Visit the Ann Arbor District Library – Wednesday Activity Review

Visiting the Library is today’s Wednesday Activity Review

Each Wednesday this summer, Ann Arbor with Kids is covering an activity typically aimed at children in Elementary School. Especially with the heat, a trip to the library is always a great choice. In addition to all of the great books, each of the Ann Arbor District libraries offers other fun activities. AADL also hosts great events for all ages at their branches.

Visiting AADL

Ann Arbor District Library Branches

There are currently 4 Ann Arbor District Library Branches to visit – the main Downtown Branch, Malletts Creek Branch, Pittsfield Branch, and Traverwood Branch. The West Branch is currently closed for renovation and expansion. I will be sure to update you when it reopens.

  • Downtown Branch – 343 South Fifth Ave
  • Malletts Creek Branch – 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
  • Pittsfield Branch – 2359 Oak Valley Dr
  • Traverwood Branch – 3333 Traverwood Dr
  • West Branch – 2503 Jackson Ave (currently closed)

Library hours are:

  • Monday 10a-9p
  • Tuesday-Friday 9a-9p
  • Saturday 9a-6p
  • Sunday noon-6p

Summer Reading, Books, & More

If your child is not working on the Ann Arbor District Library Summer Reading Game, I definitely recommend signing them up for at least the reading portion of the game. After 10 books, they will be able to select a book from the library cart. My daughter is still working her way through her 10 books. As she’s gotten older, her books take longer to read so it isn’t as easy as when she was a preschooler and we could read 10 picture books in a week.

The Ann Arbor District Library offers a great variety of books, books on CD, movies, and music and any of the branch libraries. The downtown library also offers “Unusual Items” for lending such as home tools, art tools, music tools, and games.

Fun Activities at the Libraries

Each branch offers different activities for kids. All of the branches offer computers with games for kids. 

My daughter has loved the ball popper at the Pittsfield Branch since the library opened when she was a baby. Pittsfield Branch also offers several puzzles and small toys to play with. At the Malletts Creek Branch, my daughter enjoyed playing with their toys when she was younger.

Last week, my daughter loved the games at the Downtown Branch – we played chess in the youth area and Connect Four in the lobby. While you’re at the Downtown Branch, don’t forget to check out the Fairy House in the books. 

Visiting AADL - Playing Chess Downtown

Summer Game Codes

In addition to reading books for the Summer Reading Game, you can play the Summer Reading Game by collecting codes found throughout each library and for attending events. So far this summer, we have been to the Downtown Branch and the Malletts Creek Branch. I love how the codes at each of these branches follow a theme (movies at Downtown and countries at Malletts Creek).

AADL Events

All year the Ann Arbor District Library runs amazing events, but over the summer they increase their event offerings particularly for school aged children. My daughter loves their event. This summer we have attended the Comic Arts Festival and built a Penny Battery. Last year my daughter loved Marshmallow and Roller Coaster Engineering as well as making clay Minions.

Upcoming AADL Events for Elementary & Middle School Students:

Date/Time Event
03/27/2017
4:00pm-8:00pm
Circle K Homework Help
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
03/27/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Sewing Lab
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
03/29/2017
4:00pm-8:00pm
Circle K Homework Help
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
03/30/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
3D Printing Lab
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
03/30/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Holy Crêpe! With Keegan Rodgers!
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/01/2017
12:00pm-3:00pm
Screen Printing Lab
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/01/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Balloon Critters
Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/01/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Watercolor Agate
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/02/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/02/2017
1:00pm-3:00pm
Festifools Workshop- Make Instruments with Drummunity
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/02/2017
3:00pm-5:00pm
Circle K Homework Help
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/03/2017
11:00am-12:00pm
Ahoy Matey! Pirate Storytime & Craft
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/03/2017
3:00pm-4:00pm
Optical Illusions
Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/03/2017
4:00pm-8:00pm
Circle K Homework Help
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/03/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Fiber Arts Lab: Knitting
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/04/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Slime Time!
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/04/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Mastering the French Mother Sauces: Hollandaise
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/05/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Spring Bird Feeders
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/05/2017
3:00pm-4:00pm
Stamp It!
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/05/2017
4:00pm-8:00pm
Circle K Homework Help
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/06/2017
1:00pm-3:00pm
Library Space Camp!
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/06/2017
7:00pm-8:00pm
Bullet Journaling 101
Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/06/2017
7:00pm-8:00pm
Cute as a Button Craft
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/07/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Sand Art Extravaganza
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/07/2017
3:30pm-5:00pm
Shoebox Cities
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/08/2017
1:00pm-2:30pm
Topsy-Turvy Tree Paintings with Flipside Art Studio
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/08/2017
3:00pm-4:00pm
Dragons Love Tacos Party
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/08/2017
3:00pm-4:00pm
Pom Pom Push Pins
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/09/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
Chesstastic
Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/09/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/09/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart Workshop: Minecraft CodeMage Beginnings
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/09/2017
3:00pm-5:00pm
Circle K Homework Help
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/09/2017
3:30pm-3:40pm
Festifools Workshop - Join the AADL Group
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/10/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Sewing Lab
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/11/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Tabletop Gaming Night
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/12/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Dreamcatchers Craft Workshop
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/14/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Electronics Lab - Paper Circuits
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/15/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
The Great Diaper Experiment
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/16/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/17/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Fiber Arts Lab: Crochet
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/19/2017
6:30pm-8:30pm
Block Printing Workshop
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/22/2017
2:00pm-5:00pm
Amigurumi Crochet Critter Joy
Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/22/2017
2:00pm-4:00pm
Learn Calligraphy: Irish Insular Alphabet
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/23/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/23/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart Workshop: 3D Video Game Design
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/23/2017
2:00pm-5:00pm
No-Sew T-Shirt Fabric Rag Rugs
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/24/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Sewing Lab
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/25/2017
6:30pm-7:30pm
Guided Meditation for Kids - Cancelled
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/27/2017
7:00pm-9:00pm
Ann Arbor Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Performance!
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/29/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
Project M/Super Smash Brothers 'Not So' Regulation Throwdown
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/29/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Pixelated Paper Art
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/29/2017
2:00pm-5:00pm
Stash Swap
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/29/2017
3:00pm-4:00pm
Cardboard Monster Jaws
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
04/30/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
Double Dash Duo Derby Dine-In
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/30/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/30/2017
1:00pm-2:30pm
LEGO Connection
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
04/30/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart Workshop: Roblox Studio
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/02/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
Tiny Window Greenhouse
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/06/2017
2:00pm-3:00pm
3-D Flower Art
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/07/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Candy Sushi
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/07/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/07/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Java Programming
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/09/2017
7:00pm-8:00pm
Guided Meditation for Kids - Cancelled
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/13/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Shrinky Dink Keychains
Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/14/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/14/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart Workshop: 3D Video Game Design
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/17/2017
7:00pm-8:30pm
Book Sculptures
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/20/2017
1:00pm-3:00pm
Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2017 Kids' Art Fair
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/21/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
Chesstastic
Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/21/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/21/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart Workshop: Minecraft Python Programming
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/23/2017
5:00pm-7:30pm
Kids! Submit Your Art To Be Juried for the 2017 Kids' Art Fair
Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor
05/28/2017
1:00pm-4:00pm
All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/28/2017
1:00pm-2:00pm
Drawing for Youth
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor
05/28/2017
2:00pm-3:30pm
GameStart: Unity 2D
Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor

 

 

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