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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A Family Affair by Fern Michaels: In a city built on dreams, Trisha Holiday makes her living moving like one. But out of her dancer's costume, she's as down-to-earth as they come. That's why she ignores the admiring note--and the accompanying $1000 bill--that arrives backstage after one of her ethereal performances. Yet the sender, a wealthy foreign prince, isn't easily dissuaded. Seven years living and studying in the United States have made Malik long for the freedom to choose his own bride--and the woman he wants is Trisha. After a breathtaking visit to Malik's kingdom culminates in a marriage proposal, Trish attempts to adjust to an opulent new lifestyle complete with servants, sumptuous surroundings, and vast wealth. None of that matters to Trish as much as Malik's love. With Malik's sister Soraya proving a trusted new friend, they plan a lavish wedding surpassing anything she could have imagined. Yet Trish's new life will have challenges too--adjusting to a new and complex culture, to the myriad demands of Malik's royal position, and to the expectations she faces as his wife. In the midst of her own major changes, Trish vows to help her sister, Emma, whose marriage has ended in a bitter breakup. And through it all, Trish will strive to stay true to what matters most--love, true friendship, and the ties that hold family together across the miles and the years.
Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen: Catherine Ling: raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she has been a shadowy CIA Operative since she was fourteen years old. Now, years later, Catherine is as lethal as she is beautiful. There are only a few things in life she cares for. One is her son. Kidnapped when he was only two, Catherine has only recently been reunited with him and the vow of her heart is never to let him face danger again. The other is her mentor, Hu Chang. Mysterious, brilliant, and deadly, Hu Chang taught Catherine everything she knows and she is loyal to him. Now, Hu Chang is calling Catherine to a new task: rescue an imprisoned journalist in Tibet--a woman who has been subjected to unspeakable horrors. Her connection to Hu Chang is unknown. What's also unknown is that Catherine will be going up against a man so evil, his crimes have stretched back into this area for forty years. Is Catherine being used as a pawn by Hu Chang? Can she save a woman she's never even met? And will either of them live to see tomorrow?
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles: As a former prosecutor and writer living in the small town of Natchez, Mississippi, where he grew up, Penn Cage has always been a fighter. He's never been one to see injustice and do nothing about it. He learned it from his father, Tom Cage, a beloved family doctor who spent decades taking care of folks no matter their origin or circumstance, rich or poor, black or white. Penn has always thought of his dad as a kind of Atticus Finch-like character, a man who had guts and backbone, even when his friends and neighbors didn't. And the old adage couldn't be more true: "Like father, like son". Or is it?
In a place like rural Mississippi, when the issues are race and crime, the pressures are formidable and the risks no less life-threatening. So when Tom Cage finds himself on the verge of being charged with murder-of his long-time nurse assistant and friend Viola Turner-Penn knows he must find the truth and rescue his father. The catch: his father believes client privilege forbids him from talking about the night in question and so refuses to say anything to help himself or Penn.
Penn soon learns that Viola's death is only the tip of the iceberg-for it brings into question several horrific, unsolved murders in the 1960s, one of which was her brother's. And it points to a group of secretive KKK members who call themselves the "Double Eagles", a crew that has cut a swath across the area for decades and includes Brody Royal, one of the wealthiest and most ruthless businessmen in the state, and brothers Frank and Snake Knox, men who have been born and bred to always get their way. Until now. Check Availability
Gimme Shelter (DVD): Based on inspiring true events, a teenage girl flees life with her drug-addicted mother to find the wealthy father she’s never known. Tells the extraordinary and courageous tale of one girl’s fight against the odds to find redemption and, ultimately, to create a family she can call her own.
Legend of Hercules (DVD): In ancient Greece, 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who is promised to his brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. Check Availability
Baldwin Public Library About Us is interesting and heart warming story that begins as a penny dreadful when needed library renovations and expansion is reported to cost $21.5 million dollars. Curiously that is also what a three deck parking garage would cost. The town divides in regards to what to do. Peace is restored when residents realize they can have their cake and park it too. As a community served by a library the 12.5 million works out to $124 a year or just over $10 a month which by itself won't buy much in the way of entertainment or information.
Worse where you get either ? Kroger's ? The Video stores are gone, replaced by Red Box. Barnes Noble is the last of the book stores. Newspapers and Magazines are disappearing.
The popular HBO series Game of Thrones draws 5 million viewers a week and is also reportedly the most bootlegged program on television. Video pirates say they copy the show because they can't afford HBO which costs approximately $15 a month and requires an approximate $50.00 plus monthly cable or satellite subscription. "The Baldwin Public Library About Us" concludes with residents happy to live in a community with a library which (yes) has seasons I , II, and III, of....
- Item Information
- A Look Inside
- Catalog Record
- Game of thrones, season 3
- Benioff, David, creator, screenwriter, television producer, television director.
- Pub date:
- 5 videodiscs (approximately 555 minutes) :
- Item info:
- No copies currently available. Place Hold (Estimated wait is 1 days) .
10 copies total in all locations.
Holdings Call number Copies Material Location TV SERIES GAME DVD DISC 1 1 1-Week DVD/VHS Material has been checked/charged out 1 1-Week DVD/VHS Pickup Shelf - On Hold for a Patron TV SERIES GAME DVD DISC 2 2 1-Week DVD/VHS Pickup Shelf - On Hold for a Patron TV SERIES GAME DVD DISC 3 2 1-Week DVD/VHS Pickup Shelf - On Hold for a Patron TV SERIES GAME DVD DISC 4 1 1-Week DVD/VHS Pickup Shelf - On Hold for a Patron 1 1-Week DVD/VHS Material has been checked/charged out TV SERIES GAME DVD DISC 5 1 1-Week DVD/VHS Pickup Shelf - On Hold for a Patron 1 1-Week DVD/VHS Material has been checked/charged out
among other things. In addition to GOT videos on both DVD and VHS the library also has the GOT novels (both graphic and prose ) and GOT games.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 9:27 PM
Friday, April 25, 2014
Alexa Melstrom and Jack Kellet
Baldwin Library is fortunate to have two outstanding high school juniors serving as student representatives for one year terms on the Library Board. Once a month Birmingham residents Alexa Melstrom and Jack Kellett share their perspectives with the Board and experience how a municipal board conducts business. Kellett is a student at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit, and Melstrom is a junior at Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills.
Library Board Trustee Sheila Brice said, “like the Groves and Seaholm students who served as student representatives to the Board in prior years, Alexa and Jack have the opportunity to provide input, develop leadership skills, earn community service hours, and learn more about careers in libraries. We are grateful to the student reps who help recruit students to volunteer on the semi-annual used book sale set-ups.”
Student Reps and Library Board Predident David Underdown
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 West Merrill Street in downtown Birmingham.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 8:53 AM
Robin Roberts, Maeve Binchy, Amanda Quick, and David Baldacci Books Highlight Baldwin New Titles 4/22/2014.
Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts: Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As Momma always said, Everybody's got something.' So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, she writes about overcoming breast cancer only to learn five years later thatshe will need a bone marrow transplant to combat a rare blood disorder, the grief and heartbreak she suffered when her mother passed away, her triumphant return to GMA after her medical leave, and the tremendous support and love of her family and friendsthat saw her through her difficult times. Following her mother's advice to 'make your mess your message,' Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we've all got something--a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreakin all its many forms--we've also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it's all about faith, family and friends. Check Availability
Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy: While she was writing columns for The Irish Times and her best-selling novels, Maeve Binchy also had in mind to write a book that revolved around one street with many characters coming and going. Every once in a while, she would write about one these people. She would then put it in a drawer. "For the future," she would say. The future is now. Just around the corner from St. Jarlath's Crescent (which readers will recognize from Minding Frankie) is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities. Written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy's work, it is a pleasure to be part of this world with all of its joys and sorrows, to get to know the good and the bad, and ultimately to have our hearts warmed by her storytelling.
Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick: One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.
But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge; gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him, as tenuous as it may be.
For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from.
The Target by David Baldacci: Earl Fontaine, a terminally ill Alabama death row prisoner, plans one last killing that will personally affect Robie and his fellow agent, Jessica Reel. Meanwhile Evan Tucker, the head of the CIA, recommends Robie and Reel for a mission to assassinate a foreign leader. Check Availability
Posted by Mark Kapel at 7:50 AM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Collector by Nora Roberts: When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn't capable of violence--against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession.
Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives and Our Lives Change Our Genes by Sharon Moalem: Conventional wisdom dictates that our genetic destiny is fixed at conception. But Dr. Moalem's groundbreaking book shows us that the human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth grade biology teacher ever imagined. By bringing us to the bedside of his unique and complex patients, he masterfully demonstrates what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being.
Black Nativity (DVD): A holiday musical that follows Langston as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives. Unwilling to live by their imposing rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima. Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey, and along with new friends and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Check Availability
Philomena (DVD): Judi Dench stars in the story of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Nearly 50 years later, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith, a former BBC reporter looking for his next big story. Together, they embark on a journey to locate her long lost son. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the unlikely travel companions form a comic and heartwarming friendship. Based on the 2009 investigative book by Martin Sixsmith. Check Availability
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (DVD): Watch the classic story by James Thurber, about a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance, and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Check Availability
Posted by Mark Kapel at 11:59 PM
Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Autumn:Osage County and The Hobbit/Smaug Highlight Baldwin New Titles 4/8/2014.
Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington is back in the extraordinary new adventure from New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington seems to have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When Manhattan's elite are beset by a series of clever crimes-and Stone is a material witness-he and his former partner Dino Bacchetti find themselves drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud, where insider knowledge and access are limited to a privileged few, and the wealthy are made vulnerable by the very systems meant to keep them safe. As Stone and Dino delve deeper into their investigation, they learn that the mastermind behind the incidents may have some intimate ties to Stone. and that the biggest heist is still to come.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (DVD): Bilbo Baggins continues on in his journey with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim their lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
August: Osage County (DVD): The dark, hilarious, and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Check Availability
Grudge Match (DVD): Henry 'Razor' Sharp and Billy 'The Kid' McDonnen are old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. On their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again. Check availability
Catalog:Home Front (DVD): An action-packed thriller about how far one man will go to protect his family. Widowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker retires to a quiet Southern town with his ten-year-old daughter and discovers that the idyllic setting is riddled with drugs and violence. When a riveting chain of events forces him to face off with psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine, Broker must retaliate using the fearsome skills he hoped to keep in his past.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 11:36 PM
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr: Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.
On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country. Check Availabilty
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue: Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. Check Availabilty
High Crime Area: Tales of Darkness and Dread by Joyce Carol Oates: In the title story “High Crime Area,” a white, aspiring professor is convinced she is being followed. No need to panic, she has a handgun stowed away in her purse—just in case. But when she turns to confront her black, male shadow, the situation isn’t what she expects. In “The Rescuer,” a promising graduate student detours to inner city Trenton, New Jersey to save her brother from a downward spiral. But she soon finds out there may be more to his world than to hers. And in “The Last Man of Letters,” the world-renowned author X embarks on a final grand tour of Europe. He has money, fame, but not a whole lot of manners. A little thing like etiquette couldn’t bring a man like X down, could it?
In these biting and beautiful stories, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us. Sometimes it’s the human who wins, and sometimes it’s the demon. Check Availability
In these biting and beautiful stories, Oates confronts, one by one, the demons within us. Sometimes it’s the human who wins, and sometimes it’s the demon. Check Availability
I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark: Five years after her husband's murder, Laurie Moran, an award-winning TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new "cold case" series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime -- along with the real killer. Check Availability
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (DVD): Ron and Veronica's romance falls apart as the duo anchors a weekend broadcast at a New York-based network in 1980. Ron is fired for being the worst anchor anyone has ever seen and so he leaves Veronica rather than live in her shadow. So he re-creates himself at a CNN-type network in the eighties and accidentally invents the soul-sucking brand of non-news that now rules cable as he tries to win back Veronica's love. Check Availability
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Academy Award Best Picture nominee Wolf on Wall Street, Intriguing Italian film, and Ann Perry novel Highlight Baldwin New Titles 3/25/2014
Death on Blackheath by Anne Perry: Investigating evidence of a violent struggle at the home of Ministry of Defense member Dudley Kynaston, Pitt and the Special Branch discover the brutally murdered body of a young woman before realizing that Kynaston is not who he appears to be. Check Availability
Tempting Fate by Jane Green: Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does forty-three-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy--ten years younger--at the other end of the bar one night? Gabby is the last person to have an affair--a physical one, at least. But Matt makes her feel sparkling, fascinating--something she hasn't felt in years. Surely there's no harm in continuing a long-distance friendship? Surely there's no harm in an emotional affair? As Gabby steps ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention things turn perilous. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything--and find out what really matters most. Check Availability
Exodus: A Memoir by Deborah Feldman: Traces the author's life as an independent young woman and single mother searching for an authentic and personal Jewish identity, describing how after leaving her Hasidic community she pursued healing in a circle of like-minded outcasts and misfits. Check Availability
The Wolf of Wall Street (DVD): Sex. Money. Power. Drugs. Brace yourself for an outrageous true story from legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Jordan Belfort, a young stockbroker, is hungry for fame and glory in New York City, where corruption is king and more is never enough. Check Availability
The Great Beauty (DVD): For decades, journalist Jep has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and elite social circles. But on his sixty-fifth birthday, Jep unexpectedly finds himself taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 10:18 PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Mayor revealed that in the current Spring 2014 edition of the Hills Highlights, the official newsletter of the City. Writing in a front page article she claimed "the only thing official about the news (of the for sale status) is that it is true !"
She then adds, "That when the sale officially takes place, we predict the site will be one more inviting destination in the fair City of Bloomfield Hills."
The matter was discussed at the March City Commission meeting under the catch all topic "other business" which usually occurs at the last item on the Agenda. While not mentioned by name the predominant location of the Kinsley was hinted at, as was the fact that it is zoned differently on three of the four sides. The rooms on the second floor of the motel like adjacent structure also present zoning problems.
Commissioner Sherr said the proposed sale was perfect for a PUD or Planned Unit of Development.
According to the Michigan Association of Planning, a PUD is a development processes that ties the a site plan to zoning approval and allows modification of zoning standards where innovative design can achieve significant benefits to the community. Mixed land is usually the key in a PUD. It has also been said that PUDs are all about negotiation between City and Developer.
There are requirements for a PUD and one of them is minimum site area. Commissioner McClure said a PUD was more applicable when considering something large like the sale of a golf course. Significant natural features or unique site characteristics are also requirements.
The Plaza Shopping Center on Woodward at Long Lake is a recent example of a PUD for development purposes. Today it is still debated today as to whether the City or developer or for that matter the city residents got the best deal of that PUD. There the property was much larger than the Kingsley's It also had uphill topography on two sides, and was intended to replace a gas station and historic building with a shopping center, and parking while maintaining a pleading countenance.
Most recently at the April City Commission meeting that PUD was revisited with an amendment to replace the closed Fox Grill with another restaurant. Visible outdoor topics of discussion in the amendment approval process included signage, entrance awning, and landscape.
In the City of Bloomfield Hills as every citizen and City official knows however, "For sale" is not absolute. In many cases the"for sale" sign (if there even is one) means "just fishing" It is a bit of a game in the City of Bloomfield Hills. So stay tuned.
Posted by Mark Kapel at 11:47 AM