Feeling Crafty?

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This Fall, the makers of Make magazine released a new creation, Craft magazine. If you are a current crafter or aspiring to become one, take a look at their wonderful website. It contains a blog where crafters post photos of their creations and often instructions for you to make them too.

Want even more information on crafting? The library has hundreds of instructional craft books for you to check out.

Not a do-it-yourselfer? Don’t fret; you can jump on the craft bandwagon by supporting local artists at the upcoming Winter Shadow Art Fair in Ypsilanti. This two day event runs Friday, December 1 (8pm to midnight) and Saturday, December 2 (11am to 8pm) at the Corner Brewery. Visit the website for more information.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Although America Recycles Day was November 15, it's never too late to start being more environmentally aware. Check out all the services of Recycle Ann Arbor. You'll be amazed by opportunities both to recycle and to grab some great finds, especially at the Re-Use Station.

The Library has a wealth of information on recycling and environmental issues. A new dvd series produced by PBS titled Design e2: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious looks at inspiring examples of environmental projects throughout the country including Mayor Richard Daley's green initiatives for the city of Chicago. Other programs examine a proposed greywater recycling system in Bejing that would be the largest in the world and how Boston's Big Dig project has provided opportunities for using its scrap for innovative house design.

Ready Made: How to Make (Almost) Everything: A Do-It Yourself Primer by Shoshana Berger is a playful look at how we can transform discarded materials into such creations as chopstick clocks and cd racks made from Fed Ex boxes.

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Thanksgiving and the Turkey

Two recent books at the library:

The Turkey: an American Story by Andrew F. Smith

A Great & Godly Adventure: the Pilgrims & the Myth of the First Thanksgiving, a “fastidiously researched” history (things were pretty stark rather than idyllic) by Godfrey Hodgson

One week before Thanksgiving 60 of the 168 titles the library owns about Thanksgiving are still available. Of the thirteen titles on cooking Thanksgiving dinner nine are available. It would appear that most people have their holiday menu well planned.

Since 2003 the public has been able to help name the two turkeys pardoned by the President (about 50 million turkeys are consumed each Thanksgiving).

From among the five choices in previous years the winners were:

2003: Stars and Stripes
2004: Biscuits and Gravy
2005: Marshmallow and Yam

You have until next Wednesday to help select this year’s choice from among:

Ben and Franklin
Plymouth and Rock
Washington and Lincoln
Corn and Copia
Flyer and Fryer

The turkeys to be pardoned are presented to the President by the National Turkey Federation. The President also receives two dressed turkeys from the NTF (the dressed turkeys are not named).

The pardoned turkeys get to live out their remaining lives at the Kidwell Farm in Frying Pan Park (Herndon, VA). Do not make a trip if you hope to see the Clinton, George HW Bush, or Reagan presidential pardonees. The turkeys seldom live to see their successors arrive (according to the National Geographic: “With the enormous weight these birds carry, they usually die before the arrival of the next Thanksgiving. Farmer Todd Brown buries the turkeys on the 98-acre property”).

The U. S. Census Bureau has compiled statistics about our Thanksgiving dinners.

Is Your Favorite on This List?

Teens across the country voted for their favorite TEEN book during Teen Read Week. Over 5,000 online ballots were cast and with an extra vote thrown in by specially selected Teen Reading Groups, the final ranking of the top 10 books of the year are listed here: Teens Top Ten. Is your favorite book from last year listed here? If not, feel free to submit it here. After all, we don't always agree with judging results, take Emmett and Mario for instance.

2006 NBA Winner (Young People’s Literature) announced

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson has been announced the 2006 National Book Award winner for Young People’s Literature. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, this novel, the first of two parts, re-imagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.

This book is not for every teen reader. In fact, some folks aren’t sure just who this book is written for. However, everyone agrees that the writing is brilliant. Try it and see what you think.

Jack Williamson, giant in the Science Fiction world, has died

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In 1915, seven year old Jack Williamson and his family traveled by covered wagon from Arizona to New Mexico. Thirteen years later his short fiction, The Metal Man, was published in Amazing Stories magazine and a monster science fiction writing career was launched.

Best known for his The Humanoids, Williamson won a Hugo and a Nebula for his novella The Ultimate Earth, 2001.

Mr. Williamson, whose last novel was The Stonehenge Gate, 2005, died November 10, 2006, at age 98.

2006 National Book Award winners

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The National Book Foundation announced the winners of this years National Book Awards on Wednesday, November 15, 2006.

They are as follows:

Young People’s Literature

M.T. Anderson for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party, published by Candlewick Press

Poetry

Nathaniel Mackey for Splay Anthem, published by New Directions

Nonfiction

Timothy Egan for The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, published by Houghton Mifflin

Fiction

Richard Powers for The Echo Maker, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Little Rose brings the thunder!

Looking for a fun western tale to share with your little one? Try Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. This is the inspiring tale of a precocious little girl who chooses her own name, wrestles a bull into loyalty, and rides the thunder right into the sunset. Rose is no ordinary girl, nor will she stand to be thought of as such. She is a strong heroine with a brave song. Jerdine Nolen and Kadir Nelson continue to offer wonderful books with positive, diverse and glowing images of African-American children.

Teen Top Sellers

So, what's crackin' on Amazon.com for teens? I'm glad you asked? Check out the latest bestsellers:

Artemis Fowl : The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
The Official SAT Study Guide
Eragon : Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Wintersmith Terry Pratchett
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Reckless (It Girl) by Cecily von Ziegesar
Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Louis Riel Day : November 16

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Louis Riel led the Metis in the Red River Rebellion of 1869-70 and the North-West Rebellion of 1885. He was arrested, tried, and convicted of high treason. Riel was hanged on November 16, 1885.

The Métis Nation consists of descendants of marriages of Woodland Cree, Ojibway, Saulteaux, and Menominee aboriginals to French Canadian and/or British/Celtic settlers (Wikipedia).

The library has:

Louis Riel: a Comic-Strip Biography by Chester Brown

“Brown's exploration of the life of 19th-century Canadian revolutionary Riel is a strong contender for the best graphic novel ever. Over five years in the making, Brown's work is completely realized here, from the strikingly designed two-color cover to the cream-colored paper and pristinely clear drawings. The story begins in 1869, with the sale of the independent Red River Settlement area of what's now Canada to the Canadian government. The area is inhabited by the French-speaking Métis, of mixed Indian and white ancestry, who are looked down upon by the Canadians. Riel is bilingual and becomes a de facto leader for the Red River Settlement, demanding the right for them to govern themselves within Canada. Not surprisingly, this request is denied, and the conflict is set in motion that ultimately consumes Riel's life.” (from the Publishers Weekly review)

Louis Riel with Profiles of Gabriel Dumont and Poundmaker by Robert Knight

Lord of the Plains, a novel based on the North-West Rebellion of 1885, by Alfred Silver.

The wonderful Gabriel Du Pre mysteries series by Peter Bowen celebrates the Metis heritage of Du Pre.

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