By Kids - For Kids

What a cool website, and educational too! Oracle ThinkQuest "inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Along the way, they learn research, writing, teamwork, and technology skills and compete for exciting prizes." You can see winning web sites by students in different age categories. The site guides you with timelines and guidelines to make your own entry. What FUN!

Move over, Martha.

Amy Sedaris, everyone’s favorite comic shape-shifter and newly minted solo author, wants you to get drunk. On her witty repartee, that is (and maybe a few well-chosen cocktails). Her new book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence delivers plenty of the expected sardonic humor, and some recipes, too. If you consider yourself a fan of both plastic food and Martha Stewart, this book is for you.

Shakespeare Goes to the Movies

Here's another way to celebrate the Royal Shakespeare Company's Michigan Residency: On Thursday, October 26, UM professors Barbara Hodgdon and Jim Burnstein will consider the cultural phenomenon of Shakespearean films in "Shakespeare Goes to the Movies: The Two-Dimensional Bard." The talk will include film clips from Trevor Nunn's 1972 Antony and Cleopatra, Fred Wilcox's 1956 Forbidden Planet, and Peter Greenaway's 1991 Prospero's Books. Join us for the discussion, 4-6 p.m., in the Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room.

Soyuz 3 Anniversary

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Thirty-eight years ago, on October 26, 1968, the Soviet Union launched Soyuz 3, piloted by cosmonaut Georgi Beregovoi. The mission was to dock with Soyuz 2, an unmanned spacecraft that had been launched October 25, 1968. This was to be the first manned space docking for the Soviet Union; the United States had already accomplished this during the Gemini VIII mission in March of 1966. Even though Beregovoi was able to maneuver Soyuz 3 to within 1 meter of Soyuz 2, docking attempts failed.
The library has many items on the space race. For even more information visit the databases on the research section of our website. The New York Times Historical database is a good place to find exciting articles that were printed when the events were taking place. General Reference Center Gold will find you periodical articles.

Leaving childhood behind is sometimes painful

Annemarie, or Shug as her family calls her, thinks there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark, the boy she's known her whole life through.

Life is growing up all around her, and all Shug wants is for things to be like they used to be. How is a person supposed to prepare for what happens tomorrow when there's just no figuring out today? (Summary from book jacket.)

Get Shug in book or CD format.

Chicken With Plums

Marjane Satrapi’s newest graphic novel, Chicken With Plums, was released this month. In her earlier Persepolis books, she tells her story of growing up in Iran during (and after) the 1979 revolution. This time it is 1958 and we witness the last eight days in the life of her great-uncle, Nassar Ali Khan, a revered tar player.
Satrapi’s personal and sometimes humorous look into her great-uncle’s life is wonderfully enhanced by her simple black and white drawings. She has a gift for illustrating complex human issues and making them universally understandable.
Be on the lookout for Persepolis in animated movie form, to be released sometime in 2007 by Sony Pictures Classics.

"Revenge of the Book Eaters"

Sunday, October 29, 6:30 pm at EMU's Pease Auditorium is Revenge of the Book Eaters. It's a fall fundraiser for the local 826michigan, a non-profit writing center.
Dave Eggers will be a guest, as well as the reknown Davy Rothbart The emcee for the evening is Martin Bandyke, and performing live are the Cowboy Junkies. So, it's an extra-ordinary mix of music and books. See the full line-up and ticket information at 826michigan

Little Mama Forgets by Robin Cruise

Lucy’s grandmother Luciani Maria Isabela Galvez-Molinero often forgets things like the toast in the toaster and which way to turn to go to the park. What Lucy’s Little Mama remembers is what makes this book so endearing. An excellent read about the warmth, love and family traditions that only a grandmother can share.

A Tempest in Trinidad

In addition to "The Tempest" brewing at Power Center, there's a storm of wills in Elizabeth Nunez's latest book, Prospero's Daughter. Dr. Peter Gardner has been exiled to Trinidad with his daughter, Virginia, after the discovery of a gruesome experiment he performed on a human subject. In this reworking of Shakespeare's play, Nunez poses questions about race and class. Carlos, a Caliban of sorts, is a mixed race orphan who has been living with the Gardner's. He and Virginia have fallen in love. When Gardner who is depicted as a racist lunatic finds out, he accuses Carlos of attempted rape. At the same time, he sexually abuses his native servant, Ariana. Into this mix comes John Mumsford of the British police who fears an uprising of natives against British rule in Trinidad's quest for independence and uses Carlos as an example of the continued stability of his country's authority.

For other fiction that takes place in Trinidad, try:
A Perfect Pledge by Rabindranath Maharaj and
A Thirst for Rain by Roslyn Carrington.

Cranes of Waterloo

The Sandhill Cranes are coming to the Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary. This is one of the Midwestern rest stops for the Cranes on their long migration to their southern homes. Every fall when the cold winds begin to blow, you can spend a lovely afternoon viewing these majestic birds nearby in the Waterloo Recreation Area. Arrive before dusk to see the largest concentration of Sandhill Cranes in Michigan as they fly back in from a day of foraging in nearby fields.

If you do not want to wait for dusk, there is another option. Last Saturday friends of mine went to the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, saw a video about the sandhill cranes, and then went on an auto tour of possible fields where the birds might be feeding. They saw about one hundred in recently harvested fields and saw a few flying overhead. The tour was going to Haehnle but they did not want to wait for dusk to see the birds returning from the fields.

The Cranes stop in our area from late September through November (a few have even stayed into December!). So take an old-fashioned drive through the colorful countryside and enjoy the spectacle.

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