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In the back of Fly By Night, Frances Hardinge gives us the following warning: "This is not a historical novel. It is a yarn. Although the Realm is based roughly on England at the start of the eighteenth century, I have taken appalling liberties with historical authenticity and, when I felt like it, the laws of physics."

Ann Arbor Civic Band March Mania

Were you like me and spent your formative years in various bands? Not the kind with kids with cool haircuts and loud guitars, rather the kind with uncomfortable uniforms and instruments with spit valves. If you can relate then you should check out the Ann Arbor Civic Band as they kick off their summer season with March Mania, June 27th at 8pm in the West Park Band Shell. Concerts will run weekly through July.

If you are eager to get in the marching spirit listen to The World's Greatest Marches, the United States Marine Band, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. And just for giggles, check out the picture book, Olivia Forms a Band.

Polish your school or job skills this summer

Summer is a good time to learn – and AADL has a great resource to help you: LearningExpressLibrary. This collection of interactive online practice tests and tutorials is designed to help students and adults pass academic and licensing tests. Categories include Advanced Placement, Math Skills, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and SAT Preparation.

It's that time of year again...Cherry season!!

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It's almost cherry season again, and that means we now have lots more reasons to think of creative ways to use this famous Michigan fruit. NPR has an article about cherries that includes several recipes. So grab your canvas bag and head to the farmer's market in July to gather up the sweet taste of Michigan cherries!

2006 Mitten Award Announced

Last week the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association announced the winner of the 2006 Mitten Award.
The Award goes to Cynthia Lord for her first novel Rules. This is the story of how twelve-year-old Catherine deals with her autistic younger brother. This title also won a Newbery Honor Medal, the Schneider Family Book Award and is an American Library Association Notable Children's Book. I think this title deserves all these accolades.
There were three Mitten Honor books announced.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

The Mitten Award honors one children's book every year as the best published in the calendar year.

The Venice Biennale in Ann Arbor

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Well, only a small piece... but so exciting!!!

Works of contemporary Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi exhibited at the 2005 Venice Biennale are on view in the current exhibition Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Japanese Contemporary Photography at the University of Michigan Museum of Art/OffSite.

These elegant and large-format photographs are part of the series called Mother’s, a tribute to her mother whose death in 2000 deeply affected her. By photographing her mother’s possessions, she hoped to come to a better understanding of this extraordinary woman whom she never really got along with.

Apart from Miyako Ishiuchi's, this UMMA exhibition presents works of 10 other young photographers, most of whom are unknown to North American audiences and “challenges conventional Western assumptions about Japanese aesthetics and culture.”

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Top of the Park

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is kicking off June 15th with music, food, film, and other live performances. While you can pay to see performances such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Lyle Lovett , be sure to check out Top of the Park for free. This admissions-free portion of the festival is held on Ingalls Mall on University of Michigan’s Central Campus and features musical performances, dance demonstrations, films, and even a Brazilian Festival. The three-week festival will kick off with performances by local favorites such as Salmagundi, Hullabaloo, Owen B. and the Overtime Band, and NOMO. Get a sense of the history of the festival by checking out AADL’s collection of posters from some of the past events starting in 1985.

Paul Gauguin

French Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin was born on June 7, 1848 in Paris, France. Originally a stockbroker, Gauguin renounced his profession in middle age to become an artist and moved to Tahiti a few years later. Gauguin was also known as a mentor and companion of Vincent Van Gogh although their relationship was also stormy and often destructive. Best known for his earthy palette and broad strokes in depicting Tahitian women, Gauguin was known as one of the prime artists of French Impressionism.

Farsi/Persian books at the Ann Arbor Library

Have you read or checked out Farsi books from the library? Are you interested in checking out Farsi books from the library? Do you have any suggestions or comments regarding the Farsi collection here?
The library is considering discontinuing the Farsi collection at the library because it is not often used. I would like to have your opinions, suggestions, comments etc. about the Farsi language collection and whether you have or would use it.
Please feel free to e-mail me, Tara, at stantont@aadl.org. I would love to have patron input on whether or not to continue offering Farsi books in the foreign language collection. Thanks!

Sit back and relax....

If you're old enough, you'll remember the days of drive-in movie theaters. On June 6, 1933, Richard M. Hollingshead opened the first one in the U.S. in Camden, N.J. In 1958, at the height of their popularity, there were more than 4,000 drive-ins across America. Today, there are fewer than 600. The largest of these is in Dearborn, MI with nine screens and parking for 3,000 cars.

To find out more about the history of drive-in theaters, read American Drive-In Movie Theater by Don and Susan Sanders. Starlite Drive-in by Marjorie Reynolds is a bittersweet novel whose setting is rural Indiana in the 1950's where 12 year old Callie's father works at a drive-in. Oh those hot summer nights. Ready for a ride to Dearborn?

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