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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.

Tuition Goes Up, Family Incomes Go Down

MoneyIn today's Detroit News/Free Press, it's that time of year when colleges in the state are considering how much to raise their tuition for the upcoming fall semester. There's less government aid for schools so families are faced with paying more and doing less. The Library has the latest financial aid books to help students find funding sources such as Get Free Cash for College.

A Leaner FAFSA

Finding the MoneyToday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to announce a leaner and more simplified FAFSA form that should at least bring a little relief to over 15 million families with college-bound students who apply every year. Changes in the form will be in place in time for the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The Library has financial aid books to help navigate through the student loan application process and Finding the Money is one of the newest.

Master the Art of...Education

blackboardSummer Reading ideas and inspiration for the teacher-at-heart...

Pets and the Planet

Pets and the PlanetYou love your pet. You care about the environment. Pets and the Planet helps you make informed decisions when it comes to involving your four-legged or feathered family members in your mission to leave less of a footprint on the planet. This book gives you all the information you need to understand sustainability as a pet owner and how to make the best choices for your pet and the environment.