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National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival will kick off its 87th annual celebration on June 29th 2013 in the Traverse City area. Cherry lovers from every corner of the world visit the shores of West Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Michigan every July for this event. This area also showcases tremendous natural resources and beauty, and it offers a wide spectrum of recreational opportunities that take full advantage of the water, woods, and snow.

Children's Books on CD Have Moved

Children's Books on CD (formerly shelved in aisle #22) are now shelved with the Children's fiction books (aisles #15, #16, #17, #18). This will make it easier for patrons to find print books that are also available on CD so that they can follow along. It will also help kids to realize just how many wonderful, popular titles we have on CD.
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Award-Winning Children's Book, Author, E.L. Konigsburg, Passes Away

Winner of two Newbery medals, E. L. Konigsburg died on Friday, April 19, 2013 after suffering a stroke. Her writing career spanned over thirty years and she authored twenty books. In addition to the literary arts, Konigsburg was well known for her contributions to the visual arts. Konigsburg is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg  (1968 Newbury Award)


The view from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg  (1997 Newbury Award)

Jean Merrill, Children's Book Author, Dies at 89

Merrill is best known for two popular children's books, The Pushcart War (1972) and The Toothpaste Millionaire (1972), but wrote more than 30 books and twelve movie scripts for animated adaptations of her work. A common theme in her stories is that of an underdog overcoming the constraints of the established social and economic order. Merrill grew up on a farm in upstate New York and preferred outdoor activities, such as building forts, sledding, collecting fossils, and climbing silos, to playing inside with manufactured toys and being watched by adults. She died of cancer at her home in Vermont on August 2, 2012.

The pushcart war by Jean Merrill ; with illustrations by Ronni Solbert

Mike Wallace 1918-2012

CBS anchor and legendary 60 Minutes icon Mike Wallace died at the age of 93 surrounded by family in Connecticut. Wallace was known as a merciless interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make 60 Minutes the most successful prime-time television news program ever.

Between you and me: a memoir by Mike Wallace with Gary Paul Gates

Jan Berenstain Dies at Age 88

Jan and her husband Stan, who passed in 2005, authored well-loved children's books for over 50 years. Over 300 books have been published in 23 languages. This charming bear family touched the hearts of kids and parents, while at the same time addressing difficult issues that everyone faces in the process of growing up. Although Jan and Stan have passed, the Berenstain Bears family they created will live on.

Neutrinos Traveling Faster Than Light?

The physics world is abuzz with news that a group of European physicists has clocked a burst of subatomic particles known as neutrinos breaking the speed of light that was calculated by Albert Einstein in 1905, according to the New York Times. Was Albert Einstein wrong to think that the speed of light was the ultimate speed? Does this mean that time-travel will become a possibility?

Neutrino by Frank Close

September Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored September 2011 programs.

May/June Connections Online

The May/June issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Walter Cronkite

The man once known as "the most trusted man in America" passed away Friday at the age of  92. Walter Cronkite, the legendary journalist and TV news anchor for CBS, retired in 1981 after a long and distinguished career. Recruited by Edward R. Murrow,  Cronkite joined the network in the early 1950s after proving himself with his excellent coverage from Moscow during World War II.

President Obama Creates new Religious Office

President Obama in the inaugural paradePresident Barack Obama has chosen Joshua DuBois to lead his White House-based effort to steer federal social service dollars to religious charities and get them more involved in government anti-poverty efforts.