Amazon's Bestselling DVDs

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Amazon.com’s most recent bestselling DVD list includes many movie titles available at the AADL. Fun youth flicks include The Jungle Book, Ratatouille, and Transformers. Adults might want to check out Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ken Burns’ The War, or Grindhouse Presents, Planet Terror. It's nice to see movies, rather than just boxed sets from Television shows, selling at Amazon for a change.

Anne Enright wins the 2007 Man Booker Prize

Anne Enright wins the 2007 Man Booker PrizeAnne Enright wins the 2007 Man Booker Prize

Last night, Anne Enright became the second Irish woman (Iris Murdoch was the first) to win the much coveted Man Booker Prize.

Ms. Enright, 45, won for The Gathering, her fourth novel, which follows the lives of Veronica Hegarty and her nine siblings, one of whom has recently died tragically. Ms. Enright leaves no family dysfunction unturned in this family saga, praised by one reviewer for its ‘exhilarating bleakness.’ In a radio interview in the UK yesterday, Ms. Enright described her winner as “…the intellectual equivalent of a Hollywood weepie.”

The Man Booker Prize comes with a £50,000 ($101,874) purse.

Found in Heeb Magazine: Davy Rothbart

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Local media icon and Found Magazine creator was pictured as one of the top 20 people to watch (who happen to be Jewish) in the fall issue of Heeb Magazine. The magazine paired the individuals with their favorite photographer. Davy’s cheesy snapshot was taken by Sears Portrait Studio, reminiscent of a 3rd grade school photo. Oy vey!

Before Night Falls

Before Night Falls is a wonderful film based on the life of Cuban writer and poet, Reinaldo Arenas. Arenas is played by the Oscar Nominated Javier Bardem. The movie spans the whole of Arenas' life. The film begins by showing us the Cuban village where Reinaldo Arenas was born. We bear witness to the intense poverty he lives in while growing up, and the unusually distant relationship he has with his mother. As he becomes a young man in the 1950's, he falls victim to the oppressive Cuban government. He is persecuted for his writing and for being homosexual. He remains courageous against the oppression, and continues writing even while he is imprisoned. The Cuban government finally releases him, and allows him to emigrate to New York City in 1980. There he lives and writes until he loses his battle with AIDS. Sean Penn has a cameo appearance in this movie as a peasant, and Johnny Depp adds a couple cameo appearances as well. He plays a military officer, and a drag queen. This is definitely a movie to add to your "must see" list! The official FFG rating of this film is a 9.

BABY BITS - Brightening Minds

Brightening Minds: Birth To Two Years provides examples and advice from doctors to show parents how to maximize your baby's potential. This DVD includes activities as well as information on mental, physical and emotional development. The thing I like most is the practical demonstrations on using books with babies and parents. Literacy starts from birth and is a first-rate way to have fun with your child.

Why I Listen…

To Music
I heard R.E.M.’sMan on the Moon” on the radio this morning. As I sang along the “Yeah, yeah, yeah”s, my mind was transported back to October 2004. I climbed the stairs in Cobo Hall to those seats even the nosebleeders scoffed at to see The Boss, wsg R.E.M., John Fogerty, and Bright Eyes in tow. I never heard R.E.M. before, but they were so bright and jangly, so the next few weeks, I dove into their music. But listening to R.E.M. today didn’t just remind of the concert or October/November of ‘04, it reminded me of who I was at nineteen.

Blog Action Day

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October 15 is Blog Action Day. Where the question asked is: “What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?” The issue this year is the environment. It is encouraged for everyone with a blog to post something about the envinronment relating it to their own topic.

The library has many great books about the environment, both fact and opinion based. One of my favorite authors to tackle environmental issues is Derrick Jensen. He does it in such a personal way and his books really punch you in the gut and make you think about the world around you and your existence in it. Here are a few of his books that we have at the AADL: A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Endgame Volume I, The problem of civilization, and Endgame Volume II, Resistance. Log into your own blog and get posting!

Homework Bits - "Electric Heroes" using RESEARCH databases

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on "Electric Heroes" and their inventions. To use the RESEARCH databases, Choose MY ACCOUNT and login. These databases are not on the internet. They are only on library websites through your AADL library card.
The articles provide the citations you need to prove your research.
1. Choose the RESEARCH tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "browse databases by name".
3. Choose BIOGRAPHY RESOURCE CENTER.
4. If you know names, use the last name to search for articles on that person.
5. If you do not know names, go to "Biographical Facts Search" and choose your keywords to find names. You will come up with articles to read, or print. I looked for a term in "occupations" related to electricity. I chose "electronics engineer". Then I chose "female" for gender. I got a list of names. I chose some names, and followed the link to read about them. You can find names and why they are mentioned.
6. Now the challenge is finding articles long enough to explain their work.

Homework Bits - "Electric Heroes" using the CATALOG

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on "Electric Heroes" and their inventions.
1. Choose CATALOG tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "More SEARCH OPTIONS".
3. Enter "electricity", "AND", "inventors", then press SEARCH. You get a list that includes A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin; Nikola Tesla And The Taming Of Energy; Thomas Edison: Inventor Of The Age Of Electricity; and TV's Forgotten Hero: The Story of Philo Farnsworth.

Did you notice the Dewey Decimal Addresses are 921? This is the address for biographies. Then you look for the last name of your person.

Homework Bits - "Exploration" using RESEARCH databases

A 4th/5th grade assignment is to find information on “exploration of north America”. To use the RESEARCH databases, Choose MY ACCOUNT and login. These databases are not on the internet. They are only on library websites through your AADL library card.
The articles provide the citations you need to prove your research.
1. Choose the RESEARCH tab along the top of the website.
2. Use the link to "browse databases by subject".
3. Choose “Kid’s and Teens”.
4. Choose “Kid’s INFOBITS”.
5. Choose” Advanced Search” and enter keywords.
I used “discovery”, “OR”, “exploration”, “AND”, “north America”. You will come up with articles to read, or print.
6. Now the challenge is finding "historical" exploration, and "keywords" for further research.

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