A pleasant walk across the falls

On June 30, 1859, Charles Blondin, a French acrobat and aerialist whose real name was Jean Francois Gravelet walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. The crowd was estimated at more than 25,000. He walked across the Falls several other times, once blindfolded, another time carrying a wheelbarrow, once carrying a man on his back and even once on stilts. Blondin was born February 28, 1824 in St. Omer, France.

Choosing classy cheeses and fawning over fantastic foods... with a rat?

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If you consider yourself a foodie who loves to discuss the intricacies of a fine cheese or the layers of flavour in a well prepared dish, then I have the movie for you! Pixar's latest film, Ratatouille, is about a talented rat who aspires to become a great chef. The film is getting rave reviews from the New York Times and NPR, amongst others, and begins playing in town today! So grab the kids, some good cheese and head for the theater!

Guitar Hero, DDR, Super Smash Bros. and More: It's a tournament weekend!

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Yeah, sure, so it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend; sunny, mid-70's, all that crap. All the more reason to sequester yourself in a library basement and play videogames all weekend, right?

RIGHT!

That's right, it's our last off-season tournament weekend, and we've got an awesome lineup of events planned that's got something for everyone in the cool recesses of the basement of the Downtown Library. First, on Friday night, 6/29, from 6:00 - 8:45, we'll have a cool combo event as we host simultaneous all-ages tournaments in Guitar Hero II and Pikmin 2, with separate prizes for the winners of each. Enter one or both competitions, and rock out while you attempt to out-marshal your opponents with your legions of Pikmin in one of the GameCube's most underappreciated battle modes.

Harry Potter

Do I really need to say anything more to get your attention? Is the excitement for the new book bubbling over in your brain until you can't think straight? Have you listened to the audio version of HBP (Half Blood Prince) 24 times; have you meticulously plotted out how Luna Lovegood is really Voldemort in disguise; are you lining up a date to get a lightening bolt tattooed on your forehead? Well, if the wait till July 21 is making you a little crazy, here are a few books about Harry Potter to tide you over until then!

The Great Snape Debate
Discovering the Real World of Harry Potter (DVD)
Harry Potter and Philosophy
The Science of Harry Potter
Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody
The Unauthorized Harry Potter
Ultimate Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter
Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
A Charmed Life : the spirituality of Potterworld
The Sorcerer's Companion : a guide to the magical world of Harry Potter
Triumph of the Imagination : the story of writer J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling Biography
Conversations with J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling : the wizard behind Harry Potter
God, the Devil, and Harry Potter:A Christian minister's defense of the beloved novels
We love Harry Potter! : we'll tell you why

New French books at the library

Look for new French books on the shelf at all branches very soon marked with "NEW" stickers. The library just received many new French books. The selection includes:

Books by Francophone African authors:
Kiffe Kiffe Demain by Faiza Guene
La Retournee by Fawzia Zouari
Les Sirenes de Bagdad by Yasmina Khadra

Books translated from other languages:
La Maison aux esprits by Isabel Allende
Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Le Zahir by Paulo Coelho

Other new French books include:
Impuretes by Philippe Djian
Plateforme by Michel Houellebecq
La ligne noire by Jean-Christophe Grange

Local music groups on stage

A great display of local talent is on hand at Top of the Park this summer. Following are groups whose music you can continue to enjoy by checking out their cd's at the Library:

Hullabaloo. "This rousing band indulges in hip-shaking ska, Latin and rock." "Hullabaloo is sheer energy and fun." (Current Magazine)

Nomo. "Nomo swings a sense of spirituality, soul and grace into pop music." (Detroit Metro Times)

The Terraplanes "A rhythmn and blues powered vehicle that will take you along the entertainment highway to a swinging place where you can jump and shout. (terraplanes.net)

II-V-I Orchestra "Through it all shines the professionalism and dynamic vocal performance of Al Jacquez and the crack II-V-I horn section." (http://home.comcast.net/~iiviorchestra)

Looking for something to read? Try...

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!

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