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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

League of Woman Voters Candidate Forum Conjurs up Ghosts of Halloween Past.

 And a few firsts like the first Forum in recent memory to to be held at Prime Time. In the past  the Our Forum had to compete with rush hour traffic and the dinner hour.  Apparently  someone at one told the league that our senior residents  were usually ready for bed at six pm and the information stuck.
Another first was the length of an hour and a half. Usually we get just an hour. An other new wrinkle was  the addition  a of the Literature table where attendees could pick up  brochures  or puff  pieces  the candidates write about them selves. Attendees were invited to take home with them. It is not known  if anyone did.
The Crypt however was blown wide open on the first question of the evening of the  evening which was the  did any of the candidates see a rapprochement with The Township Library in the foreseeable future. The answer was no in no uncertain terms.
 the Baldwin Library has been a good fit for the City all agreed  providing  usage information when requested and making it clear to both Cities that  library belongs to the City of Birmingham and therefore upgrades and what not are the responsibility of the owners not the  contract  communities  who use it as  more or less renters.
Almost a decade before it was the township who wished to raise its rates  through  the stratosphere to cover their equally high remodel costs and would not provide sage information to justify such an increase.
What is little known is that City Commission paid the Township  library dues for the residents when they were in the bounds of reason. The money came from the General Fund And the City could not afford to pay what the Township Library was asking. So the City went dark and stayed that way for  a couple of years. 
Knowing how much the residents  liked the library money was even set aside in case  The Township Library come to its senses.
Enter the Troy library and the Ghosts of City Managers past. The City Manager' Duties include gate keeping, and keeping the Ghosts out.  But there are exceptions to every rule and the man from the  Troy Library was one of of such. The Troy Library would sell annual Library privileges to residents  our City for a mere $100 a household.
If every household wanted one the cost would be $15000. Cheap But it good better. Despite the City'offer to pay the hundred dollar fee there were few takers.  The highest estimates  were
less than 200 and easy to monitor when the City dispensed checks   to the small numbers who requested refund checks which prompted  the question couldn't those who wanted to use the Township  Library go there and pay the costs associated with such members  and receive the benefits of said.That is how it works in America right ?
 Maybe but not exactly. So two  residents of our CITY went to court to determine the exact boundaries of not exactly. The case went all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court it was ruled that  people had the right to visit the library, and use the library  on the premises. The Court also ruled that  it would not  force  libraries to loan books or sell it's services.
A Spit decision. When you are in a public Library In Michigan  you are entitled to be there by rights articulated   by Michigan  Supreme Court  in  a case taken there by Bloomfield Hills Residents Mr.Goldstein and  was represented fellow Bloomfield Resident,  Attorney Robert Toohey. Ther efforts   provide   you with the half you can use but not the part you can not.  If you want to change that in Michigan I suppose you start with the State's Supreme Court. In our City  we  have found  what works and is affordable and that is priceless.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More new titles from The Baldwin Library

This collection presents characters in the midst of personal and national crises. We meet a failed poet who, envious of other people's wealth during the real-estate bubble, becomes an embezzler; a clavichordist whose dreams of art collapse under the obligations of marriage and fatherhood; and, in "Bronze," a sexually confused college freshman whose encounter with a stranger on a train leads to a revelation about his past and his future.

Bailey Ruth finds herself comforting a distraught sister when she's sent to Adelaide, Oklahoma, on her latest mission. Susan Gilbert receives a $100,000 ransom demand for her younger sibling. When the caller wants Susan to pay a visit to her wealthy boss and take the cash from his safe, Bailey Ruth follows Susan to the home. But she finds herself in a quandary, knowing that robbery is hardly a Heavenly pursuit. While Susan waits to hear back from the kidnappers, Bailey Ruth attempts to piece together how the criminals targeted Susan and how they know about her boss's money. At a luncheon the previous week, Susan's boss asked her to open the safe so all the attendees knew it was filled with cash. Could one of the rich man's closest confidants be behind the abduction? Bailey Ruth is positive she can use her detective skills to figure out which luncheon guest arranged the kidnapping. But an unexpected twist in the case soon has Bailey Ruth seeking a murderer who has plans to send more victims to the great beyond.

Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career with the Ziegfeld Follies, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub, she chances to meet Dexter Styles again, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have vanished.

Merry Smith is pretty busy these days. She's taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry's well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her--minus her photo--and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl. Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects--or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot.

It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Baldwin Library Hosts Family Story Times at the Birmingham Museum
BIRMINGHAM, MI (September 27, 2017) – Every month, the Birmingham Museum opens up their 1822 Hunter House to host an evening family story time along with the Baldwin Public Library. Upcoming family story times include “Nocturnal Animals” on Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. and “Teddy Bears” on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
The cozy parlor of the oldest home in Birmingham is the perfect spot to unwind as Baldwin Public Library youth librarian Maeve Devlin reads books, sings songs, repeats rhymes and fingerplays, and leads movement activities. Story times not only foster a love of reading, but they also teach children valuable social skills like following directions, sharing, and interacting with others. It encourages children to get involved in the story they’re hearing and motivates them to want to read more.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the Baldwin Library for our story time series,” said Birmingham Museum Program Assistant Caitlin Donnelly. “For many young children and their families, this is their very first visit to the museum and it gives us a chance to show off our facility and the different programs that we have.”
The Birmingham Museum is located at 556 West Maple. Exhibit hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Two hours of free parking is available at the Chester Street Parking Deck; credit card required for entry and exit.  For more information, call 248-530-1928 or visit Museum admission is $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors.  Kids 5 and under and Friends of the Birmingham Museum members are free.

New from The Baldwin Library

Daniel Graham MacCormick--Mac for short--seems to have a pretty good life. At age thirty-five he's living in Key West, owner of a forty-two-foot charter fishing boat, The Maine. Mac served five years in the Army as an infantry officer with two tours in Afghanistan. He returned with the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, scars that don't tan, and a boat with a big bank loan. Truth be told, Mac's finances are more than a little shaky. One day, Mac is sitting in the famous Green Parrot Bar in Key West, contemplating his life, and waiting for Carlos, a hotshot Miami lawyer heavily involved with anti-Castro groups. Carlos wants to hire Mac and The Maine for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba at the standard rate, but Mac suspects there is more to this and turns it down. The price then goes up to two million dollars, and Mac agrees to hear the deal, and meet Carlos's clients--a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega, and a mysterious older Cuban exile, Eduardo Valazquez. What Mac learns is that there is sixty million American dollars hidden in Cuba by Sara's grandfather when he fled Castro's revolution. With the "Cuban Thaw" underway between Havana and Washington, Carlos, Eduardo, and Sara know it's only a matter of time before someone finds the stash--by accident or on purpose. And Mac knows if he accepts this job, he'll walk away rich.

In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London's Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn't speak. Only with the help of a local pharmacist acting as translator can Monk hope to penetrate this tightly knit enclave, even as more of its members fall victim to identical brutal murders. But whoever the killer, or killers, may be--a secret society practicing ritual sacrifice, a madman on a spree, a British native targeting foreigners--they are well hidden among the city's ever-growing populace. Racing time and the rising tide of terror all around him, Monk must be even more relentless than the mysterious killer, or the echoes of malice and murder will resound through London's streets like a clarion of doom.

After twelve years of wrestling with the conflicts of retirement, Father Tim Kavanagh realizes he doesn't need a steady job to prove himself. Then he's given one--but what, exactly, does it prove? Meanwhile, newly married Dooley and Lace face a crisis that empties their bank account and turns their household upside down. Is the honeymoon over? Is this where real life begins? As the Mitford Muse editor stumbles on a quick fix for marital woes and the town grocer falls in love for the first time, Father Tim and Cynthia receive an invitation to yet another family wedding. But perhaps the bottom line is this: While a star blinks out in the Mitford firmament, another soon blinks on at Meadowgate, and four-year-old Jack Tyler looks forward to the biggest day of his life--for now and forever. Jan Karon weaves together the everyday lives of two families, and the cast of characters that readers around the world now love like kin.

Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI's Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe's great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life.