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Too Busy Too Scrap?

If you're like me you love to scrapbook but just don't seem to find time to fit it into your busy schedule.  Scrapbooking doesn't have to  take a lot of time.

Spring Crafts

art suppliesSpring is in the air! Check out some of our great craft books, especially the ones highlighting spring. Get out the scissors, glue, glitter, and brightly colored paper to have fun making flowers, birds, and baby animals. Enjoy!

Books on Foreclosure

Each day seems to bring more bad news about Americans facing foreclosure and Michigan is among the hardest hit states.  Many neighborhoods are seeing the effects first hand and people faced with such 

Irish Genealogy Resources

Griffith's Valuation, carried out between 1847 and 1864, was the first organized valuation of Ireland's property holdings. It's especially helpful to those researching their Irish ancestors because Irish census records prior to 1901 were lost in the destruction of the Irish Public Records Office in 1922.

My Favorite Veggie Cookbook

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone coverVegetarian Cooking for Everyone is the first book I would recommend to anyone maintaining, or even interested in, vegetarianism. Deborah Madison includes 1,400 recipes, making it the kind of all-encompassing book which becomes an immediate kitchen staple. At least it is in my kitchen--I've never had a failed recipe from this book.

Planet Google

Google can be used to find just about anything on the web, but that's not good enough for the Mountain View company.

Hey, Hey Hockeytown!

Hi there Hockey fans! Since we are knee-deep in our current hockey season, here is a link to checkout all the great books we have on the Detroit Red Wings...our Stanley Cup defending champs! Have fun reading about great moments in Red Wings history including fun facts about past season Stanley Cup wins, players, and overall team statistics. Enjoy!

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric weiner

I just finished reading a travel memoir called "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's search for the Happiest Places in the World", that was both humorous and introspective. Eric Weiner deserves points for devising a new way to address the question of what makes peaple happy and why. To this end he goes off to nine unusual locales including Bhutan, Iceland and Qatar. His final stop is United States, which "is not as happy as it is wealthy". With engaging wit and some suprising insights, the author ( a self-professed grump) offers travelers some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Parenting book

Reviews & MoreIf you have a 2-5 year old, and are struggling with their not-so-great behavior, "I Brake for Meltdowns" is a very helpful book for parents. Written by a mother of five, this book gives excellent tips for disciplining your young child.

One Wish, Two Wish, A Happy Birthday Seuss Wish!

March 2nd marks the 105th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth. Local retail stores, such as Meijer, are having birthday events for him this Saturday, February 28th, but his beloved books are always available at the library.

You're Either In or Out

Teacher StudentColleges are tweaking their methods of informing students of whether or not they'll be coming to their campus that fall. In today's U.S.

Urban Italian

Urban ItalianGorgeous photos make Urban Italian worth checking out even if you never cook any of the recipes, but it may be hard to resist trying a few. Delicious looking photos for recipes such as Pine Nut Cake or Squash Tortelloni show it may be worth the effort.

Matisse at Saint Laurent Auction

This Matisse painting sold at Christies's auction on Feb. 23 for a record price for a work by a French artist.  The sale was of art from the estate of Yves Saint Laurent.  Our collection includes many works on Matisse including Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling.  News of the auction appears in this New York Times article from Feb. 24.

The Autism Book: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions

The Autism Book:  Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions by S. Jhoanna Robledo and Dawn Ham-Kucharski will help parents, grandparents,  and professionals navigate the highs and lows of the autism diagnosis with easy to read layout and a multi-faceted resource section.  As a grandma, I can easily use this book to help with issues that arise with my grandson with autism.

Spring is in the air!

 At least in Lakeland Florida where the Detroit Tigers have begun Spring Training.  Mark your calendar for the Tiger's home opener on April 10th against the Toronto Blue Jays.  In the meantime, browse through the library's collection and transport yourself into spring with

Flowers and Herbs of Early America

Flowers and Herbs of Early AmericaFlowers and Herbs of Early America by Lawrence D. Griffith is a detailed look at a variety of annuals, perennials, and herbs that were around in the early days of the United States and are still found in many gardens and yards today. The color photographs are gorgeous and include both wide shots and close-ups, making for easy identification even by an amateur gardener like myself.

Feminine Mystique

Feminine MystiqueOn this day (February 19) in 1963, Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, a call for   women to achieve their full potential. Her book generated an enormous response and revitalized the women's movement in the U.S.

Finding 'Our' Voices

Finding My Voice, by author and NPR host Diane Rehm, is the Everyone's Reading selection for 2009. Fans of her award-winning radio show are sure to enjoy her memoir, but others will also find it inspiring as she recounts numerous and often painful obstacles she's overcome in her personal and professional life.

Getting Healthy Takes Less Time Than You Think

New research shows that even short bursts of exercise a few times a week can be beneficial to overall health.  This is encouraging news for people who don't have the time for the recommended hours of physical activity per week.