Stones 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 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 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.
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.