Blogs

New Michigan History DVDs

Due to the generous 2010 donation by patrons Dorothy and Arnie Collens, the WTP Library now owns two Michigan History DVDs:

The Orphan Train in Michigan 1854--1927 which tells the story of 12,500 children who where brought from New York City and Boston to 44 Michigan towns.

Michigan's Lumbering Days and Camp Life which illuminates in archival photos and stories the life and times of michigan lumberjacks.

For more information about Program Source International, a local production company that has created 25 documentaries on Michigan history and delivers lectures on these topics to profit and nonprofit groups, go to their website.

The Power of Less : The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...In Business and in Life by Leo Babauta

Cover of The Power of LessCheck our Catalog for: The Power of Less

The Power of Less is a quick read filled with a lot of useful suggestions on how to make more of your life by doing less. Unlike many books that promote complicated organizational systems, Leo Babauta outlines a series of simple but powerful methods to streamline your work and your life. While many will find some of the suggestions challenging, like only checking e-mail once or twice a day, there's good ideas for anyone looking to bring more order and focus into lives filled with distractions and demands. The author also maintains the blog ZenHabits where you can find more about the ideas outlined in this book. 

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Check our catalog for: Animal Vegetable Miracle

Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver is the kind of book that will be enjoyed by readers who love cooking and gardening. The author invites you into her family's decision to move from dry as a bone Arizona to Virginia to live on the land and eat only locally raised foods. This is a lovingly crafted memoir that educates and entertains the reader on the pros and cons of agribusiness. I think this could easily be used as a high school or college textbook.

The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

Cover of The Postcard Killers

Check our catalog for: The Postcard Killers

This murder mystery revolves around murders in various locations in Europe announced to specific reporters with a postcard. An American detective, whose daughter was one of the victims, doggedly pursues the clues. Some of the murder scene descriptions are grizzly but the mystery and suspense made it worth the read.

Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services

Typing tutorial is available

Computer users (most of us are computer users these days!): do you need to learn the keyboard? Or improve your typing skills?  We have the well-reviewed touch typing tutorial software "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" loaded on all five of the adult database computers and two of the games computers in the children's department.  If you spend a half hour at it every day for two weeks you will improve your skills.  You can also use it just to test your current speed. Try it!

New Spanish Fiction

New titles recently added to the Spanish Fiction collection include:

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The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

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Technology Update - January 2011

Image of hands on a computer keyboardThe recent closure of the Leggett Branch library has led to an increase in public computers available at the Main Library as we've put the public computers formerly at the branch into service at the Main Library. The new computers include:

  • Four additional first-available Internet stations in the Adult area. These computers provide full access to the Internet and include support for printing.
  • One 15 minute Internet station in the Childrens area. 
  • A new self-check out station in the Circulation lobby.

We are also working on upgrading our wireless public Internet access to provide better support for those times when we have a lot of users accessing the system at the same time. 

The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

Check our catalog for: The Girl Who Played With Fire (book), Large Print, Audio CD.

The second book in Larsson's Millenium Trilogy takes a bit of time to build tension but once the author sets up the elements, this book cannot be put down. Lisbeth Salender and Mikael Blomkvist are again the main characters but they don't make contact until the very end of the story when tangled plot ends collide. The police are hunting for Lisbeth who has been accused of going on a killing rampage. The press tries and convicts her based on her old psychological profile. Tension and pacing deliver a well planned story while her past comes alive and the mystery around her mental state begins to unravel. Lisbeth refuses Mikael's attempts to help as she takes on the fight for her identity and life.

Historical Fiction

Looking for Historical Fiction? Try one of these titles and take a trip to the past...

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye - British India, Afghan wars

Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger - Spanish Inquisition

Check this list for more Historical Fiction.