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1999 Winter/Spring Programs


Note: this is a preliminary list. Additional programs may be added as their scheduling is confirmed.

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Program Descriptions



The Library offers a variety of storytimes for many ages. School year and summer schedules may not be the same. Please check for updated information at the beginning of each season (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).

Tot Storytime

Storytime at the Main Library for two-year-olds only. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Older and younger siblings may not attend. In-person registration required.

          Tuesdays,        9:30-10:00 a.m.
          Tuesdays,	   7:00-7:30 p.m.
          Wednesdays,      9:30-10:00 a.m.

Winter Session: Week of January 18-Week of February 22. In-person registration begins Tuesday, January 5 at the Main Library (Youth Department). Registration begins Wednesday, January 6 for participants from the Fall series.

Spring Session: Week of March 15-Week of April 26. In-person registration begins Tuesday, March 2 at the Main Library (Youth Department). Registration begins Wednesday, March 3 for participants from the Winter series.

Winter/Spring Drop-In Storytimes

Storytimes for listeners ages 3 & up. No registration is required.

At the Main Library Youth Department

          Tuesdays,        2:00-2:30 p.m.
          Wednesdays,      6:30-7:00 p.m.
          Thursdays,       9:30-10:00 a.m.

The following themes have been scheduled:

Home Day Care Storytimes

Storytimes for licensed home day care providers and their charges, in the Main Library Youth Department. Registration is required.

Winter Session:

          Tuesdays,   January 19 through February 23    10:30-11:00 a.m.
          Wednesdays, January 20 through February 24  10:30-11:00 a.m.

Registration begins Monday, January 4. Please call the Youth Department, 327-8301.

Spring Session:

	Tuesdays,   March 16 through April 27	10:30-11:00 a.m.
	Wednesdays, March 17 through April 28	10:30-11:00 a.m.

Registration begins Monday, March 1.

Storytime for Preschool Groups

Storytimes for preschool/nursery school groups, ages 3 and up, in the Main Library Storytelling Room.

Winter/Spring Session: Alternating weeks, January 21 - April 29. (No storytime April 8.) Registration is required, in person or by telephone (327-8301), starting Tuesday, January 5.

	  Thursdays	10:30-11:00 a.m.

Evening Voyages

Traditional storytelling for everyone from 6 to 96! (Children under 6 will not be admitted.)

Pre-School Storytimes At the Branches

For listeners ages three and up.

Winter Session:Week of January 18 through week of February 22. Register by telephone or in person starting Tuesday, January 5, by telephone or in person.

Spring Session:Week of March 15 through week of April 26. Register by telephone or in person starting Tuesday, March 3.


Family Reading for the Fun of It!

Registration begins on Monday, January 4, 1999 at all Library outlets.

From January through March, families are encouraged to set aside a special time for reading each day and to log their daily reading times. For every five hours logged, families may enter a monthly drawing for prizes.

Families who sign up to participate in this program are encouraged to bring in a photograph of any of all family members reading. We will display these photos for the length of the program. You will be able to list your family's favorite book titles near your photographs. Come see what other families love to read!

Each Friday night in January (except for New Year's Day) FAMILY READING NIGHTS program on a Friday evening will feature local celebrities and U of M sports stars. Join us from 7:00-8:30 p.m.for an evening of family fun!

Registration begins January 4, 1999 for programs at the following Ann Arbor District Library locations:

A grand celebration on Friday, March 19, 1999 in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Main Library will mark "March is Reading Month" and will honor all Family Reading Program participants who have read a minimum of ten hours together during the course of the program. We will have a very special guest from the University of Michigan Athletic Department and other surprises as well.

Booklists of suggested reading for participants will be available in the library or here on the web:


String Figure Fun

Cat's cradle and more. Marcia Gaynor returns for workshops on making popular string figures. Recommended audience: 8 years old and up. Space is limited; registration in person or by telephone is required.

Main Library. Sessions are held the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.:

         January 5  (Registration begins Tues., Dec. 15)
         February 2 (Registration begins Fri., Jan. 15)
         March 2    (Registration begins Mon., Feb. 15)
         April 6    (Registration begins Mon., Mar. 15)
         May 4     (Registration begins Thurs., Apr. 15)

Origami Fun

Paperfolding projects for the entire family. Supplies provided. Younger participants under 6 years old may need assistance and must be accompanied by adults. Registration is required in person or by telephone. Programs generally will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room (located on the lower level of the library).

Main Library

Second Tuesdays each month, 7:00-8:00 p.m.:

         January 12 (Registration begins Tues., Dec.15)
         February 9 (Registration begins Fri., Jan. 15)
         March 9    (Registration begins Mon., Feb. 15)
         April 13    (Registration begins Mon., Mar. 15)
         May 11     (Registration begins Thurs., Apr. 15)


Saturdays, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join youth services librarians at the branches and Main for hands-on training using the Internet. Registration is required, beginning on the 15th day of the previous month. Please call individual branches to register; at Main, call the Computer Training Center (327-4550).

Web Walk

For elementary students, grades 1 through 5, and an accompanying adult. Parents and children will work together as a team.

Please note: Branch classes are free. Space is limited; participants will share computers. Main Library hands-on classes are held in the Third Floor training room, where each middle school student or parent-child team will have an individual computer. Classes are available to library card holders for $5.00 per session. Individuals may register for up to 2 classes a month. Registration cancellations will be accepted up to 24 hours prior to class.

Family Guide to the World Wide Web

Friday, January 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

This drop-in demonstration will be held in the Youth Department's KIDS' CONNECTION Computer Center and will introduce the internet, featuring the Ann Arbor District Library home pages. Recommended for ages 6 and up. No registration is required.


Library Orientation for Home-Schooling Families

Registration begins on Tuesday January 26, by telephone or in person at each location. Public service librarians will introduce parents and students to library services and resources and will guide them on building tours.

Hiroko Fujita: Japanese Storyteller

Main Library::Multi-Purpose Room
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

This engaging teacher and storyteller from Japan returns to share the richness of her heritage with Ann Arbor families, assisted by Oklahoma storyteller, Fran Stallings. Registration is required in person or by telephone beginning Monday, March 1.

Spring Break Movie

Main Library::Multi-Purpose Room
Thursday, April 8, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Phantom Tollbooth--animated. Milo is bored until he finds himself on a magical journey through the lands of words and numbers. Based on the book by Norman Juster, this film is recommended for ages 5 and up.

Ed Spitler, Interactive Puppeteer

Main Library::Multi-Purpose Room
Saturday, March 13, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Recommended for ages 4 and up. Registration is required by telephone or in person and begins on the 15th of the previous month.

NOTE: April 10 session has been CANCELLED.

Wild Swan Theater Workshop

Main Library::Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, May 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Enter the magical world of theater, as professional actors show you how a novel becomes a play. See an exciting scene from the novel Brothers of the Heart. Meet its author, Joan Blos, and participate in group discussions and theater activities with Wild Swan Theater actors. For participants age 9 and up. Registration begins Monday, April 19, by telephone or in person.

This workshop is a wonderful introduction to the full play, which you can see at Washtenaw Community College's Towsley Theater, May 14-16. For more information about the play, call Wild Swan Theater at 995-0530.

Be sure to look for the special display in the Youth Department during May, inspired by this exciting production, that celebrates the history of Ann Arbor.

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Last revised 17 March 1999