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The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook

Does your baby, toddler, or preschooler need help sleeping peacefully through the night? Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, has the guide for you. West's book, The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook will teach you techniques for giving your child a good night's rest. Covering the newborn stage up to age five, this book offers many solutions for the tired household. Check it out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

To-may-to, To-mah-to

Don't those tomatoes look delicious? This winter weather may have us stuck inside, but we can at least prepare for the glorious gardening days to come, right? There are many types of tomato cages you can use to support your plants, several of which are highlighted in this post over at Mother Earth News. Personally, I've never used anything as architectural as these folding wooden tomato cages, but I think I might try building some.

How do you Save Money in Your Garden?

Gardening has many rewards, but as we all have to scrimp and pull our belts a bit tighter, it can seem like it's expensive to get started. There are many things we can do to be more thrifty in the garden, though! Over at The Home Gardener, Dave Townsend offers three really great tips: start from seed, propagate your own plants, and participate in plant swaps.

Are there other ways that you've found to save money in the garden? I like to reuse household objects to make garden items, and I recycle my friends' and neighbors' decorative straw bales as mulch each fall. What tips do you suggest?

Super Bowl 45 Coming Soon!

Well football fans, we are getting down to the nitty-gritty here in the 2010 to 2011 football season. There are only 23 days left until Super Bowl 45 in Arlington, Texas. Are you gearing up for the big event? Have you bought all your cheesy snacks and carbonated beverages yet? Is your favorite team going to be the one to raise the trophy at the end of the night? For all the latest and greatest information concerning this year's Super Bowl event, check out the official website here. I'm on pins and needles… are you?

History, boring? Never!

Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore

Living Large on Less

Living large on less: a guide to saving without sacrifice by Christina Spence — Just about everyone is doing more with less these days, and this book is a great guide to many aspects of balancing one's personal budget and making the most of the dollars we do have. One of the most important steps here is to make a budget that actually works for you. You can use spreadsheets, personal finance software, or an online service like Mint.com to track your spending and make some of the adjustments suggested here. The ideas range from quick fixes to challenges that offer a trial run at a larger change.

Knowing Jesse

This is an inspirational story about a mother's unconditional love for her child. Knowing Jesse by Marianne Leone is about a family's remarkable journey with their son Jesse, a child born with cerebral palsy. You may recognize the father's face on the book cover. It's Academy Award actor, Chris Cooper.

Google Science Fair 2011

Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to share with the world? If so, be a part of the Google Global Science Fair 2011. To help make today’s young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow, in partnership with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, Google is introducing the first global online science competition: the Goole Science Fair. It’s open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. All you need is access to a computer, the Internet and a web browser.

Youth and Teen Book Awards Announced

Guess what! Award season has begun and the newest award winners in books and media for Youth and Teens were announced at the American Library Association Mid-winter Conference yesterday morning. The 2011 winners can be found at the ALA website but some of the highlights include: Click on the titles to see which ones we have available for checkout. Enjoy!

What do gardeners do in winter?

We drool over seed catalogs and dream of what we'll grow when the snow is gone! Winter is a great time for some other garden projects, though — the kind you can do while nice and toasty inside. And as an added bonus, many times you can re-use materials that you'd otherwise have to toss in the trash. Check out Michigan gardener and author Colleen VanderLinden's list of 15 "Trashy" Ideas for Your Garden. While you're at it, take a gander at some of the many books we have about crafting for the garden.

Comforts of Home

The comforts of home : thrifty and chic decorating ideas for making the most of what you have by Caroline Clifton- Mogg — One of the 2010 Librarians' Picks for Non-Fiction, this book offers the philosophy that a comfortable home is an orderly home. With a plan for where things should be, it becomes easy to make it useful and a place in which you want to spend time. There's no time like now for being thrifty as well, and using the tips here you can make your home work for you, using (or at least starting with) what you have.

Amazing (Homemade) Cakes

Ever wanted to try your hand at making an awesome, intricate cake to rival those seen on Amazing Wedding Cakes or Ace of Cakes? Start at your library, where we have almost 50 books on cake decorating, including some familiar faces from television.

Ace of Cakes: inside the World of Charm City Cakes by Duff Goldman and Willie Goldman

Meet Author Deborah Rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez, author of Kabul Beauty School and the soon to be released A Cup of Friendship will give a reading at Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) on Saturday, January 29 at 3:00PM.

Simple Times

Simple times by written by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello — Fans of Sedaris' I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence will not be disappointed by her latest guide. Now is the time to be thrifty and to embellish your life with your crafty skills while you scrimp and save. No one crafts like Amy Sedaris, but you can try to imitate her by following her instructions. BONUS: the images in this book are simultaneously gorgeous and hilarious, and there are even illustrations by renaissance guy Justin Theroux.

Sewing Home Furnishings

Illustrated guide to sewing home furnishings : expert techniques for creating custom shades, drapes, slipcovers and more — Have you ever seen a gorgeous fabric in the store but thought you didn't have the skills to make it into curtains, a pillow, or a slipcover? Look no further, this book has clear instructions that will allow you to teach yourself as you go. It includes a variety of techniques as well as instructions for calculating yardage and other seemingly tricky parts of the process.

Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting

Stitch 'n bitch superstar knitting : go beyond the basics by Debbie Stoller ; with photography by Gabrielle Revere ; [illustrations by Adrienne Yan.] — Debbie Stoller is a bit of a knitting rock star, and when you see "Stitch 'n Bitch" in the title, you know there are going to be some hip, fun projects inside. This book has a ton of techniques that those who know the basics will be eager to learn. You can also use this book as a trouble-shooting guide: have difficulty getting your intarsia to lay flat? Problem solved. Puzzled by how to read lace charts? All set. And the projects are awesome! I'm not a sock-knitter, but the Skull Isle Socks might just make me a convert.

We Remember Rosie the Riveter

Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the Lansing, Michigan resident best known as "Rosie the Riveter" died today at the age of 86. She was 17 when she posed for the now famous photo that was used for the "We Can Do It!" poster campaign to encourage women to enter the work force during World War II. Read more about this amazing woman here at the library.

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders

Sock yarn one-skein wonders by edited by Judith Durant — So often I find myself with just one skein of a gorgeous yarn. It can be hard to know what to do with it, and running short just shy of completing a project is not a place I want to be. I also love sock yarn, but I'm not a sock-knitter, so I love these projects that allow me to use that gorgeous fiber in other ways. I have added many of these items to my queue!