Murder Will Out: Bouchercon 2011

Bouchercon 2011: Spirits of St. Louis officially begins today. Featured American Guests of Honor this year are Robert Crais and Charlaine Harris. Val McDermid and Colin Cotterill are the British Guests of Honor. On Sunday, September 18 awards for best novel, best author will be announced at the Anthony Award Brunch. Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski series will receive a Lifetime Achievement award.

Your Farm in the City

Your farm in the city : an urban dweller's guide to growing food and raising livestock by Lisa Taylor, and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth — Whether you're building a raised bed in the back yard or undertaking a larger garden project, this book has great information about all the things you'll need to consider when gardening in the city (or suburbs). Since municipalities and homeowners associations often have rules that relate to outdoor structures and vegetation, it's important to plan ahead and this book can help you figure out what you'll need to do. It also provides great details on helping your soil be fertile, creative bed design for small or restricted spaces, working with pests that live in urban areas, and much more.

2012 Budget Hearing

Our Library Board of Trustees will hold the required Public Hearing on Thursday, September 15, at 7:30pm at the library to take public comment on and approve the library's 2012 budget (attached, with a comparison to our approved 2011 budget), levying a millage rate of 1.5437 mills to generate total revenue of $4.9 million. This is a reduction of about $40,000 compared to our 2011 budget, and a total reduction of about $1.9 million compared to our 2008 budget — 2008 was our "high-water" mark as far as revenues; the recession led to declining property values, which leads to reduced property tax collections and a smaller budget for library services.

The budget for 2012 is a very tight budget and reflects a number of cuts to every department and area of the library. As the recession continues and the library budget declines even more, we will be considering furlough days, layoffs, charging residents for certain library services, and further diminishing or discontinuing services, programs, and collections to meet our legal mandate to present a balanced budget. Thank you for your suggestions on how we can continue to provide the excellence you expect given the bleak financial outlook.

Meet the Phonics

Looking for something that's fun and educational for your preschool children that are getting ready for kindergarten or that are already in kindergarten? Check out these wonderful dvds that allow your children to learn while having fun:

Meet the phonics - letter sounds (DVD) [videorecording]

Meet the phonics. Digraphs [videodisc] by Preschool Prep Company

Meet the phonics. Blends [videodisc] by Preschool Prep Company

Teen Books Take Over the Movies

Take a look at IMDB's list of upcoming books to movies. Almost all of them are teen books! Uglies, If I Stay, Maximum Ride… Now, some are still in development (so it's not a done deal), but lots have made it to pre-production (so, there's a good chance), like The Forest of Hands and Teeth and Mortal Instruments. Just goes to show that teen books rule.

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