Adult

News, useful tips, and fun information from the adult librarians

Stieg Larsson Readalikes

Looking for something to read while you're on the hold list for Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest? Try one of these mystery/thrillers with lead females similar to Larsson's Lisbeth Salander.

Retribution by Jillian Hoffman

L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

In the Woods by Tana French

Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, starting with Blindsighted Read more

League of Women Voters Voter Guides for the 8/3/10 Primary Election

Voter Guides for the August 3, 2010 Primary Election are available on the League of Women Voters of Michigan web site at http://www.lwvmi.org.  The guides on this site cover the races for Governor, US Representative, State Senator and State Representative.  Guides will not be printed for the Primary but will likely be printed for the November 2 General Election.
 
The LWV Oakland Area has Voter Guides for races happening in Oakland County.  http://www.lwvoa.org/voter_guides.html  There are also several candidate forums scheduled for July.  http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/mi/oaklandarea/candidate_forums.html
 
Three ways to get a sample ballot:
Voters can use Publius: http://www.publius.org/ (Sample ballot has integrated candidate information.) 
Voters can use the Secretary of State's Voter Information Center: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/
Voters can use the Waterford Township Clerk's webpage: Read more

Changes to our catalog coming June 7

Starting June 7th, our catalog will have a new look, new colors, and a few changes. The catalog name will change from iBistro to eLibrary. We think you'll find it's mostly pretty similar to the previous version of the catalog, but you may want to take note of the following changes:

Searching

  • You'll pick your type of search (author, title, subject, keyword) from a dropdown menu, and then click the "search" button.
  • The specialized searches, such as audiobook search, or movie search, which used to be on tabs across the top of the page, will now be found on the right side of the page in the "Find Material" box.
  • Once you do a search and get a hit list, click on either the title or the item's cover image to get to the full information for that item and see whether any copies are available and where they are located, and/or to place a hold.

Renewing your items

  • In "My Account", renewal of materials will be accomplished from the "Checkouts" tab.

As always, please let us know if you need help using the catalog, or just have comment.

Online Privacy

The Detroit Free Press published an article on Sunday, May 23rd addressing the security of your personal information on the Internet. The popular social networking site Facebook has come under scrutiny lately because of confusion over their privacy settings, resulting in a growing number of people deleting their profiles entirely. In this article, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does admit some privacy mistakes have been made.

The article lists websites you can use to detect your own online safety, including Profilewatch.org, which scores how private your Facebook information is and Youropenbook.org, showing what Facebook is making public. Reclaimprivacy.org will allow you to check your current Facebook privacy settings and make adjustments as you see fit. The June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports also features an article about online privacy as well as rankings on security software, many of which are free.

It's important to protect yourself from being vulnerable to online predators, and this information can help.

More New DVDs!

Can't watch enough movies? Check out the new ones we've got in our collection for you to borrow for free!

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. Read more

Library Now Has Mango Online Language Learning Program

Mango LogoHave you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Refresh your knowledge before a trip abroad? Mango Language Learning Programs available through the library's online databases now provide the following 22 languages and 14 additional ESL programs:

Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portugese, Greek, Japanese, Russian, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish, Hebrew, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Hindi, Irish, Dari

The Mango Language Learning Program is available 24/7 and can be accessed through this link: Try Mango Languages Today!

Vegetable Gardening Books

You'll have a growing interest in these vegetable and herb gardening booksorganic vegetables

All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space! / Mel Bartholomew.
CALL NUMBER: 635 BART                   

Crops in pots : how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy care containers / Bob Purnell   
CALL NUMBER: 635.986 PURN                             Read more

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.

film reel Read more

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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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.