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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

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

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Place your request for the upcoming novella by Stephenie Meyer!

If you haven't heard, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is the story of Bree Tanner, a character that first appeared in Eclipse. Check out more info on Stephenie's website

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is out on June 5th!

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

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This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy. With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white. In the tradition of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, here is a portrait of a young girl - and society's ideas of race, class, and beauty.

The Pharaoh's Secret by Marissa Moss

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Talibah, age 14, and her younger brother, Adom, travel with their father on a business trip to his native land of Egypt.  Strange dreams and visions, mysterious carvings, and people with golden snake bracelets begin to trouble Talibah as soon as she arrives.  Visits to museums and Ancient Egyptian temples soon reveal a mystery over 3,500 years in the making.  Talibah learns about Hatshepsut, the Pharaoh Queen and is commissioned beyond the grave to find Senenmut, Hatchepsut's missing advisor and tutor for her daughter, and learns about her own family history as well.  A fascinating read that combines Ancient Egyptian history, legend, and the timeless love of family.  Recommended for Gr. 6 and up.

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!

The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

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Confronted by the poisoning of an important official's wife and the sudden appearance of three bodies that may create an international incident between Laos and Vietnam, 72-year-old state coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun keeps his cool in Cotterill's engaging whodunit, set in Laos a year after the 1975 Communist takeover. Ably assisted by the entertaining Geung and ambitious Dtui, Siri calmly gleans clues from minute examinations of the bodies while circumnavigating bureaucratic red tape to arrive at justice.

Important News for NetLibrary Media Center users

NetLibrary logoIf you have downloaded and installed NetLibrary's Media Center software on your computer for downloading titles from NetLibrary, please be aware that effective May 20, 2010, NetLibrary will no longer support Media Center Versions 1.2.52.3 and lower. If your version of Media Center is 1.2.52.3 or lower, you will need to uninstall the software and reinstall the most current version to continue accessing eAudiobooks.

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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

The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Kat is a housewife with a big spending problem. When she discovers that her husband is planning to leave her after their daughter's upcoming high school graduation, she goes on a quest to save up the $15,000 she'll need to retain a divorce attorney. At the suggestion of her housekeeper, Kat joins a group called the Penny Pinchers Club which meets in the local library basement to start learning how to be more thrifty. Well-written and charming, the story has some interesting twists and turns, with themes of mid-life reinvention, old flames, some dumpster-diving espionage and crummy bosses who need to get what's coming to them, all explored while giving helpful hints on living well for less.