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Salaam, A Muslim American Boys Story by Tricia Brown

Fri, 07/28/2006 - 7:14pm by Tahira

Imran takes karate, enjoys hanging out with his friends and celebrates special religious holidays with his family. Imran is like any other boy in America except he is a Muslim. His mother receives a threatening phone call because people don't like her faith. Imran is hopeful that once people get to know his faith they will like him the way his friends and neighbors do. Tricia Brown teaches about Islam through Imran's story. From a Muslim perspective the book gives an apologetic view of Islam with an emphasis on fitting in.

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FolkTale Bits - African-American Tall Tales

Thu, 07/27/2006 - 6:07pm by LibraryRachel

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Zora Neale Hurston collected these "lies" from "professional liars" of the Gulf States, as she noticed there was a "decline in the quality of lies and it was just gone get worse, unless somebody did something." Christopher Myers, the adaptor and illustrator, "found them in a government office, which is where they are keeping all the llies nowadays." Each page is a new "lie". It could be great fun to create your own "lies" based on these examples. Can you top this?

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Epic Tale from Ancient Iraq

Thu, 07/27/2006 - 3:01pm by LibraryRachel

This book is an exquisite rendition of an ancient middle east epic. The pictures and text are perfectly matched. The tale can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Lugalbanda is one of the oldest stories in the world. Lugalbanda was recorded over 5,000 years ago on clay tablets written in cuneiform by the Sumerians. It is older than the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the stories of Homer and the Greek and Roman myths.

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Kid Bits - Under Construction

Fri, 07/21/2006 - 3:15pm by LibraryRachel

If Trucks and Construction are very interesting to you, try the following picture books ... Hart Hat Area by Susan L. Roth; One Hole In The Road by W. Nikola-Lisa; Dig! by Andrea Zimmerman; and The House In The Meadow by Shutta Crum.

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Kid Bits - Kindergarten Starts Soon

Fri, 07/21/2006 - 2:55pm by LibraryRachel

School starts in a month and Kindergarten will be a new world. Get ready by reading about it. Try Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson; and the bilingual Spanish-English version in the Foreign Language Collection Prepárate, kindergarten! Allá voy!. Try 10 Days To Kindergarten by Alison McGhee; Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate; My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells; The Peanut-Free Cafe by Gloria Koster; or The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing.

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Kid Bits - Babies

Fri, 07/21/2006 - 2:32pm by LibraryRachel

Is there a new big brother or sister in your home because a new baby arrived? These are stories especially for the bigger sibling. Dear Baby by Sarah Sullivan; Best Kind Of Baby by Kate Laing; Julius, The Baby Of The World by Kevin Henkes; Just Add One Chinese Sister by Patricia McMahon; and Walk On: A Guide For Babies Of All Ages by Marla Frazee.

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Baby Bits - Farm Animals and You

Fri, 07/21/2006 - 2:11pm by LibraryRachel

If you like the song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", you will probably enjoy these books too. Look for Can You Moo? by David Wojtowycz; What The Baby Hears by Laura Goodwin; Have You Seen My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri; and the classic Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins. You can play "find the animal" and "who makes this sound?"

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Sofie and the City by Karima Grant

Thu, 07/20/2006 - 12:47pm by Tahira

Sofie does not like her new home in the city. The city is crowded and the people are not friendly. Sofie finds that friendship can make a new place seem like home. Karima Grant tells a story a child just learning english and who misses home can relate to.

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Info Bits - Mummies!

Thu, 07/13/2006 - 4:37pm by LibraryRachel

Mummies! They are in museums, and books, and movies. You can begin with Tutankhamun: The Mystery Of The Boy King. If you want more about Egyptian mummies try Mummies And Pyramids; for mummies from different cultures try Mummies; and for info you forgot to ask try Mummies, Dinosaurs And Moon Rocks: How We Know How Old Things Are. If you like extension activities you can browse The Detroit Institute Of Art site for some good ideas. Now maybe you're ready for a trip to the museum!

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Info Bits - Dig Dinos?

Thu, 07/13/2006 - 1:43pm by LibraryRachel

Do you really dig dinosaurs at your house? Check out DinoFacts in these titles and find out neat stuff to grow on. Boy Were They Wrong About Dinosaurs; Double Bones: The Story of Diplodocus; Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs and don't forget to read about The Dinosaurs Of Waterhouse Hawkins.

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Bits 4 Parents - Once Upon a Potty

Thu, 07/13/2006 - 1:23pm by LibraryRachel

If it is time, there is support. Try the University of Missouri's site for parent . You can find the following titles at the library also. Once Upon A Potty: Girl or Once Upon A Potty: Boy; Everyone Poops; What To Expect When You Use The Potty; and Pee, Poop and Potty Training.
Good Luck!

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Favorites by Tahira

Thu, 07/13/2006 - 9:56am by Tahira

With the Summer Reading Game in full swing, and so many books to choose from, I thought I would list my all time favorites:
Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, Bud,Not Buddy, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, oey Pigza Swallowed the Key, Walk Two Moons, Number the Stars and A Wrinkle in Time.
Favorite writers:
Beverly Cleary, Shakespeare, Christopher Paul Curtis, Mary Shelley, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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One Green Apple by Eve Bunting

Mon, 07/03/2006 - 3:43pm by Tahira

One Green Apple tells the story of a Muslim girl who is a stranger in a strange land. On a school field trip she finds that there are many similarities in her old culture and her new one. Eve Bunting brilliantly captures the feeling of isolation experienced by a Muslim girl as she attends her second day of school.

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Help Shape Michigan's Transportation Future

Mon, 06/26/2006 - 9:20am by eli

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the State Library of Michigan, in conjunction with Public Libraries around the state, are giving you the opportunity to help MDOT set its priorities for transportation infrastructure development through 2030. You can take the MI Transportation Plan's short, one-page survey here, and let MDOT know what you think about road improvements, expansion, mass transit, safety, and more.

Additional information is also available at http://michigan.gov/slrp. Please note that your personal information is not required to participate in the survey, and be sure to tell them how you usually get to the library. Thanks for your participation!

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My Father's Shop by Satomi Ichikawa

Mon, 06/19/2006 - 4:42pm by Tahira

Mustafa's father sells carpets in Morocco. He tells his son that he must learn different languages in order to be successful in their trade. Mustafa becomes bored and races through the village wearing a damaged carpet his father gave him. He is soon followed by a rooster and meets tourists who teach him how to speak as the roosters do in their country. His father is pleased that his son has learned to speak different languages. My Father's Shop is a fun romp through a Moroccan village.

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Hold the Flag High by Catherine Clinton

Thu, 06/01/2006 - 2:30pm by Tahira

William H. Carney is an officer of the first all African-American regiment of the Civil War. Carney’s determination not to allow the flag to touch the ground inspired his men to move forward into battle. Catherine Clinton gives an historical account of the first African American who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Pittsfield Branch Closed Friday Night

Fri, 05/26/2006 - 6:49pm by eli

Due to power outage, the Pittsfield Branch will be closed for the remainder of Friday, May 26th, and will reopen Saturday morning at 9 AM. Thanks for your patience!

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Baby Lit - Begin with Books

Mon, 05/22/2006 - 11:04am by LibraryRachel

There are excellent web sites that give all the reasons why Literacy begins early. If you want to know Why and How to put Books in Baby's life check these sites for starters.

BEGINNING WITH BOOKS is a non-profit organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dedicated to early literacy. They offer reading tips, news features, and "best books for babies" lists. Find them at Beginning With Books.

Another excellent early literacy resource is found in King County Library System's website Ready To Read. You can find description for "Six Early Literacy Skills", as well as more book and activity suggestions.

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Pittsfield Branch Closed Monday and Tuesday

Thu, 05/18/2006 - 3:10pm by eli

Our new Pittsfield Branch will be getting the final paving on its parking lot this coming Monday and Tuesday, 5/22 and 5/23. Pittsfield Branch will be closed during this process and will reopen Wednesday 5/23. Please note that the dropbox will not be accessible during this period, and items can be returned to any other AADL location.

Thanks for your patience as we apply the finishing touches.

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New York, New York! The Big Apple from A to Z by Laura Krauss Melmed

Thu, 05/18/2006 - 2:37pm by Tahira

New York New York The Big Apple from A to Z takes you on an alphabetical tour of some of the major tourist spots in New York City. Each page has a poem dedicated to a particular sight and facts, history and information in small captions. Watercolor illustrations add a colorful backdrop. This book is fun for native New Yorker's like myself or anyone interested in this great city.

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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Thu, 05/11/2006 - 9:10am by Tahira

Jacqueline Woodson’s 2006 Newbery honor book Show Way traces her maternal family history from slavery, to the Civil Rights movement to the present day in eloquent poetic rhythm. Show Way is the quilt sown by slave women with an encrypted map that showed the way to freedom. The illustrations reveal both the fear and hope of African Americans throughout history.

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Mr. Williams by Karen Barbour

Thu, 05/04/2006 - 9:56am by Tahira

Mr. Williams is a biography of a man who grew up on a farm in Arcadia, Louisiana. He was born the same year as Martin Luther King Jr. and when Calvin Coolidge was president. In simple text, Karen Barbour captures the life of Mr. Williams as it was told to her when she was a little girl.

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Dad Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg

Fri, 04/28/2006 - 12:35pm by Tahira

It's 1947 and Jackie Robinson will play for the Brooklyn Dodgers for the first time. A young boy and his deaf father attend the game. The crowd cheers Jackie, Jackie, Jackie!, but his father who is deaf yells Aghee, Aghee, Aghee! The boy is embarrassed. They go to every game that summer. The boy wonders why his father is so interested in baseball and why he is so fascinated with Jackie Robinson. He later learns that his father and Jackie Robinson have a lot in common. They both have to live in a world of prejudice. Myon Ulberg uses his own life experience to create a story of triumph over adversity.

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"Books Change Lives" at any time of life

Mon, 04/24/2006 - 2:56pm by kcrj49

The Books Change Lives Program is part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival. BCL encourages readers to tell us about their favorite all-time book and how it changed their lives. Rachel's favorite book is Strider by Beverly Cleary. Here's what she had to say about it: "I don't know how many times I have read Strider, but I know it better than any other book. The situations that Leigh Botts faces make me love it so much. He found his comfort in writing about his anxieties and in running with his dog. The way he wrote about running made me want to run. In high school I started. Running boosted my self-esteem, kept me focused and lively, and helped me push myself. Like Leigh Botts, running helped me deal with my social awkwardness." Do you have a favorite book that influenced your life?

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This Is The Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander

Thu, 04/13/2006 - 3:58pm by Tahira

This Is The Dream is written in verse about the struggle for equality through nonviolence. The illustrations enhance the poetic verse leading to the accomplishment of being able to choose a seat on the bus, sit at a lunch counter with anyone from any race and drinking from the same water fountain in a park. This is a wonderful introduction to the discussion of civil rights with young children.

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Date Due Notice Glitch: Check your Due Dates!

Fri, 03/31/2006 - 4:20pm by eli

We've just discovered that, due to a bug related to the time change this Sunday, Date Due Reminder Notices did not go out yesterday (3/30) or today (3/31), and will not go out tomorrow (4/1). This means that if you have items checked out that are due Sunday, 4/2, Monday, 4/3, or Tuesday, 4/4, you will not receive an email notice reminding you of the due date.

We will take steps to avoid fining items due on those dates, but if you do receive fines next week because you missed your reminders, please be sure to contact us and we'll take care of those fines for you. In the meantime, please take a moment to check your account and see if you've got any items due 4/2-4/4. Reminder Notices will resume via email on Sunday, 4/2, for items due Wednesday, 4/5. Thanks for your patience, and please feel free to comment on this post if you have any questions.

As an aside, we do know that this bug has been fixed in the next release of our circulation system, so this shouldn't happen when we fall back in October.

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If there ever was a time to eat your words.....

Thu, 03/30/2006 - 1:53pm by Maxine

April 1 is not only April Fools' Day but also the date of The International Edible Book Festival. This event brings together book lovers, book artists and gastronomes to celebrate "the ingestion of culture."

Some of my favorites from their gallery include "The Book of Pi" (Guess what that's made of) and "Smore and Peace."

Winners from Michigan from previous years are The Roeper School and The Kalamazoo Center for the Book.

For a fascinating history of edible folk art, read America Eats by William Woys Weaver.

And start thinking ahead for 2007. Maybe Green Eggs and Ham?

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Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams

Mon, 03/20/2006 - 10:51am by Tahira

Brothers in Hope is the story of the orphaned boys of Sudan who fled after their villages were destroyed. The story is told from the viewpoint of Garang who was a young boy when his village was attacked and how he and thousands of other boys made it to safety in Ethiopia and Kenya. Since 2000 the U.S. has taken in about 3,000 Lost Boys of Sudan. This is a timely book that speaks to the horrors of the ethnic cleansing in Sudan.

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Pittsfield Branch Opens!

Fri, 03/17/2006 - 2:58pm by TimG

Ann Arbor District Library’s new Pittsfield Branch (2359 Oak Valley Drive in Ann Arbor) opened its doors on Monday, March 20 at 10:00 am, offering a week-long celebration, featuring storyteller LaRon Williams, the music of Mr. B (Mark Braun), The Boychoir of Ann Arbor and other well-known area entertainers. Located in Pittsfield Township near the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, the building was designed by Luckenbach|Ziegelman Architects PLLC, constructed by Skanska USA Building, Inc. and landscaped by InSite Design Studio, Inc.

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My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin

Wed, 03/08/2006 - 3:45pm by Tahira

On his first day at a new school Bilal sees a bully pull the scarf on his sister's head. He does nothing. In class he tells the teacher his name is Bill not Bilal. His teacher gives him the biography of Bilal ibn Rabah, one of the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He reads about the strength and courage of Bilal Ibn Rabah when he faced religious persecution by the Meccan's. Bilal learns through this book that it takes courage and strength to be who you are. This is one of the first books written about the struggles of an American Muslim child.