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Tail Wagging Tutors

Tail Wagging Tutors is an ongoing program to give kids ages 5-10, who are struggling with their reading skills, the opportunity to read aloud to a dog volunteer for 10-12 minutes in a nonjudgmental environment. 

A real dog will be here with their owners to listen to kids read. Currently we only have two dogs available, one on Wednesday from 4:30-5:30, and another on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00.   These time may vary as the volunteers' schedules change. 

Register for one 15 minute session per week.  Please be on time for your session.  If you are late, we will not be able to extend your session as other children may be waiting.

For more information and to register for a session, please call the Children's Department at 248-618-7692.

Pictures from the Candy Sushi Program

candy "vegetable" with chopsticks
All of the attendees at our Candy Sushi program for ages 9-12 got creative.  Below are the the fruits of their labors.
The base ingredients were prepackaged Rice Crispy Treats, Swedish fish, Fruit Roll-Ups (green especially makes a good nori wrap), marshmallows, and sour apples straws.  Extra bits of candy were left out to enhance the base ingredients, such as pink Nerds to look like roe, and gummi fish for larger fish shapes.  Chcolate sauce was used for "soy" sauce.
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candy sushi battleship
A "battleship" sushi sculpture, above.
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Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage by Kaye Umansky

Check our catalog for the children's book: Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage

This is a great play on the "evil witch" story in fairy tales.  Clover is the oldest girl from a large, messy family with the soul of a neatnik.  When the local witch (just a witch, not evil) advertises for live-in help at the high rate of six pennies a week, Clover sees it as a chance to get a room of her own while supporting her family away from their chaos.  In the process she has to deal with the local grocery delivery-boy (who is painfully clumsy), the witch's cat (who chases foxes for fun), and the witch's evil sister (who REALLY wants the cottage).  Clover's down-to-earth sensibility comes in hand when Mrs. Eckles has to go away on a business trip, and how she deals with the problems that happen would leave your average prince or princess in her dust (if she let any build up around her).