Ahoy, me hearties! It's Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 with all things piratical here at AADL. Weigh anchor with this merry yarn; indulge in some Captain "Jack", or read a modern-day pirate's take on life at 50. Shiver me timbers! Ann Arbor even has a local connection!

Space Opera

I just finished the first book in the Saga of the Seven Suns series, Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson yesterday. The story is full of twists and turns with a great cliffhanger ending. In the first book you're introduced to a wide ranging cast of characters from a variety of species spanning much of the Milkyway Galaxy. My only complaint with the story is it jumped around a lot and there was no real sense of how much time passed from beginning to end. Instead of reading the book, I listened to it. One of my favorite narrators reads the story, George Guidall. The audio version is available both on cassette and CD.

Baby Bits - NEW !

NEW Books that are perfect for baby lap-reads are The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri; So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz; and A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. They show pictures that baby sees in her world. They have words that sound lovely to say and use and repeat from the driver's seat.

Toddler Bits - Kittens

Nothing cuter than Toddlers and Kittens ... well a few things just as cute. Anyway, if you like kittens and have a toddler at home, try these NEW books out. Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! by Susan Meyers and illustrated by David Walker; and Nini Here And There by Anita Lobel. Meow!

One of the "Merry Pranksters"

Ken Kesey, novelist known as one of the the Merry Pranksters was born on this day, September 17, 1935 in La Junta, Colorado. When he was a student at Stanford, he took part in a VA experiment which was his introduction to a psychedelic drug called LSD. The experience changed his life and he became fascinated with the concepts of sanity and insanity. He took a job as a night attendant at a psychiatric ward which inspired his most famous book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which later became a movie starring Jack Nicholson as the infamous McMurphy.

Exploring Anxiety

A few months ago, I read a fascinating book by Allen Shawn, brother of the actor and playwright Wallace Shawn, called Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life. Though a successful professor and composer, Shawn faces debilitating anxiety when crossing bridges, walking across parking lots, navigating shopping malls, and generally encountering new situations. Despite his ability to intellectually comprehend his predicament, Shawn remains, to some extent, ensnared by his fears.

Do these limitations imposed by anxiety and fear sound familiar? Next Tuesday, September 25 in the Downtown Library’s Multipurpose Room, Bright Nights Community Forum will attempt to explore anxiety disorders such as Shawn’s, and perhaps offer some relief. A panel of medical professionals from UM’s Depression Center will discuss recent findings related to anxiety, panic and phobia, and how these conditions relate to depression. Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Kid Bits - New Babies in the Family

Is a new baby arriving at your house? Brothers and Sisters can prepare with these titles. Now We Have A Baby; What Baby Needs; Just Add One Chinese Sister; What To Expect When The New Baby Comes Home; and Peter's Chair.

New Arabic books for children!

Soon to be arriving at the branches, there will be many new Arabic books for children. Many of these books are especially good for children (or anyone) learning Arabic as they have the vowel marks (tashkeel) on every word to aid in recognition and understanding. There will be board books, dictionaries, picture books and kits which will contain a book and a CD or cassette. The selection varies from branch to branch so check out the youth foreign language collection in the youth department on the first floor of the downtown library or in the foreign language collection at any of the branches. Any questions, comments or suggestions about Arabic books or any other foreign languages, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr) 1948 - 2007

Best known for his Wheel of time series Robert Jordan passed away on Sunday at the age of 58.

Since early 2006 friends and fans have followed his battle with cardiac amyloidosis on his fan blog.

Robert had the first book of the wheel of time “The Eye of the World” published in 1990 and fans have been following the adventures of Rand al'Thor, Matrim Cauthon and Perrin Aybara.

For over 15 years. Although knowing that his time was short Robert was confident that “A Memory of Light” the final book (12) in the wheel of time series would be finished. The status of “A Memory of Light” is at present unknown.

2007 Quill Book Awards Announced

The 2007 Quill Book Awards were recently announced. The Quills recognize books in a variety of categories. Titles are first nominated by a panel of editors from Publisher's Weekly and then voted on by the public.
There were three categories for children's books.
Flotsam by David Wiesner won in the Picture Book category. This title also won the 2007 Caldecott Medal. It is the story of a camera that washes up on a beach and reveals many wondrous sights.
In the Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade category the award went to Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This book is half narrative, half graphic novel. It's almost like watching a silent movie.
Sold by Patricia McCormick won the Young Adult/Teen award. Written in free verse, this is the story of a 13-year-old girl who is sold into prostitution in India.

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