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Norman Rockwell Artist of Life

Starting March 8th and ending May 31st, the DIA will be hosting paintings by the artist Norman Rockwell.  He spent his time painting scenes from the world around him, many of his paintings having a small town feel to them that was both welcoming and enduring.  His recognizable art lives on all around us and brings us back to a time when soda fountains were all the rage and kids really did do the darndest things. For a chance to see Mr.

Mexico

Hola means hello in Spanish.  I just returned from a trip to Riveria Maya, Mexico.  I used Fodor's Mexico 2008 book to help plan my trip.  It was very helpful and gave me some great ideas for places to visit and things to do.

Remember Pluto?

Once upon a time, long ago, way back in February of 1930, the Pluto formerly known as a planet was first sighted by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  It was the smallest planet out in the far reaches of our solar system, but it was recently reclassified as a dwarf planet. 

Find books about Pluto in our library catalog, or search for Pluto in one of the databases available on our Kids’ Homework Help page.

Three Dog Bakery

Are you a dog person who loves to spoil your furry friend? The Three Dog Bakery is a fantastic gourmet treat shop for dogs! They use all-natural ingredients to make their adorable cookies and cakes, not to mention being very reasonably priced. With their added selection of toys, clothing, and just about every dog-related item you can imagine, they have something for everyone. I was just there over the weekend buying a personalized birthday cake for my dog.

Getting Your Word's Worth

Alphabet JuiceYou don't have to be an etymologist to enjoy thinking about the roots of language.  In Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr. has a lot of fun looking at the relationships between word structure, meaning and phonetics.  On a more serious note, the arguments he discusses can be traced back to Plato's Cratylus in Plato Unmasked by Keith Quincy.   

Death from the Skies!

Not scared enough by global recession, terrorism, peanut butter, or nuclear war? Death from the Skies by Philip Plait will give you many new reasons to fear, every time you look up.

Plait covers topics such as asteroid impacts, solar flares, nearby supernovae, gamma ray bursts, black holes, and aliens. He concludes with inevitable scenarios; how the Sun will die, and the cold quiet that will end the Universe.

Help with teen advanced classes

Got teens studying for advanced classes? We have plenty of resources here at the library;  try the AP exam prep guides, or our musem passes are great ways to get their outside activities done, for example the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday

In one of history's most fascinating coincidences, February 12, 1809 was the birthday of two of history's most extraordinary and influential figures - Abraham Lincoln and Charl

How Free People Move Mountains

Doesn't it seem as if partisan bickering dominates politics and government these days? Are we so caught up in red state/blue state, liberal vs. conservative that perhaps we have lost sight of what is really important?

Love Your Heart - it's American Heart Month!

Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack?  How about the best foods to eat to prevent and treat heart disease?  February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to find out how to care for this vital organ.  The American Heart Association has the resources to get y

Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial Birthday

February 12, 2009 marks the 200th birthday of America's 16th - and perhaps greatest - president, Abraham Lincoln. He is being celebrated in ceremonies all over the country, including at an exhibit in Plymouth, Michigan called "In the Presence of Lincoln" which will run through November 4.

It's a Birthday!

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.  He is considered one of our nation's greatest presidents.  Learn more about him in our Children's Biography collection, or read fictional stories about him in our Children's Fiction collection.

3 New Books in Social Science Make Top 10

Next 100 Years#10: The Next 100 Years presents a fascinating picture of what lies ahead. George Friedman turns his eye on the future by offering a lucid, highly readable forecast of the changes we can expect around the world during the 21st century.

Niagara Region in winter

Heart shaped bathtubs, long walks near the falls, the sights of Clifton Hill on a "starkly beautiful" winter day in the Niagara Region. What could be more appealing on Valentine's Day which is fast approaching.

Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible

I just read “The Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible” by Steve Lodder. This is an incredible resource for any piano or keyboard player. This set is appropriate for all levels of players. It starts right at the beginning with how to read music and progress from there well into advanced intermediate material.

It covers many styles with exercises and example.

The Ben Carson Story

Ben CarsonAiring this Saturday February 7th on TNT, don't miss the TV movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.  Dr. Carson's  incredible life story is that of a young and poor black boy who overcame poverty and racism to become a world-renown pediatric neurosurgeon.

He's Just Not That Into You

This same-titled-book-turned-movie is based on a line delivered by one of the characters in a Sex and the City episode, "Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little," from 2003. It makes a single-woman wonder: if I like the guy, why is he sending me mixed messages?

After the Bowl...

Now that the flurry of activity surrounding Superbowl XLIII has passed and the footballs have been put away for yet another year, you might not be ready to give up the ghost quite yet. If this sounds like you then come to the Sports sections found in both the Youth and Adult non-fiction collections! We have books about NFL teams, Superbowls gone by, and even books that will help you bone up on your playing skills. Also, stay tuned because new books arrive constantly and we know you are going to want the latest information on this year's Superbowl Champions the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Better luck next year, Lions!

Car Repairs Made Simple

In today's economy, many people are keeping their cars longer and older cars require special love and care.  Car maintenance is not for the faint of heart, but the library can help you brush up on your auto repair skills. Clueless About Cars is just one of many titles in our collection that can help keep you and your car on the road.

New Hope For Postpartum Depression

New research by scientists at the University of California has discovered a potential link between a hormone released by a pregnant woman's body and the liklihood of that new mother developing postpartum depression.  For more information about postpartum depression, read A Deeper Shade of Blue by Ruta Nonacs and Behind the Smile: My Journey Out