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Killer Thrillers

Vote Now! National Public Radio’s recent request that readers submit the names of what they believe are “the most pulse-quickening and suspenseful novels ever” apparently generated a list of more than 600 thrilling works. “A panel of experts then combined audience preference with their own judgment to narrow that list down to a manageable roster of some 200 favorites,” according to an NPR press release. You’re now invited to choose just 10 books from that list, with the goal being to narrow its count down to 100 titles.

Vote for your favorites. The poll will remain open until Monday, July 26, with the “100 last books standing” to be revealed on Monday, August 2. A printable list of the choices is available.

New Tamil Books

Our 2010 shipment of Tamil books is on the shelf. New fiction titles include:New nonfiction titles include:

Car Insurance and Credit Scores

Last Thursday (July 8, 2010), the Michigan Supreme Court brought down a 4-3 decision allowing insurance providers to use credit score data when calculating premiums for automotive and marine vehicle insurance. This practice has been explicitly legal in Michigan since 1997, and has been a matter of administrative, legislative, and legal scrutiny since at least 2002.

Digitization Project Underway

We are currently digitizing materials related to our history as an institution. We are hard at work scanning photos and news clippings into our new digital collection. Eventually, the collection will be expanded to include materials relating to the history of the whole Canton community. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project!

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

Do you remember when the library looked like this?

George H.W. Bush visits the library during his 1992 campaign.

Pearl Diver Book Discussion

The novel begins in post-World War II in Japan when a nineteen-year old pearl diver discovers she has leprosy and she is exiled to a leprosarium on the island of Nagashima. She must forget her past and change her name now that her family and society have banished her. Join the Adult Contemporary Book Group for the discussion of The Pearl Diver, on Monday, July 19, at 7:00PM in Group Study Room A.

Kimono

University of Michigan Museum of Art has some beautiful Kimonos on display as part of their special exhibits. The exhibition runs through July 25th, 2010. Head out and enjoy the display.

Creating a Family Health History

At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree — your family health history. Knowing what diseases and health conditions run in the family can give you, your children and grandchildren clues about your risk factors. It can also be a useful tool for health care providers to assess a family member’s health risks and recommend preventive steps. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family’s health at Creating a Family Health History available on the NIHSeniorHealth Web site.
[Photo courtesy of Gary H. Spielvogel on flickr]

Tweeting For Business Success

Our Summer School for Small Business series continues with Twitter For Business on Thursday, July 22nd from Noon-1:00PM. Learn how to use Twitter to connect with customers, build relationships and engage potential customers. No registration is required but you must have an existing email account.

Summer Reading Fun!

Looking for a fun, easy, free activity for summer? Sign up for our annual Summer Reading program. We've got something for babies through adults. Complete your reading log by August 11th for a really fantastic prize!

Sequels, Trilogies, Series

Sequels

Eventide : a novel by Kent Haruf — Sequel to Plainsong

Trouble in paradise by Pip Granger — Sequel to Not All Tarts Are Apple

A good yarn by Debbie Macomber — Sequel to The Shop on Blossom Street

Ooey Gooey Oobleck!

Children, grades 3-4, try your hand at making this strange substance and see for yourself! Is this gooey concoction a solid or a liquid? This program takes place July 28 from 2:00-2:45 PM. Register now!

Michigan Frogs and Toads

Learn about Michigan frogs and toads from the experts at Crosswinds Wetland Preserve. See and hear live frogs and toads and learn to imitate their sounds. All ages welcome! Registration begins July 14.
Program Date: July 28, 7:00-8:30PM

More Chic Fic

Savannah blues : a novel by Mary Kay Andrews — Antique “picker” “Weezie” Foley is still angry that ex-husband Talmadge got her painstakingly restored Savannah townhouse in the divorce. So finding the dead body of Talmadge’s new girlfriend casts suspicion on her.

Slave to fashion : a novel by Rebecca Campbell — Katie Castle has the perfect flat (her boyfriend’s place) and the perfect job working for a fashion designer (her boyfriend’s mother). But she can’t help wanting one last fling. If you liked Confessions Of A Shopaholic, try this one.

Stress Management

The complete idiot's guide to managing stress [electronic resource] by Jeff Davidson — A revised and updated edition to managing the number-one cause of chronic illness — stress.

Good stress, bad stress : an indispensable guide to identifying and managing your stress by Barry Lenson — Lenson’s book is based on the theory that a certain amount of stress is necessary in order for humans to reach their potential.

Lawnchair Adventures

Real Life Exploits.

In the land of white death : an epic story of survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Albanov ; preface by Jon Krakauer ; introduction by David Roberts ; Alison Anderson, translator ; with additional material from William Barr's translation from the Russian — In 1912, 11 Russians tried to walk to survival when their ship froze in the Artic ice.

The darkest jungle : the true story of the Darién expedition and America's ill-fated race to connect the seas by Todd Balf — An account of the tortuous expedition in search of a place to build the Panama Canal.