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Typing tutorial is available

Computer users (most of us are computer users these days!): do you need to learn the keyboard? Or improve your typing skills?  We have the well-reviewed touch typing tutorial software "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" loaded on all five of the adult database computers and two of the games computers in the children's department.  If you spend a half hour at it every day for two weeks you will improve your skills.  You can also use it just to test your current speed. Try it!

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

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The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

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The second book in Larsson's Millenium Trilogy takes a bit of time to build tension but once the author sets up the elements, this book cannot be put down. Lisbeth Salender and Mikael Blomkvist are again the main characters but they don't make contact until the very end of the story when tangled plot ends collide. The police are hunting for Lisbeth who has been accused of going on a killing rampage. The press tries and convicts her based on her old psychological profile. Tension and pacing deliver a well planned story while her past comes alive and the mystery around her mental state begins to unravel. Lisbeth refuses Mikael's attempts to help as she takes on the fight for her identity and life.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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This is the story of a girl growing up in Brooklyn, NY in the years just before WWI. The author uses the main character, Francie, as a vehicle to tell the amazing story of her life in a time when there weren't welfare, social agencies, psychologists or birth control. Francie's family plays a game called Survival when the cupboard is bare. The parents are poor uneducated Brooklynites who struggle to give their children a better life. This book is a testiment to tenecious hardworking people in the early 1900s.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King

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Although it's by Stephen King, this isn't a horror story, and it also isn't very long. It is a tale of an unsolved mystery in a small coastal town in Maine. Just good storytelling as a couple of smart old guys gradually reveal the story of a dead man found on the beach twenty five years ago to a young newspaperwoman.  Some people might find the ending unsatisfying, but when I thought about it, I kind of liked how it leaves it open to your own imagination. It might even be a good choice for a book club/discussion.  I listened to it on audio, and the reader, Jeffrey DeMunn, did a nice job with the voices and the accents. [Note: for some reason the cover art on this one has no relation to the story!]

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

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Andie Miller agrees to a favor for her ex-husband, North Archer, which involves going to stay at a haunted house in southern Ohio and taking care of two orphaned children who are distant relatives of his and who really need her help.  Of course she doesn’t believe the house is haunted at first, but after not too long, her mantra is “there are ghosts”.  The question is, how to get rid of them?  There’s humor, paranormal, and a love story, too (turns out she’s still in love with her ex-husband, and he’s still in love with her).  It’s rather long, but it was the kind of story where I wanted it to keep going, so that was OK.  This is the third Jennifer Crusie book I’ve read or listened to, and I've enjoyed them all.

Voter Guides are Here

A good supply League of Women Voters printed voter guides for the November 2 election are available now at the library.  Come in and pick one up, or view the guides online via the links below. 

LOWV Guide for Statewide races 

LOWV Oakland Area Guide for Oakland Co. and local races and issues

More resources for election 2010 from the Michigan eLibrary

Beer Making a Bubbly Success!

Johnny Blast from Hopman's Beer and Wine Making Supply in Waterford provided expert direction and inside tips to making home brew at the Library on October 12, 2010. We learned to cook speciality grains and add malt and hops to get just the right flavors for the perfect brew!

 

Paperback Romances

Attention romance readers: as you may know, our branch library had an extensive and very popular collection of paperback romances, which included novels from all the major romance writers, plus the following series "brands":

  • heartsHarlequin American Romance
  • Harlequin Presents
  • Harlequin SuperRomance
  • Kimani
  • Silhouette Desire
  • Silhouette Nocturne
  • Silhouette Romantic Suspense
  • Silhouette Special Edition
  • Steeple Hill Love Inspired

This entire collection has now been moved to the main library on Civic Center Drive.  Those books you love to read are on the shelves just as you enter the adult department, and are available to you here now seven days a week.