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Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.

Understanding Financial Statements

If you are a small business owner or manager, financial statements can be a constant source of stress if you are not financially literate. Join us on Monday April 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we invite SCORE to explain what financial statements are, understand what they say and mean, and how to use them to start, manage, and grow your business. No registration required.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini -  From the bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. Hosseini explores the many way in which families interact at the times that matter the most.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on April 27 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on April 27 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old

Starfish Family Services: Social-Emotional Development

On Wednesday, April 9 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Be Friends: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development. Participants will identify how a young child's thinking and reasoning impacts their social relationships as well as ways to help children learn about others.  They will also explore environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Chicks 4 Charity Scholarships

Woman’s Life (Chapter 827) Chicks 4 Charity will be offering a $500 scholarship(s) for part time students and $1,000 scholarship(s) for full time students to women residing in the Canton area who are looking to improve or expand career opportunities. Eligible applicants must be attending an accredited undergraduate Michigan college, university or trade school in the Fall of 2014 or Spring 2015. Preference will be given to women that demonstrate financial need, education or training needs, and those who are involved in the community. For additional information please contact Zlatina Dimova at dimova.zlatina@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2014 and winners will be notified by June 6, 2014.

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, April Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, April 4th and 18th.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University every Sunday from 2:45-5:45 PM to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

*2:45-4:00 PM class is for registrants only. You may register with Brahma Kumaris in Michigan by calling 248.987.2687 or emailing farmingtonhills@us.brahmakumaris.org
*4:00-5:45 PM class is open to any and all participants. No registration is necessary.

April Themes are as follows:
April 6th Gifts of meditation
April 13th CANCELLED
April 20 - NO YOGA - CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
April 27th Inherent Virtues

WWA Announce the 2014 Spur Award Winners

A complete list of winners and finalists can be found on the Western Writers of America website.

Spider woman's daughter by Anne Hillerman

Shot all to hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild West's greatest escape by Mark Lee Gardner

Light of the world by James Lee Burke

Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher

Yosemite's songster: one coyote's story by Ginger Wadsworth ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

Jack London: an American life by Earle Labor

 

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010. Registration required.

Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, April 3 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Movies to Watch on the Way to the Final 4

Coach Carter [videodisc] by MTV Music Television Films ; Paramount Pictures presents an MTV Films production ; a Tollin/Robbins production ; a Thomas Carter film


The heart of the game [videodisc] by Miramax Films presents a Woody Creek production in association with Flying Spot Pictures ; a film by Ward Serrill


Hoop dreams [videodisc] by Fine Line Features presents


Hoosiers [videodisc] by Hemdale Film Corporation/A Carter De Haven Production


Hurricane season [videodisc] by Weinstein Company ; Dimension Films presents an I Am Entertainment production, a Tim Story film


March madness [videodisc]: the greatest moments of the NCAA tournament


More than a game [videodisc]

Great Michigan Read 2013-2014: Annie's Ghosts

A Hospital Called Eloise.  As the Great Michigan Read 2013-2014 draws to a close Jo Johnson, an expert in the history of Eloise Hospital and the stories behind the walls will speak on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Straight Farm House in Garden City from 6:00-8:00 PM.  A portion of the $25 fee will be donated to the Eloise Museum.  Reservations can be made by calling Party Animals at 734-525-9777. 

What We're Reading March, 2014

If you enjoy tense thrillers try…



Down the darkest road by Tami Hoag

Heartless by Alison Gaylin

Silent scream by Karen Rose

Stolen by Allison Brennan

The house on Tradd Street by Karen White

Travel Off the Beaten Path--Paris

The library has many guides to Paris, and they are all helpful for planning a trip to the City of Light. But these books might help you find it something a bit unusual--whether it is fashion, food, or a quiet corner.

Fashion insiders' guide: Paris by Carole Sabas ; illustrated by Caroline Andrieu — Each entry includes a description of recommended spots with hints about when to go, who to ask for, and what to get. The inclusion of additional advice from local fashion celebrities on their favorite places to frequent puts readers in-the-know.


Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall — From formal gardens to light-filled art galleries, chic boutiques, small tearooms and gourmet delicatessens, Quiet Paris has over one hundred and twenty tempting places to savor the quiet delights of this most seductive of cities.