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All Aboard the Chi-Town Train Exhibit

Need a fun and educational activity for the whole family? Visit Chi-Town in Commerce Township, home of the world's longest model train. The railroad museum is open every weekend now through March from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Admission charges are $5 for adults and kids ages 5-17. Kids under 5 years old are free! Want to learn more, check out this book:

The great railroad revolution: the history of trains in America by Christian Wolmar

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on January 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Group on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Plainsong by Kent Haruf — In a small prairie town on the very edge of the Colorado plains, the lives of 8 lonely characters undergo a radical change during the course of one year in an unforgettable way.

Diabetes and Service Dogs

When we think of services dogs, the images that come to mind are dogs that help people with physical disabilities. But what may surprise you is that special service dogs can alert families when a loved one has diabetes. Diabetic-alert dogs are trained to detect dangerous drops in blood sugar. To learn more, read this Wall Street Journal article, read a book about service dogs, or read a book about diabetes.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on December 17th

Please join the Adult Cotemporary Book Group on Monday, December 17th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies — An orphan girl's progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school culminates in a troubled career as a governess. Jane's first assignment at Thornfield, where the proud and cynical master harbors a scandalous secret, draws readers ever deeper into a compelling exploration of the mysteries of the human heart.

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisite: Mouse and Word skills.  Join us Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 to 8:30 PM to learn how to create multimedia presentations. No-shows (failing to cancel 24 hours prior to event) will be fined $5 on their library account. Registration is required. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

New Michigan Law Protects Young Athletes

new law will go into effect requiring the state to provide educational training materials for athletes, coaches and parents on concussions. Coaches will be require to remove players from the game if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion and return to the field once a doctor gives a written approval. To learn more, check out one of the health collection's newest book, Ahead of the Game

The Christmas Wedding Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Cotemporary Book Group on Monday, November 19th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The Christmas wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo — Since her husband's death three years ago, Gaby's four children have drifted apart and haven't celebrated Christmas together. When Gaby announces that she's getting married — and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day — she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays. But that's not Gaby's only surprise: she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever.

The Healing Power of Pets

Did you know pets may help you live a longer, healthier life? An article on the WDIV site describes how having pets can contribute to a lower stress level which can help lower high blood pressure. Getting a dog will help you get outdoors and exercise more. Studies also have shown Alzheimer's patients with pets have less anxious moments than those without pets. You can also save a life by adopting from an animal shelter. October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

Twilight Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on Monday, October 15th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer — When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Will you be on Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Best in Show Dog Show Winner 2012!

Zeus the German Shepherd (pictured with his owner, Sofia Greggio and her dad, Dennis Greggio) won CPL's Best in Show Dog Show 2012 on Saturday, September 15. Zeus is 16 months old and loves being the center of attention. He won Best Trick to qualify in Best in Show. Congratulations, Zeus!

World's Tallest Dog

The Guinness Book of World Records 2013 edition has recognized Zeus the Great Dane of Otsego, MI as the world's tallest dog. He measures from foot to shoulder a whopping 44 inches and when he stands on his hind legs he can stretch over 7 feet tall! Zeus is an inch taller than the previous record holder, Giant George.

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Do you love dogs or own a dog? Here are some easy ways you can be a responsible dog owner that the Progressive Dog Club of Wayne County suggest: commit to providing a loving home for the lifetime of your pet, spay or neuter your pet, keeping your pet healthy, exercising your pet regularly, keep them well-groomed, choose the right collar and get an identification tag, take your dog to obedience training and keep him or her on a leash when out and about. Check out the dog training books in the pet collection in the library.

Cutting for Stone Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Group on Monday, September 17th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Cutting for stone: a novel by Abraham Verghese — Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa. Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

Cesar at Caesars Windsor

Cesar Millan, dog behaviorist and famed star of the TV show, "The Dog Whisperer" (which is in its final 9th season on the Nat Geo WILD channel) will make an appearance for his "Trust Your Instincts" tour at the Colosseum stage at 9:00 PM on Friday, November 23 at Caesars Windsor. In his seminar, he will share his expertise on how to build a happy and healthy relationship between dog owners and their canine companions. Check out Cesar's books we have in the pet collection!