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Your Library: A Great Place For the Final Frontier

Calling all Trekkies!  Has the new Star Trek movie inspired you to read the novelizations?  The library has many Star Trek books in the science fiction series section, including The New Frontier, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager series.  The library also owns many Star Trek television series DVDs.  Explore new worlds, right here at your library.

Quirky Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Fiction Book Suggestions

Science fiction and fantasy can be much more than just chasing down spaceships and dragons. If you like books with quirky characters that don't always fit into a specific genre, give these books a look.

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Scleroderma, a serious and sometimes life threatening autoimmune condition affecting the body's connective tissue, is difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for other conditions.  The Scleroderma Foundation has set aside June as Scleroderma Awareness Month to educate the public and advocate for research.  For more information read

A Pick From Pearl

jacket.aspx?UserID=ebsco-test&Password=eIn The Color of Lightning, her powerful and moving third novel, Paulette Jiles begins with a real person and, taking the little that is known from the historical record, creates a life for him that illuminates a morally complex time and place in American history--f

Celiac Awareness Month

May is Celiac Awareness month.  Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that is caused by an intolerance to the protein gluten, which is found in wheat and related grains, affects over a million Americans.  Since the symptoms mimic other disorders, many people go undiagnosed.  A gluten-free diet is the only treatment at this time.  For more inf

Great Lakes, Great Traditions: Celebrate Michigan Week!

This year, Michigan Week is May 16-22. Developed to inspire people to celebrate Michigan at the local level, it's also a time to reflect upon Michigan's history and allow its residents to look to the future. For a list of books, magazines and dvd's about Michigan be sure to visit the Michigan Week special collection.

Shape Up With Your Library!

Get in shape, feel great and fit into that new bathing suit without spending a dime!  The library has many exercise dvd's including cardio, yoga, dance, and toning.  You can also find some of the most popular fitness instructors including

Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month

The American Academy of Dermatology reports that over a million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.  Since early detection and prevention saves lives, be sure to know your A, B, C's!  If you have a mole with any of the following: A - asymmetry, B - border irregularity, C - color irregularity or D - diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser) be sure to have it checked out. 

MeL Michigana

In addition to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, the library has another database that historians and genealogists may find helpful with their research. Mel Michigana, which has over 50,000 digitized items including photos, books, atlases, scrapbooks and oral histories, is just waiting to be discovered.  This database was the result of the collaborated efforts

Social Networking and Genealogy

Are you interested in both technology and genealogy?  You can find a fresh approach to searching for your ancestors with social networking sites - it's free and fun.  Both Facebook and Twitter have genealogy groups that you can join or follow.  Or, by adding your family tree on Geni, you can invite other family members to join and link your trees!

Information About the Swine Flu

There has been a flurry of reports about the swine flu lately, some reassuring and some causing alarm.  This isn't the first time that this strain of flu has sickened people; reports of the swine flu were documented in 1976 and 1988. 
The CDC has prepared an online document to help educate and prepare the public for this flu.  For a historical perspective of influenza, read The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry.  Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

A Pick From Pearl

J. R. Moehringer's The Tender Bar sets an extremely high bar (pun intended) for memoirs.

Brain Fitness

There have been many studies on brain fitness in the news lately, largely because Baby Boomers and other age groups are interested in keeping their memories and mental accuracy intact into their older years.  This latest study, featured in PsychCentral states that expensive gimmicks and vitamins don't work.&nbs

Looking for Science Fiction and Fantasy News?

If you're a science fiction or fantasy fiction fan and you're anxious for news about your favorite authors, try Locus Magazine online.  Besides news stories about authors and upcoming books, it has reviews, awards information, commentaries and interviews.  It's a great site for the sci fi/fantasy enthusiast!

Tracing Your Roots With DNA

Are you interested in using scientific methods to finding your long, lost ancestors and have money to burn?  Consider DNA testing!  This relatively new genealogical method matches your DNA with a database of other people also searching for their roots.  Recently,  Alex Haley's nephew, Chris, traced the family back to Scotland using this method!  For more information read Tracing Your Roots