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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.

Busy Moms Book Club on 11/19

The Namesake is the Busy Mom's Book Club selection for November. Please join us for friendship and a fun discussion on November 19th in the Children's Library Purple Room at 11:00AM. Pick up a copy of the book at the Adult Reference desk anytime. This novel is about family, new and old traditions, feeling home in a new country, feeling connected to the country and family left behind.

Busy Moms Book Club

Today at 11:00 a.m., the Busy Moms Book Club will meet in the Children's Library Purple Room for a book discussion on Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. After the Taliban regime fell in Afghanistan after 9/11, the author traveled with a humanitarian group to help Afghans begin rebuilding their lives. Through American donations, she and other hair stylists established the Kabul Beauty School, where Afghan women learned skills in order to start their own businesses.

Becoming a Teacher

In today's Detroit Free Press, teaching programs at Marygrove and University of Detroit Mercy are at risk of closing based on low scores on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification. There are 31 colleges and universities that offer teacher preparation programs in the state. Andrews University got the highest score. One of our newest education books is Becoming a Teacher offers valuable information for potential teachers.

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.