We're Taking Back Sunday...

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... and now that I've got your attention...

Taking Back Sunday will perform Friday, Feb. 23rd, 7:30pm at the EMU Convocation Center.

Before you mosey on over to the concert, check out their new album, Louder Now.

BTW... Under Oath and Armor for Sleep will be performing as well... double bonus!

Can't get enough? Here are a few artists with a similar sound and style:

New Found Glory
Relient K
30 Seconds to Mars

Enjoy...

Guinea Bits - Pig Tales

Guinea Pigs! What else to say but cute, cute, cute with personality to boot !! Read some pig tales with Pee Wee and Plush and Lexi's Tale by Johanna Hurwitz; The Tales of Olga DaPolga by Michael Bond; John Willy And Freddy McGee; and Willimena Rules'stressful tale How To Lose Your Class Pet.

Then there are Kate Duke's pair of fables One Guinea Pig is Not Enough and Twenty Is Too Many. Hmmmm ... nuff said !

Baby Bits - What to Do With the Baby-O?

Need Stuff to do with the Baby-O? Take it from the Pros and follow the leaders! Try Gari Stein's Sing With Me series produced by Little Folksters; Raffi's Rise and Shine and other recordings; Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant, Deux Elephants and other recordings. Also try, mood music and action songs by Hap Palmer Movin', and Jim Gill Jim Gill Sings His Do Rem Mi on His Toe Leg Knee.

IN CONCERT: SALIVA

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Guess who's gonna be featured at the 101 WRIF Anniversary Show?

Saliva! (Honest! I wouldn't joke about something this important!) The event is Friday, Feb. 23rd at 6:30pm at the State Theatre in Detroit.

Also featured: Crossfade, Ligion, and a gaggle of other groups (No, I'm not going to tell you everyone who is performing... where's the fun in that?)

Enjoy...

New BOCDs for Kids!

Do you like reading the Judy Moody books? There is a new BOCD too, called Judy Moody: Around the world in 8 1/2 days if you want to try listening instead. Do you like reading the American Girl books? We also have the Molly series on CD as well Molly: An American Girl Come and try!

Marie Antoinette, on DVD, again

New to DVD, and on order at the library, is the latest film adaptation of the life of child queen Marie Antoinette. Marie Antoinette, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is more on the quiet side, yet is teeming with lush music, which allows you to absorb the soft visual palette of the film. The film’s soundtrack is currently available at the AADL. If you are looking for more films by Coppola, check out The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. Chances are, if you like one, you’ll like them all.

Writers Almanac with Garrison Keilor

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Subscribe to this if you like to read. I’ve subscribed for some time to this inspiring, informative , wonderful free daily web publication. I get a lot of great ideas to share with Library customers. Daily the Writer’s Almanac features Garrison Keillor recounting the highlights of this day in history and he reads a short poem or two. Garrison's writing is as compelling as his stage voicings.

Garrison Keillor has been the host and ace storyteller of the very popular Prairie Home Companion show.since 1969.
Click here to subscribe to Writers Almanac e-mail newsletter. It’s also available as a podcast, click here to subscribe to an audio version of about 5 minutes.

--------------> Missed the Grammy Awards?

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Here’s a short... ok, not-so-short... list of award winners. If you want to know the winners in all 108 catergories, check out the Grammy website.

Personally, I question some of the choices, but I’ll hold my tongue… for now…

Album of The Year
Dixie Chicks - Taking the Long Way

Best Score Sountrack Album
John Williams, Composer – Memoirs of a Geisha sountrack

Best Pop Vocal Album
John Mayer - Continuum

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett - Duets: An American Classic

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Third Day – Wherever You Are

Best R&B Album
Mary J. Blige – Breakthrough

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Beyoncé – B’Day

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin – Hero

Best Alternative Music Album
Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

Best Rock Album
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

Best Rap Album
Ludacris – Release Therapy

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Madonna - Confessions (on a dance floor}

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Béla Fleck - The Hidden Land

Best Traditional Folk Album
Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Bob Dylan – Modern Times

Baby Bits - Kittens with Mittens

For babies with books .... mittens and hats and snow .... try Three Little Kittens; The Snowy Day; Do You Have A Hat?; Hello Snow; and All You Need For A Snowman. Happy snowflakes !

"You're a good man, sister."

Who else could have said this if not tough guy, Sam Spade, the no frills detective of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. On February 14, 1930, The Maltese Falcon was published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York. It was originally published as a story in the pulp crime magazine, Black Mask and later became the famous film starring Humphrey Bogart as Spade. Hammett drew on his work as a Pinkerton detective to create the rough characters in his novels. His gritty stories that were set in the dark corners of the city became a precedent for what later was called the "hard boiled detective novel." Hammett later became a screen writer and was active in defending writers during the McCarthy hearings.

Other writers of the "hard boiled genre" are:

Raymond Chandler
James M. Cain
Ian Rankin
Dan Simmons and
Jim Fusilli.

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