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Breaking Bad

By Michael Miller / Raising kids is like being a full-time traffic cop. It’s watching every direction at every moment, trying to anticipate disaster before it happens, enforcing rules that should be common sense but are often ignored in the pursuit of speed. “No” is the smallest big word in a parent’s vocabulary. Like the…

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Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

By Cathy Chesher / Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band are coming to the Adrian Public Library! No, this isn’t the latest bluegrass band, but the title of the 2014 Michigan Reads! book written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers. The Adrian Public Library is pleased to announce that the illustrator will be…

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Fall Recipe: Pumpkin Dump Cake

by Lisa Eack / It’s fall! Well, not technically, but the air is getting chilly and I have started to see some color change. This is my favorite time of year! I love the weather, I love the food, and I love the colors. One of my favorite ingredients to use this time of year…

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What is Quality Child Care?

by Liz Fuss / Chances are that at some point all parents will have entrusted the care of their child to another person. While not all families are in need of consistent child care, several days a week for several hours a day, those that do have several options. Some of those options include: Someone…

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Summer Rerun: All About Radon

By Steven Burnett / EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in January of 2012, Steven Burnett was kind enough to enlighten us about radon in a two-part series. Time for a summer rerun, but this time both parts in the same post. If you live in Ohio or Southern Michigan, and you have purchased a house in the…

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Sacred Day in the Bayou

By Michael Miller / St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Paincourtville, Louisiana, is an unassuming brick building with a modern metal roof and a smattering of trees providing scant shade in its parking lot. Inside, it is an overwhelming architectural achievement — 50 stained glass images of saints and the Passion, statues of key figures…

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Resources for Kids and Car Safety

by Sheila Wathen / We’ve all heard the stories and were stunned. How could a parent forget a child in a car? It seems so impossible, and yet it happens year after year. As of July 21st of this year, 17 children have died from being left in a hot car. SEVENTEEN. Since 1998, on…

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Explore Michigan with help from your Library

By Cathy Chesher / Back-to-school supplies may already be in stores, but there is still plenty of time to explore Michigan this summer. Most Michigan public libraries offer at least two ways to help families explore our great state in an economical way. 1) PARK AND READ Visit a Michigan state park for free!  The…

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Renting Toys: What Do You Think?

by Sheila Wathen / Recently I heard about a service that lets you rent Lego sets like you rent DVDs from Netflix. Yes, really. You pay a monthly fee, start a queue of desired Lego sets, and one is mailed to you. You can keep the set as long as you like, and it is…