Rurouni Kenshin @ Animanga Club, Thursday, May 17th

Join us this Thursday @ the Malletts Creek branch from 7:00 to 8:30 as we travel back to Meiji-era Japan with the Rurouni Kenshin anime and manga. We'll be watching episodes of the anime, courtesy of Media Blasters, and doing a fun trivia quiz (with small prizes for the winners!). Not a fan of Kenshin? Do you think Peacemaker Kurogane or Kaze Hikaru has better swordfighting action? Come anyways! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan--and give us your ideas for summer events. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

Oscar Wilde famously said, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." The stars are out now at the Michigan Classical Repertory Theater for Lady Windermere's Fan, Oscar Wilde's sharp-edged 1891 comedy about a Victorian archmoralist. Like many of his comedies, it is a biting satire on the morals of Victorian society, particularly marriage. When a woman with a shady past makes a play for Lady Windermere's husband, how is she supposed to respond? Oscar Wilde explores the hypocrisy of public morality compared with genuine, private kindness.
Through May 20th, 2007. Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. 214-6600.

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

Gone hiking. Please leave a message...

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!


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.


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).


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.

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