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?

Museum Design

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Curious about the big hole at the corner of State and South University (across from the Michigan Union)?

It’s a much anticipated addition and restoration of the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Expected to reopen early 2009, here is what we know about the project.

Not coincidentally, the selection of the architect, Brad Cloepfil for this project has generated much enthusiasm among the museum community, and has already won a major national architectural award for its design. Just yesterday, the New York Times published an extensive article on Mr. Cloepfil and his controversial and brilliant restoration of yet another major museum -- the “Lollipop” building at 2, Columbus Circle (in Manhattan), new home for the Museum of Arts and Design.

New Spanish books at all branches!

The library has just received many new Spanish books, including more copies of the Harry Potter books and the Chronicles of Narnia. We also have new original Spanish titles in both fiction and non-fiction. Additionally we have many new children's books including picture books and books for older kids.
Various new books are at all the branches in the foreign language section and you can easily find these books by the call number "FLC SPA" and the "New 5/07" or "New 6/07" stickers on the books. You can also search the catalog by call number "FLC SPA" and reserve books at any branch to be picked up at the branch location of your choice.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org. Your suggestions for materials are always welcome.

Dance Dance Revolution at Taste of Ann Arbor: Canceled!

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Sorry guys, but there's a big storm a comin', and our equipment is not rated for wet/dry use. Taste of Ann Arbor is still going strong, but we've had to take down our DDR equipment before the next storm comes. However, don't despair: our next all ages DDR event is just a month away: Sunday, July 1, from 1 - 4 PM at the downtown library. Also, don't miss our simultaneous Guitar Hero 2 / Pikmin 2 tournaments Friday Night, 6/29, from 6-8:30 PM, and our massive 5-hour Super Smash Bros. Regulation Throwdown, Saturday, 6/30, from Noon - 5 PM. Plus, our Pokémondays Summer Tournament Series starts Monday, 6/25, from 1 - 5 PM at the Pittsfield Branch. See you soon!

How do you spell "misspell?"

Believe it or not, the word "misspell" is one of the 100 most commonly misspelled words. Try your luck with many more challenging words as you watch the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals. You know the spelling bee has made it big when it's broadcast on ESPN. The finals are happening today and tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Newspapers around the country send up to 250 young people who with sweat beaded lips and heads that barely reach the microphone compete. If you can't make it to the competition, you can do the next best thing and watch Spellbound, an engaging movie that puts a human face on the "bee" culture. Also, to find out everything you ever wanted to know about spelling, check out the Library's resources.

Jump Start Your Herb Garden

Time to get those herbal container gardens started! Now that frost warnings are (more or less—this is Michigan) a thing of the past, it’s high time to ditch the bottled, freeze-dried stuff in favor of something fresher. Stop by the Pittsfield Branch this Saturday afternoon to get a head start, and grab one or two of our herb gardening books while you’re at it! Abbott’s Nursery will be providing plants and soil as well as valuable information to patrons looking to green things up a bit, and add some fresh, summer flavor to their food. Bring your own container, or take one of ours. Come early for best selection!

Picture Book Best Seller List

When you think of best seller lists you think of John Grisham's new title or the South Beach Diet. But there are lists for all kinds of books. Here is the list of the current best selling children's picture books according to this coming Sunday's New York Times.

1. Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O'Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. This sequel is as good as the original. See #6.
2. Someday by Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Peter Reynolds. A Mother's Day favorite.
3. Thanks to You by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton.
4. Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan. Illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. Children's version of the author's Marley and Me.
5. On the Night You Were Born written and illustrated by Nancy Tillman. This is a celebration of a child's birth.
6. Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor.Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. This has been on the best seller list for 69 weeks.
7. Flotsam by David Wiesner. 2007 Caldecott Medal winner.
8. Ghost Ship by Mary Higgins Clark. Illustrated by Wendell Minor. A writer of mysteries for adults is trying her hand at a children's book.
9. Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long. Illustrated by David Shannon. A crew of pirates try their hand at babysitting.
10. The Longest Season by Cal Ripken Jr. Illustrated by Ron Mazellan. This title is being ordered but is not yet in the system.

Take it to the top

On May 16, 1975, Japanese climber, Junko Tabel was the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Later, in Japan, reflecting on the trip, she commented,"I can't understand why men make all this fuss about Everest- it's only a mountain." Since then, more women have met or want the challenge including a group of Nepalese women who call themselves Daughters of Everest. These are Sherpa women who want to climb but are held back by traditional customs and financial constraints.

If you're preparing to challenge some summits this summer, you'll find some great inspirational and reality testing reading at the library in our books on mountaineering.

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."

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