Dogs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Please 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.