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A Big Little Life

Novelist Dean Koontz thought he achieved contentment in his life; happily married to his high-school sweetheart and a very successful writing career with more than 20 New York Times bestsellers so far. Then along came Trixie, a retired service dog from the Canine Companions for Independence. Koontz, who often features dogs in his books, never had owned one. In his memoir, A Big Little Life, he tells the story of falling in love at middle age with lovable Golden Retriever.

Think You Know Your Dog? Think Again.

We love our dogs. But researchers are delving deeper into the psyche of the dog. In a recent Time magazine article, scientists who study dogs will be comparing different breeds to search for genes that are involved in social intelligence. Sound intriguing? Read more in a recently published new book, Inside of a Dog.

Busy Moms...A Sweet Success!

Busy moms talking booksThe inaugural meeting of the Busy Moms Book Club was held today! We enjoyed discussing our first book selection, Eat Cake, while snacking on complimentary cupcakes provided by Swirls Cafe located here in Canton. Our October 15th selection is Kabul Beauty School. Get copies at the reference desk now. Registration opens October 8th.

President's Speech to Students

President Obama addressed students today in a back-to-school speech focused on staying in school and trying your best. He encouraged them to set their own goals including "spending time each day reading a book." As a new school year begins, Raising Bookworms, can help parents instill the love of reading in their child. Author Emma Walton Hamilton also has written 16 books for children with her mother, Julie Andrews.

High School Advantage

In a state report released today, Michigan schools are showing improvement in meeting federal education standards. Check out how your school did here and to boost your academic potential check this out, High School Advantage. It's an interactive learning resource that combines lessons, exercises and quizzes for a fun approach to studying.

Conquer the Scholarship Competition

The Michigan Promise Program's future might be in jeopardy if the lawmakers and Governor Granholm can't agree on the state's budget deal. As college students arrive in dorms to begin their new semesters, some are being asked to meet the shortfall if the program isn't funded. Other schools are encouraging their students to search for financial aid. This book, Scholarships, is one place to start your search.

Best Colleges 2010

Book of CollegesU.S.News and World Report has named the best schools in the nation in their latest issue. You can also check out the newest college directory, Complete Book of Colleges.

August 14 is World Lizard Day!

According to the Earth Calendar, August 14, 2009, will be World Lizard Day. As with any new pet, lizard ownership requires research to understand everything involved in the care and handling of these creatures. Before you bring your new lizard home, check this definitive guide that's completely revised and updated, Giant Lizards.

Advice for New Teachers

Not only is it a busy time for families to get ready for the start of school, but for teachers as well. The Master Teacher shares the wisdom and advice for new teachers who are about to step into the classroom for the first time.

Back to School info for Parents

It's not to early to start thinking about going back to school in September. A new link on the PCCS page will connect parents and students to information about the upcoming school year. Find class list, bus routes, school supply suggestions, and open house schedules. So get your pencils out. Let the learning begin!

Lost Dog is Reunited

DaizyAfter Cat 4 Hurricane Ike roared into Texas during 2008, the Bauer family moved their dogs to a nearby kennel while their yard fence was being repaired. Both dogs escaped. Hank was found but not Daizy. 10 months after the storm, the family was reunited.

Taco Bell Dog Passes Away at 15

Chihuahua from the taco bell commercialsThe adorable pop-culture icon famously known for the phrase, "Yo Quiero Taco Bell," passed away at 15 from a stroke. Gidget, a 12 lb chihuahua, appeared in advertisements for the fast-food chain during the 1990s and also starred with Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2.

Cult of Celebrity

Do you crave every detail of a celebrity's life? Or obsess over a Hollywood A-Lister and whom he or she is dating or divorcing? If so, The Cult of Celebrity might pique your interest as well. Written by an entertainment expert, Cooper Lawrence, explains the phenom known as fame; why we as a society put stars on pedestals and become fascinated when they fall.

Obama's Visit to Macomb Community College

President ObamaPresident Obama will be in Warren today to give a speech at Macomb Community College. He plans to discuss the educational stimulus package of $12 billion to community colleges throughout the nation over the next 10 years. This goal focuses on worker retraining, modernizing facilities and improving online courses.

Izzy and Lenore

Bedlam Farm is located in rural Upstate New York and provides a charming setting for author Jon Katz's book, Izzy and Lenore. After Jon adopts Izzy, a stranded and sensitive border collie, he becomes inspired to volunteer for a hospice organization to help others but Lenore helps him heal himself.