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Excel II

March 18, 6:30-8:30PM

Learn to use data, graphics and charts, and how to customize toolbars in MS 2007 version. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.

Where's My Refund

Did you know you can check the status of your federal income tax refund online?  Simpy visit Where's My Refund and you can track your refund through this secure Web site.  Be sure to have a copy of tax returns handy so that you can enter all the relevant information!

Economy Spurs Home Garden Boom

The Associated Press reported in "Dollars from Dirt: Economy Spurs Home Garden Boom" that people are gardening to save money. I love the thought that backyard gardening can not only make people and the environment healthier, but can perhaps help solve the economic crisis. CPL's "Yard Scraps to Garden Treasures" program on April 22 from 7:00-8:30pm can get you off to a great start by showing you how to compost and enrich your soil.

Who Watches the Watchmen?

You may have, since the movie just came to theaters March 6. But did you also read the Watchmen? Arguably one of the best graphic novels ever written, it gives you a new view on superheroes : the deconstruction of the superhero. If you don't normally read graphic novels, don't let that keep you away from this one! The story is rich, entertaining, and thought-provoking. It almost makes you want to throw on a costume and go off to fight crime yourself!

Langston Hughes

One of my favorite poets is Langston Hughes. I love the way his words weave pictures of Jazz, big cities, and the roaring 20s.

Purple Cows, Meatball Sundaes, and Seth Godin

Have a product you're trying to market? Looking for advice on how to run your business or even just your life? Seth Godin breaks down complex principles in a very readable way. Here are some of his recent hits:

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us -- how to leverage informal communities, even on the web

Meatball sundae : is your marketing out of sync?

You Must Have Read My Mind

Jane GoodallJane Goodall is acclaimed for her work with chimpanzees, but her new video, When Animals Talk, looks at cross-species communication with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, elephants and even rats.  The program explores some fascinating research on telepathy, and the mutual benefits that accrue when humans bond and partner 

White House Council on Women and Girls

Today President Obama created a new council whose mission will be "to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families." Its goals include improving women's economic security and healthcare, and preventing violence against women - both home and abroad. The full text of the executive order can be found here.

Free Credit Reports

Once every 12 months, you can request for a copy of your credit report from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian & TransUnion. You can log on to AnnualCreditReport.com to request your free copy. It's quick, easy and secure!

PowerPoint I

Thursday, March 19, 9:30-11:30AM

Learn to create multimedia presentations in Microsoft Powerpoint 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and Word skills.

If You Lose Your Job & 55 or Older

If you are 55 or older, AARP  has job programs (there may be certain income requirements) and information. It will assess your skills and interests, then connect you with free training.

Golf

If you went to the Michigan Golf Show last weekend, you probably have the bug to get your clubs out and start swinging.  Check out the great golf collection at the library for tips to improve your game, golf course information and ideas for planning a golf get-away.

A helpful book

If there's a loved one in your life that has an addiction, a good book to read is: No more letting go by Debra Jay.  This book weaves together real-life family stories and interventions that can offer comfort, hope and help.  Another good book is called Heart of Addiction by Lance Dodes.   Both these books can help in getting through this difficult time.

Celebrating National Women's History Month

Another favorite series with a strong female character is Victoria Thompson's  Gaslight Murders featuring Sarah Brandt, midwife and amateur detective assisted by New York police detective Frank Malloy. Sarah, born into a wealthy family, defied her parents by marrying Dr. Tom Brandt.  Dr. Brandt is killed one night returning from a late night call and rather than return to her parents' home Sarah continues her midwifery practice in New York's tenements. She is a strong, independent character, at times challenging and baffling Detective Frank Malloy.

From Page to Stage

Pursuit of Happyness DVDCome join us in the Community Room on Wednesday March 18th at 2p.m. as we view and discuss The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. This is the saga of Chris Gardner's life struggle from homeless, jobless poverty to Wall Street success. Online registration required.

Now for Kids: Inspiring Books from "Three Cups of Tea"

Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 108 weeks running (currently in the #1 slot) for good reason: Greg Mortenson, who is carrying out his mission to build schools — and peace — in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is living proof of how one person can truly make a difference in the world. Now, Mortenson’s story is accessible to young children through the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. A Young Readers’ version of Three Cups of Tea has also just been published. My 8-yr-old son and I saw Mortenson in late January when he spoke to a packed auditorium (800+ people) at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School.

A Fabulous Food Life

Moira Hodgson, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and current colmunist for the New York Observerbegan her food education as a child moving around the world as a British diplomat's daughter. In her new book, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, she recounts the fascinating food, places, and people she has discovered throughout her life.

Opposing Viewpoints

When you are looking for a research topic, or supporting materials for a debate, Opposing Viewpoints database is your solution. Here you'll find different viewpoints on a wide range of current issues, such as global warming and welfare reform. Social science instructors will find the 7,000 viewpoint articles useful for preparing lesson plans. The ability to print, download or email documents makes it easy to use.

Top Test-Taking Tips

College StudyIn Sunday's USA Weekend Magazine, ParentSmart writer, Reyhaneh Fathieh, listed tips parents can teach their kids before they take the big test. The Library has a huge selection of study guides for all students.

Spend $10 on March 31

Many efforts are underway ahead of the stimulus packages being presented by Congress and BHO.
One is Spendten. This plan is apparently trying to help our economy by having sponsors pledge to spend $10 on March 31 for something they didn't intend to. I can't predict how effective this idea will be, but I do know that I end up unintentionally spending that amount (or much more) almost daily, so I and many others are included in the effort by default. The plan encourages spending on services and products made in the U.S. to have the most impact.