Announcing the Official Book Selection of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010.

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Jerry Dennis' book, 'The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas' is the title selected as the focus of Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010. This year's theme is Michigan.

An eleven-member selection team, composed of community members, educators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose the book Wednesday night after two hours of deliberation. The other title under consideration was 'Arc of Justice: Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in The Jazz Age' by Kevin Boyle.

The winner of the “Best Book of 2003” by the Outdoor Writers Association of America,'The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas' chronicles author Jerry Dennis’ travels as a crew member on the tall-masted schooner Malabar on a four-week trip through the waters of Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. The author, a resident of Traverse City, Michigan, reminisces on a lifetime spent near the lakes and interweaves his personal journey with stories from the biologists, fishermen and sailors that he met during his travels.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010 is scheduled to occur January through February 2010, with multiple opportunities for the community to become involved. For more information, visit the website.

Apples and Pumpkins!

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It's autumn! Time for apples, cider, pie, doughnuts and pumpkins! The orchards and cider mills are now open and offer many attractions from hay rides, apple and pumpkin picking and even haunted houses. All About Apples is a website that lists orchards all through Michigan with descriptions of what the orchards offer. If you need ideas for carving your pumpkin the library has Pumpkin Carving and Great Pumpkins:Crafty carving for Halloween. Are you a fan of pie? The library has books to help you bake with those freshly picked apples and pumpkins. Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook, James McNair's Pie Cookbook. Enjoy!

And They're Off! Runners Prep for Chicago and Detroit Marathons

There's one month left until the gun fires to signal the start of the Chicago Marathon on October 11, and the Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon on October 18. First time marathoners looking for some advice can check out the books Run Your First Marathon by Grete Waitz, or Marathon: The Ultimate Training and Racing Guide by eminent training guru, Hal Higdon. For those veteran marathoners looking for some extra racing mojo, see Spirit of the Marathon, the story of several marathon runners of varying experience -- from first timer to pro -- all of whom are filmed while training for, and competing in, the Chicago Marathon.

Volunteers are still needed for both Chicago and Detroit marathons in such exciting positions as Course Marshal, Crowd Control, and Split Timer, so there's still time to sign up to participate in these inspiring events.

Help Us Choose the Book for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2010

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It's almost time for the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads to begin once again. This year, our selection committee has chosen two finalists for our theme: Michigan. The finalists are Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle; and The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas by Jerry Dennis. We have plenty of copies in stock and we appreciate your comments and opinions on which one should be our official selection for the Reads. Check these books out and then let us know which one you think should be chosen by leaving a comment on the AA/Ypsi Reads Website. The final selection will be announced in mid-October.

Paws in the Park

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Attention dog owners and dog lovers: this Saturday and Sunday (8/22 and 8/23) from 9am to 5pm at Heritage Park, in Canton, bring your pup to Paws in the Park, a new event featuring the Purina Incredible Dog Team from America's Got Talent 4, Ultimate Air Dog, Rock n' Roll K9's, and much more. Be sure to check out the entire weekend schedule for more exciting events. This dog owner is especially looking forward to the Best Trick Contest and the Wiener Race, but maybe a bit unsure about the Best Kisser Contest. Can't make it this weekend? Check out Agility Training and Enjoying Dog Agility from the AADL for more information on training your dog for performing agility events.

Make it a De-LIGHT-ful Summer, Include Lighthouses In Your Vacation Plans

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Did you know that Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state? Join Nancy Finlayson, The Lighthouse Lady, at the Downtown Library on Thursday, June 4, at 7pm for a slide show and lecture featuring tips, suggestions, and itineraries for putting a lighthouse or two (or more) in your summer vacation.

Canoeing Anyone??

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, now is a great time to don your sunscreen, fill your cooler, and head out on one of our many Michigan waterways. If you are a fan of canoeing/kayaking, pick up a copy of Doc Fletcher's new book Michigan Rivers Less Paddled : The Rivers, The Towns, The Taverns here at the AADL. This handy guide will provide you with plenty of ideas for canoeing excursions around the area, including local pubs to hit at the end of your journey. Jerry Dennis' Canoeing Michigan Rivers : A Comprehensive Guide to 45 Rivers is another guide to consider if you are looking for new routes to explore. If you are not the proud owner of a canoe or kayak, there are plenty of rental places in the area. Visit Huron River Net for a list of businesses that will gladly provide you with that canoe you need.

University of Michigan and Tart Cherries

Dr. Sara Warber of University of Michigan Integrative Medicine researched the benefits of eating tart cherries and found that the Antioxidants may help with heart disease and inflammation. This is one of the topics discussed at the Experimental Biology 2009 meeting in New Orleans.

Read more about Michigan cherries and check out a consumer's guide to dietary supplements and alternative medicines.

And here's a story about cherries for the kids.

Ideas for Michigan's economy

Is anyone except me tired of hearing bad economic news about Michigan? If you're ready for some inspiring ideas on how our economy might improve in the future, check out the new book Coming Clean: Breaking America's addiction to oil and coal, especially the chapter about how carmakers can save themselves and help save our planet. Or read the fascinating article “Getting Airport City Off the Ground” from the The Center for Michigan. The article says, among other things, that Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport has a branch of the famous Rijksmuseum. Maybe someday a Michigan “Airport City” will have a branch of the newly reopened U-M Museum of Art.

Before MSU game - read this

I know virtually nothing about college basketball, but apparently MSU has a fighting chance of becoming the national college basketball champ. Suddenly, I’m a fair-weather MSU fan. Looks like I’ll have to wait my turn for When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball, by Seth Davis, which recounts the season leading to the March 1979 NCAA finals, in which MSU’s Magic Johnson squared off against ISU's Larry Bird. Sounds like a good history of the NCAA basketball tournament.

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