Adult

News, useful tips, and fun information from the adult librarians

New Michigan History DVDs

Due to the generous 2010 donation by patrons Dorothy and Arnie Collens, the WTP Library now owns two Michigan History DVDs:

The Orphan Train in Michigan 1854--1927 which tells the story of 12,500 children who where brought from New York City and Boston to 44 Michigan towns.

Michigan's Lumbering Days and Camp Life which illuminates in archival photos and stories the life and times of michigan lumberjacks.

For more information about Program Source International, a local production company that has created 25 documentaries on Michigan history and delivers lectures on these topics to profit and nonprofit groups, go to their website.

Typing tutorial is available

Computer users (most of us are computer users these days!): do you need to learn the keyboard? Or improve your typing skills?  We have the well-reviewed touch typing tutorial software "Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing" loaded on all five of the adult database computers and two of the games computers in the children's department.  If you spend a half hour at it every day for two weeks you will improve your skills.  You can also use it just to test your current speed. Try it!

New Spanish Fiction

New titles recently added to the Spanish Fiction collection include:

Click here: for a full list of titles in the Spanish Fiction Collection

Historical Fiction

Looking for Historical Fiction? Try one of these titles and take a trip to the past...

The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye - British India, Afghan wars

Captain from Castile by Samuel Shellabarger - Spanish Inquisition

Check this list for more Historical Fiction.

Voter Guides are Here

A good supply League of Women Voters printed voter guides for the November 2 election are available now at the library.  Come in and pick one up, or view the guides online via the links below. 

LOWV Guide for Statewide races 

LOWV Oakland Area Guide for Oakland Co. and local races and issues

More resources for election 2010 from the Michigan eLibrary

Beer Making a Bubbly Success!

Johnny Blast from Hopman's Beer and Wine Making Supply in Waterford provided expert direction and inside tips to making home brew at the Library on October 12, 2010. We learned to cook speciality grains and add malt and hops to get just the right flavors for the perfect brew!

 

Paperback Romances

Attention romance readers: as you may know, our branch library had an extensive and very popular collection of paperback romances, which included novels from all the major romance writers, plus the following series "brands":

  • heartsHarlequin American Romance
  • Harlequin Presents
  • Harlequin SuperRomance
  • Kimani
  • Silhouette Desire
  • Silhouette Nocturne
  • Silhouette Romantic Suspense
  • Silhouette Special Edition
  • Steeple Hill Love Inspired

This entire collection has now been moved to the main library on Civic Center Drive.  Those books you love to read are on the shelves just as you enter the adult department, and are available to you here now seven days a week.

Stieg Larsson Readalikes

Looking for something to read while you're on the hold list for Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest? Try one of these mystery/thrillers with lead females similar to Larsson's Lisbeth Salander.

Retribution by Jillian Hoffman

L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

In the Woods by Tana French

Grant County series by Karin Slaughter, starting with Blindsighted Read more

League of Women Voters Voter Guides for the 8/3/10 Primary Election

Voter Guides for the August 3, 2010 Primary Election are available on the League of Women Voters of Michigan web site at http://www.lwvmi.org.  The guides on this site cover the races for Governor, US Representative, State Senator and State Representative.  Guides will not be printed for the Primary but will likely be printed for the November 2 General Election.
 
The LWV Oakland Area has Voter Guides for races happening in Oakland County.  http://www.lwvoa.org/voter_guides.html  There are also several candidate forums scheduled for July.  http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/mi/oaklandarea/candidate_forums.html
 
Three ways to get a sample ballot:
Voters can use Publius: http://www.publius.org/ (Sample ballot has integrated candidate information.) 
Voters can use the Secretary of State's Voter Information Center: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/
Voters can use the Waterford Township Clerk's webpage: Read more

Changes to our catalog coming June 7

Starting June 7th, our catalog will have a new look, new colors, and a few changes. The catalog name will change from iBistro to eLibrary. We think you'll find it's mostly pretty similar to the previous version of the catalog, but you may want to take note of the following changes:

Searching

  • You'll pick your type of search (author, title, subject, keyword) from a dropdown menu, and then click the "search" button.
  • The specialized searches, such as audiobook search, or movie search, which used to be on tabs across the top of the page, will now be found on the right side of the page in the "Find Material" box.
  • Once you do a search and get a hit list, click on either the title or the item's cover image to get to the full information for that item and see whether any copies are available and where they are located, and/or to place a hold.

Renewing your items

  • In "My Account", renewal of materials will be accomplished from the "Checkouts" tab.

As always, please let us know if you need help using the catalog, or just have comment.