HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: THE LONGEST NIGHT

 

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Do you know that only three people have been killed in the US by a nuclear accident?  Do you know that one of them is buried in Michigan?  The Longest Night by Andria Williams is a fictional treatment of a reactor meltdown that occurred at a military base in Idaho Falls on January 3, 1961.  Natalie and Paul Collier moved to Idaho Falls because Paul was stationed there to oversee an early experimental nuclear reactor.  This was a small unit in a silo sized building which was a prototype that the army intended to use in remote locations for power generation.  Paul became concerned about the way the unit was run and wondered about the safety of the installation.  When he was temporarily sent to another area, Natalie as a young wife new to military life became a little too dependent on a local.  The novel is a vivid depiction of the regimented life of the 50s dramatically culminating in the nuclear meltdown.  After you have read the novel, look up that long night on the internet.  Good fiction makes you curious about reality.

 

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Mobile Printing @ the Library

With our new MobilePrint Service ™, you may use your personal computer or mobile device to print at the DeWitt District Library from anywhere.  Simply submit your documents for printing and come into the library within 48 to release and pick up your documents using your library card.

How to print from a laptop or desktop computer at home or work:Printeron

  • Begin by visiting www.printeron.net/ddl/mainbranch
  • Select the printer and enter your email address.
  • Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print.
  • Click the green print icon (you will see the status of your print job and a reference number).
  • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.
  • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
  • Enter your Library card number without spaces.

Your print job will be printed!

How to print from the tablet or smartphone app:Printeron2

  • Visit your device’s app store to install and launch the PrinterOn App.
  • Click “No printer selected”.
  • Click “Search” and enter DeWitt into the search field.
  • Select DDL Main Branch Color or DDL Main Branch Black & White.
  • To print:
    • Documents: when viewing the document, click in the upper right corner and upload the document to the PrinterOn App.
    • Photos: open the app, click on “photo” and select a photo from your device to print.
    • Select the printer and click the print icon.
    • Enter an email address and click on the check mark (you will receive a notice that the job started, and shortly after another message stating “Job Success”).
    • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.
    • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
    • Enter your Library card number without spaces.

Your print job will be printed!

How to email documents directly to the library print system:Printeron3

  • Email from any device directly to the library’s print system:
  • At the Print Release Station in the library, select “Release a Print Job”.
  • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
  • Enter your Library card number without spaces.

Your print job will be printed!

 

HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: CALL THE MIDWIFE

 

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Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth was originally published in Great Britain in 2002.  It has been republished in the US due to the popularity of the PBS television series of the same name.  Jennifer Worth was training as a midwife in a disadvantaged London district during the 50’s.  She was based in a convent called Nonnatus House in the London Docklands.  The area was in transition so the people who are served by the midwives are extremely diverse.  The fifties were a time when hospital births were just beginning to become common, except among the poor.  The description of the nuns, the patients, and students is very well done.  One patient has had twenty-three children.  One very young woman needs to be rescued from a pimp.  The characters are so well drawn that you travel from a birth in unbelievably squalid conditions to joining young men climbing a six story ladder for a warm spot to spend the night.  What an entertaining non-fiction story!  Read and/or watch the book and/or DVD.

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HELEN DAVIS FEATURED BOOK: ALONG THE INFINITE SEA

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Pepper Schuyler needs a large amount of money to take care of herself and the baby she is carrying.  The father, a well-known, married politician is not going to support her.  She restored a 1936 Mercedes that had been abandoned in a shed on her sister’s Cape Cod property.  When she puts it up for auction, she is amazed to receive an offer of three hundred thousand dollars contingent on the sale remaining private.  Annabelle Dommerich, the car’s new owner, has a secretive past that connects her to the car.  Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams interweaves the story of these two women, each one who fell in love with an inappropriate man.  The storyline of the novel goes from early Nazi Germany to Florida in the sixties.  Amanda becomes very protective of Pepper, trying to pass along some of the life lessons she learned during a love affair made up of difficult choices.  A couple of twists at the end may surprise you or you may have wondered if they were possible.  Don’t peek, just go along for the ride, especially in the Mercedes.

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Michigan Electronic Library

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The other day I decided I would like to learn about wine. I have seen the rows of wine at stores and I’ve been overwhelmed. With friends I have shared a glass but never knew how to choose a bottle without wondering if it will taste like vinegar or cherry syrup!

So I exhausted the topic of wine at the library, and as the person who processes Mel (Michigan Electronic Library, available to all library patrons), I soon found a wonderful book about wine. The book explained about grapes, and what people are looking for when they raise the glass. I discovered exactly what the sniff and the swirl is all about! I learned about locations and soils and how weather plays a role. As I read, it came to light about why Michigan’s wine industry is growing in leaps and bounds even though our weather seems nothing like California’s. The book is Wineocology: Uncork the Power of Your Palate with Sensory Secrets from Hollywood’s’ Sommelier by Stansbury and Shink. You will have to order it though MeL. If you have never done that before we will help you at the library. Please ask.

I have more knowledge about wine now, at least enough to narrow down the types I may like. The rows of bottles are still overwhelming. I don’t have the time to read every delightful label as much as it would be charming to do so, besides stores don’t offer chairs. What I can say is this, when I wanted to learn about wine, I turned to the library and found a book that was perfect with delightful pictures. I could hold it in my hand and read, or I could put it down until I had more time.

To those who do not frequent libraries I must say, “How can you not?” I personally have no idea. For when it comes to learning, the library is the go-to place. It has always been that way for me. Cheers!

 

I Heard About it on NPR

A list of books, available at the Library, that you may have heard about this week on NPR.

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Listen here as Life of Pi author, Yann Martel, discusses his newest work of fiction and ‘that deeply unreasonable phenomenon of faith.’

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On My Own by Diane Rehm

Former talk show host Dian Rehm tell’s NPR about the pain of her husband’s death and how it inspired her to fight for assisted suicide.  Listen to her story here.

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

“McKenzie’s new novel about the pitfalls of approaching marriage is a sharply written romantic comedy with elements of experimental fiction.  Maureen Corrigan calls it ‘totally endearing.'” – Fresh Air

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

“This debut novel follows a girl with magical powers and a technically brilliant boy, uneasy friends since childhood, who get caught up in an apocalyptic war between science and magic.” Read the NPR Book Review here.

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My Father, The Pornographer by Chris Offutt

Listen to the NPR interview about Offutt’s late father, a man who went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography.

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