National Library Week - April 13 - 19

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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

It's here! Place your hold now for New Moon on DVD.

Free Melissa Marr Story

While you're waiting for the next installment of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, check out Harper Teen's website for a FREE short story set in the world of Wicked Lovely.

New DVDs!

Warning: New titles go in and out quickly! Click on the call number of the title you're interested in to go directly to the catalog. From there, you can place a hold and we will let you know when it becomes available for you. You can also ask in the Adult Services Department or call 248-618-7693 if you need help in placing a request.

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New at the library: a Rental Collection

Our new Rental Collection provides library users with another option for obtaining popular fiction and non-fiction titles currently on national best-seller lists.  The rental collection consists of copies of best sellers.  Rental books are available on a walk-in basis only.  They are not holdable electronically nor will staff pull copies to hold for callers.  (Some libraries call it a "Lucky Day" Collection).  The collection is located in the Circulation lobby to the left of the entrance to the Periodicals Room.

 How do you check out a rental title? 
1.  Rental books check out with a non-refundable rental fee of $1 for the first 4 days collected at the time of checkout.
2.  Rental books out for more than 4 days will accrue an additional 25 cents/day beginning on day 5.
3.  Additional rental fees that accrue on copies out more than 4 days will be assessed to your library account.
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Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is an incredibly layered experience that includes art, architecture, madness, murder and remarkably detailed biographies of some of the most influential people of the 19th and 20th centures. Larson sets out to connect the history of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 with that of a series of murders by a monster that went by the name of Henry H. Holmes. This a very intense and enjoyable book that broadens your understanding of modern American history while simultaneously entertaining you with a murder story that disturbs and fascinates with equal measure.

The New Yorkers: a novel

Polly has just broken up with Chris and moves out of his apartment into an apartment with a curious history. Jody falls in love with Everett but Everett falls for Polly. Simon loves Jody but seems to love his hobbies more. Dog love. People love. City love. It's all here and it's brilliant! The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine is the new Jane Austen in my opinion. She writes about the relationships between people and their animals all the while commenting on society and manners with great subtlety and insight. Funny and touching!

 

Brownie Bakeoff--A Big Hit!

At the first annual Waterford Township Public Library baking contest, the featured dessert was brownies, and we had 13 entries. The judges were Gwen Borders from Trifles Confectionery of White Lake, Tom Newcombe, director of Waterford Township Parks and Recreation, and Roger Holden, a chef and teacher in the culinary program at Oakland Community College.

1st place ($75) went to Karen Kush's Hawaiian Brownies.

2nd place ($50) went to Jamie Schutt's Mocha Cinnamon Brownies.

3rd place ($25) went to Nikki Hellner's Black Forest Brownies.

All the winning recipes can be found here.
 
It was a wonderful event we're planning to make a new yearly tradition here!

Next year's baked good may be muffins, so start collecting those recipes.

Happy chef.