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The Kitchen Garden: Month by Month

Kitchen garden : month by month by Alan Buckingham

This book is truly a step-by-step guide to growing your own food. It starts at the very beginning with planning and goes all the way through to the payoff of harvesting. Some of the tasks listed for the winter months are suitable for those lucky enough to have a home greenhouse or coldframe, but these are easily pushed back to spring thaw for those of us without. The most useful part of this book for me, though, is the Crop Planner. It includes detailed information about a variety of edibles, and I'll definitely be coming back to this section again.

Michigan Week

Michigan Week is celebrated this year from the 16th through the 22nd of this month. This annual tribute began in 1954 as a way to promote state pride among citizens, and to celebrate the state's rich heritage. The Library can help you learn more about Michigan's history, its tremendous natural resources, and its beautiful sights to visit and enjoy.

A Rainbow of Stitches

A rainbow of stitches : embroidery and cross-stitch basics plus more than 1,000 motifs and 80 project ideas by Agnès Delage-Calvet ... [et al.] ; photography by Frédéric Lucano

Organized by color, this book offers a tremendous number of ideas for embroidery and cross-stitch projects and motifs. The designs range from cute to elegant, craftsy to modern, satisfying a wide range of tastes. I have been wanting to learn more about embroidery for awhile and I think this book will be a great place to start.

Local Author Event

Join us Thursday, May 13 at 7:00PM in the Community Room for the shared stories, methods, and inspiration of local authors. If you have ever dreamed of being an author yourself, or if you simply want to enjoy and support the efforts of some local talent, please join us. We'll hear everything from Haiku to families dealing with serious health and/or emotional issues. Let the stories begin.

How You Can Help Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the April explosion of a BP offshore oil rig has put local economies, wildlife and the Gulf's ecosystem at risk. It has been described as the "worst environmental disaster in our nation's history." The affected area is home to more than 400 species of wildlife including whales, egrets, herons, otters, dolphins and millions of migratory birds. Check the NWF's website to see how you can help the wildlife recover. For more information on how our dependence on fossil fuels affect the environment check out Crude: The Real Price of Oil or Crude Impact.

Until Next Year Dear Red Wings

It's a sad day in Hockeytown as our Red Wings have become Shark food. Sigh. It was a painful series to watch overall, but then again, this has not been the best season for the Red Wings either. Until Hockey season starts back up again in October, you can relive the past glory days of our dear, Detroit hockey club with items in our sports section. Enjoy the vacation boys! See you next fall!

Michigan's Gray Wolves: Should People Be Allowed to Kill Them?

If wolves attack livestock or pets, do humans have the right to kill them, even if they're on the Endangered Species list? This long-standing debate has reached the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Both states have requested permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to obtain permits allowing the killing of wolves, including gray wolves, which are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. There are roughly 600 wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through May 19. Email your comments to Regional Director Peter Fasbender at: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. For more information, check out FWS's web page.

Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from Storycorps

Featuring StoryCorps's most revelatory stories on the subject, Mom looks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood. Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. This collection of stories will take you on an emotional journey.

Applique Your Way

Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey

This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.

Play Ball

There's a new way to play ball called Pickleball. It's a combination of ping pong and badminton. If you're up to trying something new, open pickleball sessions are held at the Northville Recreation Center.

Get some basics at the Pickleball Lessons Blog.

Fix-it and Forget-it

Not sure what to fix for dinner? Fix-it and Forget-it cookbooks have many slow cooked recipes to choose from. With just a few ingredients, your next slow cooked meal is on the way.

Michigan Author Homecoming

The Michigan Humanities Council will present the 2010 Michigan Author Homecoming, "Writing War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam," with noted writers Benjamin Busch, Philip Caputo, and Doug Stanton
  • May 18 in East Lansing
  • May 20 in Marquette
The events will celebrate the conclusion of the Council’s Great Michigan Read. Each event will be a moderated, panel-style discussion focusing on the impact of war on culture, particularly in relation to recent United States conflicts (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam). There will be a book signing. Tickets are available online or by phone at (517) 372-7770.

New Hindi Books

A large shipment of Hindi books has arrived and is on the shelves for you to enjoy. Nonfiction titles include Baccoṃ kī prāthamika śikshā evaṃ vikāsa kaise? by Mālatī Jośī and Bhāratīya saṃskāra by Indu Vīrendrā. Fiction titles include Khūna kā riśtā: bromāñcabharī pārivārika gāthā by Ema. Je. Akabara and An̐dhere kā tālā by Mamatā Kāliyā.

Murder Will Out

Looking for something new to read? Check out this year’s shortlists for the Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize, the Agatha Awards, Strand Magazine Critics Awards,  and the

The American Meadow Garden

The American meadow garden: creating a natural alternative to the traditional lawn by John Greenlee; photography by Saxon Holt

This book is chock full of ideas for both individual plants and combinations that work well in a meadow garden. There are many grasses, both flowering and not, as well as other plants common to meadows. Many of these plants can be used in a suburban home landscape, even if you don't have room for what feels like a whole meadow. The photographs of existing meadow gardens are also beautiful and inspirational.

And They're Off!

Who will win the Run for the Roses in the 136th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs?  Lookin At Lucky, Sidney's Candy, Devil May Care or the long shot Make Music for Me. Tune in Saturday on NBC for the fastest two minutes of sports and find out. In the meantime, visit CPL for a taste of racing fever with books such as Two Minutes to Glory : The Official History of the Kentucky Derby , The 10 Best Kentucky Derbies and the new soon to be movie !

Round 2

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Well, hockey fans, we have made it to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Wasn't really sure we would get there, based on how the Red Wings played at the end of the season, but very glad to see it happened. In other hockey news, the Pittsburgh Penguins have also raced into Round 2 of the Playoffs. Will these two teams meet up in the finals? I know that my nails will be bitten off in anticipation. Check out the Red Wings and Penguins websites for updates and tickets! Go Peng-wings! (I do have divided loyalites, after all!)

Up the Rouge

Former Detroit News reporter, Joel Thurtell, and former photographer, Patricia Beck, tell their tale of traveling up the Rouge River by canoe. The trip was an eye-opening experience of beauty, destruction, pollution and hope. Now in book form, their travels are documented for all to see. Won't you join us for this unique look at our environment and the good, bad and ugly that we have created over the years.
Sunday, May 2nd at 1:00PM in the Community Room.

Fishing Derby

Ahhh Spring! Nature is at it's best right now. Pack up your fishing gear and head over to the Canton Fishing Derby from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday May 1. Check out a great book on fishing basics at the library.

Murder Will Out

During a series of events held across North America’s northernmost nation, the shortlists of books nominated for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards were announced on April 22 by the Crime Writers of Canada. The prestigious Arthur Ellis Awards are presented in 6 categories for excellence in works in the crime genre published for the first time in the previous year by authors living in Canada, regardless of their nationality, or by Canadian writers living outside of Canada. The CBC News Web site has a partial rundown, but the following list comes from The Rap Sheet. The winners will be announced during a ceremony on May 27 in Toronto.