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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Oak Park Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Oak Park Library are holding a Used Book Sale in April.
On April 13th, from 6:30-8:30 is Members Only Preview Night - you can buy a membership at the door.
Thursday, April 14, hours are 10am-8pm. Friday and Saturday hours are 10am-5pm. Saturday, April 16, is Bag Day; get everything that fits in the bag for $4.
Sunday, April 17, remaining items are free - 1-2 for members, 2-4 - everyone.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Radio and TV personality Colleen Burcar

Colleen Burcar to Speak at the Rochester Hills Public Library

Colleen Burcar, a radio and TV personality in the Detroit area for many years, including two decades with Dick Purtan, will discuss her books at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Burcar was a columnist for the Detroit News and has authored numerous books on the state of Michigan, including Michigan Curiosities and her latest, It Happened in Michigan. Her presentation will cover some of the remarkable events that are part of Michigan's rich history including the Orphan Train, Japanese balloon bombs, the most devastating school disaster ever recorded, and William Beaumont's unsurpassed medical discovery of 1822. She'll also include a wide range of the state's most interesting curiosities from a place you can kiss a moose for good luck to a baffling country road that pulls your car backwards uphill. After the presentation, books will be available for purchase.

Registration is required and open to those with a Rochester Hills Public library card. To register go to the Events Calendar at or call 248-656-2900. The Rochester Hills Public Library is located in downtown Rochester two blocks east of Main Street off of University Drive on Olde Towne Road. For more information, please call 248-650-7124.


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Thursday, March 24, 2011

The curious world of men

Mich. Author Releases Second in 'Sixth World of Men' Series

Michigan author Walter E. Mark releases "Paths of Intimate Contention," the second volume in his Sixth World of Men series.

In the story, Degmer just knows that Neaotomo had done something to Laysa while she was away. Then she sees how nicely Neaotomo is treating Laysa and how rudely he is treating her. Could Laysa really be cooperating with Neaotomo as he says?

But Degmer's puzzle is only one of the riddles that must be solved by the people of Kosundo. Degmer must choose a side. Her life depends on this decision, just as every life in Kosundo depends on the decisions that they all must now make.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by or

Mark taught high school for twenty years before retiring and starting a second career in a technical field. He was first encouraged to write as a junior high student in Ohio and has written several short stories intended for his students' enjoyment. He currently resides in New Boston, Michigan, with his wife, Wendy, and his two children, Winona and Ben.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Thaddeus McCotter: A Cry for Sanity

Wilmington — He's "the only elected official smart enough and hip enough to beat the Left at its own game" (Andrew Breitbart); he's "the next big thing" (S. E. Cupp); he has "the most trenchant voice on Capitol Hill" (John Batchelor); he "brilliantly resuscitates our most endangered constitutional principles: limited government and individual freedom" (Monica Crowley).
He's U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter—and his wise, refreshingly straight-shooting message is exactly what we need in our troubled, dangerous times. In a wise, often wry new book, Seize Freedom! (ISI Books, February 21, 2011), McCotter makes a spirited cry for sanity in a chaotic age.
Fearlessly attacking the insanity that pervades WashingtonSeize Freedom! speaks to all those Americans who in November stood up against a government that—under both parties—has swollen to grotesque proportions, racked up staggering debt, and become a threat to individuals' freedom; to all those parents suffering sleepless nights worrying that they will lose their jobs, their homes, and their hopes for their children; to all those citizens struggling to make sense of a society disdainful of—and destructive to—the traditional culture of faith, truth, virtue, and beauty.
McCotter confronts a quartet of generational challenges that too many leaders ignore or belittle:
·         The social, economic, and political upheavals of globalization: McCotter points the way to a free, prosperous, and humane twenty-first-century economy
·         A world war against evil enemiesSeize Freedom! shows why we are engaged not in a War on Terror but in a War for Freedom
·         Communist China as a strategic threat and rival model of governance: The author explains how the United States must contain this repressive, expansionist regime
·         Moral relativism's erosion of our self-evident truths: McCotter reveals why faith, family, community, and country remain cornerstones of America's greatness
Bold, incisive, and witty, Seize Freedom! is the guide for those concerned citizens and committed conservatives who wish to put an end to the ideologues' simplistic solutions and false comforts. Thaddeus McCotter has charted the path of truth and renewal for America.

Thaddeus G. McCotter is the U.S. representative for Michigan's Eleventh District. He has written for the American Spectator, the Detroit NewsHuman Events, Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood, and many other publications, and is a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and The Dennis Miller Show. McCotter, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit and earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit Law School, lives in his hometown of Livonia, Michigan, with his wife, their three children, and his Stratocaster.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book for children of military parents

New Children's Book Especially for Young Military Children
Lily Hates Goodbyes, a full color storybook for young military children grappling with
deployment separations, is now available. The book helps children safely express their
sometimes scary emotions, feel connected to the absent parent, and find ways to be happy while
waiting for the joyful reunion.
Beaverton, OR - Mar 16, 2011 - Oregon author Jerilyn Marler recently released Lily Hates
Goodbyes, a full color storybook especially for military children who have to say goodbye to a
parent for about a billion days. The book helps children and parents talk about the sometimes
scary emotions associated with separations, suggests ways to help the child and absent parent
feel connected across the miles, and reminds the child that a joyful reunion is ahead. Lily Hates
Goodbyes is illustrated by Nathan Stoltenberg of Seattle, Washington.


The United Through Reading® Military Program selected Lily Hates Goodbyes for their reading
list. Deployed service members make a video recording while reading a book aloud to their
child. The DVD is sent to the child, who can watch and listen to the parent and read along. The
child and the service member stay connected through the shared stories; the at-home spouse feels
supported and connected; and the feedback to the deployed parent boosts morale. "This is such a
natural fit," said Jerilyn Marler. "The United Through Reading® Military Program and I share
the same focus - the emotional well-being of military children. I am honored that the program
includes my book."


Jerilyn Marler wrote the story for her four-year-old granddaughter Lily who was reeling from the
pain of her dad's time away in the Navy. Lily would run from the room rather than talk about
what she was feeling. The book provided a third person to talk about. Book Lily was mad. Book
Lily was sad. Suddenly it wasn't so scary for real Lily to talk about those feelings. Lily asked to
read the book over and over. As a result, Lily is more at ease with her emotions, knows that it's
safe to say whatever she feels, knows that her mom will be there steadfastly and lovingly through
it all, and that there is a joyful reunion coming with dad.


"When Lily asked me to sing her the book, I knew that it was really reaching her. I decided to
publish it in hopes that it will help other children through the long, difficult separations," said
Jerilyn Marler. She chose to self-publish in order to make the book available as quickly as
About the book:
Lily Hates Goodbyes by Jerilyn Marler
ISBN: 978-1460960707
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: March 8, 2011
Pages: 32
S.R.P.: $6.95
About the author:
Jerilyn Marler's 30 year writing career has included educational materials for Alaska elementary
schools; writing three books about WordPerfect for MIS:Press, an imprint of Henry Holt
Publishers; editing dozens of books for technical publishers; editing a children's book, a medical
text book, and book on divorce at the same time; and writing/editing end user documentation for
multiple high tech products. Lily Hates Goodbyes is her first children's book as author.



Friday, March 11, 2011

Lawrence Tech book sale

The Lawrence Technological University Library's annual used book sale will be held Monday through Saturday, March 14-19, at 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.  Hours of the sale will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.


There are approximately 2,500 items and this year there is a strong selection in fiction as well as the standard areas of business, science, technology, social studies, art, literature, and computers. Most of the books are in excellent condition and include items donated to the library that are duplicates or do not fit the library's collection plan. 


Because the library staff wants to put these books into people's hands, it will continue the great "can't say no" prices of past years: $1 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks except for specially priced sets. 


For further information, contact the library staff at (248) 204-3000 or


Lawrence Tech's library is located on the lowest level of the Buell Management Building, one flight below the atrium level. There is ample parking available in the adjacent "C" parking lot, which is on the Northwestern Highway side of the campus.  Enter from 10 Mile Road, or from the southbound Northwestern Highway service drive, west of Evergreen Road. 


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Scientific Revolution

BLOOD WORK tells the riveting tale of early blood transfusion, and explains how the panic it unleashed still ripples through our world today.


A notorious madman, a renegade physician, a murder that remained unsolved for over three centuries--the true story one of the world's first blood transfusions in 17th century France  is the stuff of page-turner fiction. In her new book, BLOOD WORK: A TALE OF MEDICINE AND MURDER IN THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION (W.W. Norton, March 2011, hardcover) Holly Tucker reveals the bizarre true tale for the first time.


In 1667 physician Jean-Baptiste Denis transfused calf's blood into Antoine Mauroy, an infamous madman who was known to tear through the streets of Paris naked and screaming. With this, Denis, a brash physician with a taste for the limelight, enraged both the elite doctors who wanted to perform the first animal-to-human blood transfusion themselves and powerful conservatives who believed he was toying with forces of nature that he didn't understand. It only got worse when just days after the experiment, Mauroy was dead, and Denis was framed for murder. A trial ensued and Denis became a kind of 17th century Dr. Kevorkian, a stubborn man of science who held the public spellbound and reveled in controversy.


Meticulously researched and vividly detailed, BLOOD WORK, transports us back to 17th century France and--finally--closes the case on who really killed Mauroy.


Animal-to-human transfusion was then on the cutting-edge of medicine. In an era in which superstition sparred with science, transfusion was also a flashpoint for controversy. Conservative camps in Catholic France, including King Louis XIV's Academy of Sciences, railed against transfusion and predicted that before long animal-human hybrids would walk among us. Ambitious scientists fumed at being held back by retrograde forces who would choke the progress of science. A confused public feared that they would be crushed by cosmic backlash or social upheaval.


In BLOOD WORK Tucker not only tells a riveting tale, but explains how the same tensions that rocked 17th century French society remain alive today. "In many ways the Scientific Revolution has never ended," she says. Tucker is available for interview. Here is just some of what she can discuss.


* How Antoine Mauroy's wife and two zealous anti-transfusion activists carried out Mauroy's murder to discredit the work of Denis. One of whom, Henri-Martin de la Martinière, was a former pirate who believed God had called him on a mission to stop transfusion. She'll also reveal how she unearthed the conspiracy in a long-forgotten letter.


* How the current debate about stem cell research and our fears that genomic science will lead to cloning and "made-to-order" babies show that we still grapple with the same issues and anxieties that confronted 17th century Europe.


* Pig-faced women and barking men: How the anti-tranfusionist movement used the specter of animal-human hybrids to gain support and stir fear.


* The trials of Dr. Denis: how he prevailed in his murder trial, and how his humble origins-and arrogance-helped to make him a target for the French elite.


* How and why blood transfusion began again 150 years after it was banned.


* How blood transfusion remained a controversial procedure well in the 20th century. Tucker will discuss the American Red Cross's 1941 decision to refuse blood from African-American donors and the blood segregation programs that remained in place until the 1970s in some southern states.


Holly Tucker is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University's Center for Medicine, Health & Society and the Department of French & Italian. Her research focuses on the history of medicine. She writes for publications including the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, New Scientist, and Christian Science Monitor. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Oakland's Literacy Council news

Oakland Literacy Council Celebrates READING FOR ADULTS with the Auburn Hills Public Library
Tuesday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Auburn Hills Public Library, Large Meeting Room
Help us celebrate Reading for Adults as the Oakland Literacy Council (OLC) and the Auburn Hills Public Library join together to present an informative look at where to find free books online, ideas for book discussions for literacy and ESL students, reading comprehension resources and much more.  We will demonstrate Rosetta Stone for English and you will be able to sample recipes from the locally acclaimed OLC cookbook.  
OLC tutors and their students are welcome, as well as anyone interested in learning more about what the Oakland Literacy Council and the Auburn Hills Public Library can do for you.  If you are interested in becoming an OLC tutor, information will be available as well.  
Don't miss out on the fun (and yes, there will be a raffle drawing for an OLC cookbook!).
Please RSVP to the Oakland Literacy Council (248) 253-1617 by Friday March 11, 2011.  If you have any questions you may contact the Oakland Literacy Council or the Auburn Hills Public Library (248) 364-6706.  The Library is located at the corner of Squirrel and University Roads in Auburn Hills.