I figured out who my new favorite author is. Sara Pennypacker! After I read a review in School Library Journal, I read Clementine. Then I took home The Talented Clementine. Then I checked out Stuart's Cape and Stuart Goes To School. I LOVED these characters! They are strong contenders for fans of R.Q.(Ramona Quimby), H.H.(Henry Huggins), J.B.J.(Junie B. Jones), J.P.(Joey Pigza), F.D.D.(Franklin Delano Donuthead), and G.B.G.(Gooney Bird Greene).


400,000 people figured out how to put men on the moon with Apollo 11. Team Moon tells that story.

Library Staff figured out what to do for this summer, when school gets out. We are visiting schools now to let kids know they need to get ready.
Summer Reading Game is coming June 11 and the theme is FIGURE IT OUT: READ!
Watch blogs for titles being talked about.
Watch the web site for Summer Program Events.
We're gonna FIGURE OUT lots of things together.
Remember... Summer Reading is for ALL AGES. "Listeners", "Learning Readers", "Bibliomaniacs", "Student Researchers", and "Retirement Readers" are included.
Nobody ever gets turned away.

New Children's books in German!

We have several new children's books in German which will be available soon. They will be distributed between the branches and you can find them on the foreign language shelves. You can also put a hold on the books through the on-line catalog and have them delivered to the branch of your choice. Remember that new foreign language books now have "NEW" stickers on them to distinguish them from other books in the collection. If you have any questions or comments about the foreign language collections, please e-mail

Follow the links to see the record for these new German books:

Piro auf Schatzsuche: eine abenteuerliche Geschichte / von Kurt Baumann
Der kleine Bär / von Else Holmelund Minarik. Bilder von Maurice Sendak
Regenbogenfisch komm hilf mir! / von Marcus Pfister
Der regenbogenfisch / von Marcus Pfister
Kleiner Eisbär wohin fährst du? / von Hans de Beer

New Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List (5/6/07)

Years after he died in 1973, J.R.R. Tolkien is on top of the List with The Children of Hurin. His legions of fans celebrated the return of the Elves in this prequel (thousands of years before Frodo) to Middle Earth. Tolkien's elderly son Christopher has worked on this labor of love for the last thirty years, cobbling together subplots and notes that his father left behind. For some critics this new tragic epic is a well-crafted and coherent addition to the canon and for others it is an impenetrable and boring volume.

The other new titles are: The Woods by Harlan Coben, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith, and The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross.

Toyota: Largest automobile manufacturer in the world?

With a 9 percent rise in its 4th quarter earnings last year, Toyota is continuing its meteoric rise in size and influence. Many analysts forecast that Toyota is poised to overtake General Motors as the largest automaker in the world.

How did the automobile industry get here? And what does it mean for Michigan? There are plenty of opinions on these questions. But what about those of us who live here in GM's backyard? What do you think? Click "Add a new comment" and tell us!

NASA and the Queen


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. today. The Queen has been visiting the U.S. in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia.
What does NASA have to do with the Queen? This visit follows a signing on April 19 of a statement of intent between NASA and the British National Space Centre that confirmed a mutual desire for discussions on specific areas of potential collaboration involving lunar science and exploration. The visit will include a tree planting ceremony at the Goddard visitor center and the Queen will have an opportunity to speak with the crew aboard the International Space Station.

Gary Snyder

Today, May 8 is the birthday of poet, Gary Snyder who was born in San Francisco in 1930. When he was a student, he worked as a logger, a forest ranger and a seaman. All of these experiences informed his life as a poet, drawing on his closeness to nature, concern for the environment and a respect for the primal forces that affect humanity. He first started writing while working on a trail crew in Yosemite National Park. Snyder also spent eight years in a Zen Buddhist monastery in Japan where he developed his love for solitude and all it could teach him. His poetry is characterized by its spareness and contemplative quality and use of work, family and nature as metaphors for more universal themes. Here is one that examines the origins of poetry:

How Poetry Comes to Me

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays

Glorious gardens

To inspire you as you dig in the dirt, here are two new garden books. 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die is a grand tour of some of the most elegant and interesting gardens in the world including ones everyone knows like Central Park but more exotic ones as well like the Bagh-e-Eram in Iran or the Brook Cottage Garden in England. Seventy photographers, hoticulturalists and writers assembled this volume and it's a beauty.

A new trend in gardening that also has a positive enviromental impact is the rain garden.

"New" stickers on foreign language books make browsing easier!

Effective immediately, all new foreign language books at all branches will have "NEW" stickers on them. These stickers are the same as the "NEW" stickers on other books with new and the month/year it was received. These "NEW" stickers are put on to make browsing the foreign language collection easier and make locating new titles easier. If you have any suggestions or comments on the foreign language collection, please e-mail

The Play Ground

The Play GroundThe Play Ground

Cynthia Rylant has written more than 60 children's books since her first book was published in 1982. Her work has been honored with numerous awards, including a Newbery Medal. She writes both picture books and novels for older readers but her most popular characters of all are Henry and Mudge. Lucky us-they are coming in "in person" to the Michigan Theater. In this production Henry has just moved and can't find a playmate. Luckily, he's got Mudge - a big, slobbery, 180-pound, canine buddy, with whom he can explore the neighborhood in this musical adventure.

Michigan Theater, NOT JUST FOR KIDS SERIES, Sunday, May 20. Tickets available online at and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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