Ages 18+.

Consumer Auto Mania

The 2007 Consumer Reports Annual April Auto Issue is now at the library. All locations have non-circulating copies.

This issue is jam-packed with lists of the best & worst vehicles for reliability, owner satisfaction, fuel economy, and performance.

As well as sections on:

The best vehicles for under $25,000.

Ratings for 258 recently tested vehicles.

Profiles of 250 models including pricing, reliability, and specifications.

Crash-test ratings and safety equipment for 250 vehicles.

The ten top picks of the year.



Hear a podcast and see photos of the March 7 clearing of the ash trees from the construction site of the new branch library at Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway on The Environment Report of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium on National Public Radio.

On Wed., March 7, Rex and Andy, two beautiful, black draft horses, pulled dead ash logs from the construction site of the new branch. The event was covered by Lester Graham, producer of The Environment Report. The purpose of the horses' work was threefold: they had much less of an impact on the forest floor than machinery; the wood Rex and Andy hauled will be used as building material and support beams in the new branch library; and the visible support beams will serve as a valuable environmental lesson of the devastation of the emerald ash borer. Nice work, boys!

Movie Bits - Noble Danger!

It's late 1700 and the American and French Revolutions are churning. It's pure danger to be French and Noble. Two visually sumptuous, movingly acted, and award winning movies, set in revolutionary France are in the Library Collections. Marie Antoinette was drawn from Antonia Fraser's novel Marie Antoinette: The Journey, which is a new view on an historical story. For pure fiction that takes place in the same setting, remember Oscar-winning movie Dangerous Liaisons.

Movie Bits - 1950s Hollywood

Do you like mystery? Do you like noir? Do you like stories perfectly set in history? Two excellent movies in the Library Collections, are based on true stories. Both stories happened in 1950s Hollywood, and both are unsolved cases. The Black Dahlia is pitch-perfect film noir, based on the unsolved murder of a young actress. Imagine Guy Noir, no humor, just serious fedora, shadows and cigarette smoke. A great companion piece is Hollywoodland which is the mystery surrounding the death of the original TV Superman, George Reeves.

Inventor? Entrepreneur? Investor? Check out the New Enterprise Forum


If you have an invention you are trying to market you might consider connecting with the New Enterprise Forum to network with other inventors, investors and entrepreneurs. The Forum will be hosting an event on Thursday, March 15 at 5:45 at the Holiday Inn North Campus (3600 Plymouth Rd.)The featured speakers, Hugo Braun, of North Coast Technology Investors, and Rajesh Kothari of Seneca Partners, will discuss "Perspectives on the Investor/Entrepreneur Relationship." The program is free to members and $20.00 for non-members. The organization's mission is "to link entrepreneurs with management expertise, joint venture partners, business services, capital and other critical resources."

National Book Critics Circle Awards Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has a blog, Critical Mass. Since the announcement of the nominees in January most of the nominated titles have been written up on the blog. The write-ups are well worth reading.

The winners are:

Fiction: The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
The NBCC write-up

Autobiography: The Lost: a Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelsohn
The NBCC write-up

Nonfiction: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution by Simon Schama

Many "Curious Incidents"

Mark Haddon, author of the wildly popular Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has written a second book, A Spot of Bother about a family in the midst of chaos. Haddon, however, manages to make their trials quite funny even while dealing with serious subjects like cancer, extra-marital affairs and homosexuality. George Hall, father of the on-again, off-again future bride, Katie, is convinced he has cancer when he discovers a skin irritation, the "spot of bother" on his hip. He plummets into a deep depression characterized by cowering on the floor or hiding in the "loo." Jean, meanwhile, is having an affair with one of George's former business partners. And Jamie, George's gay son, is pining away for lost love, Tony. Nearly farcical, Haddon's novel manages to make all these bumbling characters look all too human. Not as insightful as his first, this story may either strike you as fluff or a comic riff on family dynamics.

Jhumpa Lahiri's "The Namesake" in theaters today!

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake has being turned into a feature film and is in theaters today. It will begin playing at the Michigan Theater March 30th. This article on NPR provides an excerpt from the book and insight into the movie. Check out Fox Searchlight's official movie page for reviews, video excerpts and trailers.

Daughtry is No Fluke

Daughtry by Daughtry has reclaimed the number one position on the Billboard 200 Chart. Maybe Chris Daughtry should have won the recent competition over Taylor Hicks whose cd Taylor Hicks has not reached one million in sales and not done as well on the Billboard Chart.

High Profile

Looking for something to read? Look no further. Parker has been turning them out for decades and he's as good as ever. Great reviews for his latest High Profile.
Parkers is well known for the mid 1980's television mystery series featuring the private-eye Spenser who operated out of Boston.

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