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Wish your Wii could do more?

Well, it looks like it soon will. Netflix may soon be available streaming on your Wii on it's own "Wii channel". Just think, no more having to send back your movies after you are done, or wait for your next title to arrive. Check out this article for more information. Would you be interested in this feature?

African American Romance Authors

The following list highlights just a few of the great authors writing romances with African American characters. Each of these authors is currently publishing, so with one click you can find hot new titles.

Vice President Biden Coming to Detroit

Vice President Joe Biden, along with Governor Granholm and other local officials, will be in Detroit on Wednesday to make remarks on the economy. Some public tickets to this event will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, on request Tuesday at the event venue, the NextEnergy building.
For more information about the event, see the White House Press Release.

Sewing Green

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching by Betz White, photographs by John Gruen

This slim paperback is packed with projects to wear and use, for grown-ups, children, and your home. The instructions for each project include information on how to reuse and upcycle materials you may already have on hand, and the results are simple and elegant.

Third Strike

William G. Tapply, author of the Boston lawyer-turned crime-solver Brady Coyne mystery series, died of leukemia Tuesday, July 28 at his Hancock, NH home. He was 69. He was known also for his collected essays, a book about his father, and his articles and columns in "Field & Stream" and other magazines. Mr. Tapply had also introduced a new series featuring Stoney Calhoun in 2004. The third book in this series will be published posthumously, this fall.

Suspense, Drama and Fantasy

Looking for suspenseful books like the Da Vinci Code? Do you also like the drama and fantasy in Twilight or the Harry Potter series--and think they are great books for adults as well? Here's a list of Adult and Young Adult titles for you to try. Most of them are nice, long reads because once you find a good book, you don't want it to end too soon! Also take a look at our Teen Librarian's suggestions.

The Summer of '69

Do you remember Hurricane Camille? Woodstock? Apollo 11? The Manson Murders? The Stonewall Riots? If so, do you remember what all of these history making events have in common? They all occurred in the Summer of 1969. For an overview of some of these events check out CNN's Special page. For a perspective on the entire year you can also read Rob Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: the Year Everything Changed. Or check out Wikipedia's timeline for a day-by-day breakdown of this seminal year in American history.

In the Shadow of Gotham

In the Shadow of Gotham, Stefanie Pintoff's debut, won the first Minotaur Books/MWA Best First Crime Novel award. It's the Twentieth Century and crime detection has begun to take advantage of the new sciences available: fingerprints, profiling. Detective Simon Ziele has moved to Dobson, a small town in New York's Westchester county, a train-ride from New York City, following the tragic death of his fiance in the wreck of the steamship General Slocum in 1904. Ziele had been one of the NYC detectives called to scene to rescue survivors, but he was unable to save Rachel, his fiance.

Growing Bolder as You Grow Older

Catch the podcast about 89 year old Rachel Veitch on Growing Bolder and her 1964 Mercury Caliente. She's the original owner, she's put over 550,000 miles on it traveling around the country, and as she points out, her car has lasted longer than her 3 marriages. Rachel puts a lot of TLC into the car: tune-ups on schedule and purchasing parts with life-time warranties. She's replaced 6 car batteries over the past 35 years at no cost. (Image: Google Images)

Tigers...you're not done yet!

Summer is still in the air, so fans, that means the Tigers are not done yet! So far their away record hasn't been so slick, but there is hope. In our series against the Texas Rangers, we did take one of the three games that we played. Not stellar, but one is better than none. Hopefully in the next series we have coming up against Cleveland we will add more wins to our belt. While you wait in a hot dog fueled anticipation, be sure to check out these titles we have on the Detroit Tigers to help pass the time until first pitch!

Lose It? Maybe We Found It

Think that bookmark with little Damien's picture on it was returned in a library book? Left your Spiderman umbrella behind on a rainy day last week? Call or stop in and ask us to check our Lost & Found box for personal items you may have left here at the library. We hold them for approximately nine business days

New! Multi-page Scanning from Copiers

Now you can scan multiple pages to your e-mail from the copiers in the Copy Center, for free! (Color scans from the color copier will be $0.25 per page.) See the Copy Center staff for assistance.

An Anne Frank Diary Anniversay

Saturday, August 1, marks the 65th anniversary of Anne Frank's last diary entry. Written while her family was in hiding from the Nazis, the diary has gone on to become a beloved classic around the world. The library owns several copies of the book, including abridged versions for younger readers. There are also many other Holocaust survivor books available to further your knowledge of this tragic period in history.

Exploring Genealogy at the Westland Public Library

Are you new to genealogy and would like to know the basics? The Westland Public Library will be hosting a program for genealogy newbies on Thursday, August 6th at 7 pm. Kris Rzepczynski, genealogy librarian and expert from the Library of Michigan, will be presenting. Register by calling the adult reference desk at 734-326-6123.

National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Month. Most people think that only children need vaccines, but did you know that adults need to be immunized too? Check the immunization schedules on the CDC website to see what vaccines are needed at all stages of life. For more information, read The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter.
[Photo courtesy of eLibrary.]

Popular Author E. Lynn Harris Dies at 54

Born in Flint, Michigan, Harris was a New York Times bestselling author. He was best known for his novels portraying African American men.

The Automotive Hall of Fame

The Automotive Hall of Fame building, in Dearborn, Michigan, was opened on August 15, 1997. Over 200 individuals have been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, the highest place of honor in the international motor vehicle history.

Henry Ford and Fordlandia

Fordlandia : the rise and fall of Henry Ford's forgotten jungle city by Greg Grandin documents Henry Ford's 1927 purchase of a Connecticut-sized plot of land in Brazil for the purpose of growing rubber. The South American leaf blight and the advent of synthetic rubbers forced the company to abandon Fordlandia in 1945, long after Ford had poured millions of dollars and years of strenuous effort into the project. Grandin argues that this was more than an economic venture. It was a missionary application of Ford-style capitalism--high wages, humane benefits, moral improvement to a backward land.

Back to School info for Parents

It's not to early to start thinking about going back to school in September. A new link on the PCCS page will connect parents and students to information about the upcoming school year. Find class list, bus routes, school supply suggestions, and open house schedules. So get your pencils out. Let the learning begin!