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

GLBA Awards

GLBA AwardsGLBA Awards

Trying to avoid the football crowd on Oct. 7th?

Head to the 2006 Great Lakes Booksellers Association Trade Show at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Directions).

Check out the schedule of events; and author appearances, which include big names such as Chris Bohjalian, Brian Freeman, Kathe Koja, Joyce Maynard, Ridley Pearson, Julia Spencer-Fleming; and many regional/local favorites.

If you happen to be free on Friday, Oct. 6th, it will be worth your while to check in at the luncheon where the 2006 Great Lakes Book Awards will be presented to:

Katrina Kittle, for The Kindness of Strangers, (Fiction)
Paul Clemens, for Made in Detroit, (General Non-Fiction)
Elisha Cooper, for A Good Night Walk, (Children)

Founded in 1995, the awards honor the year’s brightest and most deserving books about America’s heartland; recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region. Past Winners.

Let me tell you a dirty little librarian secret – publishers will be throwing advance readers at you down every isle – you could very well pick up a FREE prepublication Jane Smiley, Jonathan Lethem, Nelson DeMille, Walter Mosley, just to name a few. (There is an admission charge to the Exhibits).

What's Michael? Planet of the Cats

Volume 11 in the spot-on tails of cats, Japan and absurdity by Makoto Kobayashi is just as fab as the previous 10 volumes. No one draws cats with as much humor and accuracy as Kobayashi. The stories show how people interact (and often make idiots of themselves) with cats - while letting us look into the lives of cats and the people who love (and hate) them! Whether you are a cat-lady-in-training or an official cat-hater you *will* find something to love in these great stories.

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey...In the Wild West!

Steve Sheinkin's snappy and concise graphic novel is a unique and hilarious blending of Jewish wit and wisdom warmly set in the Wild West. Sheinkin was inspired by an equal childhood love of an old copy of 101 Jewish Stories and a book on the wild west - while this may seem an unusual pairing it works quite well. As Sheinkin puts it - Harvey is part old world rabbi, part western sheriff.

Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah

Ramadan, Islam’s month of fasting, prayer and reflection and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year will begin this weekend. Click the above links to see some great books on both of these religious celebrations or visit the links below to learn more.
http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday2.htm
http://www.holidays.net/ramadan

A dirigible revisited

According to NPR, researchers will be exploring the remains of the dirigible USS Macon this week. The Macon was 785 feet long and flew from 1933 until 1935, when it crashed off the coast of California during a violent storm. To read more about these amazing blimps, check out our books on the Hindenburg or airships in general.

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?

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