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Visiting AADL - Playing Chess Downtown

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.

Ann Arbor District Library Branches

There are currently 5 Ann ArborΒ District Library BranchesΒ to visit – the main Downtown Branch, Westgate Branch, Malletts Creek Branch, Pittsfield Branch, and Traverwood Branch.

  • Downtown Branch – 343 South Fifth Ave
  • Malletts Creek Branch – 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway
  • Pittsfield Branch – 2359 Oak Valley Dr
  • Traverwood Branch – 3333 Traverwood Dr
  • Westgate Branch – 2503 Jackson Ave

Library hours are:

  • Daily 10a-8p

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

Of course in the years since we initially wrote this article, the Westgate branch has opened. It is my now teen’s favorite branch with the Sweetwaters Cafe. The library definitely features other great kid activities like the reading hive and the colored light wall.

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.

<March 2022 Update> The library is still operating on a reduced event schedule due to COVID. Occasional story times are returning this month. Hopefully by summer they will be able to provide more events.

Upcoming AADL Events for Elementary & Middle School Students:

Date/TimeEvent
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12/08/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
Trivia Time! with Katie & Abbie: Star Wars
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/09/2023
11:00am-6:00pm
Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair Plus Hands-on Crafting
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/10/2023
1:00pm-2:00pm
LEGO Connection
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/10/2023
2:00pm-4:00pm
Winter-Themed Wooden Coasters
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/13/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
Living With Our Wild Neighbors
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/14/2023
6:00pm-7:30pm
Simple Embroidery Sampler
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/15/2023
5:30pm-7:30pm
Splatoon 3: Hyperlocal Splatfest
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/16/2023
1:00pm-2:00pm
Fairy Art: Enchanted Landscapes
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/16/2023
1:00pm-4:00pm
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/16/2023
1:00pm-3:00pm
Wrapping Paper & Gift Bag Swap
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/16/2023
5:30pm-7:30pm
Silent Disco Dance Party
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/16/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
Create Your Own Wizard Wand
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/17/2023
1:00pm-4:00pm
All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/17/2023
1:00pm-2:00pm
Flexing Paper Sharks
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/17/2023
2:00pm-3:00pm
Intro to Improv for Teens
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/18/2023
6:00pm-7:30pm
Sewing Lab | Sewing Darts with Amber Adams-Fall
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/19/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
Code Lab: Getting Over Your Fear of the Command Line
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/20/2023
6:30pm-7:30pm
Riso Lab: 2024 Calednar
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/21/2023
6:00pm-7:00pm
Microprocessor Showdown with the Raspberry Pi 5
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/26/2023
2:00pm-3:00pm
Ta Chineno with Bichini Bia Congo Dance Theater Company
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/27/2023
12:00pm-1:00pm
Wonka Coloring!
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/28/2023
2:00pm-2:45pm
Baffling Bill's Magic of Reading Show
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/29/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Pizza Stories & Craft
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/29/2023
2:00pm-3:00pm
DIY Stamps
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/29/2023
2:00pm-3:00pm
Owl Pellet Dissection
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/30/2023
1:00pm-2:00pm
Animal Paper Craft: Nifty Narwhals!
at Malletts Creek Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/30/2023
1:00pm-2:30pm
Quilled Paper Pendants
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/30/2023
2:00pm-3:30pm
Blue Water Ramblers in Concert
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/31/2023
11:00am-12:00pm
Noon Year's Eve Party!
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/31/2023
12:00pm-1:00pm
Domino Days
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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12/31/2023
12:00pm-1:00pm
Marble Run Race
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/02/2024
2:00pm-3:00pm
Frozen Party!
at Traverwood Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/02/2024
2:00pm-3:00pm
Mischievous Yarn Monsters
at Pittsfield Branch Library, Ann Arbor Michigan
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01/02/2024
6:00pm-7:30pm
Sewing Lab | Choosing Needles & Thread with Amber Adams-Fall
at Downtown Branch of AADL, Ann Arbor Michigan

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