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Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Looking for a new picture book to share with your curious little one? Try these three stories about Yoon, a young Korean girl who learns of her family's many traditions as she adjusts to life in America.

New Grilling Cookbooks

Memorial Day weekend is here and we have some beautiful weather! Seems like a good time to start grilling. If you're looking for some inspiration, take a look at some of our brand new titles such as: Serious Barbecue by Adam Perry Lang or Emeril at the Grill by Emeril Lagasse.

A Blog About a Blog

I realize this is a blog about a blog, but if you are a reader of mysteries/crime fiction check out The Rap Sheet. It's a blog with reviews of new and forthcoming books,  interviews with authors, and crime-fiction-related Web sites. (Photo: Raymond Chandler/AP Images)

Shugo Chara!

O.k., confession time: Yes, I'm totally addicted to Shugo Chara! Yeah, I'm a guy; what of it? The tiny Charas are just so....cute. Seriously, have you seen them? We just got Volume 6 of the manga in. Check it out. And, if you didn't know, you can watch the anime free (and legally-woohoo!) online at www.crunchyroll.com.

Celebrate Amelia Earhart

Did you know that today is the 77th anniversary of pilot Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean? On May 20, 1932, she set off across the ocean, heading for Ireland. It was a 2,026 mile flight that took 15 hours and 18 minutes! That's a long flight! She was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. Remember Amelia and her bravery by reading this easy book just for beginning readers.
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Need a book suggestion?!

Are you going on a family vacation for the holiday weekend or just not doing anything at all?!  The Teens' Top Ten book nomination list is now available!  Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!  Teens from fifteen school and public libraries around the country nominate the titles and teens (you) choose the win

Reunions Can Be Murder

This month I will be attending a high school reunion.  I started thinking about the expectations, the memories, and just why do people go to these events?  Six mystery writers thought class reunions can stir up a great deal of feeling, perhaps even murderous thoughts...  Mrs. Murphy saves the day for postmistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, in Pawing Through the Past by Rita Mae Brown and Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas finds more than she's looking for at her 20th.

Gunnerkrigg court

Publishers Weekly calls Gunnnerkrigg Court the British boarding school version of Lost. The award winning webcomic is now in printed form! Check it out for a little mystery; it's a mix of magical school adventures akin to Harry Potter mixed with something like the gloomy, gothic, quirkiness of the Adams Family. We've got the book, or visit the webcomic's home online.

Another One Gone...

One of my favorite mystery writers, Barbara Parker, died after a long illness recently. Most of her novels were in her "Suspicion" series about Miami lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. If you haven't read Ms. Parker's books, you'll find a strong, independent, female character in Gail Connor, a Miami attorney. Anthony Quintana was a Cuban-American, born in Cuba, whose family escaped to America in the 50s. This played a large part in the Connor-Quintana mysteries. Ms. Parker's first novel, "Suspicion of Innocence" was nominated for an Edgar Award and became a made-for-TV movie, "Sisters and Other Strangers". Ms.

Wallander Comes to TV

Kenneth Branagh brings Henning Mankell's detective, Kurt Wallander, to the screen this month.  PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! will telecast three films, SIDETRACKED, FIREWALL, and ONE STEP BEHIND, featuring the morose Wallander at 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Author: Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King will be at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Monday, May  18 at 7:00 p.m.  Ms. King is the author of two widely popular mystery series: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli.   She will read from her latest book The Language of Bees.

New Japanese Books

Just today we are putting our first new Japanese books of 2009 on the shelf. Lots of great fiction titles, including: Famirī pōtoreito by Sakuraba Kazuki and Kinō no sekai by Riku Onda.

Enjoy Some Historical Fiction

Did you know that today marks the founding anniversary of Jamestown, VA? Yep, on May 14, 1607 this first permanent English settlement in the U.S. was established. Why not commemorate the day with a great historical fiction book set in the Jamestown colony? We've got plenty to choose from!

Writing is a craft

You can be a writer and compose amazing stories, too. Check out Gail Carson Levine's helpful book, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Stories by Celia Warren to find help with grammar, developing a plot, character development and much more. Happy writing!

Fun Crafts For The Kids!

Looking for something fun to keep the kids occupied? Or maybe something nice that they can make for a gift? Pack-o-fun magazine is the perfect craft magazine for parents and kids. It has craft projects that range from very simple to more complicated, from things that you can make with your kids, to projects that they can do on their own. Each issue is packed with so many crafts that there is seriously something for everyone. Check it out today and start crafting!

Boredom Busters For Summer

With summer fast approaching, you're probably trying to think of ways to keep busy during that long break from school. Of course, you should visit the library as often as possible (and read lots of books!), but on those non-library days, you'll need some other things to do. Try some of the ideas in this book: The Family Manager's Guide To Summer Survival. It has over 300 boredom-busting ideas to keep your summer fun and interesting!

What the World Eats

What the World EatsWhat the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio, is a look at families from around the world and what they eat in a typical week. The menu varies widely, as you can imagine, and there is quite a bit of variety represented. Interspersed with the photos and interviews with the families are facts about nutrition, health, wealth, and a bunch of other topics that relate to what we eat.

Food Parisian Style

Clotilde Dusoulier writes one of the most charming food blogs around. Chocolate & Zucchini is a sprightly english language blog about French (mostly) food. She brings the same flair to Chocolate & Zucchini the cookbook, and Clotilde's edible adventures in Paris, a guide to groceries and restaurants in Paris.

Need

O.k., so yes, it does borrow some elements from Twilight, but that being said, Carrie Jones' Need is still a sizzling, page turner. If you're looking for a quick, guilty pleasure to fill the gap after Twilight, give this a try. Well developed characters; clever chapter titles (each one is a different phobia); dangerous pixie king looking for a queen; mysterious, handsome werewolf. You get the idea. Need I go on; you're already hooked, I can tell.

The Bugs Are Back!

Now that spring is in full swing, you might be seeing lots more bugs crawling, buzzing, and flying all over the place! Learning about them doesn't have to be icky and gross...you can read books and find out all kinds of cool stuff without ever having to touch a bug! Here's one very simple book all about bugs that you can read on your own. Ask one of the librarians to show you more bug books next time you come to the library!