100 Cupboards (Book on CD)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
N. D. Wilson

One of those books on CD where I found myself wanting to drive for the sole purpose of listening! You know, where you sit in the garage for as long as you can get away with. Plus, I found myself telling everyone – adults and kids- how much I was enjoying the story. The back of the book on CD summed it up nicely…

“Twelve-year-old Henry York is going to sleep one night when he hears a bump on the attic wall above his head. It’s an unfamiliar house- Henry is staying with his aunt, uncle and three cousins- so he tries to ignore it. But the next night he wakes up with bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall, and one of them is slowing turning….

Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers doors- ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room- with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

And the best part…100 Cupboards in the first of a new fantasy adventure! A great listen for ALL AGES.

Holly, Youth Services

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Great Picture Books!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Perfect Snowman by Preston McDaniels

This wonderfully written and illustrated picture book tells a great story about a snowman who learns some very important lessons about caring for others. The pictures are exquisite and adults will love them as much as the children they are reading the story to will.

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

This adorable little picture book is full of fun and may remind parents of their experience trying to get their children to eat what is on their plate. Read along with the cute little pea who doesn’t want to eat his candy and laugh together.

Jen, Circulation & Administration


Ida B…and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the World (Book & Book on CD)

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Katherine Hannigan
Ida B…and her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the Worl

I’m Ida B., not Ida that’s my Mama, but Ida B. Life is pretty good here on the farm with Mama, Daddy, Rufus our dog and Lula our cat. I’m home schooled, I tried kindergarten for 3 weeks at the Ernest B. Lawson Elementary School, but it wasn’t for me. After doing my school work there is lots to do here. I talk with the trees in the apple orchard – yes, talk. All the trees have names and if you listen closely they answer. I also talk with the brook that runs through our farm. Daddy always says that we don’t own the earth; we are the earth’s caretakers and that we should leave our land better than we found it.
And then Mama found a lump and the lump had cancer, and Daddy sold some of our land, and they cut down my friends the trees and now I have to go to 4th grade at the stupid Ernest B. Lawson Elementary School. What am I going to do?

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Holly, Youth Services

Downloadable Videos

Sunday, February 24, 2008

First you'll need to download the software - don't worry it's easy! Then you can make your selections from all the titles available for you to download - you'll need to enter in the numbers from the back of your library card before you can download them.

I used this a few weeks ago when I was ill and I was bored of being at home. I found it very easy to use and enjoyed the titles I dowloaded - mainly "library world" titles.

Some of the titles available include: shows like Fitness On Demand, Antiques Roadshow, America's Test Kitchen; movies like McClintock, My Best Friend's Wedding, Black Hawk Down, The Fifth Element, Desperado, Men In Black; Children's Shows like Boohbah, Caillou, and more!

Some of the things I'm looking forward to downloading for myself are some of the "Hollywood Favorites" movies like My Best Friend's Wedding; and shows of "Fitness on Demand"! I think this is a great service! If you have questions, don't hesitate to call the Reference Desk at the library: 517-546-0720 x106.

Janice, Youth Services


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Monday, January 28, 2008

Children’s librarians and lovers of children’s books eagerly await the annual announcement of the Caldecott winner.The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.The 2008 winner is The Invention of Hugo Cabret.As I’m constantly telling people, you are never too old to enjoy a good picture book and this year’s winner holds true.What is different is that The Invention of Hugo Cabret is not your typical picture book.The American Library Association’s web site describes it best…

From an opening shot of the full moon setting over an awakening Paris in 1931, this tale casts a new light on the picture book form. Hugo is a young orphan secretly living in the walls of a train station where he labors to complete a mysterious invention left by his father. In a work of more than 500 pages, the suspenseful text and wordless double-page spreads narrate the tale in turns. Neither words nor pictures alone tell this story, which is filled with cinematic intrigue. Black & white pencil illustrations evoke the flickering images of the silent films to which the book pays homage.

Regardless of your age, spend some time with Hugo; let yourself be drawn into the story and drawings- savor the magic.Better yet, share it with someone.I’ll be watching for more from Brian Selznick and others in this new picture book form.

Holly, Youth Services

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Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt

Monday, January 28, 2008
James Putnam

I happened upon a little fun book called Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt by James Putnam (932). Since I'm going there in March, I enjoyed all the fun and serious stuff in the uniquely illustrated quick read.

Sue N., Youth Services

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God Went to Beauty School

Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Cynthia Rylant
I’m going to ‘fess right up and say that I am not much of a poetry reader, but I stumbled upon this book of poems by Cynthia Rylant. They make me smile. That’s it. I truly do not have any judgment on the reverence or irreverence of the subject matter – I simply liked the poems. With titles like, “God Got a Dog,” and “God Found Some Fudge,” these poems made my day a bit brighter. Incidentally, I rarely buy books (after all, I do work at the Public Library) but I did recently buy three copies of this book – one for my mother, one for my daughter and one for my priest. It’s hard to believe that I found one book that I believe all three of those people will like...go figure.

Kathleen M., Administration

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