Some awesome kids books take place right here in the Michigan we all love. Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff introduces us to Maggie Dillion whose life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her experiences and realizations help us all believe in the power of friends and family to support each other in uncertain times...something we could all use about now. The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a roll-on-the-floor laughing book about a Flint family, their adventures and relationships...comic relief which is also very therapeutic in stressful times. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban won the 2007 Michigan Mitten Award.
Why not join in the Summer Reading theme of being creative and try your hand at writing? Mysterious and magical powers might just help you once you get started. Read about these supernatural powers in The Bronze Pen (Snyder) or Dying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road (Klise). The library also has other great books about authorship if these are out by popular demand.
I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Cristina Garcia is a poignant story about a young girl who comes from a complex family - her father is Jewish-Japanese, her mother is Cuban, and her parents are divorced--and when her grandfather Saul is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Yumi asks him to tell her his life story, which helps her to understand her own history and identity. This new book is but one of many fictional stories dealing with cancer available for you at the library.
why not try another mythological marvel! As Rick Riordan said in a recent interview, "Mythology is a natural draw for kids. It has magic, mystery, adventure - everything you could want." There are fictional stories based on Greek mythology, as well as books about the glorious gods and goddesses and traditional olympic myths. Riordan recommends a great Web site for mythology buffs: Theoi Greek Mythology
V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day, commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces towards the end of WWII. But the joy seen in this photo was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. If you don't have grandparents to share their memories with you about this tragic war, many moving stories available at the library will help you appreciate what this time was like.
International Astronomy Day is observed on a Saturday near the first quarter moon between mid-April and mid-May. This year it will fall on May 2nd. To learn more contact Gary Tomlinson who is located in Comstock Park, MI or visit the website sponsored by Astronomy Day Headquarters. Great biographies on the most famous astronomers are available at the library, as well as many informative books on outer space. Have fun exploring the realms which inspired such Sci-Fi hits Star Wars and Star Trek!