The Great American Read is an eight-part documentary series on PBS that celebrates the power of reading. The series will examine 100 of America's best-loved novels, chosen through a national survey. The series kicks off with a two-hour episode on Tuesday May 22, at 8:00 pm and continues with one-hour episodes focused on different themes found in books on the list. The sixth and final episode, airing in October, will reveal the results of a nationwide vote to select America's best loved novel. The series will feature interviews with authors, celebrities, and regular people - book lovers of all stripes!  

 

All 100 books on the list are available - either on our shelves or via MeL. You may also ask a librarian for help finding any of the books on the list - we're happy to do so! 

 

Voting begins online at PBS.com and via social media   (#GreatReadPBS) with the premier on May 22nd and continues throughout the summer. Starting in the fall, viewers will also be able to vote via text messaging and by calling a toll-free number (which will be announced later). 

 

We hope you'll get involved in this national conversation about books and reading!

Follow the links below for additional information. 

Get the List: America's 100 Most-Loved Books

Quiz: How Many of the 100 Have You Read?

Preview the Show: Watch the Trailer 

Vote for the Most-Loved Book (starting 5/22): The Great American Read

Marble Party

colorful marbles

 

Join us on Monday July 9, 2:00-3:30 pm as we celebrate all things marbles!

Play the classic marble game Ringer, make art with marbles, race marbles, and build Lego marble mazes to challenge each other. We will also have a jar filled with marbles - see if you can guess how many! 

All ages welcome, no registration required. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, July 9 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Community Room

Dot Painting

 

Looking for a fun and creative way to relax? 

Join us on Thursday June 28, 7-8:30 pm, as we create works of art using the wrong end of the paintbrush! This activity requires a bit of concentration and a little creativity. Animal templates will be provided. 

 

This program is for ages 18 and up.

Registration is required. 

 

 

Animal by GDJ licensed under CC0 1.0

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, June 28 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Community Room
Stephen Hawking

 

Theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking, who revolutionized our understanding of black holes, passed away today at the age of 76. Hawking, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was 21, spent most of his life confined to a wheelchair but didn't let the limitations of his body constrain his mind. To physicists, and the broader scientific community, Hawking remains a giant upon whose shoulders they will stand.

 

To learn more about Hawking and his contributions to our understanding of the world, check out the items below. 

 

Stephen Hawking is among one of the most inspiring persons of our time. His work in the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics has been significant. This title includes primary sources, sidebars, prompts and activities, charts and graphs, and much more. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

You may have heard that Tom Hanks, yes that Tom Hanks, had a book of short stories published recently. But did you know Julianne Moore writes a series of picture books for kids? Or that David Duchovny, of X-Files fame, has written three books? Krysten Ritter, aka Jessica Jones, published her first novel last year, and so did Wesley Snipes. Chris Colfer published both the last book in his Land of Stories children's series and his first novel for teens in 2017. Steve Martin, Hugh Laurie, Jesse Eisenberg, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Gene Wilder have all written books. 

 

The list below features fiction written by folks you've seen on the big and small screens (and one singer/songwriter). Check the list to find out if your favorite actor is also an author!

America's dad wrote a book of short stories! 

Colin Meloy, frontman for the Decemberists, has written a bestselling middle-grade trilogy called the Wildwood Chronicles, a short ghost story, and a picture book about Pete Seeger. This is his latest, published last year, a middle-grade book about an international band of kid pickpockets. 

Last Tuesday, January 16th at 8:08pm, a meteor lit up the skies over southeastern Michigan. The vibrations from the noise the meteor made as it entered the atmosphere were strong enough to register as a 2.0 earthquake on the Richter scale! 

But... what is a meteor made of? Where did it come from? Why did it make such a loud noise? What is the difference between a meteor and a shooting star? When does a meteoroid become a meteor? Is a meteor the same as an asteroid? You've got questions and we've got answers! Check out the list of books and DVDs below for your space-related information needs.

Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

With Prince Harry's engagement to actress Meghan Markle, an American will join the British family for the first time since King Edward abdicated the throne and married Wallis Simpson in 1937. We've put together this book list (in reverse-chronological order) on British kings and queens, princes and princesses, to satisfy all your royal history and gossip needs. Check the end of the list for films and tv shows. 

Also available in: e-book
A royal duty by Paul Burrell

Today we recognize our fellow citizens, current and past members of the military, for their service to the country.  In this book list you'll find a variety of non-fiction texts including books on WWI, WWII, and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These books detail the experiences of soldiers across generations and wars, many using our servicemen's and servicewomen's own words, including their experiences upon returning home. Click the blog title and scroll down to view all materials. 

 

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits and services available to veterans, including where to donate funds or volunteer to assist veterans, check out the links below.

Department of Veterans Affairs – Detroit regional benefit office

Veteran Support Center – Michigan chapter

Vietnam Veterans of America – Plymouth-Canton chapter

Department of Veterans Affairs - Volunteer at the VA

Charity Navigator – highly-rated charities dedicated to helping veterans

 

Silhouette Dot Painting

cat painting

 

Looking for something fun and creative to do over Winter break? Join us for silhouette dot painting and create your  own work of art using the wrong end of a paintbrush! It looks neat and it's a blast to do. This program is for ages 9-17. Registration is required.  

Animal by GDJ licensed under CC0 1.0

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