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Sky is the Limit!

A 5-year old Wire Fox Terrier named Sky won Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. As she posed for cameras, she claimed the silver bowl trophy as hers by putting her front paws in it. Gabriel Rangel, Sky's handler, said at the news conference that Sky is, "the little perfect dog." And the judge agreed!

Who Let the Mutts Out?

The prestigious Westminster Dog Show, which begins televised competition on Monday and ending on Tuesday with the Best in Show championship, has opened its doors to let the dogs IN... to mutts, or mixed breeds for a one-day, winner-take-all, first-ever Master Agility Championship on Saturday, February 8. These 16 dogs, most of them rescued from animal shelters, will compete against purebreds through a series of timed races through weave courses, jumps and ramps. May the best mutt win!

Sugar isn't so Sweet

Just about everyone has a sweet tooth. Sugar makes everything sweet. But a new study is warning of some serious health hazards regarding the intake of sugar in our food and beverages. Want to learn more? Click here. And check out this book for ways to cut sugar out of your diet and reduce your risk of diabetes and other harmful health complications.

The sugar smart diet: stop cravings and lose weight while still enjoying the sweets you love! by Anne Alexander, editorial director of Prevention, with Julia VanTine ; foreword by Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, chief executive officer and president of Cleveland Clinic

PowerPoint Basics - CANCELLED

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us Saturday, February 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM in the Internet Lab for PowerPoint Basics.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion February 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, February 17 in the Purple Room to discuss:

The presidents club: inside the world's most exclusive fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy — Backroom deals, secret alliances, rivalries and rescue missions. Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy shine a light on the presidency by exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion January 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, January 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The storyteller: a novel by Jodi Picoult — Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined-- to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

Great Gifts for Dog Lovers

Beautiful old dogs: a loving tribute to our senior best friends by edited by David Tabatsky ; photography by Garry Gross ; forword by Victoria Stilwell

Bless the dogs by Monks of New Skete ; [photography by Vincent Remini]

Maddie on things: a super serious project about dogs and physics by Theron Humphrey

Newborn puppies: dogs in their first three weeks by Traer Scott

Pure joy: the dogs we love by Danielle Steel

Shake by Carli Davidson

Weekends with Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell

2014 Reading List for the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group

The storyteller: a novel by Jodi Picoult, January 20

The presidents club: inside the world's most exclusive fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy, February 17

Pope Joan: a novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, March 17

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini, April 21

Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, May 19

We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb, June 16

Home front by Kristin Hannah, July 21

And the National Dog Show Winner is...

Jewel, an American Foxhound, won Best in Show at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia. Over 18 million viewers watched as Jewel became the winningest American Foxhound in the history of the breed. Missed it? Watch the encore tonight at 8:00 PM on NBC.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion December 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, December 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

A walk across the sun: a novel by Corban Addison — Teen-age sisters Ahalya and Sita are left orphaned after a tsunami destroys their coastal town. Destitute and alone, they plan to seek refuge in a convent miles away. A driver agrees to take them, but instead he sells the girls to human traffickers. On the other side of the world, Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke takes a sabbatical to escape his own heartache. He volunteers at an international anti-trafficking group in India where he meets Ahalya and Sita and makes it his personal mission to save them.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Caleb's crossing by Geraldine Brooks — Living in the isolated Puritan settlement of Great Harbor on Martha's Vineyard, Bethia Mayfield, the bright young daughter of the local minister, balances her strict religion with a passionate love of nature and a growing curiosity about the culture of the Wampanoag tribe that populates the island. When Bethia secretly strikes up a friendship with a young Wampanoag named Caleb, she unknowingly begins a journey that will shape her life.

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for PowerPoint Basics.