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Attention: Android hoopla Users

The recent Android updates have rendered hoopla audiobooks incompatible. Midwest Tape is working diligently to get a new version of the Android app to release. If you have encountered audiobooks not working on your Android devices, just know it is being worked on. Please keep your eyes peeled for the new release soon. And we apologize for the inconvenience.

Family History Sleuth: Getting Started with Genealogy

With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will highlight the tools available to help sleuth out your long, lost relatives. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors. Join us July 24th at 7:00 PM.

Money Smart Classes

During this 2014 Money Smart Week or any other week, you can enroll in our free online classes to learn more about money. 6-week classes such as "Keys to Successful Money Management", "Personal Finance", and "Where does all my money go?" are scheduled to start on April 16. Many other classes in technology, professional skills, and self-improvement will be starting soon. You can find them in Learn4Life.com from our database listing. Take charge of your financial future by being better informed! Sign up for a class with your CPL card number.

iOS7.1 and hoopla download

Apple has not remedied the issue of downloading hoopla music and audiobooks on iOS 7.1 devices. Hoopla has been able to stream audio contents on these devices, but has temporarily disabled the downloading function. Other iOS devices continue to operate as usual. Stay tuned for updates from hoopla’s development team on this issue.

LearningExpressLibrary has changed!

LearningExpressLibrary (LEL) 3.0 is here. New users should click the "Register" button and sign up for a free account in the new version. If you have unfinished work in the current version of 2.0, you have until the end of June 2014 to finish up. After that, version 2.0 will be discontinued, and the logins do not carry over to the new version. You must create a new account then. Currently all GED tests have already migrated to 3.0, and you will need to create a new account to take the prep. As always, ask a librarian if you have questions. 

Lunch and a Book 2014 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th


Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th





Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th

The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th


The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th

New Updates to Your Mobile eBook Apps!

An updated OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app v2.6.5 for iOS and Android will be released on May 29. The new OMC for iOS will enhance the speed of the in-app browser and fix bugs. Due to Apple’s change in its privacy policies, the OMC for iOS update will de-authorize every user’s Adobe ID and prompt them to authorize again. Audiobook users won’t be affected unless attempting to download parts from a book that was partially downloaded prior to the update. The Android update will fix bugs.

Early MP3 Audiobook Return

The latest version of OverDrive Media Console for Windows computers gives you the option to early-return MP3 audiobooks. The updated desktop application OMC v3.2.2 can be installed on computers running Windows XP (or newer). Don’t forget you can early-return eBooks from Adobe Digital Edition as well.

Say Nice Things About Detroit!

Detroit turns 313 this year! The city was founded on July 24, 1701 by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac. Originally named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, its name was shortened by the British after they had gained control of the settlement during the French and Indian War. The city is known throughout the world as both an automotive center and the birthplace of some of the world's best known musical talent. Several nicknames have been attached to Detroit throughout its long history: Motown, Hockeytown, the Motor City, the City of Champions, and the Arsenal of Democracy all reflect the city's acheivements. Although the city has undergone some tough times in recent years, Detroit can be proud of its contributions to both the country - and the world. For a taste of the city's history, as well as a picture of its present, check out some of the titles below:

Before Motown: a history of jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 by Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert

Say Nice Things About Detroit!

Detroit turns 313 this year! The city was founded on July 24, 1701 by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac. Originally named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, its name was shortened by the British after they had gained control of the settlement during the French and Indian War. The city is known throughout the world as both an automotive center and the birthplace of some of the world's best known musical talent. Several nicknames have been attached to Detroit throughout its long history: Motown, Hockeytown, the Motor City, the City of Champions, and the Arsenal of Democracy all reflect the city's acheivements. Although the city has undergone some tough times in recent years, Detroit can be proud of its contributions to both the country - and the world. Several new books and films have been produced recently about the city's current problems, but there is much to celebrate as well. For a taste of the city's history, as well as a picture of its present, check out some of the titles below:

Mango Languages Just Got Bigger!

Language lovers, rejoice! Mango Languages just got twice as big! Ten new chapters and over 1,000 additional learning hours have been added to 42 language courses. The new content will be automatically added to your Mango database. When you log in with your library card to start, you will be accessing all the new materials as well.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The husband's secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.

July Online Courses to Start

The free Gale Courses that the library offers to its cardholders are set to begin on July 16. You can register for any number of classes and in any subject area that appeals to you. The goal is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for you to learn, at your own pace, new skills or improve existing ones. Take advantage of the vast array of instructor-led courses soon.

Look What's In Large Print: July 2014

The focus is on Mystery. The Agatha Christie Estate has authorized release of the complete Agatha Christie crime novels in Large Print. If you haven't read the Queen of Mystery start with her first book, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES which introduces Hercules Poirot. THE PAWNBROKER is the first Charlie Henry book in Aimee and David Thurlo's new series.

The mysterious affair at Styles [large print]: Poirot's first case by Agatha Christie

No man's nightingale [large print] by Ruth Rendell

Pursuit [large print] by Gene Hackman

The pawnbroker [large print] by David and Aimee Thurlo

That old black magic [large print] by Mary Jane Clark

Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014

 Walter Dean Myers, author of numerous young adult and children's books, died after a short illness at the age of 76.  His books mostly featured inner city youth and dealt with tough issues.  His career spanned nearly 46 years, and produced 100 books.

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

hoopla App for Kindle Fire HDX

hoopla Digital now has a mobile app for the Kindle Fire HDX 7" and 8.9" models! Open the browser on your Kindle Fire device, type slideme.org in the URL, select go to install SlideMe. Sign up for a SlideMe account. You can then search for hoopla app within SlideMe. Detailed downloading and step-by-step installation instructions can be found on hoopladigital.com/support. You can install hoopla without installing SlideMe, but you will not be prompted when hoopla has an app update.