150th Anniversary of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of U.S. Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. You can learn about Michigan's involvement — by both the military and the civilians — through the eyes of Michigan's Senator Jacob M. Howard who represented Michigan in Congress from 1862 to 1871. The senator will be portrayed by David Tennies, a local Civil War historian and reenactor. Join us on Tuesday evening, June 14 from 7-8:30PM for what should be a fascinating encounter. No registration is required.

Book Club Choices: June 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. To reserve a Book Club in a Bag kit for your group, contact Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.

Prodigal summer: a novel [kit] by Barbara Kingsolver

The red tent [kit] by Anita Diamant

The road [kit] by Cormac McCarthy

The rule of four [Large print kit] by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason

Rubber!

Do you enjoy keeping up with the films that play on the festival circuit? Do you like strange, art house thrillers? If so, you may just want to check out Rubber. Rubber, originating from France, featured prominently during 2010, playing Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI, and others, and is finally getting a U.S. release! The story centers around Robert, an inanimate tire, who discovers that he has destructive telepathic powers. He soon sets his sights on a desert town and a beautiful woman who becomes the focus of his obsession. Creating a path of destruction, Robert may just be the most interesting movie villain yet.

Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls

Ultimate guide : walks, patios & walls by senior editor, Kathie Robitz — One of the things that really brings a professional look to a landscape is the use of stone and other mediums that contrast with plants. This book offers step-by-step instructions and design inspiration for a wide variety of walks, patios, and walls, with skill levels ranging from easy to challenging to difficult.

Michigan Tax Amnesty In Effect Until June 30th

The State of Michigan is offering delinquent taxpayers the opportunity to pay past due state taxes and have penalty charges waived. Taxpayers who qualify would also avoid criminal prosecution by the Michigan Department of Treasury. To be eligible, all taxpayers must submit the complete amnesty application and full payment, including interest, by June 30, 2011. Visit mitaxamnesty.org for more information.

Adult Fiction Writers' Group

Interested in writing fiction, all types of media or genres, for an adult audience? Join us on Thursday, June 23rd from 6:00-7:00PM for our Adult Fiction Writers' Group.
Dave Richards, a library assistant and a freelance writer for the Eisner Award winning website, Comic Book Resources, moderates. Dave has completed an unpublished science fiction mystery novel and is currently writing a horror novel.

The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques

The dressmaker's handbook of couture sewing techniques : essential step-by-step techniques for professional results by Lynda Maynard — Making your own clothing, or making for others, can be deeply satisfying, but when the insides don't look as good as the outsides or the garment can't survive being laundered, one can quickly get frustrated. This book offers instructions for techniques for finishing, for showing off special details, for hiding what you don't want to show off, and for selecting the right techniques for your project. Also included is a directory of fine fabrics, including how to handle them and special techniques that will help preserve their luxury feel.

Outdoor Games

Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.

Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb

Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown

Let's go outside!: outdoor activities and projects to get you and your kids closer to nature by Jennifer Ward; illustrations by Susie Ghahremani

Sidewalk games by Glen Vecchione; illustrated by Blanche Sims

New Romances

Looking for a few good summer reads? Put your name on the hold list for these recently ordered romances. Then relax in your chaise lounge, knowing you will have some excellent beach reads on their way soon.

Hunter's Fall by Walker, Shiloh

Forgotten Sea by Kantra, Virginia

Baby, Come Home by Bond, Stephanie

Dark Awakening by Castle, Kendra Leigh

Silk Is for Seduction by Chase, Loretta Lynda

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