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National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the "Academy of American Poets", as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is celebrated every April in the United States and (since 1999) in Canada as well. Since 2000 Great Britian has celebrated a National Poetry Month each October. (Wikipedia)

Video Sites for Learning

[Update: YouTube released YouTube EDU this week]
While YouTube is great for entertaining videos, you have to dig pretty deep to find educational stuff (or know what you're looking for). Below is a short list of educational video sites:

Academic Earth - Selected lectures from top professors at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Subjects range from Astronomy to Religion.

Hurry...Reading Month is Ending Soon!

Book WhispererDonalyn Miller, Teacher Magazine blogger and author, couldn't find a book that demonstrated her love for reading to her students so she decided to write one herself. It's a shame we aren't born with the desire to love books. We have to discover the world of books on our own, or from parents and teachers. Many of us have cherished childhood memories of visiting the library and happily leaving with an armful of books.

Do you speak or want to learn a non-English language?

Do you speak a language other than English? Are you studying a language in school? Do you want to learn another language for your own enrichment? If you answered YES to any of those questions, you need to check out the children's international language collection.

Last year we added non-English juvenile feature films and learning DVDs and all languages available in the Muzzy language learning series, and this year we've eliminated the old book/cassette language kits and have updated with book/CD kits.

You Must Have Read My Mind

Jane GoodallJane Goodall is acclaimed for her work with chimpanzees, but her new video, When Animals Talk, looks at cross-species communication with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, elephants and even rats.  The program explores some fascinating research on telepathy, and the mutual benefits that accrue when humans bond and partner 

Top Test-Taking Tips

College StudyIn Sunday's USA Weekend Magazine, ParentSmart writer, Reyhaneh Fathieh, listed tips parents can teach their kids before they take the big test. The Library has a huge selection of study guides for all students.

Rock and Learn!

Do you want to be a better writer? Want to polish those school assignments and make them sound great? Rock n' Learn: Writing Strategies can help! With this DVD, you will learn how to come up with good ideas, organize your ideas and sentences clearly, and more.  If you're ready for your writing to rock, check out this DVD today!

Share a Story, Shape a Future

shape a story, share a futureDuring the week of March 9 - 13, visit Share a Story, Shape a Future. Each day, a different blog will feature links to posts on a variety of topics related to children and literacy. So far the list of events (which will be updated with more new stuff) looks pretty awesome!

LearningExpress Library

The ACT test is just around the corner, and you need to study for it! All the test prep study guides have been checked out from the library. Don't despair! You can practice your test on CPL's online database LearningExpress Library. Upon setting up your account online, you can study and practice from the computer at home or in the library.

March is Women's History Month

Rosie the RiviterMarch is the month we celebrate the contributions of many hard working women throughout history.  You can find profiles of many fascinating women on our Women's History Month page.

Longer School Year?

Arne DuncanEducation Secretary Arne Duncan is interested in many ideas to boost student performance.  Keeping kids in school longer is one option under consideration by the former chief of Chicago Public Schools. Not an easy task given the uncertainty of the tough economic times and the drastic budget cuts many states are facing. Read more on Secretary Duncan's interview with CNN.

Check Our Lobby for Events, Brochures

Check out our lobby bulletin board and display racks for information ranging from community events to financial aid forms and publications on state government. There are sections for seniors and health, too. All publications are free and change on a rotating basis.

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.

World Math Day - March 4, 2009

The 3rd annual World Math Day will take place on March 4, 2009. Children from around the world will be uniting to answer a record breaking number of mental arithmatic questions.  Unicef and 3D Learning have partnered to bring about this event, which is open to kids ages 5-18.  Practice is open now on the website and classrooms, homeschoolers or individual students are invited to register.  Are you ready to participate?

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.   

Help with teen advanced classes

Got teens studying for advanced classes? We have plenty of resources here at the library;  try the AP exam prep guides, or our musem passes are great ways to get their outside activities done, for example the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

Black History Month: On-line resources

Looking for a resource to help you with a Black History Month assignment?  We have collected many on-line resources to help you find biographies, images, timelines and quizes.