Sports

Football season is upon us. Teams are reporting to camps this month and the next. Check out the sports material below to hold you over until College and NFL football starts!

Chronicles the top ten craziest plays in football history, from running to the wrong end zone to marching band members accidentally storming the field.

20 fun facts about football by Ryan Nagelhout

Presents a history of the college football championship, chronicling great games, notable dynasties, and what the future holds.

June 21st is Go out and Skate or Skateboard day! Have you always wanted to learn how to be a wheeled wonder? Grab a friend and head outside to a nice, paved trail or to your local roller skating rink!  Also we have some great books on skating and skateboarding, so be sure to check them out for inspiration. 

Longboarding by Mary-Lane Kamberg

Provides an overview of longboarding, which is a variation of skateboarding, offering advice on techniques, equipment, and safety.

Skateboarding by Kristen Rajczak

Introduces skateboarding by presenting historical information about the sport, discussing necessary equipment and techniques, and examining safety procedures.

Dino-Boarding by Lisa Wheeler

Meat-eating and vegetarian dinosaurs compete in surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding events.

The Rainbow Book List is created by a committee of the same name as part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Each year, the committee reads and selects quality books "with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age." Check out these books from the 2017 list!

Big Bob, little Bob by James Howe

Little Bob likes books and dolls and quiet things, so when big Bob moves in next door with his trucks and balls and loud play it doesn't seem like they would have much in common, but they may still find a way to be friends.

Worm loves Worm by J. J Austrian

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

Summertime brings the Fletcher Family back to Rock Island where the good times never end, but this summer the boys' favorite lighthouse is all boarded up and with the help from their new neighbors, the Garcia girls, the boys are determined to find out what is really happening with their lighthouse and saving it, no matter what the cost.

The French Open is the second major of the year in the tennis world and is held from mid-May to early June. The best players in the world flock to France for the tournament, many of them past winners and runner-ups. Before it starts, brush up on all things tennis by checking out the books below. 

Roger Federer by Anne K. Brown

The month of February is Black History Month in the United States. Check out a biography about a famous black athlete to learn more about their lives.

Ali : an American champion by Barry Denenberg

Puts the famous boxer in to historical context through the use of newspaper articles, interviews, opinion pieces, and photographs.

Gabby Douglas by Sarah Tieck

Discusses the life of the Olympian, including her family, how she started in gymnastics, and her Olympic success.

One of sports biggest events, the Super Bowl has become somewhat of a holiday as people call in sick the day of and the day after to deal with loss or jubilation. Check out the books below that detail the Super Bowl's history and the nineteen franchises that have claimed the famed Lombardi Trophy. 

Super Bowl by Aneel Brar
The Super Bowl by Barry Wilner
The Green Bay Packers by Mark Stewart

"Team Spirit Football edition featuring the Green Bay Packers that chronicles the history and accomplishments of the team. Includes access to the Team Spirit website which provides additional information and photos"--Provided by publisher.

From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals--and most misunderstood presidents In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the "Trinity of Great American Leaders." But the battlefield commander-turned-commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first.  Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government's policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs . 

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We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages--of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity's most important--and universal--information technology.

"While working at the Newark Star-Ledger, Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a popular column debating the merits of then-current television. Eventually they went on to successful careers as critics elsewhere, but the debate raged on and now comes to an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK). Alan and Matt have established The Pantheon of top TV shows using a complex, obsessively all-encompassing ranking system by which to order and stack them up against each other. With a mix of lively entries on critically acclaimed and commercially successful classics such as Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Star Trek, The Simpsons and Twin Peaks and illuminating essays on short-lived favorites such as Taxi, Freaks and Geeks, and My So-Called Life, TV (THE BOOK) is sure to spark conversation and debate among readers. TV (THE BOOK) is a must-have for long-time television and film buffs and for young enthusiasts who, fresh off their latest Netflix binge, are looking to expand their knowledge of the medium and wondering what show to start streaming next"--.

Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan. Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor celebrates its citizens. Some of those who make up Ann Arbor are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States. Within its pages lie the stories of who chose maize and blue as the University of Michigan's colors; who was the first Ann Arborite to race in the Indy 500; and who sold Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's, his first pizzeria. Inside are photographs and descriptions of the legendary people of the past and the present, as well as those who are on their way to becoming the legends of the future.

Return to ancient Greece and witness the Bacchanalian excess and raw competition of The First Olympics. While the gods looked down, brutal contests of boxing, wrestling, chariot racing, and an early from of no-holds-barred fighting called Pankration.

Presents the story of the U.S. Olympic hockey team's victory at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

They were billed as the 'Olympics of Peace and Joy' but became the Olympics of terror -- Munich 1972. An extreme Palestinian group called Black September held 11 Israeli athletes hostage in the Olympic village while the world looked on, incredulous. Using extraordinary archive footage, music and interviews with those who took part (including the only surviving member of the Black September group), this film tells the dramatic story of what happened in Munich during those 21 hours.

Despite Jesse Owens's remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the athlete struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched bias.

The 2016 Summer Olympics take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 through August 21. Watch some of these Olympic-themed films to get you in the competitive mood.

The story of the unlikely Olympian.

Story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. One used his faith in God, and the other his hatred of Anti-Semitism. Special Edition features include: additional scenes, interviews, featurettes, and more.

Based on the true story of the most famous team in the history of American sports: the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Follow from the team's selection process to the ultimate victory over Finland for the gold.

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