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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.

Fuel Cost Calculator

Plane fares are so expensive, especially if you have a big family, it might just be cheaper to drive.  But how do you know for sure?  AAA Fuel Cost Calculator can help you decide with their interactive site.  You enter in where you are going and what kind of vehicle you own and it tell you approximately how much it will cost in gas.  If only the airlines were so helpful.

Too Busy Too Scrap?

If you're like me you love to scrapbook but just don't seem to find time to fit it into your busy schedule.  Scrapbooking doesn't have to  take a lot of time.

Knit Night

knittingKnit Night is Monday, March 9 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Drop in to enjoy time with other handcrafters of all ages. Compare projects, ask for help with a tricky stitch, or learn how to knit! Crochet, embroidery, and other handcrafts are also welcome.

photo by Todd Huffman used under Creative Commons license

Spring Crafts

art suppliesSpring is in the air! Check out some of our great craft books, especially the ones highlighting spring. Get out the scissors, glue, glitter, and brightly colored paper to have fun making flowers, birds, and baby animals. Enjoy!

New! Send to Our Printers from Your Laptop... or from Home

Wireless and remote printing to the library's printers is now available. Send print jobs from your laptop here in our building or from any place with internet access - like your home office. Your job will remain in the Copy Center print queue until the close of business on the day it's sent.

Books on Foreclosure

Each day seems to bring more bad news about Americans facing foreclosure and Michigan is among the hardest hit states.  Many neighborhoods are seeing the effects first hand and people faced with such 

History of the Star-Spangled Banner

Learn about the history of the "Star Spangled Banner," through live saxophone presentations. 
Program Date and Time : March 5th at 7:00 PM

Consumer Reports

The annual auto issue includes the BEST & WORST 2009 CARS.  Exclusive ratings, reliability, performance and value are also included in the April/09 edition of Consumer Reports.  CR is available for patron use on the Adult magazine shelf and at the Adult Reference desk.

Digital Camera for Beginners

Tuesday, March 10 (9:30-11:30AM)

Transfer photos onto a computer, use MS Photo Editor to crop, rotate and resize pictures, plus email them. Visit print processing websites too. Please leave your camera and photos at home. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

It's National Women's History Month

So why not check out a historical mystery series featuring a strong female character? One of my favorites is Miriam Grace Monfredo's Glynis Tyron, an advocate for women and slave rights living in Seneca Falls, NY where the first women's rights'convention was held in 1848.  In Seneca Falls Inheritance, Glynis Tryon, the town's librarian, agrees to help organize the Women's Rights Convention of 1848 expecting controversy and opposition, but not murder!

Graphic Novels have moved

The Graphic Novels have moved to the Biography area, by the CD-ROM games.   There is plenty of space in their new home to expand and grow.   If you have suggestions for the Library about our Graphic Novels, leave a comment and let us know. 

Looking for a Job?

jobsYou'll find a wide variety of resources at LearningExpress Library that will prepare you for career success, from the job search to interviewing and beyond. In addition to preparing you for the job search, LearningExpress Library offers instantly scored licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, and vital information for a wide variety of occupations.  

DemographicsNow

This is an incredible database. The other night when I needed census information for the Plymouth-Canton area for my meeting, I logged in and printed various demographic trend summary reports that gave me all the numbers that I was looking for. If you are trying to determine where to locate your business, identify your competitors, or find target audience for your advertising dollars, DemographicsNow has reports arranged by zip codes, cities and metropolitan areas in Michigan.

RV Season

 With spring coming, a lot of us are thinking about our gardens, flower beds and long leisurely walks in the early evening. Ahhh yes, finally! I'm also thinking about RV season and can't wait to see the "old home away from home" again.

Longer School Year?

Arne DuncanEducation Secretary Arne Duncan is interested in many ideas to boost student performance.  Keeping kids in school longer is one option under consideration by the former chief of Chicago Public Schools. Not an easy task given the uncertainty of the tough economic times and the drastic budget cuts many states are facing. Read more on Secretary Duncan's interview with CNN.

Putting some extra money in your wallet

Much has been said about what the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act means to individuals.  The Internal Revenue Service outlines some of the tax-related provisions of the new program and answers common questions in a recent news release.

Check Our Lobby for Events, Brochures

Check out our lobby bulletin board and display racks for information ranging from community events to financial aid forms and publications on state government. There are sections for seniors and health, too. All publications are free and change on a rotating basis.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric weiner

I just finished reading a travel memoir called "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's search for the Happiest Places in the World", that was both humorous and introspective. Eric Weiner deserves points for devising a new way to address the question of what makes peaple happy and why. To this end he goes off to nine unusual locales including Bhutan, Iceland and Qatar. His final stop is United States, which "is not as happy as it is wealthy". With engaging wit and some suprising insights, the author ( a self-professed grump) offers travelers some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.