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April Showers Bring May Flowers

flowerIt’s about that time to get your lawn in shape. Here at CPL we have multiple items to choose from. Check out some of the various items we have for all of your Lawn and Garden needs.

Hockey Season Winding Down

Well, hockey fans, the time is drawing near. Regular season play for our Detroit Red Wings ends this Sunday night! Time does fly! However, buckle down, sports fans, as the playoffs are upon us. Enjoy these great books on the Stanley Cup while you wait on the edge of your seats for the playoffs to begin!

Award Winning Cookbooks!

Art and Soul of Baking coverEvery year the International Association of Culinary Professionals announces their picks for the best cookbooks of the year. The Art & Soul of Baking is just one of the award winners owned by CPL.

Bonsai Trees

Spring is here and I am getting out my Bonsai. The Library is a good source for books on how create and take care of these miniature trees. The Bonsai Workshop by Herb L. Gustafson has an excellant section on pruning. It not only describes how to do it but why and when.

Go Green for Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow; the urge to make everything fresh and clean is in the air. Check out CPL Housekeeping staff's eco-friendly hints to green up your clean up.

Green-up your cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff — Keep odd socks for general dusting. Combine lemon juice or vinegar with water, boil in the microwave to help soften stuck on foods.

Your library card can be the ticket to an amazing destination

Recently I spent time in Savannah, GA, where, on a local hotel TV channel, I viewed John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.berendt  He described how he fell in love with Savannah and decided to live there for a while.  His book not only details the murder that took place at the historical Mercer house, but also depicts Savannah's history, beauty, and some of its idiosyncratic residents.  Upon returning home, I checked out the book and the mo

It Sucked and Then I Cried

It Sucked and Then I CriedAnother book featured on Monday's Oprah was blogger Heather Armstrong's memoir of why committing herself to a mental hospital to overcome her postpartum depression was the best decision for her and her family. It Sucked and Then I Cried is a brave cautionary tale about crossing over that invisible line where everything changes and it only gets worse. But most of all, it's a celebration of a love so big it can break your heart into a million pieces.

Why GM Matters

In his new book, Why GM Matters : Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon, William Holstein makes the argument that GM is essential to our nation's well-being.  He goes deep inside GM to show what's really happening at the country's most iconic corporation.  Holstein explains how GM has already radically retooled its entire operation, from manufacturing and cost structure to design.

Tracing Your Roots With DNA

Are you interested in using scientific methods to finding your long, lost ancestors and have money to burn?  Consider DNA testing!  This relatively new genealogical method matches your DNA with a database of other people also searching for their roots.  Recently,  Alex Haley's nephew, Chris, traced the family back to Scotland using this method!  For more information read Tracing Your Roots

Spring, where did you go?

I don't know about you, but with all the snow that fell today, it sure doesn't feel like spring to me.  Would you rather be thinking about warm weather and playing outside? If so, Sunny Days and Starry Nights will help. Flip through this book and find lots of ideas for fun stuff you can do outside. Plan some outdoor activites for yourself, and before you know it, it will actually be nice enough outside to do them!

Shel Silverstein on a Rainy Morning

falling upOn this rather rainy Friday morning, I try to look for some fun to keep me going during the day. Shel Silverstein's whimsical poetry is just the ticket for escaping the soggy, rainy day  blues. Here's to an afternoon giggle.

Autism Awareness Month

 April is National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM).  Many parents and health professionals, concerned about the rising number of children diagnosed with autism, have combined efforts to find a cure.  Continued research and new therapies are at the forefront of their crusade.  Need more information?  The library has a large collection of

A Homemade Life

When you visit Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette, you will find interesting introspections on food and life, interspersed with beautiful photographs. If this all sounds good, but you don't care so much for the blog format, check out her first book, A Homemade Life.

Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay

Sippy CupsOn Monday April 6th, comedian and tv writer/producer Stephanie Wilder-Taylor is scheduled to appear on the Oprah show. Her memoir, Sippy Cups Are Not For Chardonnay describes the author's transformation into the perils of parenting. From sharing parental responsibilities to the science of the Diaper Genie, this book combines laugh-out-loud humor with sassy wit and is a refreshing, honest look at modern motherhood.

Dog Training Resources at Your Library


The recent release of the Marley and Me DVD got me thinking...
If you plan on getting a new dog or already have a pooch that could improve his doggie manners, check our dog training section here at the library.  From puppy training to teaching an old dog new tricks we've got a wide selection of books and DVDs to help you better understand and train your dog.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the "Academy of American Poets", as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is celebrated every April in the United States and (since 1999) in Canada as well. Since 2000 Great Britian has celebrated a National Poetry Month each October. (Wikipedia)

Celebrate Diversity Month

April 1 marks the beginning of a new national observance dedicated to celebrating the diversity that exists within our workplaces, schools and communities.

Happy April Fool's Day!

Hey kids, enjoy this April Fool's Day with Bart King's The Pocket Guide to Mischief. You can read about some funny historical practical jokes and get tons of ideas for harmless, but hilarious pranks you can pull on people you know. Hope the day is a ton of fun for you!

Herbs: Simple Steps to Success

HerbsHerbs by William Denne is a new addition to the library's rich collection of gardening books. As I've come to expect from DK books, it has crisp, colorful photos that complement and illustrate the concise and informative text.

Final Four Fever

netWith the Final Four rapidly approaching, college basketball fever is at the tipping point!