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Alzheimer's Prevention Resource

100 simple things you can do to prevent Alzheimer's and age-related memory loss by Jean Carper provides some simple tips that you can add to your everyday routine now that may help prevent dementia in the future. Some tips are basic to all-around good health, but others might surprise, like consuming apple juice and vinegar. Readers young and old will likely feel motivated to make some simple lifestyle changes to help push mental decline even further into the future.

West Nile Virus Resources

Because the West Nile virus has reached epidemic levels in Michigan and has lead to five deaths in the area, the Michigan Department of Community Health is urging people to take preventative measures over the holiday weekend and throughout the mosquito season.

Ron Palillo 1949-2012

Ron Palillo, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died at 63. Palillo died of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. His work also includes a performance as the voice of the Ordinary Guy in the children's animated film Darkwing duck.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Buy Michigan Now Festival, August 3-5, 2012

The fourth annual Buy Michigan Now Festival begins today, August 3rd, and runs through the weekend. The festival takes place in Northville and is a celebration of the state’s annual Buy Michigan Week. It includes sidewalk sales, street vendors, live music, and children’s activities, all highlighting Michigan-based businesses and Michigan-made products.

Unusual Pets

Pot-bellied pigs: a complete and up-to-date guide by Dennis Kelsey-Wood

The chinchilla handbook: filled with full-color photographs by Sharon L. Vanderlip; illustrations by Michele Earle-Bridges

Cockatiels: everything about purchase, care, behavior, and health by Thomas Haupt and Julie Rach Mancini; illustrations by György Jankovics; [translated from the German by Rita Kimber]

Crazy Weather

According to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center's State of the Climate: National Overview June 2012 Report the last 12 months have been the warmest on record for the mainland United States. Although alarming, this does not come as a surprise to most people with the extremely high temperatures experienced over the last several weeks. But what is going on? To help you understand this crazy weather, you may want to check out CPL resources on climate change and in particular:

Waking the giant: how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes by Bill McGuire

"Sleuth It" Surprise Packages

Sleuth It 2What is inside these wrapped packages? It's a Connect Your Summer mystery (or maybe a romance or a graphic novel)! The package contains two unknown items for your delight. Look at the outside of the package for possible clues as to what is inside. To check out a package, simply place the package on the self-checkout machine (make sure two items show up on the screen and turn black) or take it to one of our friendly check-out staff for assistance. Read, listen, watch at least one of the items and you have completed a Sleuth It activity as part of Connect Your Summer!

2012 Green Street Fair

The Fifth Annual Green Street Fair will return to the streets of Downtown Plymouth on May 4, 5 and 6, 2012. Founded to help educate people about the benefits of green, organic and eco-friendly products and services, the Green Street Fair promotes "global interest, personal well-being and offers insight to those interested in having a softer footprint on the planet." Admission is free.

Beginning Microsoft Word

An introduction to word processing. Learn basic Word skills including creating and formatting text, printing and saving. Attendees should already be familiar with using a mouse and keyboard.
Date: Saturday, May 19, from 1:00-2:30 PM in in the Internet Lab.

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 22-27) and want you to join us! See the write up in the Canton Observer. There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including:

American Way of Eating Author Appearance

The public is invited on Wednesday, April 4 at Noon to a talk and book signing by Tracie McMillan, local NY Times Bestselling author. The event takes place on the University of Michigan Dearborn Campus (1030 CASL Building). For more information please call 313-583-6400.

The American way of eating: undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, farm fields and the dinner table by Tracie McMillan — addresses issues of food production, poverty and low wage work in the style of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. It also critically discusses Detroit's "food desert status and talks about the role of urban agriculture in sustaining Detroit's food system."

Doomsday Seed Vault

According to msnbc.com, the Doomsday Seed Vault located in Norway is scheduled to receive nearly 25,000 samples of seeds this week from around the world. The vault acts as a backup for living crop collections around the world to ensure crop diversity and future food supplies. The vault opened on February 2008 and is dug into the Platåberget mountain ("Plateau mountain") located near the village of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a group of islands north of mainland Norway. Look to CPL for more resources on seeds or search our Science in Context database for information on the Doomsday Seed Vault or Svalbard Global Seed Vault. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]