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Submit your raffle tickets online!

Don't forget--you can submit your raffle tickets online for the weekly drawings.

http://waterford.lib.mi.us/content/teen-summer-reading-program-2011-form

 

Teen Summer Reading Winners

Here is the list of winners for Teen Summer Reading:

week 1: Nicole M.
week 2: Jared W.
week 3: Kylie S.
week 4: Aren K.
week 5: Courtney C.
week 6: Paige D.
week 7: Amanda K.

Grand Prize: Andrew B.

Want to participate? Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to sign up!

  

 

Fancy a Trip to England?

 

Brick Lane
by Monica Ali
Fiction Ali Monica
Nanzeen travels to England from Bangladesh to enter an arranged marriage.

 

 

 

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
by Alan Bradley
Mystery Bradley Alan
An 11 year old super sleuth solves crimes in 1950s England.

 

 

 

Little Bee
by Chris Cleave
Fiction Cleave Chris
A friendship blooms between a Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from London.

 

Mysteries with foreign settings

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 Here are some of my favorite mysteries set in foreign countries. If you like mysteries, try these, and as a bonus, you'll learn a little something about people in another culture.  All are the first book of a series, except for the Double Comfort Safari Club.

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
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A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

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This biography was suggested by one of my patrons so I decided to read it. Being a dog lover I was interested in how Abigail Thomas chose to adopt dogs and live with them after her husband had a serious head injury. She tells us how her life changed after that point and how she learned to adapt. It is a very moving story showing how when her life partner could no longer function as usual, she had to change her life and learn to enjoy that different kind of life. It also showed how severe brain injuries can change how an individual will be able to function from then on, but how Abigail and her husband still managed to develop a new life together.

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

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Cara spends most of her time thinking about how much better her life used to be when her best friend Zoe was still around. She doesn't have many friends at school and is taunted by the popular girls, who refer to her as "Choker" after an embarrassing incident in the cafeteria. One day, Cara returns home from school to find that Zoe is back. She's run away from home, so Cara agrees to hide Zoe at her house so no one will find her. Now with Zoe back in her life, Cara's confidence returns and she finds herself making friends and flirting with Ethan, a boy she's always had a crush on. Then one of the popular girls that tormented Cara turns up dead and Zoe starts acting very strange. Cara can't help but wonder--is her best friend capable of doing such terrible things?

First Look!

The upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek of actress Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games movie. Check it out!

http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/05/18/the-hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-first-look-exclusive/

 

Babysitter Training

Are you planning on babysitting this summer? Join us here at the library on Saturday, June 4th for a workshop!

The American Red Cross will be here to offer a training session for all babysitters ages 11-15. They will cover skills such as safety, basic child care, facilitating safe play, first aid and critical emergency action skills. The cost is $25 and includes a training manual and a first aid and safety kit. Teens will also need to bring a sack lunch.

The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 618-7693 to register!

 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett is first and foremost a fascinating study of people living in the South just before the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that put an end to segregation of Blacks and Whites in the United States. This well written novel gives you the story from a variety of points of view and this contributes to the well paced tension throughout the 451 pages. Skeeter grows up in Missippippi when well to do white families hired black women to help with housecleaning and the raising of children. She comes back from college to find that her best friends are all married, starting their own families and continuing the tradition of hired help. Skeeter's own family maid is gone and her Mother refuses to tell her the truth of her leaving. Powerful and soon to be a movie.

Triangle: The Fire that changed America

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Since it is 100 years since this dramatic fire I wanted to learn more about its history and conclusion.  This is a good source for that and gives you a good amount of information on why such a catastrophe could occur.  There isn't much sensationalism  about the fire itself, but does give the facts and shows what the historical period was like.  I enjoyed reading it, although it was a little dry at times.  And it shows the political makeup of New York at the time while bringing up some of the up and comers, like  Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Plus the trial is really interesting.