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Eid Al-Fitr 2011

Eid Al-Fitr is a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting which is one of the greatest religious observances in Islam. This festival is expected to be around August 30, 2011. Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated for one, two or three days. Common greeting during this holiday is ‘Eid Mubārak which means "blessed Eid" in Arabic.

Poet Laureate for 2011-12

Via the Detroit News:

Philip Levine, a former Detroit autoworker and product of Detroit Public has been named the U.S. Poet Laureate for 2011-12.

Levine, 83, who graduated from Central High School (1946) and Wayne State University (1950), left Detroit in the 1950s to study in Iowa. While he has lived for years in Fresno, Calif., his poetry often has been anchored in the city of his birth and his working-class Jewish roots.

Levine will be the 18th poet laureate and was chosen by the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington. "His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling 'The Simple Truth' — about working in a Detroit auto factory, as he has, and about the hard work we do to make sense of our lives," said Billington in a statement.

Ramadan 2011

For more than a billion Muslims around the world, including some 8 million in North America, Ramadan is a month of fasting, marked by prayer, fasting and charity. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays move each year. This year Ramadan began at sundown on August 1st.
On this occasion we send our greetings to all Muslims worldwide and special Ramadan Kareem to Muslims in North America.

International Cook-off and Demo

Note: This event has been canceled.

Do you make Grandma's pierogi recipe or Aunt Maria's spaghetti sauce? Cook up your cultural specialties and enter our international cooking contest. Bring your dish and 10 copies of the recipe to share. Here is a cool way to sample other dishes and win prizes too. Prizes will be awarded based on audience voting. Also watch an Indian cooking demonstration and sampling. Join us on August 9th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

Featured Michigan Destinations: Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is full of great places to explore no matter what season you visit. On Michigan's West Coast the lakeshore appeals to beach enthusiasts with dune rides and dune climbing as well as beach volleyball and swimming. Browse the galleries of Saugatuck, fly kites on the shore in Grand Haven, or bike along paths in Holland. Whatever your passion, the Grand Rapids area thrives with superior golf courses pristine parks and lakes, streams, and rivers. Considered one the best walking cities, Grand Rapids is also great for biking and hiking and was rated the sixth most popular fishing city in the U.S. by Field and Stream magazine.

World Literature for Adults

Classics

Aesop's fables by retold in verse by Tom Paxton; illustrated by Robert Rayevsky

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen; edited with notes by Vivien Jones

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte; with an introduction by Joyce Carol Oates

The good earth by Pearl S. Buck; introduced and edited by Peter Conn

Ski Michigan

Skiing in Michigan offers excitement at any level of skill. With more than 40 Michigan downhill skiing resorts, the silvery slopes of Michigan offer the best Alpine skiing in the Midwest. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky where the beauty of downhill skiing is Pure Michigan. Michigan ski resorts and lodging and Travel include Cadillac, Gaylord, Traverse City, Boyne, Petoskey, and the Upper Peninsula.

Traveling our National Parks with AAA

Be an armchair traveler and visit the National Parks with the help of David Moorman travel specialist of AAA of Michigan. The presentation Traveling our National Parks is scheduled for Thursday, June 9th at 7:00PM in our Community Room. Almost everyone's fondest memories growing up are of summer vacations the family took together. For outdoor enthusiasts, the National Parks encompass stunning stretches of scenery and perfect mountains for hiking and miles and miles of spectacular terrain. Whether you want expert advise on the Big Meadows of Shenandoah National Park or take in the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the presentation Traveling our National Parks is for you.

Mexico

Discover the fascinating world of Mexico. There are several hidden treasures just waiting to be explored. Ancient Aztec pyramids, authentic foods and fantastic shopping. Whether you're looking to visit past civilizations or simply lay on the beach and work on your golf game… Mexico can accommodate. Also while you are at the library check out the colorful Mexican display in the East display cabinet in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

England

Almost since history began, England had an important place on the world map. From Stonehenge to the Roman Empire, the Industrial Revolution to World War II, major events have left their mark on this small island with a big history. Most of the materials listed in this collection provide authoritative and focused information about the landmarks, the history, architecture and culture of the country and the Royal Family. As anticipation builds for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, which is scheduled to occur on April 29 at Westminister Abbey, visitors can get their royal fix via a stream of news, pictures and videos at officialroyalwedding2011.org.

National Book Foundation eNewsletter

National Book Foundation has been honoring great American books for the past 60 years. In the current eNewsletter from February through April of 2011, the Foundation will host a retrospective examining more than sixty years of American poetry. The retrospective will include a daily blog featuring essays by emerging poets on all past Winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, as well as a series of public programs in three U.S. cities.

Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic

Drives of a lifetime: 500 of the world's most spectacular trips — This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner gives you every bit of information you'll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world's most fascinating locales. This practical travel planner provides specific, in-depth descriptions of the sights each drive offers. A clear, detailed, easy-to-read map of each route. Useful information on the best time to travel. And insider tips to help you get the most out of every fabulous trip. Abundant sidebars call your attention to standout sights along the drive or entertaining background information on the region and its culture.

Wikitravel

Open source travel guide featuring up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, restaurants, travel tips and more. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable worldwide travel guide. wikitravel

Pure Michigan Travel Site

Earlier this week, the award-winning Pure Michigan campaign was on the brink of dying due to a lack of government funding. Travel Michigan vice president called for quick action, saying that if funding wasn’t resolved by today, Pure Michigan would not run its winter campaign. Luckily, the state legislature approved $10 million in funding to save the campaign. Enough to allow Pure Michigan to present its snowy wooden glens and frozen lakes to the rest of the country for the next few months.