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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bloomfield Hills School Board Election Which Has Hardly Begun is Half Over.

Exactly 42 days ago on Tuesday August 14th the School Board election began.  That was exactly six weeks ago. Election Day  is Tuesday November 6th which oddly enough is exactly six weeks or 42 days from Today.

Einstein said time is relative and  who are we to argue ?  If you can agree with the date on the top of this page being the current date, the time sequences  below is described are  accurate. If  your conception of  the correct date is later than the date listed above then the situation is even more critical and perhaps desperate than described.


 In elections dates are important. That's because time is important. Elections last for certain finite peroids of time and time runs out. In many respects time is more important than money or volunteers. You can make do with a lack of funds and work around a lack of helpers. Time however  is absolute. Especially in a low budget campaign where even "free" methods of voter contact like shoe leather, shanks mare, and unlimited local calls telephone plans, require time. The time to say hello, the time to walk to a door and ring the bell, and time to dial the number correctly. When month's become weeks and then days panic sets in .


The Candidates started with 12 weeks or slightly more than three months to make their case to the voters. Do you know of any who have done so  ? Did you receive a flyer in the mail box  or something stuck under a windshield wiper blade from any of the school board six ?

We thought not and the candidates themselves have been adept at thinking of reasons why not. In August it was sweltering and conventional  wisdom said wait until Labor Day. Then there was the long Labor Day weekend. and after that the whole business about the "2" election.  School Board members Joan  Berndt, and Rob Herner were  running against each other in  the same election.Something had to be done and One Bloomfield United was the one to do it. Since it's inception OBU has been a strong supporter of the School Board and the Bond Issue passage . OBU members believe they played a major roll in the latter and thus helped re-unite a divided community.


After Labor Day candidate Berndt (pronounced Bear Ant)  e-mailed OBU  and suggested  that OBU  host a candidate  forum  and  pick a candidate to endorse and perhaps support. OBU later sent Berndt and Herner  correspondence requesting a meeting. The tone suggested  that they were not looking for someone to support but someone to drop out. In a  cordial hour long meeting  OBU could find no one willing to fall n their sword. Both candidates did however take the opportunity to suggest that  OBU hold a candidate'as forum to determine a candidate to support.

Eventually OBU decided it would support neither provided both stayed in the race.Now the decision may be changing. It is unclear whether that decision was billed as a final decision or a temporary one. Both viewpoints have their supports. The following piece published on the OBU web site whose web address is noted below seems to indicate a possible endorsement may be coming. OBU Brandon Kaufman is  a friend of many in then Press for his articles in the Patch, his Public Comments at Board meetings , and his accessibly. He  did not deny the possibility of an endorsement. when we got his permission to copy the below piece here. He did say however that the dynamic of OBU was that of the group meaning one should not attach to much to what one individual said. Or that an individual opinion could not be construed to represent all of OBU.


Not  be critical  but if  an endorsement is that is the group's decision, which some have said will be announced next week, that is a month lost to candidates  Berndt and Herner. Divide the number of contacts and calls that could have been made by three you get the picture of what was lost. Even in the other school election some candidates seemed on hold waiting to see how the stars would align.

Is OBU is that important or it a just a facade ? At this time last year 20/20 was very important and their leader Jenny Greenwell who seeks the seat same seat as school board members  Berndt and  Herner, organized a widely publicized  petition drive to recall the entire school board. It failed without recalling any members.
What is curious now a year later  why OBU makes Berndt and Herner the political  football. Aren't all three on the same team?Isn't the Jenny the enemy ?

An endorsement is a late in the game,is a gamble that either Berndt or Herner is the better candidate to defeat Greenwell.

It can also be seen as the classic military mistake  of dividing your forces before the battle.

OBU seems to think that Berdt and Herner will split their vote which  means that it wasn't very strong to begin with. Last May approximately 7500 people voted. Roughly 5000 for the bond issue and  2500 against. Some of OBU  believe that portends a three candidate  split. That analysis doesn't consider that is a Presidential election year and the vote total will be much higher.It is very possible that with the right support Herner and Berndt could amass voters at better at margin significantly greater than 2 to 1 . Thats because two people will be touting the school board and covering  a large area quicker than one candidate. Sure on election day the voter must decide whether Berndt or Herner will better serve the mission but the tandem should easily out poll Jenny at margins greater than 2 to 1.

Three of the six candidates  running for the board represent in various degrees  "change" That should  tell somebody something.The three are Howard Baron,  Jenny Greenwell  and W.F. Moigis .Earlier  Greenwell  was elected to complete a school Board term before losing in a re-election.


Berndt, a 2011  appointee l has been active in School District related activities for  30 plus years So has Greenwell.. Berdt ran for the board and lost in 1976. Both Berndt and Greenwell  were teachers.Berndt is conservative but pragmatic and open minded.

Ingrid Day and Herner as officers of the old board  are doctrinaire. Day the  current Board President was first elected in 2007. Herner as secretary  was appointed in 2010 and this is his first board election.

Voters would be wise to attend the League of Women Voters Forum on Tuesday October 2nd at the Doyle Center.

Then  it is believed that perhaps within daysOne Bloomfield United will make an endorsement or decline to do so. It is expected that when the decision is made an explanation of how the decision was made will be provided.

 It is anticipated that neither Berndt or Herner will drop out.

For some the stars will now be in line but woe to he or she who waited for the evening astronomy lesson , instead of making hay when the sun shines. And a reminder to all that November means darkness at 5pm.

Last but not least since it is now 7:32 pm on September 25th,  and the 2012 November 6th Election School Board Election is now more than  half over.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

November 6th Election Sample Ballot for the City of Bloomfield Hills

There will be three ballots published in the City of  Bloomfield Hills Hills for the 2012 Presidential Election  and state and local issues. The one  below below is for the Precinct 1  the city's largest which will vote in the Bloomfield Hills School District. Precinct 2  will have two ballots similar to thePrecinct 1 . One will be for the residents of Precinct 2  residents who vote in the Bloomfield Hills Schools district and one will be for 
Precinct 2  residents who  vote in the Birmingham School Schools District. Both districts will be electing School Board  members this fall. Whenever there are multiple ballots in local elections the order the candidates are listed in, rotates in the various precincts. The Candidates running for Bloomfield Hills School Board will be listed in different order in the Precinct 1  and Precinct 2 (Bloomfield Hills Schools) ballots. This is to give each candidate (as much as possible) a fair rotation. In the case of the Birmingham Schools which will appear on only one ballot in our city, there is no rotation.

The Ballot for this November's election is considered a "long one." The various proposals are said to be particularly grueling. Luckily  they occur after important local races for State Rep and School Board Planning your vote in advance will help you be accurate and get done faster. Sample Ballots will be posted at the polling places and you can make a copy to take to the polling place with you  by clicking on the below links.

In races of particular local interest and importance  (Schools and State Representative to the Michigan House of Representatives for ours the 40th) we have indicated  their position on the ballot and provided a copy.For Precinct One  and Precinct 2 (Bloomfield Schools) Local School District  appears on page 2 left hand column, second item directly below  Board of Trustees for Oakland Community College,. There are two elections to vote in. The first is three  candidates seeking a six year term. You may vote for not more than two. The second is for candidates seeking a two year term. You may vote for only one.

Precinct 1Bloomfield Hills  Schools
Vote at City Hall 
Fire Station

Precinct 2 Birmingham Schools
Vote at a Congregational Church
Cranbrook Rd. and Woodward


Precinct 2 Birmingham Schools
Vote at a Congregational Church
Cranbrook Rd. and Woodward


State Representative 40th District.
This is person who will represent you and for that matter all of us in Lansing. Opposed to state legislation at removes restrictions from firework or guns in the public library ? The person you choose below will be your man in Lansing to get your views and take it the next level.  Choose wisely. It is an important office. So much so that it is on page 1 of the ballot, right hand column, fourth entry down after Straight Party Ticket, Presidential, and Congressional. The Candidates are Michael D. McCready (Republican), Dorian Coston (Democrat) and  Steve Burgis (Libertarian). The listing of the candidates in on this level does not rotate. They are listed in order of Party and that order with the three candidates is  Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian. You will see the same order in Straight Ballot and Presidential listings.
All precinct  in the 40th District





For our friends in Bloomfield Township and Birmingham we will print sample ballots listings for the school board elections as soon as we can obtain them. Then you be able to see how the candidates you are interested in are listed on the ballot.

For our friends in West Bloomfield who vote in the Bloomfield Hills School Districts (Precincts 13,16, and 17) We already have that information (The City Clerk's office in Wst Bloomfield Township is to congratulated) and we will be publishing it shortly.

And for all our friends in the 40th District  (Birmingham, City of Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and West Bloomfield) the ballot order for the race For State Representative will always be

In the order of the party just like the straight ticket  check off or Presidential.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Howard Baron, Ingrid Day, W.F.Moigis and the P-1 Voter.


Since the first Bloomfield Hills School Board Election does not as yet have a name we thought we would suggest one and that would be the “P1” election. P1 means” one personal preference “and it comes from research done on Radio listeners to determine what stations they listened to and for how long. Initially in the old days (say the last century) that was done by sending a controlled sample of the population diaries to be filled out with what stations they listened to. Many listeners wrote in their diaries that they only listened to one station. Stations were proud to claim a high percentage of  P1 listeners even though in the industry it was conceded that there were no such things.

Then came meters which replaced the diaries in the bigger markets. Meters resembled beepers, and were worn as such. The meters electronically noted whatever playing  radio the carrier came in contact with and for how long.

That changed everything. The man who  swore he listened only to WJR as also listened to Hip Hop when he went to the dry cleaners and his  clothes couldn't be found immediately.
 A “What day did you bring that in?” delay might have been long enough for him to hear a commercial or two. Consciously the man didn't know what hip hop was let alone say he was listening to it.  If one of the ads he heard while his clothes were being retrieved was for takeout food and the wife called him on his cell to suggest take out for dinner, the man without knowing why, was way ahead of her. Even if he was too old for the take out restaurant’s  target demographic. Even if asked at the restaurant “how did you hear about us?”  The man would not explain about mix up at the dry cleaners or their commercial on one of the kid’s radio stations.  He'd simply say “ we've been here before.” The man may not  have had any idea of all the subliminal implications a radio advertisement that played while he was hungry, wondering what was for dinner, and waiting for  his clothes would come around.

When the man came  home with the food and greeted his wife,  he wouldn't tell her to cease and desist
whatever it was she was listening to on the radio. Instead he would converse with her and without being aware  listen to another station he would swear he never listened to. Likewise with kids when they were in the car and pushing buttons on the radio. So much for the fallacy of the P1 listener.

Those who vote in the Bloomfield Hills School Board November 6th election will be knowledgeable about issues and quite possibly have a personal preference or two already in mind when they go the polls.  They will also have the option  to vote for no more than two of the three candidates. They don’t have to vote for two but they may if they desire. Three candidates and  EACH VOTER HAS TWO VOTES. That second vote is the key to figuring out the “P1” election and perhaps sending a message to School Board and School Administration as well.

It is expected that firs time Candidate  W.F. Moigis will bring fresh ideas and insights to the campaign. It is not expected that he will ( barring a Alf Landon Beats Franklin Roosevelt upset) win. If his message suits you and he is your first choice it would be foolish to cast a second vote for a better known rival which would effectively cancel out your first choice. By the same token you might vote for another but consider Moigis a complement to the board and vote for him as well.

Ingrid Day and Howard Baron are the favorites in this election and since two will be elected it is expected that they will be the top vote getters. Who is first and second can be seen as referendum between satisfaction and scrutiny. Who finishes first and who finishes second and the margin of victory, will be noted.
Votes for both Day and Baron could be a top combination. The P1 factor of who voted for just Ingrid or who voted for just Howard could decided who finishes first or second.

And like P-1’s everywhere,  as often as you ask, they probably couldn't tell you what will make up their mind for them on November 6th. That’s because even if they think they know, they really don’t until the pencil fills the oval or two ovals on that Tuesday in the P-1 election.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Help with eBooks and eReaders at the Baldwin Public Library


 Having trouble downloading eBooks to your Kindle, Nook, iPad or Android Tablet?  Stop by for the information you need to put your eReader to use with the Library’s vast eBook collection.  Free help is offered on a drop-in basis each Saturday in September, October and November from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Library’s lower level computer lab.

“This is a great opportunity to get some assistance with eBooks from the Library.  We have a lot to offer and are happy to help,” said Bart Gioia, Technology Trainer. 

To learn more about the Library’s eBook collection, visit www.baldwinlib.org/ebooks. 

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at www.baldwinlib.org

















































Baldwin New Titles 9/18/2012


Winter of the World by Ken Follett: Continues the stories of five interrelated families who struggle with social, political, and economic turmoil in the mid-twentieth century, during which they witness the rise of Nazi Germany, the Spanish Civil War, and the horrors of World War II. Check Availability



Severe Clear by Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington is in Bel-Air, overseeing the grand opening of the ultra-luxe hotel, The Arrington, built on the grounds of the mansion belonging to his late wife, Arrington Carter. The star-studded gala will be attended by socialites, royalty, and billionaires from overseas. and according to phone conversations intercepted by the NSA, it may also have attracted the attention of international terrorists. To ensure the safety of his guests--and the city of Los Angeles--Stone may have to call in a few favors from his friends at the CIA. Check Availability

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown:  Basing her bestselling novel on the night her older sister Susan was murdered on a stormy Memorial Day eighteen years earlier, Bellamy Lyston Price, writing under a pseudonym, becomes the target of an unnamed assailant who either wants the truth about Susan's murder to remain unknown or, even more threatening, is determined to get vengeance for a man wrongfully accused and punished. Check Availability

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD):  When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.





Cabin in the Woods (DVD): A rambunctious group of five college friends steal away for a weekend of debauchery in an isolated country cabin, only to be attacked by horrific supernatural creatures in a night of endless terror and bloodshed. As the teens begin to exhibit standard horror movie behavior, a group of technicians in a control room are scrutinizing and sometimes even controlling every move the terrified kids make. Do they have any chance of escape? Check Availability










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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Bloomfield Hills School Board "2" Election and How It Came to Be.

If you haven't heard any thing about the November 6th School Board Election in the last week or so you are not alone. It seems everyone in the words of one observer was "waiting for the outcome of the "2 election." drama. How dramatic was it ? Dramatic enough to give the election a name.
"2"  may indicate the number of  years  the winner will serve if elected or it may indicate the fact that two incumbent school members are running against each other. The name also address the fact that  on November 6th  voters residing in the Bloomfield Hills School District will vote in two elections.

Why exactly, is a good question because it should be very simple.Six candidates seek three seats on the school board. In theory there could be one election and the top three voter getters would be elected. Voters could choose between three incumbent board members, three challengers, or a combination of both.

Instead it is rather complicated and you can blame the Governor of the State of Michigan. Trying to determine what specific Governor further complicates the matter.The fine art of election consolidating which attempts to save money by eliminating elections goes back eight years or more. If elections can not be eliminated by combining, then the need for them can be lessened by prolonging the term of office. Or so  the theory goes. Recently the Governor of Michigan or ghosts of Governors past mandated six year terms for all state school board members. Public outcry (as a rule school systems with no power battles Lansing better than municipalities which have more power) prompted a revision in the mandate. School Boards could decide for themselves whether they want six or four year terms of office. By a voter of 4 to 2 with one abstention  the Bloomfield Hills voted recently for 4 year terms for future elections

In the first and as yet unnamed election  residents will vote for two of of three candidates seeking a six year term.The winners of this election to will the be first and last to serve a six year term in the Bloomfield Hills School District. Those candidates are Howard Baron, Ingrid Day, and W.F. Moigis. The reason voters cast two votes in this election is because two seats are vacant. Ingrid Day seeks re-election for hers and Rob Herner  "leaves"  his seat to be a challenger  for the interim seat (created when Kate Pettersen resigned) currently held by  Joan Berndt (pronounced Bear Ant) in the "2" election.

All three "2" candidates could have run for the longer term which will last until November 2018 but chose not to do so. The lengthy time requirements  is considered to be a factor in all three of the candidates decision.

That fact brings us back to the moniker given to the "2" election. There are more than a pair who would prefer to see two not three candidates running in the "2" election.










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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Andover Football Cancelled for Season

The Oakland Press reported this morning that Andover Barron Football Season had been cancelled the day before when only eleven players could dress for Tuesday's practice. Mike Cowdry Director of Athletics reported that 28 kids reported for the program initially but as of last Friday's game 16 where able to dress or play in the game. By Tuesday September 11th  the number had winded to 11. It is difficult to practice with  such a small number and with the the physical  demands of the game, with such numbers one  risks injury. Friday night's game with Ferndale is cancelled and Cowdry citing circumstances beyond control said, "My heart  goes to them (Ferndale).
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The Andover program has been touch and go since last October. 2011 was valorous season. The 2012 team continued the Barron's long tradition of football excellence and spirit to three games including the Battle of the Sword before  it became hopeless.

Next year all the Lahser and Andover football players will be playing for the New Bloomfield High School Black Hawks. In anticipation of that event two School Board candidates have adopted the Black Hawks Colors of  Purple, White, and Black Blue for their campaign.



Commissioners Dul, Hardy, McCready, Zambricki, and Mayor McClure choose to replace Annual City Election with Bi-annual Vote in November Odd Years Only.

In 426  days, exactly one year and two months from today, November 12th  2013,residents will again have the opportunity to vote on City Commissioners. Use the day wisely because you will not have the opportunity to vote again until November 10th 2015.

Thew absence of a vote in even number years means that residents will have no impact via the ballot box on an issue that arises or occurs in an even numbered year. One example would would the renewal of the contract with  the Baldwin Library which expires in 2014.

If it is to be renewed a millage vote would be required prior to the November. If for some reason perhaps cost cutting, the commission decided not renew the contract there would be nothing the residents could do about it in 2014 and most of 2015.

The election of  November of 2015 will be a most unusual election because the entire five member commission will be up for election. Two year terms are the law of the Cities Charter  but the work in the new bi-annual cycle by all five candidates running at once.

 Very likely before the end of the decade the commission will sponsor a charter amendment to change the term of office to four years. Then  residents will vote half as much (bi-annually instead of annually)  and commissioners will serve twice as long. Balance of power as the City's founders envisioned will be at thing of the past.

What do we gain from all of the above ? Many of the speakers drawn from a most unusual capacity crowd sited cost savings as a reason for making the change.

Regrettably that is not real cost savings in terms of money put in the bank or returned to residents in the form of a tax rebate. It is a euphemism for "money that will be spent elsewhere". The suggested $8000 per year savings will go quickly like ash up the chimney kindled by  $15,000 consultant costs for ordinances the commission wants passed or $10,000 surveys the commission needs for bench marking.

Last night's exotic topic was the design and printing  of a Welcome Brochure for the City. It seems realtors among others had been asking for one. The number 2500 was mentioned. One  Commissioner said that number would last a good long time. Another  Commission asked exactly how much "move in to town" action was in anticipated on an annual basis ? Hmmm. Good question. Maybe 2500 is a lot for a city of 3800.

If you think that was something you should have attended  the July meeting. Discussed were  distributing the Meeting Agenda Packets electronically to members of the City Commission, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board  So were  I-pads for the commissioners  who didn't want to read the packet on on their home computer or have  to print stuff . After the meeting in a conversation with a commissioner about the need  he was told that the commission  was not talking about "buying the commissioners I-pads" as this reporter had  so breezily put it. The Commission might  consider buying the I-pads for the City which would then loan them out. A big difference in everything but cost.

Then there is the business of our City needing a "brand". That will cost money too. Experts will have to be consulted, studies done, and designs submitted. How much money is yet to be determined.

Of course it  would help if our little City could somehow stand out on it's own. Give the world a reason to notice us. That would certainly save money on "Welcome Brochures."  If the city had an identity people would just want to live here, brochure or no brochure. In fact if the City were firing on all cylinders the idea of a brochure would rather tacky. The stuff of planned communities with pre-formed houses. You know.
Likewise it would just be expected that City Commissioners who want I-pads would just purchase them. Noblesse Oblique.

 Presumably as you read this our City Commission is hard at work on such matters. As of today we will have them longer and find it more difficult to get rid of them.

And we have lost a friend, a unique,and delightfully quirky May Election. Newspapers love to report  on elections and quirkiness.  Many  whose  names begin with the word Birmingham and "something else" (like one who's name is synonym for delightfully quirky) flocked to our candidates. Now we will have to tell them that we vote at the same time as Birmingham and almost every other city in state does.

 Frugality is fine especially in these times but when it comes by eliminating the expense of things most people consider essential like tidiness, good grooming,  replacing the muffler,  mowing the lawn or in America voting, it doesn't enhance one's social standing.











Tuesday, September 11, 2012

City Planning Committee Meets This Afternoon 4pm with a Short Agenda


For Today's Agenda Packet Click Here

For those looking for updated information on American Tower's proposed communication  tower for Kensington Road. We don't have any. If you are keeping score at home it has been 91 days since  American Tower last appeared at a Planning Commission meeting  indicating that they planned on returning. Some day.
American Tower has never attended back to back monthly meetings since it began meetings with the City. Instead like the Flying Dutchman Ghost Ship they appear at odd intervals and then disappear for long periods of time. During their recent absence City Manager Jay Cravens reported having a nice hour long  conversations with them. Other possible locations besides the DPW lot  were discussed.

Of course this does neither the City, The Planning Commission, or the residents of Bloomfield Hills any good. Mr. Cravens who advised sending  American Tower to the Planning Commission to get needed certification for a City Commission approval, later has reclused  himself from Planning Commission deliberations. American Tower has laundry list of documentation needed  for approval that seems to be as yet  unfulfilled. There are also clarifications demanded by the Mayor to be made  in writing which are not as yet forth coming.

The Agenda packet for the July 12th meeting does contain American Tower replies  to some of the City's concerns.

Pish Posh Tiddly Tosh is not an exact quote or even an approximate paraphrase but it does indicate a communications disconnect between  The City and the Tower Company in terms of what is  important to whom and when.

It has been 1 year, 1 month, 2 weeks, and  2 days since American Tower first appeared before City Commission.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Saturday Big Day at City Hall Sept 8th Noon to 3pm !



 Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Department is once again holding its popular open house. 
After a two year hiatus this family friendly event is scheduled for Saturday, September 8 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Bloomfield Hills City Hall, 45 E. Long Lake Road. There will be plenty of hands on safety awareness activities for children and adults to participate. Attendees will learn how to properly operate a fire extinguisher and how to execute an escape plan in the event of a fire emergency. Attendees will also be able to meet their Public Safety officers in a casual setting. Several interactive demonstrations are planned. Tours of the Public Safety Department will also be offered.

Sponsors of this event include:


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September is Library Card 

Sign-up Month:

Baldwin marks occasion 

at Public Safety Open House !

As students head back to school this September, the Baldwin Public Library encourages parents to make sure their children and teens sign up for the most important school supply of all -- a library card.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents and caregivers that a library card is the smartest card your can own.
When it comes to achieving academic success, a library card provides students with access to a world of both print and electronic resources. Students can access free databases, online homework help and attend programs, activities and clubs that provide an added value to the educational experience. Libraries and librarians are on the frontlines of engaging these students, making a library card an essential tool for inspiring a passion for learning.
Baldwin will be participating on the Bloomfield Hills Public Safety Open House on September 8th from 12 noon – 3 p.m.at 45 East Long Lake Road. Library staff will be there to register you!
This September, open the door to a world of possibilities for the student in your life and sign up for a library card. The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at www.baldwinlib.org.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Baldwin New Titles 9/4/2012



The Zoo by James Patterson: As coordinated attacks by animals against humans increase and escalate, young biologist Jackson Oz and ecologist Chloe Tousignant warn world leaders that soon there will be nowhere left for humans. Check Availability



The Timekeeper by Mitch Albom: After being punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift, Father Time returns to Earth along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. Check Availability




Five-year Engagement (DVD): Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the film looks at what happens when an engaged couple keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. Check Availability
 



Safe (DVD): When a second-rate cage fighter, Luke Wright, is tormented by the Russian Mafia and wanders the streets of New York, he witnesses a young Chinese girl, Mei, being pursued by the same mafia who want her for a priceless numerical code that they would kill for. Check Availability