Martha Stewart, scrapbooking maven

According to a recent article in The Economist (you will need to login to your AADL account to follow the link), a familiar figure is poised to take the scrapbooking world by storm: Martha Stewart. Her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, recently released a new line of scrapbooking supplies that will undoubtedly sell well and bear Stewart's characteristic sense of style.

Stewart comes relatively late to scrapbooking, which was a $2.6 billion industry in 2006, according to the Craft & Hobby Association. But her company's size and dedicated following still place it in a good position become a market leader.

Are you a scrapbooker? What do you think of Stewart's new products? Interested in getting into scrapbooking? Check out a few of our books on how to organize and display your family memories in scrapbooks.

What’s the Plan for Huron River Drive?

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Surveys have been conducted, forums held, walks walked and now its time for sharing the results. Join the City of Ann Arbor Design Advisory Committee for a
Public Meeting on Thursday, June 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Forsythe Middle School to learn survey results and what the next steps are for addressing the deterioration of the roadway that best balances the needs of different users.

Make Tracks to the Tractors

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Fun for everyone at the Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Hudson Mills Metropark beginning Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. through Sunday, June 3rd. They’ll be pulling and showing tractors all weekend and there’s even a tractor pull for the little ones on Saturday.

Outdoor Types- New magazine titles at the Library

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Earlier this year the Library started getting several new magazine titles that should appeal to outdoor enthusiast types. American Iron a motorcycle magazine is carried at the Downtown branch. We also now get Grays Sporting Journal at the Downtown branch and Michigan Sportsman at the Downtown, Malletts & Pittsfield branch libraries.

Take it to the top

On May 16, 1975, Japanese climber, Junko Tabel was the first woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Later, in Japan, reflecting on the trip, she commented,"I can't understand why men make all this fuss about Everest- it's only a mountain." Since then, more women have met or want the challenge including a group of Nepalese women who call themselves Daughters of Everest. These are Sherpa women who want to climb but are held back by traditional customs and financial constraints.

If you're preparing to challenge some summits this summer, you'll find some great inspirational and reality testing reading at the library in our books on mountaineering.

Pick a Park to Make Your Own

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What's the oldest Ann Arbor city park? What city park hosts the summer concert series? Can you name the city park with the champion-size oak tree? Find out about the Adopt-A-Park Kickoff Saturday, May 19th and you'll find the answers. Adopt-A-Park volunteers get to mulch, mingle and make our parks beautiful.

Doin' Up Downtown

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More fun than you can throw a rake at and you don't even have to bring your own. The City of Ann Arbor will provide the tools, free parking at the Library Lot, pizza and more at Downtown Cleanup Day this Saturday, May 19th. Meet up at Liberty Plaza at 9:00 a.m. and help beautify our bodacious downtown.

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Did you know there is a great hiking trail just west of Ann Arbor? It's the Waterloo-Pinkney Trail. My son and I hike the trail at least once a year. It's one of the trails featured in 50 Hikes in Michigan by Jim Dufresne. Get the book, plan your trip, and then head out for the trails before the bugs get too bad.

Affordable Europe, Really!

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If you are heading to any of these 15 hot travel destinations in Europe this summer, the New York Time staff and contributors have great money-saving tips for you.

In these Affordable Europe: City Guides, you would discover cheap eats, bargain hotels, and great shopping guaranteed not to max out your credit card :
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Florence, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Rome, St. Petersburg and Vienna.

Be sure to send us a postcard and post your own tips online.

Whither Will We Wander in Washtenaw?

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To Gallup Park with the Washtenaw Wanderers. Join in the Volkssport Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun, family-oriented scenic river stroll. Meet the Wanderers at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery. Hey, there's even bratwurst when you're done.

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