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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.

Pictures from the Candy Sushi Program

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All of the attendees at our Candy Sushi program for ages 9-12 got creative.  Below are the the fruits of their labors.
The base ingredients were prepackaged Rice Crispy Treats, Swedish fish, Fruit Roll-Ups (green especially makes a good nori wrap), marshmallows, and sour apples straws.  Extra bits of candy were left out to enhance the base ingredients, such as pink Nerds to look like roe, and gummi fish for larger fish shapes.  Chcolate sauce was used for "soy" sauce.
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A "battleship" sushi sculpture, above.
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Final book in Hunger Games series

Scholastic Press has revealed the title and cover for the last book in the Hunger Games series!
Can we wait until August 24th?

Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

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It's 10 years later and Nan is back in New York after living abroad with her husband Ryan (aka Harvard Hottie). She's trying to get her consulting business off the ground and dealing with the renovations on the apartment they purchased upon returning to the city. Ryan has started pressuring her to start a family, but Nan isn't sure it is something she wants. When Grayer X, her former charge, shows up on her doorstep needing her help, she realizes she still feels guilty after all these years for leaving him. As much as she doesn't want to, she finds herself getting sucked back into the X family drama.  If you find yourself forgetting what happened in the first book, the authors have a great refresher on their website!

Message from the Director

An open letter to you explaining choices made to meet the demands of declining revenues for library services while demand for those services is on the increase.

Literacy Tutor Training

The Oakland Literacy Council will be doing tutor training at the Waterford Township Library February 6, 8 and 9.  To sign up please call the Oakland Literacy Council at 248.253.1617

Attention Twilight fans!

By now, you've read the books and seen the movies.
Which was better? What did they leave out?

Come to the library for a screening of the movie and we'll discuss.

Monday, January 25th @ 6:30 pm

For teens 12-18.

See you there!

2010 Printz Award winners

The 2010 Printz award winners have been announced!
If you didn't know, the Michael L. Printz award is given out yearly to the book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature".

This year's winner is Going Bovine by Libba Bray. In this book, Cameron (who was been diagnosed with mad cow disease) sets off on a roap trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

Have you read it? What did you think?

 

Document scanner now available in the Adult Department

We now have a document scanner in the microforms room in the adult department. The scanner is connected to a computer in that room. The computer has internet access. The scanned image or document can be saved to a flash drive, and could be uploaded to a website. Printing is not available from that computer.  The scanner, an HP Scanjet 8300,  can take a legal size document (or smaller). To use the document scanner to scan documents, photographs, etc., please see a librarian at the adult reference desk.

A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

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Grandma Dowdel is back.  It's the 1950's and the country is still working it's way out of the effects of the Great Depression and WWII.  Twelve-year-old Bob and his family move in next door to Mrs. Dowdel.  As they fight bullies and prejudice, they learn that people and things aren't what they seem to be, and the toughest person in town has the biggest heart.  An excellent companion book to A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder.