Meet Curious George

Come to Nicola’s Books on Saturday, May 19th at 11 AM to meet the curious monkey himself. Make sure you read up on George before you go. Here are some of my favorites:

Curious George Learns to Count from 1 to 100
Curious George Takes a Job
Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon

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Did you know there is a great hiking trail just west of Ann Arbor? It's the Waterloo-Pinkney Trail. My son and I hike the trail at least once a year. It's one of the trails featured in 50 Hikes in Michigan by Jim Dufresne. Get the book, plan your trip, and then head out for the trails before the bugs get too bad.

Kid Bits - Fairy Tracks

Surround yourself with fairy lore and fantasize with these books. Clemency Pogue yells, "I DON'T believe in fairies!" to get rid of a troublesome sprite. The problem is that she caused more damage than she ever intended. Now she needs to FIGURE OUT how to fix the situation. You can read more about sprites, their wishes, and hopes in the newest edition of the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Care And Feeding Of Sprites.

If you don’t know, now you know

Check out Tyrell by Coe Booth, the winner of the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Fifteen-year-old Tyrell lives in a South Bronx homeless shelter with his mother and seven-year-old brother Troy. His mother refuses to find a job, his father is in jail, and his little brother is smart as a whip but stuck in special education classes so his mother can continue to collect Social Security checks. He wants to stay faithful to Novisha but how can he with Jasmine knocking on his door? Tyrell needs to make money to appease his mother, make sure his brother gets the education he deserves, stay faithful to Novisha, and help Jasmine realize her potential. And he wants to do it all without hustling. I can't put this book down! I hope there will be a sequel.

Already read it? What did you think? How unique to the Bronx is Tyrell’s situation?

It Takes a Village

Poor Elephant cannot get any sleep because grumpy Gecko is waking him up every single night to complain about the fireflies that flash outside his window. In this whimsical adaptation of an ancient tale from Bali, little does Gecko know that all his complaining will not help because “the world is all connected. Some things you just have to put up with.” Once again, the amazing storyteller Margaret Read MacDonald gets it just right, with a blend of old fashioned message and lots of laughs!

FIGURE IT OUT first

Before you get a new pet, FIGURE IT OUT and READ first. In June 2007 Malletts Creek Branch will host a quinea PIGnic with the 4-H Cavy Crew and their live pigs. Fun "pig lit" includes pet care and stories. Try listening to Tales of Olga DePolga on CD in the car. Twenty Is Too Many by Kate Duke can be read as fun or advice.
Great facts on pet care can be found in Silkies And Other Guinea Pigs and Guinea Pigs.

FIGURE IT OUT soon

I figured out who my new favorite author is. Sara Pennypacker! After I read a review in School Library Journal, I read Clementine. Then I took home The Talented Clementine. Then I checked out Stuart's Cape and Stuart Goes To School. I LOVED these characters! They are strong contenders for fans of R.Q.(Ramona Quimby), H.H.(Henry Huggins), J.B.J.(Junie B. Jones), J.P.(Joey Pigza), F.D.D.(Franklin Delano Donuthead), and G.B.G.(Gooney Bird Greene).

FIGURE IT OUT soon !

400,000 people figured out how to put men on the moon with Apollo 11. Team Moon tells that story.

Library Staff figured out what to do for this summer, when school gets out. We are visiting schools now to let kids know they need to get ready.
Summer Reading Game is coming June 11 and the theme is FIGURE IT OUT: READ!
Watch blogs for titles being talked about.
Watch the web site for Summer Program Events.
We're gonna FIGURE OUT lots of things together.
Remember... Summer Reading is for ALL AGES. "Listeners", "Learning Readers", "Bibliomaniacs", "Student Researchers", and "Retirement Readers" are included.
Nobody ever gets turned away.

New Children's books in German!

We have several new children's books in German which will be available soon. They will be distributed between the branches and you can find them on the foreign language shelves. You can also put a hold on the books through the on-line catalog and have them delivered to the branch of your choice. Remember that new foreign language books now have "NEW" stickers on them to distinguish them from other books in the collection. If you have any questions or comments about the foreign language collections, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Follow the links to see the record for these new German books:

Piro auf Schatzsuche: eine abenteuerliche Geschichte / von Kurt Baumann
Der kleine Bär / von Else Holmelund Minarik. Bilder von Maurice Sendak
Regenbogenfisch komm hilf mir! / von Marcus Pfister
Der regenbogenfisch / von Marcus Pfister
Kleiner Eisbär wohin fährst du? / von Hans de Beer

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (5/6/07)

Years after he died in 1973, J.R.R. Tolkien is on top of the List with The Children of Hurin. His legions of fans celebrated the return of the Elves in this prequel (thousands of years before Frodo) to Middle Earth. Tolkien's elderly son Christopher has worked on this labor of love for the last thirty years, cobbling together subplots and notes that his father left behind. For some critics this new tragic epic is a well-crafted and coherent addition to the canon and for others it is an impenetrable and boring volume.

The other new titles are: The Woods by Harlan Coben, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith, and The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross.

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