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Geek Power

Social media sites are great for catching up with people from high school or looking at photos of other peoples children. But did you know that sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also very powerful tools for business, marketing and even job hunting? Our collection is stocked with books to help you harness the power of the Internet and earn the Geek Out Badge all at the same time!

eBook User Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet Tuesday May 22nd from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room.

eReader Basics

Join us Tuesday May 15th from 12:30 to 2:00 PM and learn the basics of how to check out free library eBooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device. Watch a live demo and try a few of the eReaders on the market today.

Internet Basics

Learn how to search the Web, the library Catalog and online databases. Join us Friday, May 25th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in the Internet Lab.

Dick Clark 1929-2012

American icon Dick Clark died Wednesday from a massive heart attack.  Nicknamed "America's oldest teenager", Clark was best known for hosting American Bandstand. His successful production company was responsible for many other famous television shows like $25,000 Pyramid and TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. Dick Clark was the most famous host of the annual New Year's Rockin Eve program with millions tuning in each December 31st to watch him ring in the new year.

Thomas Kinkade 1958-2012

The artist known to many as the "Painter of Light" passed away Friday at the age of 54. Thomas Kinkade, famous for his light-infused paintings of countrysides and cottages, was one of the most popular artists in America. It is estimated that one out of every 20 homes in the United States contains a print or painting of Kinkade's. In addition to creating over 1,000 unique works of art, Kinkade also became a NYT bestselling author. The movie The Christmas Cottage offers a semiautobiographical look at his younger years.

SEMCOG Seeking Comment

SEMCOG seeks public comment on projects proposed for 2011-2014 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a list of roadway and transit projects selected as priorities for funding by cities, county road commissions, transit agencies, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. The public comment period officially began on March 27, 2012 and will end with Executive Committee action on April 27, 2012.

Davy Jones 1945-2012

1960's pop icon Davy Jones died Tuesday from a massive heart attack at the age of 66. Best known as the lead singer of the musical group The Monkees, Jones appeared in the band's television program from 1966 to 1968.

Michigan Presidential Primary

The Michigan Presidential Primary is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th. This primary will be conducted as a “closed” primary and voters will be required to select a Republican or Democratic ballot. If your community is holding a special election in conjunction with the Presidential Primary, the special election information will appear on both ballots. You will also have the option of selecting a ballot that excludes Presidential Primary information and includes only special election information. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center for more details.

eBook Users Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet Tuesday January 17th, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room.

eBook Basics

Join us Tuesday January 24th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and learn the basics of how to check out free library eBooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device. Watch a live demo and try a few of the eReaders on the market today. Registration begins January 10th.

Verlander Named American League MVP

Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has also been named the American League's Most Valuable Player for 2011. He is the first starting pitcher to win MVP since 1986 when Roger Clemens took the honor. Only six other pitchers in MLB history have won both the Cy Young Award and the MVP honors in the same year: the Dodger's Sandy Koufax in 1963, St. Louis' Bob Gibson and Detroit's Denny McLain in 1968, Oakland's Vida Blue in 1971, Milwaukee's Rollie Fingers in 1981 and Detroit's Willie Hernandez in 1984.

Tiger Ace Wins Cy Young Award

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers has been named the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The 28 year old right handed pitcher who finished the 2011 season with a 25-4 record and 250 strike outs won the award by unanimous vote. In addition, Tiger's manager Jim Leyland was the runner up for American League Manager of the Year. Other recipients of 2011 MLB awards include former Detroit Tiger Kirk Gibson who was named the 2011 National League Manager of the year and former Tiger centerfielder Curtis Granderson who was named Outstanding Player in the American League. MVP awards for the American League will be announced on November 21st with both Justin Verlander and Tiger's first baseman Miguel Cabrera in the running. Looking to satisfy your baseball fix till Spring Training 2012? Be sure to check out the many Detroit Tiger books and videos we have to offer!

ExpressSOS

Recently the Michigan Secretary of State announced expanded online services. ExpressSos.com allows residents to renew or replace standard state driver's licenses and ID cards, change their address when they move order multiple copies of vehicle registrations and titles.

National Emergency Alert Test

On Wednesday, November 9th at approximately 2:00 PM, FEMA and the FCC will test the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using the Presidential message code, Emergency Activation Notification (EAN). The EAN code has never been tested before. The test, which is meant only to be a system live test, will be very different from the ones citizens are used to hearing. The test will come from FEMA and it will be approximately 30 seconds in length. All radio, television, cable and satellite operators will air the test at exactly the same time. Click here for additional information from FEMA.