Catalog

Search our Catalog

kimba's Blog

Computer Basics - CANCELLED

Do computers confound you? We can help! Get an introduction to the world of computers and technology in our Computer Basics class. We'll talk about what a computer is and how it works, and how to tell it to do what you want. Learn the very basics, such as turning it on and using the mouse, and prepare for more advanced uses. No experience required! Join us Friday, March 14 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Defending Jacob: a novel [kit] by William Landay — Andy Barber has been an Assistant District Attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Quiet [kit]: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. People who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

2013 Lunch and a Book Picks

Every year CPL's Lunch and a Book Club picks our favorite reads of the year. These are our favorite reads for 2013. Feel free to join us! We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon in CPL's Community Room.

Fiction

And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor

The aviator's wife: a novel by Melanie Benjamin

The birth house: a novel by Ami Mckay

The cutting season: a novel by Attica Locke

Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay

The fault in our stars by John Green

Small Business Saturday is November 30th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It's Small Business Saturday®, and this year it’s happening on November 30th. Remember that while shopping small can help boost the economy, shopping local can also help the environment.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The Paris wife [kit]: a novel by Paula McLain — Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness-until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in the fabled Lost Generation. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The secrets of happy families [kit]: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds -- from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets -- and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

National Coming Out Day is Friday, October 11

Gay Pride FlagNational Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day that celebrates individuals who publicly identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, or asexual. The day is observed annually by members of the LGBT community and allies on October 11. The date was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The day is observed in a wide variety of ways: from rallies and parades to information tables in public spaces. Participants often wear pride symbols such as pink triangles and rainbow flags.
[Gay Pride 225 by Guillaume Paumier is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Check Out an Energy Meter

Did you receive your last energy bill and wonder where all that money is going? You may want to "check out" the Kill A Watt energy meters (available for check out at CPL). The Kill A Watt energy meter can help you find out how much energy your appliances are consuming. By connecting appliances to the meter it will assess how efficiently they are running. The LCD display will count consumption by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, even an entire year.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Say nice things about Detroit [kit] by Scott Lasser — In a racially polarized, economically collapsing city a man struggles with the double shooting death of a high school classmate and her brother while still mourning the death of his own teenage son and coping with his mother's dementia. A starred review Booklist suggests: "Forget the grime and crime, political corruption and economic decay. Lasser's Detroit may be a troubled city, but it is one whose vibrant soul is writ large in the small actions of its loyal citizens. With a serene and steady hand, Lasser's spare but intense tale is a smart, intimate homage to the power of second chances."

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Lots of candles, plenty of cake [kit] by Anna Quindlen — From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own in this humorous memoir. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen's status as America's laureate of real life.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The catcher in the rye [kit] by J.D. Salinger — This classic coming of age story electrified the literary world when published in 1951. The New York Times wrote that the 'book's very first sentence, struck a brash new note in American literature': "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." Over sixty years later, Salinger's writing and his disaffected and cynical narrator, Holden Caulfield, not only have iconic stature in the literary world, but remain as fresh and exciting as they were when new.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

11/22/63 [kit]: a novel by Stephen King — Jake Epping's friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession: to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine, to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable or so terrifying.

Water Week 2013 (June 1-9)

Water: waterSoutheast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water announce the eighth annual Water Week to be held from June 1-9, 2013. The purpose of Water Week is to celebrate, learn about, and enhance the abundant water resources in Southeast Michigan. Numerous Water Week activities will be held in Southeast Michigan this year, hosted by organizations such as Friends of the Rouge and the Clinton River Watershed Council.