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Share a Story: Clothing Storytime

Did you miss our getting dressed storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own clothing storytime.

From Storytime

I love my hat by Douglas Florian ; illustrated by Paige Keiser

Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by story by Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) ; art by James Dean — This is a pretty easy story to memorize and pull out in the grocery line, at bathtime, or anytime the little ones are getting squirrely.

Clothesline clues to jobs people do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook ; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes [sound recording] by Gill, Jim — A round of Silly Dance Contest is always a welcome treat.

Blue moo [sound recording]: 17 jukebox hits from way back never by lyrics by Sandra Boynton ; music by Boynton & Ford — The One Shoe Blues is a great song, whether you have a parachute or not.

Great Michigan Read 2015-2016

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The first author tour is coming up this week, October 5, with events scheduled in Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. For Emily St. John Mandel's full schedule please visit the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read website.  

The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a host of other sponsors. 

Native American Heritage Month

birdIn 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month", which has come to be commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. By either name it is a time of "recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S." The Library's collection is a great place to look for materials about Native Americans and their place in our country's history.

500 nations: an illustrated history of North American Indians by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. ; based on a documentary filmscript by Jack Leustig, Roberta Grossman, Lee Miller, and William Morgan with contributions by John M.D. Pohl

The Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas

Daily life of Native Americans from post-Columbian through nineteenth-century America by Alice Nash and Christoph Strobel

Share a Story: Monster Storytime

Did you miss our monster storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own spooky storytime.

From Storytime

Have fun singing "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Make up your own actions to go with the song.

And try a version of the Chocolate Chip Ghost.

Yeti and the bird by written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Oh no, Little Dragon! by [by Jim Averbeck]

Share a Story: Bug Storytime

Did you miss our bug storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own buggy storytime.

From Storytime

Try a round or several of Itsy Bitsy Spider between stories.

I'm trying to love spiders: (it isn't easy.) by words & pictures by Bethany Barton

Bee dance by Rick Chrustowski

Step gently out by poem by Helen Frost ; photographs by Rick Lieder

Share a Story: Camping Storytime

Did you miss our camping storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own camping storytime.

From Storytime

Don't forget to sing a round of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!

A stick is an excellent thing: poems celebrating outdoor play by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Scare a bear by written by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

Quiet night by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by John Manders

Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Rocketship run [sound recording] by the Laurie Berkner Band

Epic Action Comedy Graphic Novels For Tweens and Teens

Like Bone or Dragon Ball? Try one of these:

Amulet. Vol. 1. The stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Secret Coders by Yang, Gene Luen/ Holmes, Mike (ILT)

Mouse Guard. Vol. 1. Fall 1152 by story & art by David Petersen

Legends of Zita the spacegirl by [text and illustrations by Ben Hatke]

Target practice by Mike Maihack

Artemis Fowl: the graphic novel by adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin ; art by Giovanni Rigano ; color by Paolo Lamanna

Easy as Pie...Crack a Culinary Mystery

Looking for a good mystery to sink your teeth into? These amateur sleuths/professional culinary artists manage to solve the crime and create delectable dishes (recipes included).

The body in the kelp by Katherine Hall Page. The purchase of a beautiful handmade quilt at an estate auction lovingly constructed by wealthy, deceased, and detested Matilda Prescott, turns out to be quite a bargain indeed -- especially when transplanted, New York caterer Faith Sibley Fairchild discovers it to be a map to the old woman's hidden treasure.

A deadly grind by Victoria Hamilton. A Hoosier to die for? When vintage cookware and cookbook collector Jaymie Leighton spies an original 1920s Hoosier brand kitchen cabinet at an estate auction, it's love at first sight until someone is murdered.

Dying on the vine by Peter King. And the main course is... murder. Animated by a passion for food, wine and justice, Harper Goodwin, the Gourmet Detective travels to Provence to investigate a shadowy business deal between two vineyards. But before he can even sample the delights of Pate de Grives on triangles of hot, crisp toast, he encounters a corpse leaning against a cart in the vineyard.

What We're Reading: September 2015

This month we're not reading, but watching.  Check out these films.

SuperMensch [videodisc]: the legend of Shep Gordon.  Recounts the career and times of talent manager and Hollywood insider Shep Gordon, told through interviews with Shep Gordon himself as well as Alice Cooper, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Douglas, Anne Murray and many of his other clients and friends.  Mike Myers directed this film.


Birders [videodisc]: the Central Park effect.  A look at the vast variety of wild birds which can be found in Manhattan's Central Park and the birdwatchers who flock to the park to see them.