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Great American Smokeout

Spread the word and spread the health - Thursday, November 19th is the Great American Smokeout 2009. If you or a loved one has been trying to quit smoking, give it a try on this day. You'll be in good company. For more tips on kicking the habit, try Kicking Butts: Quit Smoking and Take Charge of Your Health.

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Eat This, Not That! 2010

It's amazing how thousands of easy food swaps can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds — or more. Author David Zinczenko explains which foods to avoid and which to substitute in Eat This, Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution! This is the completely expanded and updated for 2010. Recipes are included.

Going Green Builds Wealth

We all know that "Going Green" saves our planet Earth. But there's an added benefit, "Going Green" can also help you build personal wealth. In The Green Millionaire: A Practical Guide to Achieving Real Wealth While Helping to Save the Planet, author Nigel J. Williams explains how small changes like programming your thermostat or switching to rechargeable batteries can lead to savings. Then learn how to turn those green savings into wealth.

Feminine Knits

Feminine Knits: 22 Timeless Designs by Lene Holme Samsøe
Filled with mostly sweaters and jackets, this book offers delicate, girlie knits you can craft by hand. Many of the patterns feature lace and other decorative elements that give the garments something special. While feminine, most of the garments also appear sturdy enough for everyday wear.

Have You Eaten Your Frog Today?

Tend to procrastinate? Need to improve your time management skills? If so, take some advice from Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. His secret to ending procrastination? Tackle the biggest, most challenging task of your day first thing. That's your "frog," says Tracy. If you're like many people, you'll instead try to complete several quick, easy and/or enjoyable tasks first thing in the morning. You'll learn why it's so important to "eat that frog" first, along with loads of other useful time management tips. No time to read a book, you say? No problem! Listen to the audiobook (on CDs) in your car while driving to work or running errands.

Fanatical Football

Hey sports fans! Check out the latest stats on your favorite teams in our fun and informative collection of books and DVD's on football. Whether you root for the U of M Wolverines or the Detroit Lions, fill those downtimes during commercial breaks and half-time shows with pages of cool information on teams, players, and bowl games found in our collection! Have fun tossing the pigskin!

New Cookbooks!

Today I got two books I have been eagerly anticipating. It was like Christmas in November! The first is a world-wide compendium called The dumpling : a seasonal guide by Wai Hon Chu and Connie Lovatt. The second is My bread : the revolutionary no-work, no-knead method by Jim Lahey. You may know Lahey from Mark Bittman's writing. I've tried bread made with his incredibly easy method and it is delicious. I can hardly wait to try out the recipes.

Holiday Cooking

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is start thinking about recipes I'll use for upcoming holiday celebrations. Cooking can be even more fun when you're able to include helpers, and the Children's Department has a whole range of cookbooks that work well with kids. I've enjoyed The Kids' Holiday Baking Book, but there are many other cookbooks that can help you create memorable, yummy holidays creations for whatever holidays you celebrate!

Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen

christmas gifts from the kitchenChristmas Gifts from the Kitchen by Georgeanne Brennan has lots of wonderful homemade dessert recipes that are perfect for gift giving this holiday season. You'll find ideas for cookies, candies, breads and preserves. The recipes are uncomplicated and easy to follow. Perfect for even the amateur in the kitchen.

House Beautiful Colors for Your Home

house beautiful colors for your homeAre you looking for the perfect color to paint your living room but feeling overwhelmed? Check out House Beautiful Colors for Your Home for inspiration. Well known designers share their favorite color ideas. There are lots of color samples throughout this book to help you choose the perfect color.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

It seems we can't go a day without hearing about the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus. Check the flu.gov website for the frequently updated flu shot locator and myths and facts concerning the flu. Also included are guides for professionals on maintaining business continuity during an epidemic. The Library catalog offers books for the young and young-at-heart such as Chicken soup by heart by Esther Hershenhorn and for the more adventurous Dread: how fear and fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Death to avian flu by Philip Alcabes.

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Thousands of visitors, including dignitaries and world leaders, are in Berlin today to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Wall divided the city and Germany into East and West for three decades until it was brought down on November 9, 1989. Today's celebration will include concerts, fireworks and the symbolic collapse of a wall of oversize dominoes that has been set up in the area where the Wall once stood. It will be toppled later today - just like the Wall was 20 years ago.

World Heritage Sites

The new book "World Heritage Sites", is a treasure trove of information. Readers will be impressed with this all encompassing testament to world culture. It describes 878 sites from 141 countries which the United Nations has designated as culturally or enviromentally important to the world. "World Heritage List", has proved to be a valuable tool in the battle to preserve much of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Its strict criteria results in only the world's most spectacular and extraordinary sites making it onto the list. The list has been publicly available online at http://whc.unesco.org but never in a book format like this.

Asian Dumplings

Some books make the reader hungry. Asian Dumplings is one of those books. It's filled with mouth-watering photos of a wide variety of dumplings. The accompanying directions cover all aspects of the cooking process: from making the dough to forming and filling the dumplings. I am intrigued by many of the recipes, including a particularly delicious sounding Nepalese Vegetable and Cheese Dumplings. But I think I will start with Baked Filled Buns. Yum.

Happy Belated Birthday to the Big C!

Happy Belated Birthday to the Big C...as in Cookie Monster! November 2nd was his birthday so while the wishes are a bit late, let's carry on the celebration! Bake some chocolate chip cookies and decorate them to look like Cookie Monster, write a poem about how blue his fur is or how googly his eyes are, or if you are really crafty, knit your own fuzzy cookie monster. The options are endless, so explore your creative vein and have a cookie or two in Cookie Monster's honor while you are at it.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia, starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere opened in theaters on October 23rd.  Check out our collection of Amelia Earhart books and movies  to learn more about this adventurous woman pilot.

Fast Facts About The 50 States

If you enjoy wacky trivia, you have to check out Fast Facts About the 50 States. It's a quick read full of funny and interesting information about the United States, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. After all, who wouldn't want to know where to find the world's largest potato chip?! Look for this book in the Children's New Book area today!

National American Indian Heritage Month

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. The National Register of Historic Places has put together a list of sites promoting the history and culture of Native Americans. The following Special Collection is designed to highlight some of the library's many resources about Native Americans.

General Reference Books

Historical Dictionary of North American Archaeology edited by Edward B.

Ellis

Many of us have ancestors who made their way from foreign lands to a small island at the mouth of the Hudson River. Once known as Little Oyster Island, Ellis Island acquired it's present name from a colonial New Yorker named Samuel Ellis. The immigration station opened in 1892 where 12 million immigrants were processed before it wound down in 1924 and finally closed in November of 1954. For every thousand weary faces that passed through there were a thousand different stories of hope, promise and anticipation.

An excellent new book on the topic is American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato. Learn more about this place and the people who came together to form this unique blend of customs and cultures we call America.

The Sounds of Silence

They're always there amid the noise and bustle of our daily lives though we never quite notice them until the silence of a summer morning or the tranquility of a perfect twilight brings them into our awareness. Birdsongs; they're as close as our own backyard. Robins and bluejays, finches and sparrows all sharing their own unique language with us if we choose to listen.

We have a wonderful guide in our collection that not only gives vivid descriptions and beautiful color images but also the actual distinct calls made by each bird with just the touch of a button. Check out The Backyard Birdsong Guide by Donald Kroodsma for a really unique look into the lyrical world of our feathered friends.