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Defiance

This extraordinary tale of three men who led a heroic group of resistance fighters during World War II opened in theaters last month.

Lunch and a Book - May 14

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell) How do we think without thinking, seem to make choices in an instant--in the blink of an eye--that actually aren't as simple as they seem? Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

Found: Sherlock Holmes predecessor?

Did you know that twenty years before Sherlock Holmes, a fictional New York private investigator was being celebrated for his ability to solve crimes based on observation and deductive reasoning? Originally published in 1864 and never before reprinted, Leaves from the Note-Book of a New York Detective features 29 cases from the first American detective hero to appear in fiction, James Brampton.The author, John Babbinton Williams (1827–79) was a medical doctor who contributed stories to magazines of the time.

Countdown to Digital TV

HourglassBeginning February 17, 2009, TV stations serving all markets in the United States will begin airing digital television programming. At that point, they will cease broadcasting on their current analog channels. If you own an analog television and do not purchase a new digital model, you may buy a converter box which will change digital signals back to analog. More information is available at dtv.gov

Cover and Review to "The Language of Bees"

Here is a picture and review of Laurie R. King's new book in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, coming soon in April. Here is Amazon's editorial review. 

Personal Investment Tools

In our current economy, it is crucial to make informed investment decisions. CPL has the online tools to help you keep track of your nest egg. Two premier investment services, ValueLine and MorningStar, offer analyst's reports, performance, and overall ranking of stocks and mutual funds. You can access this information at the library. CPL cardholders can also access from home.

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan MIles

Sometimes the planes don't fly on time. Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.

2008 Top Nonfiction Picks

America 1908
by Jim Rasenberger
A breathtaking ride through the highs and lows of one spectacular, pivotal year in American history.

Oh Scrap!

Are you ready to do something with all of those photos that you took over the holidays?  Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or brand new to scrapbooking, you've got to check out Scrap Simple by Hillary Heidelberg.  I love the clean lines of the designs she's included but her book also contains tons of ideas for using all of those fun scrapping embellishments that you just can't resist buying!

Year 2008 Top Fiction Picks

American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld
On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.” A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck.

Book of Lies
by Brad Meltzer
In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history. In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found. Until now.

2009 Academy Awards

Nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards have been announced, and many of the nominated films are already here at the Library.

ALA speech given by Barack Obama in 2005.

This speech on the role of libraries was given in 2005. Before most Americans had even heard of our new POTUS, Barack Obama.

Lunch & a Book - April 9

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan): Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Year 2008 Top Audiobook Picks

Belong to Me
by Marisa de los Santos
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love. As their individual stories unfold, the three women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined. Read by Julia Gibson.

Year 2008 Top Movie Picks

Across the universe
(Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess) This Beatles-inspired musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude and Lucy as they are swept up in the volatile counterculture movement of the 1960s. The film’s soundtrack consists exclusively of songs made popular by the Beatles during this time period.

Download Digital Books

February 27 (10:00-11:00)

Master downloading an eBook or eAudiobook from the library’s growing digital collection. Prerequisite: Web navigation skills.

Lunch & a Book - March 12

Finding My VoiceFinding My Voice(Diane Rehm): A leading radio personality describes her rise from an abusive childhood in an Arab-American household in Washington, D.C., to success in the field of radio and details her determined battle with spasmodic dysphonia, the rare neurological disorder that nearly destroyed her career.

A not-so-grim Swedish crime

Wallander's First Case, a short story by Henning Mankell, part of "The Pyramid"; this story was written after the main series, in response to readers' questions as to how the famous detective got started.

Are You a Locavore?

Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.