Preschool Information Night will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Come and meet area preschool representatives and find out about various curricula, options and programs. Registration is not required; exhibitors must pre-register.
This program is jointly hosted by the Baldwin Public Library and Bloomfield Township Public Library.
Bloomfield Township Public Library is making a change to computer use at the Library.
On January 18, 2011, all computer users will need a library card that is active in our system to login for use of a computer. Those who live or work in Bloomfield Township will receive priority access to library computers and may use their BTPL card for unlimited computer use.
Residents from the service area of The Library Network (such as Franklin, West Bloomfield, Pontiac, Waterford, Birmingham, etc) may use their hometown library card. Please have your library card number entered into our system at the Circulation Desk. Daily guest passes will be available in the Computer Center for anyone who does not live in Bloomfield Township or in the service area of The Library Network.
Six computers in the Computer Center and two computers in the Youth area will be available for use by for those who live outside of Bloomfield Township. Nonresidents will be limited to two hours of computer use per day on select computers. All computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Computers may not be reserved.
Steve Jones writes that “to remember Darwin for Origin alone would be as foolish as to celebrate Shakespeare only as the author of Hamlet.” He goes on to show Darwin’s wide-ranging observations in his lesser known publications. Learning that Darwin traveled to Stonehenge to study the effects of earthworms and that he came to “hate barnacles as no man ever did before, not even a sailor on a slow-sailing ship,” made for fun reading.
The shape of American meals was determined by historical forces like the Industrial Revolution, and migrations to urban areas. Dinner used to occur mid day, and a light supper at night. Carroll chronicles the decline of the family dinner, and makes the point that while we spend much less time cooking than we used to, we spend a lot of time watching cooking shows on TV. Did you know that the modern version of breakfast was invented here in Michigan? This is a very readable history of American eating from colonial times through the present.
Stephanie Plum is back! This time she is trying to chase down Joe Morelli’s Uncle Sunny. He has an outstanding bond, and Stephanie really needs the money, so she and her sidekick Lula begin their search, and instead almost get shot, get cursed by Grandma Bella, and they find a giraffe roaming the streets of Trenton. Meanwhile, Ranger is hot for Stephanie to help him find the person responsible for the recent rash Dumpster murders going on in Trenton. You know with Ranger and Morelli on the scene, this must be another sexy thrill ride from Janet Evanovich!
Logan Montgomery, a professional sports trainer, and Holly Brennan, a recent widow, meet on an airplane. Logan, being a nice guy, offers to take Holly under his wing and help her get in shape. Holly has been overweight her whole life, and agrees to make this change in her life. Little did she know she would learn to count on Logan, and maybe even fall in love again. This is a great first book from Stephanie, following in her aunt’s footsteps!
This book is downstairs to the upstairs of Pride and Prejudice. In Longbourn the Bennet family flits in and out of the servants lives instead of the opposite. The main character is Sarah, a housemaid, whose life is neatly summed up in the opening scene of a washday when she slips and falls in pig droppings. But life is not all bad - there is romance among the servants as well as hard work. All of Jane Austen's characters make at least cameo appearances, and the despicable Wickham shows himself to be even worse scum than we had thought possible. A must for Jane Austen fans and all who enjoy historical fiction.
The Circle is about a large and very popular technology company called The Circle (think Google or Facebook). All employees of this company must regularly share what they are doing, where they are going, and "like" various other people's doings. At first, the story feels somewhat familiar: the pull of social media, and always being connected by phone or by email. But as the story goes on, The Circle begins to demand more and more participation from its employees, and eventually from all of society, until the idea of privacy becomes a thing of the past. I thought this was a thought provoking book, and very timely, a bit of a warning for us living today in the technology age.
Looking for something good to read? Well, the Bloomfield Township Public Library Staff is full of readers who want to share the good books that they’ve read with you. For that purpose we’ve created a newsletter called What We’re Reading that lists the books staff members have read recently. They are new and old, fiction and non-fiction. Each listing carries a short review so you can see if it might be the book for you. The list is updated on an ongoing basis with the name of the reviewer and the date it was submitted attached. We hope you will enjoy this latest enewsletter.
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A great book! LeDuff’s writing is edgy, poetic and poignant. Anyone who has had an attachment to Detroit should read this tragically comic and eye opening account of the past and present. Charlie LeDuff’s life and perspective is endlessly fascinating and the book is not only a chronicle of Detroit’s downward spiral but a narrative as well on the decline of western civilization. His internal connection with the city reveals the deplorable conditions under which devoted firefighters must endure amidst the lawlessness of its vastly vacant neighborhoods. By most accounts as LeDuff’s fame grows so does his notoriety which could be interpreted as calculatedly narcissistic. Most notably however the book is a sincere diatribe, a no holds barred expose of the shamefully corrupt and pathetically inept de-evolution of a once proud city.
This book could be categorized as a counter-terrorist procedural. It goes into great detail about the tracking down of a notorious terrorist hiding in Somalia. While it is definitely not long on character development, there are some interesting character types: lots of military super-stars, several computer geniuses, an Israeli spy, and the evil terrorist himself - who, of course, shows a cowardly side. The technology is up-to-the-minute, and the military/political organizations are real. Forsyth is back with another edge-of-your-seat, ready-for-the-big-screen thriller.
Molly, a young girl in the present day foster care system is assigned to help clean out 91-year-old Vivian’s attic. As the two work side by side, Vivian, adopted from an orphan train in 1929, reveals her experience with the train movement which transported nearly 200,000 children from New York across the Midwest to find homes for the orphans. Molly interweaves her own story as a child of foster care. Even though the book is fiction, it is rooted in fascinating historical accuracy of the orphan train movement which ran from 1853 to 1929.This is a heartfelt, almost heart breaking story of richly drawn characters’ that persevere in the face of adversity yet will leave you with insight and the raw emotions of abandoned children’s hearts.
In 1965 Alek was sent to spend the summer with his grandmother Alma whom he both fears and loves. Alma is deeply troubled by the fact that her wayward sister, Ruby, is having an affair with Alma's married boss. Then one night there is a terrible explosion killing Ruby and 40 other revelers at a local dance hall. The town closes ranks and no one is charged with the crime. During Alex’s visit his grandmother decides to break her silence and reveal the truth about the explosion. The novel is loosely based on a real event told to the author by his own grandmother.
The Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for the Christmas Holiday. The Library will reopen on Thursday, December 26 at 9:30a.m.
The Library will close at 5:30p.m. on Tuesday, December 31 and remain closed on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 for the New Year's Holiday. The Library will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 9:30a.m.
Check out the Friends Second Saturday Sale coming up on December 14! These sales are offered each month from 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. The first hour is open to members only. Not a Friends member? Memberships are very affordable and available on our website, at the door on the day of the sale or pick up a membership form at the Welcome Desk the next time you visit the Bloomfield Township Public Library.
Edsel carefully crafts a concise account of an unlikely band of brothers and the unsung heroes of civilization. The book follows the exploits of ten courageous and dedicated individuals led by George Stout, a leading advocate for the conservation of art and countering the Nazi threat to the cultural heritage of Europe. Each member was tasked with improbable missions racing against time to find and protect the worlds greatest art treasures looted by the Nazis. They often went behind enemy lines without weapons or support to uncover caches in the most harrowing hiding places. A truly remarkable and inspiring read where good prevails over evil in miraculous triumphs of humanity. A companion book to this one is Edsel's first book: Rescuing Da Vinci.