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The 2016 Summer Olympics take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 through August 21. Watch some of these Olympic-themed films to get you in the competitive mood.

The story of the unlikely Olympian.

Story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. One used his faith in God, and the other his hatred of Anti-Semitism. Special Edition features include: additional scenes, interviews, featurettes, and more.

Based on the true story of the most famous team in the history of American sports: the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Follow from the team's selection process to the ultimate victory over Finland for the gold.

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Thorndyke with Maracas

Hey Kids,

Today is National Dance Day! Celebrate with a dance story or stop by our CD collection in the Children's Department for some boogie-worthy tunes. I've included a few suggestions for books about dance below, but you can always find more under the subject headings for fiction and nonfiction dance books. If you're feeling especially groovy today, come show me your best dance moves. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

Waddle! Waddle! by James Proimos

A penguin waddles along, searching for the dancing friend he met yesterday, while encountering other penguins, and a hungry seal on the way.

I got the rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other childen join her.

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Batter up! Earn your Game On Electrified badge and enjoy one of these great baseball movies at the same time.  From comedy to drama, there's something for everyone. If baseball history is more to your liking try one of the Library's documentaries on the national pastime. And if you just want to tweak your fastball or improve your batting stance, try one of our instructional dvds.

Matthau is a grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team.

An unlikely friendship ignites between two baseball players. One is the team's ace pitcher and social charmer; the other is the catcher, a farm boy from Georgia who lacks sophistication. During their last season together, the two men grow in manhood and respect for themselves and each other.

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Election Thorndyke

Hey Kids,

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Independence Day. Did you know that it’s an election year? That means that citizens of voting age have the chance to make their voices heard. Some voters will also choose their governors, or vote on laws. Not everyone has always been able to vote, however. There are many stories of people who fought to have the right to vote. I’ve included a few below. During the summer you can make your voice heard at our Decision 2016 station in the Connect Your Summer command center. You can also see who currently represents you.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Looks at the history of voting rights in the United States, examining the struggles of African Americans, Native Americans, and women to have the right to vote.

Sisters Abby and Julia Smith attract the attention of women's suffrage supporters across the country when they refuse to pay property taxes on their cows because they are not allowed to vote--a case they say is taxation without representation.

Elizabeth George, author of the Inspector Lyndsey series, winner of the Agatha Award for "Best First Novel" in 1988 and the 1989 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" for A Great Deliverance, will be at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00PM.   

Authors Loren D. Estleman, David Bell, Larry D. Sweazy, J.C. Lane, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins will be in Ann Arbor at Aunt Agatha's annual Summer Open House on Saturday, July 16.  This is a great chance to chat informally with your favorite authors - and find some new favorites.   

A collection of 18 previously published stories about gangsters, prostitutes, hitmen, feuding families, corrupt cops, and more who are driven to commit crimes.

Since she went away by David Bell

"From David Bell--bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and The Forgotten Girl--comes a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past that refuses to die.... Three months earlier, Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend, Celia.But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared--and hasn't been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend's disappearance every single day since then. The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia andJenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia "The Diamond Mom." And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers--or easing her guilt. But when her son's new girlfriend--who suddenly arrived in town without a past--disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia's tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies"--.

Tag, you're dead by J. C. Lane

Six young people play a dangerous Game of Tag in public, chasing through the crowds, streets, and buildings of Chicago. This secret, one-of-a-kind, wildly expensive Game offers a macabre twist to the childhood version... if you get Tagged, you get Dead.

The National Institute on Aging recommends older adults regularly include four types of exercise in your routine: Endurance Exercises to help you keep up with your grandchildren, Flexibility Exercises to bend down to tie your shoes, Strength Exercises to lift your carry-on up into the overhead bin, and Balance Exercises to walk along a cobblestone path...

Good balance is essential. Recent scientific studies point to good balance as an indicator for longevity. As we age, our balance and coordination begin to diminish, leading to a higher risk of falls. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury among Americans over age 65. The Stand Strong workout presented in this handbook will guide you to improved balance through simple, easy to follow exercises. Now you can reclaim your independence and restore your confidence by improving your coordination and regaining your sense of balance by using Exercises for Better Balance as your guide to freedom and mobility, while helping you to lessen the risks of falls, improve your posture, and restore motor control, all while increasing your strength and energy.

Fitness after 50 by Walter H. Ettinger

It's never too late to get fit! Fitness After 50 shows you exactly how to get there, addressing all of your questions about exercise--and more. Whether you are completely new to exercise or are looking to fine-tune your existing program, this information-rich book will show you how to get started, stay on track, and have fun as you meet your fitness goals. This easy-to-understand manual also serves as a self-paced workbook, which teaches you what to ask your doctor about physical activity, how to exercise safely, and how to fit activity into your busy schedule. If you have an existing medical condition such as heart disease, osteoporosis, or diabetes, you will also find ways to adapt your activity level to your condition. Sample aerobic, muscular fitness, and combination programs are provided, along with lifestyle strategies for fitting activity into your daily routine. Fitness After 50 offers reliable advice you can trust. Authors Walter Ettinger, Brenda Wright, and Steven Blair are among the most highly regarded experts in the field of physical activity and health. And since all of them are over 50, they understand your needs and concerns firsthand. Easy to use and full of more than 50 forms, lists, and other learning tools, Fitness After 50 is the one-stop source for fitness information that you'll reach for again and again.

Body control: An overview on breathing and posture techniques before starting you workout, a daily program of fundamental movements and working the whole body. Plus a complete workout of advanced techniques. Weekly workout: Targets the deep postural muscles, builds strength from the inside out and re-balances your body.

Scrapper by Matt Bell

For fans of The Dog Stars and Station Eleven , Scrapper traces one man's desperate quest for redemption in a devastated Detroit. "Has the feel of Cormac McCarthy's The Road set in present-day Motor City... powerful." -- Publishers Weekly Detroit has descended into ruin. Kelly scavenges for scrap metal from the hundred thousand abandoned buildings in a part of the city known as "the zone," an increasingly wild landscape where one day he finds something far more valuable than the copper he's come to steal: a kidnapped boy, crying out for rescue. Briefly celebrated as a hero, Kelly secretly avenges the boy's unsolved kidnapping, a task that will take him deeper into the zone and into a confrontation with his own past and long-buried traumas. The second novel from the acclaimed author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods , Scrapper is a devastating reimagining of one of America's greatest cities, its beautiful architecture, its lost houses, shuttered factories, boxing gyms, and storefront churches. With precise, powerful prose, it asks: What do we owe for our crimes, even those we've committed to protect the people we love?

A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

In New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance's latest thriller, Ali Reynolds faces her most controversial mystery yet, solving the murder of a man whose Ponzi scheme bankrupted hundreds of people, and left them seeking justice...or revenge. When Ali's parents lose their life savings to a Ponzi scheme, her father goes to confront his long-time friend and financial advisor, only to stumble into the scene of a bloody double homicide. With her father suddenly a prime suspect, Ali and her husband work to clear her father's name, while at the same time seeking justice for her parents as well as the scheme's other suddenly impoverished victims, one of whom is a stone cold killer.

Canada Day celebrates the 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act which united the three colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) into a single country. In honor of our northern neighbor read about some of her most illustrious native sons and daughters, past and present. For information on the history of Canada you can check here. For more noteworthy Canadians check here.

A dual portrait of the irrepressible orphan Anne of Green Gables and her creator covers such topics as the death of Montgomery's mother, her life on Prince Edward Island, and the inspiration for the "e" at the end of Anne's name..

An engaging, brilliant exploration of the life and work of the most famous architect of our time, and one of the few architects ever to be widely admired by both critics and the general public It discusses at length his major buildings: from his own house--an "exploded" Dutch Colonial in Santa Monica--to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which has almost single-handedly transformed contemporary architecture.

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