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Master the Art of Reading 2009

Adult Summer Reading is in full swing and we have compiled many resources to help you figure out what to read next. On the Books & More page you will find links to the NYT Bestseller Lists, Staff Recommendations, as well as lists of New Materials. Our Bookmarks page has all the recommended reading lists you will need to, "Master the Art of Reading." Still can't find what you are looking for? Then don't hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk and ask a Librarian for a suggestion!

Southern Recipes With A Touch Of Spice

June 21st is the beginning of summer. Get out the Bar-B-Que grill and try some of Pat and Gina Neely's flavorful grilled dishes. Down home with the Neely's, a southern cookbook has everything from how to soak woodchips for grilling, to the Neely's signature spice rubs as well as their southern recipes with a kick, and If that's not enough to satisfy you, the Husband and Wife team host their own cooking show Down home with the Neely's on the Food Network channel which airs Saturday's @11:00 a.m.

Eco Craft

Eco Craft Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle by Susan Wasinger is a collection of thirty eco-friendly projects for your home. The projects run the gamut, from recycling sweaters into a knitted rug to re-purposing plastic six-pack holders into a modern screen/divider to altering old books into holiday decorations.

Inspirational Suspense, Fantasy, Historicals & More

Do you enjoy reading books by Christian authors such as Ted Dekker, Catherine Palmer, and Beverly Lewis? Are you always looking for new authors? If so, take a peek at the following list we created at the request of another CPL patron.

Happy Nature Photography Day

rainbowToday is so beautiful out, friends! Take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather and make a trek outside. Celebrate Nature Photography Day and create some art by capturing the world around you.  Michigan is full of parks, lakes, and gardens. Check out an old favorite or discover a new one. Good luck and happy snapping!

Going Green

Do you wish you could change your life and make it just a little more environmentally sound? Many people do, but with so much information out there on how to go green, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few handpicked, current titles to help you work toward a more eco-friendly existence.

Michigan's best beaches

There is no excuse for being bored this summer in Michigan. From the pristine beaches of the UP to miles of Lake Michigan beaches, there is something for everyone here, be it swimming, snorkeling, kite flying or just sleeping in the sun. Stay for the sunset too, each one is more beautiful than the day before! Michigan's best beaches

Backyards

backyardsBackyards: A Sunset Design Guide by Bridget Biscotti Bradley is full of beautiful images of backyard spaces that are, unlike those in many landscaping books, realistic for suburban homeowners like us. The spaces are reasonably sized and range in style from clean modern to cozy cottage and beyond. A bonus is that throughout, the author of the book provide tips on how to use native materials for a greener, more sustainable result.

Amigurumi!

Whether you already know how to crochet or are looking for a new hobby, I definitely suggest checking out Amigurumi World : Seriously Cute Crochet. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and it doesn't get much cuter than this!

Home Landscaping

Home Landscaping Home Landscaping offers a basic guide to landscaping around your house, including design, plant selection, dealing with pests, and more. Because it gives you the essential details on a wide variety of projects, this book is a great one to have around both when you're making plans and when you're ready to do the actual projects.

Happy Birthday Gauguin

gauguinFrench painter, Paul Gauguin was born today, June 7th, in 1848.  Before his career in painting, he was a stockbroker in Paris. At the age of 35, he decided to devote his life to painting and eventually moved to several places, including Tahiti. Much of his art is remembered for containing broad, flat tones, and bold colors and he is regarded as a highly influential founder of modern art.

Summer Fun!

School's almost out!  Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer?  Why not try some activity books to help keep their summer exciting?  Here are some suggestions: Summer fun!:  60 activities for a kid-perfect summer, Summer activities, Summer smarts for cool kids: over 150 fantastic and fun learning activities to help kids beat the summer blahs, The vacation activity book

New Spanish Books

Today we're putting some brand new Spanish titles on the shelves. Take a look and find some great nonfiction titles, including: Tierra de todos by Jorge Ramos and En tiempos de guerra : la historia de un soldado by Ricardo S. Sanchez. If you prefer fiction, you might try Mexico acribillado by Francisco Martin Moreno.

Digital TV is Almost Here!

The digital TV transition happens on June 12! If you still haven't purchased your converter box or are still confused as to what's happening, go to dtv.gov for the answers. If you think you're ready but not sure, all Michigan television stations are conducting a final test to let you know if your television is ready. It is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 at 7:59 p.m. The test will be conducted simultaneously on every over-the-air station. If you see a green "PASS" screen you're all set. However, if you see a red "FAIL" screen, time is running out! Check Michigan DTV for Me for more information.

The guidebook that opened Europe

 

Frommer's is the name you can trust for great travel bargains. Fifty years ago, only the rich vacationed in Europe. Then came the guidebook"Europe on $5 a day". Travelling changed forever. The acclaimed $-a-day series is for travelers with taste, who demand comfortable accomadations at reasonable prices. Frommer's guidebooks

D-Day Commemoration

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of occupied France during World War II. The operation began on June 6, 1944 and was the largest single-day amphibious invasion of all time, with 160,000 troops landing on the Normandy coast. President Obama will attend the D-Day commemorative events in Normandy, France, this Saturday.

New Quilting Book

Looking for new ideas for your next quilt project? Check out our latest book Kaffe Fassett’s country garden quilts. The book has some nice patchwork ideas and tips.

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Scleroderma, a serious and sometimes life threatening autoimmune condition affecting the body's connective tissue, is difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for other conditions.  The Scleroderma Foundation has set aside June as Scleroderma Awareness Month to educate the public and advocate for research.  For more information read

Pets and the Planet

Pets and the PlanetYou love your pet. You care about the environment. Pets and the Planet helps you make informed decisions when it comes to involving your four-legged or feathered family members in your mission to leave less of a footprint on the planet. This book gives you all the information you need to understand sustainability as a pet owner and how to make the best choices for your pet and the environment.

Tattoo Delirium

tattoodeliriumTattoo Delirium by Eva Minguet is a collection of beautiful images of tattoos accompanied by biographical information about the tattooers who created them. Features are included on artists from around the world, including Detroit's own Bob Tyrell, who specializes in black-and-gray work and custom horror imagery.