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Saturday Afternoon Adventures

Each week, find new places, topics, and books to explore. Some activities come with supply kits you can reserve for pick up from a library. Perfect for weekend family fun you can do from home!
TALES OF IKKYU
NOVEMBER 21

Watch this beautiful short animated video with two tales of Ikkyu, then make your own Japanese inspired art.

NIGHT SKY
NOVEMBER 14

Take a tour of Flint’s Longway Planetarium to learn about the night sky. Then use your supply kit to make constellations, write your own YpsiWrites constellation stories, and more!

KITCHEN SCIENCE: POPPING BOBA
NOVEMBER 7

Pick up a supply kit at the library, then join Liz for a fun kitchen science experiment you can eat! 

PUMPKINS
OCTOBER 31

Take a trip to Wiard’s with Liz on her quest for a pumpkin, then click the button below to learn more about growing pumpkins, decorating pumpkins, and cooking pumpkins!

YPSI FAMILY READ KICKOFF: LOOK BOTH WAYS
OCTOBER 24

Hear chapters of Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds read aloud by members of the local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Alpha Phi Alpha. Find 826michigan/YpsiWrites prompts and other fun activities you can do at home to engage with the book and think more about friendship, family, and community. 

2020 ELECTION
OCTOBER 17

Learn a bit about elections, then vote in our Book Character Election. Check back on November 4 to see which duo won!

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
OCTOBER 10

Can you complete our secret agent training activities? Pick up your activity kit and use the supplies to challenge your mind and body!

SOUTH KOREA

OCTOBER 3

Did you take our Summer Around the World virtual trip? We have another stop this week–South Korea! It’s time for the Chuseok Harvest Festival. Pick up a supply kit and so you can make and play two traditional Korean games and learn the Korean hangul alphabet, then join us on an exploration of the country that includes a virtual Chuseok fall festival hosted by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan, links to online manhwa, and k-pop dance videos.

KITCHEN SCIENCE

SEPTEMBER 26

Learn all about acids and bases using items you have in your kitchen. Liz shows you how in a YouTube video you can watch and follow along with from home.

SEED SAVING

SEPTEMBER 19

Watch a how-to video on our YouTube channel, then learn all about seed saving as part of our Garden-to-Table series.

ROLLER GIRL

SEPTEMBER 12

Pick up an activity pack from the library with supplies to help you delve into Roller Girl, the award winning graphic novel by Victoria Jamieson. Your supply kit will come with an YpsiWrites prompt, friendship bracelet materials and instructions, and more. Listen to the book read aloud by members of the Ann Arbor Roller Derby in a series of videos that each include a safety tip.