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Snow White...The College Life

Sydney White is a modern retelling of an enchanted fairy tale with a twist. Amanda Byrnes is charming and funny as the title character, whose freshman year at college sorrority, goes from the pledging process to positive activism for all social outcasts on campus. The movie is now playing in theaters.

NYT Magazine...The College Issue

The focus of this entire issue of the New York Times Magazine (9/30/07), is on higher education: as a self-promoting business, its image and reputation in the public mind, the admission process and the law, a convergence of diverse cultures and affirmative action, and why the college experience is to be relished.

Movie character search

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) has added a really useful character search. If you're wondering who all the actors are who have ever played a particular character, it's easy to find out. Just select "character" from the drop-down menu, type the character's name into the search box and you'll get a handy list. Try Batman, Queen Elizabeth, or any other movie character you like. How handy! via Cinematical

Knit Night is Tonight

If you like to knit, hang out with knitters or just talk about knitting, drop in tonight for Knit Nights with Anne at 7 p.m. CPL's own Anne Heidemann hosts this monthly gathering for knitters of all skill levels. Come share a pattern, show off your latest project or trade information about yarn sources. It's a fun, casual evening of knitting and chatting. No registration, just stop in the Community Room.

After Summer

This book is the 2nd book in the summer boys series. The first book is "Next Summer". After Summer (2nd book) continues on about the life of Ella, Kelsi, and Beth. It's filled with drama, romance, hard decisions, and more. This book is a must if you like to read realistic books. The ups and downs of the three cousins will keep you wanting more. You MUST read this!!

President Signs Overhaul of Student Aid

On Thursday, September 27, the President signed the College Cost Reduction Act almost two months and a week after the Senate approved the bill. The law raises grants for low-income college students, offers forgiveness on student loans for graduates who work in public service professions like teachers for 10 years or more and limits monthly payments on federally-backed loans.

Junk food or nutritious school lunch?

How healthy is the food in your child's cafeteria? Take this quick quiz to test your own knowledge of what is considered junk food and how that compares to what federal regulators have decided.

Saturday is play day

Nickelodeon will be broadcasting dead air this Saturday, but it won't be due to technical difficulties. It's part of the network's fourth annual day of play, which encourages kids to get outside and be active. It looks to be a perfect day for it, too, with forecasts predicting sun and a high in the low seventies.

Fall Harvest at Canton Farmer's Market

For fresh produce, food, plants, crafts and entertainment, visit the Canton Farmer's Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Right now, lots of fresh veggies are in and they look and taste so much better than those at the grocery store. Beautiful fall chrysanthemums and pumpkins are in, too. The market is located at the historical Bartlett-Travis house on the east side of Ridge Road, north of Cherry Hill.

Hot Dancers From France

Check out that YouTube video of Will & Mava, teen boogie woogie dancers from France, but who are coming to Michigan to perform with Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley, Michigan-based super boogie woogie pianists known the world over. It's on October 20 in Okemos, and will be filmed as part of an upcoming documentary, Boogie Stomp! Incredible dancers!

Want to recycle your computer equipment?

This Saturday, September 29, the Wayne County Department of the Environment is accepting old computers, CPUs, monitors, fax/scanners, copiers, printers and related peripherals. The equipment will be refurbished to help individuals with disabilities through a relationship with the county, Goodwill Industries and Dell Computer's RECONNECT Michigan initiative. Take your equipment to the east lot of the Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive (south of Five Mile, east of Farmington Rd.) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, call 313-326-3936.

President's Speech on NCLB Renewal

Visiting a New York City school today, President Bush asked Congress not to "go backward when it comes to educational excellence." He said new national test results (which were released on Monday) showed elementary and middle schoolers posted solid gains in math, but more modest improvements in reading. The President emphasized that the No Child Left Behind Act is working -- and deserves to be renewed.

Male Teachers and the Lack Thereof

The National Education Association reported that the number of male teachers is at a 40-year low. Of the 3 million teachers in this country, only 750,000 are male. Find out why men aren't considering the teaching profession and how some universities are addressing the shortage in this issue of Newsweek.

When to Hold Off on Latest Gadget

That's a helpful article from the Sept 23 edition of the Wall Street Journal. If you're about to purchase items like computers, digital cameras, video game systems and more, take a look. It gives tips on how to not buy too soon (think iPhone) or not buy too late (think obsolesence).

Need a box?

As part of our continuing efforts to be eco-friendly, we are offering cardboard boxes for reuse to the public. We receive many shipments and consequently have lots of very sturdy boxes in all sizes. If you are planning a move or need a good heavy-duty cardboard box for shipping or storage, ask at the Reception Desk.

Next Summer by Hailey Abbott

Like romance? This book is about three cousins who go to Pebble Beach every summer. All three have different situations. Beth has a perfect boyfriend, but he can't go to Pebble beach with her because of his job. Then, Beth starts hanging out with a really hot lifegaurd, she knows that she likes George (boyfriend) but why does she like it when the lifegaurd flirts with her? Then there's Ella, she's pretty, hot, gorgeous, EVERYTHING. She wants to find the right guy for her, not just a one time thing. See what happens when drama from the year before starts to repeat itself. Then there's Kelsi. Last year, after finding out that her boyfriend cheated on her, she's totally lost trust over guys.

Oh Baby! by Randi Reisfeld and H.B.Gilmour

Do you like realistic romance novels? If you do, this book is a must. IT's about two best friends from the small town of Shafton, Ohio. After the end of their senior year in high school. They want to do something different with their life. They want to go to Ohio State and not to Shafton-Oaks in the fall. Since Shafton is a really small town, they decide to go somewhere crazy. Abby decides to go to New York, she gets a job as a nanny. Jamie goes to famous L.A. to also be a nanny. See how their lives change from boring to classy and average to VIP. The two get caught up in the environment they are living in. They both meet interesting (and hott :) ) people. See their emotions change and their attitudes against different things turn around.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

This the the seventh and final book in the very famous Harry Potter series. For all you people who really like Harry Potter books, this is a must to read after you finish the first six books in the series. In this book (don't worry, I'm not giving anything away) Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger have to go through various challenges to try to defeat Voldemort. Will they be able to defeat him? Or will the trio get defeated? Who will die, and who will live to tell the story? What happens to the relationship betwen Harry and Ginny. Will the friendship between the three BFF's stay strong? How will Harry defeat Voldemort without the support of Albus Dumbledore? What happens to Hogwarts in the beginning of Harry's seventh year since Dumbledore is gone?


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Is Your Air Freshener Harmful?

According to new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council, many leading air fresheners contain an alarming level of phthalates--chemicals that affect reproductive development, particulary in babies. They tested 14 brands and only 2--Febreze Air Effects and Renuzit Subtle Effects--contained no detectable levels of phthalates. Popular products including Glade, Oust, Air Wick and Lysol brands contained phthalates. Air fresheners have grown to a $1.72 billion industry in the U.S. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies, leading to reproductive abnormalities. The European Union has banned most phthalates from use in toys and cosmetics.