Washtenaw County Counts What Counts

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The Community Collaborative of Washtenaw County has published
Community Needs Assessment 2006
, a comprehensive look at the socio-economic well-being of county residents. Data on unemployment, health care, child poverty, homelessness and more are presented in the report. A Plenary Session for the public to discuss the findings will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 7:30 a.m. – Noon at the Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College.

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.

Scary Bits - !!!

Like to be scared? There's scary stuff in the Youth Collection to prime yourself for long dark nights. Pretty Scary and dramatically illustrated is Precious And The Boo Hag by Patricia McKissack. More Scary is Grandy Thaxter's Helper by Douglas Rees. And if your ready for Very Scary, read the stories in Robert San Souci's Dare To Be Scared and Double-Dare To Be Scared. Scary!

Teen Read Week - Enter to Win!

Teen Read Week starts today! Enter to win a gift certificate for $50 for Borders Books and Music in the Teen area at any AADL location! You can enter to win every day during the week to improve your chances. GET ACTIVE is the theme this year and AADL has a week of great programs planned. Starting today with the Knit Your Bit for Others event at Pittsfield @ 2:00, continuing on Tuesday with the MTV MADE event Downtown @ 7:00, Wednesday @ 6:30 Downtown with Dating Violence and ending with DDR @ the Animanga Club on Friday night, Downtown @ 7:00 - we have a FULL week of active things to keep you busy!

A2 Redos

Planning to do a little home improvement this fall? The City of Ann Arbor Planning & Building Department has Info Sheets to help your redo pass the test – the city code test that is. Have an historic home? Check out the Historic Preservation FAQ.

2005 Mitten Award Winner!

The Michigan Library Association's Children's Services Division has announced the winner of the 2005 Mitten Award.
The Award goes to I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. It is illustrated by David Catrow.
This rollicking, colorful picture book is about an irrepressible young boy who loves to paint. After he paints a wall, his mother hides the paints. But he finds them and proceeds to use his entire body as a canvas.

The 2005 Mitten Honor Books are Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff and The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L.Going.

Past winners of the Mitten Award are:
1999 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
2000 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
2001 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
2002 When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
2003 Old Cricket by Lisa Wheeler
2004 Ida B:--And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan.

Have you read them all?

What We Missed… (Fabulous Fiction Firsts)

The October 1st Library Journal lists the best and the brightest FFF of the past year. We hit most of them but admittedly; there were a few we just didn't get around to. Here are the ones that caught our eyes. We won’t want YOU to miss them. Look for them on our New Books shelves.

The fugitive wife by Peter C. Brown. “Enormously satisfying” (NYTimes) tale of a woman who remakes herself during the Alaskan gold rush.

Riley’s Fire by Lee Merrill Byrd. An accidental fire transforms Riley, an adventurous, inquisitive seven-year old boy. A 4-star “Critics’ Choice” in People Weekly.

The Dream Life of Sukhanov* by Olga Grushin. Soviet art critic’s disillusionment. A finalist for the LA Book Prize and short-listed for the Orange Prize.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faïza Guène. Growing up in Paradise Estate - a Paris housing project for Muslim immigrants. Published when the author was a 19- yr.old university student. A bestseller in Europe.

Holmes on the Range* by Steve Hockensmith. Two Montana cowboys playing Holmes and Watson when all they expect is hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire to read up on their hero, Sherlock. What fun!

The Blight Way: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery by Patrick McManus. Blight County, Idaho’s Sheriff Bo - smart, sneaky and relentless, is forced to put on his sleuthing hat in this very funny debut mystery.

The Natural History of Uncas Metcalfe by Betsey Osborne. "An unforgettable hero as he struggles to right himself and adapt to changing expectations, even as he approaches the end of his life".

Rose of No Man’s Land* by Michelle Tea. “A whirlwind exploration of dropouts, tattoos, and drugs, and the love story of two atypical girls” – gritty and disturbing.

* = Starred Review(s)

The Play Ground

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The Play Ground loved Escanaba in the Moonlight. We, who can barely kill an ant, warmed to this hunting story that spun a hilarious tale of humor and horror. Now, Jeff Daniels has created a prequel, Escanaba in Love, set forty years before the original. Meet the love of young Albert Soady Jr.’s life, Big Betty Baloo - the woman destined to become the mother of Reuben and Remnar Soady - along with a whole new cast of wacky Yoopers. The Purple Rose Theatre Company, September 28 - December 23, 2006. (734) 433-ROSE (7673).

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