National Library Week - April 13 - 19

Adult

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

Library Now Has Mango Online Language Learning Program

Mango LogoHave you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Refresh your knowledge before a trip abroad? Mango Language Learning Programs available through the library's online databases now provide the following 22 languages and 14 additional ESL programs:

Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portugese, Greek, Japanese, Russian, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish, Hebrew, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Hindi, Irish, Dari

The Mango Language Learning Program is available 24/7 and can be accessed through this link: Try Mango Languages Today!

Vegetable Gardening Books

You'll have a growing interest in these vegetable and herb gardening booksorganic vegetables

All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space! / Mel Bartholomew.
CALL NUMBER: 635 BART                   

Crops in pots : how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy care containers / Bob Purnell   
CALL NUMBER: 635.986 PURN                             Read more

New DVDs!

Warning: New titles go in and out quickly! Click on the call number of the title you're interested in to go directly to the catalog. From there, you can place a hold and we will let you know when it becomes available for you. You can also ask in the Adult Services Department or call 248-618-7693 if you need help in placing a request.

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New at the library: a Rental Collection

Our new Rental Collection provides library users with another option for obtaining popular fiction and non-fiction titles currently on national best-seller lists.  The rental collection consists of copies of best sellers.  Rental books are available on a walk-in basis only.  They are not holdable electronically nor will staff pull copies to hold for callers.  (Some libraries call it a "Lucky Day" Collection).  The collection is located in the Circulation lobby to the left of the entrance to the Periodicals Room.

 How do you check out a rental title? 
1.  Rental books check out with a non-refundable rental fee of $1 for the first 4 days collected at the time of checkout.
2.  Rental books out for more than 4 days will accrue an additional 25 cents/day beginning on day 5.
3.  Additional rental fees that accrue on copies out more than 4 days will be assessed to your library account.
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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.

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.

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.
We’ve got:detective

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]
The new annotated Sherlock Holmes. The novels Read more

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.

Click here for more Malcolm Gladwell Readalikes

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?