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Haunted Michigan

Don't you just love chasing after the spirits? For website links to information on haunted houses in Westland, Wayne, Canton, Plymouth, Ann Arbor, Detroit and other areas, see this Haunted Houses website. For an alphabetical city list of haunted sites in Michigan that explains why each is haunted, see Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Check out the parapsychology section of our library for researching spooky phenomena. Have fun ghostbusting this Halloween!

Relic of New Saint to be Displayed in Detroit

Portrait of St. DamienThe relic of a new saint will be displayed October 13-14 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit. St. Damian of Molokai in Hawaii will be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11th. For information on the times of display and church services see the Archdiocese of Detroit news article. For information on this saint or his relic, see the Frequently Asked Questions: The Relic of Saint Damien of Molokai news article.

The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown's new thriller The Lost Symbol deals with symbology or the study of symbols with which the hero and heroine have to decipher secret signs of occult orders. To complement this exciting novel, here are related books in our library that deal with hidden messages and meanings in religious art, life and the subconscious.

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo's Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

The Occult in Art

1000 Symbols: What Shapes Mean in Art and Myth

The Evolution of God

A book receiving some really good press lately is The Evolution of God by Robert Wright. The author follows the history of religion from polytheism to monolatry (worship of one god among many) to monotheism, focusing primarily on the evolving vision of God in the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur'an, ending with a discussion of religion's place in human evolution. Focusing mostly on scriptures, he avoids the more philosophical territory covered in Karen Armstrong's History of God and The Great Transformation. Here is a website with excerpts from the book chapters as well as a video with the author talking about his purpose in writing this book.

Get Instant Gratification with the Espresso Book Print Machine

woman working on book machineA new machine at the University of Michigan Shapiro Library turns downloaded digitized books into bound, printed copies which you can buy and take home with you. Mainly for out-of-print or copyright-expired books, here is a synopsis: "With the installation of a state-of-the-art book-printing machine at one of its libraries, the University of Michigan stands at the new frontier of 21st-century publishing, offering printed and bound reprints of out-of-copyright books from its digitized collection of nearly 2 million books, as well as thousands of books from the Open Content Alliance and other digital sources." You can find out more from the U of M video.

Comcast.net jobs

From resume and interview tips to job search tips, Comcast.net's jobs site can help you get ready for your next exciting job position. Even the message boards can be helpful. One response to a job search question asking for work at home jobs listed the "world wide work at home" website which gives info, job listings and resources leading to a work at home job. Click on Comcast.net jobs to get started.

Give LibraryThing a Fling

LibraryThing is a great way to keep track of what you're reading as well as find out what others have enjoyed. LibraryThing helps you catalog your books, get connected to to others who share similar tastes and receive suggestions and book reviews for future reading pleasure. Especially of interest are "I See Dead Peoples Books" which are legacy libraries of famous dead people and the "Zeitgiest" page which lists top reviewed books, most popular authors, largest libraries, most translated texts and more. Sign up for library thing to catalog your reading interests or explore those of others. It's really fun!

Cashless: The New Economic Program?

Cashless cover pictureIs it possible to imagine a world where cash is no longer accepted and Smart Cards and credit cards are used for everything, including vending machines? Where direct deposit is not only requested but mandated? Why is this scenario not only likely, but less expensive for the government, and actually lucrative in the long run?

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life

by Michael J. Caduto

Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit. Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life is a hands-on guide to incorporating herbs into our spiritual life.

Michael J. Caduto is a renowned author, ecologist, educator and storyteller who has written and coauthored sixteen books, including "Native American Gardening", the "Keepers of the Earth" series, and "In the Beginning: The Story of Genesis and Earth Activities for Children."

New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2009

We have purchased a new 2009 supplement to the New Catholic Encyclopedia that focuses on the theme of science and the church. This is searchable separately through the online catalog or along with other resources in our Religion Virtual Collection Database. From Contraception to Creationism, Eugenics to Exorcism, find the historical facts as well as the Catholic position on these important issues.

Snag a Job

demogrms.jpgLooking for a job? Try the website snagajob.com. They are the #1 source for hourly and part time jobs which connects seekers with 100,000 active job listings from top employers across the country. There are also listings of full time jobs. You can search by zip code to narrow it down or browse by job type. Find your job today!

"Outliers" is a Great Book to Read

Why did Korean Airlines pilots crash more often than any other country? Why are Asian-Americans better at math than Americans and western Europeans? Why is your birth year important for how and in what field you succeed? Why do some geniuses thrive and others flounder? What did Bill Gates and the Beatles have in common? The answers to these and many other questions are tackled in this fascinating expose entitled "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell, which studies what makes people succeed brilliantly or fail utterly.

Girl With a Pearl Earring is Showing Here on July 15th!

Chevalier transports readers to a bygone time and place in this richly imagined portrait of the young woman who inspired one of Vermeer's most celebrated paintings. "Girl with a Pearl Earring" is the story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius, even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil. Come see the movie on July 15th at 2p.m. in the community room. Register now for this awe inspiring film which is a work of art itself!

Government Grants

Have you ever heard of government grants? This is government money that, for qualified individuals, does not have to be repaid.  There are grants for women, minorities, business, housing, college, and private reasons. You could get $20,000.00 to fix your house, $50,000.00 to start up a business, another grant to pay your tuition and another to help pay your bills.