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Kitchen Gardening

Kitchen garden: month by month by Alan Buckingham — Month-to-month advice on growing produce in your backyard and obtaining a degree of sustainability. Useful illustrations and plant information are included. Vegetable, herb, and flower care instructions in a format that is easy to follow.

Let Your Creativity Take Wing!

Don't miss the single biggest annual scrapbooking event in the state! The Rock Financial Center in Novi will once again be the place to let your creativity take wing. Registration is now open for this event which takes place May 5-7, 2011. This popular destination features shopping, cropping and great opportunities to learn from industry experts. For more information visit the MegaMeet website. Can't make it to the meet? Draw inspiration from one of the many great books on this craft in our CPL scrapbooking collection

Book Club in a Bag Kit

Stiff [kit]: the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach — This unusual and thought-provoking book club selection covers topics from medicinal mummies to cadaver models for crash-test dummies. The writer presents a well-researched, lively discussion of offbeat ways that the dead have served the living and treats medical as well as ethical issues.

Art X Detroit April 6-10

Art X Detroit:  Kresge Arts Experience is a new 5 day series to present works created by the Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows.  Dance program, musical performances, literary readings, workshops, panel discussions, public art and special exhibitions will be hosted  throughout the Detroit Cultural Center.

National Book Award Winner Announced

Jennifer Egan has won the National Book Critics Circle award for her book A Visit from the Goon Squad. For more information and the non-fiction award see this New York Times article.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

Mennonite in a little black dress: a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen. Full of wit and humor, this book is a charming story of moving home to heal from both a broken marriage and an injury. An eccentric, Mennonite family welcomes the author.

Google Art Project

The Google Art Project allows the user to tour 17 of the world's most famous museums like Google Street View. Interested in New York's Frick Museum, MOMA, or Versailles? This is a new look at museums which allows you to go from room to room and then select a painting to view. With high-resolution technology you can look at featured paintings in amazing detail. This is a unique resource for the tourist, the student, or the art lover. To learn more about the Google Art Project, check out this article from the New York Times.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay — Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' D' Hiv roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel' D' Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal and to reevaluate her marriage.  A popular book club selection.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

The road from Coorain [kit] by Jill Ker Conway — Inspiring work about Conway's journey from a girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America where she pursues an academic career and eventually becomes the first women president of Smith College.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The Help [kit] by Kathryn Stockett
This title is a natural for book group discussion. It is a tale of three women in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's and concerns their personal experiences with racial issues during the civil rights era. A deeply moving tale that has remained on the bestseller list for over 70 weeks.

Novi Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival

Visit the Rubber Stamp Show this weekend — Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 7th at the Rock Financial Center in Novi. Exhibitors will be displaying and selling supplies for art rubber stamping, scrap/memory books, card-making, paper crafting, book arts and calligraphy.

Landscapes of Crime

Track of the cat by Nevada Barr —  Anna Pigeon series-United States National Parks.


Murder in the Marais by Cara Black —   Aimee Leduc series-Paris.

Cocaine blues : a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood — Phryne Fisher series - Melbourne.

Winterthur Quilts

Quilts in a material world: selections from the Winterthur Collection by Linda Eaton. This book features a renowned museum collection of quilts and neeedlework from the early nineteenth century. There are quilts that are religious, commemorate marriage, illustrate family connections and quilts that support political candidates. This textile collection, acquired by Henry Francis du Pont, forms an important part of the Winterthur Museum. Beautifully illustrated, this volume evokes daily life in the early days of the American republic.