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Animanga Club Feb. 18

Come join us 6:30 - 8:45pm for Ouran High School Host Club. Plus, as always, there will be lots of pocky (!) as well as our traditional 'mystery' anime showing. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints allowed (we're cruel that way...).
© Bisco Hatori / Hakusensha © NTV / VAP / BONES / Hakusensha

MySpace Unraveled

Parents – are you mystified by MySpace? Unsure of all the hype surrounding social networking?

Niagara Region in winter

Heart shaped bathtubs, long walks near the falls, the sights of Clifton Hill on a "starkly beautiful" winter day in the Niagara Region. What could be more appealing on Valentine's Day which is fast approaching.

New comics

We've added two new titles to our comics collection. Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar and Franco features tales of your favorite miniature superheroes, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Tania del Rio, chronicles the adventures of Sabrina and her friends. What sort of mischief will they conjure up this time? Stop in the Tween section of the library and find out.

Today is Tu B'Shevat, a Holiday that Celebrates Trees

tree plantingTu B'Shevat (Tu from "tet vav," the Hebrew numeral for 15; b' (of); and Shevat (the month), is a minor Jewish holiday that focuses on ecology and connections to the natural world. Almonds along with dried fruits such as dates, figs, raisins and carob are eaten at a Tu B'Shevat seder. Other activities include the planting of trees and the drinking of wine. For more, see this article.

Countdown to the Oscars

OscarsBased on the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarap, the film Slumdog Millionaire built on its positive buzz at the 2008  Toronto Film Festival to become this year's favorite underdog.

Thorndyke Thoughts

In honor of Valentine’s Day (by the way, have you seen my nifty Cupid costume yet?) I thought I’d share this conversation I overheard in the Children’s DVD section.

Boy 1 (picks up Free Willy 3):  Let’s get this one.
Boy 2:  No! Not that one.  They kiss!
Boy 1 (shocked): They kiss the whale?
Boy 2: No!  The boy kisses the girl!
Boy 1: Ew! Gross!  Let’s get something else.

Antonio Gaudi

The 1st of this 2-disc video set about Spanish Architect, Antonio Gaudi, (1852-1926), is accompanied by music and is almost entirely without narration.  The viewer experiences Gaudi's unique forms unencumbered by analytic information, so their beauty, fluidity and integration with nature are abstracted from their utility. The 2nd disc provides biographical information about Gaudi’s life and work.

2009 Edgar Awards Announced

The 2009 Edgar Award nominees were recently announced by the Mystery Writers of America.  The awards will be given at the 63rd Gala Banquet on April 30 in New York.

Learning to Cook

Learning to Cook was submitted by Chad, a patron of the library.

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is coming up!  Do you want to make some fun and festive food to celebrate the holiday?  We have many cookbooks that will show you ways to surprise your favorite people.

Use iGoogle for a better start page

iGoogle is a version of the Google home page that allows you to add boxes, called Gadgets, to display the weather, stocks, Gmail, Facebook, and more. To get started with iGoogle:
  1. Go to http://www.google.com/ig
  2. If you already have a Google Account for their other services, just sign in.

Great Travel Info Available at the Library

I just returned from a vacation on the Pacific coast of California.  Here's a photo I took.  A book I used to plan my trip is Experience the California Coast and here is a map of the area from the library's collection.

Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible

I just read “The Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible” by Steve Lodder. This is an incredible resource for any piano or keyboard player. This set is appropriate for all levels of players. It starts right at the beginning with how to read music and progress from there well into advanced intermediate material.

It covers many styles with exercises and example.

Time to Tune Up Your Driving Skills?

Did you know AARP offers a Driver Safety Program for drivers age 50 and older? For over 25 years, this refresher course has taught experienced drivers current rules of the road, how to operate their vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and adjustments they may need to make to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. For more information call AARP's Detroit Information Center (313) 832-6846 during business hours or AARP's website.

Mystery on the High Seas

If the winter weather is getting you down and your next vacation is months away, you may want to join with others who are "warming up" cruising on the high seas via a series of mystery books written by Stella Whitelaw.  You will be guided by her dancer turned sleuth "cruise director" Casey Jones while she deals with disappearing passengers, over the hill performers, and -oh yes, a gorgeous ship doctor while visiting exotic ports of call.

Calling All Wimpy Kids!

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid Party

Tweens are invited to join us for a party based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.   We’ll have wimpy snacks, play wimpy games and make a wimpy craft.  Registration begins on January 29th.  Thursd

Cabin Fever??

Browse through the colorfully illustrated and informative Book of Games: Strategy, Tactics & History by Jack Botermans and try one of some 65 international games.  Mancala anyone?

Countdown to the Oscars

Best known for her long running role in the acclaimed TV series Homicide, life on the street, veteran character actress Melissa Leo has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in the independent film Frozen River.

The Ben Carson Story

Ben CarsonAiring this Saturday February 7th on TNT, don't miss the TV movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.  Dr. Carson's  incredible life story is that of a young and poor black boy who overcame poverty and racism to become a world-renown pediatric neurosurgeon.