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Love In the Time of Fridges

What do you get when you cross the absurd humor of Kurt Vonnegut with a bunch of talking fridges, one spin-dryer and a paranoid city government?  You get the hilarious and offbeat novel Love In the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott.  Ex-cop Huckleberry Lindbergh finds his way back to New Seattle and into a whole heap of trouble after eight years of being away. 

Michigan Antique & Collectible Car Show

Heading up north this weekend (July 25-26)? If you like cars, don't miss the car show in Midland where all classic, antique, hot rod, muscle, and special interest vehicles are displayed on the Midland County Fairgrounds. There are swap meets, large collector car for-sale lot, entertainment, and a variety of food vendors!

Looking to get fit but not interested in running?

If you have a Wii, we have a way!  Try Gold's Gym cardio workout, Jillian Michaels' fitness ultimatum 2009, or My fitness coach.  If you are looking for a less traditional work-out but still want to work up a sweat, try Cooking Mama cook off or FaceBreaker K.O. Party.

Heroscape Tournament July 25

Come join us anytime between 1-4pm this Sat. for this miniature battle strategy game. Never played before? No problem! Heroscape has easy to learn, simple rules while still retaining great, complex game play. All miniatures will be provided. Just come and play. Open to teens and tweens. No registration required.

School Strangeness Series

Have you ever considered how strange, scary, and weird school can be?! Well, your school is probably pretty normal compared to the schools in these hilarious stories, but then again, maybe not. Read for yourself and find out. You may need to start preparing for the next school year well in advance if you have to deal with any of these situations.

Dian Slavens to Host Green Town Hall at CPL on Thursday

State Representatives Dian Slavens (D-Canton) and Marc Corriveau (D-Northville) will hold a special green town hall meeting on Thursday, July 23 at 6pm in the Community Room. They will share information about job opportunities in new and emerging industries like renewable energy. Slavens and Corriveau will be joined by Liesl Clark, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. No registration is necessary.

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life

by Michael J. Caduto

Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit. Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life is a hands-on guide to incorporating herbs into our spiritual life.

Michael J. Caduto is a renowned author, ecologist, educator and storyteller who has written and coauthored sixteen books, including "Native American Gardening", the "Keepers of the Earth" series, and "In the Beginning: The Story of Genesis and Earth Activities for Children."

Best of the National Book [Fiction] Awards 1950 - 2008

To celebrate the 60th year of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will present a book-a-day blog on the Fiction winners from 1950 to 2008.Then, on September 21st, you will have a chance to select The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction and win two tickets to the 2009 National Book Awards by visiting the Foundation’s web site at for the first time in its history the Awards will open to a public vote.

More Summer Reading suggestions just waiting for you!

You may notice books on the shelf-end or "endcap" displays in the Adult area have a special "Master the Art of Reading" bookmarks.  These bookmarks are put in books as suggestions for the various Adult Summer Reading program levels, Student, Apprentice, and Master.   For example, if there is a book on the end display of the Romance area with a bookmark, it will fulfill the requirment for the Student level Romance catagory.  You are welcome to keep the bookmark with the book when you check out.

Library Volunteers Wanted (Needed!)

The library is SO busy, and you're checking out and returning SO many books on CD, DVDs, and of course books that we are having a hard time getting them back on the shelf.  If you can volunteer to help us on a regular basis we'd be SO grateful!   To volunteer, just fill out this short form and return it to Kathie Gladden at the library.  And thank you!

Special Board Meeting Minutes -- July 2, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The meeting was called to order by the Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken at 6:59PM

Meeting Minutes -- June 18, 2009

June 18, 2009
7:30 p.m.

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:30PM

Present: J. Fausone, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny, Susan Kennedy

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L Papa, C. McLaughlin, L. Golden, G. Bell, C. Young, A. Young-Snow)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved with addition

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the May 21st Meeting were approved as written

J. Fausone and D. Turner supported a motion to approve the minutes as written.

The Other Arthur

You've probably heard of Arthur, the aardvark star of many books by Marc Brown.  But before he came along, there was another Arthur out there - Arthur the chimpanzee! Arthur is the star of many easy-to-read books.

Baby Beanies

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys includes instructions for knitting a variety of adorable hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The patterns vary from very basic beginner level to more advanced, and all of them are mega cute.

Older Adults: Help With Medicare Part B Available

If you, or someone you know, are having difficulty paying for prescriptions or Medicare Part B, trained MMAP Counselors are available to walk you through the application process step by step. By calling 1-800-803-7174, individuals will be routed to their local MMAP office. An additional service MMAP Counselors can offer is to explain the available Medicare Part D Prescription plans so that the consumer can make an educated decision on which plan will work best for them.

National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  In case you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 19), don't  fear, the whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month!  So thank President Reagan for designating this month to a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the nation's population when you dig into that bowl of vanilla ice cream, the nation's favorite flavor.  To learn more about the history of ice cream read Marilyn Powell's Ice Cream: A History or make your own ice cream.  

Wind Turbines Available at Ace Hardware Stores in the Fall?

According to, a small rooftop wind turbine will be available in the fall from ACE Hardware. The Honeywell Wind Turbine, produced by EarthTronics (a Muskegon, Michigan-based company) is being advertised as an affordable wind turbine at an estimated MSRP of $4,500 (plus $1,500 installation fee) and can produce power from winds that range in speed from two miles per hour to 45 miles per hour.

Crafting with felt

Do you like the fuzzy look felt gives to purses, hats and scarves? Why not make your own fuzzy creation? Here are some books to help you get started. Remember, when you're knitting, crocheting or sewing your wool into a masterpiece, make it larger than you want the finished product to be. Wool shrinks when its wet!

Walter Cronkite

The man once known as "the most trusted man in America" passed away Friday at the age of  92. Walter Cronkite, the legendary journalist and TV news anchor for CBS, retired in 1981 after a long and distinguished career. Recruited by Edward R. Murrow,  Cronkite joined the network in the early 1950s after proving himself with his excellent coverage from Moscow during World War II.

Happy Birthday Degas!

degasThis Sunday, July 19th, is the birth anniversary of the artist Edgar Degas.  He lived from 1834-1917.  During his life, he became famous for painting and sculpting many subjects including a lengthy series having to do with dancers and dancing, most notably in the field of ballet.