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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.

La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith

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It is 1939. Lavender—La to her friends—decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic . . . at least at first. As the war drags on, La is in need of some diversion and wants to boost the town's morale, so she organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Among the strays she corrals is Feliks, a shy, proper Polish refugee who becomes her prized recruit—and the object of feelings she thought she'd put away forever.

Sherlock Holmes makes a comeback!

Is the character played by Robert Downey Jr. in the movie out this month anything like the “real” (fictitious person) Sherlock Holmes? Read or listen to some of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and find out.
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Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
The complete original illustrated Sherlock Holmes : 37 short stories plus a complete novel…
Eight great Sherlock Holmes stories [large print]
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Michigan Notable Books 2010

The 2010 list of Michigan Notable Books has been announced by the Library of Michigan.  "Each year the Michigan Notable Books (MNB) list features 20 michigan notable books logobooks published in the previous calendar year that are about, or set in, Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover a range of topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents."  The Waterford Library owns most of the books, if you'd like to check them out and read them.  Or, they are great gift ideas, too.  You can also see lists of past year's winners.

Logical Reading

How We Decide by Jonah LehrerIf you enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell's Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, you might also like How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer.

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For Fans of the Hunger Games

Have you heard?
Scholastic Press, the publisher of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, has announced that the third book in the trilogy will be published on August 24, 2010.
Currently, there are over 1.5 million copies of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire in print!

 

Sue Grafton fans, you'll eat this up

Are you wondering if she's going to make it all the way to "Z" with her mystery series?  I think you're going to enjoy reading this lengthy and fascinating blog post by a librarian who attended a Sue Grafton book signing in Arizona recently.  (Scroll down her blog until you come to Friday, December 11th's post).   Don't you wish you'd been there?

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart by Ian Beck

Tom Trueheart is the youngest of seven brothers whose job it is is to find exciting endings for "The Story Bureau." When his six brothers, all named Jack, fail to return home, it's finally Tom's turn to have his own adventure. He must follow the clues in each brother's story to determine what happened to them so they can finish their stories and return home. Readers will have a fun time with the humorous spin on traditional fairytales.

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Energy efficiency tax credits info.

The weather has turned cold! If you've made your house extra snug, and are looking for information on tax credits for energy efficiency projects you've done to your house, this IRS news page with audio and video information on it, and this page from the Michigan Department of Treasury may help.  You may find energystar.gov useful, too.

Microsoft joins the anti-virus effort

Microsoft has dabbled in about every aspect of personal computing software. Some offerings, like Office, are mainstays in the home and business computer world. Others have been relegated to the ash heap of failed computer programs. Where the new anti-virus and anti-spyware offering Security Essentials falls remains to be seen. Early reports about this new free program from Microsoft have been positive. Microsoft has indicated that the goal of the program is to provide a lightweight anti-virus and anti-spyware solution for millions of Windows users. While the program is free and provides real-time protection for your computer, it doesn't provide the comprehensive protection that other programs in this field provide. If you're looking for a free anti-virus and anti-spyware solution for your computer and don't mind being tied to Microsoft, Security Essentials is worth a look. 

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