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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.

For basketball fans and hockey fans

Basketball season is beginning and so is hockey season.  Here's a handy Pistons game schedule: 
http://www.nba.com/pistons/schedule/

and here's a handy Red Wings game schedule:
We're always trying to help you find what you're looking for!

Art@ the Library: Waterford Twp. From the Air, 60 Years Ago

Waterford Twp From the Air, 60 Years Ago is an exhibit of aerial photography that was taken by Homer Tinney after WWII. He was hired by businessmen, realtors, developers and builders to take aerial photos of real estate of most of Oakland County. The exhibit includes notable lakes, cities, towns, gulf courses and commercial/industrial properties in the Waterford and Clarkston area. This exhibit will run through October in the Library lobby. It also features photography by Randy Rieth who created the exhibit. Email Randy Rieth rdrieth@sbcglobal.net if you have questions about this exhibit.

Tenants and Landlords

A recent report in the news said that U.S. apartment vacancies have hit a 23 year high.  We hope that's translating into lower rents for Waterford's apartment dwellers.  Did you know there's a useful reference booklet  for tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships available at the library? It's called, "Tenants and Landlords: a practical guide".  Pick one up free at our Leggett branch library or in the adult department of the main library, courtesy of your state representative or state senator.
You can also view it online here:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/Publications/tenantlandlord.pdf

New Books This Week

We've got some great new books hitting shelves this week!

FireFire by Kristin Cashore

This is the prequel/companion book that takes place 30 years before Graceling.
Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

 

Van Alen Legacy The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz Read more

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes iconAs a techie by trade, I get a lot of calls from friends and family about computers that start out with "Help!" Often the computer problem can be traced back to a virus or spyware that's managed to get itself installed on the computer. If you're asked to troubleshoot a computer and you think a virus or spyware might be installed on it, download MalwarebytesAnti-Malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a virus and spyware scanner that when installed on your computer can find and remove viruses and spyware that have infected the computer. 

While there are many programs out there that provide the same features as Malwarebytes, in my experience here at the library, none of them work as well as Malwarebytes. I've never met a virus or spyware that it couldn't wipe out. It sometimes takes more than one scan and reboot of the computer to completely clear out the offending files but Malwarebytes eventually does the job. Malwarebytes offers two versions of the program, a free version that provides on-demand scanning and a paid version that also provides real-time scanning. You can pay for the additional protection of real-time scanning but for me, the on-demand scanning is sufficient. 

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Read more

Here Comes Windows 7!

Windows logo If you're a Windows user, you may have heard that a new version of Windows is in the works. In three weeks, on October 22, Microsoft will release Windows 7, the newest version of its Windows operating system for desktop and laptop computers. From what I've read in reviews, Windows 7 is supposed to provide much better performance than Microsoft Vista. Let's hope so! I've been holding off on migrating the library computers to Windows Vista from Windows XP because of the slowness and user unfriendliness of Vista. I'll be checking out Windows 7 after it's released to see if it lives up to the hype. Check out some of the reviews below: