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Why Pets are Good for You

In Sunday's Free Press USA Weekend section, researchers reported what pet owners have know all along; that having pets helps reduce the stress in our lives. When we are around our pets, the "feel-good" hormone level in our brains rises thus lowering our anxiety and less stress means a longer life. So reading a book about pets with our pet is all good. Check one of our newest books in the pet collection, It's a Dog's Life.

Pearl Diver Book Discussion

The novel begins in post-World War II in Japan when a nineteen-year old pearl diver discovers she has leprosy and she is exiled to a leprosarium on the island of Nagashima. She must forget her past and change her name now that her family and society have banished her. Join the Adult Contemporary Book Group for the discussion of The Pearl Diver, on Monday, July 19, at 7:00PM in Group Study Room A.

Author of The Shallows on The Colbert Report

Stay up late tonight to watch author Nicholas Carr discuss his new book, The Shallows, on The Colbert Report at 11:30PM on the Comedy Central channel. Nicholas Carr carefully examines the most important topic in contemporary culture; the mental and social transformation created by our new electronic environment. The challenge will be to stay off the web long enough to read his book!

Shipwreck Discovered Intact!

In October 1898, a steamship carrying corn from Chicago to Canada was lost during a storm. Snow, sleet, heavy winds and 30ft waves overwhelmed and sank the L.R. Doty with all on board. It was the largest wooden ship that remained unaccounted-for, until last week. Divers discovered the wreck intact at 300 feet below the surface and off the shores of Milwaukee. Shipwrecks in the Great Lakes are protected by state laws. It's no longer a mystery, but it'll remain undisturbed.

Signed, Your Student

As the school year draws to a conclusion, remember to thank your teachers who have influenced and inspired you. Signed, Your Student is a collection of some of the biggest names in the world of sports, film, literature, and entertainment. These celebraties share their stories about the teachers who've inspired them to achieve greatness and helped make them who they are today.

Father's Day is June 20th

Men Can is a collection of inspirational stories of how the American family is evolving. Fathers are primarily or equally sharing the caregiving responsibilities of raising children. The author tells the stories of real families, from various backgrounds, who have reversed the traditional roles of parenting. This cultural shift in men caring for children has also affected the way dads are perceived in the media, films and advertisements.

Eat and Beat Diabetes

Authors Dr. Howard Shapiro and Franklin Becker (a top chef with diabetes) appeared on Good Morning America today to help diabetics chose healthier recipe options to manage their disease and keep weight off. In their new book, Eat & Beat Diabetes, the visual comparisons make it easy to eat delicious food that satisfies cravings and hunger while beating back the potential side effects caused by diabetes.

Feed Your Pet Right

We, as humans and consumers, may look at food labels before we buy a product. Maybe if it's too high in sugar or sodium or fat we won't buy it. If you have a pet, have you ever read the labels on pet food? You might be surprised. This book, Feed Your Pet Right, is by a human nutritionist, Dr. Marion Nestle, and an animal nutrition expert, Dr. Maldon Neheim. The authors take a fascinating look at the science behind pet food and guides pet owners to make informed decisions to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their pets.

Light on Snow Book Discussion

A daughter and father join in on an after-school walk through the snow-covered woods near their New England farmhouse. They hear the cries of an abandoned newborn infant. As they rushed the baby to the hospital, the incident unleashing repressed anguish both father and daughter feel since they lost her mother and baby sister in a car accident. Please join our discussion of Anita Shreve's Light on Snow on Monday, June 21. See Program Calendar for more details.

Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from Storycorps

Featuring StoryCorps's most revelatory stories on the subject, Mom looks across a diversity of experience to present an entirely original portrait of motherhood. Through conversations between parents and children, husbands and wives, siblings and friends, the life of the American mother unfolds. This collection of stories will take you on an emotional journey.

The Authors of Project Runway

Project Runway is known for contestants bringing their ingenuity and skill to each challenge if they want to show their collection at Bryant Park during Fashion Week in New York. But designing fashionable clothes isn't the only trick in their bag. Season 4 Winner Christian Siriano, many moments wrapped into a style guide, Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self and Season 3 Finalist and mother of 6 Laura Bennett has written about her stylish perspective on motherhood, Didn't I Feed You Yesterday?

March for Babies

If you missed the March for Babies Walk in Hines Park in Westland today, there are more walks scheduled tomorrow, Sunday April 25. Try the March of Dimes site to view locations. Help the March of Dimes fight prematurity by participating in this campaign to give all babies a healthy start in life. Premature birth can happen without warning for no reason. 1 out of 10 babies worldwide is born too early. That's 1 million premature infants. The MOD is committed to reducing the preterm birth rate.

Students Seek Silly Scholarships

Competition for grants and scholarships is especially intense during these tough economic times. But students who do their homework by looking for unusual ways to pay for their college education can really make that hard work pay off. The Wall Street Journal reported over $3 billion in private funding is available each year and some of it from wacky sources. And check out our education collection for books on financial aid such as The Free College Resource Book.