The Perfect Game

Did you hear about Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber's perfect game on Saturday? A perfect game is when a pitcher faces 27 batters and there are no runs, no hits, no errors, and nobody left on base. It is a feat only accomplished 21 times in Major League Baseball history. It has been accomplished only once in Little League World Series history. You can relive that event in:

The perfect game [videodisc] — A team of poor Mexican boys, smaller than most of the boys they played against, tackle visa problems, prejudices and team dynamics on their way to the World Series. It would make a great pick for your next family movie night.

Spring Reads

Celebrate the season by picking up an easy-to-read book about springtime. You can find the books listed below in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy spring!

Springtime in Bugland! by David A. Carter

Happy go Ducky by cover illustration by Jackie Urbanovic ; story by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Joe Mathieu

Spring is here!: a story about seeds by Joan Holub ; illustrated by Will Terry

Poppleton in spring by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Mark Teague

In my backyard by written by Don L. Curry ; illustrated by Erin O'Leary Brown

Meeting Minutes — April 19, 2012

The Chairperson, Don Turner, called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm.

Present: M. Siegrist, D. Turner, G. Snow, C. Van Auken
Absent: J. Fausone, K. Schulz
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden


Call To Audience

(A. Davis, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, D. McHugh, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, M. Swartz, N. Szczepanski, C. Young, A. Young-Snow)


E. Davis requested that the agenda be altered so that the Plante Moran presentation would follow the approval of the agenda and minutes.

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of Closed Session Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.



Director's Report

The Destination Imagination team will participate in the state finals on April 21 at Central Michigan University.

The new Pedigrid flooring system in the lobby will be installed after closing on Thursday, April 19.

E. Davis will meet with Sheila Collins, the new William Faust (Westland) Library director, on April 24. Effective July 1, Westland will be laying off ten employees and opening Tuesdays-Saturdays only (the same days as the Wayne library is open.) Staff will be monitoring how these closures affect traffic here.

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture, Part 2

Look for these films based on popular books in your local theater in the coming months:

Anna Karenina: a novel in eight parts by Leo Tolstoy — Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law. Release date: September 2012.

Chicken with plums by Marjane Satrapi — Starring Mathieu Amalric and Eduouard Baer. Release date: August 2012.

Easy money by Jens Lapidus — Starring Joel Kinnaman and Dragomir Mrsic. Release date: July 2012.

The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — Starring Leonard DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Release date: December 2012.

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 26th is National Poem In Your Pocket Day. Poetry lovers celebrate by carrying their favorite poem with them and sharing it with friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who will listen. Check out our excellent poetry collection and jot down a poem to carry in your pocket.

Poetry speaks who I am editor, Elise Paschen

The trouble with poetry and other poems by Billy Collins

Angst!: teen verses from the edge! edited by Karen Tom

National Jelly Bean Day

Still have jelly beans leftover from your Easter basket? Then share them with your friends in celebration of National Jelly Bean Day on April 22. Primarily made of sugar, jelly beans are the descendant of the Middle Eastern confection, Turkish Delight. William Schrafft, a Boston confectioner began selling jelly beans in 1861 but they really took off in 1905 when an advertisement appeared in the Chicago Daily News selling jelly beans in bulk packages. Jelly beans became an Easter staple in American Easter baskets in the 1930s.
[Photo by New Media, January 1, 1980. eLibrary]

Popcorn Poets

This fun program will be for kids that love poems and kids who don't. We will look at "giggle poetry" for kids online, answer some riddles and vote on our favorite silly poems, while enjoying popcorn. This program is for kids third through fifth grade. Register online beginning March 26.
When: Tuesday, April 24, 7:00-7:45 PM
[Popcorn! by Andrew Rivett is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Scholastic Storybook Treasures

Have you checked out the Scholastic Storybook Treasures series yet? These are short movies of your favorite picture books told in differening animation styles. Many have recieved the ALA Carnegie Medal for excellence in Children's video. Some DVDs in the series also include a "read-along" feature for beginning readers. It's an great choice if your looking to expand your child's exposure to literature. Some of our favorites:

The Pigeon finds a hot dog [videodisc]: and more stories by Mo Willems — Author Mo Willems voices the pigeon in the title story. Special features includes a read-along story and an interview with the author.

Runaway Ralph [videodisc] by Beverly Clearly — This is the Mouse and the Motorcycle after school specials from when you were a kid starring Fred Savage.

Movies to Watch this Earth Day

earthday2012.thumbnail.pngWe can all observe Earth Day this year by educating ourselves about the challenges that face our environment and what we can do about it. Try some of the titles suggested below to get started:

The age of stupid [videodisc] — Pete Postlethwaite stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 - when a cataclysmic climate change took place.

Bag it [videodisc] by produced and directed by Suzan Beraza — The story of an average American guy who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags.

Levon Helm 1940-2012

Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the legendary rock group The Band died April 19 at the age of 71. His distinctive voice can be heard on such classic songs as "The Night they Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up on Cripple Creek," and "The Weight." After the group's famed farewell performance in 1976 (dubbed The Last Waltz) Helm embarked on a solo musical career. In 1980 Helm appeared in the film Coal Miner's Daughter with Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn's father.