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30-Minute Necklaces

30-minute necklaces : 60 quick & creative projects for jewelers by Martha Le Van — If you're looking for instant gratification and DIY jewelry, it doesn't get much better than a new necklace in just thirty minutes. The sixty projects included here were created by a variety of designers, so everyone is sure to find something that suits their taste.

Growing a Garden City

Growing a garden city : how farmers, first graders, counselors, troubled teens, foodies, a homeless shelter chef, single mothers, and more are transforming themselves and their neighborhoods through the intersection of local agriculture and community--and how you can, too by Jeremy N. Smith ; foreword by Bill McKibben ; photographs by Chad Harder and Sepp Jannotta — This book tells the true story of a small group of people created a community garden and in doing so created a whole new experience for themselves and many others. Not only is the story heartwarming and inspiring, the book itself is gorgeous, with full-color photos that bring the text to life.

Remembering 9/11

Join us on Monday, September 12 at 9:00 AM as the VVA Post 528 Color Guard raises the flag and at 7:00 PM for a musical tribute by the Michigan Philharmonic. Check out these books and dvds on display:

The 9/11 Commission report: the attack from planning to aftermath: authorized text by with an afterword by Philip Zelikow

Portraits 9/11/01: the collected "Portraits of grief" from The New York times by foreword by Howell Raines; introduction by Janny Scott

9-11: artists respond

Ruby Red Rave Reviews

Are you in the mood for an awesome time-travel triology that promises to have a Twilight-ish romance flavor to it too? Then you'd better get started with book #1, Ruby Red by Kirstin Gier now. Gwen lives in London with her mother's rather eccentric family. For years all the attention has been focused on her cousin Charlotte who is supposed to be carrying the family time-travel gene and preparing her for life in the past. However, when Gwen turns 16, she is the one who suddenly starts disappearing into the past.

New Gujarati Books

Take a look at the new Gujarati books we've received in 2011. Brand-new titles include:

Motano sāmāna: rahasyakathā by Vrajalāla Hirajī Joshī

Nishadhapati: [aitihāsika navalakathā] by Mohanalāla Cunīlāla Dhāmī

Praśāmmu by Jayanta Gāḍīta

Saunā hr̥dayamāṃ harahammeśa Maheśa-Nareśa: jīvanasambhāraṇānnī śabdayātrā by ālekhaka, Jī. ema. Hirāgara

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables

The complete idiot's guide to heirloom vegetables by Chris McLaughlin — Are you just starting out growing or buying heirloom vegetables? This book has information on a huge number of heirloom varieties, as well as a guide to pollination and saving seeds. It also includes a basic overview of what an heirloom is and how to choose the best ones.

Modern Top-Down Knitting

Modern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the technique of Barbara G. Walker by Kristina McGowan ; photographs by Gudrun Georges — Many knitters prefer to knit top-down. It often comes with benefits such as requiring less finishing, fewer pieces to handle, and the ease of being able to try on things like sweaters even when you've only made a little progress so far (just slip it over your head!). This book contains patterns for sweaters, dresses, hats, and even things that might not have a traditional "top," like wraps.

Big Little Felt Universe

Big little felt universe : sew it, stuff it, squeeze it, fun! by Jeanette Lim — Felt is such an ideal medium for making cute things. It's soft, a little fuzzy around the edges, not terribly pricey, and it's really easy to work with. This book includes patterns and instructions to make an army of toys for your kids, or maybe just a cute object to have on your desk. From cake to fruit to burgers on the grill to a tool box full of tools, there are over 70 patterns included.

Earthquakes

Hey Kids! Did you hear about the rare earthquake that shook the East Coast of the United States yesterday? It was a magnitude 5.8 earthquake with the epicenter located near the town of Mineral, VA. Lots of buildings suffered damage, even the Washington Monument cracked during the shaking. People reported feeling tremors as far north as Maine, as far south as South Carolina and as far west as Illinois. As you read this, if you are wondering what magnitude, epicenter, or tremor mean, check out some of our great Earthquake books. These books will tell you why earthquakes happen, how to be safe if you are in an earthquake, and even tell stories of major earthquakes in history.

Kindergarten Prep

Starting kindergarten is a major developmental milestone for children and their parents. During spring, many elementary schools host "Kindergarten Round-Up” sessions to help families prepare for this exciting event. Here are some picture books you and your child can read together that deal with the excitement, worries and routine of kindergarten.

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Amy Wummer

The pirate of kindergarten by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; illustrations by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

The night before kindergarten by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Julie Durrell

How do dinosaurs go to school? by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague