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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.

Pictures from the Candy Sushi Program

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All of the attendees at our Candy Sushi program for ages 9-12 got creative.  Below are the the fruits of their labors.
The base ingredients were prepackaged Rice Crispy Treats, Swedish fish, Fruit Roll-Ups (green especially makes a good nori wrap), marshmallows, and sour apples straws.  Extra bits of candy were left out to enhance the base ingredients, such as pink Nerds to look like roe, and gummi fish for larger fish shapes.  Chcolate sauce was used for "soy" sauce.
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A "battleship" sushi sculpture, above.
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Final book in Hunger Games series

Scholastic Press has revealed the title and cover for the last book in the Hunger Games series!
Can we wait until August 24th?

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Check our catalog for: Nanny Returns

It's 10 years later and Nan is back in New York after living abroad with her husband Ryan (aka Harvard Hottie). She's trying to get her consulting business off the ground and dealing with the renovations on the apartment they purchased upon returning to the city. Ryan has started pressuring her to start a family, but Nan isn't sure it is something she wants. When Grayer X, her former charge, shows up on her doorstep needing her help, she realizes she still feels guilty after all these years for leaving him. As much as she doesn't want to, she finds herself getting sucked back into the X family drama.  If you find yourself forgetting what happened in the first book, the authors have a great refresher on their website!

Message from the Director

An open letter to you explaining choices made to meet the demands of declining revenues for library services while demand for those services is on the increase.