Destination College Savings

Destination College Savings is back! Twelve Michigan libraries and families have a chance to win $1,500 towards a child's future college education and $1,000 for their library. Entry forms are available at the library beginning June 20, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. This summer reading program sweepstakes is sponsored by MESP, MET, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

National Fudge Day

The Ultimate Candy Book: More than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats by Bruce Weinstein — Celebrate National Fudge Day on June 16 and try one of the 700 recipes in Bruce Weinstein's cookbook. The story is in 1866 a female student at Vassar College adapted the English recipe, added chocolate, and began selling fudge for 40 cents a pound at Baltimore, MD confectioneries.

If You Like Inspirational Historical Fiction

…and like strong characters, light romance, and prefer audio format, try these:

The mountain between us by Charles Martin

Shoot the moon by Billie Letts

Miss Julia speaks her mind: a novel by Ann B. Ross

Two more options that are available in print:

Big Stone Gap: a novel by Adriana Trigiani

Gold of kings: a novel by Davis Bunn

As well as the authors Jan Karon, Karen Kingsbury, Beverly Lewis and Fannie Flagg.

Bone-chilling Listens in the Summer Heat!

Nothing beats having a good bone-chilling, spine-tingling audiobook to listen to while you bask in the sun! If the warm temperature lulls you to sleep, the suspense of the book will keep you on edge!

The snowman by Jo Nesbø; translated by Don Bartlett

Last snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Before the frost by Henning Mankell; translated by Ebba Segerberg

Terminal freeze by Lincoln Child

Ice run: an Alex McKnight mystery by Steve Hamilton

Winterkill by C.J. Box, Ray Gautreau

Gardening Step by Step

Gardening step by step by Phil Clayton, Jenny Hendy, Colin Crosbie, Jo Whittingham — This book runs the gamut of things you might want to know how to do in your garden. From designing to planting to maintenance, it's all included here. The section on pruning is extensive and includes color photographs showing just how to go about it for various type of plants. Both beginning gardeners and those with more experience will certainly find something of interest here.

Babies, Pets, & Allergies

A recent study of 565 children  by Ganesa Wegienka, an epidemiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit indicates if during their first year, children (birth through 12 months) are exposed to pets, they are less likely to develop pet allergies.  

According to Dr. Wegienka, exposure to pets after that first year of growth has little impact on a child's proclivity towards pet allergies.