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CREATE A BACKYARD NATURE SANCTUARY

     DECATUR - Small habitats can make a big difference for Michigan’s bird population. Whether it’s adding native plants, creating brush piles, offering year-round water, or eliminating insecticides, any backyard can be turned into a safe stopover during any season.
     Michigan Audubon’s program coordinator Linnea Rowse, offers instruction on “Bird-Friendly Backyards: Creating a Nature Sanctuary at Home,” Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at VBDL Webster Memorial, Decatur.
     Rowse’s presentation will provide information and resources about supporting birds with native gardens, food and water resources, and best practices for sharing our spaces with our feathered friends.
    According to Audubon magazine, a bird-friendly backyard “where native plants abound, offers all the perks of a Park Avenue suite with a stocked pantry and a view.”
     The program is free and open to the public. For more information phone (269) 423-4771, e-mail info@vbdl.org, or visit the library at 200 North Phelps Street.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS DISCUSSES THE DAKOTA
WINTERS

     DECATUR - Architectural Digest calls it the “most famous apartment building in New York City, wholly unique in the world of architecture and even more unique in the world of urban dwellings.”
     The Dakota Apartments, simply known as The Dakota, have been home to the rich and famous, including Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The famed structure on West 72nd Street is also home to the protagonist in Tom Barbash’s novel, The Dakota Winters.
    The public is invited to discuss the novel in the Rose Room at VBDL Webster Memorial, Decatur, on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.
    The book is set during the last year of John Lennon’s life; however, the story focuses on Anton Winter and his father, Buddy, a late night talk show host. They hob-nob with notable Manhattan residents, such as Lennon, some Kennedys and other celebrities, as the elder Winter hopes to revive his career.
    In an NPR interview, Barbash admits that “the book is about the Winters,” but does say that “If I said anything new about John, it’s that I think this was the beginning of a prolonged second act in John’s life that would have been really fruitful.”
    Copies of The Dakota Winters are available at the library. The discussion is free and open to the public. For the Love of Books meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
    For more information, phone (269) 423-4771, e-mail info@vbdl.org, or stop by the library at 200 North Phelps Street, Decatur.
 

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