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Do you speak or want to learn a non-English language?

Do you speak a language other than English? Are you studying a language in school? Do you want to learn another language for your own enrichment? If you answered YES to any of those questions, you need to check out the children's international language collection.

Last year we added non-English juvenile feature films and learning DVDs and all languages available in the Muzzy language learning series, and this year we've eliminated the old book/cassette language kits and have updated with book/CD kits.

Springtime and Monet

Welcome to Spring, everyone! One artist who embodies the feeling of floating on a springtime breeze in the sunshine, at least for me, is Claude Monet.  His impressionistic works capture the way subtle changes begin to take place with flowers blooming, light breezes blowing, and the days getting ever so slightly longer.

The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright

Gardens of Frank Lloyd WrightMost people think of architecture when they think of Frank Lloyd Wright, but he also created some stunning gardens, showcased in The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright by Derek Fell. In addition to being drool-worthy, they also provide inspiration and some great ideas for planting combinations.

New Kannada Books

Our first new International Language books for 2009 are in Kannada. Just on the shelf today are cookbooks such as 150 vividha sihi tindigalu, poetry such as Akkana vachanagalu, and much more. This is only the first part of the books in Kannada we've purchased, so there are more on the way!

 

Help with filing for Unemployment Benefits

Filing for unemployment benefits just got a little easier with the release of Filing your claim for unemployment benefits & finding a job - a joint effort of the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and the Michigan Works! Agencies. This 17 minute DVD provides information on the claims-filing process for unemployment compensation and answers many of the typical questions asked by unemployed workers. Multiple copies are available at the Library.

Langston Hughes

One of my favorite poets is Langston Hughes. I love the way his words weave pictures of Jazz, big cities, and the roaring 20s.

Purple Cows, Meatball Sundaes, and Seth Godin

Have a product you're trying to market? Looking for advice on how to run your business or even just your life? Seth Godin breaks down complex principles in a very readable way. Here are some of his recent hits:

Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us -- how to leverage informal communities, even on the web

Meatball sundae : is your marketing out of sync?

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The bad news is that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  The good news is that it can often be prevented with screening and treatment.

White House Council on Women and Girls

Today President Obama created a new council whose mission will be "to provide a coordinated federal response to the challenges confronted by women and girls and to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider how their policies and programs impact women and families." Its goals include improving women's economic security and healthcare, and preventing violence against women - both home and abroad. The full text of the executive order can be found here.

A helpful book

If there's a loved one in your life that has an addiction, a good book to read is: No more letting go by Debra Jay.  This book weaves together real-life family stories and interventions that can offer comfort, hope and help.  Another good book is called Heart of Addiction by Lance Dodes.   Both these books can help in getting through this difficult time.

Some Luck o' the Irish!

There's a pot o' golden Irish books at the end of the library's rainbow just waiting for you! Some awesome stories take place in Ireland. Facts abound about Ireland.

Now for Kids: Inspiring Books from "Three Cups of Tea"

Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 108 weeks running (currently in the #1 slot) for good reason: Greg Mortenson, who is carrying out his mission to build schools — and peace — in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is living proof of how one person can truly make a difference in the world. Now, Mortenson’s story is accessible to young children through the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. A Young Readers’ version of Three Cups of Tea has also just been published. My 8-yr-old son and I saw Mortenson in late January when he spoke to a packed auditorium (800+ people) at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School.

A Fabulous Food Life

Moira Hodgson, former restaurant critic for the New York Times and current colmunist for the New York Observerbegan her food education as a child moving around the world as a British diplomat's daughter. In her new book, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time, she recounts the fascinating food, places, and people she has discovered throughout her life.

Top Test-Taking Tips

College StudyIn Sunday's USA Weekend Magazine, ParentSmart writer, Reyhaneh Fathieh, listed tips parents can teach their kids before they take the big test. The Library has a huge selection of study guides for all students.

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.