2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Inexcusable -- Vote For Me!
Senior Keir Sarafian is a good guy: a loving son and brother, a loyal friend, and an excellent teammate. He can’t understand why Gigi Boudakian, his friend since kindergarten and the love of his life, would accuse him of something so...inexcusable.

The Silent Spring

On Thursday, April 13, 1962, The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published. The book sounded an alarm about the use of chemicals, especially pesticides, and the harm they caused to humans and the environment. The book's publication heralded the beginning of the environmental movement. Carson, an ecologist, took great pleasure in her natural surroundings, and in her observations saw disturbing signs of the effects of these pollutants.

Local Documentary about Local Writer in the Works

Thomas Lynch, Milford undertaker and author of the National Book Award finalist The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade, is the subject of a full-length documentary-in-progress by Ann Arbor filmmaker Beth Winsten. Winsten recently won a Silver Telly Award (first place) for a five-minute trailer of "Undertakings" and will be on hand, Saturday, May 13, to discuss her film at the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

Court Call Clears the Code

Now that Britain’s High Court has ruled that Dan Brown did not steal the idea for The Da Vinci Code from an earlier book, you can listen to this top-notch thriller without remorse. The movie version opens May 19th and there’s so much going on in this story that listening ahead will help not hurt your movie-going experience. Besides, that way you can walk out of the theatre saying, “it simply doesn’t live up to the book!”

Fore!

With Phil Mickelson winning his second Masters title this past weekend and mother nature starting to accomodate us a bit more, I'm guessing those of us who love the game of golf are getting pretty excited. As you start cleaning your clubs and visiting the driving range to shake the winter rust off your swing, make sure you take a look at the library's materials about golf.

Check out the DVD set of instructional tips from Golf's Magazine's top 100 teachers or a 3-disc set containing everything you ever wanted to know about Tiger Woods. If you're in the mood for some comedy, it's never a bad time to re-watch Happy Gilmore or Caddyshack.

Golf-related books recently added to the collection include The Golf Handbook, The Lost Masters, and The Secret of Golf.

Let me end with a friendly reminder: If you're out on the course and you hear someone yell "Fore!"...Don't look up to see where the ball is!

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie--Vote For Me!
Scott hilariously documents in his journal (not a diary!) the trials and tribulations of his first year in high school – falling in love, drifting apart from his friends, dealing with his mother’s pregnancy, and learning more about himself than he expected.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Day of Tears -- Vote For Me!
Her master promised Emma that she would never be sold, but in 1859 she and over 400 other slaves were sold during a two-day auction know as “the weeping time.” Based on a heart wrenching true moment in history.

Multiple voices [master, slaves, runaways, adult, child] combine to create a horrific tale of slavery. In many ways this book is more powerful than reading a historic account. If this book is your choice for the best of 2005, vote for it by using the green ballot available at the library and put it in the box posted in the teen area, or give it to the librarian, or e-mail your choice to davise@aadl.org .

Calling All Gardeners

The crocuses are blooming, daffodils and tulips are emerging, and Spring is turning all gardeners' thoughts to the outdoors and the growing season. As a small nod to National Garden Week (April 9-15) here are some very recent books to consider as you plan your flower and vegetable gardens or think about reviving your lawns.
P.Allen Smith P. Allen Smith's Color for the Garden.
Marlene A. Condon The Nature-Friendly Garden
Fern Marshall Bradley Vegetable Gardening: From Planting to Picking

Quarter life crisis

It's not easy being green. Or not having much of anything green in your pockets. Or not knowing whether you went to the right college, or have a useful degree, or will ever find the right direction in your life. Quarter-life crisis anyone?

This book could make it a little easier: Should I Do What I Love? (or do what I do--so I can do what I love on the side). Even if it doesn't prove to be helpful, who doesn't love a snarky book?

Videos for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with some of these titles:

The award-winning Microcosmos takes you beneath the grass with time-lapse, slow motion and close-up photography of an insect's world. The Rain Forest provides an overview of where tropical rain forests are found and what kind of life they support. Strange Days on Planet Earth and the PBS documentary Global Warming bring the reality of climate change to life and offer viewers a variety of ways to make a difference in their own communities. Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home is bursting with practical information on sustainable straw bale house design, adobe, cob, and the use of a variety of alternative and green building materials. The family film, Sacred Planet: Discover the Magic of the Planet that Everyone Calls Home, will transport you to exotic and remote sites on Earth to discover the diversity of landscapes, peoples, and animals. And Baraka is poetric tour of earth that depicts the harmony and rhythm between man and nature.

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