Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The first volume of his autobiography was published in 2010 on the centenary of the author's death as he did not want some of his more scalding opinions and observations in print until he had been dead at least a century. The book was published by the staff of the Mark Twain Project — an archive that contains Twain's private papers.

60th Anniversary of "A Christmas Carol"

A Christmas carol — You know the holiday season has arrived when we receive another copy of A Christmas Carol for the collection. The original version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a special edition, which includes an introduction by Leonard Maltin. So take time out from the holiday shopping, gather up the family and make some popcorn and enjoy this holiday classic.

Read the Book, See the Movie

The upcoming weeks will see several new films released that are based on, or inspired by popular books. Here are some of the most anticipated:

The adventures of Tintin: the chapter book by adapted by Stephanie Peters — Directed by Stephen Spielberg

Extremely loud & incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer — Starring Tom Hanks & Sandra Bullock

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson — Starring Daniel Craig & Rooney Mara

The invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick — Hugo is directed by Martin Scorcese

J700 to 799

Do you love to draw? Are you learning how to play an instrument? Looking for your favorite sports team or sporting activity? How about that special craft for that special someone? Well, look no further, this is all in the J700 to 799 collection! We have a wonderful selection of art, music, sports, crafts, games, and so much more. Be sure to check out our books and DVDs. Have fun!

Keeping Up With The Lions

Are you keeping up with the Detroit Lions? They are having a really great year (finally). Their next game is Sunday, December 4th, against the New Orleans Saints. Since it's an away game, and unless you are among the very lucky folks attending, be sure to read up on your favorite team on their website or in our nonfiction collection. Go Lions!

New Parenting Books

Below are some new arrivals to the Parenting collection in the Children's Department. Stop by the Children's New Book Shelf to see what's available!

Smart parenting, smarter kids: the one brain book you need to help your child grow brighter, healthier, and happier by David Walsh

Building resilience in children and teens: giving kids roots and wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg with Martha M. Jablow

Pre-school parenting secrets: talking with the sky by Brian Caswell, David Chiem & Kylie Bell

The digital mom handbook: how to blog, vlog, tweet, and facebook your way to a dream career at home by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla

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