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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.

Father's Day is June 20th

Men Can is a collection of inspirational stories of how the American family is evolving. Fathers are primarily or equally sharing the caregiving responsibilities of raising children. The author tells the stories of real families, from various backgrounds, who have reversed the traditional roles of parenting. This cultural shift in men caring for children has also affected the way dads are perceived in the media, films and advertisements.

Eat and Beat Diabetes

Authors Dr. Howard Shapiro and Franklin Becker (a top chef with diabetes) appeared on Good Morning America today to help diabetics chose healthier recipe options to manage their disease and keep weight off. In their new book, Eat & Beat Diabetes, the visual comparisons make it easy to eat delicious food that satisfies cravings and hunger while beating back the potential side effects caused by diabetes.

Feed Your Pet Right

We, as humans and consumers, may look at food labels before we buy a product. Maybe if it's too high in sugar or sodium or fat we won't buy it. If you have a pet, have you ever read the labels on pet food? You might be surprised. This book, Feed Your Pet Right, is by a human nutritionist, Dr. Marion Nestle, and an animal nutrition expert, Dr. Maldon Neheim. The authors take a fascinating look at the science behind pet food and guides pet owners to make informed decisions to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their pets.

Light on Snow Book Discussion

A daughter and father join in on an after-school walk through the snow-covered woods near their New England farmhouse. They hear the cries of an abandoned newborn infant. As they rushed the baby to the hospital, the incident unleashing repressed anguish both father and daughter feel since they lost her mother and baby sister in a car accident. Please join our discussion of Anita Shreve's Light on Snow on Monday, June 21. See Program Calendar for more details.

Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from Storycorps

Featuring StoryCorps's most revelatory stories on the subject, Mom looks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood. Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. This collection of stories will take you on an emotional journey.

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.