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New Michigan Law Protects Young Athletes

new law will go into effect requiring the state to provide educational training materials for athletes, coaches and parents on concussions. Coaches will be require to remove players from the game if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion and return to the field once a doctor gives a written approval. To learn more, check out one of the health collection's newest book, Ahead of the Game

October is National Vegetarian Month

Does the thought of eating meat make you feel just awful? Join me in celebrating National Vegetarian Month, going on now in the month of October. We have a wonderful collection of Vegetarian cookbooks that are sure to get your mouth watering. Even if cooked cow does pass your lips sometimes, don't be afraid to try some new, great meatless recipes out. You may be pleasantly surprised.

125 gluten-free vegetarian recipes: quick and delicious mouthwatering dishes for the healthy cook by Carol Fenster

Alzheimer's Prevention Resource

100 simple things you can do to prevent Alzheimer's and age-related memory loss by Jean Carper provides some simple tips that you can add to your everyday routine now that may help prevent dementia in the future. Some tips are basic to all-around good health, but others might surprise, like consuming apple juice and vinegar. Readers young and old will likely feel motivated to make some simple lifestyle changes to help push mental decline even further into the future.

Happy Anniversary, Aunt Agatha's Bookstore

Hey, mystery lovers! Aunt Agatha's Bookstore, featuring new and used mysteries, detective and true crime, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary on Wednesday, October 3 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Mystery lovers attending their open house will have an opportunity to meet well-known authors such as Steve Hamilton, Louise Penny, Sara Zettel, Deborah Morgan, Loren D. Estleman and more. Aunt Agatha's is in Ann Arbor at 213 S. Fourth Avenue. For more information call 734-769-1114.

World Series 2012

Major League Baseball is jetting toward the World Series faster than vendors can toss hot dogs to the hungry crowd. This year the World Series begins on October 24, 2012, so only a little over a month away. Will the Detroit Tigers make it into the playoffs? Only time will tell. We are one game behind the White Sox, so keep your fingers crossed and check out our awesome books and dvd's hightlighting Detroit's finest. Go Tigers!

The Detroit Tigers: a pictorial celebration of the greatest players and moments in Tigers history by William M. Anderson

September is Classical Music Month

Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.

—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001

Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.The painting, featured above, is Attributes of Music by Anne Vallayer-Coster (1770)

Navy Ships to Commemorate Detroit's Part in the War of 1812

Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the riverfront can expect to see the US Brig Niagara, the USS De Wert, the USS Huricane, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. The original USS Niagara was Adm. Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship during the War of 1812. The current ship was rebuilt in 1913, 1933 and 1988. Other planned events include concerts and a Red WIng alumni versus Navy personnel softball game.

The British Army at Mackinac, 1812-1815 by Brian Leigh Dunnigan; illustrated by Eric Manders

Learn About Seasons

'Tis the end of summer and fall is coming! Each season in Michigan has its own beauty and special celebrations. Learn more about seasons from these great books in the Children's Library.

Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon has died at the age of 82. Armstrong was the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft which landed on the moon July 20, 1969. During Armstrong's famous moonwalk he radioed back to earth the now famous phrase "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Heavenly Reads; Books About Heaven

Heaven awaits the bride by Anna Rountree — Anna Roundtree was caught up in multiple heavenly visions and became a bride of Christ in Heaven. Full of heavenly lessons, this is a very inspiring read.

To heaven and back: a doctor's extraordiary account of her death, heaven, angels, and life again: a true story by Mary C.

Olympics: Gone But Not Forgotten

The 2012 London Olympics by Nick Hunter — Last night, sadly, was the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was such a spectacle to watch and I have to admit, I may be going through Olympic withdrawal. Are you? Have no fear! We have great books on London, Brazil (where Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the 2016 Summer Games), and the Olympics. Have fun reading and reliving all your favorite things about this year's Summer Games!

Survival Against All Odds

Check out these fantastic tales of surviving historic atrocities, crashes and the worst Mother Nature has to offer:

Between a rock and a hard place by Aron Ralston

Alive: sixteen men, seventy-two days, and insurmountable odds— the classic adventure of survival in the Andes by Piers Paul Read

Buried alive: the true story of the Chilean mining disaster and the extraordinary rescue at Camp Hope by Manuel Pino Toro; foreword by Natalie Morales

Weather Behaving Badly

If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record. For more reading on weather and what it has done — and can do — check out some of these titles:

The great warming: climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian Fagan

The winds of change: climate, weather, and the destruction of civilizations by Eugene Linden

Gore Vidal 1925-2012

Gore Vidal, the noted author, playwright and essayist has died at the age of 86 due to complications from pneumonia. Vidal was also known as an outspoken political commentator. During his long literary career he wrote some 25 novels, several screenplays, and more than 200 essays. He also appeared in several films, including the politcal satire Bob Roberts.

1876: a novel by Gore Vidal

Burr: a novel by Gore Vidal

Summer Olympians

The 2012 Summer Olympics are being held in London beginning July 27 and concluding on August 12. Officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the games will comprise 32 sports and 302 events. Locally, you can catch all of the exciting coverage on NBC. In the mean time, however, you can catch up on the stories of past Summer Olympians at the Library:

Rome 1960: the Olympics that changed the world by David Maraniss

Something in the air: American passion and defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer

Berlin Games: how the Nazis stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters

Dream team: how Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the greatest team of all time conquered the world and changed the game of basketball forever by Jack McCallum

Great Non-Fiction Books About Animals for Kids

Here's some great non-fiction books about animals for kids:

Sharks! by Anne Schreiber


Backyard detective: critters up close by Nic Bishop


Monster hunt: exploring mysterious creatures by with Jim Arnosky