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Vintner's Book Discussion Coming in September!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 21st from 7:00-8:00PM for a combination of wine and murder mystery as we meet at Vintner's Winery to discuss The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby. Lucie Montgomery's father dies in a mysterious hunting accident on the family's 500 acre vineyard and her greedy brother, hell-raising sister and cut-rate vintner are all suspects. Lucie must uncover the truth and save the harvest to save the vineyard she loves. Starting September 1st, please register online for this program. Ask today at adult reference for one of our many copies of this book.

Classical Music Library is Fun!

Use our Classical Music Library database to study or listen to music from various time periods and composers from all over the world. One can search by recording title, composer, composer works (song titles), ensembles; such as Canadian Brass or New York Philharmonic; genres; such as sacred, orchestral or dance; labels (publishers), type of instrument, time period; such as Baroque or Renaissance; or recording date. The blank search box allows you to search by country name for works specific to composers from a various region or regions of the world. Start by accessing our Databases A-Z page and clicking on the Classical Music Library database, then enjoy the music whenever you please!

Arab Chaldean Festival is Coming Soon!

The Arab and Chaldean Festival of Detroit has hosted an array of musical artists from all over the Middle Eastern community within the past few years. In addition, people enjoy a wonderful display of Art Gallery showcases by numerous artists. This year's highlight attractions are multiple exhibits including "1,000 years of Arab Medicine", "Arab Folklore and Customs," and "Arab Calligraphy." Every year, thousands of guests enjoy learning more about the Middle East by viewing the beautifully displayed art collection. This year's celebration will be held July 24th and 25th from Noon to Midnight at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit.

Fourth of July Fun

The 4th of July is typically an outdoor extravaganza of parties, BBQ cookouts, fireworks and family fun. For a website that will help you decorate, bake or give you tips on entertaining, check out the Martha Stewart holiday website.

For information on the 4th of July; whether it be books concerning its history, DVDs on the holiday that are documentary or fiction, or novels with 4th of July as a theme, see our catalog under the subject 4th of July.

Flag Day is June 14th

June 14th is the official day set aside to honor the U.S. Flag. It was established in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. To see the flags of all the countries of the world, see the Flags of the World (FOTW) site. This site also has useful information on all things about our U.S. flag, such as when to fly the flag, tips on buying a flag, and a dictionary of terms related to vexillology (the study of flags). For books, DVDs and sound recordings about the lore and history of flags in our collection, search the catalog for flags.

Mother's Day

The custom of honoring mothers goes back a long way to ancient Greece and Rome. For a history of this special day as well as how other countries celebrate, see the Wikipedia article on Mother's Day. For a special teen craft, see our Make a Mother's Day Bouquet program. For a book that shows how to pamper a mother, check out Every Day is Mother's Day. Also take a look at our Mother's Day crafts books for kids.

Arab Israeli Conflict; This Day in History

On April 25th, 1982,  Israel gave the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt which it had captured in June 1967 in the 7 Days War. Why and how is it possible that this country of Israel keeps winning and forfeiting territory in the Holy Land? What will this conflict mean for the future of our world? For a biblical perspective on the land ownership question in the Middle East, see Who Owns the Land by Stanley Ellisen. For a gripping, personal account of this never-ending struggle from the Palestinian perspective, see Son of Hamas by Mosab Yousef. For an idea of how Israel has fulfilled past Bible prophecy in Middle East history and will fulfill it in the future, see Blood in the Sand by Benny Hinn.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, April 12th, is Holocaust Memorial Day. For Jews, their history, their family, and their relationship with God have shaped their religion and their identity. After the horrors of the Holocaust, the Jewish people wanted a day to memorialize this tragedy. To learn more about the Holocaust, visit the web site or the Farmington Hills location of the Holocaust Museum. For a website with information and links about the Holocaust, see this about.com Holocaust website. For our library resources, see the subject Holocaust.

Award Winning Military History

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. Here is a list of award winning military history by year with links to other related book awards.

For a shorter list, see the bookmark entitled "Books About WWII" listed under our nonfiction bookmarks or to view films with war settings, see "Feature Films about WWII" listed under our "Movies" bookmarks.

Easter Reads and DVDs, Suggestions for the Holiday

Book cover, In the Fullness of TimeEaster in Art [DVD]: This three part program explores the history of Easter as depicted in art from the time of the early Christians to the present day.

Jacques Pepin’s Easter Celebration [DVD]: Jacques Pepin demonstrates easy techniques to make an Easter dinner.

Ukrainian Easter Eggs

As Easter is approaching, one might wonder at the origin of the art of egg decorating in Russia or the Ukraine, or even more, to the extents these cultures have taken it. For tips on how to decorate eggs, see The Great Book of Egg Decorating or
Egg Painting and Decorating: 305 Fantastic and Fun Patterns for the Whole Family. For something really fancy, try Making Faberge Style Eggs.
For a VHS video biography on the creator of Faberge Eggs, try

American Song is a New Database

American Song is a history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

The range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others. Content from African American Music is now a part of American Song, including 17,000 tracks from the original interface, plus 18,000 newly released tracks. Try this today and listen to some really interesting music!

Victorian Is My Passion

I love Victorian mysteries, movies, non-fiction or anything with that flavor or set in that time period. A trifle romantic, a bit goth, always prim and proper up front, but underneath...ooh, so mysterious! Here is a list of titles, some classics, but most not so well known.

Fiction

Kept : a Victorian mystery by D.J. Taylor

Death at Whitechapel : a Victorian mystery by Robin Paige

Language Blogs


Language blogs can help you learn about another culture as well as words and meanings that have altered, adapted or changed from one country to another.

A Little Romance

Happy Valentine's Day! Here are a few romantic suggestions for reading enjoyment. Cozy up in a blanket, stay warm, and enjoy one of these with a hot cup of cocoa!