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.

And the best Christmas Carol is...

'Tis the season for the inevitable take on the perennial Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. We have at least eight video versions--from a 10-minute silent film in a collection of rare holiday shorts to the vastly underrated Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol. The rest are listed below. (Our apologies to fans of the 1999 film starring Patrick Stewart and the excellent 1938 version starring Leo G. Carroll; both are on order but, alas, won't be here by Christmas.) My favorite is still the 1951 version. What's yours?

A Christmas Carol (1951), starring Alastair Sim
A Christmas Carol (1984), starring George C. Scott
A Christmas Carol (2004), starring Kelsey Grammer
A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), with Michael Caine as the voice of Scrooge
Scrooge (1970), starring Albert Finney
Scrooged (1999), starring Bill Murray

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