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Environmental Documentaries

Although Earth Day is officially celebrated once a year - on April 22 - the Library has a great collection of environmentally-themed documentaries that are available all year round. From wildlife to climate change, from recycling to alternate energy, we have it covered!

Energy Alternatives Earth Week Program

Considering putting solar panels on your home or perhaps installing some wind turbines? Join Dave Strenski from solarypsi.org on Thursday, April 22 from 7:00-8:30PM as he shares his knowledge in his presentation Energy Alternatives. It may save you time and money as well as help the global warming problem. This is an adult program. No registration is required for this program. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

"A Michivore Life" Earth Week Program

Tom Bloomer, co-founder of Michivore.com, will give you all the facts on eating locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats plus tips on doing this easily and inexpensively in his presentation A Michivore Life on Wednesday, April 21 from 7:00-8:30PM. This program is for both teens and adults. No registration is required for this program.

How to Become a Master Gardener

Do you want to make your green thumb even greener? Earth Week is a great time to learn how to grow and care for your own vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and flowers. Master Gardener Anita Callendar will be at the Library on April 20 with an overview of the Master Gardening Program presented by the Michigan State University Extension. Join her and other future gardening gurus in the Community Room from 7:00-8:30PM. No registration is required.

Meeting Minutes - March 18, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:33PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone
Absent: G. Snow, D. Turner

New Gujarati Books

Our latest shipment of Gujarati books has arrived and is on the shelves for you. Come in and check out fiction books like: Bheda abheda by Kanu Bhagadeva and Tārā vinānā śaheramāṃ by Kājala Ojhā-Vaidya. Or look over the new nonfiction such as: Kuṇḍaḷīmāṃ karaja kāraṇa ane nivāraṇa by Rājeśa Varmā or Tarasyā malakano megha : sarjaka Pannālāla Paṭelanī jīvanakathā by Maṇilāla Ha. Paṭela.

I-275 Bike Path Open House

On Tuesday April 20, 2010, MDOT will host an open house featuring the upcoming construction for the I-275 Metro Trail in Wayne County. This project, which is scheduled to start this spring, will reconstruct 7 miles of the bike path between Michigan Avenue and Edward Hines Drive. Attendees will be given the opportunity to review final designs changes before construction. For more information, including meeting time and location visit the MDOT website.

Mark Twain

April 21 is the 100 year anniversary of the death of Mark Twain (November 24, 1832 - April 21, 1910). A keen observer of human nature, Twain's stories portray America as it became a nation. An American humorist, lecturer, essayist, and author, several of Twain's books have been adapted for the screen including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, and a present-day version of The Prince and the Pauper.

Immigration, Islam, and Identity: A Conversation with Eli Eteraz

Children of Dust a memoir written by Ali Eteraz reveals Islamic fundamentalism and madrassa life in rural Pakistan, the culture shock of moving to the U.S., and a journey of reconciliation to the modern Middle East. Author Ali Eteraz will speak on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 at 12:00pm in the University of Michigan's Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery - Room 100 (use Diag entrance).

Nancy Pearl's April Book Picks

If you want to read some of Nancy Pearl's April book picks, we have a couple here at the library:

The anthologist by Nicholson Baker

Collected poems by Donald Justice

Get Your 2010 Scrap On!

Saturday May 1st is National Scrapbook Day! This special day was first created by the National Scrapbooking Association as a way to celebrate and promote the art and craft of Scrapbooking. Join me and the thousands of people who will be celebrating and participating in National Scrapbooking Day Events all around the world.

Swedish Knits

Swedish knits : classic and modern designs in the Scandinavian tradition by Paula Hammerskog and Eva Wincent; photos by Rikard Westman
This book has the usual introduction to the basics of knitting, but also includes more detailed information on garment construction and a number of advanced techniques. It also has a great section on what to do when something goes wrong - your cable twists the wrong way, something turns out too large or too small, and other common problems. There is also quite a bit of info on interpreting patterns and on making your own. Finally, the sweater patterns are beautiful. This book is a treasure trove of information for knitters.

Washtenaw County Bike Rides

If you are new to the area, new to biking, or simply want to explore new routes, check out Washtenaw County Bike Rides: a Guide to Road Rides In and Around Ann Arbor by Joel D. Howell. All the routes are paved and start from Ann Arbor. The difficulty of the rides and areas that require caution are clearly noted. Route maps for Dixboro, Dexter-Chelsea, Gallup Park, Hell, Huron River Drive, Manchester, Waterloo and more are included. A perfect weekend outing for the motivated rider who loves a challenge!

Bestsellers In Large Print

Did you know many of your favorite authors are available in Large Print? Their latest book could be on the shelf and available right now. In addition to being easy on the eyes,  or perhaps because Large Print is easier on the eyes, readers of Large Print books comment how quickly they read can read a book... 

Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers

Michigan Appliance Rebate Program

Have one of those old olive green refrigerators? Thinking of replacing your washing machine for a shiny new model? Well, you may be in luck! The State of Michigan recently began a mail-in rebate program to help residents replace older, inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® qualified and ultra-efficient appliances. This program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, offers rebates on refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, water heaters & furnaces. For eligibility guidelines, covered products and rebate amounts visit the U.S Departments of Energy's rebate website.

Hack Your Living Space

Image courtesy of Flickr user CosmoComet
With a little ingenuity, some quality tools, and the right raw materials, you can create a noteworthy living/work space from scratch. Yes, you!

It seems like every blog out there has featured posts lately about making and/or hacking furniture and decorations. Here are some of the best:

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, April 12th, is Holocaust Memorial Day. For Jews, their history, their family, and their relationship with God have shaped their religion and their identity. After the horrors of the Holocaust, the Jewish people wanted a day to memorialize this tragedy. To learn more about the Holocaust, visit the web site or the Farmington Hills location of the Holocaust Museum. For a website with information and links about the Holocaust, see this about.com Holocaust website. For our library resources, see the subject Holocaust.

Small Business Resource Center

Are you a business owner or thinking of becoming one? Tap into the library's Small Business Resource Center for sample business plans, sales strategy, market analysis and general business information.

Butterflies are Blooming

Spring has arrived and so have the butterflies! Visit the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit at the Tropical Conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids through April 30th. You can also check out the butterflies in our collection at the library.

A World Without Ice

The Author’s Forum Presents
A World Without Ice: A Conversation with Henry Pollack & Richard Rood

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 5:30PM
Gallery/Room 100, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University, Ann Arbor

A World Without Ice is a book about ice and people — the role ice has played in the development of Earth’s landscape, climate, and human civilization, and the reciprocal impact of people on the planet’s ice. Today, U-M’s Henry Pollack and Richard Rood discuss why ice matters, the delicate geological balance between ice and climate, and the pending crisis of a world without ice.