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The round house [kit] by Louise Erdrich — In the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. Joe tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. While his father, who is a tribal judge, tries to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

 

Remember the Bees!

Bee on FlowerWhen planting your flowers this spring be sure to remember the bees! Bees pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. You can invite pollinators, like bees, to your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly habitat in your garden, farm, school, park or just about anywhere! Find suggestions for pollinator-friendly flowers in your growing zone. Don't forget to plant flowers that bloom in early spring and late fall as well as throughout the summer.
[Bee on Flower by Steven Murray is licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0]

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The dog stars [kit] by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Earth Day Events at CPL!

Earth Day 2014We're celebrating Earth Day from April 21-24 and want you to join us! There will be events for everyone including:

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Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world [kit] by Vicki Myron ; with Bret Witter — How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

Everyone's Reading 2014

Before You Know KindnessEveryone's Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading the same great book. This year's selection is Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian. He is making two personal appearances in the Metro Detroit area: Wednesday, April 30 at 2:00 PM at The Community House in Birmingham and at 7:00 PM that same evening at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. We have free tickets to both events available at the information desk beginning March 17 to Canton cardholders in good standing. Two tickets are available per cardholder.

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Before you know kindness: a novel [kit] by Chris Bohjalian — On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The hurt man is Spencer McCullough an animal rights  advocate. The shot that hit him was fired– accidentally? – by his adolescent daughter Charlotte at what she thought was a deer in the distance. Bohjalian uses his trademark emotional heft to create a literate page-turner that is suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane.

Computer Basics - CANCELLED

Do computers confound you? We can help! Get an introduction to the world of computers and technology in our Computer Basics class. We'll talk about what a computer is and how it works, and how to tell it to do what you want. Learn the very basics, such as turning it on and using the mouse, and prepare for more advanced uses. No experience required! Join us Friday, March 14 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

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Defending Jacob: a novel [kit] by William Landay — Andy Barber has been an Assistant District Attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

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Quiet [kit]: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. People who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

2013 Lunch and a Book Picks

Every year CPL's Lunch and a Book Club picks our favorite reads of the year. These are our favorite reads for 2013. Feel free to join us! We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon in CPL's Community Room.

Fiction

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

The aviator's wife: a novel by Melanie Benjamin

The birth house: a novel by Ami Mckay

The cutting season: a novel by Attica Locke

Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay

The fault in our stars by John Green

Small Business Saturday is November 30th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It's Small Business Saturday®, and this year it’s happening on November 30th. Remember that while shopping small can help boost the economy, shopping local can also help the environment.

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The Paris wife [kit]: a novel by Paula McLain — Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness-until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in the fabled Lost Generation. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging

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The secrets of happy families [kit]: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds -- from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets -- and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

National Coming Out Day is Friday, October 11

Gay Pride FlagNational Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day that celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or asexual. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11. The date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The day is observed in a wide variety of ways: from rallies and parades to information tables in public spaces. Participants often wear pride symbols such as pink triangles and rainbow flags.
[Gay Pride 225 by Guillaume Paumier is licensed under CC BY 2.0]