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Chat with Food Network Author

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Keys to the KitchenThe Big Library Read – a “global book club” sponsored by the Troy Library’s ebook vendor, OverDrive – is back.

From February 17 to March 5, libraries will lend millions of the same ebook to patrons around the world, simultaneously, for free. This year’s big read ebook is Food Network and Cooking Channel star, Aida Mollenkamp's Keys to the Kitchen. During this time, Keys to the Kitchen will be available to download to your tablet, smartphone, or ereader without wait lists or holds.

Keys to the Kitchen is a cookbook by definition, but it is much more than simply directions to get from page to plate. Aida Mollenkamp provides helpful how-to information on everything from proper knife skills and finding the right ingredients to throwing a show-stopping cocktail party. It doesn’t just provide ideas on what to cook, but also walks the reader through how to cook.

In addition to providing her book for free, Aida will also be chatting on Facebook with readers on Wednesday, February 26, at 8 pm. To chat with Aida on Facebook, click this link on February 26 at 8 pm. Readers will have a chance to ask Aida about everything from her passion for discovering new flavors, her studies at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and much more.

Be sure to follow Aida’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and learn great kitchen tips and tricks from her weekly web series In the Pantry on Yahoo! Shine.

Download eBooks to Your Tablet

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smartphoneDo you own an iPad, Kindle Fire, tablet, or smartphone? Learn how to download ebooks from the Troy Public Library at one of the Library's All About eBooks workshops. In these sessions, participants will learn how to set up an account and download ebooks free of charge from the Library.

All About eBooks starts at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room on February 13, and February 25

Click on the date above to register or call 248.524.3542. A Troy Public Library card is required to download ebooks, music, and magazines from the Library. This program is funded, in part, by the Friends of Troy Public Library.

Genealogy for Beginners

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treeCurious about your family roots? Not sure how to get started researching your family history? Bring your family information and genealogy questions to the Troy Public Library to learn the basics of genealogy from Richard Fellrath and Derek Blount of the Oakland County Genealogical Society. Attend one or all of the sessions!

Saturday, February 1, 2-3 pm - Beginners Genealogy: Computer Research
March 1, 12:30-1:30 pm - Beginners Genealogy: German Records (*rescheduled from 2/15/14)
March 1, 2-3 pm - Beginners Genealogy: From Ireland to Canada

Can't make it to one of the programs? Want more information? Call 248.524.3534 or check out these materials. These programs are made possible with the support of the Friends of the Troy Public Library.

eReader and Tablet Tips Tailored to You

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Kindle PaperwhiteThe Troy Public Library will hold free All about eBooks programs in January. These sessions are for Troy residents thinking about buying an ereader or tablet or for those who already own an ereader or tablet and would like to learn how to download ebooks, music, and magazines from the Library.

In these 90-minute sessions, participants will learn how to set up an account and download ebooks, music, and magazines free of charge from the Library. Sessions are device-specific. There are sessions for Kindle Touch users, for those who use non-Kindle ereaders, and for those who use iPads, tablets, Kindle Fires, and smartphones.

If you are new to ereaders and want to learn about various options, attend any of the sessions to see some of the more popular devices, courtesy of the Friends of Troy Public Library.

All about eBooks starts at 6:30pm on the following dates:

Kindle (non-Fire): January 7
Non-Kindle: January 9
iPad, tablet, Kindle Fire, smartphone: January 21

To register for All about eBooks, click the link above for the program date you would like to attend. You can also register by calling 248.524.3542. A Troy Public Library card is required to download ebooks, music, and magazines from the Library.

Happy Anniversary, Jane Austen

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cover of "Pride & Prejudice" graphic novelThis year celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice. Although Austen wrote many other favorites, Pride and Prejudice continues to spark the interest fans new and old.

Come to the Adult Information Department of Troy Public Library to check out a display highlighting all things Jane Austen. Are you an Austen fan looking for a classic read? You will find copies of all of Jane's works along with their film interpretations on this display.

Interested in a fresh take on an Austen story? Look for spinoffs in genres ranging from mystery to zombie, including Death Comes to Pemberley and Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy: a Novel is a must for fans of the dreamy Mr. Darcy! Click here to browse these great titles.

Always-Available Gardening eBooks

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The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book coverSummer is finally upon us. Looking for something new to do in your garden? Or do you need some yard maintenance advice? For Troy residents with a valid Troy Public Library card, we have always-available gardening eBooks from Freading for downloading to your ebook reader, smartphone, tablet, or other portable device.

For help with the basics, try the Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers. Get tips on growing vegetables with The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book and Grow Your Own Vegetables. For smaller spaces, try Growing Herbs in Containers. Other great small-space titles include Container Gardening and Continuous Container Gardens.

For special projects, check out Handmade Garden ProjectsThe Book of Gardening Projects for Kids, and Don't Throw it, Grow it! You can get your garden in order with Pruning, Training, and Tidying. Eliminate harmful pesticides from your garden with Weeding Without Chemicals. Finally, learn to create your own fertilizer with The Complete Compost Garden Guide.

Check out Freading for more titles on a wide range of gardening topics, from planning and design to organic gardening. For instructions on how to use Freadingclick here.


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