Name the genre of music…

...that includes Bebop, Latin, Smooth, Acid, Swing and Fusion?

That’s right, Jazz! April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Designated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, JAM celebrates the rich tradition of Jazz and its influence on American history and culture. A celebration would not be complete without celebrating some of today’s Jazz artists. If you’re looking for a new sound to discover, here is a list of some of Amazon.com’s Top Sellers:

Michael BubleIt’s Time
Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall
Cassandra Wilson – Thunderbird
Madeleine PeyrouxCareless Love
Chris BottiTo Love Again

For more familiar favorites, the library has a host of Jazz greats to choose from like:Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Paul Whiteman

Ever play in a Jazz band? What instrument did you play?

Videos for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with some of these titles:

The award-winning Microcosmos takes you beneath the grass with time-lapse, slow motion and close-up photography of an insect's world. The Rain Forest provides an overview of where tropical rain forests are found and what kind of life they support. Strange Days on Planet Earth and the PBS documentary Global Warming bring the reality of climate change to life and offer viewers a variety of ways to make a difference in their own communities. Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home is bursting with practical information on sustainable straw bale house design, adobe, cob, and the use of a variety of alternative and green building materials. The family film, Sacred Planet: Discover the Magic of the Planet that Everyone Calls Home, will transport you to exotic and remote sites on Earth to discover the diversity of landscapes, peoples, and animals. And Baraka is poetric tour of earth that depicts the harmony and rhythm between man and nature.

2006 Ann Arbor Book Festival

Bookmark this website and circle May 13, 2006 on your personal events calendar. This year's Ann Arbor Book Festival will be an awesome event.

For those of us interested in children's literature, the Festival will provide the rare opportunity to see the 2005 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and the 2006 Newbery Award Winner together on one stage. Jeanne Birdsall, author of The Penderwicks, and Lynne Rae Perkins, author of Criss Cross, will be appearing at noon on Saturday, May 13, 2006.
Their discussion will be moderated by local author Shutta Crum.

There are currently 73 authors scheduled to appear at this year's Festival.

2005 Mitten Award Finalists

Every year the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association gives The Mitten Award to the best children's book published within the calendar year. The 2005 Mitten Award committee has announced its finalists. The winner will be chosen from this list and announced in October at the Association's fall conference.

Picture Books
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont. Illus. by David Catrow.
Punk Farm written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka
Zen Shorts written and illustrated by Jon Muth
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel. Illus. by David Catrow

Fiction
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman
Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Non-Fiction
Hidden Child by Isaac Millman
Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman

If there ever was a time to eat your words.....

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April 1 is not only April Fools' Day but also the date of The International Edible Book Festival. This event brings together book lovers, book artists and gastronomes to celebrate "the ingestion of culture."

Some of my favorites from their gallery include "The Book of Pi" (Guess what that's made of) and "Smore and Peace."

Winners from Michigan from previous years are The Roeper School and The Kalamazoo Center for the Book.

Hello, Dragon!

Word is out that martial arts superstar Bruce Lee will be the subject of a new Broadway musical featuring music by David Bowie. Director Matthew Warchus (who is currently about to unveil The Lord of the Rings musical) is also attached to the project. To prepare yourself for this side-splitting East Side Story, check out Enter the Dragon or The Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection recently added to the aadl collection.

Also in the works is a musical version of the hit martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

In the wake of St. Patrick's Day

If you didn't get your fill of Irish last week, treat yourself to Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans by Thomas Lynch. This book tells the story of the author's fascinating life as an American with Irish roots. He went to Ireland as a young man, where he found members of his family, and eventually inherited a house. As you read, keep an eye out for the lovely poem by Linda Gregerson, written from Lynch's ancestral home which now functions as a writers' retreat. Lynch is the Milford, MI, undertaker who has been nominated for a National Book Award. Like his previous books, this latest title is smart and lyrical, and should appeal to anyone for whom Irishness extends beyond March 17. It is set for paperback release this summer.

What do a slapstick comedian and the father of vocalese jazz have in common?

Jerry Lewis has just been awarded the French Legion of Honor. The 80-year-old wore slippers to the ceremony and, when he spoke, apologized for not speaking French, but said that "'even if the French people cannot hear my language, they have always heard my heart..'"

Lewis joins many other distinguished recipients of the Legion of Honor, including jazz great Jon Hendricks, who once told me that "a woman's first child is her husband."

Everybody's a comedian! ;-)

How to Love a Rat

Walter: the Story of a Rat by Barbara Wersba is the story of an unlikely relationship between Walter who has been able to read since childhood and Miss Amanda Pomeroy, recluse and writer of books about a secret agent mouse. Walter begins to write letters to Miss Pomeroy, his first, stating: "I live here too," and her reply, "I know." Interspersed throughout this small gem are references to other mice heroes and classics of literature. A sweet story for the child and lover of literature in al

Get them while they're hot

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire takes the number one spot as Amazon.com's top selling DVD. At number two is Crash, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Other hot DVDs in the top ten:

Walk the Line
Lady and the Tramp: 50th Anniversary Edition
Pride and Prejudice
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Howl’s Moving Castle
Good night, and Good Luck

What’s your favorite?

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