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Could there be an upside to Detroit's downsizing?

John Gallagher thinks there is, and discusses it in his new book Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City. In a Detroit Free Press article, Gallagher writes that trying to rebuild Detroit into its former glory by repopulating the city's empty spaces and returning downtown to the shopping area it once was is not the answer. He argues that we must envision a different future for Detroit — perhaps with less people, but room for more community gardens, bike lanes and transit lines.

Hattitude: Knits for Every Mood

Hattitude : knits for every mood by Cathy Carron

Want to make a hat? Got little to no knitting experience, or maybe just some easy patterns that you can whip through? This book has got you covered with forty different designs using a wide variety of yarns. From a cloche to a stocking cap to a fedora, if you can name a hat, it's probably in here. My favorite is the Aloof (which is also available free online). What's yours?

Rhyming with Dogs!

Check it out — if you like dogs and you like poetry, our new book Name that dog!: puppy poems from A to Z by Peggy Archer is the book for you! Full of fun poems about your favorite doggies and adorable illustrations, this book will keep you smiling about dogs all day long. Enjoy!

Simple Sewing

Simple sewing: the complete illustrated machine-side reference of tips and techniques by Beth Baumgartel
Have you ever needed to mend a ripped seam, or wanted to make your own simple curtains, but weren't sure where to start? These and many, many other projects are detailed here, along with basic guides to sewing machines, working with patterns, and a guide to fabrics. This is an ideal book to have at hand when sewing at home.

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

100 Afghans to Knit & Crochet

100 afghans to knit & crochet by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss

100 afghans is a lot of blankets! But you'll be glad for the selection when you look through this book, because you can choose just the right design to suit your taste. There are more crochet patterns than knit, but the variety is still quite impressive. You can also find one of each available free online: Americana (crochet) and Rainbow Rib (knit).

The Doctors Are In!

Get your weekly dose of The Doctors. The Emmy Award-winning team from daytime TV will appear every Sunday in the USA Weekend. Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Lisa Masterson and Dr. Travis Stork each have their own HealthSmart columns that shares helpful tips for a healthy lifestyle. Also, check out their newest book, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

The road from Coorain [kit] by Jill Ker Conway — Inspiring work about Conway's journey from a girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America where she pursues an academic career and eventually becomes the first women president of Smith College.

The Sewing Answer Book

The sewing answer book by Barbara Weiland Talbert
This handy little book has answers to hundreds of the most common questions home sewers find themselves asking. If you've got a problem working with plaids, need help adjusting a pattern to fit your personal size, or wonder what maintenance your machine might need, this book has the answer.

Made in Michigan

Last night's premiere of the new ABC drama Detroit 1-8-7 was just the latest sign of the success of the burgeoning film industry in the state of Michigan. Although parts of the pilot episode were filmed in Atlanta, future episodes will be shot entirely on location in the Detroit area. The gritty police drama — which stars Michael Imperioli and James McDaniel — joins the HBO comedy-drama Hung — which although not filmed entirely in the area, is set here — in using the Detroit metropolitan area as a backdrop for interesting storytelling. These two programs join a growing list of films that were shot in Michigan over the last couple of years — several of which have already been released.

Button It Up

Button it up: 80 amazing vintage button projects for necklaces, bracelets, embellishments, housewares, & more by Susan Beal
Buttons are ubiquitous, but how many of us think to use them for more than just functional purposes? This book outlines dozens of colorful projects for all kinds of buttons. You can also check out the Button It Up! blog, which has further instructions and ideas.

Keeping Your Brain in Shape

USA Weekend reported that 25% of Americans have a genetic predisposition of developing Alzheimer's disease; quite a sobering statistic. Author Jean Carper's book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, provides strategies you can do everyday to help keep your brain active and your memory sharp.

Art Cloth

Art cloth : a guide to surface design for fabric by Jane Dunnewold
This book contains detailed how-to instructions for embellishing your own one-of-a-kind fabrics. From dyes to paints, stamps to stencils, screenprinting to resists, there are a myriad of techniques here with which you can make your fabric unique and beautiful.

New England Knits

New England knits: timeless knitwear with a modern twist by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre
When I think of New England and knitting, my first thought is of bulky cabled sweaters, but this book offers a wide variety of projects in a range of styles. Nothing here is oversize or stiflingly heavy, and there are even a number of small projects, like a the Brattleboro Hat and the Groveland Satchel.

Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods

Edible: a celebration of local food by Tracey Ryder
This book features information about local food producers across the United States and pairs recipes with each region. Southeast Michigan's own Calder Dairy is featured, as is Ann Arbor restaurant eve. The recipe for Asparagus with Morels and Tarragon looks delicious.

National Punctuation Day!

Friday, September 24th is National Punctuation Day "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipses". In honor of this momentous occasion, the sponsors of National Punctuation Day are hosting a Punctuation Haiku Contest. Rules and examples are posted on their web site. Need some inspiration? The Children's Department has lots of resources on punctuation. My favorite are those written by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves for adults. Here's one haiku to get you started…

Boring Period,
In almost every sentence
Just can't get respect.

Scandinavian Needlecraft

Scandinavian needlecraft: 35 step-by-step projects to create the Scandinavian home by Clare Youngs — Scandinavian embroidery has such a distinct, appealing look, and now this book shows us how to achieve it at home. Included here are a variety of projects for household items embellished with machine or hand embroidery in the Scandinavian style. Basic instructions on the techniques are also included, so these projects should be manageable for crafters at all skill levels.

Knitting Mochimochi

Knitting mochimochi : 20 super cute strange designs for knitted amigurumi by Anna Hrachovec ; photographs by Brandi Simons

This totally cute book includes patterns for twenty adorable knitted creatures and objects. It also includes basic knitting instructions and even has information about how to make sure your cute critters are safe for kids. I think my first project will be the Squirrels on Wheels. There are also some free patterns available on the Mochimochi blog (right sidebar).

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