At Folsom Prison

On January 13, 1968, Columbia Records released At Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash. The album was recorded live at Folsom State Prison, located in Folsom, California. Cash was joined on stage by June Carter, Carl Perkins, and Cash's band, the Tennessee Three. At Folsom Prison reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart and #13 on the Pop chart. The single Folsom City Blues was a #1 Country hit. Dressed in his signature black, Cash introducted himself to the inmates saying "I'm Johnny Cash."

World Rhythms

Check out some of the shakers, sliders and traditional noise makers, from around the world, in the small glass case in the Youth Department at the Downtown Library. The AADL Storytellers like to shake it up with these rhythm instruments once in a while. If you get inspired and catch the beat you can grab a pot and spoon and join in the fun with Tanka Tanka Skunk! by Steve Webb.

Ann Arbor is getting krump!

Tommy the Clown and the Hip-Hop Clowns are coming to Ann Arbor as part of the 2007 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, an annual series of events honoring the life and vision of Dr. King at the University of Michigan. Tommy the Clown invented clown dancing and has since offered membership in his dance team to youth as an alternative to gangs. They will perform a tribute to Dr. King, Wednesday, February 7th at the Michigan League Ballroom at 7:30pm.

If you want to learn more about an incredible new style of dance, check out Rize. This exhilarating movie documents the origins of krumping and clown dancing in South Central Los Angeles.

KIDS' Science - Weather and Climate

Science Saturday Workshops!
Questions about Science Fair Projects are coming to the Reference Desks.
Schools are planning Science Night Events.
AND the LIBRARY has Science Events planned in partnership with UM Exhibit Museum.
Keep your eyes on the blogs.
Science Fair Resource Night will be at the DownTown Library. There are Science Saturday Workshops at three Branch Libraries. The January Workshops are at Pittsfield Branch, at Malletts Creek, and at Northeast Branch.
Workshops are for ages 6-11 with an Adult. No younger siblings please.
Family Registration is requested.
Watch for more workshops in February and March.

Harry Potter #7

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The title for book #7 will be, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
Just in case you hadn't heard. No publication date has been set, so there's plenty of time to speculate the meaning of this title, and re-read the previous six. By the way, the film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is due for release July 2007.|

MLK Day - K - 5th grade

The books are checked out! Martin Luther King Day is coming and the books in the Library have been found. If you can't find a book, don't forget the RESEARCH databases. We found articles on MLK for a 2nd Grade student in Kids InfoBits and Kids InfoBits again.

Doing Business Green Style

Slowly more businesses are realizing that it is good to add some greenery to the botton line. Even the mega giant Wal-Mart is seeing green. The The Ecology of Commerce was a on of the first major books to discuss ideas and solutions on how business is done and how it effects the ecology. For a list of books on sustainable development click here.

History Bits - Civil Rights

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s leadership in the 1960's and the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The following movies can be watched as a family, or a classroom, and illustrate important messages that can be further discussed. Ruby Bridges who "went to school and taught a nation a lesson."; Martin's Big Words; Rosa Parks And The Civil Rights Movement; The Rosa Parks Story.

History Bits - MLK Day

We remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and African-American history this month. If you are in grade school and need report information, you can find articles to read in our website databases, such as this article on MLK in INFOTRAC Kid's Edition. Or this article on peaceful demonstrations during the civil rights movement.

Tempting fate (or not?)

Is fate a tease, an illusion or a controller of one's life? These are questions David Case who re-names himself Justin Case, ponders. As evidenced by this name change, Justin thinks he needs all the help he can get after the close call when his year old brother Charlie almost flies out the window. Justin doesn't fit in and soon finds some kindred souls in Angela, a photographer who likes to take pictures of disasters, an imaginary greyhound named Dog and Peter, the most normal of the lot, who encourages Justin to take up long distance running.

When Justin and Angela find themselves among the survivors of a catastrophe at the airport, Justin's fears multiply and he can't see his way free from the forces of doom.

Alternately funny, horrifying and always thought provoking, Meg Rosoff's new book, Just in Case has some of the same dark elements as her Printz Award winner, How I Live Now.

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