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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. 

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.