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The Doctors Are In!

Get your weekly dose of The Doctors. The Emmy Award-winning team from daytime TV will appear every Sunday in the USA Weekend. Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Lisa Masterson and Dr. Travis Stork each have their own HealthSmart columns that shares helpful tips for a healthy lifestyle. Also, check out their newest book, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes.

Keeping Your Brain in Shape

USA Weekend reported that 25% of Americans have a genetic predisposition of developing Alzheimer's disease; quite a sobering statistic. Author Jean Carper's book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, provides strategies you can do everyday to help keep your brain active and your memory sharp.

I Tweet 4 Treats!

Wonder what your dog is doing while you're not home? Puppy Tweets is a dog tag that attaches to your pet's collar. It sends messages via a USB receiver to your computer. You can follow your dog's Twitter feed all day long. And teach your old dog some new tricks with one of our latest books in the pet collection, 50 Tricks to Teach Your Dog.

Pet-Friendly Dorms

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Stephens College is no longer just an all-girls school anymore. Pets are welcome too! The school has recently added their first pet-only dorm. It's one of many pet-friendly colleges. The library has the latest college directories for you to check out.

A Nose Knows

Don't let the bedbugs bite! Bedbugs can infiltrate unnoticed in homes, workplaces and schools. In the last ten years, infestations have increased over 80% nationwide. One solution to combat the problem might surprise you; bedbug-sniffing beagles. These beagles have incredible noses and are specially trained in entomology detection. And check out one of our newest books in the pet collection, Fixing Freddie.

New Improved Dog Park Opened

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ceremonial leash to officially open the park, located at Hawthorne Ridge along Hines Drive west of Merriman in Westland. Wayne County Parks requires registration for the new park. The cost is $5 to register and proof of vaccinations and current dog license is mandatory.

Why Pets are Good for You

In Sunday's Free Press USA Weekend section, researchers reported what pet owners have know all along; that having pets helps reduce the stress in our lives. When we are around our pets, the "feel-good" hormone level in our brains rises thus lowering our anxiety and less stress means a longer life. So reading a book about pets with our pet is all good. Check one of our newest books in the pet collection, It's a Dog's Life.

Pearl Diver Book Discussion

The novel begins in post-World War II in Japan when a nineteen-year old pearl diver discovers she has leprosy and she is exiled to a leprosarium on the island of Nagashima. She must forget her past and change her name now that her family and society have banished her. Join the Adult Contemporary Book Group for the discussion of The Pearl Diver, on Monday, July 19, at 7:00PM in Group Study Room A.

Author of The Shallows on The Colbert Report

Stay up late tonight to watch author Nicholas Carr discuss his new book, The Shallows, on The Colbert Report at 11:30PM on the Comedy Central channel. Nicholas Carr carefully examines the most important topic in contemporary culture; the mental and social transformation created by our new electronic environment. The challenge will be to stay off the web long enough to read his book!

Shipwreck Discovered Intact!

In October 1898, a steamship carrying corn from Chicago to Canada was lost during a storm. Snow, sleet, heavy winds and 30ft waves overwhelmed and sank the L.R. Doty with all on board. It was the largest wooden ship that remained unaccounted-for, until last week. Divers discovered the wreck intact at 300 feet below the surface and off the shores of Milwaukee. Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes are protected by state laws. It's no longer a mystery, but it'll remain undisturbed.

Signed, Your Student

As the school year draws to a conclusion, remember to thank your teachers who have influenced and inspired you. Signed, Your Student is a collection of some of the biggest names in the world of sports, film, literature, and entertainment. These celebraties share their stories about the teachers who've inspired them to achieve greatness and helped make them who they are today.