Buy Indie in Ypsi

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If you survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday why not try a handmade Saturday? This Saturday from noon to midnight is the fourth Shadow Art Fair at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. There you’ll find all things handmade- from t-shirts, coffee, purses and jewelry, to art, zines and soap. This year also features “Shadow Brew.” It's not too late to take the Handmade Pledge this holiday giving season, and the Shadow is a good place to start. Of course... you could always make your own gifts too!

Christmas Cooking

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Well it's that time of year. Time to start planing what to eat during the upcoming Holiday season. Click here for a list of library holiday cookbooks. One specific new book to consider is Paula Deens latest Christmas with Paula Deen which is to be reviewed on the Diane Rehm show on 11-28-2007. The library also subscribes to the magazine "Cooking with Paula Deen" at the downtown branch.

Light the Lights ~ Tonight

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Make History tonight by joining Mayor Hieftje at 6 p.m. tonight, Nov. 16th, at the official lighting ceremony at Liberty Plaza to kickoff the holiday season. Why History? Because the holiday glow this year will be from environementally friendly LED lights -- 114,000 to be exact -- one for every resident of Tree Town. All those beautiful lights throughout the Downtown will require 80% less energy. Bet Columbus, Ohio is still using old-fashioned lights.

Play Hookey on Monday

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The temperature will be in the 50s on Monday, Nov. 12, and as fate would have it, as part of the Metroparks “Appreciation Days,” entry to all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks will be free on Veterans Day. Boat launch fees will also be waived. Bring along your binoculars, there are still plenty of birds to see.

"Double Tenth Day"

It may not be so important except for those who enjoy cool numerical configurations that today is the tenth day of the tenth month, but in Taiwan, there are many festivities celebrating Double Tenth National Day. On October 10, 1911, there was an uprising against the Imperial Manchu Dynasty which led to the birth of the Republic of China. The day begins with a ceremony in front of the Presidential Office Building and ends with an impressive fireworks display. To find out more about Chinese festivals and holidays, check out the many books in our collection.

Fall Holy Days

Read about Rosh Hashanah! Check out Apples & Pomegranates by Rahel Musleah. Today also marks the first day of Ramadan. For a touching youth story on the subject read Magid fasts for Ramadan by Mary Matthews. More on Jewish holidays during autumn can be found in Celebrating the Jewish Year by Paul Steinberg. And to read about fasting & religion check out Fasting: Spiritual Freedom beyond our Appetite by Lynne Baab.

Celebrate the 4th in Detroit

Looking for something to do on Wednesday? Check out the 2007 Comerica CityFest in Detroit’s New Center. The celebration starts July 4 and continues through Sunday, July 8th. The events are free and include activities for kids, food from area restaurants and a street market. There will be live performances by Femi Kuti and the Positive Force (son of Fela Kuti), The Wailers, Weird Al Yankovic, The Detroit Cobras and many more. The festival will also host featured artists, rock climbing for kids, Modern Skate and Surf and the Detroit Derby Girls.

Clearing the Way on Memorial Day

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You’ll see fewer orange barrels on Michigan roadways this weekend when MDOT suspends work on 153 of 172 road projects. That'll make it easier to get out and enjoy Michigan State Parks and travel destinations.

Looking for a way to honor Martin Luther King, Jr?

The University of Michigan is holding it's annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium. There are many events going on through out the months of January and February. Most of the events are free and open to the public. For more information please click here or call: 734-936-1055.

The library also holds many great books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and impact he made on our country. Check out About Martin Luther King Day or one of the many other great books the library has to offer.

What is this Christmas thing anyway?

Are you concerned about what Christmas has become. Charlie Brown sure was. If you want to learn about the true meaning of Christmas, sit back and relax with your family as you watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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