Fantasy & Fablehaven Fans Readers' Alert!

Book #1 in Brandon Mull's new Beyonders series is beyond belief. Action, suspense, humor, magic, mystery, plot twists, bizarre portals to alternate realms, epic battles between good and evil — A World Without Heroes has it all. Jason, a regular teenager with no dreams of glory, suddenly finds himself devoted to overthrowing an evil tyrant after slipping through the mouth of a hippo into the realm of Lyrian. Just when you think he must undertake this mission impossible alone, he encounters Rachel, who was also magically ported into Lyrian. These two intrepid teens must quickly learn not only to trust each other, but to recognize honesty and deception in the many bizarre creatures they encounter on their quest. Although often longing to simply return to their former boring, predictable lives, both feel compelled to help all those suffering under Maldor's rule, especially since many have sacrificed their lives to aid them in their nobel pursuit. Readers, like myself, are eager to see what will happen in Book #2, especially when Book #1 pretty much concludes in a midwest cornfield!

Detroit Windsor International Film Festival

moviesel.jpgWednesday, June 22 is the opening night for the 2011 Detroit Windsor International Film Festival, which will take place on Wayne State University's campus. Running through Sunday, the 26th, the festival will screen a variety of short films, documentaries, and music videos. Now in its fourth year, the festival includes several films with local interest. "Cornertore" — about life in a party store on Six Mile Road — and "Fordson: Faith - Fasting - Football" — about an Arab-American high school football team from Dearborn — are just two of the entries with Detroit area ties. A Tech Fair for aspiring filmmakers will also be held on June 25 from 11:30AM to 4:00PM. Tickets for the festival are $5. For more information call (313) 222-8879.

The Guardian's 100 Greatest Nonfiction Reads

If you're looking for a great read — a really great read — and enjoy non-fiction titles, May We Suggest these books from the Guardian's The 100 greatest non-fiction books:

The shock of the new by Robert Hughes

The story of art by E.H. Gombrich

The lives of the most excellent painters, sculptors, and architects by Giorgio Vasari; translated by Gaston du C. de Vere; edited, with an introduction and notes, by Philip Jacks

The life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell; edited and abridged with an introduction and notes by Christopher Hibbert

Gabby and Gator by James Burks

Gator is an alligator a little boy flushed down the toilet. Gabby is a little girl who doesn't have any friends and refuses to speak because she is always picked on by the school bullies. Together they form a friendship that helps them both be comfortable with who they are. A quick, light read with many giggles. Enjoy Gabby and Gator by James Burks.

First and Second Grade Book Group

Attention kids going into First or Second Grade! Join us for our book group on August 18, 2011. This month's book selection is Uh-Oh Cleo by Jessica Harper. Registration begins on August 4, 2011. After you register, be sure to stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book.

Library Programs for Artists

Children's Programs

Tween and Teen Programs

Adult Programs

Art Exhibits to Visit

Art on Display at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill — Art Exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

Ford Road Art Sculptures — Public Art on Ford Road

Belle Isle Public Art Exhibit — June 18-24 on Belle Isle

Pure Michigan's Art Galleries Listing — hundreds of galleries, fairs, and exhibits

Detroit Institute of Arts — A world-class art museum in Detroit

Museum Adventure Pass — The Museum Adventure Pass program is sponsored by Macy's and it allows you to check out a pass for free admision to participating organizations.

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