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Dangerous Toy Lists For the Holiday Shopping Season

In an effort to keep children safe from harmful and potentially deadly toys,  W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has published its 2009 10 Worst Toys list.  The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) identifies toys with choking hazards, loud noises and dangerous chemicals.   For more toy and home product safety information, visit the U.S.

Great American Smokeout

Spread the word and spread the health - Thursday, November 19th is the Great American Smokeout 2009. If you or a loved one has been trying to quit smoking, give it a try on this day. You'll be in good company. For more tips on kicking the habit, try Kicking Butts: Quit Smoking and Take Charge of Your Health.

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Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage is an excellent business reference. If you're looking for company financials and research, industry surveys, and investment information, give this great database a try! For an in-depth investment advisory tool, click on The Outlook. There's even a business education section. It's one-stop shopping for many of your business needs.

Seeking Michigan History?

The Seeking Michigan website is a wealth of information for genealogists and Michigan history buffs! There are over 1,000,000 death records from 1897-1920, WPA property inventories, governor histories and much, much more. Plus, it's easy and fun to use. If you are seeking a wonderful Michigan website, be sure to check out this one!

Social Networking For Genealogists

Genealogists are becoming a tech-savvy group and using the Internet more and more each day. If you need some tips regarding online tools to strengthen your skills, try Social Networking For Genealogists by Drew Smith. This slim volume will help you get the most out of what the Internet has to offer including RSS, wikis, blogs and more.

Is it H1N1 or Just a Cold?

There are many reports of the Swine Flu (or H1N1) virus hitting areas of the United States this fall. Even with all this information, people still wonder how one can tell if they have H1N1 or another virus. This flu self-assessment from Emory University may help. For the best advice, be sure to call your doctor!

Genealogy At Your Fingertips

There's still room in the Genealogy Online class on October 13th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Gloriane Peck, a genealogy librarian from the Library of Michigan, will be instructing. Come and explore your roots with our databases and an expert!

Thinking Pink For 25 Years

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's been 25 years since the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization began promoting education and awareness for this disease. The library has a large collection of books regarding breast cancer including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. If you or a loved one are faced with breast cancer, be sure to talk to your doctor regarding reading recommendations.

September is National Yoga Month

September is National Yoga Month. Yoga is known for its health benefits including both physical and mental fitness. Try it for free! Check out the coupon for one free week of yoga at a studio near you or check out yoga books and DVDs at the library.

4th Annual DPL Family History Festival

The Detroit Public Library will be hosting the 4th annual Family History Festival this Saturday, September 26th from 9:30AM-6:00PM at the Main Library. The event titled "Not Far From the Tree" features some great speakers and helpful breakout sessions. Best of all, it's free!

Get Ready For Family History Programs at the Library of Michigan

October is Family History Month at the Library of Michigan so plan your trip to Lansing soon. This month-long celebration includes many free classes and great opportunities to learn about genealogy. Be sure to take advantage of the Library of Michigan's expertise!

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Memoirs in Medicine

If you're hooked on television series like House or Scrubs, you may like these medical memoirs.

The Raw (Foods) Truth

There's been a buzz about raw foods diets lately with many people wondering about the safety and benefits of such a lifestyle. They also wonder how to go about starting one. Before beginning a raw foods diet, be sure to read up on the health benefits as well as the consequences of raw foods. You may also want to consult your doctor to see if this lifestyle is right for you. Try these books for more information:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw by Mark Reinfeld

The Green Foods Bible by David Sandoval

Everyday Raw by Matthew Kenney

De-Clutter Your Home and Your Mind

Is clutter affecting your life and your attitude? Maybe it's time to clear the cobwebs and get rid of the junk! In Throw Out Fifty Things, author Gail Blanke tells readers to clean out the clutter not only in their house but in their minds. Her inspiring book shows that holding onto useless things of the past are not only a waste of space but can also be an inhibition to a better life. Check it out and free up some space in your own life!

Fantasy With a Little Romance On the Side

Do you like fantasy fiction with a little love thrown in for fun? Try these suggestions for a different side to fantasy fiction: