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I-275 Bike Path Grand Re-opening

Come out and celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the I-275 bike path on Saturday, June 4th. More information and details available at Canton Patch.

Happy Birthday Yoda!

Happy Birthday Yoda! Well, actually, it isn't exactly Yoda's birthday but the big day for Frank Oz. He was born on May 25th, so you still have time to get a card out to him. The library has many great books with a Star Wars theme and also materials on his other genius voice work, the Muppets! Enjoy!

Local Girl Scout Finds a Use for Withdrawn Books!

Ever wonder what happens to all those books the library withdraws from the collection? Some of them find a very good home with the help of individuals in our community.

Tomorrow's Garden

Tomorrow's garden : design and inspiration for a new age of sustainable gardening text and photographs by Stephen Orr — Many people are embracing the opportunity to DIY rather than hiring a landscaper, and lots of folks are increasing their awareness of the lasting impact that garden design choices make on the overall landscape. Maybe you choose to grow edibles to cut down on your grocery costs, or perhaps to plant an ornamental garden instead of maintaining a lawn that requires a lot of water. These and other sustainable choices are covered here by garden expert Orr.

Laughter, Meditation and Gratitude

It is rare that we get the opportunity to learn from a meditation master, but on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00PM, we will have that opportunity. Swami Satya Niranjan, popularily known as respected Bagmarji, and Om Johari will discuss the healthy, psychological and spiritual benefits of laughter. While using laughter as an example of meditation, the pair will show how and why to meditate, to show gratitude and be happy all the time.
No registration is needed.

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

The Michigan Humanities Council is proud to feature Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age as the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read. Written by Detroit native Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice tells the story of African American Dr. Ossian Sweet and the chain of events that occurred after he purchased a home for his family in an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.

Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park

Direct from the Tiger's front office, author Irwin Cohen shares his experiences from the baseball world with a revealing look at baseball inside the office and loaded with personalities. From Tiger Stadium to its demolition to Comerica Park, Cohen will help us celebrate the season and offer his book at half price to attendees.
No registration is necessary for Thursday, May 26 at 7:00PM in the Community Room.

Extraordinary Gardens of the World

Extraordinary gardens of the world by Monty Don — When I think about where I'd like to travel, places with beautiful gardens rank high on my list. This book is a virtual travelogue of all types of gardens located in places all around the globe. The large format suits this book well, as the photos are big and colorful, inviting the reader to get the feeling of being in each garden. Gardeners and travel buffs alike will enjoy this book.

International Authors

The alchemist by Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke

The tale of the unknown island by José Saramago; illustrated by Peter Sís; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa


If on a winter's night a traveler
by Italo Calvino; translated from the Italian by William Weaver

Cyberchase Games Central

Even though the school year is nearly done, Cyberchase Games Central has tons of fun games that you can keep playing all during summer vacation. These games have different challenges you can solve, inventions you can make, and math problems that need to be solved. It is developed by PBS.org. Enjoy!

May Flowers are Blooming!

Here are a few book suggestions to get your flowers blooming just in time for summer:

Complete home gardening: growing secrets and techniques for gardeners by Miranda Smith

Ortho's all about successful perennial gardening by written by Janet Macunovich

Green flowers: unexpected beauty for the garden, container, or vase by Alison Hoblyn; photographs by Marie O'Hara

Mastering Color Knitting

Mastering color knitting : simple instructions for stranded, intarsia, and double knitting by Melissa Leapman — Colorwork techniques are among the most intimidating to many knitters. It's so easy to get your strands tangled, or for a carefully worked intarsia pattern to end up puckered or stretched. This book includes a lot of instructions as well as tips for making your colorwork come out looking like you hoped it would, and has twelve projects to try.

2011 Michigan Notable Books Showcase Automoble Industry

Each year, the Library of Michigan, compiles a list of "exceptional" books that showcase Michigan topics and authors. This year, two titles highlighting the triumphs and tragedies of Detroit's automobile industry have made the list.

Chrysler's turbine car: the rise and fall of Detroit's coolest creation by Steve Lehto — gives a detailed account of Chrysler's foray into the world of cars powered by jet engines.

Book Club Choices: May 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.

An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg

Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen

Romance in Uniform

Ah, the timeless appeal of a man in uniform! The following authors understand this and have written exciting books featuring top-notch alpha heroes.

The unsung hero by Suzanne Brockmann — The first book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter's series about Navy SEALs.

Trial by fire by Jo Davis — Suspense heats up Jo Davis' series on the Firefighters of Station Five — starting with this book.

Wild Color

Wild color : the complete guide to making and using natural dyes by Jenny Dean — This guide not only provides instructions on how to dye your own yarn, it also includes an extensive, detailed list of plants you can use to make your own natural dyes. In addition, there is a handy chart for determining what dyeing method is best for which types of fiber, and each plant listing shows swatches of what colors you can expect to create with it. Many of these plants may already be growing in your garden!

Starkweather Book Club Just Can't Get Enough of Katniss.

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading the second book in The Hunger Games Series, Catching Fire. As with any good series, the group just couldn't wait to read more!

eBook Basics

Want to find out what library eBooks are all about? Are you perplexed by the number of eReaders on the market and wonder how they would work with the library eBooks? Come join us for this eBook Basics class to be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:00AM. Registration is open now.

Annual Local Author Fair

Celebrate writing, books and area authors at this annual event. We have many great authors lined up to speak about their craft. All authors will be selling their books and signing them for you. How fun! Join us on May 19 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. No registration is needed.