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Urban Italian

Urban ItalianGorgeous photos make Urban Italian worth checking out even if you never cook any of the recipes, but it may be hard to resist trying a few. Delicious looking photos for recipes such as Pine Nut Cake or Squash Tortelloni show it may be worth the effort.

Matisse at Saint Laurent Auction

This Matisse painting sold at Christies's auction on Feb. 23 for a record price for a work by a French artist.  The sale was of art from the estate of Yves Saint Laurent.  Our collection includes many works on Matisse including Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling.  News of the auction appears in this New York Times article from Feb. 24.

Lent: Orthodox Style

Lent is a season of fasting, spiritual and mental cleansing, and discipline. But how orthodox do the orthodox fast in these parts? Read this article from the Detroit Free Press to find out how. For a broader view of lenten festivities, see The Encyclopedia of Easter, Carnival and Lent in our library collection.

AP Images

If you are looking for news images as far back as the Great Depression or as recent as a few hours ago, you won’t be disappointed when you search in our AP Images database. Browse photos in categories of U.S. domestic news, international news, sports, financial news, and entertainment. You can further search by time periods and topical interests. There are also charts, tables, and logos. A perfect photo source for all your projects!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Read any good books lately?  I just read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Irish novelist John Boyne.  Boyne wrote the entire first draft of Boy in two and a half days!  This book is about a nine year old boy named Bruno.  He is at a concentration camp but for very differant reasons than most books.  Read and find out why!

Independent film celebrated

The Oscars weren't the only celebration of film that occurred this weekend. This year's Spirit Awards  - given out  annually by Film Independent - were held Saturday night. The winner for Best Female Lead was Melissa Lee for Frozen River, and the Best Male Lead was awarded to Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler - which was also named Best Feature.

The Autism Book: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions

The Autism Book:  Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions by S. Jhoanna Robledo and Dawn Ham-Kucharski will help parents, grandparents,  and professionals navigate the highs and lows of the autism diagnosis with easy to read layout and a multi-faceted resource section.  As a grandma, I can easily use this book to help with issues that arise with my grandson with autism.

Batman R.I.P.

Heard that Batman dies in Grant Morrison's Final Crisis but don't know where to start to learn what the heck's been going on? If you need something to tide you over till Finial Crisis is realsed as a graphic novel in June, or heck if you just want a little background for the recent storyline, try reading Morrison's lead in: Batman and Son,

Hooked on Mysteries?

What grabs you when you pick up a book?  The characters?  The setting?  The time? Do you want to laugh out loud? Or be 'scared out of your pants'?  Did you know that it isn't until the fourth or fifth book in a series that you get hooked?  If you are looking for interesting (i.e. quirky) characters try Jeff Lindsay's Dexter, or Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly.  Interested in setting?  Check out Grace Brophy's Italy or Karin Fossum's Norway.  Laugh out loud?  Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum is well known, but have you tried Deb Baker's Yooper Mystery series featuring Gertie Johnson?  I don't like being scared, so which author's mystery stories frighten you?

Download Digital Books

February 27, 10-11 a.m.
Master downloading an eBook or an eAudiobook from the library's growing digital collection. Prerequisite: Web navigation skills. Register online.

MS Word Exploded

February 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
This fast-paced class gives hints on how to use timesaving features such as format styles, drop caps, shortcuts, auto text, auto correct, breaks, borders/shading, page setup, synonyms, thesaurus and more. Prerequisite: MS Word I or equivalent.
Register online.

Lifehack at your Library

Lifehacking is, in simple terms, "anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way." If you subscribe to the most popular lifehacker blogs, you'll find articles on anything ranging from setting up a TiVO to making a fake wallet in case you get mugged.

Here are ten ways to get the most out of your library:

Canton Township job fair

Canton Township will be holding a job fair on Saturday, February 27th, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM for seasonal part-time positions. A listing of available positions and application can be found on the township website.

Flowers and Herbs of Early America

Flowers and Herbs of Early AmericaFlowers and Herbs of Early America by Lawrence D. Griffith is a detailed look at a variety of annuals, perennials, and herbs that were around in the early days of the United States and are still found in many gardens and yards today. The color photographs are gorgeous and include both wide shots and close-ups, making for easy identification even by an amateur gardener like myself.

Feminine Mystique

Feminine MystiqueOn this day (February 19) in 1963, Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a call for   women to achieve their full potential. Her book generated an enormous response and revitalized the women's movement in the U.S.

Finding 'Our' Voices

Finding My Voice, by author and NPR host Diane Rehm, is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009. Fans of her award-winning radio show are sure to enjoy her memoir, but others will also find it inspiring as she recounts numerous and often painful obstacles she's overcome in her personal and professional life.

Norman Rockwell Artist of Life

Starting March 8th and ending May 31st, the DIA will be hosting paintings by the artist Norman Rockwell.  He spent his time painting scenes from the world around him, many of his paintings having a small town feel to them that was both welcoming and enduring.  His recognizable art lives on all around us and brings us back to a time when soda fountains were all the rage and kids really did do the darndest things. For a chance to see Mr.

Culturegrams

CultureGrams is a database which would be of interest to a wide range of patrons-from a high school student who has to do a country report to the family going on a vacation to a remote island off the coast of Africa. Culturegrams helps take each culture and country on its own terms and appreciate it for the gifts it brings to the world table.

Get crafty

If you like to collect various objects and then put them together to make something new, you might be a "found artist" in the making. Check out these books about found art and get started making your own handmade masterpiece.
Found Art Mosaics by Suzan Germond
Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects by Marthe Le Van