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Choosing a New Pet

If you are considering a new addition to your family, the library is a great place to start. We have many books available to help you select a pet for your family. The Animal Planet Pet Care series has books on dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish and even bugs as pets!

Potty Training Picture Books

Parents, looking for some fun titles to encourage your little one to start using the potty? Check out some of these humorous picture books, and good luck!

Everyone poops by Taro Gomi; translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

Have you seen my potty? by Mij Kelly

The princess and the potty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison; illustrated by Rick Brown

Read it ... and Sleep

Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night? If so, you're not alone. In fact, more than 25% of adults have had symptoms of insomnia at some time, and less than 10% have chronic insomnia. There are many remedies to help you get a good night's sleep and feel refreshed during the day. Explore our collection of materials on insomnia. You can also learn about other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Sweet dreams!

Crafts for a Rainy Day

Get crafty with help from these books. These craft projects with They Might Be Giants playing in the background could lead to a very fun rainy day!

Nature's art box: from t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by written by Laura C. Martin; with drawings by David Cain

Crafty kids: fun projects for you and your toddler by Rosie Hankin

Be Sun Smart

Sun-Proof your skin.  Spring is here. Before summer heats up, protect yourself and your skin with sunscreen. Remember your sunglasses and hat! For more tips check Sun Protection for Life.

Kneadlessly Simple

Fresh, delicious, homemade bread that is easy to make. Sounds too good to be true, but that's the claim for Kneadlessly Simple, a book on order at CPL. I'm eagerly awaiting my chance at the copy, and as soon as I've tried out a recipe or two, I'll report back and let you know if the recipes really work as promised.

Celebrate Shakespeare!

Hey kids, did you know that this Thursday (April 23) marks the anniversary of both William Shakespeare's birth and death? Celebrate "The Bard" with a fun mystery like Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach or check out the rest of the Children's Department's collection of Shakespeare-related materials.

Support Teen Literature Day. Apr. 16

Great adult authors have recognized that teen readers are more alive than ever; they know a hot trend when they see it. Celebrate Support Teen Literature Day by grabbing a teen book by an adult author. There are so many to choose from: Walter Mosley's 47, Michael Chabon's Summerland.

'The Bird' in his own words

Mark Fidrych was introduced to the Detroit area back in 1976.  He was energetic, unique, and talented.  Fans everywhere watched his antics on the field from talking to the ball to kneeling down and smoothing out the mound. He won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1976 and went on to spend his major league career with the Detroit Tigers. Remember Mark Fidrych in his book No Big Deal published in 1977. 

Solar Power: Get it While it's Hot

Now that the sun is shining more and more, why not learn about how you can use the sun's energy to generate electricity and power. Here is a nifty website with more on solar power and below are some books to help you learn more:

Energy from the sun by Allan Fowler

Harnessing power from the sun by Niki Walker

Solar power: a true book by Christine Petersen

Duck Readers

With so many ponds nearby, I've been noticing a lot of ducks waddling around outside the library. Ducks are such nice birds — sometimes I like to feed them bread! I like reading about ducks, too. What about you? The library has lots of great books in our Readers section all about ducks! Try:

Ducks in muck by Lori Haskins ; illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Lucky duck by written by Ellen Weiss ; illustrated by Brian Lies

April Showers Bring May Flowers

flowerIt’s about that time to get your lawn in shape. Here at CPL we have multiple items to choose from. Check out some of the various items we have for all of your Lawn and Garden needs.

Check Out Some Suspense!

One of my favorite types of books are suspense novels that quickly draw you in and keep you guessing until the very end. I always lose sleep whenever Nicci French comes out with a new book because I just can't seem to stop turning those pages! Check out her newest offering, Until It's Over.

spring flowers

daffodilsEarly spring is the time when flowers from bulbs come up to greet us and reassure us that, despite the sometimes fickle weather, warmer weather is on the way. These daffodils are blooming in the courtyard outside the Children's Library. You can grow your own with a little help from our collection.

Award Winning Cookbooks!

Art and Soul of Baking coverEvery year the International Association of Culinary Professionals announces their picks for the best cookbooks of the year. The Art & Soul of Baking is just one of the award winners owned by CPL.

Go Green for Spring

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow; the urge to make everything fresh and clean is in the air. Check out CPL Housekeeping staff's eco-friendly hints to green up your clean up.

Green-up your cleanup by Jill Potvin Schoff — Keep odd socks for general dusting. Combine lemon juice or vinegar with water, boil in the microwave to help soften stuck on foods.

Mother Teresa by Maya Gold

Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship. Although she was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia today, Mother Teresa's family came from Shkoder, Albania her father was active in national politics and her mother was a devout Catholic. Mother Teresa has been quoted as saying: "By blood I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun.

A Half Dozen New Mystery Writers To Try

I just finished reading Library Journal's recent first authors of the season reviews ('First Novels Forecast a Lush Spring'; 3/15/09) and CPL has six of the new mystery selections on our shelves for your reading enjoyment: Hangman Blind by Cassandra Clark, Posed for Murder by Meredith Cole, Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings

Do-It-Yourself Book Discussion

Do you love coming to Book Discussions at the library? Do you wish we offered more? There’s good news: you can take matters into your own hands and start your own book club. We have a collection of kits that include multiple copies of a book as well as discussion questions. Just ask at the Children’s Desk for the kit you’re looking for. So grab a kit, nine buddies, maybe a snack and you’ll be ready to have your own Book Discussion!

Why GM Matters

In his new book, Why GM Matters : Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon, William Holstein makes the argument that GM is essential to our nation's well-being.  He goes deep inside GM to show what's really happening at the country's most iconic corporation.  Holstein explains how GM has already radically retooled its entire operation, from manufacturing and cost structure to design.