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Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day, and with the Fourth of July coming up we will see our flag flying in many places. It took many years for our flag to look the way it does now, as changes in our nation brought changes to the flag. In 1818 Congress made a decision that there would only be 13 stripes in the flag, representing each colony, and there would be a star for every state. In 1912 President Taft decided the stars should be in rows. That is how our flag looks today. So wave it proudly in a parade, or hang it high at your home, as it represents freedom and our great country!

Parenting Help

Hey Parents,
Summer is here and the kids are home. Are you already dreading those two words, "I'm bored"? Well check out the parenting collection in the Children's department. We have a variety of topics in this collection with parenting advice, as well as books to give you tips on summer activities to do with your children. The green hour will help you get your kids outside and Summer smarts for cool kids will help you encourage thinking skills while entertaining at the same time. Family Travel & Resorts is also great if you're going on a vacation.

Zombie Cupcakes

Zombie cupcakes by Zilly Rosen — Cupcakes are all the rage these days, and zombies never go out of style, so why not combine the two? The sixteen cupcake designs included here are mostly zombie-focused but extend to other horror themes, including vampires and one that might have been inspired by the classic film The Birds. All of these cupcakes are fun and spooky, and hopefully also delicious.

New Urdu Books

We have received our 2011 shipment of books in Urdu and they are on the shelves. Stop by and check them out. New titles include:

Barq-i tabassum by Shaukat Thānvī

Jis tan lagyā ʻishq kamāl by ʻUshnā Kaus̲ar Sardār

Obāmā kī āp bītī by Bārak Obāmā ; mutarjim, Yāsar Javvād

Ṣāʻiqah : Nāvil by Raz̤iyah Baṭ

Hindi Books on CD!

We have recently purchased Ghaban by Premacanda and Diwar by Rajvansh in Book on CD format. Because this is the first time we've seen Hindi books on CD, we were so excited to order a couple titles. If you listen to one (or both) let us know what you think of the sound quality. We would love to hear your comments.

J000-099 Collection

aliensAre you interested in books and DVD's about the extraordinary or unexplained? Ever need an encyclopedia or almanac to check-out and take home? Thinking about finding bigfoot or tracking UFO's? Curious about computers and the internet? Be sure to stop by the J000-099 collection in the Children's Non-fiction section. We have all sorts of cool items on monsters, aliens, the internet, the Guinness Book of World Records, World Book Encyclopedia, almanacs, the People and Places encyclopedia, and so much more. Enjoy!

Murder Will Out: Nero Wolfe Awards 2011 Nominees Announced

The New York based organization, The Wolfe Pack, announced the nominees for this year's Nero Wolfe Award.   The winner will be announced at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Black Orchid Banquet held the weekend of December 2 -4 in New York City.  The finalists are:

Michigan in the Civil War

More than 90,000 Michigan men — nearly a quarter of the state's male population in 1860 — served in the United States Civil War. Over 14,000 Michigan soldiers died in the service of their country — roughly 1 of every 6 who served. Michigan supplied a large number of troops and several generals, including George Armstrong Custer's Michigan Wolverine Cavalry. In all, Michigan fielded 31 Regiments of Infantry, 11 Regiments of Cavalry, 14 batteries of Artillery, 1 regiment of Sharpshooters, and 1 regiment of Engineers.

Best in Show

Best in show : knit your own dog by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne — Looking for a low-maintenance pet with an extremely high cute factor? Look no further - this book has it covered. Whether you're looking for an Afghan Hound or an English Bull Terrier, a French Bulldog or a Siberian Husky, all of these breeds and many more are included. Even if you don't end up making any of these plush pets, the photos are fun to look at and may just satisfy your cute quotient.

Memory Bank

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson is an enjoyable, but puzzling story. Soft black&white pictures tell some of the story, as with Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It has the dark, mysterious aura of Gaiman's Coraline. Parental figures are rather horrific, as one might find in Roald Dahl's creations. Hope Scroggins becomes entangled in the WWMB (World Wide Memory Bank) and a dream realm in a desperate search for her younger sister whom her parents told her to forget about after dumping Honey out of the car for misbehavior. But the whole book has a very surrealistic quality to it and I am wondering what is real, what is dreamed, what is the intent of the authors. As Keats might say, "Gone is the vision. Do I wake, or do I sleep?" So I am asking all readers to please post your thoughts/feelings/reactions to this awesome, but mysterious story.