Ages 18+.


Visit Crazy Wisdom Bookstore on Tuesday, March 20 to join in a drum circle led by Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher. A brief drum lesson starts at 6:45 PM, with drumming from 7-9 PM. Instruments are provided or bring your own. Kids and adults are welcome. Free.

After the Ides of March, how did the Romans celebrate?

NPR has an amusing article about how the Romans would have celebrated the death of Julius Cesaer after he was murdered by a mob of angry senators on March 15, 44 B.C. Robert Krulwich asks, instead of "99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall," would the senators have sung, "XCIX Bottles of Wine on the Wall, XCIX Bottles of Wine"? Check out the article to start your day with a chuckle.

A Man Named Luther

Did you know Martin Luther supported the seperation of church and state? Have you ever wondered what the 95 Theses were and how they influence Western Civilization? Would you be surprised that Martin Luther helped to introduce the Modern Era and end the Middle Ages? The Teaching Company produced a two-part lecture series called Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation. Part One covers Luther's early life and the beginning of his teachings Part Two goes deeper into Luther's writings, covering topics like Luther and the Bible and Luther and Politics.

Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss wins its second monster award

Kiran Desai is having a fantastic year with her 2006 novel, The Inheritance of Loss, a brilliant novel of a retired reclusive judge living in northeast India in the 1980s with his orphaned, granddaughter, as the Nepalese revolution gathers on the horizon. First it won the 2006 Man Booker Prize. And now she has scooped up the 2006 National Book Critics Circle fiction prize.

For a full list of the the NBCC winners, go to their website.

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (3/11/07)

There is just one new entry on the List this week. Nora Roberts is back with her latest bestseller. While it seems as if she has written a gazillion books, the last time I checked it was hovering around 124. (You can view a complete list on her web site.) Since 1999 most of them, if not all, have been on bestseller lists. Even the ones writtten under her pseudonym of J.D. Robb.

Innocent Blood is #24 in her futuristic cop series featuring Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke. While Eve spends her days investigating a murder at a posh private school, Roarke spends his time with an old flame.

While many prolific authors start to coast or have hirelings write their new material, Roberts has maintained her winning ways and stayed on top.

National Pi Day: March 14 (Also Einstein's Birthday, Born in 1879)

Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant: a Memoir, in 2004 “raised money for an epilepsy charity by memorizing and publicly reciting the number pi to 22, 514 digits – a new European record” (New York Times, February 15, 2007, page F1).

The article continues:

“His decision to memorize and recite the digits of pi was an important turning point. Racked by nervousness the night before the recitation, he fell into a deep sleep and dreamed that he was walking through the landscape of pi -- that he was actually deep inside the number, enveloped by its sights and colors and textures.

The recitation took place at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, lasted five hours and nine minutes and was monitored by students from the department of mathematical sciences at Oxford Brookes University. Mr. Tammet made no mistakes.

''I wanted to go as far into the other place as I could go,'' he said, speaking of the world of numbers. ''Having reached that point, I felt I felt a kind of release because I could look back and in my mind's eye I could see all the numbers -- all 22,000 numbers in my head -- and I actually turned around in my head and waved them good-bye, because I knew that I wasn't going to see them again, I wasn't going to do something like that again.”

Read a recent book on mathematics to celebrate Pi Day:

Consumer Auto Mania

The 2007 Consumer Reports Annual April Auto Issue is now at the library. All locations have non-circulating copies.

This issue is jam-packed with lists of the best & worst vehicles for reliability, owner satisfaction, fuel economy, and performance.

As well as sections on:

The best vehicles for under $25,000.

Ratings for 258 recently tested vehicles.

Profiles of 250 models including pricing, reliability, and specifications.

Crash-test ratings and safety equipment for 250 vehicles.

The ten top picks of the year.



Hear a podcast and see photos of the March 7 clearing of the ash trees from the construction site of the new branch library at Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway on The Environment Report of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium on National Public Radio.

On Wed., March 7, Rex and Andy, two beautiful, black draft horses, pulled dead ash logs from the construction site of the new branch. The event was covered by Lester Graham, producer of The Environment Report. The purpose of the horses' work was threefold: they had much less of an impact on the forest floor than machinery; the wood Rex and Andy hauled will be used as building material and support beams in the new branch library; and the visible support beams will serve as a valuable environmental lesson of the devastation of the emerald ash borer. Nice work, boys!

Movie Bits - Noble Danger!

It's late 1700 and the American and French Revolutions are churning. It's pure danger to be French and Noble. Two visually sumptuous, movingly acted, and award winning movies, set in revolutionary France are in the Library Collections. Marie Antoinette was drawn from Antonia Fraser's novel Marie Antoinette: The Journey, which is a new view on an historical story. For pure fiction that takes place in the same setting, remember Oscar-winning movie Dangerous Liaisons.

Movie Bits - 1950s Hollywood

Do you like mystery? Do you like noir? Do you like stories perfectly set in history? Two excellent movies in the Library Collections, are based on true stories. Both stories happened in 1950s Hollywood, and both are unsolved cases. The Black Dahlia is pitch-perfect film noir, based on the unsolved murder of a young actress. Imagine Guy Noir, no humor, just serious fedora, shadows and cigarette smoke. A great companion piece is Hollywoodland which is the mystery surrounding the death of the original TV Superman, George Reeves.

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