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What We're Reading... October 2012

The days are getting shorter. Time to sit in front of the fire, reading a good book.

Mrs. Adams in winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien

Do not ask what good we do: inside the U.S. House of Representatives by Robert Draper

The dark fields by Alan Glynn

The summer without men: a novel by Siri Hustvedt

Making piece: a memoir of love, loss, and pie by Beth M. Howard

Being Sikh in Canton

Post 9/11, and even prior, Sikhs have been the victims of multiple hate crimes, most recently a vicious shooting at a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the cause of most of these crimes is a lack of understanding about the Sikh identity. Come learn about the history of Sikhs in America, about their identity and beliefs, and their large presence in and contribution to the metro Detroit community. Meet your neighbors on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 PM.

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

CPL is pleased to host Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. This fantastic travelling exhibit, curated by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine. In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. Come to CPL from October 22 to November 30 and read all about the potions, immortality, monsters and more written within the pages of the incredible, ground-breaking series.

Happy 50th Anniversary Clifford

Scholastic Publishing is celebrating Clifford the Big Red Dog's 50th Anniversary. The popular childrens book series written and illistrated by Norman Bridwell now has more 100 titles and over 126 million copies in print.

Clifford's best pals by Norman Bridwell

Clifford and the dinosaurs by Norman Bridwell

Clifford goes to Washington by Norman Bridwell

Clifford takes a trip by Norman Bridwell

Haunted Michigan with Kristy Robinett

Join Kristy Robinett as she takes you on a journey of the strange and unusual and tells tales of centuries past, legendary stories, folklore and ghostly experiences. Kristy will also sell and sign her latest book, Michigan Haunted Legends and Lore on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 PM. This is a great way to kick off the spookiest month, here at CPL.

Time was, Time is… September 2012

DIA Fabergé Exhibit

Please join us on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 PM as we welcome The Detroit Institute of Art education presenter to hear about the upcoming exhibit, Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibit will run from Sunday, October 14 through Monday, January 21. It features such treasures as the Russian imperial jewel-encrusted parasol and four exquisite Imperial Easter eggs. One stunning example is the Imperial Tsesarevich Egg, made of lapis lazuli, diamonds, and gold and opens to reveal a miniature portrait of young Alexei, the heir of Tsar Nicholas II.

Navy Ships to Commemorate Detroit's Part in the War of 1812

Two hundred years after Detroit surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, the city's riverfront will host a weeklong gala (Sept. 5- 10) which will include a replica tall ship, and four military ships. It was on August 16, 1812 that Gen. William Hull, commander of Fort Detroit, surrendered after being led to believe that the British forces across the river in Windsor were much larger than they actually were. After the war, he was court-martialed for his actions and sentenced to death, but was pardoned by President James Monroe because of Hull's service in the Revolutionary War. Visitors to the riverfront can expect to see the US Brig Niagara, the USS De Wert, the USS Huricane, and the Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay. The original USS Niagara was Adm. Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship during the War of 1812. The current ship was rebuilt in 1913, 1933 and 1988. Other planned events include concerts and a Red WIng alumni versus Navy personnel softball game.

Great Fourth Grade Reads

Looking for some great Fourth Grade reads? Try some of these:

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; illustrations by Patricia Castelao

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume; illustrated by Roy Doty

The summer of the swans [by] Betsy Byars. Illustrated by Ted CoConis by Byars, Betsy Cromer

Frindle by Andrew Clements; pictures by Brian Selznick

Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama

Dr. David L. Holmes, Professor Emeritus of religious studies at The College of William and Mary, shows how our last twelve presidents' decisions were influenced by their faiths. Learn about Nixon's betrayal of Billy Graham, JFK's philandering, Eisenhower's attempt to conceal his parents' Jehovah's Witness backgrounds and much more. This is a must for history buffs and the politically aware. Join us on Wednesday, September 12 at 2:30 PM for this thoroughly researched, unbiased account.

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