August 24, 2011 | Blogbrarian
August 24, 2011 | madame librarian
- Crime Writers' Association's Dagger in the Library Award
- Dagger Awards
- Historical Fiction
The British Crime Writers' Association has announced its shortlists for the 2011 Dagger Awards. This past May, Lindsey Davis was awarded The Diamond Dagger Award for sustained excellence in crime writing. Ms. Davis is the author of an historical mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco. She is considered the 'founder' of historical mysteries.
August 23, 2011 | kimba
As more folks look for alternatives to factory farmed foods, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are growing in popularity. Joining a CSA is a great way to eat healthy and support local farms. To find a CSA near you, you can visit CSAFarms.org. There is also an option for those interested in participating in a CSA this winter. One clever organization, Locavorious, has partnered with several small farms in the communities around Ann Arbor to offer frozen produce subscriptions, similar to shares offered by regular CSAs. During the peak harvest, they prepare and package local produce at its peak freshness, and preserve it in a community freezer. To learn more about the advantages of eating locally, check out what the library has on the topic of local foods.
August 22, 2011 | Ellen
August 22, 2011 | Anne Heidemann
The week-by-week vegetable gardener's handbook by Ron Kujawski and Jennifer Kujawski — When you're growing vegetables in a variable climate like Michigan's, it can be hard to know exactly when things should be happening and what to plant when. This book outlines those timelines in detail for a variety of vegetables. It also includes many tips and bits of information that any veg gardener will find useful.
August 21, 2011 | Blogbrarian
It's been reported that workplace incivility is on the rise, causing stress in many workers' lives. If you're trying to find positive solutions to this problem, these books may be for you.
The ape in the corner office: understanding the workplace beast in all of us by Richard Conniff
Coping with difficult people by Robert M. Bramson
August 21, 2011 | goulds
Looking for a good, and not-too-long, book for that historical fiction assignment? Then pick up Gretchen Woefle's All the World's a Stage: a Novel in Five Acts. As you might guess, it is set in England during Shakespeare's time, but it is also a coming-of-age story that revolves around a very interesting event. Twelve-year-old orphan Kit messes up big time as a cutpurse at the Theatre playhouse, but is lucky enough to be offered a chance to work off his offense instead of going to jail. Although Kit is plagued with a volitile temper that often trips him up, he begins to enjoy the on- and offstage dramas of theater life and the work involved in stage productions. When the landlord evicts the Lord Chamberlain's Men from the his land that their playhouse in on, Kit joins the secret plot to dismantle the playhouse and move it to a new location. This clandestine feat must be accomplished while the landlord is away for Christmas and the suspense mounts as they scamble to find skilled workers who are willing to help them. Will they succeed? Will Kit ever his place in life? Will he be able to trust anyone enough to be a true friend? Read and find out!
August 21, 2011 | madame librarian
August 22 is National Spumoni Day! Spumoni, not to be confused with zamboni, is a multicolored Italian ice cream. When I was growing up, it was served at my Italian uncle's restaurant at the end of a meal. Best place to treat yourself to this hand-layered ice cream is at Alinosi's in Grosse Pointe.
August 19, 2011 | daviscrl
August 19, 2011 | gladdenk
July 21, 2011 — 7:30 p.m.
The Chairperson, Michael Siegrist, called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.
Present: M. Siegrist, K. Schulz, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: J. Fausone
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden
Call To Audience
(G. Bell, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski, C. Young, A. Young-Snow):
Cecil Young spoke about the proposed Volunteer Code of Conduct policy and of his desire that the non-discrimination clause language be altered to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identification" as protected classes in the policy. He indicated that he believes that the library will appear to be a more inclusive and welcoming place to a younger generation of library users if the proposed changes are made.
Approval Of Agenda
The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.
Approval Of General Meeting Minutes
The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.
Report Of The Library Director
Approximately $188,000 in additional delinquent property taxes was received from Wayne County (monies levied in December 2009 for the fiscal year 2010.) Because of this additional revenue, the department heads are looking at accelerating some 2012 projects into 2011, which will be brought to the board for approval as outlined in the Purchasing Policy.