* Due to the closure for elevator repair, the Downtown Library is not currently available to select as a request pickup point. Please select another location for new requests.

Animanga Club Vintage Night!

Spend your Friday night watching Anime, and playing DDR. October 20th from 7-8:30pm, we will be celebrating Vintage Night in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library. On the docket so far are Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road. Give a shout out for your favorite oldies but goodies and we can watch them. There will be a DVD and a VCR player set up, so there will be no discrimination of technology. Plus, the laminator is coming out to make all your best manga drawings into cool bookmarks and signs to decorate your bedroom.

Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport

John Parker was a former slave who was separated from his mother when he was eight. He bought his freedom for the sum of $1,800, and become a businessman who employed more than twenty-five men, both black and white. He never forgot what it was like to be a slave and helped over 900 slaves cross the Ohio River to freedom. Doreen Rappaport tells this story of one of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad in Freedom River.

Most Mamas Are Not Madonna

Madonna and her husband apparently are adopting a one-year-old boy from the African country of Malawi, which reportedly does not normally allow international adoption. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt recently adopted a child internationally. With all this controversy and excitement in the news - celebrities! babies! money! - it should be pointed out that for most parents, international adoption is yes, exciting, but it also requires a lot of research. A good place to start is Complete Book of International Adoption or hop to Hands Across the Water adoption agency in Ann Arbor.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (10/15//06)

Dick Francis has a new book out, the first since his wife Mary died. It has put to rest some of the rumors about her being the author of his popular horse racing mysteries. And the good reviews seem to indicate that this old steeplechase champion was able to finish alone.

At #1 is For One More Day by Mitch Albom: Another story of reunion and reconciliation by the best-selling sportswriter from Detroit.

At #3 is Under Orders by Dick Francis: Sid Halley is back! Our favorite jockey turned P.I. investigates race fixing and murder.

At #4 is The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Known for his gritty tales of cowboys on the move in the dry and dust West, McCarthy surpises his fans with a dystopic novel about a father and son traveling through a post-apocalyptic landscape.

At #11 is Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn: the latest "Star Wars" novel.

At #14 is Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman: Things that go bump in the night and other creepy crawlers in this chilling new work of short fiction.

57th National Book Award finalists are announced, Part I

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57th National Book Award finalists are announced, Part I

Last week the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 57th National Book Awards. So get ahead of the pack and try to pick the winners who will be announced November 15, 2006.The finalists are:

Fiction

Mark Z. Danielewski for Only Revolutions
Ken Kalfus, for A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
Richard Powers, for The Echo Maker
Dana Spiotta, for Eat the Document
Jess Walter, for The Zero

Nonfiction

Taylor Branch, for At Canaan’s Edge: America in the Kings Years, 1965-68
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, for Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone
Timothy Egan, for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Peter Hessler, for Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Lawrence Wright, for The Looming Tower:Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

57th National Book Award finalists are announced, Part II

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Poetry

Louise Gluck, for Averno
H.L. Hix, for Chromatic
Ben Lerner, for Angle of Yaw
Nathaniel Mackey, for Splay Anthem
James McMichael, for Capacity

Young People’s Literature

M.T. Anderson, for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1, The Pox Party
Martine Leavitt, for Keturah and Lord Death (on order)
Patricia McCormick, for Sold
Nancy Werlin, for The Rules of Survival (on order)
Gene Luen Yang, for American Born Chinese (on order)

2006 Quill Awards

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The 2nd annual Quill Awards, a readers’ choice-by-vote honor, announced its winners October 10.

Big winners include:

Book of the Year
Don’t Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings:Madea’s Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life, by Tyler Perry

Platinum Quill
Caroline Kennedy

Biography/Memoir and Audiobook
Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, by John Grogan

Children’s Illustrated Book
If You Give a Pig a Party, by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Check out the full list of winners on the Quill website.

The Quill Awards will be aired on October 28 on NBC.

New Book about Prion Disease

I was in a local bookstore (chain) and overheard a woman describing a book to the staff person at the information desk. She did not remember the author or the title but knew the book was about prion disease. I waited a few minutes as the staff member searched the computer without success and then offered that I thought the title might be “The Family That Could Not Sleep.” He typed in family and sleep and after a few more minutes finally found the title, “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep"
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In the library’s catalog you can find the title very quickly by typing in either prion or prions in the Keyword field or in Subject. In the Keyword field the results are automatically in reverse year order and this title is the first one. In the Subject field the results are alphabetical by title but you can sort them into reverse year order. There are only six titles in this case anyway.

We are always trying to improve the catalog but it was good to discover that the library catalog was much superior to the database which the staff member in the bookstore was using. In addition to being able to search by author or title (or partial author or partial title) the catalog provides four subject headings: prion diseases; fatal familial insomnia; prions; and sleep disorders. The Keyword field in the catalog can be used to search for individual words in the author, title, and subject fields. You can limit your search in the Keyword field to author, title, or subject by prefixing the word with the first letter of the search field and a colon. For example, if you enter “s:prion”, then the catalog will find all materials with the word prion in the subject field. You can also truncate by adding an asterisk to your search term. If you enter s:prion*, then the catalog will find all materials with the words prion or prions in the subject field. The asterisk allows you to search for words with one to four more letters than your root term.

The book sounds fascinating.

MultiCulture Bits - EveryDay Mixes

I keep looking for stories with multi-cultural kids shown in everyday stories. There's promise in the following "chapter books" for 1st through 3rd grade readers. Each series has a few titles. Try the "Jackson Friends Books" by Michelle Edwards for varied cultures and kids in 2nd grade such as The Talent Show and Pa Lia's First Day. [Ruby Lu Brave And True] and Ruby Lu Empress Of Everything are by Lenore Look and the 8 year old girl is Chinese-American. "Willimena Rules" features African-American Willimena who is in 3rd grade. Try How To Lose Your Class Pet or 23 Ways To Mess Up Valentine's Day for a sampling. The "Little Bill" series by Bill Cosby, and Ann Cameron's series with Julian and Gloria are also based on African-American kids. Try Julian Dream Doctor and Gloria Rising for samples.

Little and Scary ?

Are You not sure that you like to be scared? Then put yourself in charge of "The Scaries". Try Go Away Big Green Monster, The Gunniwolf, The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything, Humbug Witch, Leonardo The Terrible Monster, and the very classic Where The Wild Things Are.

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