Save at the Pump with Consumer Reports

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The July issue of Consumer Reports, available at all locations, rates 31 new small sedans and picks the top 21 used cars with the best fuel-efficiency.

This issue also includes a special section testing digital cameras, ratings for air-conditioners, 6 ways to help keep the home cool and comfortable, and more.

Summer fun has now begun

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Here's a summer-day family plan: Get your kids to read "Mary Catherine rules the wave pool" from the Odyssey children's science magazine of Feb. 2006, available from our Kids InfoBits database. Then take them to Rolling Hills Water Park. Over Memorial Day weekend the park opened for the season, as did Ann Arbor city pools. Surprisingly, Rolling Hills wasn’t the least bit crowded on Memorial Day, maybe because there was a new water park opening in Belleville. At Rolling Hills, I was eyes-on watching two 12-year-old boys as they strategically positioned themselves in tubes against the wall of the wave pool, where the waves are on for 8 minutes, off for 12. This cycle gave everyone a good chance to get tossed around.

Cradling, Clamping and Scooping

These words have their own meaning in the world of lacrosse and if you would like to learn more about a sport where players don helmets, pads, gloves, wield a stick and use a rubber ball that feels like a hockey puck, pick up a copy of Inside Lacrosse at the Downtown library.

If you're already a big fan, but unfamiliar with this title, it's oversize format is loaded with news about pro, college and high-school teams, player profiles, interviews, fitness instruction, strategy, technique instruction, "stringing and dyeing" your stick, and fantastic photos and illustrations.

Oh yeah, you can also check out their website.

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Vinx performance at The Ark

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The powerful one-man band known as Vinx lands at The Ark on Thursday, March 13 for another masterful drum performance. Vinx is one interesting man. He was an Olympic track hopeful sidelined by a boycott and then a personal injury. He then became a personal trainer to a few celebrities before focusing on his music career, which began in the late 70s. He’s toured and played with world-class musicians around the world for the past thirty years. "Imagine a classic R&B voice like those of Sam Cooke or Al Jarreau singing a capella over a boisterous percussion troupe and you might get a hold on Vinx's magic...It's his yearning voice, alternately full of both anguish and joy, that makes you listen," says Modern Drummer magazine.
March 13, The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 8pm. Check the website for ticket information.

Report from the Blogosphere

Treat yourself to the article Blogs in the Feb. 14 New York Review of Books, in which Sarah Boxer explains the history and practice of blogging. Among my favorite lines: "The largest number of blog posts, some 37 percent, are now in Japanese . . . and most of these are polite and self-effacing — "karaoke for shy people." Thirty-six percent of posts are in English, and most of them are the opposite of polite and self-effacing." The print edition of this magazine is available at the library. Among books named in the article is Blog! How the Newest Media Revolution Is Changing Politics, Business, and Culture by David Kline.

An Economist holiday

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If you've never read the annual holiday edition of The Economist, you're missing a rare treat. In addition to the magazine's typical insightful reporting and commentary, this edition includes several special reports on as sundry topics as professional poker to Mao Zedong's management style. Here are just a few articles that I enjoyed from this year's issue:

* Why humans' hunter-gatherer era wasn't quite as idyllic as we think
* The political sensitivity and power that comes from the Census
* China's attempts to encourage panda sex, and why we should care
* The political implications of electing a Mormon president.

Has your interest been piqued? Want to check out this issue of The Economist in its full-text glory? You're in luck! You can access it online in General OneFile, one of our great research databases. After you get into the database, just click the "Publication Search" link and search for The Economist. You will need to login to your aadl.org account to follow the database link.

Good reading on history of knowledge

If you’re up nights worrying about the future of books and/or libraries, you might want to keep a copy of the November 5 issue of The New Yorker magazine nearby, tabbed to the lively article Future Reading: Digitization and its Discontents by Anthony Grafton. From the concluding paragraph: “. . .Sit in your local coffee shop, and your laptop can tell you a lot. If you want deeper, more local knowledge, you will have to take the narrower path that leads between the lions and up the stairs . . .” to the library, of course, where you also can find this magazine.

Hours of Crafting

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The November issue of Hour Detroit, Detroit’s monthly magazine, features a great article about the local craft movement. The movement in general extends beyond crocheted potholders and Martha Stewart and has been on a slow rampage for the past several years. Artists, creators and makers do just that; make. Some do it to create and meet people and some are able to also do it as a full time job. Some have studios and some sell their wares online and in small boutiques on consignment. The Hour article gives face to local craft collectives like Handmade Detroit, the Michigan Design Militia and Loop- who get together to chat, craft and produce events for others to take part in. The article also features a handy guide to upcoming holiday craft fairs in Southeastern Michigan. For more reads, Bust, Venus (and soon Craft) are other magazines at the AADL with some edgy DIY appeal.

Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump Magazines

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Do you hate waiting for the next volume of your favorite manga? You can get an early look at new chapters of some of Viz’s manga series in the magazines Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump. Available at all library locations, these magazines serialize select manga series and also feature articles on anime, Japanese pop culture, and videogaming. Both have shuffled their lineups lately; click the “read more” link to get a look at what’s currently available in them.

The Wall Street Journal, brought to you by Rupert Murdoch

Big news in the business world this week: Dow Jones, and along with it the vaunted Wall Street Journal, now belong to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The WSJ reports that, despite some heavy opposition from the controlling Bancroft family, Dow Jones accepted the $5 billion offer from Murdoch's News Corporation.

The WSJ is quite a laurel in Murdoch's already well-laureled hat. News Corporation is one of the largest media companies in the world, with holdings including HarperCollins, The Times, MySpace, 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Company, and many more names you've probably heard of. Murdoch hopes that Dow Jones will complement these already formidable media holdings by providing trusted business and stock information.

Opponents of the sale, notably Leslie Hill of the Bancrofts, fear that Murdoch will compromise the journalistic integrity of the newspaper, as has been alleged with other of his holdings including Fox News, ReganBooks, and The Times. Whatever the ultimate result, there is one group that will undoubtedly be overjoyed by the sale: Dow Jones shareholders. Murdoch's $60/share bid is worth two-thirds more than current DJ stock prices.

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