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Cozy Up with Classic Mystery DVDs

Barbara Schaich - Posted on

DVDsAs the nights grow longer and colder, consider checking out a cozy mystery movie or two from Troy Library's DVD collections. You may wish to delve into the many Agatha Christie titles which have been filmed for the movies and television. For slightly grittier fare, try Ruth Rendell mysteries, or the works of Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley and Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn.

Maureen Jennings provides a Canadian twist with the Murdoch Mysteries, set in Toronto during the 1890s. They provide fun puzzles and feature real-life figures such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. Finally, try a few selections from some other classic cozy mystery series.

Most of these titles are located in the DVD TV section of Adult Information Services and may be borrowed for 14 days. Those that were made into feature films will be in the DVD Arts section and go out for seven days. All of these titles may be renewed, as long as no one is on a waiting list for them.

Stop by the media section of the Library soon to review these classic DVD mysteries and make your selections for some mystery movie enjoyment.

75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

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Wizard Of OzThis year marks the 75th anniversary of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. This immensely popular movie is a favorite of children and adults alike.

The book the film is based on, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is only the beginning of the adventures. It is actually the first of fourteen total books about Oz written by L. Frank Baum.

Visit the Troy Public Library today and check out the movie, books and other Oz related materials. Also not to be missed is the Halloween in Oz event at the Troy Historic Village on October 26, 2013 from 1-3pm.

Coming Soon: Mango Premiere

Olivia Olson - Posted on

There has never been a better time to learn a language with Mango Languages, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a Troy Public Library card!

In addition to all the incredible language-learning tools already offered, Mango has introduced Mango Premiere, a fun and engaging method of learning language through feature films. 

mango languages logoBeginning November 12, users will be able to watch feature films in a foreign language while interacting with software to learn key vocabulary words, cultural information, and more. For a complete preview of what will be offered, check out the tour here.

To access Mango Languages, all that is required is a valid Troy Library card number. For help using this resource, visit the Adult Information desk or call 248.524.3534 during Library hours.

Maintaining a Reading History List

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Wondering what you have already read? Forgot where you are in a series? You can keep a Reading History of all the items you have checked out My Recordwith your Troy Public Library card and never have to wonder about these things again.

First, log in to your Library account via our webpage, then follow these steps.

1. Click on My Account, located in the light blue bar across the top of the page.

2. Select My Record from the dropdown list.

3. Click on Contact Information and Preferences in the middle of the screen.

4. Scroll down to Preferences near the bottom and find Maintain reading list

sc5. Click on the box next to Maintain reading list to place a check there. You will get a pop-up warning saying that your reading list may be reviewed by law enforcement without your consent.

6. Click OK to continue

7. Click Submit Change Request at the bottom to save the change to your account. Don't forget to this step.

You will now have the option to select Reading History from the My Account dropdown list to display the items that you have checked out on your account since you initiated the list. This list is not retroactive. When you first make this change you will not have any titles listed. It may take 24 hours or so after making this change before the titles show up on your Reading History list.

Fast Secretary of State Services Online

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ExpressSOS LogoThe Troy Public Library and many other libraries in the state of Michigan have teamed up with the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to improve service for both library users and Secretary of State customers. This partnership will highlight public libraries as convenient access points for the easy-to-use online services at

At, you can:

• Renew or replace standard driver’s license or ID card;
• Renew vehicle tabs;
• Obtain a replacement vehicle title or registration;
• Submit a change of address;
• Join the organ donor registry and much more!

Going online to will save you the time of traveling to a local branch office and standing in line. It is fast, easy, and convenient, and available for you at the Troy Public Library!

Alfred Hitchcock, Master of Suspense

Barbara Schaich - Posted on

The Birds PosterLiven up your summer with DVDs directed by and books about famed director and producter Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). Hitchcock's masterpiece of suspense, The Birds (1963), celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. You may also enjoy some 50th anniversary trivia about the film. The Birds is regarded as one of Hitchcock's three best movies, along with North by Northwest  (1959) and Psycho  (1960).

Come to the Troy Library to learn more about the famous director. For starters, try Alfred Hitchcock: The Legend Begins, which includes twenty of his films. Hitchcock, starring Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins, tells the story of the making of Psycho, his first horror film. It begins with the concept development, and takes the viewer through the entire process of making the film. Alfred Hitchcock funded the movie himself, as the studios would not take it on. This backstory of Psycho makes for most interesting viewing.

For a list of books to expand your knowledge of Hitchcock, try these. Hitchcock turned his talents to television in 1955 with the popular series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In 1979 the American Film Institute awarded Hitchcock the Lifetime Achievement Award.


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