Kid Bits - Journals, Hah !

Do you keep journals? Do you like to read other people's journals? Need to escape relatives and guests? Here are some goofy and good reads to fill the Holiday Breaks at home. Dear Dumb Diary series with 6th grade Jamie Kelly; Jack on the Tracks: Four Seasons of Fifth Grade; Amelia's Are-We-There-Yet Longest Ever Car Trip; and The Night I Flunked My Field Trip one of the Hank Zipzer, "world's best underachiever" series.

American Born Chinese & The Monkey King

Cleverly interweaving stories tell the tales of Jin Wang, a teen who meets with ridicule and social isolation when his family moves from San Francisco's Chinatown to an exclusively white suburb; Danny, a popular blond, blue-eyed high school jock whose social status is jeopardized when his goofy, embarrassing Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee, enrolls at his high school; and the Monkey King who, unsatisfied with his current sovereign, desperately longs to be elevated to the status of a god. Exploring issues of self-image, cultural identity, transformation, and self-acceptance American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is a rare treat.

Give the gift of a good read!

Are you stumped on what to get your family members for the holidays? Try giving someone a book! NPR's All Things Considered has several recommendations here in the article "Book Selections to Nourish the Mind at the Holidays."

And while you're on NPR's website, check out their page of holiday recipes too!

Santa Takes Your Calls

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Watch Santa take calls from boys and girls LIVE on Thursday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on CTN Station 17. Call Santa at 734-997-1050 with your list (after you've checked it twice) during this special 2-hour telecast from the Santa Satellite Network.

New Documentaries

Check out some of these top-rated documentaries recently purchased by the Library:

A documents the inside activities of Japan's religious cult Aum Shinrikyo, who released sarin gas into Tokyo's subway system in 1995.
Creation or Evolution presents an analysis of both the geological record and the biblical account of creation from a Christian perspective.
Life in the Undergrowth guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life.
Our Brand is Crisis follows a team of political consultants as they launch a media-savvy campaign for Bolivian presidential candidate Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada.
Waging a Living follows four hard-working individuals as they strive for their piece of the American Dream but find only low wages, dead end jobs, and a tattered safety net in their way.

Dogs About Town

Portable dogs have increased in popularity, no longer residing solely under the arms of old ladies who wear costume jewelry and fur coats. Referred to as “woman’s best friend” in a recent New York Times article, pocket-sized dogs have become ubiquitous among young female celebrities, often appearing in matching outfits, poking their tiny heads out of designer bags. Tinkerbell Hilton, a Chihuahua, even has his own entry on Wikipedia.

Lest you miss out on the trend, we have you covered: projects for crafty owners skilled with needles, Dog is my Co-Pilot, a compilation by the editors of trendy dog magazine, BARk, and, for pocket-sized people (kids!), try Pocket Dogs by Margaret Wild. And, of course, there’s always local retailer, Dogma Catmantoo for all your persnickety pooch’s particulars.

Kid Bits - FolkLore

Every fall Youth Services runs tours DownTown for 2nd grades called "Second Grade RoundUp". A Folk Tale leads every tour, and the "J 398.2 Collection" (FolkLore and FairyTale Collection) is discovered. Folklore crosses age levels, displays cultural roots, and passes on values. To expand yourself, try FairyTales by the Brothers Grimm to hear some Grimm Brothers tales read aloud. Visit LibrarySparks to explore ways to help kids think critically about folktales. Or simply enjoy worldly favorites from the Library Folklore Collections, like Head, Body, Legs from Liberia, Something From Nothing from Russia, New Patches For Old from Turkey, Elves And The Shoemaker from Europe, or Kumak's House from Alaska.

Rockin' for the Hungry

Listening to the radio on my way to work, I was reminded that radio djs were once again "Rockin' for the Hungry". The local radio station 107.1 teams up with Busch's for the largest annual fund raiser for the Food Gatherers. This organization feeds the hungry in our local community.

It takes place this weekend, ending on Sunday December 10, 2006 at 3 pm outside the Busch's on Main Street. (The radio station says they will be rockin' until 4 pm.)

If you cannot make it down there, your monetary contributions will be accepted at any Busch's store.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (12/10/06)

The reviews for Pynchon's latest book have been surprisingly mixed. Taking 9 years to write and coming in at over 1000 pages, the novel may end up as a door stopper for some disgruntled readers.

For something entirely different and more entertaining, I recommend the latest mystery by Hillerman. I have never been dissatisfied with any of his magical stories set in the Navajo nation, featuring Leaphorn and/or Chee.

At #4 is The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman: "Lt. Joe Leaphorn, a tribal detective, tracks down an antique Navajo rug with a complicated history."

At #13 is Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon: "From the time of the Chicago World's Fair in 1893 to World War 1, a sprawling cast of characters engage in Pychonesque high jinks."

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