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Are you one of the over 20 million freshmen students enrolled in college this fall? Here's some books to make a smooth transition into campus life. 

Top Universities in the World

The World Ranking of Academic Universities has been using transparent methodology and third-party data to rank the world's top universities since 2003. For the 13th year in a row, Harvard University remained in the number one spot. University of Michigan scored number 22 on the list. Interested in attending an Ivy League school? Get valuable admissions advice from this book, 50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays. 





Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai ; with Christina Lamb — When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

Special Needs Storytime

Please join us on Saturday, September 26 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Corduroy...Now the Oldest Cat!

Corduroy the Cat recently celebrated his 26th birthday and got a new distinction as "oldest cat" from Guinness World Records. He lives in Oregon and enjoys the outdoors. The secret to his long life? Roaming the ranch freely by just being a cat and lots of love from his family.


[Photo by Guinness Book of Records/Reuters]

Want to learn more about cats? Check these out!

Cat care by written by Sylvia Tombesi-Walton

Fit cat: tips & tricks to give your pet a longer, healthier, happier life by Arden Moore

Complete cat care

The ultimate cat book: a comprehensive visual guide to cats, cat breeds, and cat care by Alan Edwards ; veterinary consultant: Trevor Turner, B. Vet. Med., M.R.C.V.S

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification now online!

Need to prepare for taking the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification exam? Selecting a study guide is just a click away. Access the online study guides right from the Library's Databases link either under the Jobs and Career or Online Learning and Test Preparation categories. All MTTC Study Guides are now computer-based and in pdf format.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 17 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

South of superior by Ellen Airgood — When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James — It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy's magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable until a coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth's disgraced sister, who stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that her husband Wickham has been murdered.

Special Needs Storytime

Please join us on Saturday, June 13 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 15

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 20  at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Orange is the new black: my year in a woman's prison by Piper Kerman — With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424, one of the millions of people who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

Military Dogs

The grieving family who lost their son serving in Afghanistan adopts his military service dog, Max. Max opens nation-wide on June 26.

Navy SEAL dogs: my tale of training canines for combat by Mike Ritland

Stubby the war dog: the true story of World War I's bravest dog by Ann Bausum

Team dog: how to train your dog—the Navy SEAL way by Mike Ritland, with Gary Brozek

Tuesday tucks me in: the loyal bond between a soldier and his service dog by Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, USA with Bret Witter ; photographs by Dan Dion

Until Tuesday: a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 18 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:



Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . .A murder. . . a tragic accident. . . or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what? Big Little Lies follows the lives of three women; each at their own crossroads.

Special Needs Storytime

Please join us on Saturday, September 26 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Library of Michigan's 2015 Notable Books

The arsenal of democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an epic quest to arm an America at war by A. J. Baime

Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Bright shards of someplace else by stories by Monica McFawn

Burnt toast makes you sing good: a memoir of food and love from an American Midwest family by Kathleen Flinn

The contract by Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell

A Detroit anthology by edited by Anna Clark