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The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Spoiler Alert: There is no place called Little Dribbling.

Bill Bryson hits up plenty of other offbeat and just plain odd locales in his latest travelogue, though. Whether he’s railing against greedy real estate moguls who want to develop pristine countryside, reporting on the prevalence of cow attacks in the UK, or simply relating his misadventures ordering fast food, a new book by Bryson is always worth reading.

It’s been twenty years since Notes from a Small Island, his first book about touring Great Britain, was published. Since then, the world has changed. Th...

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Limerick Day

Check out this light verse form rich with ridiculous humor, wordplay and infectious rhythm. You may end up trying your hand at writing a limerick of your own!

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Happy birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis!

Flint, Michigan native and Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born on this day in 1953.

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Bear and Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater

The delightful singing bear and his tender bunny pal from Bear in Love are back for another tale of friendship and sharing.  Still confused thinking the other is just a different sized version of their own species, the bunny and bear wander, eat, sing, and share their individual adventures with each other.  The bunny suggests one day that they should get a pet.  After a nap, song and meandering about, the silly pair discover and misidentify a new animal to be their companion.  The pastel illustrations tug at your heartstrings while the chums’ lightheartedness will ...

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It's Cinco de Mayo!

May 5 marks the anniversary of an important victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is a day for celebrating Mexican culture. For history, more cultural information and fun activities check out titles like these:

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Don't forget - Saginaw's Cinco de Mayo parade will be held on Saturday, May 7....
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The Guest Room: a Novel by Chris Bohjalian

The Guest Room is a poignant novel that offers insight into the dark world of human trafficking, the complicated nature of human relationships, and the basics that drive human nature. The story, which reads like a crime thriller, makes one think about how quickly a bad decision, perhaps even a decision you weren’t completely involved in, can derail your life.          

 Richard Chapman and his wife open their home for, what they anticipate, will be a run-of-the-mill bachelor party. The night is anything but ordinary; however, ending with two dead R...

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Georgia by Dawn Tripp

This perceptive and eloquent novel explores the life of the renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe with particular emphasis on her tempestuous love affair with photographer Alfred Steiglitz.  In her acknowledgments, Tripp mentions the work of numerous biographers, curators and scholars, so her novel is based on extensive research. 

O’Keeffe is fascinating and her struggle for her own artistic vision, recognition, and, finally, her need for independence make for sensual and engaging reading.  Tripp has captured the essence of both the woman and the artist beautifu...

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Georgia by Dawn Tripp

This perceptive and eloquent novel explores the life of the renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe with particular emphasis on her tempestuous love affair with photographer Alfred Steiglitz.  In her acknowledgments, Tripp mentions the work of numerous biographers, curators and scholars, so her novel is based on extensive research. 

O’Keeffe is fascinating and her struggle for her own artistic vision, recognition, and, finally, her need for independence make for sensual and engaging reading.  Tripp has captured the essence of both the woman and the artist beautif...

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Haiku Poetry Day

Today celebrates haiku poetry, a form of Japanese verse which is written in 17 syllables, divided into three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. It uses highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature. Your library has many books of haiku poetry to enjoy, like this one by Japanese master poet Issa.

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Counting Lions by Katie Cotton

Counting Lions is an over-sized counting book with some of the most outstanding charcoal drawings.  Each page has an endangered or threatened animal species and a little information about how they live.  On page one is the lion and the charcoal drawing is so beautiful it is hard to tell if it is a drawing or a black and white photograph. This book can be enjoyed by the entire family and give children a gentle insight into animal conservation.

Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad

Recommended for ages 3 and up

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