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Picture Books about Shapes

Circles, squares, diamonds or rectangles, we have books that show all the angles. Triangles, ovals, octagons too, these books will teach them all to you!

All sorts of shapes by written by Hannah Reidy; illustrated by Emma Dodd; reading consultant, Susan Kesselring

Bear in a square by written by Stella Blackstone; illustrated by Debbie Harter

Circle dogs by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet

M is for masterpiece: an art alphabet by written by David Domeniconi ; illustrated by Will Bullas — is a great way to combine two great loves of mine — the ABC's and Art. This colorful book highlights a different item or person in the world of art and gives you a chance to brush up on your alphabet. Sounds like a winner to me. Enjoy!

Etta James 1938-2012

Etta James, born Jamesetta Hawkins, died January 20 at age 73 after a long battle with leukemia. The fiery Blues singer is best known for her ballad "At Last." James was one of the first women inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Older Adults: February 2012

An Evening with Nicholas Delbanco at Nicola's Book Store (Ann Arbor) on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 PM. Enjoy an evening with Nicholas Delbanco for a discussion regarding his latest non-fiction book:

Lastingness: the art of old age by Nicholas Delbanco — one of America's most celebrated men of letters profiles great geniuses in the fields of visual art, literature, and music-Monet, Verdi, O'Keeffe, Yeats, among others — searching for the answers to why some artists' work diminishes with age, while others' reaches its peak.

Holiday Crafts

Can you believe it? The holidays are nearly upon us! Hanukkah starts this Wednesday, Dec. 21st and Christmas is right behind it on the 25th. Are you still looking for that perfect gift? Get crafty this holiday season with our selection of holiday craft books.

Happy Birthday Diego Rivera!

Mexican artist Diego Rivera was born 125 years ago on December 8, 1886. Married to fellow artist Frida Kahlo, he was renowned for his murals which can be found in Mexico City, San Francisco, New York City, and Detroit. Between the years 1932 and 1933, Rivera painted a famous series of fresco panels entitled Detroit Industry on the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Depicting industry at the Ford Motor Company, Rivera himself considered it his most successful work.

J700 to 799

Do you love to draw? Are you learning how to play an instrument? Looking for your favorite sports team or sporting activity? How about that special craft for that special someone? Well, look no further, this is all in the J700 to 799 collection! We have a wonderful selection of art, music, sports, crafts, games, and so much more. Be sure to check out our books and DVDs. Have fun!

Pavement Chalk Artist

Pavement chalk artist : the three-dimensional drawings of Julian Beever by Julian Beever — As we enter into fall, we long for the sunny days of summer where we could hang out in the driveway and draw with chalk til our hearts content. Have no fear! You can relieve the joy of chalk art through this book. We have a copy in both Children's and Adult nonfiction, so be sure to check it out. I guarantee you will be blown away!

The Steins Collect

The Steins collect : Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian avant-garde by edited by Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow — Marvelous, inspiring and accessible book for anyone interested in the birth of modern art. This book accompanies a traveling exhibition on the art and collecting of the Stein family: brothers Leo and Michael Stein, sister and writer Gertrude and Michael's wife, Sarah. As American expatriates living in Paris during the first decade of the twentieth century, the Steins supported and promoted avant-garde painting with Leo and Gertrude supporting Pablo Picasso's work and Sarah and Michael behind Henri Matisse.

National Book Festival

If you weren't able to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 24-25, videos of the event including authors' talks are now available. Historian and author David McCullough appeared at the 2011 National Book Festival, as did Sylvia Nasar, Cassandra Clare, Wally Amos, Sara Paretsky, and more.

Discover Your Inner Guitar Hero

Do you have a little Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton in your blood? The pros from Axis Music Academy will help you discover your inner guitar talents on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM. Tweens, teens and adults will listen to a little music, learn about guitars and give it a try themselves. Should be lots of fun!

Discover Your Inner Guitar Hero

Do you have a little Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton hiding in you? The pros from Axis Music Academy will help you discover your hidden talents on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Come give it a try — you may be amazed how quickly you can pick it up and start making music.

The Paint Creek Boys Visit!

Do you like Ricky Skaggs or Allison Krauss? Then you'll love the music of Ron and Don Whitaker, aka The Paint Creek Boys. Join us on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for a free concert of bluegrass, country and gospel music. We'll tap our toes and clap our hands while Ron and Don do the pickin' and grinnin'.

ZooZical a Musical Story

Have you ever wondered what zoo animals do when the visitors go home? Do they go to sleep, eat lots of food, play games? Well the zoo animals of ZooZical decide to put on a musical after all their visitors go home. In their musical, they sing some classic songs, but in a new, zooified way. Check out ZooZical, and enjoy they amazing talents of the giraffes, lions, kangaroos and one very special hippo.

This may even inspire you to read about more talented animals!

Fall into Autumn with Music

Here are some great kids cd's that you can play while you jump into the pile of leaves.

John McCutcheon's four seasons [sound recording]: autumnsongs by McCutcheon, John

Cartime [sound recording]

Sara Jordan presents celebrate seasons [sound recording] by Sara Jordan; composed by Sara Jordan, Mark Shannon

Ruins of Detroit

The ruins of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre; with essays by Robert Polidori and Thomas J. Sugrue; [translations by Sébastien de Villèle] Over the past generation Detroit has suffered economically and its urban decay is now glaringly apparent. The authors have documented this disintegration, showcasing with amazing photograhs structures that were formerly a source of civic pride.

Final Days to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Program passes will be available until September 23, 2011 to check out. Museums will accept passes until September 30, 2011.

The 2012 program will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

CPL Quilt Group

On Wednesday, September 7, Grace will be talking about Red Work. Grace is very knowledgeable about many areas of quilting and we expect this to be an informative discussion with many examples of her fine work. Join us at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Post-its Aren't Just for Notes Anymore

There is a war going on in Paris. It is known as La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it war). Office workers around the city are devoting large chunks of their day to outdoing neighboring offices' Post-it Note art displays. For some great photos, and more information, check out the Post-it War website and this NPR story.
[Image from Post-it War website]