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J000-099 Collection

aliensAre you interested in books and DVD's about the extraordinary or unexplained? Ever need an encyclopedia or almanac to check-out and take home? Thinking about finding bigfoot or tracking UFO's? Curious about computers and the internet? Be sure to stop by the J000-099 collection in the Children's Non-fiction section. We have all sorts of cool items on monsters, aliens, the internet, the Guinness Book of World Records, World Book Encyclopedia, almanacs, the People and Places encyclopedia, and so much more. Enjoy!

Murder Will Out: Nero Wolfe Awards 2011 Nominees Announced

The New York based organization, The Wolfe Pack, announced the nominees for this year's Nero Wolfe Award.   The winner will be announced at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Black Orchid Banquet held the weekend of December 2 -4 in New York City.  The finalists are:

Host a Virtual Garage Sale

Everyone has unwanted stuff at home, but hosting a real garage sale can be a time consuming and complex process. Did you know that many of those items you are tripping over can be sold online, on your terms and at your own pace? Join us Tuesday June 28th at 2:00PM in the Internet Lab for tips on how to host your own Virtual Garage Sale. We will discuss ways to unload your items and make a little extra cash on sites like Ebay, Etsy, and Craiglist.

Michigan in the Civil War

More than 90,000 Michigan men — nearly a quarter of the state's male population in 1860 — served in the United States Civil War. Over 14,000 Michigan soldiers died in the service of their country — roughly 1 of every 6 who served. Michigan supplied a large number of troops and several generals, including George Armstrong Custer's Michigan Wolverine Cavalry. In all, Michigan fielded 31 Regiments of Infantry, 11 Regiments of Cavalry, 14 batteries of Artillery, 1 regiment of Sharpshooters, and 1 regiment of Engineers.

Best in Show

Best in show : knit your own dog by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne — Looking for a low-maintenance pet with an extremely high cute factor? Look no further - this book has it covered. Whether you're looking for an Afghan Hound or an English Bull Terrier, a French Bulldog or a Siberian Husky, all of these breeds and many more are included. Even if you don't end up making any of these plush pets, the photos are fun to look at and may just satisfy your cute quotient.

Get SET with MET… in person


On Wednesday, June 15 from 11:00AM-6:00PM, college saving experts from the Michigan Educational Trust (MET) will available to answer questions and help parents, grandparents and others understand MET.

Nintendo Introduces Next Home Console

Nintendo announced the next generation home console, Wii U, this week. It includes a touch screen controller, motion control, and HD graphics. You can check out demo video, and find more information on the E3 website. So far, there isn't a specific release date for the Wii U, but I suspect we will be waiting a while.

Lilian Jackson Braun's Passing

Lilian Jackson Braun, author of the "Cat Who…" mysteries featuring Koo and Yum-Yum, crime-solving cats died the age of 97. Ms. Braun grew up in Massachusetts but became a long-time Michigan resident. For several years, she wrote a column for the Detroit Free Press. Ms. Braun's light, humorous mysteries have been translated into 16 languages, distributed worldwide, and sold in the millions. Beginning in 1990, Braun’s books reached the prestigious New York Times best-seller list for 20 consecutive years.

Poet Laureate for Children

The Poetry Foundation has chosen their newest Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has written a lovely post about Mr. Lewis on their blog. Also, we have a wonderful selection of poetry books by Mr. Lewis in our collection that you should check out and enjoy!

A Big Thank You For NHS!

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

How to Grow Food

How to grow food : a step-by-step guide to growing all kinds of fruit, vegetables, salads and more by Richard Gianfrancesco — It's not too late to start growing your own food this season! Though some gardeners started earlier, you can plant seeds directly in your garden right now and be enjoying fruit and veg in a matter of weeks. This book is a terrific guide to the many edibles you can grow at home. With color photographs and detailed information, this is truly a one-stop-shop of edible gardening information.

Richard Scarry: The Best Ever

Today would have been Richard Scarry's 92nd birthday. Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919–April 30, 1994), a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide, has delighted four generations of readers. His best known book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, has sold over 4 million copies since its publication in 1965.

Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in US

Ann Arbor, MI is the 4th. well-read city in America. Amazon.com has released its list of Most Well-Read Cities, which they define as the twenty cities in the U.S. with a population of over 100,000 whose inhabitants order the most books, magazines, and periodicals in print and digital editions from the site per capita. The criteria are somewhat vague as cities are rated by their purchasing habits. It's interesting to note how many of these cities are university towns.

Murder Will Out: Arthur Ellis Awards 2011 Announced

Bury Your Dead: Book JacketThe Crime Writers of Canada announced the winners of this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead won for Best Crime Novel and The Debba by Avner Mandelman was chosen Best First Crime Novel.

150th Anniversary of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of U.S. Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. You can learn about Michigan's involvement — by both the military and the civilians — through the eyes of Michigan's Senator Jacob M. Howard who represented Michigan in Congress from 1862 to 1871. The senator will be portrayed by David Tennies, a local Civil War historian and reenactor. Join us on Tuesday evening, June 14 from 7-8:30PM for what should be a fascinating encounter. No registration is required.

Book Club Choices: June 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. To reserve a Book Club in a Bag kit for your group, contact Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.

Prodigal summer: a novel [kit] by Barbara Kingsolver

The red tent [kit] by Anita Diamant

Rubber!

Do you enjoy keeping up with the films that play on the festival circuit? Do you like strange, art house thrillers? If so, you may just want to check out Rubber. Rubber, originating from France, featured prominently during 2010, playing Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI, and others, and is finally getting a U.S. release! The story centers around Robert, an inanimate tire, who discovers that he has destructive telepathic powers. He soon sets his sights on a desert town and a beautiful woman who becomes the focus of his obsession. Creating a path of destruction, Robert may just be the most interesting movie villain yet.

Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls

Ultimate guide : walks, patios & walls by senior editor, Kathie Robitz — One of the things that really brings a professional look to a landscape is the use of stone and other mediums that contrast with plants. This book offers step-by-step instructions and design inspiration for a wide variety of walks, patios, and walls, with skill levels ranging from easy to challenging to difficult.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB went to Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend. Look at the cool sculpture LB is standing by in this picture. It's called Cloud Gate, but most people just call it the Bean. Mmmm. That makes me hungry. Unfortunately, this bean isn't edible. Guess I'll have to check out some books about beans from the library and learn how to grow my own. Have you ever done that? It's pretty easy. And a fun thing to do over the summer… which is almost here! Yay! It's certainly felt like summer the last few days. I can't wait for it to get here.
Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke