Think Cool Thoughts by Elizabeth Perry

The city is hot. Angel is hot and wants nothing more than to be cool. She counts ice cubes in the hope that they will magically make the summer heat end. Elizabeth Perry's first picture book is a journey into the magic and wonder of childhood.

2006 Grammy Winners

U2 won big last night at the 48th Grammy Awards, taking home an award in every category for which they were shortlisted, including best album (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) and best song ("Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own"). Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi won best contemporary R&B album. Kanye West protege John Legend won best new artist, and American Idol Kelly Clarkson won best female pop vocal and pop vocal album. So who gets your vote for favorite performance of the evening? McCartney, with his ripping rendition of "Helter Skelter"? Or Sly Stone, just for showing up in that blond mohawk...?

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Bestseller List (2/5/06)

It was so exciting to see the lastest novel by Bernard Cornwell on the List last Sunday. I love historical fiction and for my money, there is no better writer than the creator of the terrific Sharpe series. For a blast from the past, give him a try.

At #4 is Death Dance by Linda Fairstein: the former Manhattan district attorney has her fictional alter ego investigating a ballerina's disappearance.

At #10 is The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury: a grand adventure involving the notorious Knights Templars, the Vatican, a secret coding device and hidden treasures.

Video Art

Fluxus member and collaborative video, electronics, and performance artist Nam June Paik passed away January 29th, so it seems appropriate that University of Michigan art, dance, ethnomusicology, and electrical engineering professors are collaborating on "vidGod" February 10 & 11. Billed as an "electronic opera," this twenty-first century piece fuses the immediacy of live human performers with the possibilities of electronics and computer-generated sound and images. Two free performances on Friday, February 10th and Saturday the 11th at 8 PM. "vidGod" will be performed at the Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard at Murfin, North Campus. For more information please call (734) 615-3726 or see this news article from the Duderstadt Center.

The Origins of Life


There are many ways to participate in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2006: Revolutions In Science project. One approach is to explore in-depth a topic covered in the programs.

The renowned science professor and author Robert M. Hazen offers an accessible and current discussion of the Origins of Life in a 24-lecture expedition on book on cd. Dr. Hazen introduces you to the scientists in the forefront of ongoing research on the evolution of the universe, the theories that have driven that research and the controversies that surround the theories.

Phoebe Gloeckner @ Neutral Zone Wednesday, Feb. 15 (7-9 pm)

Graphic novelist, Gloeckner, will talk about Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Picturesand other works. New York Times Sunday Magazine says Gloeckner is “one of the most accomplished [cartoonists] in terms of mastery of the medium”. Check her out at

Alan Shalleck, Curious George collaborator, has died


Alan Shalleck, 76, who collaborated with Margret Rey on dozens of Curious George books and film shorts, was found dead today at his home in Florida.

Curious George, the lovable mischievous monkey created by Ms. Rey and her husband Hans in 1939, makes his big screen debut this Friday, February 10 in Curious George.

Police are treating Mr. Shalleck's death as a homicide.

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

What is the introduction to the Constitution called? How many times may a Congressman be re-elected? Who wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner"? Can you name the thirteen original states? Can you name two senators from your state?

If you're applying to become a naturalized U.S. Citizen, you'll need to know the answers to these and other questions about U.S. history and government. The library has a number of books to help you study for the citizenship exam, including Citizenship Made Simple, Becoming a Citizen, United States Citizenship Handbook, Barron's How to Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Test, and Nolo's Becoming a U.S. Citizen.

We also have a DVD series called Citizenship Interactive to help people prepare for the exam. This series is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese.

*To learn the answers to the questions above and other sample questions, click here

Tana Hoban, 1917-2006

Tana Hoban, a photographer who created many picture books for children, has died. She photographed everyday things and taught children how to look for shapes, colors and sizes.

Colors Everywhere
Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue?
Over and Through
26 Letters and 99 Cents

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as museums in Philadelphia, Paris and Berlin.

The Play Ground

The Play Ground

Murray Burns. Chuckles The Chipmunk. Nick, Wilbur Malcolm, Theodore, Raphael Sabatini, Dr. Morris Fishbein, Woodrow, King, Rover, Lefty, Chevrolet, Big Sam Burns.
The Play Ground has never forgotten the first time he saw A Thousand Clowns with
Jason Robards, Barbara Harris, Gene Saks and Martin Balsam. Never mind that
cast of thousands himself, Barry Gordon as a very man-like child. Funny, tragic, sad.
Bring your tissues and your empathy to the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre from March 2-5 or
borrow the Robards version from our library.

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