Are you a Sci Fi reader? Interested in attending a conference? Starward Bound has a comprehensive list of upcoming Science Fiction conferences on their website. By the way, the Hugo Awards will be made at the World Science Fiction Convention which meets in Denver from August 6-10, 2008. For more information go to: http://www.wsfs.org/
The feature article in the current issue of Time Magazine, now available at the library, focuses on the nation's teachers and draws attention to merit pay as an incentive to retain talented teachers in a low-paying, high turn-over profession.
This morning on Good Morning America, education correspondent Ann Pleshette Murphy reported on a new and controversial method for improving student performance and attendance in socially, low-economic school districts. The Spark Program was developed by a Harvard economist to motivate students in disadvantaged areas to achieve good grades and attendance by rewarding them with cash deposits into their bank accounts. To read more about Dr. Roland Fryer's plan, go to the link above.
Fortune magazine surveyed nearly 100,000 employees from 406 different companies and asked them to evaluate their employers. Google may have come in first, but locally owned Quicken Loans is in the number 2 spot.
African American genealogy can be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor for those researching their families. Information retrieval can be complicated by such things as lack of former slave and census records, and change of surnames. Luckily, there are many African American genealogy resources written to help researchers overcome the potential hurdles.
Everyone's Reading "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie King in 2008! In it's seventh year, this community wide reading program promotes dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Read the book and join us some special programs we've planned for your enjoyment. Stop by the reference desk to pick up a "Beekeeper's Apprentice" reader's guide, program guide and magnet. Click on the Everyone's Reading link for a complete list of activities.
for the first day of spring training, meaning that warm weather can't be far behind. Optimists rejoice! We start fresh with another crack at a World Series finish. For baseball fans, check out the library's Subject Page on baseball. It can hold you over until Opening Day on March 31 v Kansas City.
On January 12, 2008, the finalists for this year's NBCC Awards were announced at the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Founded by the National Book Critics Circle, the Awards honor the best books in the categories of fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism. Joyce Carol Oates received two nominations, for her recent work of fiction, "The Gravedigger's Daughter'" and for her autobiography, "The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973-1982". The winners will be honored at the annual NBCC Awards Ceremony, to be held on March 6, 2008 in New York City.
Need to prepare for a class debate? Want to be able to argure your position on a current event? Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is the premier full-text resource covering today's hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center brings together all the information that's needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics and more!
In Sunday's Free Press, an article in the Life section featured a new direction some Ivy League colleges are taking to make college more affordable for middle-lower income families. To read more, click link above.
That link takes you to the master list of Grammy nominees, but since Sunday's show they've highlighted the winners in gold. You should find many of the most popular recordings at the library, including Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock. Pick the performers or album titles in which you're interested, then look them up in our Catalog.
Look no further than two news items over the past few days to witness even more of an impact of the Internet on information and entertainment dissemination: 1) The Madison, WI afternoon weekly newspaper, The Capital Times, is moving to an online-only business model for news, sports and opinion, while retaining a free Wednesday edition for in-depth material. It's believed to be the largest newspaper so far to make such a shift. For more, see Madison's Capital Times Cuts Back (from Forbes/Associated Press) 2) The end appears near for the writers' strike that has crippled the TV and movie industries. One of the key issues has been Internet distribution of program material.
Michigan's economic downturn, declining student enrollment and shrinking state funding are some of the major factors forcing some school districts to reconsider options in keeping newly-built schools open. Bonds were approved the building of new schools in order to ease increased capacity and/or improve facilities, but school budgets are struggling to find the funding to operate them.
The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) recently announced the nominees of the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television and film published or produced in 2007. The Awards will be presented at their 62nd Gala Banquet on May 1st at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.
You won't want to miss the program "Freedon, Slavery and the Roots of American Music" on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Ray Kamalay, a talented Detroit musician, weaves performance into his lecture so you can hear the progression of American music. Join us for this Black History month program. It's free. Just call 734-397-0999 to reserve a seat.
Michigan colleges and universities have teamed up to create an online job portal listing 1,200 jobs. Go to link, Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, for more information.
In last week's Free Press, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, announced plans to diverge more state money for public universities and demand colleges keep tuition increases at the inflation rate, even if it means to use private funding from endowments to cover costs. Click links to read more... Granholm to Take on Cost of College Granholm: Universities Should Dip into Endowments Granholm Proposes More Aid for State Universities
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This handy database is a must for bookgroups! Here you'll find information and discussion questions for hundreds of book group titles.