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New Bengali, Panjabi, and Urdu Books

The new International Language books are coming in almost too fast to blog! Fiction, cookbooks, biographies and so much more can be found on the shelf, or by searching online.

Cult of Celebrity

Do you crave every detail of a celebrity's life? Or obsess over a Hollywood A-Lister and whom he or she is dating or divorcing? If so, The Cult of Celebrity might pique your interest as well. Written by an entertainment expert, Cooper Lawrence, explains the phenom known as fame; why we as a society put stars on pedestals and become fascinated when they fall.

Baby Beanies

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys includes instructions for knitting a variety of adorable hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The patterns vary from very basic beginner level to more advanced, and all of them are mega cute.

Walter Cronkite

The man once known as "the most trusted man in America" passed away Friday at the age of  92. Walter Cronkite, the legendary journalist and TV news anchor for CBS, retired in 1981 after a long and distinguished career. Recruited by Edward R. Murrow,  Cronkite joined the network in the early 1950s after proving himself with his excellent coverage from Moscow during World War II.

Happy Birthday Degas!

degasThis Sunday, July 19th, is the birth anniversary of the artist Edgar Degas.  He lived from 1834-1917.  During his life, he became famous for painting and sculpting many subjects including a lengthy series having to do with dancers and dancing, most notably in the field of ballet.

Who Knew? Swearing Can Be Good For You!

That curse word that you blurt out when you hurt yourself may be more than just using bad language.  A recent English study suggests that swearing after an injury actually helps you handle the pain.  That just might explain why swearing has survived so long.  For an in-depth look at cursing, read

To the Moon!

It's hard to believe but this Monday, July 20 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

Emmy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards were announced earlier today. The winners will be announced on September 20 during a live broadcast on CBS to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their battle for speed and glory...

A.J. Baime's Go Like Hell is a remarkable story of Henry Ford II's quest to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, racing's most glamourous and dangerous event. Ford, with the help of a young visionary Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned car builder, Carroll Shelby, entered the high stakes world of European racing in order to reinvent the company. Buckle your seat belt and go!

Garden Anywhere

Garden Anywhere: How to Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens, Herb Gardens, Kitchen Gardens, and More--Without Spending a Fortune by Alys Fowler

The title really says it all - don't miss this beautifully photographed guide to making gardens wherever it suits you.

Toxic Chemicals on Our Pets

An April, 2009 paper by the National Resources Defense Council found that certain flea and tick pet collars have such a high concentration of toxins that they may cause cancer and other health disorders. These chemicals are especially dangerous to young children who are more likely to ingest them than adults.
For natural alternatives to pet care, read Pets and the Planet by Carol Frischmann.

Show Me the Money! Keeping track of your hard earned money

Do you often find yourself with more month left than money? Does your budget look good on paper but frequently doesn't work in reality? In these uncertain economic times it is more important than ever to know how to budget your money and to keep track of expenses. Money tracking software programs have been available for many years but now there are websites that perform the same functions at no cost. Sites such as www.feedthepig.com and www.networthiq.com can help you keep track of your expenses and stay on budget.

What Do You Want from Your Career?

"Determining What You Want From Your Career" is one of the many job resources available in the LearningExpress Library database. With completion of the questionnaire, you will learn more about yourself and the work environment you want. Once you know this information, you will be able to focus your job-search efforts better. As a result, you will save considerable time and energy because you will apply only for jobs that you are qualified to fill, that you are interested in, that you will be happy pursuing, and that will help you achieve your goals.

FLY ME TO THE MOON....40 YEARS LATER

It is remarkable that 40 years ago - prior to cell phones, Blackberry's, and laptops - the mission to send men to the moon was accomplished with astronauts who carried sliderules.   Astronaut Buzz Aldrin writes about his journey as the second man to step foot on the moon in his book, Magnificent Desolation.  It begins with his trip to the moon in 196

AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to actor Michael Douglas by the  American Film Institute on June 11.

Art in The Park July 10-12, 2009

beadsCalling all art lovers! Come to the 30th Annual Plymouth Art in the Park Festival! See crafters, painters, jewelry makers, photographers, sculptors, and so much more lining the streets of downtown Plymouth. Bring an umbrella and brave the rain to seek out something new and original that you can take home or shop ahead for a great gift! Who knows? Maybe the rain will manage to stay away....

Izzy and Lenore

Bedlam Farm is located in rural Upstate New York and provides a charming setting for author Jon Katz's book, Izzy and Lenore. After Jon adopts Izzy, a stranded and sensitive border collie, he becomes inspired to volunteer for a hospice organization to help others but Lenore helps him heal himself.

Explaining Success

Success stories are inspiring. In Outliers Malcolm Gladwell explains how several factors are important for a person to become really successful in any field. It is a fascinating read.

Is that REAL food you're eating?

Award-winning author Michael Pollan's latest book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto takes a stab at the overabundance of processed foods lining supermarket shelves, referring to them as "edible food-like substances" pretending to be food. Pollan makes a strong case for going back to basics when it comes to the food Americans ought to eat: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan suggests we shouldn't eat foods our great-grandmothers wouldn't recognize. In other words, meals should be prepared with whole, unprocessed foods that are mostly fruits and vegetables.

Stitched Toys

Stitched ToysStitched Toys: 20 Stunning But Simple Designs by Kate Haxell includes instructions for making and embellishing twenty unique and appealing toys. The entire collection has a vintage aesthetic that will make these treasures seem like they've been in your family for years. The dog beanbag is my favorite.