Booklist names its Top of the List for 2005

Booklist's 2005 Top of the List

Booklist, one of the most prestigious reviewing sources used by librarians and booksellers in book selection, has announced its 16th annual Top of the List choices for 2005.

The winners and their categories are:

Adult Fiction
The March, by E.L. Doctorow

Adult Nonfiction
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Baby Bits: Are You Reading?

Babies love to listen to Your Voice. Start reading (or singing) with I Love You A Bushel And A Peck; Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed; Jiggle Joggle Jee; and Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Rhythm and Rhymes are fun enough to read over, and over, and over...

Borders announces the winners of its 2005 Original Voices Awards

Yesterday Borders Books and Music announced the winners in its 9th annual Original Voices Awards. The mega bookstore chain bestows $5000 on each of the winners in five categories. The members of the selection process are all Borders employees, both store and Corporate. Their mission is to recognize writers and musicians for…”their outstanding achievement in crafting creative original books and music.” (The music category was just added this year.)

The categories and their winners are:

Fiction
Nicole Krauss for The History of Love

Nonfiction
Emma Larkin for Finding George Orwell in Burma

Children’s picture book
Robb Scotton for Russell the Sheep

Young Adult
Gabrielle Zevin for Elsewhere

Music
Madeleine Peyroux for Careless Love

All recipients will be honored at the Book Expo America convention in Washington, D.C. in May.

Baby Bits: Are You Sleeping?

Are You Sleeping well at night? Try beautiful music at the end of the bedtime ritual. Here are some CDs to try with your Baby. Guitar Lullaby; The Sun Upon the Lake is Low a collection of traditional and contemporary folk music and a sequel to All Through The Night. For some classical music Baby Neptune with Handel's Water Music.

Family Bits: Retro Read

The Penderwicks is a fun family read aloud, if you are looking for a story of innocence, of four loving sisters, a gentle father, the boy next door, some pets, and a summer's adventure. This book won the National Book Award 2005 for Jeanne Birdsall.

Dr. W. Scott Westerman Jr. to Speak on No Child Left Behind

Dr. Westerman

Dr. Westerman will speak Tuesday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-purpose Room. Please come to learn about the No Child Left Behind Act.

For further reflections on this legislation, consult these books:

America’s Failing Schools: How Parents and Educators Can Cope with No Child Left Behind by W. James Popham
Leave No Child Behind: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World by J. P. Comer
Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools edited by Deborah Meier and George Wood
Saving Our Schools: the Case for Public Education: Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” edited by Ken Goodman
What Every Teacher Should Know about No Child Left Behind by Nathan Essex

Venice Shines in Films

The recently released movie Casanova was made even more enjoyable by its luscious setting in Venice, Italy. Of course, Venice has been used as a setting in numerous films. Some of the most memorable are Death in Venice, Summertime, Wings of the Dove, Bread and Tulips and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Venice also appears prominently in less 'arty' films ranging from the James Bond vehicle Moonraker to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Are there others that appealed to you? What's your favorite Venice film?

The Play Ground

Even The Play Ground has to venture outside once and a while in the winter. Put on your long underwear for the 24th Annual Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular. Professional, hobby and student ice carvers display their work in this family friendly extravaganza that draws about a half a million visitors each year. Light show begins at dusk. Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth. It's a lot closer than The Snow Show in Lapland.

Detroit soul singer Wilson Pickett dies at 64

Legendary Detroit soul singer Wilson Pickett died yesterday. Pickett was best known for his one-of-a-kind, gravelly R&B delivery of such soul classics as "Mustang Sally," "Land of 1000 Dances" and "In the Midnight Hour." Fellow Detroiter Aretha Franklin called Pickett "one of the greatest soul singers of all time." Pickett died of a heart attack. Read the obituary at CNN.

Sundance Film Festival – January 19-29, 2006

Today marks the beginning of the Sundance Film Festival, one of the most well known celebrations of American and international independent film. The Sundance Institute was founded by Robert Redford in 1981 in Park City, Utah. To learn more about the institute and the festival, check out their website.

I know I always look forward to watching the films that gain recognition through Sundance. Check out some of the past winners:

Grizzly Man – Best Documentary Feature, 2005

American Splendor – Grand Jury Prize, 2003

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