Cabin Fever Relievers

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Cross-country ski by lantern light at Hartwick Pines State Park on Saturday Feb. 10th and Saturday Feb. 24th, 6 to 9 p.m. It’s free and you can call 989-348-2537 for up-to-the-minute ski conditions. Closer to home, the Hudson Mills Metropark’s 3.5-mile paved hike/bike trail is cleared all winter for walking, jogging and cycling. Something even warmer in mind? Walk, swim, dribble and dance at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center on Washtenaw Ave.

Sacrifices, Struggles, Achievements-AADL Recognizes African American History Month

Please visit our book display on the 2nd floor reference section of our Downtown location. Throughout the month of February, browse our book display of titles representing the history of African Americans in the U.S. All books from the display can be borrowed for your reading pleasure.

Bone

For those of you who don't know, Bone is one of those graphic novels that defies categories. It has the feel to it of a Sunday comic with all of its humor and silly punch lines mixed with the dark, compelling, complex storyline of a graphic novel. Cute-ish blobby characters exist right alongside beautifully detailed characters and backgrounds. It makes your head spin. Jeff Smith does a wonderful job of creating almost cinematic moments and the continuing storyline has depth enough to keep you hooked. Monsters, dragons, adventure. Think early Disney with a little edge and a storyline that's on going. Great for kids or adults. Published complete as one big volume in black and white (Bone 1 Volume ed.) or now coming out in color, of which there are 5 volumes so far...
1- Bone: Out From Boneville
2- Bone: Great Cow Race
3- Bone: Eyes of the Storm
4- Bone: Dragonslayer
5- Bone: Rock Jaw

February New and Noteworthy

The Teahouse Fire* by Ellis Avery. (A Fabulous Fiction Firsts)
Orphaned and alone in Kyoto, 9 year-old Aurelia Caillard is taken in by a Japanese family of tea ceremony masters. “...(T)old in an enchanting and unforgettable voice, The Teahouse Fire is a lively, provocative, and lushly detailed historical novel of epic scope and compulsive readability”.

Self Storage by Gayle Brandeis.
From the Barbara Kingsolver Bellewether Prize winner comes this quirky and moving story of Flan Parker who owns a thriving resale business, and a mysterious box from an abandoned storage unit that bears only an address and a note with the word “yes”. Yes – put your name on that wait list.

Sacred Games* by Vikram Chandra.
7 years in the making, this 900-page epic novel of Mumbai's underworld is a glorious and demanding literary thriller. “Corruption, murder, arms dealing, Bollywood, plastic surgery, and a superstar guru on an apocalyptic mission--all fuel this novel of crime and punishment, survival and annihilation. A splendidly big, finely made book destined to dazzle”.

Napoleon's Pyramids by Willaim Dietrich.
Action-packed thriller involving an American expatriate, Napoleon’s army and an ancient medallion for anyone looking for impeccable period details, passion and plot.

Looks to die for by Janice Kaplan.
Well-connected Hollywood insider sleuths to save her man. A new series of suspense-meet-shopping from the former deputy editor of TV Guide and the author of Mine are spectacular!

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom.
In this “Nick Hornby meets Alexander McCall Smith”, Israel Armstrong, a roving bookmobile driver must solve the mystery of the missing 15,000 books from the library. A charming and entertaining first in a projected mystery series set in Ireland.

22 Hours and Counting

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NASA Astronaut Sunita L. Williams set a record Sunday for most total time spacewalking by a woman. Her record is 22 hours and 27 minutes but she has another spacewalk scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8th. Future woman astronauts can launch their career by attending a Sally Ride Science Festival. Details of the University of Michigan festival are still in the works but plan on one for Fall, 2007.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (2/4/07)

The 21st Richard Jury mystery by Martha Grimes just came out. The clever titles in this series are named for English pubs and the somewhat sketchy stories feature an ongoing cast of improbable characters, including Melrose Plant, for comic effect. It is this cozy but somewhat jarring blend of murder and mayhem that made Grimes' accusations that Elizabeth George was "stealing" from her so perplexing. No one would mistake any of the characters in Grimes' books for Barbara Havers or confuse her storylines with the haunting tragedies in the Lynley series.

At #6 is You Suck by Christopher Moore: "A 19-year-old discovers that his girlfriend is a vampire — and now, so is he."

At #7 is The Suspect by John Lescroart: "A lawyer defending a man accused of killing his wife is first drawn to him, but then begins to have doubts."

At #8 is Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein: "The Manhattan assistant district attorney Alexandra Cooper discovers a link between a wealthy woman’s murder and an explosion in a city water tunnel."

At #10 is Dust by Martha Grimes: "Investigating the murder of a wealthy young man leads Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to Henry James’s home and to forgotten Nazi atrocities."

Calling All Salamanders (Frogs and Toads, Too)!

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Do you have some experience in scientific identification? Do you mind playing in the mud? The Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division is seeking volunteers to survey salamanders.

Come to an informational meeting at the Leslie Science Center on February 25, 2007 from 10-Noon. And if you want to survey frogs and toads as well as salamanders, stay for the afternoon session from 1:30-3.

Admission price is $10. Registration is required and due by February 20.

For more information call (734) 996-3266.

Exam Bits - Test Prep

Preparing for school exams? Is everything checked out at the library? Try Learning Express Library on our website.

If your Library card is registered through "My Account" you have access to the databases from home. Login with your username and password. Choose "Research" file at the top of the page. Choose "Learning Express Library" by name. You will find practice exercises for TOEFL, Civil Service, Citizenship, GRE, SAT, and more. You will also find standardized testing for elementary, middle, and high school ages. Study Up!

Kid Bits - Regarding the Klises

The Kate and Sarah Klise have put out the next book in their middle school series of history/mystery adventures with Regarding the Bathrooms: a privy to the past. Other titles the sisters write and illustrate are Regarding the Trees: a splintered saga rooted in secrets; Regarding the Fountain. These are great fun for creative minds and school-system intrigue.

Moomin!

Join Moomin, the beautiful Snorkmaiden, and their friends as they send bad language (with legs) to Aunt Jane, encounter exploding pancakes, and introduce pirates to gardening. Tove Jansson has created a rare treasure that speaks to all generations and all ages. Moomin sums up Jansson's philosophy best when he tells his friend Sniff:

"I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes, and dream!"

Jansson first introduced the Moomins (Scandinavian troll-creatures that resemble white hippopotami) in books that she wrote and illustrated, beginning in 1945 with the book The Moomins and the Great Flood. More Moomintroll books followed, including Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, and Moominpappa's memoirs. These were so popular that she was approached by the London Evening News to do a daily comic strip featuring the Moomin characters. Drawn and Quarterly has released (for the first time in North America) a collection of these strips. This first volume includes four adventures: Brigands, Family Life, Moomin on the Riviera and Moomin's Desert Island.

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