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Happy National Sewing Month!

sewing monthSeptember is National Sewing Month, and whether you're an experienced seamstress, a novice, or just an appreciator of the art, CPL has the resources for you. You can check out materials on how to sew or stories about sewing. Admire the amazing textile creations pictured in Camio, the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online.

Apples, apples everywhere

I love apples. You can make so many things with them...apple pie, applesauce, caramel apples, apple cider...and of course you can just enjoy them plain! Want to read some books about apples? We have bushels of them! Among these books are many easy-to-read ones that you can read on your own. Also, check out some nonfiction books to find lots of information about apples and how they're grown. Happy autumn!

Ramadan Moon

Looking for stories to share with your family during this Ramadan season? Check out Ramadan Moon by Na'ima B. Robert for a colorful description of this Islamic holiday from a child's perspective. Try Magid Fasts for Ramadan for a story about an eight-year-old boy who decides to fast even though his family thinks he is too young. Will Magid make it to Eid ul-Fitr?

Handmade Home

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule
This book includes over thirty projects you can easily make from materials you may have around the house or could easily find in thrift shops or on clearance at retail stores. The projects range from hot pads to tote bags to blankets to hats, and all are easily accomplished by someone with basic sewing skills. The photographs feel like those you'd find in your old family albums and the handmade items have a homey, very doable feel.

The Truth Behind The Man In The Mirror

From the media to the tabloids, you name it, Michael Jackson has been in it.
There has never been a Superstar who has broken so many boundaries. Take a closer look inside the life of Michael Jackson in Michael Jackson: The Magic, The Madness, The Whole story which follows his life, leading up to his untimely death that shocked the world. 
   You can also checkout Unmasked: the final years of Michael Jackson.

Outside Our Borders

If you are interested in reading about new cultures or how we adapt or don't adapt may we suggest...


If you like Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood...

If you enjoy the suspense elements of Nora and Julie's books, our Contemporary Romantic Suspense bookmark may help you find some appealing new authors. Perhaps you also like the fantasy elements Nora has been dabbling in lately. The following authors mix romance with fantasy for an exciting blend. We've listed book one from each of their series, so you can start at the very beginning.

The Calling by Jennifer Ashley 
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Fantasy lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

new Lemony Snicket?

Egmont Press has released the news that Lemony Snicket will author a new series of books set for release in 2012.

"I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events. However, I can confirm that Egmont will be publishing these findings," Snicket, the pen name of San Francisco author Daniel Handler, said in a statement.

Have you read Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events yet? If not, you've got time before the new series.

New Telugu Books

We are putting new Telugu books on the shelf today. Cookbooks are always popular, so you might like to take a look at Veraiṭī vaṇṭalu : najarānālu, ciṭkālu by Kūturu Nīrajādēvi. Or take a look at the new fiction titles, including: Ṭēkiṭ ījī by Embīyas Prasād and Kōrikalē gurrālaitē by Ḍi. Kāmēśvari.

Fun Festivals & Fairs

As summer begins to wind down and fall begins to rev up, keep the fun going! Visit one of Michigan's great fall Festivals & Fairs.
The Michigan State Fair is going on now through Labor Day. See www.absolutemichigan.com for a schedule of events.
Check out www.Michigan.org for the many festivals and fairs available in just about every city.
Visit our large selections of materials on festivals and fairs. Some to check-out are:

Sisters in Crime Announce Davitt Awards

This year 39 crime books competed for the Davitt Awards which were set up by Sisters in Crime in 2001 to celebrate the achievements of Australian women crime writers. Justice Betty King presented the awards to a crowd of 140 at the Celtic Club. For the third year running, the awards were sponsored by the Victoria Police Museum.

Beautiful Place To Die (PanMacmillan), the debut novel by Sydney-based filmmaker turned crime writer, Malla Nunn, tonight won Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards for the best (adult) crime novel by an Australian woman in 2008.

Blue Mountains writer Catherine Jinks took out the Davitt (young adult) for Genius Squad (Allen & Unwin)

Rainbow Magic Read-alikes

Do you love animals? Do you love magic? Do you love the Rainbow Magic series, but have a hard time finding one on the shelf? If so, try some of these other series books.There are more magical creatures than you ever imaged to read about!

Books For School Readiness

Parents looking for resources to help their children get ready for their first-ever school experience can look to the library for help. We have books available for parents to read on their own, as well as books you can share with your child. Make the transition to school a smooth one with some informative and fun reads!

Help from Mister Rogers

Wondering what to do with your little one as the rain falls and the sky turns gray? Why not share play time with Mister Rogers? There are games, activities and craft projects in Mister Rogers' Play Time: Encourage Your Child to Create, Explore and Pretend with Dozens of Easy-to-do Activities. If you miss Mister Rogers like I do, guess what? You can still find DVDs of his television shows in our library. There is even one on going back to school. Enjoy!

Teens' Top Ten

Voting for the Teens' Top Ten is now open! Give your favorite book props by voting here anytime until September 18th.

Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America announced the nominees for the 28th. Annual Shamus Awards on Friday. Eleven of the fifteen novels nominated are available at our library. Which book(s) do you choose for the three categories: Best Hardcover, Best First PI Novel, and Best Paperbook?

To Be Read

I recently 'stumbled' upon Goodreads and added it to my list of websites for TBR [To Be Read] suggestions. Of course, that's the whole idea of this blog, so when a request for historical mysteries writers came up, these authors immediately came to mind: Alys Clare, Peter Tremayne, Margaret Frazer, Ariana Franklin, and Alan Gordon.

Ramadan Books

According to Wikipedia, Ramadan is

...the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, sexual conduct, smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured; from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the Muslim patience, modesty and spirituality.

The Islamic calendar is lunar, whereas the Gregorian calendar is solar, so the beginning of Ramadan varies in date on the international calendar of record, while not varying on the Islamic calendar. This year, Ramadan begins on August 21st in the Eastern Hemisphere and on the 22nd in the Western Hemisphere. However, since practicing Muslims celebrate Holidays beginning in the evening of the previous day, Ramadan effectively begins at sundown tonight. For more information about Ramadan, take a look at these titles: Likewise, read and watch President Barack Obama's best wishes to the Muslim community at the White House website.
We also have materials about Islam and Islam -- Customs and Practices.

It's raining meatballs!

One of my kids' favorite books is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  This amusing story takes place in the town of Chewandswallow where the townspeople get all of their food from the sky.  Everyone loves living in a town where they don't need to shop for groceries, until one day when things take a turn for the worse.  If you enjoy the book, a movie version is being made which opens on September 18th.