Mitten, Mitten. Who Will Get The Mitten?

Every year the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association gives the Mitten Award to a children's book that a committee of youth services librarians deemed best of the year.
The 2005 Mitten Award Committee has announced its list of finalists. The winner will be chosen from this list and announced at the MLA Fall Conference on October 12, 2006.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman
Hidden Child by Isaac Millman
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman
Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

Which one do you think deserves The Mitten?

It's Roald Dahl Day today!

Did you know that Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916? To celebrate what would have been the author's 90th birthday the UK is holding the first ever Roald Dahl Day! Some of Roald Dahl's most famous books include The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Dahl also recounted hilarious tales from his childhood in Boy: Tales of Childhood.

If you would like to learn more about this famous author, check out the author's official website, the Roald Dahl Museum or the Roald Dahl Foundation.

Take a Fall Library Tour

You can request a library tour for your group this fall simply by calling 327-8327 at least two weeks before a requested date. With school back in session, it's a good time to visit and learn about new items, services, events, and exhibits. We offer five types of tours, including a Class Research Tour and the The Malletts Creek Green Tour. For complete information, click here.

Dawn Farm's 33rd Annual Jamboree

Dawn Farm's 33rd Annual Jamboree will take place Sunday, September 10, from 1-6 p.m. at Dawn Farm, 6633 Stoney Creek Rd, Ypsilanti. This year's events include a midway, pony rides, live music, hayrides, and tours of the 74-acre farm.

Invasion of the mini-books!

Have you ever wondered what your favorite book would look like in miniature? Well, now's your chance! This Sunday, September 10th, marks the fourth annual Kerrytown BookFest and this year the special guest is the Miniature Book Society (MBS). The festival will be accompanied by lectures, demonstrations and plenty of exhibitors showing and selling books of all kinds. So come to the BookFest and pick up some new, potentially tiny, reading material!

Munch Masterpieces Found by Police

Scream

Police believe they have recovered The Scream and Madonna, two modern masterpieces, by artist Edvard Munch stolen from the Munch Museum in August, 2004. Both paintings were in better-than-expected condition, police said at a news conference.

“The pictures came into our hands this afternoon after a successful police action,” said Iver Stensrud, head of the police investigation. “All that remains is an expert examination to confirm with 100 percent certainty, that these are the original paintings. We believe these are the originals,” Stensrud said. Read the rest of the AP story Police recover stolen Munch masterpieces.

AADL brings you Revolution in the Streets

Dance Dance Revolution, that is! AADL will be hosting a DDR tournament as part of this Sunday's Dancing in the Streets event in Downtown Ann Arbor. We'll be out there from 1:45-7:00 as part of the Ann Arbor Council for Traditional Music and Dance's yearly event, which this year will feature The Dodworth Saxhorn Band, Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings, Saline's Fiddlers Restrung, the UM Tango Club, Swing Ann Arbor, and much more! Read more for full details about the tournament and prizes...

American comic book artist Jack Kirby

89 years ago today (August 28, 2006) Jack Kirby was born in New York City. According to wikipedia.org Kirby "was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books."

To celebrate Kirby's life check out some of his comics at the library, or visit the Kirby museum. Also of interest is the the Jack Kirby Chronology from the Marvel Masterworks website.

"We're lost... in a masquerade..."

Benson & Jarreau

Does the line above ring a bell?

If so, then you need to grab your girl (or guy) and head down to the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights on Wednesday, August 16th.

Why, you ask?

Because George Benson & Al Jarreau will be in concert w/ Special Guest Raul Midon (and believe me when I tell you that this guy can blow!)

You can get your tix at www.ticketmaster.com.

As for you 9-5ers, don't worry about having to knock off work early, doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm.

Oh yeah, don't forget to check out the artists' websites:
www.georgebenson.com
www.aljarreau.com
www.raulmidon.com

And remember that, We're in this love together...

Mario Kart, Super Smash, and All-Ages DDR: it's a Tournament Weekend!

It's August, and you know what that means... the AADL-GT Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season Opener! It'll be the centerpiece of a weekend of tournaments that starts off Friday Night, 8/18, with an All-Ages Dance Dance Revolution Tournament from 6-9 PM in the Downtown Library's Multipurpose room. Prizes for Beginning and Advanced players, and all ages, from kids to teens to parents, welcome! We'll then start the GT Season Saturday, 8/19, at Noon in the Multipurpose Room with Team and Single Player Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart Events for grades 6-12! Each event will award $40, $30 or $20 giftcards to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place players or teams. Please note that this event is planned to be broadcast live on CTN, comcast channel 18, so all players must have a signed release form on file. If you've brought one before, you don't need a new one, but all new players must bring a signed form to play!

Also, we've got a Mario Kart Tournament for Kids, Grades 1-5 on Sunday, 8/20, from 1-4 PM including prizes. Post a comment here if you have any questions, or register online for these events. Walk-ins are welcome, but be on time to be sure to get a spot in the tournament. Good luck, everyone, and we'll see you next weekend!

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