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new Lemony Snicket?

Egmont Press has released the news that Lemony Snicket will author a new series of books set for release in 2012.

"I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events. However, I can confirm that Egmont will be publishing these findings," Snicket, the pen name of San Francisco author Daniel Handler, said in a statement.

Have you read Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events yet? If not, you've got time before the new series.

Fun Festivals & Fairs

As summer begins to wind down and fall begins to rev up, keep the fun going! Visit one of Michigan's great fall Festivals & Fairs.
The Michigan State Fair is going on now through Labor Day. See www.absolutemichigan.com for a schedule of events.
Check out www.Michigan.org for the many festivals and fairs available in just about every city.
Visit our large selections of materials on festivals and fairs. Some to check-out are:

Actors' Birthdays

Macaulay Culkin and Keke Palmer share a birthday today, August 26th. Both have starred in numerous kid's movies. Macaulay as Kevin McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies, a role created with him in mind. Keke has starred as a National Spelling Bee contestant in Akeelah and the Bee, and currently stars in the popular Nickelodean series True Jackson VP, coming soon to CPL.

Rainbow Magic Read-alikes

Do you love animals? Do you love magic? Do you love the Rainbow Magic series, but have a hard time finding one on the shelf? If so, try some of these other series books.There are more magical creatures than you ever imaged to read about!

Back to School Fun

Listen to some fun school stories, make some cool crafts to hang in your room and enjoy a delicious snack. Register online today.
Ages: Children 5-8, with a caregiver
Program Date and Time: Wednesday, September 9     7-7:45pm

Books For School Readiness

Parents looking for resources to help their children get ready for their first-ever school experience can look to the library for help. We have books available for parents to read on their own, as well as books you can share with your child. Make the transition to school a smooth one with some informative and fun reads!

Help from Mister Rogers

Wondering what to do with your little one as the rain falls and the sky turns gray? Why not share play time with Mister Rogers? There are games, activities and craft projects in Mister Rogers' Play Time: Encourage Your Child to Create, Explore and Pretend with Dozens of Easy-to-do Activities. If you miss Mister Rogers like I do, guess what? You can still find DVDs of his television shows in our library. There is even one on going back to school. Enjoy!

Wizard of Oz Film Turns 70

On this date in 1939, the classic film The Wizard of Oz was released in theaters. More popular than ever today, MSNBC.com featured an interesting article on how the movie has influenced pop culture over the years. You can check out the original book and/or movie here, or one of many other items this iconic classic inspired!

Baseball for the kids

Check your local listings this week baseball fans because from August 21-30, 2009, the Little League Baseball Wold Series is taking place. Sixteen teams from around the world will compete to be the best Little League team on Earth! The official website is www.littleleague.org, so definitely check it out! These kids are super-serious about baseball and you might get a glimpse of a future pro!

It's raining meatballs!

One of my kids' favorite books is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  This amusing story takes place in the town of Chewandswallow where the townspeople get all of their food from the sky.  Everyone loves living in a town where they don't need to shop for groceries, until one day when things take a turn for the worse.  If you enjoy the book, a movie version is being made which opens on September 18th.

Michigan Renaissance Festival Opens Saturday

Travel back to the 16th century when the 31st annual Michigan Renaissance Festival opens Saturday, August 22 for a 7-week run. Hilarity and merriment will ensue, with live entertainment from Ded Bob, Ric Roc, Owain Phyfe and other faire favorites, plus jousting, wine-tasting and special events each weekend. The festival runs every Saturday-Sunday through October 4.

Happy Birthday Christopher Robin!

Christopher Robin Milne, son of A. A. Milne was born today, August 21st, in 1920. He and his teddy bear were the inspiration for everyone's favorite boy and bear duo, Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Why not celebrate with a Winnie-the-Pooh movie or book?
Need More Winnie? Try A Bear Called Winnie, which tells the story of the real life bear that Christopher's teddy was named after. You can also find more information about the Milnes and Winnie here.

Make Friends With The Alphabet

I just discovered this beginning-reader series called Alphabet Friends. There are twenty-six books in all (one for each letter, of course!). Each book in the series features different kids doing different things, all connected in some way to a letter in the alphabet. The first book, called Anna and the Letter A, is about different things that Anna and her friend Angelica like to do. Jumping ahead a bit in the series we have Leila at the Library and the Letter L, where Leila goes to...you guessed it, the library! You know what? You should take a trip to the library, too, and check out some of these cool books! See you soon!

Hawaii's Statehood Birthday - August 21st!

On August 21, 1959 Hawaii was granted statehood, making the grand total of states in the United States 50.  Celebrate its statehood by enjoying some great stories that take place in this awesome island paradise. 
Calvin Coconut in Trouble Magnet (Salisbury) is about a nine-year-old boy who catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother's best friend has taken over his room.

Celebrate Poet's Day!

Celebrate Poet's Day on August 21st. Take the time to honor your favorite poet, especially if it's yourself! Write a poem, read a poem or perform a poem.  You could even comment on this post with one of your favorites.

Pick Up Some Historical Fiction

Every August I look forward to the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival! There's lots of cool crafts for sale, yummy fair food, and a living history area where you can see how 19th century Michiganders lived. Whenever the festival comes, it always makes me want to pick up a good piece of Civil War historical fiction. My favorites are the ones by Ann Rinaldi. She even wrote one about a girl from Michigan who runs off to join the Union Army during the Civil War. There's a ton to choose from at the library, so stop by and give one a try. Happy reading!

Green Reads

Did you notice that a lot of new books feature stories about the environment? Even some of our favorite characters are "going green". Check out these titles to see what I mean:

SpongeBob goes green!: an earth-friendly adventure by Molly Reisner; illustrated by Stephen Reed

OK go by Carin Berger

Cam Jansen and the green school mystery by David A. Adler; illustrated by Joy Allen

Just Grace goes green by written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper

Enter the earth by Lee Welles; illustrated by Ann Hameister

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

My life in pink & green by Lisa Greenwald

Reading together

Everyone knows that reading aloud is good for children, but did you know that it also has significant benefits for grown-ups and families as well? The connection that is created when people read together can't be overstated. Take some time to read with your family today.

2009 Michigan Reads book is....

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen!

"Deep in the water
where the fish hang out
lives a glum, gloomy swimmer
with an ever-present pout."

Can anything cheer up this bummed out fish? Will he ever get over his case of the "blubs"?? For a rollicking good read be sure to check out "The Pout-Pout Fish"!

August Tween Book & Pizza Registration

If you're going into 5th or 6th grade this fall, make sure to register for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club! We're meeting on Saturday, August 29, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan, a funny story about the most alternative school you've ever heard of. Registration begins Saturday, August 15, at 9am, so sign up and then stop by the library to pick up your copy of the book. See you soon!