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The Authors of Project Runway

Project Runway is known for contestants bringing their ingenuity and skill to each challenge if they want to show their collection at Bryant Park during Fashion Week in New York. But designing fashionable clothes isn't the only trick in their bag. Season 4 Winner Christian Siriano, many moments wrapped into a style guide, Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self and Season 3 Finalist and mother of 6 Laura Bennett has written about her stylish perspective on motherhood, Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?

March for Babies

If you missed the March for Babies Walk in Hines Park in Westland today, there are more walks scheduled tomorrow, Sunday April 25. Try the March of Dimes site to view locations. Help the March of Dimes fight prematurity by participating in this campaign to give all babies a healthy start in life. Premature birth can happen without warning for no reason. 1 out of 10 babies worldwide is born too early. That's 1 million premature infants. The MOD is committed to reducing the preterm birth rate.

Students Seek Silly Scholarships

Competition for grants and scholarships is especially intense during these tough economic times. But students who do their homework by looking for unusual ways to pay for their college education can really make that hard work pay off. The Wall Street Journal reported over $3 billion in private funding is available each year and some of it from wacky sources. And check out our education collection for books on financial aid such as The Free College Resource Book.

Busy Moms Book Club May 20

Haley Randolph has an expensive habit: designer handbags. Her passion for purses has put a huge strain on her credit card balance. After she loses her accounting job in L.A. under a black cloud of suspicion, she takes a part-time job during the holiday season at a department store. And to her horror, not a designer label in sight. But soon after she’s hired, Haley finds a corpse in a closet. She turns to the handsome Ty Cameron to help her solve the case and clear her name. Join the Busy Moms Book Club discussion on Thursday, May 20 at 11:00AM in the Children's Library Purple Room.

Backyard Bird Count

Think tweeting is just for Twitter? Well, did you know there are 1.85 million robins (our State bird) inhabiting U.S. and Canada? Birdwatchers across the country reported the tally for the 2010 Great Backyard Bird Count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada. Find great books on birds and birdwatching featured in our showcase this month.

National Public Health Week

Today kicks off National Public Health Week and with the weather in Michigan turning nicer and warmer, kick-off your commitment to a better lifestyle with one of the newest exercise DVDs at the library. 10 Minute Solution: Ultimate Boot Camp is jammed-packed with 5 routines that are just 10 minutes each. These workouts can fit into anyone's busy schedule.

April is Autism Awareness Month

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism is filled with ideas and activities for parents and teachers. This resource presents tips, advice, strategies and solutions in an easy format to make learning fun and fulfilling for children with special challenges. Look for new books on autism this month in the health collection at the library. Wear blue on Friday, April 2nd, to celebrate Autism Awareness Day.

Service Dogs help Vets

service dogsDogs are a man's (and woman's) best friend. But when a soldier is wounded in war, service dogs become a helping hand. Service dogs offer assistance to those with special needs and veterans injured during combat missions. Recently, veterans met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a very different fight: for more support for the service dog program. Check this book about dogs with purpose-driven lives, called To the Rescue.

Committed Busy Moms

Do you love to read and make new friends, but have a crazy busy schedule? The Busy Moms Book Club is for you (Dads are welcome too)! Join us this month in the Children’s Library Purple Room for coffee, friendship and a fun book discussion while your little ones play nearby. Our book selection is Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love). Please join us on April 15th from 11:00AM-Noon. All of our book selections are under 300 pages! Just stop by Reference book to pick up a copy.

Golden Grabs Gem!

This isn't a story about the crime of the century. But Soli, a hungry Golden Retriever, gobbled up a dropped gem worth $20,000 while owners of a jewelry store in Rockville, MD were evaluating a ring brought in by a diamond dealer. As I know from personal experience, anything and I do mean anything, that gets dropped on the floor with a Golden around is gone in 60 seconds or less. If you want to find out how the "crime" was solved, find out here.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

A mother of 5 and caregiver Henrietta Lacks, died at age 31 of cervical cancer. In 1951 without her or her family's consent, tissue was removed and those cells were cultivated in a research lab at Johns Hopkins. Those cells never died and went on to help develop a vaccine for polio and many other important discoveries in medicine. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells her story and her lasting legacy to this day.

A Fond Farewell

Cesar Millan, family and friends are in mourning for long-time companion in canine rehabilitation, Daddy, who passed away peacefully at age 16. Known for his loyalty and well-behaved manner, Daddy helped change the negative image of pit bulls in the public'c mind; that the breed can be sweet and mellow with a caring owner. His work continues through his protege, Junior. Check out the Dog Whisperer's newest book, How to Raise the Perfect Dog.

State Dog?

On Saturday March 6 and Sunday March 7 at Cobo Center, the Detroit Kennel Club will present its annual Dog Shows. The DKC is one of six American Kennel Club competitions in the nation. At the Show, DKC organizers will be petitioning for the Michigan Legislature to consider naming a state dog. The breed that gets the most votes will be recommended to the Legislature. You can cast your vote at Freep.com!

Busy Moms Book Club

potatopeelPlease join the Busy Moms Book Club on Thursday, March 18, at 11:00 a.m. in the Children's Library for an interesting discussion of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! A series of letters comprises this charming novel set in 1946 post-war London. Author Juliet Ashton writes her publisher to lament covering the sunny side of war and its aftermath. When Guernsey farmer Dawsey Adams encourages his neighbors to write their own stories to Juliet who finds the letters not just inspiration for her work, but her life.

Sadie the Scotty wins Best in Show

Champion Scottish terrier, Sadie, won Best-in-Show last night at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden. Sadie impressed the judges with her poise and personality before an adoring crowd. A 4-year old "scotty," Sadie took first place among the seven finalists: a Puli, a Whippet, a white toy poodle, French bulldog, a Brittany and Doberman Pincher. Good dog!