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Songs from Lonely Avenue by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Fans of the Brian Setzer Orchestra will not be disappointed by this latest album, a soundtrack to a film that doesn't exist. It's what Setzer imagines might be the appropriate accompaniment to a throwback noir film, including blues, swing, and jazz tunes that feel like they could be classics. It's a fun exploration that provides plenty of opportunity for Setzer to show off his virtuosic guitar chops.

Local Author Event

Join us Thursday, May 13 at 7:00PM in the Community Room for the shared stories, methods, and inspiration of local authors. If you have ever dreamed of being an author yourself, or if you simply want to enjoy and support the efforts of some local talent, please join us. We'll hear everything from Haiku to families dealing with serious health and/or emotional issues. Let the stories begin.

Swap, Share & Exchange — Coupons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jek-a-go-go/Our Exchange Day programs begin this month with a coupon exchange on Wednesday, May 12, 10AM-Noon. We provide the space, you provide the coupons to swap, share and exchange with others. Trade diaper coupons for dog food coupons, restaurant coupons for recreation coupons or whatever works for you. No sales or compensation allowed and all items "as is" so read the fine print. It's fun and it's free so join us and see what you end up with. [Photo courtesy of Flickr user jek-a-go-go / license]

Until Next Year Dear Red Wings

It's a sad day in Hockeytown as our Red Wings have become Shark food. Sigh. It was a painful series to watch overall, but then again, this has not been the best season for the Red Wings either. Until Hockey season starts back up again in October, you can relive the past glory days of our dear, Detroit hockey club with items in our sports section. Enjoy the vacation boys! See you next fall!

Michigan's Gray Wolves: Should People Be Allowed to Kill Them?

If wolves attack livestock or pets, do humans have the right to kill them, even if they're on the Endangered Species list? This long-standing debate has reached the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Both states have requested permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to obtain permits allowing the killing of wolves, including gray wolves, which are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. There are roughly 600 wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through May 19. Email your comments to Regional Director Peter Fasbender at: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. For more information, check out FWS's web page.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate a taste of the rich Asian Pacific culture by joining us for our 3rd annual APA Heritage Month Program on May 20, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. This year will feature a virtual author visit with Mitali Perkins at 7pm, a dance performance at 6pm by BollyFit Kids, the University of Michigan Go club, henna tattoos, crafts and some yummy snacks!

Try Our New Automated Phone Service

Our new, automated phone system will quickly direct you to whomever you want to speak — if you take a few seconds to listen to the prompts, that is:
  • Want to know when we're open or how to get here? Press 2
  • Need to talk to someone at Checkout about your account or to renew? Press 3
  • Have a question for an Adult Department librarian or about an Adult Department program? Press 4
  • Same thing, only for the Children's Department? Press 5
  • Want to book the library's Community Room or get information from our Business Office? Press 6
  • Need to get information about the Friends of the Library or their used book shop, Secondhand Prose? Press 7
  • Want to speak to that certain someone whose extension you've forgotten? Press # for the staff directory
Save yourself time and aggravation and endless transfers from the wrong extension. Listen to the prompts. Follow the prompts. You'll be glad you did.

Door to Door Organics

Do you like fresh produce? Do you want to support local farmers? Are you, like me, not a fan of going shopping? I recently discovered Door to Door Organics, and now I have fresh produce delivered to my house once a week. It's great! They have several different basic orders to choose from, and you can customize your order and add items however you'd like. The food comes from local farms including Beautiful Earth Family Farm and Two Creeks Organics, both located in nearby Chelsea. I heartily recommend their goods and their service.

Applique Your Way

Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey

This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.

The 2010 Audie Nominations are in!

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the finalists in the 2010 Audies competition, the only awards program devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. Who is going to win? We will have to wait until the winners are announced at the Audies Gala on May 25th, 2010, at the Museum of the City of New York. Wolf Hall, Anne Frank Remembered, True Compass, Viral Loop, and Elegance of the Hedgehog are among the nominees.

Most Downloaded eBooks for April 2010

The numbers are in!
The top five most downloaded titles from CPL's eBook collection for April 2010 are:
  1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  2. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr
  3. Die Trying by Lee Child
  4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  5. Caught by Harlan Coben

Play Ball

There's a new way to play ball called Pickleball. It's a combination of ping pong and badminton. If you're up to trying something new, open pickleball sessions are held at the Northville Recreation Center.

Get some basics at the Pickleball Lessons Blog.

World Turtle Day!

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.

Wii Bowling League

Age Strong! Live Long!
May is Older Americans Month and the focus is on getting strong to live long. So why not join the Senior Wii Bowling league on May 4, 2010 in the library's Community Room? For additional information call Marcia Barker at (734) 397-0999 x1079.

Older Americans Month 2010

Age Strong! Live Long! is the focus of the Administration on Aging's Older Americans Month 2010. National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, Area Agencies on Aging such as The Senior Alliance, and community services providers such as Canton Seniors Center offer a wide variety of activities in May and throughout the year. Via AOA:

This year’s Older Americans Month theme — Age Strong! Live Long! — recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations. They have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity.

Murder Will Out

Dateline April 28, 1930: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective debuts. 80 years later Nancy is still fighting crime, still bringing in the bad guys. More importantly serving as a strong, feminine role-model for thousands of girls. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, and Oprah Winfrey are fans of Carolyn Keene's creation. Nancy Drew novels have been published in 25 languages and over 200 million copies worldwide have been sold.

Michigan Author Homecoming

The Michigan Humanities Council will present the 2010 Michigan Author Homecoming, "Writing War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam," with noted writers Benjamin Busch, Philip Caputo, and Doug Stanton
  • May 18 in East Lansing
  • May 20 in Marquette
The events will celebrate the conclusion of the Council’s Great Michigan Read. Each event will be a moderated, panel-style discussion focusing on the impact of war on culture, particularly in relation to recent United States conflicts (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam). There will be a book signing. Tickets are available online or by phone at (517) 372-7770.

Ann Arbor Book Festival

Don't miss the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 14-16, featuring poetry readings, Breakfast with the Authors, writers' conferences, and culminating with the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on Sunday, May 16.

New Hindi Books

A large shipment of Hindi books has arrived and is on the shelves for you to enjoy. Nonfiction titles include Baccoṃ kī prāthamika śikshā evaṃ vikāsa kaise? by Mālatī Jośī and Bhāratīya saṃskāra by Indu Vīrendrā. Fiction titles include Khūna kā riśtā: bromāñcabharī pārivārika gāthā by Ema. Je. Akabara and An̐dhere kā tālā by Mamatā Kāliyā.

New Japanese Books

We have new Japanese books on the shelves. Come in and check them out! Fiction books include: