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The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

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Confronted by the poisoning of an important official's wife and the sudden appearance of three bodies that may create an international incident between Laos and Vietnam, 72-year-old state coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun keeps his cool in Cotterill's engaging whodunit, set in Laos a year after the 1975 Communist takeover. Ably assisted by the entertaining Geung and ambitious Dtui, Siri calmly gleans clues from minute examinations of the bodies while circumnavigating bureaucratic red tape to arrive at justice.

Important News for NetLibrary Media Center users

NetLibrary logoIf you have downloaded and installed NetLibrary's Media Center software on your computer for downloading titles from NetLibrary, please be aware that effective May 20, 2010, NetLibrary will no longer support Media Center Versions 1.2.52.3 and lower. If your version of Media Center is 1.2.52.3 or lower, you will need to uninstall the software and reinstall the most current version to continue accessing eAudiobooks.

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Vegetable Gardening Books

You'll have a growing interest in these vegetable and herb gardening booksorganic vegetables

All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space! / Mel Bartholomew.
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Crops in pots : how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy care containers / Bob Purnell   
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The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Kat is a housewife with a big spending problem. When she discovers that her husband is planning to leave her after their daughter's upcoming high school graduation, she goes on a quest to save up the $15,000 she'll need to retain a divorce attorney. At the suggestion of her housekeeper, Kat joins a group called the Penny Pinchers Club which meets in the local library basement to start learning how to be more thrifty. Well-written and charming, the story has some interesting twists and turns, with themes of mid-life reinvention, old flames, some dumpster-diving espionage and crummy bosses who need to get what's coming to them, all explored while giving helpful hints on living well for less.

A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny

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A Fatal Grace coverThis is the second book in the mystery series set in the small town of Three Pines, Quebec, and featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. (Smart, experienced, and patient - he's just what you want in a chief inspector).  A woman nobody likes is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake while watching a game of curling, and Gamache and his team have to figure out who the murderer is.  The characters of the townspeople are interesting and appealing and well developed - you really get to know them and their individual personalities.  Three Pines just seems so pleasant and cozy. The first book in the series is Still Life.  These are great books, especially if you like your cozy mysteries with a little French mixed in.

Last Minute Tax Resources - April 2010

Image of tax formsThursday, April 15th is the deadline to file your state and federal tax returns. We've compiled a list of resources that can help you if you're still working on completing your forms.

For those who are unable to file by April 15th, view this resource about filing for an extension of time to file from the IRS.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls takes the reader on an incredible journey through the lives of the Walls family told by the middle child Jeanette who by her own strength of character and persistance leaves an abusive family environment to thrive in New York as a successful journalist. Wall's memoir exposes startling neglect within a context of humor and irony as the family consisting of four children and two clueless parents falls deeper and deeper into debt, neglect and abject poverty. You will find yourself rooting for Jeannette throughout this well told story. I loved this book.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King is a well drawn historical novel that makes the assumption that Sherlock Holmes is real and that he takes on an apprentice by the name of Mary Russell. The relationship between Holmes and Russell developes slowly throughout the book and by the end, the characters, including Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson provide enthralling escape for the reader into the world at the turn of the century. King is up to her 10th installment in this well written series. Fans of Conan Doyle will be pleased.

National Census Day - Every Person Counts

Census LogoApril 1 is National Census Day. The US census takes place every ten years and is mandated by the US Constitution. The first census was conducted in 1790 under the direction of then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.

The population count of everyone living in the United States is used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. Because many state and federal programs are funded based on the Census's population totals, it's important that every resident in Waterford is counted. Returning Census forms in a timely fashion also helps to save tax dollars. Each completed form returned is one less household that Census workers will have to visit later this year. 

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New Moon on DVD

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