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Calling All Donutheads!

Wed, 05/10/2006 - 1:54pm by kidlit

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"My name, if you must know, is Franklin Delano Donuthead. Try saying that in a room full of fifth graders if you think names will never hurt you."

So starts the story of [b:1215394|Donuthead] by [a:Stauffacher, Sue|Sue Stauffacher]. In the opinion of this youth services librarian, it is one of the best children's books currently in publication. Other titles by this author are [b:1260624|Harry Sue] and [b:1265967|Bessie Smith and the Night Riders].

[http://www.suestauffacher.com|Sue Stauffacher] will be in town for the [http://www.aabookfestival.org|Ann Arbor Book Festival] this weekend. Her first appearance will be Friday, May 12, 2006 at the Malletts Creek Branch at 4:00 p.m. She will read from her works and talk about her life and her books.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to meet a popular writer.

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A Good Book for Graduating Teens

Tue, 05/09/2006 - 12:25pm by Eartoground

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With graduation season upon us, here's a good book to read or recommend: [b:b1251579|Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember,] by Sen. John McCain, with Mark Salter. We have this book in the library or you can receive five-minute excerpts in your e-mail through DearReader.com where this book is the current teen pick. The book offers 34 stories about diverse inspirational characters including Thomas More, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, and Dwight Eisenhower.

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Once Upon a Time...

Mon, 04/24/2006 - 10:39am by Sancho Panza

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[http://www.aadl.org/research/sites|AADL Select Sites]:[http://www.aadl.org/research/sites/books_and_reading|Books & Reading]

[http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/jad22/index.html#Categories|First Lines]: “A sort of literacy test.”

Bibliophiles test your memory of hundreds of first lines, from children’s books to murder mysteries. From easier than easy: “We called him [b:1027999|Old Yeller];” to a bit more challenging: “Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith;” ([b:1085975|Stranger in a Strange Land] by Robert Heinlein), [http://www.people.cornell.edu/pages/jad22/index.html#Categories|First Lines] beats another tired game of Solitaire and serves as great fodder for the booklover’s eternal question: “what should I read next?”

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Two New Research Databases Now Available...

Mon, 01/23/2006 - 3:08pm by amy

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The Library is pleased to offer the following two new research databases:

[http://research.aadl.org/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip|NoveList] offers reviews and annotations for 125,000 fiction titles, plus author Read-alikes, book discussions guides, and many other searching and browsing features for the avid reader.

[http://research.aadl.org/login?url=http://online.culturegrams.com|CultureGrams] provides information on the people, lifestyles, social customs and courtesies of 187 countries, plus such side items as maps, recipes, and biographies of famous people.