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Kids Graphic Novel News - #2


Nancy Drew
is also available in graphic novels.
Suspense, mystery & always a good story.

You can find them in the Children's Department by the comics!

Getting To Know Margaret Hillert

Did you know that Margaret Hillert, the author of more than 80 books for beginning readers, is a Michigan native? It's true! Margaret Hillert was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1920, and today lives in southeast Michigan.

Who Watches the Watchmen?

You may have, since the movie just came to theaters March 6. But did you also read the Watchmen? Arguably one of the best graphic novels ever written, it gives you a new view on superheroes : the deconstruction of the superhero. If you don't normally read graphic novels, don't let that keep you away from this one! The story is rich, entertaining, and thought-provoking. It almost makes you want to throw on a costume and go off to fight crime yourself!

The Power of Solar

In your efforts to go green do not forget about the power of solar. Some companies, like Ikea, are developing solar power products like Ikea's new solar lighting line. To find out ways you can use solar energy in your life check out Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living by John Schaeffer.

Purple Cows, Meatball Sundaes, and Seth Godin

Have a product you're trying to market? Looking for advice on how to run your business or even just your life? Seth Godin breaks down complex principles in a very readable way. Here are some of his recent hits:

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us -- how to leverage informal communities, even on the web

Meatball sundae : is your marketing out of sync?

Secret Invasion

Skrulls, Skrulls, Skrulls everywhere. Want to keep up on Marvel's mega event and find out which heroes are real and which are fakes? We've got all you need for the full story.

Remember the Library Catalog's Former Look?

The library's online catalog has matured and provides users with a lot more information than it used to.  Remember the bluLibrary Catalog Circa 1993e background screens and text-based options of author, title, subject, words?  Well, look at the catalog now!  You get the cover image, a tag cloud (keywords based on the item's content), the option to save the record and rate it, the ability to limit your search, hyperlinks to other it

Happy Birthday, Carl Hiaasen!

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Yes, I know it’s over a month away. But if you’re looking for some great environmental reads in the meantime, try checking out a book by Carl Hiaasen in honor of his birthday today!

If you want to learn even more about the environment, take a look at our April programming for upcoming earth day activities, or look in our collection for more stories and information about protecting the environment!

Celebrating National Women's History Month

Another favorite series with a strong female character is Victoria Thompson's  Gaslight Murders featuring Sarah Brandt, midwife and amateur detective assisted by New York police detective Frank Malloy. Sarah, born into a wealthy family, defied her parents by marrying Dr. Tom Brandt.  Dr. Brandt is killed one night returning from a late night call and rather than return to her parents' home Sarah continues her midwifery practice in New York's tenements. She is a strong, independent character, at times challenging and baffling Detective Frank Malloy.

Now for Kids: Inspiring Books from "Three Cups of Tea"

Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 108 weeks running (currently in the #1 slot) for good reason: Greg Mortenson, who is carrying out his mission to build schools — and peace — in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is living proof of how one person can truly make a difference in the world. Now, Mortenson’s story is accessible to young children through the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. A Young Readers’ version of Three Cups of Tea has also just been published. My 8-yr-old son and I saw Mortenson in late January when he spoke to a packed auditorium (800+ people) at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School.

A Fabulous Food Life

Moira Hodgson, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and current colmunist for the New York Observerbegan her food education as a child moving around the world as a British diplomat's daughter. In her new book, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, she recounts the fascinating food, places, and people she has discovered throughout her life.

Fun with Recycling

Celebrate the spring equinox on March 20th by making a craft with natural materials. Make a bird feeder, wind vanes and herb dolls with the help of Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to Make with Mother Nature's Help or learn how to make paper-bag puppets, clothespin cowboys and a space station with

Alyss in Wonderland

I just started the Looking Glass Wars and I have to say I am impressed. I was a little worried because Alice in Wonderland is a little dear to my heart but this series Is extremely creative; a world where imagination is a weapon and the Mad Hatter is really Hatter Madigan the blade wielding, top hat wearing bodyguard....

100 Days Until Summer Reading!

Can’t wait for Summer Reading season? Artist.preview.png It's not that far away!

This year’s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library. Get inspired to do something imaginative by reading about artists and inventors. Remind your parents they can have some fun, too, since all ages are welcome to join Summer Reading.

Let us know what you’re doing to prepare for Summer Reading by commenting on this post!

It's National Women's History Month

So why not check out a historical mystery series featuring a strong female character? One of my favorites is Miriam Grace Monfredo's Glynis Tyron, an advocate for women and slave rights living in Seneca Falls, NY where the first women's rights'convention was held in 1848.  In Seneca Falls Inheritance, Glynis Tryon, the town's librarian, agrees to help organize the Women's Rights Convention of 1848 expecting controversy and opposition, but not murder!

Dancing Picture Books

If you enjoy dancing, you may enjoy some fun picture books about these little dancers:

Tessa's tip-tapping toes by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington

Dancing class by H.M. Ehrlich; pictures by Laura Rader

Harriet dancing by Ruth Symes; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Do it Yourself: Bookmaking

Did you know that Christopher Paolini's parents published his book Eragon when he was only 17 years old? You can do it too. Why not celebrate March as Reading Month by making your own book. That's right, you can make it yourself. Check out Bookworks: Making Books by Hand by Gwenyth Swain to start then, if you're curious about how the publishers do it, try How a Book is Made by Carol Greene.

Planet Google

Google can be used to find just about anything on the web, but that's not good enough for the Mountain View company.

Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

test tubeTry this quiz from About.com which is based on science standards for the third grade (and yes I got one wrong). Like me, you may then decide to brush up on some of your science basics with resources from CPL like, "The New Everyday Science Explained" by Curt Suplee.

A Little More Maximum Ride

If your are a Maximum Ride fan who's read everything and is still hungry for more of that trademark high-octane action then check out the Maximum Ride graphic novel that just came out. Also, did you hear they're making a movie?