-3p at the Downtown Branch. Then, on Friday, June 20 they can Craft Their Name in Braille at the Downtown Branch from 2-3p.

The fifth annual Kids Read Comics event will be from 11a-6p on Saturday, June 21 and 12:30-6p on Sunday, June 22. Kids Read Comics is designed for kids in grade 4-adult. I’ll provide more details as the event draws closer. There is more Comic Book fun for those in grades 3 and up on Tuesday, July 8 from 2-3p with Comic Book Creations where kids can recycle comic books into a pendant or magnet. Bring the comic you wish to use if you have one. Kids can make their own super hero cape on Friday, July 25 at Caped Crusaders from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch

There are a number of engineering programs all summer. Learn some Eggcellent Engineering on Friday, June 27 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Kids (K-8) will build a contraption to protect an egg from a drop off a ladder. Kids (K-5) can continue the engineering theme on Sunday, June 29 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch with Craft Stick Catapults. There is also Pop-Up Paper Engineering from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, July 1. Then, on Thursday, July 10 from 2-3p they can join the Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge from 2-3:30p at Pittsfield Branch. I am marking our calendar for this event since my daughter loves roller coasters and we have been unable to attend this event in the past. In Manufacturama on Sunday, July 13 from 2-5p at Pittsfield and again on Sunday, August 10 from 2-5p at Downtown Branch, kids in grades 3-5 will use conductive paint to create simple circuits in their inventions. They can also learn about Simple Circuits with Engineers! on Sunday, July 27 from 2-5p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Simple Circuits with Engineering will be held again on Sunday, August 17 from 2-5p. The Marshmallow Engineering Challenge is on Sunday, July 13 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Then, on Thursday, July 17 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch kids can make Soda Straw RocketsStraw Bridge Engineering will be held on Wednesday, August 13 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch. It is for kids in grades 3-8. Kids can learn about scientific experimenting with The Great Diaper Experiment on Wednesday, August 20 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch.


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There are plenty of “Critter Crafts” planned at the library this summer. Sunday, June 8 is the Lucky Flying Fish craft for kids in grades K-5 at the Traverwood Branch from 2-3:30p.

Then, get ready for the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 with Dragon themed crafts from 2-3p on Wednesday, June 18 at the Malletts Creek Branch. Fairy loving kids can Make a Fairy Doll from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch on Friday, June 20. Kids can make Coat Hanger Monsters and Dragonfly Clothes Pins on Tuesday, June 24 from 2-3p at Pittsfield Branch. 
What kid doesn’t love Balloon Critters? They can learn to make their own on Wednesday, June 25 from 2-3p at the Downtown Branch. The can also make Mini Yarn Monsters on Tuesday, July 29 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. On Thursday, July 31 kids can make Gumdrop People from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch.
Textile Time is on Thursday, June 26 from 2-3p at Malletts Creek Branch. Turn Paper Bags into Puppets at the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, July 12 from 2-3p. On Tuesday, July 15 from 2-3p kids can make Kaledioscopes at the Pittsfield Branch. Then on Tuesday, July 22 they can make Jolly Paper Jellyfish from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch. Magnet Crafts will be held on Saturday, August 9 from 2-3p at the Traverwood Branch. Magnet Crafts are for grades K-8. On Sunday, August 10 kids can make Duct Tape Balls at the Malletts Creek Branch from 2-3p. Kids can make a Crazy Collage on Thursday, August 14 from 7-8p at the Downtown Branch. Grades 3 through adults can make Noteworthy Notebooks on Tuesday, August 19 from 1-2p at the Malletts Creek Branch.

On Saturday, June 28 all ages can head to the Downtown Library to learn how to make a video review and leave a review of their favorite library item at Lights, Camera, Action! Talk Up Your Favorite Library Item. The event is for those from preschool through adult and runs from 11a-4p. It will be repeated on Saturday, August 9 from 11a-4p.
My daughter loves Angry Birds, and would love the Life-Sized Angry Birds event on Monday, July 28 from 1-4p at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Building. Unfortunately, like last year, we are unable to make the event. Make Mini Clay Figures from Plants vs. Zombies on Tuesday, July 8 from 2-3:30p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Celebrate the return of Turtle Power by making Mini Clay Figures: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Tuesday, August 12 from 2-3:30p.
Kids can make their own fishing game with felt, magnets, washers, glue, and scissors at Let’s Go Fishing on Wednesday, July 9 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch.
Kids can make Acorn Necklaces on Thursday, July 10 from 1-2p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Those in 3rd grade through adults can make Paperclip Fashion Necklaces on Tuesday, August 5 from 2-3p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Kids (grade 3-adult) can learn a little about binary code as they make Binary Keychains with their name in Binary code at the Pittsfield Branch on Tuesday, August 12 from 6:30-8p.
On Thursday, July 10 from 7-7:45p the Downtown Branch will host a Joe Reilly Concert for kids in grades 3-5. Joel’s ScienceRific Comedy Show is on Tuesday, July 29 from 7-7:45p at the Malletts Creek Branch. Join the Pajama Jam on Friday, August 8 from 7-7:30p at the Pittsfield Branch. Pajama Jam will feature stories and songs with a storyteller and musician. Come in PJs with a stuffed animal or blanket. Pajama Jam is for preschoolers through 3rd graders. The Frankenstein Puppet Show will be held at the Pittsfield Branch from 3-3:45p on Monday, August 11.
Kids can get ready for late summer vacations with Pack Your Stuff! on Thursday, July 17 from 1-2p at the Pittsfield Branch. They will make holders for their toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap.
Kids (Grades 3-5) can get an introduction to programming with Hello World: Command Line for Kids on Thursday, July 24 from 6-7:30p at the Downtown Branch and again on Thursday, August 21 from 6-7:30p.
Kids can be inspired by their favorite wand bearing characters from stories – Harry Potter, Rainbow Magic Fairies, or some other tale – at the Make-A-Wand Workshop on Wednesday, August 6 from 2-3p at the Pittsfield Branch.

By August, kids will be looking to cool off, so it is a great time for Ice Cream in a Bag at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, August 7 from 2-3p.

Kids (grades 3 and up) and adults can bring their Hula Hoops on Tuesday, August 19 from 7-8p to the Downtown Branch for Hula Hoopla where they will learn new tricks.

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