Avatar @ Animanga Club Thursday, April 12!

What's the coolest type of airbending? Join us this Thursday @ the Northeast Branch from 7-8:30 as we discuss an American spin on anime, Avatar The Last Airbender. We'll watch the DVD of Book 1: Water. Not a fan of Avatar? Come anyway! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan - etc. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

Expedition 15 Launch!

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The launch of Expedition 15, the next crew to the International Space Station, is scheduled to takeoff today at 1:31PM (EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. You can watch it live on NASA TV. On board will be the fifth space tourist to be launched into space, Charles Simonyi. He is President, CEO, and co-founder of International Software and worked for Microsoft from 1981 to 2002. While onboard ISS, Simonyi will be performing a series of experiments for the European Space Agency (ESA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Hungarian Space Office.

Climate Change Report


The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released a summary of the Climate Change 2007 report. The report details how climate change will affect every region of the earth. The full 1,572-page report will be available on the IPCC web site.

Tim McGraw Tops the Chart

After staying out of the recording studios for nearly three years Tim McGraw returns with Let It Go, his fourth number one on the chart in a week with seven releases that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200.

Live Like You Were Dying was the last release for Tim McGraw in 2004.

Michael Dibdin, author the Aurelio Zen mysteries, has died

Michael Dibdin, author the Aurelio Zen mysteries, has diedMichael Dibdin, author the Aurelio Zen mysteries, has died

Michael Dibdin, prolific and hard-to-pigeonhole mystery writer, best known for his Aurelio Zen mysteries, died March 30, 2007, in Seattle.

Born in England, Dibdin’s popular series of the Italian Police Commissioner, Aurelio Zen, charmed its readers with its skewering of Italian politics and its unbeatable mix of complicated plots and underscored humor. Ratking was the first in the series. Number 10, Back to Bologna, came out last year. His 11th, and final, Aurelio Zen book, End Games will be published posthumously this fall.

Dibdin kept the critics hopping with his other books which were darker and more cynical.

Dibdin, married to the crime writer, K.K. Beck, was 60.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #58

Michael Wallner’s, debut novel April in Paris*, is a thrilling read.
The story begins in the summer of 1943, in German occupied Paris. Roth, a 22 year-old German corporal, fluent in French, is newly assigned to the SS headquarters to translate the confessions of the local Resistance fighters caught and tortured. In the evenings, he takes to wandering the city disguised as “Monsieur Antoine” a Frenchman, and meets up with Chantal, a bookseller's daughter who is connected to the Resistance.
When a bomb at a club kills several high-ranking German officers, Chantal disappears, leaving Roth as suspect in the hands of the SS, and his future very grim.
Realistic and suspenseful, with authentic period details of war-torn Paris, this love story of two decent individuals finding each other in the wrong place and at a difficult time will move you and keep you hoping for a happy ending.

Michael Wallner is an actor and screenwriter. He divides his time between Berlin and the Black Forest. The book is translated from the German by John Cullen.

* = Starred Review


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Released March 27th, Como Ama Una Mujer will have Jennifer Lopez fans singing Spanish ballads in the streets. This is actually J.Lo's first all-Spanish album and honestly, this one is a step above her English recordings.

One song that particulary stands out is Por Arriesgarnos. Hubby Marc Anthony joins her in this powerful duet that would melt even the hardest of hearts.

And check out the new video for Que Hiciste. It's a good introduction to the album.

Want more? Peruse AADL's J.Lo collection. You'll notice that she's come a long way since Jenny from the Block.


Baby Bits - Dance Into April !

Join us at Malletts Creek Branch Library on Saturday, April 7, at 11:00 am for Mother Goose Singing and Dancing Games with musicians "Miss Sara" Melton-Keller and "Banjo Betsy" Beckerman.
Every year, April means Dancing Babies at the Library.
Dancing Babies celebrates "Month of the Young Child" AND the Library's partnership with First Steps Washtenaw. Both organizations care deeply about young families and early literacy. Come and lift your knees to the notes.

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

This Reading Rainbow book tells the story of a Katje who lives in Holland after World War II. There is very little to eat and other supplies such as socks and warm clothing are scarce. She receives a care package from a little girl named Rosie who lives in America and shares the wonderful surprises inside with her family, friends and neighbors. Katje decides she would like to send Rosie something special to thank her for all the wonderful gifts. But what could a poor girl with nothing send? This book is based on true events and is wonderful way to show young readers that even those who believe they have nothing always have enough to share.

Viva la Vino


April is Michigan Wine Month and there are events for wine enthusiasts and novices alike: classes, weekend vineyard getaways, wine trails, tastings, festivals. For a complete list of Michigan wine events, wineries, and to preview the new Michigan Wine Country magazine, visit the Michigan Wines web site.

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