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New Puppet Arrivals!

Our new shipment of Folkmanis puppets has arrived and these cute friends are ready to go home and play with you! Check out some of my personal favorites: Frog in a Spaceship or Frog Prince - they're awesome!

Cash for Clunkers Bill

President Obama and members of the United States House of Representatives have reached an agreement on a bill that could offer as many as one million vehicle buyers a voucher for up to $4,500. Designed to help the struggling automotive industry, these vouchers could be applied to passengers cars, trucks and work vehicles. Under this plan, old passenger cars and trucks being traded in would have to get less than 18 m.p.g. Stay tuned as details are hammered out. In the meantime stop by the library to look at the Car & Driver 2009 Buyers Guide take a peek at all of the new and exciting vehicles available.

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Originally published in 1979, Kindred is a story of a staggering depth and insight. Imagine this: It's 1976 and you're a twenty-six-year-old African-American woman who is suddenly transported to a plantation in antebellum Maryland during the year 1819. You've been sent to save the life of your white ancestor in a time when slavery is alive and well. What would you do? Dana, the main character, is both daring and strong. Her cunning and resilence coupled with Octavia Butler's gift of preparing the reader for the unexpected make this a wonderful choice for your next read.

Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was an American Science Fiction writer who won the Nebula Award, MacArthur Award and the Hugo Award during her lifetime. Check out other books by her here.

Pioneer

Pioneer New York trip

Russian Cultural Celebration

Come and enjoy music and stories from Russia! Join us in the Community Room on Saturday, May 9th at 2pm for sounds from the balalaika and other traditional instruments played by Aleksandr "Sasha" Chernyak. He promises to take us all on a trip through Russia with music. This program is open to the entire family. Registration is now open.

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Check Out These New CDs

If you've got a yen for Celtic folk music with a populist bent (think Ewan MacColl, Mick Moloney or Tommy Makem), two new CDs by famed area musician Terry Murphy will help satisfy your craving. You'll find Freeborn Man and Terry Murphy in the Folk & Ethnic section.

Kneadlessly Simple

Fresh, delicious, homemade bread that is easy to make. Sounds too good to be true, but that's the claim for Kneadlessly Simple, a book on order at CPL. I'm eagerly awaiting my chance at the copy, and as soon as I've tried out a recipe or two, I'll report back and let you know if the recipes really work as promised.

Check Out Some Suspense!

One of my favorite types of books are suspense novels that quickly draw you in and keep you guessing until the very end. I always lose sleep whenever Nicci French comes out with a new book because I just can't seem to stop turning those pages! Check out her newest offering, Until It's Over.

Go Green for Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow; the urge to make everything fresh and clean is in the air. Check out CPL Housekeeping staff's eco-friendly hints to green up your clean up.

Green-up your cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff — Keep odd socks for general dusting. Combine lemon juice or vinegar with water, boil in the microwave to help soften stuck on foods.

Green housekeeping: in which the nontoxic avenger shows you how to improve your health and that of your family while you save time, money, and, perhaps your sanity by written and illustrated by Ellen Sandbeck — Create a more green friendly home using vinegar and water as a glass cleaner.

Book & Author Luncheon

The Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi Libraries present the 23rd annual Book & Author Luncheon featuring guest author and speaker Paula Tutman, WDIV reporter.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Fox Hills Country Club in Plymouth Twp.
Lunch included.  Seating at 11:30 with lunch at 12 noon.
Tutman is the author of Deadline, a thriller loosely based on her true life experience as a police reporter.
Tickets available at library reception desk for $25 from April 1 to May 4.

Dog Training Resources at Your Library


The recent release of the Marley and Me DVD got me thinking...
If you plan on getting a new dog or already have a pooch that could improve his doggie manners, check our dog training section here at the library.  From puppy training to teaching an old dog new tricks we've got a wide selection of books and DVDs to help you better understand and train your dog.
 Many animal shelters like the Humane Society of Huron Valley and the Michigan Humane Society also offer free animal behavior assistance . 

Just for fun, please feel free to post a comment and share one of your most "embarassing" moment with your dog. 
 

Food in your back and front yard

Ever heard of the Food Not Lawns movement? If you have and are planning to get an early start on growing your own foods this spring, we have goodies for you. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, marjoram, potatoes, parsley...what seeds should you plant in March? To find out, check out Martha's Spring Gardening  and Rebecca's Garden, volume 3, Spring Gardening, both on DVD.

Vampires and Popcorn

While you're waiting for your Twilight movie to come in, check out House of Night; book number 5 just came out! I just heard it's been optioned for a movie too. Check it out. Looks like the future may be full of vampire flicks!

Langston Hughes

One of my favorite poets is Langston Hughes. I love the way his words weave pictures of Jazz, big cities, and the roaring 20s. Check out some of our great biographies on this fascinating man and then after that, be sure to spend leisurely hours reading his poetry for a chance to slip into the sultry sounds of the poetic words of the Jazz Age!

Crazy Sweet Books of Awesomeness

Thanks to Socstar901 for this latest Fave Five!

Marked by P.C. Cast
It is about vampires... and I LOVE vampires and romances! This book has both!

Betrayed by P.C. Cast
Next after Marked! HAS VAMPS (vampires)!! LOVE vampires.

Chosen by P.C. Cast
After Betrayed! HAS ROMANCE! LOVE VAMPS!

Untamed by P.C. Cast
After Chosen! LOVE vamps and romance!

Hunted by P.C. Cast
After Untamed! Lots of action and VAMPS and ROMANCE!

Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility Coming Soon

Have you done all you can with Animal Crossing: City Folk?  Are you looking for a new world to control?  Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility has so much to offer!  You can farm your land and tend to your crops, marry and raise a family, work part-time jobs, and save the island town where you live all from the comfort of your couch!