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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.

Literacy Tutor Training

The Oakland Literacy Council will be doing tutor training at the Waterford Township Library February 6, 8 and 9.  To sign up please call the Oakland Literacy Council at 248.253.1617

Attention Twilight fans!

By now, you've read the books and seen the movies.
Which was better? What did they leave out?

Come to the library for a screening of the movie and we'll discuss.

Monday, January 25th @ 6:30 pm

For teens 12-18.

See you there!

2010 Printz Award winners

The 2010 Printz award winners have been announced!
If you didn't know, the Michael L. Printz award is given out yearly to the book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature".

This year's winner is Going Bovine by Libba Bray. In this book, Cameron (who was been diagnosed with mad cow disease) sets off on a roap trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

Have you read it? What did you think?

 

Document scanner now available in the Adult Department

We now have a document scanner in the microforms room in the adult department. The scanner is connected to a computer in that room. The computer has internet access. The scanned image or document can be saved to a flash drive, and could be uploaded to a website. Printing is not available from that computer.  The scanner, an HP Scanjet 8300,  can take a legal size document (or smaller). To use the document scanner to scan documents, photographs, etc., please see a librarian at the adult reference desk.

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

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Grandma Dowdel is back.  It's the 1950's and the country is still working it's way out of the effects of the Great Depression and WWII.  Twelve-year-old Bob and his family move in next door to Mrs. Dowdel.  As they fight bullies and prejudice, they learn that people and things aren't what they seem to be, and the toughest person in town has the biggest heart.  An excellent companion book to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder.

La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith

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It is 1939. Lavender—La to her friends—decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic . . . at least at first. As the war drags on, La is in need of some diversion and wants to boost the town's morale, so she organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Among the strays she corrals is Feliks, a shy, proper Polish refugee who becomes her prized recruit—and the object of feelings she thought she'd put away forever.

Sherlock Holmes makes a comeback!

Is the character played by Robert Downey Jr. in the movie out this month anything like the “real” (fictitious person) Sherlock Holmes? Read or listen to some of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and find out.
We’ve got:detective

Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
The complete original illustrated Sherlock Holmes : 37 short stories plus a complete novel…
Eight great Sherlock Holmes stories [large print]
The new annotated Sherlock Holmes. The novels Read more

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.

Logical Reading

How We Decide by Jonah LehrerIf you enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, you might also like How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.

Click here for more Malcolm Gladwell Readalikes