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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!

Video Sites for Learning

[Update: YouTube released YouTube EDU this week]
While YouTube is great for entertaining videos, you have to dig pretty deep to find educational stuff (or know what you're looking for). Below is a short list of educational video sites:

Academic Earth - Selected lectures from top professors at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Subjects range from Astronomy to Religion.

March Madness

Amaze your friends, family and co-workers with your encyclopedia knowledge of the game of college basketball.  The DVD March Madness allows you to relive the most spectacular and dramatic moments of this annual college tournament.

Hurry...Reading Month is Ending Soon!

Book WhispererDonalyn Miller, Teacher Magazine blogger and author, couldn't find a book that demonstrated her love for reading to her students so she decided to write one herself. It's a shame we aren't born with the desire to love books. We have to discover the world of books on our own, or from parents and teachers. Many of us have cherished childhood memories of visiting the library and happily leaving with an armful of books.

Detroit's Classic TV

White Fang? Black Tooth? Bill Kennedy's Sunday movie? If any of these bring back fond memories of growing up in Detroit then you should definitely check out the exhibit currently running at the Detroit Historical Museum. Detroit's Classic TV Personalities pays tribute to several of the entertainment and news broadcasting legends that many of us grew up watching. Included in this exhibit are salutes to Soupy Sales, movie host Bill Kennedy, Emery King, Amyre Makupson, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.

Mangos - the Miracle Weight Loss Fruit?

Researchers in Camaroon have studied the effects of taking extracts from the African mango seed and have discovered that it may inhibit fat production.  Although more research needs to be completed, this discovery may be promising for the increasing problem of obesity.  Are you trying to lose weight?  Check out the library's extensive collection of

Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal

This was chorus of a song titled Low Bridge, Everyone Down written in 1905. Constructed between 1817 to 1825, the Erie Canal was the first transportation route between New York City and the Great Lakes. Before modern-day construction equipment, "The Ditch That Made New York Rich," was mostly made on the backs of Irish immigrants. Bond of Union, is a fascinating account of how one of the greatest achievements in U.S. History was built.