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The Artful Garden

The artful garden : creative inspiration for landscape design by James van Sweden and Thomas Christopher — It's easy to think of being inspired by viewing paintings and art, but how often do we think about great works of art when we plan our garden or landscape? This book recommends doing just that. Why not check out one of our Museum Adventure Passes and see what strikes you?

Book Club in a Bag Kit

Stiff [kit]: the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach — This unusual and thought-provoking book club selection covers topics from medicinal mummies to cadaver models for crash-test dummies. The writer presents a well-researched, lively discussion of offbeat ways that the dead have served the living and treats medical as well as ethical issues.

The 100 Thing Challenge

The 100 thing challenge : how I got rid of almost everything, remade my life, and regained my soul by Dave Bruno — Do you ever feel like you have too much clutter in your life? Like maybe the stuff that surrounds you is threatening to take over? Dave Bruno had that feeling, and he decided to winnow his belongings down to only 100 items. This book talks about how he did it and the impact it had on his life, which was far greater than just having fewer possessions. His blog's motto is "Reduce - Refuse - Rejigger" and offers continued insights like those contained in this book.

The Power of Teamwork

If "two heads are better than one," then a whole team working towards the same goal is an awesome concept. However, there can be more to team dynamics than meets the eye. If you are leading a team, a member of a team or just in need of more information, try these books:

The orange revolution: how one great team can transform an entire organization by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Extraordinary groups: how ordinary teams achieve amazing results by Geoffrey M. Bellman, Kathleen D. Ryan

Titanic

On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:

882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley

The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple

Book Club Choices: April 2011

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, which will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion.

Built by Wendy: Coats & Jackets

Built by Wendy coats & jackets: the Sew U guide to making outerwear easy by Wendy Mullin, with Eviana Hartman — Wendy Mullin has a system for sewing that involves clear instructions and patterns, plenty of diagrams, and a little contemporary flair on the classics. Here you can find how-tos for over twenty variations on three basic designs: fitted, basic, and straight coats and jackets.

Author Luncheon: Jeffrey Zaslow

On Monday, May 23rd at 11:30AM, author Jeffrey Zaslow was the featured guest at the 25th annual Plymouth-Canton-Novi-Northville Book and Author Luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Tickets were available at any of the four libraries for $25, from April 15-May 15, for the luncheon at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center, while supplies lasted.

Jeffrey Zaslow was a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and author or co-author of three best-selling books:

Continuous Container Gardens

Continuous container gardens by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins — Focusing on container gardening using transitions to sustain visual impact all year long, this book really has just about everything you could want to know about growing in containers. The authors focus on types of plants that create different effects, and how to combine them for the result you want, but also include how-tos and tips that are generally useful for container gardening.

Civil War Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Confederate forces let by Brig. General P.G.T. Beauregard demanded the surrender of the fort and opened fire when the Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson, refused. He was forced to evacuate the next day, however, and this battle became the first engagement of the war. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulyssses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

Studio Secrets: Millinery

Millinery by Estelle Ramousse ; Fabienne Gambrelle ; photography, Florent de La Tullaye — This book starts with a brief history of hat-making and then takes you right into the workshop to see exactly how to make hats. A professional milliner shows step-by-step how to construct your own hats in several styles and using a variety of sewing and other techniques.

April is National Stress Awareness Month

A little bit of stress is not bad at all. It helps you to keep your focus on work and perform better. Problems arise when you are unable to keep stress level under your control. Too much stress will affect your performance as a professional. It may ruin your personal relationships. Above all, it will take a toll on your health. To avoid any such consequences, coping with stress at work or home is very important.

Tiger Mom's Cub Going to Harvard

Amy Chua presents the disparate parenting styles between the Western and Chinese-American cultures in her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The direct result of her diligent demands of perfection from her children? Her eldest daughter Sophia's acceptance into Harvard this week. Now that is "winning!"

Urban Pantry

Urban pantry : tips and recipes for a thrifty, sustainable & seasonal kitchen by Amy Pennington ; photography by Della Chen — This cookbook takes a different tack than many, starting from a perspective of working with what you probably usually have in your pantry and/or from your garden. It focuses on types of ingredients and encourages use of what you have to come up with thrifty yet delicious results. For even more, check out the author's blog.

First Comes Love...

Want to look for love in all the right places? Or, are you working to improve a current relationship? We have oodles of books just for you. Some of our newer titles incude:

Why do fools fall in love?: a realist's guide to romance by Anouchka Grose

Girl, get your mind right!: the tell-it-like-it-is advice your love life has been missing by Tionna Tee Smalls

Green Gardening

Join us at the Library on Tuesday evening, April 19 for a presentation by Jodi Cook, a local horticulturalist and green living advocate. Jodi will be speaking on how your garden impacts our environment, and how you can become a responsible caretaker while still having a beautiful garden. The program will take place in the Community Room from 7:00-8:30PM, as part of the Library's Earth Week celebration.

Our Nation's Symbol — The Bald Eagle

A friend's introduction to the live Eagle Cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens is fascinating and quite an educational experience for all ages. This eagle couple has three chicks, or are they fledglings? Find the answer to this and the myriad questions you will have after viewing these majestic eagles. Check out this book on our nation's symbol Eagles and for adults, Eagles: Masters of the Sky.

Apple Computer

Apple Computer was founded on April 1, 1976. Can you believe it's been 35 years since Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer?

Read about these genius geeks and visit the Apple museum. Check out Apple's history and find out more about these inventors.

Bags Pillows and Pincushions

Bags pillows & pincushions — Do you want to sew a bag, a pillow, or a pincushion? Look no further! This book has got you covered. The patterns contained here are designed to showcase beautiful fabrics as well as to be useful. As you can see on the cover, some patterns also provide an opportunity to embroider and use things like buttons to embellish your projects. These patterns range from beginning to more advanced skill levels.