Today is the release of Gretchen Rubin's new book "Happier at Home"

Gretchen Rubin, New York Times best-selling author, has officially released her newest book, Happier at Home: kiss more, jump more, abandon a project, read Samuel Johnson, and my other experiments in the practice of everyday life. Rubin is most well-known for her previous book, The Happiness Project, in which she takes every month of an entire year to focus on a different resolution ranging from marriage to parenthood to work to simply having more energy on a day-to-day basis. As a former lawyer, Rubin approaches the never-ending questions about what it means to be happy in a logical and philosophical manner, while at the same time using Down-to-Earth examples from her everyday life that are hilarious yet honest, allowing all readers to relate to her theories on multiple levels.

If you're looking for a great read to start off this school year, Happier at Home is the perfect book to do so. In this follow up to The Happiness Project, Rubin takes a look at her “home life” from September through May, and reconsiders – again, with a new subject each month – how her nest can become a source of happiness within itself. Happier at Home is essentially the child of The Happiness Project, as it focuses in on home-related happiness factors such as “possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood.”

Read about Gretchen Rubin’s new book Happier at Home on her website, and read the first chapter for free. Also, don't forget to get on the AADL hold list for Happier at Home!

Parent Shelf Finds: Science Fun

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

This summer the library is full of fun science programs! To go along with that, here are some science-related books you’ll find on the Parent Shelf.

+ Picture-perfect science lessons: Using children's books to guide inquiry

+ Oobleck, slime & dancing spaghetti: Twenty terrific at-home science experiments inspired by favorite children's books

+ Sandbox scientist : real science activities for little kids

See here for more, and let's have a fun, science-filled summer!

Parent Shelf Finds: Kids & Reading

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

If you’ve got a child who can’t get enough reading, or if you're looking into ways to enhance their reading skills and comprehension, check out some of these titles to get you going, and see here for more.

Humpty who?: A crash course in 80 nursery rhymes for clueless moms and dads

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Family of Readers : The book lover's guide to children's and young adult literature

Mommy, teach me to read!: A complete and easy-to use home reading program

Yellow brick roads: Shared and guided paths to independent reading 4-12

Parent's Corner: Resources for special needs children

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

On the parent shelf, and in the regular collection, the library has a slew of books that may answer questions that parents, teachers, and caregivers may have about working with children with special needs. See here for a list of titles in the regular collection, or check out these Parent Shelf titles to get you going:

Positive discipline for children with special needs

No longer a secret: Unique common sense strategies for children with sensory or motor challenges

The learning tree: Overcoming learning disabilities from the ground up

The complete guide to special education: Proven advice on evaluations, IEPs, and helping kids succeed

Summer Autism Caregiver Support Group

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The Autism Collaborative Center is offering a support and discussion group for parents and caregivers of children with Autism to meet, share, socialize and support each other. The group will take place this summer on Thursday evenings of May 10th and 24th, June 7th and 21st, July 5th and 19th, and August 2nd. This group provides free childcare during group sessions. To register, call (734) 485-2890 or email autismcenter@emich.edu.

ABCs Of Early Literacy: From Babbling To Books - A Workshop For Parents, Caregivers And Professionals Working With Young Children

Friday April 13, 2012: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This workshop, provided by MSU Extension, is directed at parents and professionals working with young children, whether in a public library or childcare setting. A second workshop on school readiness will be offered at 1:00 pm.

Learn more about the sights and sounds of emergent literacy, the precursor to formal reading. These reading readiness skills include oral language development, experimental writing, print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and alphabetic principle.

What Children Need to Know to Start School - A Workshop For Parents, Caregivers And Professionals Working With Young Children

Friday April 13, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This workshop, provided by MSU Extension, is directed at parents and professionals working with young children, whether in a public library or childcare setting.

By the end of kindergarten a child will have been in class for 700 hours; but before kindergarten even begins, parents, grandparents, day-care providers, aunts, uncles, churches, businesses, libraries, and communities will have had the child for 52,000 hours. This is the time frame when children are learning important skills that can provide them with the cornerstones needed for the development of later academic success.

Parent Advisory Shelf: Let’s talk food.

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

There are some great books on food and nutrition for children that offer advice and guidance on topics such as dealing with picky eaters as well as nutrition facts. Check out Start fresh: your child's jump start to lifelong healthy eating, 44 things parents should know about healthy cooking for kids, or perhaps Healthy food for young children and these other nutrition books for some fresh ideas on food and children.

The Benefits Of Breastfeeding With Lisa Hammer, M.D.

Sunday March 18, 2012: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Breastfeeding has many benefits for infants, mothers and families. Did you know that: Breastfed newborns tend to have fewer ear infections and respiratory infections? Breastfeeding helps moms lose weight following delivery? Did you also know that women frequently encounter problems in the first few days to weeks and without adequate support, they make a decision to quit breastfeeding and transition to formula feeding?

This event is geared for new parents, expectant parents, grandparents, anyone involved in the care of a breastfeeding newborn and anyone who would like more information about breastfeeding and its benefits! Husbands and partners are also encouraged to attend. Topics will also include breastfeeding problems, milk production, pumping, latch technique, returning to work while breastfeeding and local breastfeeding support.

Join Lisa Hammer, MD, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Clinical Assistant Professor in the UM Department of Pediatrics, as she discusses the benefits of breastfeeding.

Check out or place holds for books about breastfeeding from the Library.

Free ADHD Workshop

The Institute for Human Adjustment at the University Center for the Child and the Family will be hosting a parent education workshop on ADHD and other learning disabilities. Attendees will learn practical strategies for handling the challenges their families face and will also receive an opportunity to share ideas, resources, and support with people experiencing similar issues. The program will consist of three sessions on

Monday, April 16
Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, May 2

The workshops will be held from 7-8:15 pm at 530 Church St., Suite 1465. Registration is required for attendance. If you are interested please call (734) 764-9466 to reserve your spot.

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