Between You and Me: A Memoir

On NPR Nov. 8, 2005 Terry Gross interviewed TV news veteran Mike Wallace who has just published a book about his favorite interviews, titled Between You and Me written with Gary Paul Gates. He shares behind-the-scenes details from encounters with politicians, celebrities and criminals.
Mike Wallace has been with 60 Minutes since the show began airing in 1968. Wallace became known for hard-hitting interviews in which he refused to be led away from topics his interview subjects found uncomfortable. Now 87, he is beginning to take a more limited role on the show.

First Time Author Wins National Book Award

Jeanne Birdsall has won the 2005 National Book Award in the Young People's Literature category. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and Very Interesting Boy won the coveted award for this first-time author. It is the story of a widowed botany professor and his four daughters who spend a summer in the Berkshires.
A reviewer for School Library Journal said, "Problems are solved and lessons are learned in this wonderful, humorous book that features characters whom readers will immediately love, as well as a superb writing style. Bring on more of the Penderwicks!"

Get your Nintendo DS ready

Wifi Logo

Rev up your Nintendo DSs and bring them in to the tournament. Play against each other while you wait for your match!

We now have a tool that will allow you to register your DSs with our wireless system. It can be found under the "My Account" menu option. Click on "Wireless Devices". You will need to have a valid library card registered with the system in order to use the advanced wifi menu, but you all have library cards, right?

Animal Diversity Web

Sandhill Crane

AADL Select Sites: Science

Great for students, great for general information, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology’s Animal Diversity Web is written largely by and for college students but has the materials elementary, middle, and high school students might need for reports and that the general public might need to understand the particular animal.

The information section covers the geographic range, the habitat, a physical description, reproduction, lifespan/longevity, behavior, communication and perception, food habits, predation, ecosystem roles, positive and negative economic importance for humans, and conservation status. There is a box listing the kingdom, phylum, subphylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

There are tabs for pictures (14 for the sandhill crane) and specimens (skeletal structure, teeth, etc.).

The 800-Pound Gorilla

Are you ready for King Kong? More to the point, is Peter Jackson? This week Entertainment Weekly features a behind-the-scenes look at Jackson as he races to fully and convincingly render his CGI Kong before the December 14 release. Much (including Adrien Brody's career) rides on Jackson's success, but after a little history-making trilogy known as Lord of the Rings, you can bet your banana he'll pull it off. Meanwhile, place your hold on the digitally-remastered 1933 version of King Kong, left, or 1998's Mighty Joe Young (both on order). The original 1949 version of Mighty Joe Young will be here in December.

2005 National Book Awards "Young People's Literature" Category

The winners of the 2005 National Book Award will be announced on November 16, 2005.
There are five finalists in the "Young People's Literature" category.

Penderwicks by Jean Birdsall
Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin
Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, an event in Great Lakes maritime history immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot in his 1975 ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", which appears on several Library CDs, including his own Sundown, and in books from our sheet music collection such as Music of the Great Lakes and The New York Times Great Songs of the 70s. A DVD titled The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is also available, and an article about the 30th anniversary recently appeared in The Detroit News.

National Geographic Awareness Week

The third week in November is National Geographic Awareness Week. To celebrate, check out National Geographic's Most Amazing Moments. Other National Geographic videos in our collection include classic programs such as Tigers of the Snow and For All Mankind, and recent productions such as the Be the Creature series; Welcome to Mars and Guns, Germs and Steel, left, based on the book by Jared Diamond. Coming soon: Inside 9/11 and Strange Days on Planet Earth.

World in a Phrase

Renee Montagne talks to James Geary about his book "World in a Phrase" on the NPR program, Morning Edition, Tuesday 11-1-05. Geary has collected aphorisms from throughout history. It's a great idea. Pithy statements are so enjoyable. When Geary isn't writing books, he is the Europe editor for Time magazine.

One of many treasures in the book is the following;
"You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot,
For the places and people you're lucky you're not."
Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)

2004 Mitten Award Announced

The Michigan Library Association's Children's Services Division has announced the winner of the 2004 Mitten Award. This award is for the best children's book published during a calendar year as decided by a committee of youth services librarians from all over the state.

The 2004 winner is Ida B:--And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan. Two Honor Books were also chosen: The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick and Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems.

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