The Graveyard Book: Audiobook

When a family is murdered only their baby son escapes, crawling away from his house and into the local graveyard. The boy is taken in by the ghosts and named Nobody Owens, otherwise known as Bod.

Even though he is alive, the ghosts and Bod's mysterious guardian Silas, teach him all the ways of the dead and make sure the graveyard is the safest place for him. But one day the man who killed Bod's family comes back to find him...

Neil Gaiman is both the author and audio performer of The Graveyard Book, a beautiful and gripping tale inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Gaiman's voices for his characters are spot on. You haven't lived (or perhaps had a fulfilling afterlife), until you've heard his rendention of Nehemiah Trot, the graveyard's very own poet. Each CD also begins with a superb musical rendition of the Danse Macabre. If you like this audiobook, you might also enjoy Coraline, another scary book for children read and written by Gaiman and soon to be a major motion picture.

Chesstastic moves to Traverwood and other good stuff

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We had a great turnout for last Sunday's Chess Strategies and Tips session. Now Chesstastic officially moves to Traverwood this Sunday, December 14 (1-4 p.m.). Join the fun by taking on players of all ages. Sets are provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Ever tried a chess tournament? If you are in Kindergarten through 8th grade, try the Thurston Chess Tournament on Saturday, January 24. This local, low-cost tournament is a great first tournament for kids and parents who want to see what a chess tournament is like. There will be two afternoon sections for beginners and casual players, and two full-day sections for more experienced players. Space is limited to the first 120 players, so sign up as soon as possible. Entry fees range from $6-$10, depending on the section and if you sign up prior to December 31.

Notice the Nutcrackers

If you are indulging yourselves in a performance of the Nutcracker this season, make sure to stop in to the Downtown Youth Room and see the small collection of colorful Nutcrackers in the glass display case. Santa, a pirate, an artist, Robinhood and a royal nutcracker are awaiting your arrival.

Chess extravaganza

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If chess is your game, check out two upcoming events for all ages at the new Traverwood branch:

Chess Strategies & Tips Sunday, December 7 (1 - 4 p.m.)
Local chess experts Jennifer Skidmore and Ron Finegold will provide tips to master the chess board battlefield. Then, play some chess with other participants to see how these strategies work.

Chesstastic Sunday, December 14 (1 – 4 p.m.)
Play one of the world’s most popular sports with players of all ages and abilities. Chess sets will be provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. Challenge old friends and meet new ones!

Snow Flakes are Falling!

They are falling everywhere! Come to the Malletts Creek Branch on Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 11:00 - 12:00 to see how many different kinds of snowflakes you can make. Use them for winter and holiday decorations. For preschoolers - 3rd grade. All supplies will be provided.

Bring your Banjo!

In the mood for a spontaneous jamming session? Bring your acoustic folk instruments-guitar, banjo, tambourine, and don't forget your voice and join the fun at the Mallets Creek Branch this Sunday, November 23 for the Community Sing Along at 1:00 pm.

Need a Centerpiece for Your Holiday Dinner?

Are you still looking for that perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner table? Bring the kids to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, November 26 any time between 2 - 4 p.m. We will be making beautiful turkey centerpieces as well as napkin rings or placemats. Supplies (toilet paper rolls, construction paper, etc.) will be provided. For preschoolers through 3rd grade.

Hands-On Science with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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Join us on Tuesday, November 25 at 6:30 pm for this hands-on science workshop. Learn some science experiments and watch some cool demos based on traditional and new concepts in science and engineering. All kids (by age or at heart) are welcome! It's a night guaranteed to make you want to be a scientist or engineer. Presented by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association (PALMA) from the University of Michigan.

Chess, a world wide sport

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Check out what’s happening in the world of chess below and then talk about it at Chesstastic while you play against old and new opponents. See you Sunday!

In October the first World Mind Sports Games was held in Beijing. Here are the results of team competition. This month The Chess Olympiad will be underway in Dresden, Germany during November 12-25.

Chesstastic | Sunday, November 9 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch

Tellebration!

It's Tellebration time again! This is one of my favorite programs for the family. On Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, join Tricia Travis, Jeff Doyle, Laura Lee Hayes and Judy Schmidt for stories about pirates, runaway tortillas, the circus and gigantic frogs!

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