The complete idiot's guide to heirloom vegetables by Chris McLaughlin — Are you just starting out growing or buying heirloom vegetables? This book has information on a huge number of heirloom varieties, as well as a guide to pollination and saving seeds. It also includes a basic overview of what an heirloom is and how to choose the best ones.
Usually, the second Sunday in September is Grandparents Day. But given all that grandparents contribute to families and society-at-large, why limit the tribute to just one day? Join us in celebrating Grandparents Week 2011, from September 12th through the 16th. If you're a grandparent, be sure that you and your grandkids visit Generations United's special site during this week to find fun and meaningful ways to celebrate. The site offers blogs, a peek at celebrities who were raised by their grandparents, social activities to do together, and special ways to thank grandparents.
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- September 13 — SCORE will help you build a web page
- September 20 — The Canton Chamber of Commerce will share the benefits of being a Chamber member
- September 27 — The experts from WSU's Tech Town will show you how to "Thrive in your neighborhood."
- October 4 — Our own professional staff will share the advantages of social media
- October 11 — Local journalist and Canton Patch editor, Peg McNichol will share how best to get your information into local media
Time Magazine has just revealed their list of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books. The list is comprised of their choices of the most influential nonfiction books written in English since 1923 (when Time Magazine first published), and are taken from all categories, including biorgraphy, history, politcs, health, business, sports and culture. While lists like these are always subject to debate, it is certainly a starting point for some great reading. Although the Library doesn't own every title, a majority can be found throughout our various collections:
Autobiography / Memoir
The autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Black boy: (American hunger): a record of childhood and youth by Richard Wright; with a forward by Edward P. Jones
Dreams from my father: a story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama
Modern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the technique of Barbara G. Walker by Kristina McGowan ; photographs by Gudrun Georges — Many knitters prefer to knit top-down. It often comes with benefits such as requiring less finishing, fewer pieces to handle, and the ease of being able to try on things like sweaters even when you've only made a little progress so far (just slip it over your head!). This book contains patterns for sweaters, dresses, hats, and even things that might not have a traditional "top," like wraps.
Big little felt universe : sew it, stuff it, squeeze it, fun! by Jeanette Lim — Felt is such an ideal medium for making cute things. It's soft, a little fuzzy around the edges, not terribly pricey, and it's really easy to work with. This book includes patterns and instructions to make an army of toys for your kids, or maybe just a cute object to have on your desk. From cake to fruit to burgers on the grill to a tool box full of tools, there are over 70 patterns included.
Tell no one [sound recording] by Harlan Coben
Prey [sound recording] by Michael Crichton
Crisis [sound recording] by Robin Cook
Also try the titles listed on the Cozy Mystery Authors audiobooks blog post.
Register to join us for a glass of wine and book discussion from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, September 20th at Vintner's in Canton when we'll discuss The old wine shades: a Richard Jury mystery. The "Old Wine Shades" is the name of a pub where Inspector Richard Jury is told an intriguing tale. This story leads him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a woman and her autistic son while house hunting in the English countryside. The only clue he has is Mungo, the clever family dog, who disappeared with them and now has returned. Copies of this book are available if you ask!:
The old wine shades: a Richard Jury mystery by Martha Grimes
The week-by-week vegetable gardener's handbook by Ron Kujawski and Jennifer Kujawski — When you're growing vegetables in a variable climate like Michigan's, it can be hard to know exactly when things should be happening and what to plant when. This book outlines those timelines in detail for a variety of vegetables. It also includes many tips and bits of information that any veg gardener will find useful.
It's been reported that workplace incivility is on the rise, causing stress in many workers' lives. If you're trying to find positive solutions to this problem, these books may be for you.
The ape in the corner office: understanding the workplace beast in all of us by Richard Conniff
Coping with difficult people by Robert M. Bramson
Dealing with people you can't stand: how to bring out the best in people at their worst by Rick Brinkman, Rick Kirschner
We have a wide variety of Chinese books starting to arrive for 2011. Come in and check some out. New titles include:
Bai xing jia chang cai by Jinlong Xia
Xi xia de cang lang by Mo Xue
Zhongguo yan yuan fang tan lu by Yi Lijing zhu