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Ann Arbor Art Fair

The world's largest street fair for art is going on right now. And it's right here in the metro Detroit area. Crowds of more than half a million flock to Ann Arbor's fair each year to see all types of unique creations. The 50th annual fair is in progress now from July 15th-18th, 2009.

Volunteers Needed For Library Interview Program

Our Speed Interview Practice Session is scheduled for August 13 from 7-9 p.m. and we need your help to make it work. We are looking for 10 community volunteers to pose the interview questions. It's very easy and will only require a couple hours of your time. It's set up like a speed-dating session: interviewers will ask one question of each candidate and then write a very brief comment. We will provide the interview questions.

This opportunity is ideal for hiring managers, HR people or anyone that has had experience conducting interviews. If you are interested, contact Laurie Golden at for more information.

Who Knew? Swearing Can Be Good For You!

That curse word that you blurt out when you hurt yourself may be more than just using bad language.  A recent English study suggests that swearing after an injury actually helps you handle the pain.  That just might explain why swearing has survived so long.  For an in-depth look at cursing, read


Lush, descriptive language and wildly creative (a girl who gets her magic from drinking cups -she mixes in honey for her own special kick), Robin Mckinley's characteristic style is all over this book. The best thing about Chalice, however, is that Mckinley knows how to bring out the complexities of the human heart in a way that puts other fantasy authors to shame. This is very sophisticated fantasy.

Giant Leap for Mankind

July 16, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the moon. To celebrate the memory of such a momentous occasion, many websites featured Apollo and Moon-based content today. Here's the roundup:

Pearl's Picks for August 2009

A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care - by Jennifer Culkin
Jennifer Culkin’s affecting and effective A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care is primarily an account of her experiences working as an emergency flight nurse on board a helicopter (an Agusta A109A for those whirlybird aficionados among you) in the state of Washington. But as we read about her attempts to keep heart attack and trauma victims alive while en route to the nearest hospital, we also gain insights into her personal life and her views on parenting, family relationships, and religion. As difficult as emergency medical care is under the best of circumstances (i.e., in a hospital setting), Culkin helps us see how the difficulty and danger are ratcheted up when you’re 8,000 feet up in the air and several hundred miles from the nearest hospital, working in the cramped confines of a chopper’s cabin. Some of the saddest parts of the book are where she describes the deaths of close friends and co-workers (in helicopter accidents) and her mother’s difficult death. Constantly living with life and death tempers a person, I believe, and Culkin is not only the kind of nurse I think we all dream of encountering when we’re in need of emergency care, but the sort of writer whose words and wisdom we can cherish.

Crime Writers Association Announces Winners

Colin Cotterill has won the Crime Writers Association's Dagger in the Library award. This annual award is given to "the author of crime fiction whose work is currently giving the greatest enjoyment to library users"; authors are nominated by United Kingdom libraries and Readers’ Groups and judged by a panel of librarians. In making the award to Colin, the judges said 'An unusual hero in an unusual setting. Quirky, funny and very appealing. His books are a truly beautiful read.' Dr.

To the Moon!

It's hard to believe but this Monday, July 20 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

Emmy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards were announced earlier today. The winners will be announced on September 20 during a live broadcast on CBS to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Teen/Tween Clay Pots

Make a one-of- a-kind clay pot to stash your treasures in. All materials will be supplied. Register online today.
Program Date & Time: July 30, 1 - 2 pm
Grades: Going into 5th - 12th grade

Looking for More Summer Reading?

tween2rb.preview.jpgIf you finished your CPL summer reading log and want to keep reading, check out some other reading programs offered this summer:
Reading Warriors
Scholastic Summer Reading
Borders Summer Reading Challenge
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
The requirements for these programs are all different, so read the directions carefully. They might even inspire you to create your own summer reading challenge!

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their battle for speed and glory...

A.J. Baime's Go Like Hell is a remarkable story of Henry Ford II's quest to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, racing's most glamourous and dangerous event. Ford, with the help of a young visionary Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned car builder, Carroll Shelby, entered the high stakes world of European racing in order to reinvent the company. Buckle your seat belt and go!

Why Wait? Listen Up!

Are you one of the 5 people on hold for the latest Michael Scott book, The Sorceress? Why wait? As of this moment it is available on CD in the Children's Audiobook collection in the Tween area. This is often the case with popular titles, such as the Percy Jackson books, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, etc. So why put off your enjoyment? Sit back, relax, and let someone else read the latest and greatest books to you. It is an awesome way to make time warp, too, on those long, boring rides to your vacation destination this summer. Learn to love listening now!

New Puppet Kits Are Here!

Our new puppet kits have arrived and are currently being processed. Put yourself on hold for my personal favorite: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming. The adorable kitty puppets do a great job of bringing this story to life for your children.

Lunch & a Book - November 12

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal.

Lunch & a Book - October 8

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: a memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen. As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyen's barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. This selection is part of The Great Michigan Read, a state-wide reading program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.

Garden Anywhere

Garden Anywhere: How to Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens, Herb Gardens, Kitchen Gardens, and More--Without Spending a Fortune by Alys Fowler

The title really says it all - don't miss this beautifully photographed guide to making gardens wherever it suits you.

Looking For A Book With Action And Adventure? Well Look No Further!

If you are looking for an exciting book with lots of action and a quick pace, check the books listed below!

Teen Books With Great Plot That Will Keep You Reading

If you are looking for books with a strong plot and story that will keep you reading you may also be interested in the following book list that we put together based on one of our patron's request:

Animanga Club July 15

Animanga Club July 15 6:30-8:45 
Join us for more D.Gray-man, followed, as always, by our 'mystery' anime. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out, eat pocky, and let your inner otaku run free...