A shy young man flies across the Atlantic, becomes a hero and develops a dangerous interest in eugenics and Nazi Germany. Babe Ruth, an extraordinary athlete, makes major league baseball respectable. Horrible floods in the Midwest and the South bring Herbert Hoover into national prominence and create the need for government assistance. A domestic murder creates tabloid frenzy. Four powerful world bankers meet in secret on Long Island and set the stage for the Great Depression. Bill Bryson brings these and other events into focus in this very readable history.
It can’t be just a coincidence that American Heart Month is held in February. As many people focus their hearts on Valentine’s Day, the American Heart Association reminds us to be aware of our heart health and the risks of cardiovascular disease. The library has many great materials on the topic of heart health if you would like more information. For a little more “lighthearted” fare, feel free to check out one of our romantic comedies on DVD.
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George Washington's Birth Anniversary
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George Washington, the general of the continental army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States of America was born February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Va. Often referred to as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”, Washington was the best man to lead our infant nation into its next chapter. If you would like to learn more about our nation’s first president stop by and check out a biography about him or a DVD about the American Revolution.
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Library Lovers' Month
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All of us love the library and don’t need a reason to visit, but did you know that February is Library Lovers’ Month? Whether its checking out a book or DVD, attending a program, or using the library’s digital resources, whatever you use the library for is appreciated and important to us. Next time you are in the library stop by and tell us how much you love it!
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Coffee & Conversation
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Winter is here but spring is fast approaching, so take the time to stop by the library and grab a hot cup of coffee. The library offers you the opportunity for "Coffee & Conversation" on the third Friday of every month. Coming up on February 21st, March 21st, and April 18th, stop by the library at 10a.m. for a cup of java and the opportunity to chat with some great and interesting people. See you there!
There are no scheduled closings for the month of February.
Check out the Friends Second Saturday Sales coming up on February 8 and March 8! These sales are offered each month from 9:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. The first hour is open to members only. Not a Friends member? Memberships are very affordable and available on our website, at the door on the day of the sale or pick up a membership form at the Welcome Desk the next time you visit the Bloomfield Township Public Library.
An engaging mystery/thriller set in Michigan as Hamilton's books usually are. It's part of the Alex McKnight series, but it seems to me it can stand on its own. Alex is a wounded former Detroit cop who lives in the Upper Peninsula, and, the story aside, it's fun reading about Michigan's nooks and crannies. When a plane lands at a remote airport (Newberry, MI) and botched drug deals go down, five bodies are left behind. At the same time, Alex's good friend Vinnie, an Ojibway Indian, goes missing. As usual, Alex bends the rules trying to find out what happened to his friend hoping it is not related to the dead bodies.
This biography of the American novelist, travel writer, and journalist is not a quick read, but it is certainly fascinating. As someone who recognizes the people, places, and events Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998) lived, I enjoyed learning more about them and her attitude towards these people, places, and events. Martha Gellhorn was a woman before her time, a supporter of independence for herself and other women as well as a lover of men, both literally and emotionally.
First of a wonderful series about Flavia De Luce, accomplished chemist, amateur detective, and extremely intelligent 11 year old girl, one of three accomplished daughters being raised by English widower in 1950. The estate is in serious financial trouble because Flavia's mother Harriet disappeared while rock climbing 10 years before without a will, and her father, once a prisoner of war, immerses himself in stamps rather than finances. In each novel, Flavia tells the story and helps solve murders while trying to figure out why her older sisters, all busy upholding the standards of British society, dislike her so much. Think Edith Crawley (Downton Abbey) if she were a young girl and very interested in poisons.
An incredibly lyrical, beautifully written novel about people in a small town in Haiti and how their lives intertwine. When Claire goes missing on her 7th birthday, all those who know her and look for her reveal their own stories, sad and hopeful. As each story is told, we understand more about each person and how they are part of the community.
This book is a collection of very different short-stories with quirky main characters and sometimes dystopic themes. The author really lets you inside of the character's minds, which is what I enjoyed the most. Easy reading since it is chopped into small sections, but some of the stories were so interesting that I wish they were made into full novels.