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Gentle Romances

Want books with plenty of romance, but no hanky-panky? Try the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer, Shirley Marks or Barbara Metzger. If you like historicals set in America, check out Carolyn Brown or Nancy J. Parra. Hate historicals, but love contemporaries? Take a look at Holly Jacobs or Elisabeth Rose.

That's No Leopard, That's My Operating System

Whether you need to learn more about your computer's current operating system or if you are interested in learning about a different one, the library carries a wide variety of books to help you. Materials cover older systems like Windows 98, as well as newer ones like Vista and Snow Leopard. Also covered are open source systems such as Linux.

PostSecret

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God by Frank Warren

Frank Warren collects postcards sent in by people all over the world. These postcards contain secrets, admissions, proclamations and whatever other content the anonymous submitters wish to share. Warren then posts images of these cards on the PostSecret website and in this, his second book. Warren will be at the University of Michigan on December 4 to speak about this project and this book.

In Honor of the Indians of North America

With Thanksgiving upon us, it is time to reflect on and honor the Native Americans and their rich culture, traditions, and wisdom. Check out some of the fictional works on them, or read some of the delightful and sage folklore tales from America's first peoples. Let's truly be thankful for all they have given us.

Authors Meet Technology

Technology can be a writer's best friend. More and more authors are establishing their presence beyond their websites on Twitter, Facebook, etc. In a recent article by Rege Behe of the TRIBUNE-REVIEW interviewed Ann Rice, Gregg Hurwitz, Alafair Burke and others about their decision to blog.

Claudette Colvin takes the prize

Claudette ColvinClaudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose has been named the winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Don't miss the chance to read more about this courageous teenager and the role she played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Enjoy a stress free Christmas!

Beat Ebenezer Scrooge (your budget) and The Grinch (the economy) at their own game! Have a fun, festive and fancy Christmas Holiday without spending a lot of cabootle! Plan now and make your holiday season spectacular and stress-free. Everything you need is here to help stimulate your creativity; we have books ranging from 300 Ways to make the best Christmas ever to Christmas comfort and joy : 501 crafts, decorating and food ideas to make your holiday unforgettable. Be the envy of your friends and family and spend pennies for presents by checking out websites like http://simplemom.net/ and http://www.allfreecrafts.com/ for the frugal conscious!

For the love of books

Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to hear a lecture by world famous reading guru Nancy Pearl. Nancy expresses her love for reading in such a way you can't wait to discover your next book. Nancy has won numerous awards for her uncanny insight into books and the celebration of reading. If you're stumped on what to read next check out her books (ex. Book lust, More book lust, Book crush for kids and teens). You can also check out Pearl's picks on our website. They are witty lists that help you find the right book for the mood. You can learn more about Nancy and her books at www.nancypearl.com

Science in the Real World

Ever wondered how things like hybrid cars or solar panels actually work? How do they help to save ethe environment? What is ethanol? What is a solar cell? Find out the answer to these questions with a series of books called Science in the Real World. To learn about hybrid vehicles, check out How Do Hybrid Cars Work? For solar panels, check out How Do Solar Panels Work?

Make Reading Easy With Bob Books

The Bob Books are written with three-letter words and short sentences in order to make learning to read super easy! These are some well-loved books — they always seem to be checked out. We keep them in the Readers section in the Children's Department. If you can't find any on the shelf, just ask a librarian about requesting a hold on them and we'll be happy to help!

Tough Chicks

Tough Chicks is a highly enjoyable tale of 3 baby chicks, Penny, Polly and Molly, who aren't like the other chicks in the farmyard. These 3 energetic gals are into everything and do a lot of things the other animals don't think chicks should do. "Make them be good!" the animals demand of Mama Hen. "They ARE good." she asserts. By the end of the book, the farmyard is in trouble when the Farmer's tractor goes haywire and ends up roaring straight for the hen house. While all the other animals run away in fear, the tough chicks quickly hatch a plan. Will the other animals realize that different isn't necessarily bad? You'll have to read this fun book to find out for yourself!

Elf Yourself (and more!)

If you're in the mood for a good laugh this holiday season, look no further than JibJab's ElfYourself website. It's completely free and guaranteed to provide hours of amusement. You can see what I mean by checking out this video of some of your resident children's librarians! If that's not enough online fun for you, make sure to check out some of our books about cool websites for kids. There's plenty to keep you busy!

"2009-2010 Great Michigan Read" Author Pens Debut Novel

Following her successful memoir-in-essays, Stealing Buddha's Dinner, Bich Minh Nguyen's first novel, Short Girls, explores the relationship of two Vietnamese American sisters, Van and Linny. Straight-laced Van, an Immigrant lawyer, lives with her husband in Ann Arbor and college dropout Linny is a free-spirited cook in Chicago. The two estranged and strikingly different sisters return home when their inventor father announces his intentions to become an American citizen and forge a new relationship. Place a hold on it today.

Happy Birthday November Author Birthdays!

Several outstanding children's authors have something in common, November birthdays! Celebrate the wonderful writing of these authors this month by reading their books!

Feminine Knits

Feminine Knits: 22 Timeless Designs by Lene Holme Samsøe
Filled with mostly sweaters and jackets, this book offers delicate, girlie knits you can craft by hand. Many of the patterns feature lace and other decorative elements that give the garments something special. While feminine, most of the garments also appear sturdy enough for everyday wear.

Kids to the Rescue!

If you are on the hold list for Zoobreak, you might want to try some other amazing animal rescues while you wait. Carl Hiaasen wrote some real winners - if you haven't already read them: The movie Hotel for Dogs also comes in several formats. The library has well over a hundred animal rescues involving courageous, animal-loving kids. Check some out!

New Cookbooks!

Today I got two books I have been eagerly anticipating. It was like Christmas in November! The first is a world-wide compendium called The dumpling : a seasonal guide by Wai Hon Chu and Connie Lovatt. The second is My bread : the revolutionary no-work, no-knead method by Jim Lahey. You may know Lahey from Mark Bittman's writing. I've tried bread made with his incredibly easy method and it is delicious. I can hardly wait to try out the recipes.

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assistant

Darren Shan is just a regular guy who loves to hang out with his friends and ride bikes.  One day Darren is invited to visit Cirque Du Freak and nothing has been the same since. 

If you have seen the movie, want to see the movie, or just love creepy books, then this book is for.  Check out the official movie page here and don't forget to put a hold on the book.

Murder Will Out

His victims are young, beautiful and viciously mutilated. He calls himself the Beijing Ripper. Award-winning, Peter May's terrifying new addition to his China Thrillers series, Chinese Whispers pits Beijing detective Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell against an unscrupulous foe who could prove to be their deadliest enemy yet.

Holiday Cooking

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is start thinking about recipes I'll use for upcoming holiday celebrations. Cooking can be even more fun when you're able to include helpers, and the Children's Department has a whole range of cookbooks that work well with kids. I've enjoyed The Kids' Holiday Baking Book, but there are many other cookbooks that can help you create memorable, yummy holidays creations for whatever holidays you celebrate!