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Peter Paul Rubens (Painter, not the Sandwich)

peter paul rubensPeter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577. He is best known as an influential Flemish painter during the Baroque era. You make think Rubens conjures up images of sandwiches and lunch, but actually, the artist was famous for painting Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His paintings are full of action and movement as the subjects are rendered in vivid colors and in interesting poses. An excellent website to learn more about this famous artist is www.peterpaulrubens.org.

Get Ready to Celebrate Eric Carle!

ArtECarle.preview.jpgEric Carle turns 80 on June 25th this year. It’s a perfect time to celebrate since our Summer Reading theme this year is Be Creative @ Your Library. Come in to the library where you can learn more about Eric Carle and his art, or check out one of his amazing picture books and keep working toward your Summer Reading goal!

Girl With a Pearl Earring is Showing Here on July 15th!

Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is the story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. Come see the movie on July 15th at 2p.m. in the community room. Register now for this awe inspiring film which is a work of art itself!

Art Is In the Eye of the Reader

Master the Art of Reading this summer with these art related titles!

Fiction (Read these titles for the Expressionism category or listen to them for Postmodernism).

Happy Nature Photography Day

rainbowToday is so beautiful out, friends! Take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather and make a trek outside. Celebrate Nature Photography Day and create some art by capturing the world around you.  Michigan is full of parks, lakes, and gardens. Check out an old favorite or discover a new one. Good luck and happy snapping!

Happy Birthday Gauguin

gauguinFrench painter, Paul Gauguin was born today, June 7th, in 1848.  Before his career in painting, he was a stockbroker in Paris. At the age of 35, he decided to devote his life to painting and eventually moved to several places, including Tahiti. Much of his art is remembered for containing broad, flat tones, and bold colors and he is regarded as a highly influential founder of modern art.

An introduction to art for kids

Katie loves art and adventure. One day, on a visit to a museum, she finds herself stepping into a painting by Paul Cezanne. On another day, she hangs out with Mona Lisa. Check out these books by James Mayhew and explore the world of art through Katie's eyes. There is something for all ages in these books. Young children will enjoy the shapes, the colors and the movement of turning pages. Older kids will appreciate the story, Katie's curiosity and the beautiful paintings. It may even inspire them to learn how to paint!

Tattoo Delirium

tattoodeliriumTattoo Delirium by Eva Minguet is a collection of beautiful images of tattoos accompanied by biographical information about the tattooers who created them. Features are included on artists from around the world, including Detroit's own Bob Tyrell, who specializes in black-and-gray work and custom horror imagery.

Movement 2009

musicWhat better way to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend than to attend Movement 2009 (aka the Detroit Electronic Music Festival) in downtown Detroit's Hart Plaza.

Impressions in Pastel


mary cassattToday is the birth anniversary of American Impressionist, Mary Cassatt.

Batman Debuts 70 years ago!

Guess what Bat-fans...our hero, Batman, first put fear in the hearts of the notorious criminals of Gotham City 70 years ago today! Holy time flies Batman! If you are in need of a bat-fix until another movie comes out, check out the awesome graphic novels, movies, nonfiction encyclopedias, and cartoons we have here at the library. Hold on to your hats fellow bat-o-philes, the ride has been a wild one so far...what could be up the sleeve of Gotham's sleekest knight? Can't wait for the next 70 years to find out!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! As of today it’s less than 50 days until Summer Reading (and summer vacation—hint hint!). It’s even starting to feel like summer! Thankfully the library is nice and air conditioned. Very important for someone who wears a big fur coat like me!

Check Out These New CDs

If you've got a yen for Celtic folk music with a populist bent (think Ewan MacColl, Mick Moloney or Tommy Makem), two new CDs by famed area musician Terry Murphy will help satisfy your craving. You'll find Freeborn Man and Terry Murphy in the Folk & Ethnic section.

Vivere - The Best of Andrea Bocelli

With a voice that was described as “the most beautiful in the world," Andrea Bocelli collection presents many of the artist's most memorable vocal performances. Tuscany's most exciting and beloved export since Luciano Pavarotti is a phenomenon with an astonishing 30 million CDs sold, two World Music Awards, best-selling albums, and wildly popular sellout concerts on nearly every continent. Bocelli was a best-selling pop artist in Europe and after his exposure through the PBS special, his success in the U.S. skyrocketed. The PBS production was slated to run only once, but due to its popularity it ran three times.

University of Michigan Museum of Art Reopens

The 53,000 sq. ft. expansion and restoration designed by Brad Claefil of Allied Works Architecture doubles the space available for exhibits and programs. One of the new exhibits is Expressions of Vienna: Master Drawings by Klimt and Schiele . See the University of Michigan site for a cool virtual tour.

Attention Writers in Grades K-3

Do you love to write and illustrate your own stories?  If you said yes
and you're in grade K-3, then you should check out the
Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest, sponsered by Detroit Public Television.  The deadline to enter is Saturday March 28, 2009.  Good luck! 

Teen Tech Week Digital Photo Contest Winners Have Been Chosen

Thanks to all who participated! We got many amazing entries and it was hard to pick a winner!
1st Place: "Escape" by Juliana Mi
2nd Place: Untitled by Heidi Lewis

Tied for 3rd Place: "Shining Star" by Tiffany Tan and "August" by Madeline Viergutz
 

Springtime and Monet

Welcome to Spring, everyone! One artist who embodies the feeling of floating on a springtime breeze in the sunshine, at least for me, is Claude Monet.  His impressionistic works capture the way subtle changes begin to take place with flowers blooming, light breezes blowing, and the days getting ever so slightly longer.

Teen Tech Week Digital Photo Contest

 Entry Deadline March 22, 6 pm.
• No more than two entries per participant. You may use any photograph, however it must be your own.
• There is only one way to enter your photograph:

Spring Crafts

art suppliesSpring is in the air! Check out some of our great craft books, especially the ones highlighting spring. Get out the scissors, glue, glitter, and brightly colored paper to have fun making flowers, birds, and baby animals. Enjoy!