What do Piglet and Captain Underpants have in common?

They are sharing the March is Reading Month celebration in the glass display case at the Downtown Library's Youth Department. Take a peek at The Velveteen Rabbit, Madeline and other favorite characters.

High Adventure That’s Beyond Compare…

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Remember Grammi, Cubbi, Gruffi, Sunni, Tummi, and Zummi? They lived in Gummi Glen and used the special properties of Gummiberry Juice to help protect the kingdom of Dunwyn from the evil antics of Duke Igthorn. Adventures of the Gummi Bears ran for six seasons (from 1985-1991) and was Disney’s first successful animated television series. The animation is spectacular and the mysteries of the Ancient Gummis lead to many different and thrilling storylines. Make it Saturday morning any day by checking out the DVD.

Jesus Family Tomb

This sounds unbelievable but intriguing. A new book, The Jesus Family Tomb suggests that archaeologists have ignored evidence pointing to the possibility that the family tomb of Jesus of Nazareth was found in 1980 during construction in Jerusalem.

On March 5, 2007 on the Diane Rehm show Guest host: Susan Page and her guests, Anthony Tambasco, professor of theology at Georgetown University , Simcha Jacobovici co-author of "The Jesus Family Tomb”and Eric Meyers, professor of Judaic studies and director of the graduate program in religion at Duke University talked about this idea and why it's drawing criticism from Biblical scholars, archeaologists, and other experts.

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT: Corinne Bailey Rae

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Corinne Bailey Rae is an English born songstress with a Neo-soul sound. You may have heard the radio single, Put Your Records On. She has a lighter sound than some of artists of the same genre, but if you enjoy Amel Larrieux, Vivian Green, and Erykah Badu, then check out Corinne's self-entitled album.

Enjoy!

Mary Gordon wins 3rd annual Story Prize

Mary Gordon, author of such highly acclaimed novels as Pearl (2005) and Men and Angels (1985), as well as the compelling biography of her father, The Shadow Man (1996), has won the 3rd annual Story Prize for The Stories of Mary Gordon (2006).

The finalists were Rick Bass for The Lives of Rocks: Stories (2006) and George Saunders for In Persuasion Nation: Stories(2006).

Ms. Gordon, 57, will receive a purse of $20,000.

Mosaics @ the MRF

Create your own mosaic tile from found art, recycled glass and ceramic pieces at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on Saturday, March 10th at 10 and 11 a.m. or Tuesday, March 13th at 3 and 4 p.m. Don’t forget to take a tour of the recycling operations while you’re there. The tile making and tours are free. Call 734-994-4722 for more information or to register groups of 5 or more.

He's always prepared and has 122 merit badges to prove it!

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As a Boy Scout you may have earned a lot of badges, but James Calderwood of Chevy Chase, Maryland probably has a couple more than you. He's earned all 122 Merit Badges! Read & hear more about this enthusiastic Eagle Scout on NPR. To learn more about the Boy Scouts check out these books on the Boy Scouts of America or visit the National Council's website.

Trust in your children

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Parenting advices comes from many sources, but when was the last time that you read advice from a Holocaust hero? Polish author Janusz Korczak wrote parenting guides and children's books before his death in a concentration camp in 1939. A new collection of his writings advocates taking children seriously. This article in NPR has an excerpt from the book, and the library has one of the stories he wrote for children: King Matt the First.

A Bog, A Kettle, A Lake

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Washtenaw County Naturalist Extraordinaire Faye Stoner will lead a hike at Park Lyndon South's Lake Genevieve on Sunday, March 11, 2-4 p.m., exploring and explaining kettle lakes, bogs, fens and fauna. Meet Faye at the West Lot and wear boots and pants that can get wet.

Think Spring in Botanical Language

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Two mid-career Michigan artists will dazzle you with luminous images of botanicals at the River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan, March 3 - March 31st.

Mary Beth Koeze is an award-winning painter who received her degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Kim Kauffman, a technically astute photographer, will present unique photo collages created from multiple scans of original botanical images.(Artist statement).

An artist talk is planned for March 17th at 4 p.m. at the gallery. FREE.

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