Friday, December 28, 2012

Family Science Workshops

The annual family science program is presented by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.  This year's theme is Just Like Me?: Exploring Culture, Biology and Diversity.

The workshops are intended for children ages 6 - 11 with an adult (kindergarteners are welcome) and will be held in the library.  

Registration is required; please register here.  
We hope you will be able to attend all three workshops, but if your schedule prevents you from attending all three, you are welcome to attend one or two.

All of us seem so different from the outside, but is that really true? In a series of 3 hands-on family workshops we will explore how biology, anthropology, and physics all play a part in race and culture.

All of us seem so different from the outside, but is that really true? In a series of 3 hands-on family workshops we will explore how biology, anthropology, and physics all play a part in race and culture. 

Saturday, January 26 at 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. (choose one session)  

Workshop 1: What makes us different? What makes us the same? There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Families will learn about the biological reasons behind skin color, hair texture and explore other inherited genetic traits like the ability to taste certain compounds. Families will extract DNA from bananas, create models of hair follicles, and examine genetic traits.

Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 P.M. or 2:30 P.M. (choose one session)
[The 1:00 session is full; space is still available in the 2:30 session.]
Workshop 2: Everybody cooks.
Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the place? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what cultural transmission is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter.

Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 P.M.
Workshop 3: Can you feel the beat?
They say music is the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some sounds creep us out or get us excited. We will explore how cultural transmission influences music and families will get to make their own instruments.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas Programs

Visit with Santa
Saturday, December 8
10:15 A.M. or 10:45 A.M.
Visit with Santa, have your picture taken with him, and create a Christmas craft. 
Please register here

 Christmas Storytime
Toddlers and Preschoolers
December 19 – 21
See Storytime description for details.
Please register here. If you already attend Storytime, you do not need to register again.  

Christmas Stories & Crafts
Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Wednesday, December 19 at 4:45 P.M.
Hear a Christmas story and create a Christmas craft.
Please register here.

Christmas Treats
3rd - 5th grade
Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 P.M.
Create Christmas treats to eat.
Please register here.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bookworms Book Club

Our Bookworms group discussed Mr. Popper's Penguins and created penguin projects during this month's program.  

The Bookworms book club for 2nd and 3rd graders meets monthly.  We're reading Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth for December's program.  You may pick up a copy of the book from the circulation desk and join us for the program on December 11.  See the book club tab for details and to register. 

Oreo Penguins:

Penguin Crafts:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Halloween Programs

 Toddlers (ages 2-3)
Thursday, October 25 ~ 10:30 A.M.

Preschool (ages 3-5)
Wednesday, October 24 ~ 4:45 and 7:00 P.M.
Friday, October 26 ~ 10:30 A.M.
 Hear Halloween stories, sing Halloween songs,
and create a Halloween craft. 
Costumes are welcome.
Register here.

Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Thursday, October 25
4:45 – 5:45 P.M.
Hear fun Halloween stories and create
a Halloween craft. Costumes are welcome.
Register here
3rd - 5th grade
Tuesday, October 23
4:45 P.M. – 5:45 P.M.
Hear slightly spooky stories and create a
Halloween craft.  Costumes are welcome.
Register here
6th – 8th grade
Monday, October 29
4:30 – 5:30 P.M.
Carve a jack-o-lantern to take home with you.  Registration is required by Friday, October 26.
Register here.
9th – 12th grade
Monday, October 29
6:45 – 7:45 P.M.
Carve a jack-o-lantern to take home with you.  Registration is required by Friday, October 26.
Register here

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Books

Here's a look at the children's new book shelf today.

If you've been waiting for Ninjago books or the the latest Magic Tree House, Heroes of Olympus, or Captain Underpants, or Amulet books, they are here now.  Click on the links to see if they are available or to reserve them.

Check our catalog for a list of more new books.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Michigan Reads!

Each year, the Library of Michigan selects a picture book by a Michigan author for the Michigan Reads program.  This "one state, one children's book" reinforces the importance of reading to young children and encourages adults to read the selected book to children throughout September and October. 

This year's selection is Moose on the Loose by Kathy-Jo Wargin.  We'll read about the adventures one child has when a moose visits his house.  What would you do if you had a moose on the loose at your house?

We'll read Moose on the Loose, hear related stories, and create craft projects this week at the library during Storytime for preschoolers on Wednesday afternoon and evening and during  Book Buddies for kindergarteners through second graders on Thursday afternoon.  See the links for details or to register for either program.  We hope to see you there for fun with a moose on the loose!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dork Diaries Readalikes

Have you read all of the Dork Diaries?  Are you looking for something else to read?  Try some of these:

Amelia series by Marissa Moss

Boys are Dogs by Leslie Margolis

Dear Dumb Diary series by Jim Benton

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

How I Survived Middle School by Nancy Krulik

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Olympics

The Olympics begin tomorrow.  Check out these books to learn about events, records, history, technology, and more. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Children enjoyed seeing, sitting in, and honking the horns of twelve vehicles this morning at our Touch-a-Truck event.  We appreciate everyone who brought vehicles to this program:

Army National Guard

Budget/Stadium/Milan Towing,
Finch Sand and Gravel, LLC,
Gotts Transit Mix,
Huron Valley Ambulance,
Milan Area Schools Transportation,
Milan Department of Public Works,
Milan Police Department, and
Monroe County American Red Cross.

Humvee from the Army National Guard: 

Dump Truck and Backhoe from Milan's Department of Public Works:

Dump truck from Finch Sand and Gravel:


Cement mixer from Gott's Transit:

School bus from Milan Area Schools - Department of Transportation:

Emergency response vehicle form Monroe County American Red Cross:

Ambulance from Huron Valley Ambulance:


Police car from Milan Police Department:

Tow trucks from Budget/Milan/Stadium Towing: