Cool !


Supposedly you can’t just create Cool. It just somehow occurs. I don’t know if that’s true but I do know cool when I see it. There’s still time to arrange your schedule to visit the RV rally of the “Tin Can Tourists” group happening May 17 to 20 with all the trailers open for display on Saturday May 19, 2007 from 12 to 4 p.m.. The rally is being held at Camp Dearborn in Milford, Michigan (nominal $3 parks admission unless you have a season pass).

I went last year and was blown away by the trailers I saw. The trailers are from both far and wide in a great variety of shapes, colors and sizes from the 1940’s to recent times(and some special vintage tow vehicles as well}.
Check out their web site at Tin Can Tourists - Vintage Trailer RV Motorhome Coach Club for a lot of information and some neat photos as well.

New Italian books at the library!

We recently received some new popular Italian novels which will be on the shelf soon. Look for them soon or place a hold from the library catalog. If you have any comments or suggestions about Italian language books (or any other foreign language) please e-mail

A Neve Ferma by Stefania Bertola
Emma loves Andrea, but he is engaged to another woman. She seeks consolation in her professional life as a confectioner.

Chi Ha Cancellato Le Macchie Di Rorschach by Nicola D'Amico
The author's first novel...A thriller set in a school near Varese.

Dimenticami by Elena Loewenthal
Viola ends her brief but passionate love affair with Alberto with the words 'Forget me!' But Alberto, though married with two children, cannot forget Viola so easily. It's not just the passion he cannot forget, but her last words that ring in his ears…

Dolci Colline di Sanguine by Mario Spezi and Douglas Preston

New German books at the Library!

We have received several new German books including some bestsellers. Look for them on the shelf soon or put a hold on them in the catalog! If you have any suggestions or comments on German language books (or any other foreign languge) e-mail

Der blaue Tod by Boris Meyn
Cholera causes havoc in Hamburg of 1892 - however, not every death is a victim of the disease… A historical crime novel.

Wer Lebt, Stirbt by Friedrich Ani

Chief inspector Jonas Vogel is known for his great sense of directions and his capacity to imagine unknown territory. One day, his investigations are interrupted by an accident with serious consequences: he will never be able to see again…

Nacht der Engel by Rosemarie Marschner

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.

Bernard Malamud

Today, April 26 is the birthday of novelist and short story writer, Bernard Malamud who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1914. The son of Russian Jewish immigrants who owned a grocery store, he was still able to graduate from college in the middle of the Depression. In 1940,
Malamud got a job with the U.S. Census Bureau. After checking drainage ditch statistics, he wrote stories on company time.

During World War II, he was horrified to learn about the Nazi death camps and although not formerly an observant Jew, began to study Jewish history and traditions. These themes became paramount in his work. He also was a great fan of baseball as evident in his highly successful novel about the rise and fall of baseball player, Roy Hobbs in The Natural.

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.

Get into the spirit of National Poetry Month!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Get into the spirit with NPR's selection of poems (a new poem is added every other day!). Or try your hand at writing a limerick or haiku. You might also want to check out to look up poets by state (such as "Drum" by Michigan's Philipe Levine).

The Escape of Oney Judge by Emily Arnold McCully

Oney Judge is Martha Washington’s ten-year-old slave. When she is asked to learn to sew in the Washington’s house she is thrilled that she will work side by side with her mother. After George Washington is elected president, Oney moves to New York City with the Washington’s away from her mother. Martha Washington tells Oney that when she dies she will become the slave of her granddaughter, Eliza. Oney fears that Eliza’s husband will sell her to a stranger. She realizes that her only chance for freedom is to escape. Through the story of Oney Judge, Caldecott Medalist Emily Arnold McCully reveals another side of America’s first family as slave owners.


Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami has been named the 2007 fiction winner of the Kiriyama Prize.

Following on the heel of his inventive and 'daringly original' Kafka on the Shore, Blind Willow is a collection of 24 stories, from the surreal to the mundane, that 'exhibit his ability to transform the full range of human experience in ways that are instructive, surprising, and relentlessly entertaining'

The Kiriyama Prize was established in 1996 to recognize outstanding books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia that encourage greater mutual understanding of and among the peoples and nations. The Prize consists of a cash award of US $30,000, which is split equally between the fiction and nonfiction winners.

Mr Murakami has declined to accept the award for reasons of personal principle.

David Halberstam dies in car crash

David Halberstam dies in car crashDavid Halberstam dies in car crash

David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, was killed in a car accident yesterday near San Francisco.

His seminal work on the conflict in Vietnam, The Best and The Brightest (1972), was one of three books he wrote on warfare. War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals (2001), considered the unofficial sequel to The Best and the Brightest, follows the lasting effects of the Vietnam War. The Coldest War, scheduled for publication this fall, examines the Korean War.

Halberstam wrote on a wide variety of topics. He died while on his way to interview Y.A. Tittle, a quarterback for the New York Giants in the 1960s for a book on the legendary Giants/Baltimore Colts Super Bowl V game of 1958.

Halberstam was 73.

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