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Who Will Be Best in Show?

On Monday February 15th, the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will add to its legacy as America's greatest dog show. It's the second-longest continuously held sporting event in our nation, just a year behind the Kentucky Derby. The Best-in-Show has become the most coveted prize of purebred dog owners and trainers. Tune in at 8:00PM on the USA Network.

Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade

The Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade is a popular 15-block parade of costumed dogs (and a few cats) that takes place 2 weeks before Ash Wednesday in New Orleans. The Krewe of Barkus is the dog equivalent of The Krewe of Bacchus, best-known for its celebrity kings and massive Mardi Gras floats. All proceeds from the Barkus Parade benefit local animal rescues and organizations. And check out one of the newest books in the pet collection, Rescue Tails: Portraits of Dogs and their Celebrities.

Enemies of the People

On tonight's Colbert Report (Comedy Central) author Kati Marton will be the special guest to discuss her latest book, Enemies of the People. A native Hungarian, she spent the first 8 years of her life under a repressive dictatorship. In this true-story thriller, Marton relates her eyewitness account of her mother's and father's arrests during the Cold War in Budapest.

Busy Moms Book Club

Please join us on Thursday, February 18th, for a fun book discussion in the Children's Library in the Purple Room. Our selection is Foul Play by Janet Evanovich. When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity. Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence. But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?

Eat, Pray, Love...then Marry!

In the follow-up to her bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love and soon-to-be movie by the same name starring Julia Roberts, author Elizabeth Gilbert continues her journey where she left off. Committed is about her relationship with the man she met in her first memoir. This time around, both she and Felipe grapple with reconciling their fears of succeeding in a marriage.

Busy Moms Book Club

On a frigid night in 1988, an orange kitten was shoved into an after-hours public library book drop in Spencer, Iowa. In her memoir, Dewey : the Small Town Library Cat who Touched the World, Vicki Myron tells her story of how this sweet cat, named Dewey ReadMoreBooks, had an impact on her, the library patrons in this small community and all over the world. Register online and join us on Thursday, January 21st, at 11:00AM in the Purple Room for a fun and interesting book discussion!

Perfection: a Memoir

On Friday January 8, the guest on Oprah will be Julie Metz, author of Perfection: a Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal. On a January afternoon, her life changes forever. As Julie begins to put her life back together after her tragic loss of her husband of 12 years, she learned of his affairs. Determined to know the truth and come to terms with it, she confronts each of the women. This is a story of starting over; not from a place of perfection, but peace.

Gift Book Idea for Pet Lovers

More than 80 celebrities and all sorts of their pets are featured in this animal lover's book, Top Dogs and Their Pets. Photojournalist David Woo spent 4 years capturing the character of famous individuals with their pets in this collection of black and white masterpieces. You will enjoy how 107 Dogs, 8 Cats, assorted other animals and their famous owners all get together in one great book.

Stones into Schools

StonestoSchoolsStones into Schools is a follow-up to the best-selling Three Cups of Tea continues Mortenson's story of his humanitarian efforts to bring education into disadvantaged Middle East regions, describing such events as the 2005 earthquake and a tense eight-day abduction by the Taliban.

January 21 and Dewey

Busy Moms Book Club has been canceled for the December 17th meeting. Please join us on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00AM in the Children's Library Purple Room for friendship and a fun discussion! Our selection is Dewey: the Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. A film adaptation of this best-seller starring Meryl Streep is heading to the big screen around Christmas 2010.

Special Needs Wonder Dog

In today's Detroit Free Press was an article about Rudolph. But he isn't a reindeer. He's a blind and deaf Dachshund helping kids understand that despite his disabilities, he leads a productive and playful life. Rudolph's owner, Marcia Fishman, adopted him when other families couldn't or wouldn't. She's written a children's book, Rudolph's Nose Knows. To learn more about the breed, check out this book, Dachshund.

Special Needs Wonder Cat

This is a story about extraordinary love. Gwen had a broken heart and was living with 2 cats when her vet called to ask if she'd adopt an abandoned kitten. His eye infection wasn't caught in time and both eyes were surgically removed. She told the vet she'd be right over for a look. Well, for Gwen it was love at first sight. Homer's Odyssey celebrates the special connection between a human and a cat who overcame overwhelming odds.

Are You a Best Friend?

Dogtown, is a companion to the hit show by the same name and celebrates the bond between dogs and their caregivers at the Best Friends Animal Society. It shares the inspiring rehabilitation stories of dogs from an array of disadvantaged backgrounds who responded to intervention after being dismissed as unadoptable by other shelters.

Michigan Teaching Fellowship

Governor Jennifer Granholm announced on Friday that the state was awarded a $16.7 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to establish a fellowship for the recruitment of future math and science teachers. The Fellows, who will be announced in spring of 2011, will receive a stipend of $30,000 to complete a master's program and must fulfill a commitment to teach for at least 3 years in an urban school setting.

How to Raise the Perfect Dog

Cesar Millan, star of the National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer and professional dog trainer extraordinaire, has written a new book for raising the perfect dog, from puppyhood into your own best friend. How to Raise the Perfect Dog is packed with information from preventing bad behaviors before they start to exercises to keep your dog healthy and fit.