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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.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion December 19

The guardian by Nicholas Sparks — Join us Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for this discussion. "On Christmas Eve, newly-widowed, 25 year-old Julie Berenson receives an unexpected present from her late husband, Jim: a Great Dane puppy. Julie names her new dog, Singer, who turns out to be a better judge of human character than she is."

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November 21

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland — Join us Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room a discussion. This, the first book in a trilogy, begins with a decades-old cold case of missing teen heiress and the unlikely coupling of a disgraced journalist and a misunderstood and maligned superhacker.

Expanding Schools of Choice

Debate continues in the Legislature on whether to lift state caps on charter schools in high-performing districts. If passed, the proposal would allow expansion of charter schools giving parents more options for K-12 education. To learn more, you can read the article or check the performance rating for all the charter schools in Michigan.

CultureGrams + You = Smart

Do you have a Social Studies project or just need information on countries and cultures from around the world? Then try one of the library's newest databases, CultureGrams. The World Edition contains 208 country-specific reports and the photo gallery has thousands of images. You can print maps and read interviews by children and adults in world countries from A to Z.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion October 17

Join us on Monday, October 17, in the Purple Room at 7:00 PM to discuss our book club selection, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The story begins in Seattle where Henry Lee sees a crowd gathered outside a hotel that has been boarded up for decades. The new owner discovers the belongings of Japanese families left behind before they were sent to internment camps. The owner opens up a parasol and it takes Henry back to 1942 and his secret love.