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 !

45th Anniversary of Americans in Orbit!

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Forty-five years ago today, John Glenn successfully completed the first American manned orbital mission aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962.
To celebrate the anniversary of this event, NASA has added some interactive features to their website. Visit nasa.gov to take an inside look at the Friendship 7, explore bios and a photo gallery, and conduct virtual interviews with the surviving Mercury astronauts. You can also watch a 30 minute special online on NASA TV: 45th Anniversary of Americans in Orbit, at 7pm on February 20th.

Grease Monkey: a tale of growing up in orbit

On those days when you’re trying to figure out how the adult world works wouldn’t it be great to have an 800-pound gorilla on your side? Cadet Robin Plotnik, is about to get just that. He is assigned to work with mechanic Mac Gimbensky, for whom fixing space fighters is a passion and an art. Mac’s “creative” work style has chased off many a cadet but Robin manages to survive his first day as Mac’s grease monkey. In no time the two become good friends.

Together, this unlikely duo maintains the fighter craft for the all-women Barbarian Squadron, which constantly competes against other fighter jocks. Full of adventure, romance, and humor Grease Monkey will engage you to the last page.

Australian novelist Elizabeth Jolley has died

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Elizabeth Jolley, novelist, poet, and playwright, died February 13, 2007 in Australia.

Born in England in 1923, Ms. Jolley migrated with her family to Australia in 1959. Seventeen years later, Ms. Jolley’s first collection of short stories, Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories was published, grabbing Australia’s literary world by the lapels and shaking them up with her bold treatment of sexuality and lesbianism.

Ms. Jolley captured international attention with such novels as Mr. Scobie’s Riddle and Miss Peabody’s Inheritance, which the New York Times Book Review suggested should be read “in tandem”.

Ms. Jolley was 83.

Genealogical Research and the War of 1812

If you had an ancestor who might have served in the War of 1812 you might wish to attend the next meeting of the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County on Sunday, February 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Education Center Auditorium, St Joseph Mercy Hospital Campus, 5305 Elliott Drive. The program, which is open to all, will feature a lecture by Xavier Allen, a local reenactor and storyteller, speaking on 'The War of 1812: A perspective from Upper Canada.' In addition Carolyn Griffin will speak on researching War of 1812 ancestors. There have been several recent good books on the war, including A.J. Langguth's Union 1812 and Walter Borneman's 1812: The War that Forged a Nation which might also be of interest. For some online genealogical research also check the library's web site for other resources.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #52

Did you see the review in the New York Times? Apparently many of you did, judging from the hold list. But if you did not, don’t let this one slip by.

Still Life with Husband by first-time novelist Lauren Fox.

It’s a familiar dilemma - Girl (Emily, 30, freelance writer, likes cake for breakfast) meets boy (Kevin, sweet, stable, with a passion for small appliances). Girl marries boy (and live in Milwaukee). Then girl meets dark, handsome and sexy stranger at Starbucks (Oops! 9 years too late). Girl gives in to the itch (rather too easily) and suffers the guilt.

Sure. It has been done before, a la Tom Perrotta in Little Children (2004) and Lolly Winston in Happiness Sold Separately (2006). Nevertheless, “In this generous, heartfelt, and often hilarious novel of marriage and friendship, Lauren Fox explores the baffling human heart and the dangers of getting what you wish for”. Worth a look.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts # 51

Fans of international spy thriller and historical mystery are no strangers to Boris Akunin’s popular Petrovich Fandorin series. Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog* is the first in a projected trilogy in which Akunin introduces to mystery lovers an even more memorable sleuth.

Set in 19th century, Sister Pelagia, a young nun in a remote Russian province is called on by her bishop to investigate the poisoning of a white bulldog whose noble mistress, Sister Pelgagia suspects, is to be the intended victim.
This highly unusual historical mystery is remarkable for its charm and its humorous narrative voice. Not to be missed!

From Hell with Hate

Have you ever wondered what the denzines of Hell have to say about us? Here's your chance to find out. The Screwtape Letters is a collection of letters between Screwtape, an Under Secretary in the Lowerarchy, and his subordinate 'nephew' Wormwood, a junior Tempter. In the letters, Screwtape gives Wormwood advice on how to tempte his patient away from his Christian beliefs and to turn him to the "Father below". Fortunately for us, the letters were intercepted and compiled by C. S. Lewis who published the original version in The Guardian and then in book form.

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.
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The Storytellers by Ted Lewin

Abdul and his grandfather walk down the streets of Morocco. They pass many street vendors. Happy that their work is not the work of wool dyers, or copper smiths they enter a large courtyard. Grandfather spreads out a carpet. The pigeon cage Abdul has been carrying is opened. The pigeon lights on Abdul’s head, then soars into the sky and returns with a story. Grandpa looks at the crowd of people who have gathered and begins, “This happened or maybe it did not. The time is long past, and most forgot.” Ted Lewin captures the magic of storytelling in this outstanding children’s book.

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