Thursday, January 31, 2008


With book clubs all the rage right now – including our newest book club group meeting at WCV on the third Tuesday morning of every month at 10 am. The following two books offer marvelous ideas for finding that next great page turner.

1. So Many Books So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson.
028.9 N (SHL)
Ms. Nelson pens a book column for Publisher’s Weekly Magazine and brings a wealth of book knowledge and expertise to her writing. Her book is an entertaining read as well as offering readers insights into a wide variety of books.

2. Book Lust: Recommended Reading for every Mood, Moment, and Reason by Nancy Pearl
011.73 P (WCV)
Ms Pearl offers dozens and dozens of reading suggestions in an enormously wide variety of subject categories. Her annotations are informative, intriguing, as well as often humorous. Book Lust II as well as a special Book Crush for Kids and Teens followed her original title.
YA 028.5 P (WCV)

If you’d rather surf the web for more suggestions, a favorite site is
It offers book suggestions, news, and a selection of other worthwhile and book related links, that make this site a must for any potential book club attendees.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Coming Soon to a Library Near You!

Frustrated with long hold or reserve lists? Unfortunately, by the time you spot the latest John Grisham, James Patterson, or Nicholas Sparks book in the bookstore or on the shelf at Costco, the waiting list has already grown into the *gasp* hundreds. This happens because as soon as one library in our Suburban Library Cooperative places the book “on order” you are able to place your name on the list.

The following titles are all available in the library database right now. Some of the books may not be coming out until next month or even several months from now but savvy library users are able to place a hold right now.

Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman (3/25)
Stranger in Paradise by Robert B Parker (2/5)
Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (3/4)
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah (2/5)
Dead Time by Stephen White (3/4)
Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian (5/6)
7th Heaven by James Patterson (2/4)
Plague Ship by Clive Cussler (6/3)
The Appeal by John Grisham (1/29)
Duma Key: A Novel by Stephen King (1/22)

Someday by Karen Kingsbury (2/5)
Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz (1/29)
Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb (2/19)
The First Patient by Michael Palmer (2/19)

Sail by James Patterson (6/9)
The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (4/22)
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (6/17)

We will make an effort to keep you up to date on what we are calling “Coming Soon to a Library Near You.”

Saturday, January 26, 2008

March Children's Events at the Civic Center Library

March is National Craft Month

Stop by in the Craft Room each Saturday in March to complete a different craft. The crafts will be available all day.

No registration required.

Knitting for Beginners

Ages 12 and up

Monday, March 3rd, 6.30 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to knit? Well, here's your chance! An instructor will be coming for Crafty Lady Trio to teach you how. Needles and yarm will be provided.

If you're feeling crafty and ready to learn, call 586-751-0770 to register. Space is limited and registration for this program will close on February 25th.

It's Mem Fox Day at the Library!

Saturday, March 8th, all day

Who is Mem Fox? She wrote the classics, "Harriet," "You'll Drive Me Wild," "Wombat Divine," and "Possum Magic."

So stop in at the library - we'll have Mem Fox movies running all day and a craft in the Craft Room.


with Dave J. Castle

Harry Houdini's birthday falls this week (March 24, 1874), so we're continuing the spirit at the library. Dave J. Castle will be here to put on a family magic show.

Saturday, March 29th, 12:30 p.m.

Call 586-751-0770 to register.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Outside of a Dog, #1

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

A new column of book suggestions we hope you'll enjoy.

While you're waiting to be #1 on the list for "T is for Trespass" (302 and counting!), try one of these dramas:

Shapiro, Dani – Family History LT F SHAPIRO, TPL
A husband and wife find their marriage tested by their teen-age daughter. She has developed some serious emotional problems that both parents find difficult to understand and handle.

Downs, Robert – The Fifth Season FIC DOWNS, SHL
Sixty-six year old Teddy Neel must put his own life on hold while he struggles with the challenges of offering care and support to his aging parents. The story is a heartfelt look at the often frustrating and painful dilemmas adult children face in becoming caregivers to their elderly parents.

Shriver, Lionel – We Need to Talk about Kevin FIC SHRIVER, WAM
A woman learns that it is her young son who has killed several of his fellow students in a well-planned but apparently unprovoked and deadly attack. How both arrived at that horrible day makes up the heart of this poignant story.

Halpin, Brendan – Donorboy YA FIC HALPIN, ROG
Told in the form of instant messages and email, this is the story of a young adolescent girl who goes to live with her sperm donor father when her lesbian moms are killed in an auto accident.

Hamilton, Jane – A Map of the World FIC HAMILTON, WDB
A neighbor’s child accidentally drowns while Alice Goodwin was watching her. The tragic event has devastating repercussions for the entire Goodwin family.

Dewberry, Elizabeth – Sacrament of Lies FIC DEWBERRY, RSV
A complicated and psychological mystery set in the cutthroat political area of New Orleans. The plot centers on the daughter of a man running from governor. His ambitions cause his distraught daughter to wonder if her mother’s death was really an accident.

Farrington, Tim – The Monk Downstairs FIC FARRINGTON, HPW
A story involving a slow and sweet romance between a jaded and overworked graphic designer and a man, who, since leaving the monastery is working at the local McDonald’s unsure of what direction his life should now take.

Bohjalian, Chris – Before You Know Kindness BKD FIC BOHJALIAN, WMB
After animal rights activist Spencer is accidentally shot by his daughter, the whole family must wrestle with the painful repercussions.

Hickman, Martha Whitmore – Such Good People FIC HICKMAN, MTC
A freak accident on vacation forces a family to accept and cope with the accidental death of a child. Intense but ultimately a hopeful and uplifting reading experience.

Guest, Judith – Errands FIC GUEST, WCV
When Keith Bowner, a decent and beloved teacher dies of brain cancer, his wife and three children must cope with his loss, and struggle to redefine them as a family.

Zadoorian, Michael – Second Hand FIC ZADOORIAN, WDB
Richard runs a second hand junk store outside of Detroit. He meets Theresa who works at an animal shelter. As their relationship grows they discover some fundamental truths about each other and the real value of things in life.

Samuel, Barbara – Piece of Heaven PB SAM, CLL
A recovering alcoholic faces new challenges when her difficult and caustic teenage daughter comes to live with her.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tuesdays @ 10 - Book List

A Reading and Discussion Group

Missed the first meeting? Here's the book list for the coming months:

February 19, 2008: "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See.

March 18, 2008: "The River of Doubt" by Candice Millard.

April 15, 2008: "The Bookseller of Kabul" by Asne Seierstad.

May 20, 2008: "The Children of Men" by P.D. James.

June 17, 2008: "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.

For your Valentine's day reading pleasure, pick up "About Alice" by Calvin Trillin. A joyous look at a wife and mother and the somewhat brief life she lives and the joy and love shared by husband and wife. Less than 80 pages... but what a love story!

The Civic Center Library will order and hold copies of the next month's book - just ask at the Circulation desk!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Libraries are Reading! #1

What is your favorite book?

Stacey R:
American Gods, Neil Gaiman (FIC GAIMAN)

Pat G:
Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel (BKC BIO GALILEI)

Tricia GW
The Stand, Stephen King (FIC PBK KIN, WDB)

Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (FIC SALINGER)

Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen (823.09 A)

Stacy M
The Velveteen Rabbit, or, how toys become real, Marjorie Williams Bianco (E WILL)

Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (FIC MITCHELL)

The Tiger’s Woman, Celeste De Blasis (FIC, RSV)

Margaret H
Before You Know Kindness, Chris Bohjalian (BKD FIC BOHJALIAN, WMB)

Stephanie L
The Song of the Lark, Willa Cather (FIC CATHER)

Nathan B
When the Wind Blows, James Patterson (FIC PATTERSON)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

February Children's Events at the Civic Center Library

(for teens)

Friday, February 1st, 6 p.m.

It's Meg Cabot's birthday, so let's seee who's ready to be a princess! We'll test your "princess skills" and knowledge. Make your own divine diary, lovely lip gloss, and dessert fit for a queen. Please call 586-751-0770 to register for this event.

Saturday, February 9, 1.00 p.m.

Join us for a Fancy Nancy Soiree! We'll read one of Fancy Nancy's new books, make a fancy pocketbook, and eat some fancy food. Remember to dress in your fanciest clothes! (Tiaras are welcome!)

R.S.V.P. to 586-751-0770

(Ages 6 and up)

Test your faerie knowledge, dress a Sprite, transform into a Wood Elf, and more! Be sure to wear red and turn your clothes inside out to repel faeries. We'll have a trivia contest and hand out trading cards.

If you're willing to enter the world of fantasy, call 586-751-0770.

Movies at the Warren Civic Center Library

Starting January 5th, the Warren Civic Center Library will offer free movies in the Teen Room (2.00 pm) and the Storytime Room (11.00 am).

Please call the library for titles.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Free Genealogy Workshops

The following free genealogy workshops are being offered at the Miller Branch Library (5460 Arden, between 13 & 14 Mile, West of Mound):

Introduction to Genealogy
Monday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.

Using Personal Ancestral File software
Monday, March 17, 7:00 p.m.

Registration is required. Call 586-751-5377 to register.

Scrapbooking For 'Tweens & Teens

A free scrapbooking class is being offered for 'tweens and teens at the Miller Branch Library (5460 Arden, between 13 & 14 Mile, west of Mound). It is designed for ages 9 and up but parents are welcome to join in as well. Various topics will be presented each month along with hands-on activities. Please bring photographs. Paper, stickers, and other scrapbooking supplies will be provided. Registration is required. Call 586-751-5377 to register.
January 28, February 25, March 17, 2008
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Winter Storytimes at the Warren Public Library

The Warren Public Library is offering 3 different storytimes for children this winter.

Book Tots is for children ages 1 to 2 1/2 years old with a parent or caregiver. It is a short storytime for the very young toddler, and includes stories, rhymes, songs, and a time to play.
Miller Branch Library (5460 Arden, between 13 & 14 Mile, West of Mound)
Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m.
Fridays @ 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
Registration is required and begins January 8, 2008. Call 586-751-5377 to register. Warren residents accepted first.

Toddler Time is for children ages 2 & 3 years old with a parent or caregiver. It is a storytime for toddlers that includes stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.
Civic Center Library (1 City Square, off of Van Dyke, between 12 & 13 Mile)
Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m.
Registration is required and begins January 8, 2008. Call 586-751-0770 to register. Warren residents accepted first.

Preschool Storyhour is for children ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old. It is a storytime designed for the independent listener and includes stories, songs, rhymes and a craft.
Burnette Branch Library (22005 Van Dyke, between 8 & 9 Mile)
Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m.
Registration is required and begins January 8, 2008. Call 586-758-2115 to register. Warren residents accepted first.