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Tenants and Landlords

A recent report in the news said that U.S. apartment vacancies have hit a 23 year high.  We hope that's translating into lower rents for Waterford's apartment dwellers.  Did you know there's a useful reference booklet  for tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities in rental relationships available at the library? It's called, "Tenants and Landlords: a practical guide".  Pick one up free at our Leggett branch library or in the adult department of the main library, courtesy of your state representative or state senator.
You can also view it online here:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/Publications/tenantlandlord.pdf

New Books This Week

We've got some great new books hitting shelves this week!

FireFire by Kristin Cashore

This is the prequel/companion book that takes place 30 years before Graceling.
Beautiful creatures called monsters live in the Dells. Monsters have the shape of normal animals: mountain lions, dragonflies, horses, fish. But the hair or scales or feathers of monsters are gorgeously colored-- fuchsia, turquoise, sparkly bronze, iridescent green-- and their minds have the power to control the minds of humans.

Seventeen-year-old Fire is the last remaining human-shaped monster in the Dells. Gorgeously monstrous in body and mind but with a human appreciation of right and wrong, she is hated and mistrusted by just about everyone, and this book is her story.

 

Van Alen Legacy The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz Read more

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes iconAs a techie by trade, I get a lot of calls from friends and family about computers that start out with "Help!" Often the computer problem can be traced back to a virus or spyware that's managed to get itself installed on the computer. If you're asked to troubleshoot a computer and you think a virus or spyware might be installed on it, download MalwarebytesAnti-Malware. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware is a virus and spyware scanner that when installed on your computer can find and remove viruses and spyware that have infected the computer. 

While there are many programs out there that provide the same features as Malwarebytes, in my experience here at the library, none of them work as well as Malwarebytes. I've never met a virus or spyware that it couldn't wipe out. It sometimes takes more than one scan and reboot of the computer to completely clear out the offending files but Malwarebytes eventually does the job. Malwarebytes offers two versions of the program, a free version that provides on-demand scanning and a paid version that also provides real-time scanning. You can pay for the additional protection of real-time scanning but for me, the on-demand scanning is sufficient. 

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Read more

Here Comes Windows 7!

Windows logo If you're a Windows user, you may have heard that a new version of Windows is in the works. In three weeks, on October 22, Microsoft will release Windows 7, the newest version of its Windows operating system for desktop and laptop computers. From what I've read in reviews, Windows 7 is supposed to provide much better performance than Microsoft Vista. Let's hope so! I've been holding off on migrating the library computers to Windows Vista from Windows XP because of the slowness and user unfriendliness of Vista. I'll be checking out Windows 7 after it's released to see if it lives up to the hype. Check out some of the reviews below:

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Check our catalog for: The Help

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During the start of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan is just home from college, and wants to hone her journalism skills. She decides to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club set relies, enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 white children, and Aibileen's sassy best friend, Minny. The results are shocking, but bring hope to the black community and give Skeeter the courage to break down her boundaries and pursue her dreams.

Breaking Clean by Judy Blunt

Breaking Clean (Biography)
by Judy Blunt
This is an excellent memoir of a woman who grew up in an isolated farm community of Montana during the 50s and 60s. Exquisite poetic descriptions enhance the quiet storytelling of a young girl's struggles for emotional independence in a community that insists on conformity. The author shows with great sensitivity the difficulities farmers face living off the land as our society transitions to corporate farming. Her sense of local humor, rendition of language and place creates an unforgettable experience for the reader. This is her first book.

Check our Catalog for Breaking Clean

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

The Monsters of Templetonmonsters of templeton cover, by Lauren Groff, takes you on a wild genealogical ride. The main character, Willie Templeton, must discover the identity of her biological father who she has never met. In the process, she digs up monster after monster in a historical closet that contains the "memoirs" of her revered fictional American family.

Search for this book in our catalog: The Monsters of Templeton

Run by Ann Patchett

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is a great work of fiction about a white couple, ex-mayor of Boston-Bernard Doyal and his wife-Bernadette, who adopt two black children, Tip and Teddy. Bernadette dies and leaves her husband to raise their family which includes their first born son Sullivan who seem unreliable and drug addicted. Race is an undercurrent in this beautifully told family drama about a father who has high expectations for his children.

 Search our library catalog for Run

The Lost Symbol

Fans of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, did you know Dan Brown has a new Robert Langdon thriller out, The Lost Symbol?  Place your hold now!  Or give us a call and we'll be happy to get you on the waiting list.  While you're waiting for a copy of that one,  you may wish to try some  Da Vinci Code readalikes.