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Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage by Kaye Umansky

Check our catalog for the children's book: Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage

This is a great play on the "evil witch" story in fairy tales.  Clover is the oldest girl from a large, messy family with the soul of a neatnik.  When the local witch (just a witch, not evil) advertises for live-in help at the high rate of six pennies a week, Clover sees it as a chance to get a room of her own while supporting her family away from their chaos.  In the process she has to deal with the local grocery delivery-boy (who is painfully clumsy), the witch's cat (who chases foxes for fun), and the witch's evil sister (who REALLY wants the cottage).  Clover's down-to-earth sensibility comes in hand when Mrs. Eckles has to go away on a business trip, and how she deals with the problems that happen would leave your average prince or princess in her dust (if she let any build up around her).

New Moon Official Movie Guide

New Moon

While you're waiting for New Moon to open at the theater (this Friday!), get a sneak peak with New Moon: the Official Illustrated Movie Companion.

Some new small business titles

A few new titles we've add in the small business section:

Build a green small business : profitable ways to become an ecopreneur by Scott Cooney c2009
Call number: 658.022 COON

Import/export : how to take your business across borders by Carl A. Nelson c2009
Call number: 658.848 NELS

Save your small business : 10 crucial strategies to survive hard times or close down & move on by Ralph Warner & Bethany K. Laurence c2009
Call number: 658.4012 WARN

Small business web sites made easy by Steven Holzner c2009
Call number: 006.7 HOLZ

If they're checked out, place a hold so you'll be notified when they're ready for you!

Ford County by John Grisham

Check our catalog for: Ford CountyFord County by John Grisham

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill. Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life.

Find other New Fiction titles in the Adult Collection.

Duchess of death by Richard Hack

Check out our catalog for:  Duchess of Death: the unauthorized biography of Agatha Christie

This a very informational, unauthorized biography which was created from over 5,000 unpublished letters, notes, and documents. It gives us a look at the hidden side of Agatha Christie and shows what a quiet, private person she was throughout her entire lifetime.  It tells what happened when her husband asked for a divorce and she simply disappeared.  Later on in her life it also showed how she preferred to live in a hovel in Egypt, to being recognized in England.  One will find many surprises in her life and understand why, when she was trying to enter the building for her big award's ceremony and the doorkeeper didn't recognize her.  After he told her that no one could get in early, she just walked away!

Want to Know Where the Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is Going?

A provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 called for establishing a website to ensure people could see exactly who is receiving Recovery money in addition to how and where the money is spent. That site is Recovery.gov, which offers easy-to-understand, user-friendly graphs, charts, and maps to explain spending and projects across the country, from a larger national overview down to details of individual projects in specific zip codes. Check out how Michigan compares to other states!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Check our catalog for: Shiver

This book is the perfect read for teens who are fans of the Twilight series. Grace and Sam are two teens in love, with a twist. Sam spends half his life as a wolf. When the weather turns cold, he changes into his animal form and will remain that way until the spring. This time, Sam senses it may be the last year he will be human and with Grace's help, tries to figure out a way to keep him from making the change permanantely.

Daylight Saving Time

The end of Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday, November 1st at 2 AM. Before heading off to bed Saturday night, you should set your clocks back one hour to return to Standard Time. You are also encouraged to test and replace the batteries in your smoke detector. 

While the twice-a-year changing of the clocks is now taken for granted, it wasn't that long ago that the very idea to "spring forward" or "fall back" was quite controversial. Image of a clockMichigan used to fall into the Central Time Zone. This meant that sunrise during the summer came as early as 5 AM [A few counties in the Upper Peninsula remain on Central Time]. Even after moving to the Eastern Time Zone, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Michigan chose not to observe Daylight Saving Time. It took a statewide vote to settle on observing Daylight Saving Time. Thanks to the combination of being on the far west side of the Eastern Time Zone and observing Daylight Saving Time, Michigan now enjoys late summer sunsets. The trade-off for those late summer evenings is dark mornings in the spring and fall.

To learn more about Daylight Saving Time (no "s" in Saving), check out these web sites: Read more

Ice Bridge, Mackinac Island's Hidden Season

This DVD features spectacular photography of Mackinac Island in all seasons. Do you know what a "fudgie" is? Mackinac Island has over 700 horses in the summer and only 20 in the winter. Where do they go? Watch how the "Ice Bridge" transforms the Island in winter.
Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Cirque du Freak movie

Are you a fan of the Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan? The first movie based on the first three books in the series opened in theaters over the weekend.
We're giving away free posters and bookmarks in the teen area to celebrate the release.