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Celebrating Mark Twain's Birthday

November 30th marks the 175th birthday of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. His nom de plume is Mark Twain, one of America's greatest novelists. He was born in Missouri and he lived near the Mississippi River which inspired him to write. Mr. Bob Nelson has graciously shared his collection of first editions of his Mark Twain novels; almost all of them printed between 1876-1896. Please stop by the showcase located near Lucky Day. We are indeed very lucky to display this rare collection!

MichiganCap

The Michigan College Access Portal is now available for all Michigan residents. This is a statewide initiative which provides free support to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. Individual registration is free. MichiganCAP is a step-by-step process of choosing and applying for college for all students and families in the state.

City of Dreams Book Discussion

Please join our book group in Group Study Room A on Monday, November 15th, from 7:00-8:00PM for an interesting and lively discussion of this month's selection, City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling. The early history of Manhattan is chronicled through six generations of a remarkable clan of surgeons, physicians and apothecaries.

November is Diabetes Month

Diabetes A to Z: what you need to know about diabetes — simply put — covers everything you need to know for living well with this condition. More important, it gives you clear and concise explanations that's appropriate for all diabetes patients and their caregivers.

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for "Superman" — A powerful and passionate documentary, Waiting for Superman makes the case for fixing the public school system and elevating that goal as the national's highest priority. Read the review in Entertainment Weekly.

Cleo the Cat who Mended a Family

Cleo the Cat who Mended a Family is Helen Brown's memoir of loss and recovery. Cleo, a black kitten with emerald eyes, launches a charming offensive on her unsuspecting and grieving family. Through many endings and new beginnings, Cleo manages to be the glue that holds them together.

The Doctors Are In!

Get your weekly dose of The Doctors. The Emmy Award-winning team from daytime TV will appear every Sunday in the USA Weekend. Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Lisa Masterson and Dr. Travis Stork each have their own HealthSmart columns that shares helpful tips for a healthy lifestyle. Also, check out their newest book, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes.

Keeping Your Brain in Shape

USA Weekend reported that 25% of Americans have a genetic predisposition of developing Alzheimer's disease; quite a sobering statistic. Author Jean Carper's book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, provides strategies you can do everyday to help keep your brain active and your memory sharp.

I Tweet 4 Treats!

Wonder what your dog is doing while you're not home? Puppy Tweets is a dog tag that attaches to your pet's collar. It sends messages via a USB receiver to your computer. You can follow your dog's Twitter feed all day long. And teach your old dog some new tricks with one of our latest books in the pet collection, 50 Tricks to Teach Your Dog.

Pet-Friendly Dorms

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Stephens College is no longer just an all-girls school anymore. Pets are welcome too! The school has recently added their first pet-only dorm. It's one of many pet-friendly colleges. The library has the latest college directories for you to check out.

A Nose Knows

Don't let the bedbugs bite! Bedbugs can infiltrate unnoticed in homes, workplaces and schools. In the last ten years, infestations have increased over 80% nationwide. One solution to combat the problem might surprise you; bedbug-sniffing beagles. These beagles have incredible noses and are specially trained in entomology detection. And check out one of our newest books in the pet collection, Fixing Freddie.

New Improved Dog Park Opened

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ceremonial leash to officially open the park, located at Hawthorne Ridge along Hines Drive west of Merriman in Westland. Wayne County Parks requires registration for the new park. The cost is $5 to register and proof of vaccinations and current dog license is mandatory.