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Murder Will Out - January 2011

Joe Gores (1931-2011), author of the Daniel Kearney and Associates (DAK) series died on Monday, January 10. Mr. Gores was a three-time winner of the Edgar Award, won the Maltese Falcon Award (Japan's highest award in the mystery field), and was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. In addition to his novels, he wrote scripts for Kojak, Remington Steele, and Magnum, P.I.

Business School Presents Social Media I

Beginners… Join us for an introduction to all avenues of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter etc.). Learn how to develop a social media strategy to grow and show off your business.
January 26 at Noon in the Internet Lab. Register online.

Investment Strategies During a Down Economy with Rick Bloom

Join Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management, for an educational, informative evening that will get you on the right financial track during this down economy. Bloom is a well-respected columnist, radio personality and investment guru with the best possible answers for your money.
January 27 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. No registration needed.

Business School Returns

What are you doing for lunch? Why not spend that time with us enhancing and growing your business with a series of targeted presentations. Attorney Ken Bloom, of Bloom Asset Management, will share his expertise on Wednesday, January 19 at Noon with Legal and Tax Aspects When Starting a Small Business.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - January 20, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Nomination and Election of Officers for 2011 (item of action)
    • Fundraising in 2011 (item of discussion)
  • New Business
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

History, boring? Never!

Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore

Living Large on Less

Living large on less: a guide to saving without sacrifice by Christina Spence — Just about everyone is doing more with less these days, and this book is a great guide to many aspects of balancing one's personal budget and making the most of the dollars we do have. One of the most important steps here is to make a budget that actually works for you. You can use spreadsheets, personal finance software, or an online service like Mint.com to track your spending and make some of the adjustments suggested here. The ideas range from quick fixes to challenges that offer a trial run at a larger change.

Legal Suspense Thrillers

If you enjoy books by authors like John Hart, then check out this list:

Reversible errors by Scott Turow

The rainmaker by John Grisham

False testimony by Rose Connors

Zumba

As part of the township's 100 Days of Health initiative, join us for an introduction to Zumba, the popular new fitness craze, on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00PM in the Community Room. Wear loose clothing, comfy shoes and be ready to move. Adults and teens age 16 and up are welcome. Registration begins two weeks prior to each session.

Business School is Back

Canton Public Library's popular Business School is back in session for local business people at Noon in the Internet Lab. The following sessions are available:Registration begins two weeks prior to each session. Spend your lunch hour with us and grow your business.

Google Science Fair 2011

Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to share with the world? If so, be a part of the Google Global Science Fair 2011. To help make today’s young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow, in partnership with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, Google is introducing the first global online science competition: the Goole Science Fair. It’s open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. All you need is access to a computer, the Internet and a web browser.

Local Illustrator Wins Caldecott Medal!

Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. Ann Arbor illustrator Erin E. Stead has won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the picture book A Sick Day for Amos McGee! In this funny story illustrated with woodblock prints, Amos, a shy zookeeper, gets a surprise visit from his animal friends while at home with a cold.
Congratulations to Ms. Stead on winning this prestigious award!

Target Reading Pledge

Take the Target Pledge to spend time reading with the children in your lives. For each pledge received, Target will donate one book to a child in need, up to one million books! All you'll need is a valid e-mail address to count your pledge. Sign up today and make the future bright for your child as well as others. A few great read-together titles for you to consider:

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle

North American International Auto Show

Experience the next generation of cars at the 2011 North American International Auto Show where the automotive world and the public come together. See more than 500 vehicles of innovative designs and latest technology. Don't miss this exciting event taking place at the Cobo Center starting on Saturday, January 15!

Photo courtesy of NAIAS

What do gardeners do in winter?

We drool over seed catalogs and dream of what we'll grow when the snow is gone! Winter is a great time for some other garden projects, though — the kind you can do while nice and toasty inside. And as an added bonus, many times you can re-use materials that you'd otherwise have to toss in the trash. Check out Michigan gardener and author Colleen VanderLinden's list of 15 "Trashy" Ideas for Your Garden. While you're at it, take a gander at some of the many books we have about crafting for the garden.

Comforts of Home

The comforts of home : thrifty and chic decorating ideas for making the most of what you have by Caroline Clifton- Mogg — One of the 2010 Librarians' Picks for Non-Fiction, this book offers the philosophy that a comfortable home is an orderly home. With a plan for where things should be, it becomes easy to make it useful and a place in which you want to spend time. There's no time like now for being thrifty as well, and using the tips here you can make your home work for you, using (or at least starting with) what you have.

Author of 'Babe' Passes On

Dick King-Smith, whose book Babe the Gallant Pig inspired the hit 1995 movie Babe, died on January 4, 2011 at his home near Bath, England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before becoming a primary school teacher. He published more than 100 books — mostly about animals and often about pigs, his favorite. He once said of his animal stories, "I never dress my animals in clothes. They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the queen's English." His books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Mr. King-Smith's first wife died in 2000. He is survived by his second wife, 3 children and 14 grandchildren.

Chocolate for Alzheimer Patients

In a New York Times article about Alzheimer's Disease called The Vanishing Mind, the benefits of chocolate as a soother for aggitated nursing home patients was extolled. This is just one of alternative ways to treat individuals with Alzheimer's Physicians researchers are investigating.

Amazing (Homemade) Cakes

Ever wanted to try your hand at making an awesome, intricate cake to rival those seen on Amazing Wedding Cakes or Ace of Cakes? Start at your library, where we have almost 50 books on cake decorating, including some familiar faces from television.

Ace of Cakes: inside the World of Charm City Cakes by Duff Goldman and Willie Goldman

Make Your Own eBooks

Here's a fairly-quick way to turn websites, Microsoft Word documents, and plain text files into eBooks for your portable device or computer:
  1. Go to ebook.online-convert.com and select "Convert text to the ePub ebook format"
  2. Select the file from your computer, or copy/paste the URL of the file into the applicable form field
  3. Set the optional settings to reflect the title and author of the work
  4. Click "Convert File" to begin processing
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the converted file
  6. Transfer to your reading device per the specific device's instructions
I personally use an iPhone with the iBooks app. Loading a "book" onto my phone was as easy as emailing the file to myself and tapping the attached file from the Mail app.

Many readers also display PDF files. If you wish to read long-form content from your computer on your reader device, PDF print utilities like PDF reDirect for Windows or the built-in functionality on the Mac can provide a quick and compatible way to create eReader files.