Heavenly Houdini

Houdini fans will delight in the rush of biographies about the fascinating daredevil/ghost chaser/magician. My personal favorite is Escape!: the story of the Great Houdini by Fleischman,Sid, award winning author, who was enchanted with magic as a child and became a friend of Houdini’s widow. She gave him the never before seen photos for this book. Other new biographies of the infamous magician are Houdini: world's greatest mystery man and escape king by Kathleen Krull and Harry Houdini: a magical life by Elizabeth MacLeod

Sleepy Sleepy Time

So Sleepy Story
Award winning author/illustrator Uri Shulevitz creates the perfect simple storyline and illustrations to make you want to crawl into bed under a nice warm blanket and shut your eyes for just a minute... Sleepy Sleepy House. Sleepy Sleepy Tree. Sleepy Sleepy Dishes... Just thinking about the book is enough to make y- zzzzzz..zzzz...zzzz...

Books to Films (Holiday Releases)

Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, and Michael Caine starred in this adaptation of P. D. James’ The Children of Men, set in near-future London when all human males have become sterile. Historian Theo Faron is asked to join a band of revolutionaries--a move that may hold the key to humanity's survival. (December 25th)

Perfume: The Story of A Murderer is about one man’s pursuit of the perfect perfume, but the indulgence in his rare gift and greatest passion - his sense of smell - leads to murder. Based on the 1986 acclaimed bestseller and international sensation by Patrick Suskind. The novel is a brilliant, powerful, and gripping page-turner. (December 27th)

Zoë Heller’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel What Was She Thinking?:Notes on a Scandal is beautifully captured in this film adaptation.
When Sheba Hart's love affair with an underage male student comes to light, school teacher Barbara Covett decides to write an account of the affair in her friend's defense, in the process revealing not only Sheba's secrets, but also her own. The film boasts a stellar cast with Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. (Limited release December 27. Watch the papers for local release date.)

The Painted Veil is a remake of the 1934 Greta Garbo film, inspired by W. Somerset Maugham’s masterpiece.
Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, it is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane (Naomi Watts), who is forced to accompany her husband (played by Edward Norton) to the heart of a cholera epidemic, where she reassesses her life and learns how to love. (December 29th)

Silly Stories

In the mood for a cozy, crazy family storytime this holiday season? Join us on Wednesday, December 27 at 10:00 am in the Downtown Youth Story Corner for silly stories for all ages. Sing along in an old favorite from the Appalachian Mountains and a dancing folktale from Panama that has lots of opportunities for audience participation.

Whimsical Nutcrackers

Stop in to see the small collection of wonderful Nutcrackers in the youth department glass display at the downtown library. A friendly elf was kind enough to share these colorful characters for the holiday season. There is a bohemian artist, a pirate and other surprises!

Before J.K. Rowling . . .

Meet Ursula LeGuin, Terry Pratchett, Madleleine L’Engle, Garth Nix, and many other fantasy writers in The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy. Read about their childhoods, who influenced them, how they found their niche in the world of fantasy, and what advise they have for people who want to write.

One interesting aspect of the interviews is to learn the influence of certain life experiences on these people’s writing. When asked if growing up in England during World War II affected her as a writer, Diana Wynne Jones responds: “ . . . the entirety of the world as far as I was concerned was stark-staring crazy in a most menacing way . . . Later, I came to think that if only people then had read a little more fantasy, they would have know Hitler for a dark lord.”

Willkommen!

All ages are invited to make pine cone and star ornaments, dance to lively tunes played by Luther Schaible on accordion, and eat soft pretzels to celebrate traditions of German, Swiss and Austrian families. To get yourself in the mood, check out some Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales and then party at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 pm!

Kid Bits - Books Every Day

Can you enjoy daily inspiration for family read-alouds? Look up Planet Esme Book-a-Day Plan and get some new ideas. The cover you see belongs to I'll Read To You And You Read To Me.

Little Rose brings the thunder!

Looking for a fun western tale to share with your little one? Try Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This is the inspiring tale of a precocious little girl who chooses her own name, wrestles a bull into loyalty, and rides the thunder right into the sunset. Rose is no ordinary girl, nor will she stand to be thought of as such. She is a strong heroine with a brave song. Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson continue to offer wonderful books with positive, diverse and glowing images of African-American children.

Mad Tea Party

Join us during Children’s Book Week to make many different kinds of tea bags, outrageous hats and funny place mats for our tea party in true Alice in Wonderland fashion. Six year olds and up are invited to bring their imaginations along to the Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Pittsfield Branch on Thursday, November 16th at 4:00 pm.

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