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Going Green Builds Wealth

We all know that "Going Green" saves our planet Earth. But there's an added benefit, "Going Green" can also help you build personal wealth. In The Green Millionaire: A Practical Guide to Achieving Real Wealth While Helping to Save the Planet, author Nigel J. Williams explains how small changes like programming your thermostat or switching to rechargeable batteries can lead to savings. Then learn how to turn those green savings into wealth.

Happy Birthday November Author Birthdays!

Several outstanding children's authors have something in common, November birthdays! Celebrate the wonderful writing of these authors this month by reading their books!

Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

Tend to procrastinate? Need to improve your time management skills? If so, take some advice from Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. His secret to ending procrastination? Tackle the biggest, most challenging task of your day first thing. That's your "frog," says Tracy. If you're like many people, you'll instead try to complete several quick, easy and/or enjoyable tasks first thing in the morning. You'll learn why it's so important to "eat that frog" first, along with loads of other useful time management tips. No time to read a book, you say? No problem! Listen to the audiobook (on CDs) in your car while driving to work or running errands.

Fanatical Football

Hey sports fans! Check out the latest stats on your favorite teams in our fun and informative collection of books and DVD's on football. Whether you root for the U of M Wolverines or the Detroit Lions, fill those downtimes during commercial breaks and half-time shows with pages of cool information on teams, players, and bowl games found in our collection! Have fun tossing the pigskin!

Supernanny to the rescue

I've always enjoyed watching "Supernanny" Jo Frost work her magic on her TV show. You may not know that she also has a few books out to help parents. Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children and Ask Supernanny: What Every Parent Wants to Know may just be the next best thing to getting a real live visit from Jo. Check them out today and get Jo's sound, practical advice working for you and your kids.

The Art of Headwrapping - now open to all ages

Attention fashionistas! Get out your favorite piece of fabric or a scarf and come down to the library to meet master wrapper Zarinah El-Amin Naeem! She will be at the library on Saturday, November 21st from 2:00-4:00PM in the Purple Room, to demonstrate how to wrap your head in the Gele style. In addition to showing you how it's done, Zarinah will also discuss the origin and history of this African style now worn by people all over the world. Registration is required. See you there!

Holiday Cooking

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is start thinking about recipes I'll use for upcoming holiday celebrations. Cooking can be even more fun when you're able to include helpers, and the Children's Department has a whole range of cookbooks that work well with kids. I've enjoyed The Kids' Holiday Baking Book, but there are many other cookbooks that can help you create memorable, yummy holidays creations for whatever holidays you celebrate!

Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen

christmas gifts from the kitchenChristmas Gifts from the Kitchen by Georgeanne Brennan has lots of wonderful homemade dessert recipes that are perfect for gift giving this holiday season. You'll find ideas for cookies, candies, breads and preserves. The recipes are uncomplicated and easy to follow. Perfect for even the amateur in the kitchen.

Whoops-a-daisy World

Doctor Meow's Big Emergency is an adorable story about a cat who works as a Dr. at the Kiss-It-Better Hospital and about Woof, the ambulance driving dog. When Tom Cat falls from a tree while chasing Mr. Bird, he calls on Dr. Meow to fix him up. The illustrations in the book are fantastic and have lots of humorous little details to keep you and your little one laughing from cover to cover.
This is the first book in a series called Whoops-a-Daisy World. Check the official website for more information.

Try Tongue Twisters Today

Today, November 7th, is International Tongue Twister Day. What is a tongue twister? "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." Or, "She sells sea shells down by the sea shore." One of my favorites, though short and sweet, is harder to say than you think: "Unique New York." Try that one a few times fast and you'll see what I mean! Check out some of our fun tongue twister books and see how well you can do!
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Happy Belated Birthday to the Big C!

Happy Belated Birthday to the Big C...as in Cookie Monster! November 2nd was his birthday so while the wishes are a bit late, let's carry on the celebration! Bake some chocolate chip cookies and decorate them to look like Cookie Monster, write a poem about how blue his fur is or how googly his eyes are, or if you are really crafty, knit your own fuzzy cookie monster. The options are endless, so explore your creative vein and have a cookie or two in Cookie Monster's honor while you are at it.

Garfield Fun

Enjoy everyone’s favorite lasagna eating cat! Children ages 2-4 can hear some stories, make a craft and eat a yummy snack. Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, November 14, 2:00-2:45PM

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Thursday, November 19, 7:00-7:45PM
Book Title: Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Wednesday, November 18, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other fourth graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Tuesday, November 17, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Amelia Earhart

Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere opened in theaters on October 23rd.  Check out our collection of Amelia Earhart books and movies  to learn more about this adventurous woman pilot.

Fast Facts About The 50 States

If you enjoy wacky trivia, you have to check out Fast Facts About the 50 States. It's a quick read full of funny and interesting information about the United States, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. After all, who wouldn't want to know where to find the world's largest potato chip?! Look for this book in the Children's New Book area today!

40 Years of Sunny Days!

Today is the 40th birthday of Sesame Street! As the longest-running children's television show, Sesame Street has been around as many of us have grown up. Celebrate this special day and sing a verse of "Rubber Ducky," play some Sesame Street games, or stop in at the library where we have all kinds of Sesame Street materials.

Happy birthday, Sesame Street!

Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. CPL has many children's films that explain the origins of Thanksgiving holiday to little wondering minds. We also have several films that encourage having an attitude of gratitude. Families with older children may want to check out the Academy Award winning film, Molly's Pilgrim. When her teacher gives the assignment to create a doll based on a Thanksgiving character, recently immigrated Molly and her mother create a doll that looks like their Russian Jewish culture, because they are pilgrims too. Happy viewing!

Week 2 - About Your Lifestyle

Help Us Help YouNow that we know a little more about YOU, we'd like to understand more about your home-life, your family, your lifestyle. This week in the comments, let's talk about lifestyle. How would you describe yourself in terms of personal lifestyle or culture?