The lives of others

May 16 is Biographers Day, the anniversary of the meeting in London on May 16, 1763 between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Boswell is one of the first
writers to be known primarily as a biographer and his work, Life of Samuel Johnson, is regarded as a model of biographical writing. It is also a testament to his fortitude in pursuing Johnson who was known for his biting wit and sullen nature as evidenced by this characteristic quote: "Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully."

Are you an Action Team Type?

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May 18 is the target date to join a Strategic Action Team for the Ann Arbor Public Schools. As the schools face a budget crunch, action teams will work through the summer. Anyone interested in being on a team should contact Liz Margolis, 734.994.2236 or margolis@aaps.k12.mi.us .

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Did you know there is a great hiking trail just west of Ann Arbor? It's the Waterloo-Pinkney Trail. My son and I hike the trail at least once a year. It's one of the trails featured in 50 Hikes in Michigan by Jim Dufresne. Get the book, plan your trip, and then head out for the trails before the bugs get too bad.

Affordable Europe, Really!

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If you are heading to any of these 15 hot travel destinations in Europe this summer, the New York Time staff and contributors have great money-saving tips for you.

In these Affordable Europe: City Guides, you would discover cheap eats, bargain hotels, and great shopping guaranteed not to max out your credit card :
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg and Vienna.

Be sure to send us a postcard and post your own tips online.

Periodicals Listmania!

Periodicals Listmania!Periodicals Listmania!

Did you ever wish you could browse the entire list of magazines the library has in the collection? Or perhaps narrow it down by branch? Well buckle yourself in because sometimes wishes do come true.

It is now possible to view the complete list of magazines and newspapers in the collection, narrow it down by location - Downtown, Malletts Creek, Northeast, West and Pittsfield, look at what titles are brand new, and look at what foreign language titles are in the collection.

Glorious gardens

To inspire you as you dig in the dirt, here are two new garden books. 1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die is a grand tour of some of the most elegant and interesting gardens in the world including ones everyone knows like Central Park but more exotic ones as well like the Bagh-e-Eram in Iran or the Brook Cottage Garden in England. Seventy photographers, hoticulturalists and writers assembled this volume and it's a beauty.

A new trend in gardening that also has a positive enviromental impact is the rain garden.

"New" stickers on foreign language books make browsing easier!

Effective immediately, all new foreign language books at all branches will have "NEW" stickers on them. These stickers are the same as the "NEW" stickers on other books with new and the month/year it was received. These "NEW" stickers are put on to make browsing the foreign language collection easier and make locating new titles easier. If you have any suggestions or comments on the foreign language collection, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

New Joan Blos Book to be Celebrated

A book release party for the new young adult novel Letters from the Corrugated Castle: A Novel of Gold Rush California, 1850-1852, by Ann Arborite Joan Blos is coming up 7 p.m. Wednesday May 16 at Shaman Drum Bookshop. The book completes a geographical trilogy started with A Gathering of Days, which won a Newbery Medal, and continued with Brothers of the Heart.

Free Comic Book Day!

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Having missed out on Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day this year, I was super excited to learn of Free Comic Book Day, an annual (and international!) event that will take place on this Saturday, May 5 at Vault of Midnight comics on Main Street. Should you have a stroke of bad luck and miss out on the swag, conveniently, Curtis of the very same store will be holding an event the following day at the library, during which he will fill everyone in on what’s new in the world of comics and graphic novels. Yay!

Kids InfoBits is Big Help to Parents

Our family trip to California was planned way before our son chose Walt Disney for his school report. Secretly, though, I was hoping we might get some good information about Walt, or Disneyland, or both, at the park. HA! The "In Walt's Footsteps" tour cost $59 and my husband declared this ridiculous. So we gathered a little “free” historical information and came home to finish the report. Who knew I would find just the right article in a library database Kids InfoBits. From reading this article, both my son and I had new ideas on how to improve his report. Lesson for Mom: When reports are due, Kids InfoBits is a parent’s paradise. It's designed for kids in kindergarten through about fifth grade.

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