Alabama Moon - for Gary Paulsen Fans!

Moon's father trusts no one - particularly the government. Moon and his father live in the forest in an extreme form of off the grid living. Moon has only known a life where they hunt, grow and forage for all of their food, make clothes out of animal hides and have contact with only the owner of a local general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies - and begins to wonder if his father's way of life is the one he wants to lead... An excellent debut by Watt Key.

for Teen Guys

You can be the guy with REAL information about growing up. Find these books, read up, and you'll be prepared to figure things out. Boy's Guide To Becoming A Teen; Teenage Guys Survival Guide; The Real Deal: A Guy's Guide To Being A Guy.

Share and Listen to Birth Stories!

Do you love birth stories? Come to the downtown branch on Monday, April 23rd from 7 to 8:30, for the opportunity for people in the community to come together to share their stories of giving birth. You are welcome if you want to tell your story, or just listen to the incredible diversity of birth experiences. Bring your daughter, your mother, or your grandmother!

Storytime Scoop

Go wild at the last preschool storytime of the session at Downtown and Pittsfield
with stories filled with jungle animals and jungle noises!

Kid Bits - Pirates Ahoy!

AAaaargh !!! READ to ME! Melinda Long has made another picture book for land-lubber kids following How I Became a Pirate. Set your telescope for Pirates Don't Change Diapers and begin to make a new treasure map. You might explore pirate facts in books like Daring Pirate Women and Imagine You're a Pirate while you're at it.

Kid Bits - Web Safety

The internet is a challenge and there are web sites that provide safety tips for parents raising kids to use the internet wisely. The following web site is from the American Library Services for Children (ALSC). GetNetWise offers "web sites for kids", "Tools for Families", and an "Online Safety Guide".

FairyTale Bits - NEW !

Jan Pienkowski's The Fairy Tales is a stunning and dramatic visual treat! "Exquisitely beautiful silhouettes ... complete the atmosphere of magic and enchantment". There are Four traditional tales that have been faithfully translated from the German Brothers Grimm and the French Charles Perrault. Danger and Romance exist in the words and the pictures on every page. Very sumptuous indeed !

Storytime Scoop

Hold onto your hats for windy, rainy stories to Wake Up Spring at the Downtown and Pittsfield preschool storytimes the week of April 16th.

Tales of Science Projects - 3rd-5th grade

Have Science Fair projects entered your life at school? These books are about scientific projects ... good and bad. 4th grade science wiz Phineas is assigned to work with the new boy in class in Phineas L. McGuire ERUPTS!. Jake Drake Know-It-All wants to win the Grand Prize in the 3rd grade. 10 yr old Jackson has more zucchini than he ever wants to see in Jackson Jones And Mission GreenTop. And in Gloria Rising, 4th grade Gloria meets a woman astronaut.

Sign-Up Now for the FINAL High School Book Discussion Group!

Register now and get 2 FREE books for the next book discussion group on Monday, May 7 from 6:30-8:00 PM @ the Downtown Library. We'll be reading and discussing two books by Ron Koertge - Stoner and Spaz and Margaux with an X. Then you will get to meet Ron, and have him sign your book during the Ann Arbor Book Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Modern Languages Building on campus. Ron will be the featured speaker at our Short Story Writing Contest Award Ceremony. We will have pizza, drinks and snacks at the book discussion group too. Call or visit the Downtown Library Youth Department desk to register now - 327-8301.

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