2005 Mitten Award Winner!

The Michigan Library Association's Children's Services Division has announced the winner of the 2005 Mitten Award.
The Award goes to I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. It is illustrated by David Catrow.
This rollicking, colorful picture book is about an irrepressible young boy who loves to paint. After he paints a wall, his mother hides the paints. But he finds them and proceeds to use his entire body as a canvas.

The 2005 Mitten Honor Books are Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff and The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L.Going.

Past winners of the Mitten Award are:
1999 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
2000 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
2001 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
2002 When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
2003 Old Cricket by Lisa Wheeler
2004 Ida B:--And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan.

Have you read them all?

Zappa Zoning In

This great adventure story of the newest generation in a long line of monster hunters by Frank Zappa's son, Ahmet is filled with gross formulas and bizarre illustrations. Why are we not surprised? The Lemony Snicket crowd will gobble The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless up.

"Daughters of the Dust" at the Michigan Theater

Eli Peazant: "What're we supposed to remember, Nana? How, at one time, were we able to protect those we loved? How, in Africa world, we were kings and queens and built great big cities?"
Nana Peazant: "Eli, I'm trying to teach you how to touch your own spirit. I'm fighting for my life, Eli, and I'm fighting for yours. Look in my face! I'm trying to give you something to take north with you, along with all your great big dreams."

Originally released in 1991, Daughters of the Dust tells the story of the Peazant family, an early 20th century African American family trying to make the difficult decision to migrate north or remain on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where they have maintained their Gullah language and culture. Director Julie Dash creates a stunning portrait of three generations torn between maintaining tradition and the prospect of a new life. Daughters of the Dust won the Sundance Film Festival award for Best Cinematography in 1991. It will show at the Michigan Theater this Thursday, October 12th at 7:15pm and again Sunday, October 15th at 6pm.

Buck O'Neil, A Baseball Legend Dies

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John "Buck" O'Neil, age 94, passed away in a Kansas City hospital Friday night. A player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues as well as the first black baseball coach when hired in 1962 by the Chicago Cubs, O'Neil was known not only for his love of baseball but also for life.

Buck was a fabulous storyteller and was "discovered" in his 80's when he appeared in Ken Burns series, Baseball. Read some of those stories like why baseball great, Satchel Paige called him "Nancy" in the Kansas City Star.

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Kazu Kibuishi (of Flight fame) released his debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, in 2005. It has been receiving praise ever since, including being selected by the American Library Association as one of the Best Books for Young Adults for 2006.
The story is simple. Daisy Kutter is a retired gunslinger who takes on one last job. The setting has an old west feel with robots. Kibuishi’s mastery of comics timing adds dimension to the story and characters. Hints of his influences, such as Hayao Miyazaki, can be seen in his work, but his loose and fluid style is unique.
Be on the lookout for Kibuishi’s lastest work, Amulet, due out in fall of 2007 from Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.

Pinhole Photography Exhibition @ Malletts thru October 30

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Stop by Malletts Creek Branch to see some great photos taken this summer by teens who made their own camera out of a paint can. Yes, paint cans! Drop in and learn what pinhole photography is all about.

More to know 'bout that cup of joe...

Did you know that if you drink about 3 shots of espresso you are actually consuming the same amount of caffeine as a 12 oz cup of coffee? According to NPR, because of the way espresso is prepared (with a quick brewing time) it actually has less caffeine than brewed coffee! To learn more interesting facts about these caffeinated beverages, grab a cup o' joe and check out the NPR article or some of our books on coffee.

Pumpkins and Cider and Donuts..... O My!

Are you looking for a way to celebrate fall? Maybe you are looking to get into the Halloween Spirit! If so, I suggest checking out one of many Michigan cider mills! Here is a list of a few orchards and cider mills in, or around, Ann Arbor: Dexter Cider Mill, Wiards Orchards, or Obstbaum Orchards are good choices.

If you need some help carving those pumpkins, look no further! Check out what the library has to offer, such as Pumpkin Carving or Great pumpkins : crafty carving for Halloween. And if you aren't sure what to do with your freshly picked apples, take a look at An apple harvest : recipes and orchard lore.

Millers Creek Film Festival

Did you know the Huron River Watershed Council sponsors a film festival? The Millers Creek Film Festival is a filmmaking competition and festival that is held to raise awareness about the river and water issues in the area. You can submit a film five minutes long (or shorter) or a 30 second public service spot. The subject is human connections to the River or its tributaries. Prizes will be awarded and the winners will be shown at the Michigan Theater on March 20, 2007.

Entries must be submitted by February 20, 2007. The entry fee is $15 (or $10 if submitted by February 1, 2007).

Check for further information and entry forms online at HRWC

Children's Bestseller List

Here are the top ten bestselling children's books as reported in the September 18, 2006 issue of Publisher's Weekly. There's something for everyone here . . . pirates, huge turtles, singing pigs and the importance of punctuation.

1. Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis Illustrated by Laura Cornell.
2. The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Brett Helquist.
3. Pirateology edited by Dugald Steer
4. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! by Lynn Truss. Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons
5. Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
6. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor.Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
7. Owen and Mzee by Craig Hatkoff. Photos by Peter Greste.
8. Pirates by John Matthews
9. Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
10. Flotsam by David Wiesner

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