New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (3/11/07)

There is just one new entry on the List this week. Nora Roberts is back with her latest bestseller. While it seems as if she has written a gazillion books, the last time I checked it was hovering around 124. (You can view a complete list on her web site.) Since 1999 most of them, if not all, have been on bestseller lists. Even the ones writtten under her pseudonym of J.D. Robb.

Innocent Blood is #24 in her futuristic cop series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke. While Eve spends her days investigating a murder at a posh private school, Roarke spends his time with an old flame.

While many prolific authors start to coast or have hirelings write their new material, Roberts has maintained her winning ways and stayed on top.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It

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The March 2007 edition of Discovering Downtown, the City of Ann Arbor's newsletter is packed with updates from the Planning Department, the Historic Preservation folks, the DDA. If it's happening in downtown Tree Town, from paving to parking to public spaces, you'll read about it first in Discovering Downtown.

Officer Clayton Collins

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The Ann Arbor Police Department's first African American police officer, Clayton James Collins, died February 8, 2007. Officer Collins served from 1950 - 1955 and then worked in several departments at the University of Michigan. His obituary appeared in the Ann Arbor News, March 14, 2007. To learn more about the AAPD, visit the Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit.

Kid Bits - "Easy" chapter books

Like Goosebumps? Like Chillers? Like Bailey School Kids? Do you know about Ghostville Elementary? You better try one, or else!! The first two are Ghost Class and Ghost Game.

Kid Bits - "easy" chapter books

Are you in Elementary School? Do you read books like Junie B. Jones, Unicorn Secrets, Zack Files, and Animal Ark? Then you can read books like Ruby Lu Empress Of Everything by Lenore Look; Boo's Dinosaur by Betsy Byars; Gloria Rising by Ann Cameron; and Akimbo And The Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith.

Kid Bits - NEW "easy" chapter books

NEW books for kids who are reading "thin" chapter books are always coming in. I see the following NEW titles by Kate DiCamillo on the shelf, Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride and Mercy Watson Fights Crime. Mercy Watson joins Babe, and Wilbur in delightful pig literature. If you already found Mercy Watson To The Rescue you will like these additions. You can also find them in audio-book for car rides. =)

National Pi Day: March 14 (Also Einstein's Birthday, Born in 1879)

Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: a Memoir, in 2004 “raised money for an epilepsy charity by memorizing and publicly reciting the number pi to 22, 514 digits – a new European record” (New York Times, February 15, 2007, page F1).

The article continues:

“His decision to memorize and recite the digits of pi was an important turning point. Racked by nervousness the night before the recitation, he fell into a deep sleep and dreamed that he was walking through the landscape of pi -- that he was actually deep inside the number, enveloped by its sights and colors and textures.

The recitation took place at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, lasted five hours and nine minutes and was monitored by students from the department of mathematical sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Mr. Tammet made no mistakes.

''I wanted to go as far into the other place as I could go,'' he said, speaking of the world of numbers. ''Having reached that point, I felt I felt a kind of release because I could look back and in my mind's eye I could see all the numbers -- all 22,000 numbers in my head -- and I actually turned around in my head and waved them good-bye, because I knew that I wasn't going to see them again, I wasn't going to do something like that again.”

Read a recent book on mathematics to celebrate Pi Day:

Mapping Michigan Roads

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The Michigan State University libraries have mounted another stellar online history exhibit, Footpaths to Freeways: The Evolution of Michigan Roadmaps. The exhibit traces how roads have been depicted on Michigan maps from the time it was a territory to the present. In addition to maps, it includes photographs, unique short-lived route guides and artifacts. Visit the physical exhibit in the MSU Main Library, 4th Floor West Wing Exhibit Cases March - June 2007.

Casting Call for Canine Celebrities

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The Humane Society of Huron Valley is searching for the Official Celebrity Spokesdog for the Walk & Wag fundraiser to be held on Saturday May 19, 2007 at the Washtenaw County Farm Park. Your dog is definitely a contender if he/she is spayed or neutered, friendly to fellow animals and humans, and has that certain flair for the spotlight. Follow the links above for more info or call the HSHV at 662.5585.

Consumer Auto Mania

The 2007 Consumer Reports Annual April Auto Issue is now at the library. All locations have non-circulating copies.

This issue is jam-packed with lists of the best & worst vehicles for reliability, owner satisfaction, fuel economy, and performance.

As well as sections on:

The best vehicles for under $25,000.

Ratings for 258 recently tested vehicles.

Profiles of 250 models including pricing, reliability, and specifications.

Crash-test ratings and safety equipment for 250 vehicles.

The ten top picks of the year.

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