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Today we lost a Detroit superstar and an American legend in Aretha Franklin. But she will live on with her indomitable sound. 

A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego's definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father's Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing--stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn't long before she was creating a string of hits, from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love," and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. 

Aretha : from these roots by Aretha Franklin

America's Queen of Soul recounts the story of her life, from her childhood as a minister's daughter in Detroit to her rise to success, offering insights into the faith and determination that have taken her to the top.

Buongiorno! Have you been interested in learning another language but haven't had a chance to make it to Bilingual Storytime? Fear not, here is what we did August 2nd in our Italian/English Bilingual Storytime. We had a great time learning how to count to ten in Italian. Enjoy!

 

Stories and Songs from Storytime

We took some time to sing our ABC's, listen to Skinnamarink, and do a bit of Jumping and Counting (by the awesome Jim Gill) so that we could be ready to count in English before tackling our number in Italian.

Stories we read:

The New Bookshelf is stuffed with great stories and new characters. Be sure to spend some time with them this summer.

When Lizzie and Gael share an irresistible challenge, to find the peacock ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo, Paloma decides it is the perfect way to honor her father.

 

Did you miss our English-Russian Storytime? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a multilingual storytime you can do at home. 

From Storytime

 

We tried "Rushing Around in Russia," which goes like this:

 

 

     We were rushing around in Russia but we stopped to say hello.

     доброе утпо (say "DOBRO'YE UTRO")

     Good morning

     Then we were soon on the go.

 

     We were rushing around in Russia during the middle of the day.

     добрый день (say "DOBREE  D'YEN")

     Good Afternoon

     Then we hurried on our way.

 

     We were rushing around in Russia during a star-filled night.

     добрый вечер (say "DOBREE  V'YECHER")

     Good evening

     Then we were quickly out of sight.

 

Fashion is made up of so many components--imagination, illustration, art. There are patterns, styles, assorted materials, and wildly amazing sewing skills. Enjoy this look at how these fashion foward thinkers got their start in the world.

When two young rising stars designer Hubert de Givenchy and actress Audrey Hepburn cross paths for the first time it's magic...literally, the perfect fit!.

Got a long car trip coming up this summer? Maybe even a short trip but you don't want to be bored out of your mind? These brand new audiobooks will keep your ears happy and your imagination active. Enjoy!

After being captured by the Recons and returned to civilization for reprogramming, Roz is sent to Hilltop Farm where she befriends her owner's family and animals, but pines for her son, Brightbill.

July 13th is a day we can all enjoy--it is Embrace Your Geekness  Day! What do you totally geek out about? Spend the day sharing your love with everyone and maybe even finding something new to geek out about. 

Do you love math? If you are like many people, I am sure the resounding answer is, "NO!"  However, hopefully these fun titles will change your mind and bring some fun into your mathematical world.

"In this twist on the classic tale, Cinderella and her less-famous twin sister Tinderella leave splitting everything in half behind when each finds her own Prince Charming (with a little magical help from their fairy god-mother)"--.

July 9, 2018 is the last day to register for this year's primary elections in August. As we head into mid-term election season, get yourself in the mood with the following assorted titles about elections or voting. The list includes fiction and nonfiction, elections near and far, as well as titles to appeal to a wide age range. For more reading suggestions on any topic, visit our May We Suggest page. To learn more about your elected representatives and voting, check the Michigan Secretary of State website.

How is a government elected? by Susan Bright-Moore

Addresses how government officials are elected, with an overview of the issues that influence elections, the country's political parties, the voting process, and the importance of debates, campaigns, primaries, and national conventions.

Collection of "Schoolhouse rock" cartoons focusing on issues of American government and elections.

For our Wednesday night Wings of Wonder storytime, we talked all about amazing animals. Don't worry if you missed storytime, be sure to check out the books we read and some other awesome choices too!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

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