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15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay, and Poetry Contest

April 15, 2011 will celebrate the 64th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's color barrier breaking achievement as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Detroit Tigers invite Michigan schools to participate in the 15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest, celebrating this hero of Baseball. For more information, click here to be taken to the webpage on the Detroit Tigers website. Entries are due by 5:00PM March 4, 2011 and need to be submitted to:

Detroit Tigers, Inc.
Attn: Sam Abrams
Manager of Player Relations, Youth and Sports Programs
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Good luck!

In Your Dreams at the DIA

The DIA is hosting many wonderful exhibits this winter/spring and one of them that you should not miss is In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints running now through January 2, 2011. The DIA is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so check out their website for the latest information on their hours and the cost for this special exhibit. Enjoy!

Coming Soon...The Rose Bowl

Now that we have made it past Thanksgiving, and with Christmas right around the corner, Rose Bowl time is very quickly coming upon us. This year, on January 1, 2011, we will be able to watch the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade (my favorite part of the day) followed by the 97th Rose Bowl Game. Wish I was in California to see that (well, mostly the parade, but I am sure the game is fun too)! Check out the Tournament of Roses official website for more information. Also, be sure to check out our great books on the Rose Bowl. Happy reading!

Sleepy Sheep Registration

Hey kids! If you are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, register for our Sleepy Sheep Program! The program will be Monday, November 29th from 7:00-7:45PM. Come in your PJ's to hear stories about some very sleepy sheep, make a craft, and enjoy a slumbertime snack. This program is open to the child and their caregiver. Registration starts Monday, November 15th!

Art That Moves

Art That Moves: Animation Around the World by John Bliss is a new book in our Children's Nonfiction collection. Not only does it explore the history of animation, different types of animation, and how animation works; but it also has cool photographs and activities you can try at home! Be sure to keep an eye out for it on our New Book Shelf. Enjoy!

Ghoulish Poems to Give you Halloween Giggles

Hey Ghouls and Ghoulettes! Halloween is just around the corner and just for giggles — a couple of titles that will give you goosebumps and bring you into the holiday spirit! The first titles is Frankenstien makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex and the second one is The Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton. Frankenstein will make you giggle as he introduces you to all his spooky friends, then travel to Halloween Town as our friend, Jack Skellington, tries to take over Christmas. Happy Haunting!

Happy Birthday Reidel Anthony!

Celebrating a birthday today is Reidel Anthony, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is turning 34 years old today! Some ways you can celebrate include checking out a book on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, peek at the Tampa Bay official website, or go outside and toss around the ol' football with some friends. Maybe even eat a little cake, too.

Rhyming with Dogs!

Check it out — if you like dogs and you like poetry, our new book Name that dog!: puppy poems from A to Z by Peggy Archer is the book for you! Full of fun poems about your favorite doggies and adorable illustrations, this book will keep you smiling about dogs all day long. Enjoy!

Attention Sherlock Holmes Fans!

Sherlock Holmes fans… check this out! The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is now available as a kids graphic novel. Currently this item can be found on the Children's New Book Shelf. If they are all out, be sure to put a hold on it so that you can dash along with our detective hero. Have fun solving the crime along with everyone's favorite detective Sherlock Holmes and his always faithful side-kick, Dr. Watson. Enjoy!

Third Grade Book Group

Just a reminder — registration for the Third Grade Book Group starts Wednesday, September 8, 2010. The book group is open to kids in the Third Grade and will meet on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 5:00-5:45PM. This month we will be reading Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth? After you register, be sure to stop by the Children's Reference Desk to pick up a copy of the book. See you there!

Swimming with the Goldfish

goldfish bowlHey kids! Do you love pretending to be different animals? How about a goldfish? Well, starting Thursday, September 2, 2010, you can register for the Swimming with the Goldfish program. The program is open to kids ages 3 years- to 5 years-old with a caregiver. Swimming with the Goldfish will happen on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. See you there!

Goooooooo Lions!

It's official… football pre-season is upon us. The Detroit Lions have come roaring out of the gate this past weekend with a win over the Cleveland Browns. Tune in and gear up as maybe this will be a sign of good things to come. While you are waiting for the next tramplefest, be sure to check out the great books we have on the Detroit Lions. Grrrrr!

Costume History at Costume Discounters

If you enjoy Halloween, are very theatrical, or just interested in the way people dressed way back when, check out Costume History at the Costume Discounters website. Each link takes you to different sites that highlight period dress from Ancient Egyptians up to the 1950s and some even include links for patterns for recreating the specific type of dress highlighted. Happy dressing!

Here come the Tigers!

While the skies maybe a bit on the gray side this morning, here's hoping the weather holds for the Tigers to host the Cleveland Indians tonight at Comerica Park. Don't have tickets? Well, then, come and check out our great books on both the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Get your gloves ready… it's going to be a great game!

Register for the First Grade Book Group

Hey kids! Don't forget to register for the August First Grade Book Discussion! Registration starts Monday, August 9th at 9:00AM and the Book Discussion will meet from 2:00 until 2:30PM on Monday, August 23rd. This month's book is A Wish for a Fish. See you There!