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Push by Sapphire Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for a book discussion on:

Push: a novel by Sapphire — Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.

Pekingese is Westminster Winner!

Malachy, a 4-year old Pekinese took home the Best in Show prize at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Dog Show Tuesday night in New York City. He defeated a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund to win the silver bowl. No prize money is awarded to the winner, but the prestige is plenty.

Golden Collar Awards

Hollywood will honor its on-screen canine performers in its brand-new awards show, The Golden Collar Awards Monday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. And the nominees are:
  • Cosmo as Arthur in Beginners
  • Uggie as Queenie in Water for Elephants
  • Denver as Skeletor in 50/50
  • Hummer as Dolce in Young Adult
  • Uggie as The Dog in The Artist
  • Maximilian as Blackie in Hugo
They are all winners, but my bet is on Uggie!

Who Will Be America's Next Top Dog?

On Monday, February 13th, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 2,000 of the finest purebreds will compete for the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show event. Watch all the drama unfold on Monday from 8:00-9:00 PM on the USA Network and from 9:00-11:00 PM on CNBC. The Best in Show competition will be televised live from 8:00-11:00 PM on the USA Network. May the best dog win and stay tuned for the newest book Show Dog to hit our shelves soon!

"Love Me Do" by The Beatles is 50

It's been 50 years since the single, "Love Me Do" by the Beatles was released in the U.K. Stop by our display and go back in time to 1962 when vinyl ruled. Check out various books, CDs, and movies about and by The Fab Four. And get on the list for the latest releases from Ringo and Paul!

Therapy Dogs and the Good Work They Do

Tag-A-Long, a golden retriever, recently celebrated his 12th birthday. What's so unusual about that? He's a therapy dog. These special dogs help others who have challenges and bring joy to those in hospitals and nursing care centers. Want to learn more? Check out this book, Angel on a Leash.

Safe Haven Book Discussion February 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, February 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Safe haven by Nicholas Sparks — When an enigmatic stranger shows up out of the blue, the folks of sleepy Southport become suspicious of her past. Katie tries to keep herself from becoming involved with anybody in town, but as time goes on, she slowly falls in love with Alex, a widowed store owner and father of two. However, when her dark past finally catches up with her, Katie must make the painful choice between fleeing or facing her fears and fighting for her new found life.

Rescue a Shelter Pet

Are you interested in adding a pet to your life? You don't have to rub meatballs on your feet like movie star George Clooney did! Consider adoption at your local animal rescue shelters such as Michigan Humane Society, Homeward Bound, Last Day Dog Rescue, Almost Home, Michigan Animal Rescue League, Dearborn Animal Rescue, and Last Chance Rescue. Check out our new book on caring for your four-legged friend(s):

Shanghai Girls Book Discussion on January 16

Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — Join us on Monday, January 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss this historical thriller: Pearl and May are beautiful girls in Shanghai, "the Paris of Asia." Their carefree days are over when their father informs them that to pay off his debts, he must sell his daughters as wives. As bombs fall on Shanghai and the world goes to war, the sisters flee to America to start new lives with their husbands. Along the way, they have to make sacrifices and promise to keep a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Shanghai Girls Book Discussion on January 16

Shanghai girls: a novel by Lisa See — Join us on Monday, January 16 at 7:00 PM to discuss this historical thriller. Pearl and May are beautiful girls in Shanghai, "the Paris of Asia." Their carefree days are over when their father informs them that to pay off his debts, he must sell his daughters as wives. As bombs fall on Shanghai and the world goes to war, the sisters flee to America to start new lives with their husbands. Along the way, they have to make sacrifices and promise to keep a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Books to the Big Screen

Wondering what to read over the holidays? How about a book heading to the big screen?

Breaking dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by John Le Carré

The descendants: a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Best Health Books in 2011

Selected and reviewed by Library Journal contributors, here is their list of the best health books of the year:

The mommy docs' ultimate guide to pregnancy and birth by Yvonne Bohn [et al.]

The diabetes manifesto: take charge of your life by Lynn Crowe, Julie Stachowiak

The buena salud guide for a healthy heart by Jane L. Delgado; foreword by John C. Lewin

Eira the Wire Fox Terrier wins National Dog Show

America has a new top dog! Eira the Wire Fox Terrier won Best in Breed and Best in Show at the National Dog Show held in Philadelphia. Her show name is Steele Your Heart. She adds Champion and Grand Champion to her title. Eire means snow in Welsh. Next up is Westminster in February. If she wins, she'll be only the 3rd dog ever to win both championships in the same season.

December Adult Contemporary Book Discussion

The guardian by Nicholas Sparks — On Christmas Eve, a young widow receives an unexpected present from her late husband; a great dane puppy named Singer, who turns out to be a better judge of character than his pet-parent. After four years of mourning her husband's death, Julie begins dating again. Does she or Singer know what's best for her happiness and safety? Join us on Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to find out.

Getting Enough of the Sunshine Vitamin

As the winter season approaches, Michigan gets on average 36% of sunshine compared to 66% in the summer months. Vitamin D plays an important role in our overall health. In today's USA Weekend, you'll find an article about the benefits of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin," and you can check out, Vitamin D for Dummies, from our health collection.