Wall Street Gone Wild

Managing financial investments can be daunting even in the best of times, and volatile markets can terrify even the most savy of investors. Wall Street has been on a wild ride these last few days and you probably have questions about how to best protect your money. Here is a list of books designed to help you protect your investments in times of economic uncertainty:

Storm proof your money: weather any economy, rebuild your portfolio, protect your future by Brett Arends

Crash proof 2.0: how to profit from the economic collapse by Peter D. Schiff with John Downes

Conquer the crash: you can survive and prosper in a deflationary depression by Robert R. Prechter, Jr

Attention Inventors and Do It Yourself Auto Enthusiasts

Ford Motor Company TechShop, a membership based workshop that provides members affordable access to industrial tools & equipment, have announced a collaborative effort in the city of Detroit called TechShop Detroit. The Detroit studio will feature over $1 million in high-tech equipment and include everything from top-quality prototyping tools and industrial-grade sewing and textile equipment to laser cutting, welding and machine shop-type gear. As part of the arrangment Ford will incorporate a first-of-its-kind "Innovation Exchange" with the nonprofit organization AutoHarvest. Ford and TechShop will preview the facility this week during Maker Faire Detroit, held July 30-31, 2011 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.

Kanzashi Flower Class

Join us Saturday July 30th at 2:00PM as CPL librarian and local artist Laura Fawcett teaches the Japanese art of kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi are beautiful folded fabric-petal flowers you can wear in your hair or as a pin. Class participants will learn basic fabric folding techniques and make a hair clip to take home. All materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. Ages 12 and up — Registration required. Don't forget, joining us for this program would be a great way to earn the Artist Badge for Connect Your Summer!

Kanzashi Flower

Join us Saturday July 30th at 2:00PM as CPL librarian and local artist Laura Fawcett teaches the Japanese art of kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi are beautiful folded fabric-petal flowers you can wear in your hair or as a pin. Class participants will learn basic fabric folding techniques and make a hair clip to take home. All materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. Ages 12 and up — Registration required.

Host a Virtual Garage Sale

Everyone has unwanted stuff at home, but hosting a real garage sale can be a time consuming and complex process. Did you know that many of those items you are tripping over can be sold online, on your terms and at your own pace? Join us Tuesday June 28th at 2:00PM in the Internet Lab for tips on how to host your own Virtual Garage Sale. We will discuss ways to unload your items and make a little extra cash on sites like Ebay, Etsy, and Craiglist.

Michigan Tax Amnesty In Effect Until June 30th

The State of Michigan is offering delinquent taxpayers the opportunity to pay past due state taxes and have penalty charges waived. Taxpayers who qualify would also avoid criminal prosecution by the Michigan Department of Treasury. To be eligible, all taxpayers must submit the complete amnesty application and full payment, including interest, by June 30, 2011. Visit mitaxamnesty.org for more information.

2011 Michigan Notable Books Showcase Automoble Industry

Each year, the Library of Michigan, compiles a list of "exceptional" books that showcase Michigan topics and authors. This year, two titles highlighting the triumphs and tragedies of Detroit's automobile industry have made the list.

Chrysler's turbine car: the rise and fall of Detroit's coolest creation by Steve Lehto — gives a detailed account of Chrysler's foray into the world of cars powered by jet engines.

Sixty to zero: an inside look at the collapse of General Motors — and the Detroit auto industry by Alex Taylor III — provides an inside look at the mistakes that led General Motors to file for bankruptcy in 2009.

Visit the Michigan Department of Education website for the complete list of notable books for 2011.

Finance Books for Women

Personal finance books are abundant, but not all of them address the unique issues women face when trying to manage their money. These five titles offer gender specific advice for women looking to build wealth, make investments, reduce debt and balance the family budget.

The real cost of living: making the best choices for you, your life, and your money by Carmen Wong Ulrich

Women & money: owning the power to control your destiny by Suze Orman

Peace and plenty: finding your path to financial serenity by Sarah Ban Breathnach

Does this make my assets look fat?: a woman's guide to finding financial empowerment and success by Susan L. Hirshman

Chicks 4 Charity offer Scholarship Opportunity

Canton's Woman’s Life Society Chapter 827, Chicks 4 Charity, is currently offering scholarships totaling $2000 for both full ($1,000) and part time ($500) college students. Applicants must reside in Canton, Plymouth, Belleville or Westland and be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited Michigan college, university or trade school in the fall of 2011. Application Deadline to apply is June 13, 2011. Winner will be notified by July 18, 2011. For more information see the attached application form.

Michigan Legislature Begins Redistricting Process

The results of the 2010 Census require that Michigan's congressional districts be redrawn. This process which occurs every 10 years has already begun in the Michigan legislature. This time around, lawmakers face many challenges including the loss of one congressional seat and the dramatic population losses in the city of Detroit. The Michigan Redistricting Collaborative is a coalition of non-profits from all segments of the community, including business, labor and public interest, dedicated to making the redistricting process more transparent and open, while encouraging involvement from the public. Their website Michigan — Draw the Line has been designed to inform the public on all aspects of the redistricting process.

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