Think Spring in Botanical Language

Think SpringThink Spring

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.

Remember Dick Cavett?

March 4, 1968 marked the TV premiere of The Dick Cavett Show, then a daytime talk show on ABC which morphed into late night entertainment. Cavett was known for his quick wit and adeptness as an interviwer. The Library has a collection of his shows, "Comic Legends" and "Rock Icons" which include interviews and performances by such greats as Groucho Marx and the Rolling Stones.

Crazy World? Try Some Stories!

If you are looking for clever ways to deal with uncertainty and conflict in this wild time, Dan Keding’s collection of folktales, Stories of Hope and Spirit; Folktales from Eastern Europe may give you resolution. From the Croatian version of Stone Soup, to the Slovakian Cinderella, these tales share the wit, wisdom and strength of the Slavic culture and fuel the human spirit. Keding is an award-winning storyteller and musician who grew up on tales from his Croatian grandmother.

Scrapbooking & Beyond


Scrapbooking has been around as a hobby for a long time but recently has had a surge of renewed interest. This is a new magazine for the Library and is carried at the Downtown, Malletts Creek & Pittsfield branches. It’s published quarterly and is expected to be popular with paper crafters and others looking for patterns, inspiration, and new ideas.You can also get Free Online Projects and Ideas online here. The Library also carries Memory Makers magazine at the Downtown branch. This will also appeal to scrapbookers.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #55

Finn* by first-time novelist Jon Clinch, is an imaginative reconstruction of the life and death of Finn, Huck's father, "Pap.".

In Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and Jim find Pap Finn's body in a house floating down the Mississippi River, among such oddities as women’s underclothes, a wooden leg and two black cloth masks, and the walls covered with “the ignorantest” kind of scrawling.

Shunned by his father, Adams County Judge James Manchester Finn and his successful brother Will, Finn is a violent, bigoted, ne’r-do well drunk, and often in trouble with the law. He blames his black sheep status on his on-again, off-again relationship with his black mistress, the mother of his pale mulatto child, also named Huck.

Working from a few tantalizing hints in Mark Twain's text, Clinch not only fleshes out the shadowy figure of Huckleberry Finn's father but creates clever and plausible backstories for the likes of Widow Douglas and the Thatcher family, and all the while, following Twain’s lead – allows the Mississippi to play a prominent role in the unfolding tale. Highly recommended.

* = Starred Review

No Worker Left Behind


Governor Granholm has launched a new website No Worker Left Behind, a one-stop shop for resources to get a new job, learn about hot jobs and career trend and find short-term training and financial help. Check out the Job Seeker Toolkit page with tips on resume writing, cover letters, job interviewing and salary negotiation.

A Local Favorite Place

Whenever we have visitors, we like to take them on a tour of Ann Arbor. Our final stop is usually on campus at one of our favorite sites, the Law Library. It turns out that it is also a favorite of the American Institute of Architects.

In a recent survey the architects named this magnificent library as one of their 150 favorite pieces of American architecture.

While the original building was designed by Edward York and Philip Sawyer and constructed back in the 1920s, there is also a unique addition. Because the Library is so beloved and renowned, the Birkerts addition was created by going underground!

John Lewis in the Lead (A Story of the Civil Rights Movement) by Jim Haskins

John Lewis’s parents warned him to "stay quiet, don’t get in trouble and don’t get in the way." John Lewis did not heed his parents' warning. He felt that segregation was wrong. When he heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech on the radio against segregation he knew he was right. This sparked a desire in him to fight segregation and earn black people the right to vote. Jim Haskins leads young readers on a journey for civil rights through the life of John Lewis.

John Irving is 65

Today is the birthday of John Irving, celebrated author of many books, his most famous being The World According to Garp which was published in 1978. This story of a fatherless son of a radical feminist began a thematic thread that runs through some of his other work , especially The Cider House Rules and his latest, Until I Find You. Irving never met his father and hoped through his fame, his father would contact him but he never did. Not only is Irving an accomplished writer but in college was a champion wrestler. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Announcements from New York Comic-Con

One of the more interesting anime-related announcements at last weekend’s New York Comic-Con was the introduction of the English-language voice cast for the U.S. release of the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle anime. You can see the cast listing and watch the NYCC panel online at the official Tsubasa anime website; you'll be happy to hear that some fan favorites—such as Vic Mignogna, the actor of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist—will be lending their voices to the main characters. The first dvd won’t be released until May, but until then, you can follow the adventures of Syaoran, Sakura, Fay, and Kurogane through the original manga by CLAMP.

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