National Library Week - April 13 - 19

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Michigan Notable Books 2010

The 2010 list of Michigan Notable Books has been announced by the Library of Michigan.  "Each year the Michigan Notable Books (MNB) list features 20 michigan notable books logobooks published in the previous calendar year that are about, or set in, Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover a range of topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents."  The Waterford Library owns most of the books, if you'd like to check them out and read them.  Or, they are great gift ideas, too.  You can also see lists of past year's winners.

Sue Grafton fans, you'll eat this up

Are you wondering if she's going to make it all the way to "Z" with her mystery series?  I think you're going to enjoy reading this lengthy and fascinating blog post by a librarian who attended a Sue Grafton book signing in Arizona recently.  (Scroll down her blog until you come to Friday, December 11th's post).   Don't you wish you'd been there?

Energy efficiency tax credits info.

The weather has turned cold! If you've made your house extra snug, and are looking for information on tax credits for energy efficiency projects you've done to your house, this IRS news page with audio and video information on it, and this page from the Michigan Department of Treasury may help.  You may find energystar.gov useful, too.

In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Check our catalog for: In a Sunburned Country

Bill Bryson tells of his adventures traveling all over the vast, remote, and unfamiliar (to us) country of Australia.  The book is filled with absolutely fascinating information and it's so humorous, too.   I downloaded the digital audio version from our NetLibrary collection and listened to it. It's read by the author.  I didn't want the book to end --there's so much more of Australia to explore, as he keeps pointing out!  It really made me want to take a trip to the land down under.

Some new small business titles

A few new titles we've add in the small business section:

Build a green small business : profitable ways to become an ecopreneur by Scott Cooney c2009
Call number: 658.022 COON

Import/export : how to take your business across borders by Carl A. Nelson c2009
Call number: 658.848 NELS

Save your small business : 10 crucial strategies to survive hard times or close down & move on by Ralph Warner & Bethany K. Laurence c2009
Call number: 658.4012 WARN

Small business web sites made easy by Steven Holzner c2009
Call number: 006.7 HOLZ

If they're checked out, place a hold so you'll be notified when they're ready for you!

For basketball fans and hockey fans

Basketball season is beginning and so is hockey season.  Here's a handy Pistons game schedule: 
http://www.nba.com/pistons/schedule/

and here's a handy Red Wings game schedule:
We're always trying to help you find what you're looking for!

Art@ the Library: Waterford Twp. From the Air, 60 Years Ago

Waterford Twp From the Air, 60 Years Ago is an exhibit of aerial photography that was taken by Homer Tinney after WWII. He was hired by businessmen, realtors, developers and builders to take aerial photos of real estate of most of Oakland County. The exhibit includes notable lakes, cities, towns, gulf courses and commercial/industrial properties in the Waterford and Clarkston area. This exhibit will run through October in the Library lobby. It also features photography by Randy Rieth who created the exhibit. Email Randy Rieth rdrieth@sbcglobal.net if you have questions about this exhibit.

Tenants and Landlords

A recent report in the news said that U.S. apartment vacancies have hit a 23 year high.  We hope that's translating into lower rents for Waterford's apartment dwellers.  Did you know there's a useful reference booklet  for tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships available at the library? It's called, "Tenants and Landlords: a practical guide".  Pick one up free at our Leggett branch library or in the adult department of the main library, courtesy of your state representative or state senator.
You can also view it online here:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/Publications/tenantlandlord.pdf

Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt

Breaking Clean (Biography)
by Judy Blunt
This is an excellent memoir of a woman who grew up in an isolated farm community of Montana during the 50s and 60s. Exquisite poetic descriptions enhance the quiet storytelling of a young girl's struggles for emotional independence in a community that insists on conformity. The author shows with great sensitivity the difficulities farmers face living off the land as our society transitions to corporate farming. Her sense of local humor, rendition of language and place creates an unforgettable experience for the reader. This is her first book.

Check our Catalog for Breaking Clean

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

The Monsters of Templetonmonsters of templeton cover, by Lauren Groff, takes you on a wild genealogical ride. The main character, Willie Templeton, must discover the identity of her biological father who she has never met. In the process, she digs up monster after monster in a historical closet that contains the "memoirs" of her revered fictional American family.

Search for this book in our catalog: The Monsters of Templeton