The first tycoon : the epic life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles
American lion : Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham
Eden's outcasts : the story of Louisa May Alcott and her father by John Matteson
The luncheon starts at 12 Noon at Park Place Banquet Hall, 23400 Park Street, Dearborn, 48124. The cost for the luncheon, featuring separate menus for children and adults, and the presentation by the author is $20 for children 12 and under, and $25 for adults. To purchase tickets call (313) 943-2037 or go to www.dearbornlibraryfoundation.org
The delicate storm by Giles Blunt
Cimarron rose by a novel by James Lee Burke
Bones : an Irene Kelly mystery by Jan Burke
150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn
From off the streets of Cleveland comes-- American splendor. The life and times of Harvey Pekar ; and, From off the streets of Cleveland comes--more American splendor, the life and times of Harvey Pekar : stories by Harvey Pekar
Rock 'n' roll and the Cleveland connection by Deanna R. Adams
The maniac in the bushes and more tales of Cleveland woe by John Stark Bellamy II
Classic Browns : the 50 greatest games in Cleveland Browns history by Jonathan Knight
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum live Time Life presents
Shooting stars by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger
The story of the Cleveland Cavaliers by Nate LeBoutillier
Encyclopedia of major league baseball team histories. American League by Peter C. Bjarkman
Dirty jokes and beer : stories of the unrefined by Drew Carey
Kids love Ohio : a family travel guide to exploring kid- tested places in Ohio-- year round! by George & Michele Zavatsky
Oddball Ohio : a guide to some really strange places by Jerome Pohlen
Program Date: July 19, 1:00-3:00PM
Beauty tips from Moose Jaw : travels in search of Canada by Will Ferguson
Blind descent : the quest to discover the deepest place on earth by James M. Tabor
The city of falling angels by John Berendt
On glorious wings : the best flying stories of the century by edited and introduced by Stephen Coonts
Up in the air by Walter Kirn
Summerland by Michael Chabon
Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
- The blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the United States
- The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey
- A single bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries a year
- There are only three commercial fruits native to North America: blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes
The rock garden plant primer : easy, small plants for containers, patios, and the open garden by Christopher Grey-Wilson
If you have a rock garden and are looking for plants, this book is for you. If you don't have a rock garden but are looking for groundcovers or low-growing flowering plants, this book is for you, too. Inside you'll find detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, as well as lists of which ones grow best in particular conditions, and general information about how to create your own rock garden. Many of these plants work well in weather like we're having right now (hot!).
Fiction titles include:
Alive on the Andrea Doria: the greatest sea rescue in history by Pierertte Domenica Simpson
Endurance : [Shackleton's incredible voyage to the Antarctic] by Alfred Lansing ; photography by Frank Hurley
With our budget cuts due to the recession — we've cut nearly 20%, or $1.2 million, from our budget since 2008 — we have held nearly all vacant positions open to save money. With fewer people working, but ever-increasing demand for materials (we hit a record of 2 million checkouts in 2009), we have struggled to keep up with all of the work that needs to be done. Many of you have experienced this when you return an item to the library and it takes us a day to clear your record. After holiday closures, it was not uncommon for us to need several days to catch up with all of the returns. We are only human, and simply reached a breaking point where our manual processes could not keep up.
Realizing that we were overwhelmed, a team of library staff who know and do the work examined how we do things and made suggestions for improvement. One of their suggestions was to install an automated checkin and sorting system (the conveyor system we are using is the same as/similar to conveyor and sorting systems used by UPS, USPS, Netflix, and Wal-Mart) that would let us devote more staff time to shelving and other patron services, such as retrieving and processing holds. These suggestions coincided with our need to upgrade our RFID inventory system, and last year we began the work of retagging all of our 300,000 materials with new RFID tags, eliminating nearly all of the locking cases that so many of you hated, and six months ago we launched new checkout, self-checkout, and processing equipment.
This past spring, our Copy Center services were distributed to other areas of the library, and the room converted for the new Sorting Room. New outside and inside return slots were installed, which feed directly into that space. The sorting system arrived this week, and today's launch of our new Sorting Room marks the end of this long journey. The majority of returns will be checked in and removed from your record automatically and pre-sorted into categories (bins). This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves. This, along with the other improvements made and suggested by our staff, means your library card record is more accurate, we will make fewer errors, and you'll see faster turn-around of items to the hold shelf or their home shelf location.
Check out our video for a demonstration, or stop by during our regular hours to look through the glass doors and see the sorting system in action.
These improvements were funded through the library's savings account and the generous donations of the Friends of the Library. We still have some kinks to work out — nicer signage for the new outside return slot, for example, among other things — and I thank you for your support, patience, and good humor while we work on fine-tuning our new system.
Eva M. Davis, Director
Over the past few months we've been hard at work on a new sorting system, which you can now see through the glass doors on the way to the Children's section.
Items returned through the outdoor book drop are identified and checked back in, then the belts and rollers put them in the appropriate bins with others of their type. This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves.
This, along with other improvements, equates to faster turn-around of items, getting you the books and more you want - quicker than ever.
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this cool online translation dictionary. You can also click on the suggested definitions to see how they're pronounced.
They currently offer 28 dictionaries, including Arabic and Hindi, as well as European languages.