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Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor

Skinner's Drift by Lisa Fugard

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A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

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This biography was suggested by one of my patrons so I decided to read it. Being a dog lover I was interested in how Abigail Thomas chose to adopt dogs and live with them after her husband had a serious head injury. She tells us how her life changed after that point and how she learned to adapt. It is a very moving story showing how when her life partner could no longer function as usual, she had to change her life and learn to enjoy that different kind of life. It also showed how severe brain injuries can change how an individual will be able to function from then on, but how Abigail and her husband still managed to develop a new life together.

Library Closed for the Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day PhotoThe library will be closed the following dates in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • Saturday, May 28
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Monday, May 30
The library will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 31. 

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

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Cara spends most of her time thinking about how much better her life used to be when her best friend Zoe was still around. She doesn't have many friends at school and is taunted by the popular girls, who refer to her as "Choker" after an embarrassing incident in the cafeteria. One day, Cara returns home from school to find that Zoe is back. She's run away from home, so Cara agrees to hide Zoe at her house so no one will find her. Now with Zoe back in her life, Cara's confidence returns and she finds herself making friends and flirting with Ethan, a boy she's always had a crush on. Then one of the popular girls that tormented Cara turns up dead and Zoe starts acting very strange. Cara can't help but wonder--is her best friend capable of doing such terrible things?

First Look!

The upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek of actress Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games movie. Check it out!

http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/05/18/the-hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-first-look-exclusive/

 

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

The Story of Beautiful GirlCheck our catalog for: The Story of Beautiful Girl

It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution, the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone-Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught. But before she is forced back into the institution, she whispers two words to Martha: "Hide her." And so begins the 40-year epic journey of Lynnie, Homan, Martha, and baby Julia-lives divided by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, yet drawn together by a secret pact and extraordinary love.

Babysitter Training

Are you planning on babysitting this summer? Join us here at the library on Saturday, June 4th for a workshop!

The American Red Cross will be here to offer a training session for all babysitters ages 11-15. They will cover skills such as safety, basic child care, facilitating safe play, first aid and critical emergency action skills. The cost is $25 and includes a training manual and a first aid and safety kit. Teens will also need to bring a sack lunch.

The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 618-7693 to register!

 

Bestsellers - a look back in time...

A Perfect Spy by John le Carre, The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum, I'll Take Manhattan by Judith Krantz, Break In by Dick Francis, and The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel were the top selling Fiction books on The New York Times Best Seller List for May 4, 1986.  Read more

National Library Week Contest Winner

Congratulations to Annette T., our National Library Week contest winner! She had the closest guess of how many visitors came to the library last week. The library welcomed 5,730 people during National Library Week.

Last Minute Tax Resources - April 2011

Image of Tax FormsHave you filed your tax return yet? Due to a local holiday in Washington DC, this year taxpayers will get a few extra days to file their tax returns. This year's deadline to file your federal and state tax return is April 18th. If you haven't completed your return yet, check out some of the online resources available to help you complete your return. The library also has some forms available in print form at the library. 

For those who are unable to file by April 18th, you can request an extension of time to file from the IRS.

  • Use Free File to e-file Form 4868, an extension to file
  • Download, complete and return Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension of Time  To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return) - PDF