Baby Bits - Board Book News!

Board Books can now be found in the Catalog by title and author. Take a look! Here are some new Board Books to try with your baby. Chimp And Zee's Noisy Book, First Book of Sushi, and What Can You Do In The Sun?.

Charles de Lint's latest tales from Newford

Charles de Lint's latest novel, Widdershins, was released last month and has received many positive reviews, including a starred review from Booklist. This novel continues the story of Jilly Coppercorn from de Lint's 2002 novel, The Onion Girl. In Widdershins, Jilly continues to recover from the car crash that left her crippled. She also struggles to come to terms with the inside of her own mind which still has not healed from deep childhood traumas. The story takes place as conflicts between the fairies and the native spirits threaten to a bring a war upon the world. De Lint encourages the reader to consider the environmental impact of humans and to analyze the relationships between both men and nations.

Do you like trivia? Want to impress your friends with new facts?

Well check out the many interesting fact books that the New York Public Library has published! To start off we have the fascinating series of New York Public Library answer books for kids. This series includes books such as The New York Public Library amazing African American history : a book of answers for kids and also Amazing women in American history : a book of answers for kids. Other books in the series provide answers about Space, Hispanic American History, Native American History, and Mythology.

Are you an adult? Do not be dismayed! This wisdom isn't only available for kids. The New York Public Library also published interesting materials for adults, such as The New York Public Library book of twentieth-century American quotations and The New York Public Library literature companion.

Can your Tuba do this?

Flaming Tuba

David Silverman, director of the Simpsons, has created a sousaphone that spurts flames when you play it. Video

I wonder what Mr. Leach would say...
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Road Trip

Why not spend the hours traveling to your vacation spot listening to someone else's travelogue? Start with a masterpiece, Blue Highways by William Least-Heat-Moon, a journey across the backroads of America. Visit Whynot, Mississippi and Remote, Oregon with one of the best storytellers out there. The Ride of Our Lives brings together three generations of NBC correspondent Mike Leonard's family on a road trip across the states to meet the first member of the family's 4th generation. If you're still in the car (our sympathies) here's a quick list of recommended listening: Feet on the Street, A Year in the World and City of Falling Angels.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (6/25/06)

John Updike found a new subject for his latest novel in a New Jersey neighborhood, a world away from Rabbit. In a recent BookExpo interview Updike said, "I was excited by having an 18-year-old hero and by trying to present, through him, the terrorist point of view...The fact that it is about terrorism, among other things, and that you do have sinister, thriller-like elements gave me some energy, too. I used to read a lot of mystery novels and some thrillers; it's a genre that I'm not unhappy with when I find myself in it."

At #4 is The Rapture by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: this third prequel is another back to the beginning in the Left Behind Series.

At #6 is The Saboteurs by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV: the Men at War series also continues; this adventure involves the derring-do of O.S.S. agents during World War II.

At #8 is Terrorist by John Updike: Updike writes for the first time about the post-9/11 world; he explores the life of a discontented high school boy attracted to the teachings of a radical iman.

At#15 is Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: an old man looks back on his rollicking good times with a traveling circus during the Depression.

And the Award for Most Annoying Film Character Ever Goes to...

...Jar Jar Binks, according to a poll of 5,000 movie fans on the UK movie rental site LoveFilm.com. Mr. Binks beat out many other contenders, including Andie MacDowell's Carrie from Four Weddings And A Funeral. Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean took third place, Jim Carrey's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came in fourth, and Ben Stiller's White Goodman in Dodgeball came in fifth.

My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Mustafa's father sells carpets in Morocco. He tells his son that he must learn different languages in order to be successful in their trade. Mustafa becomes bored and races through the village wearing a damaged carpet his father gave him. He is soon followed by a rooster and meets tourists who teach him how to speak as the roosters do in their country. His father is pleased that his son has learned to speak different languages. My Father's Shop is a fun romp through a Moroccan village.

Just in time for summer

It was 31 years ago on June 20, 1975, that the movie Jaws was released. With its tagline, "Don't go into the water," Steven Spielberg's thrilling and terrifying movie put fear into the hearts of swimmers for years to come. The movie, based on the book by Peter Benchley, used great special effects to show attacks by a great white shark on beach goers in New England. It won three Oscars and was a huge success at the box office.

To allay (or increase) your fears about these beasts, learn more about sharks in the recently published Sharks of the World by Leonard Compagno, which one reviewer on Amazon excitedly describes as "...the DEFINITIVE and COMPLETELY...EXHAUSTIVE shark guide."

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (6/18/06)

You're in for thrills and chills and things that go bump in the night this week. Check out these 8 new titles on the List. And if you loved Casablanca and have not yet discovered Alan Furst, don't wait for his latest, rush to the shelves for any of his novels. They are wonderful!

At #1 is The Husband by Dean Koontz: a man races against the clock to save his kidnapped wife.

At #4 is The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: in the last volume in the Pendergast trilogy (Brimstone and Dance of Death), two brothers face off against each other in a battle of good and evil.

At #5 is The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver: a forensic detective hunts for a serial killer, the self-styled Watchmaker.

At #7 is Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon: along with the rain, there are vampires on the loose in Seattle; the latest in the Dark-Hunter series.

At #8 is Killer Dreams by Iris Johansen: a research scientist suspects a drug company is using her discovery to create zombies.

At #10 is Betrayal by Aaron Allston: in the latest Star Wars novel, the Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposite sides in a galactic war.

At #14 is Telegraph Days by Larry McMurtry: a lighthearted romp in the Old West, featuring a strong-willed heroine.

At #15 is The Foreign Correspondent by Alan Furst: Italian refugees plot against Mussolini in wartime Paris.

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