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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables

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.

Grandparents Week 2011: September 12 - September 16

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.

Post-its Aren't Just for Notes Anymore

There is a war going on in Paris. It is known as La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it war). Office workers around the city are devoting large chunks of their day to outdoing neighboring offices' Post-it Note art displays. For some great photos, and more information, check out the Post-it War website and this NPR story.
[Image from Post-it War website]

Wildlife & Nature Travel Expedition

Put on your hiking boots and safari hat… we're going on an adventure with the guides from WANT Expeditions. We're off to the amazing country of Costa Rica with all its exotic wildlife and landscapes. This should be a very interesting program with lots of beautiful photography. Join us on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room — you're sure to be wowed.

Girl Scout Troop 40196 Book Campaign

Withdrawing books is an ongoing process at the library, and our thoughts are always on being “green” when it comes to disposing of withdrawn books. I have once again had the pleasure of working with the Girl Scouts. Maha Zahid, a member of Troop 40196 in Canton stared working this summer on her Silver Award and her plan was to set up a book donation campaign to collect books for Bennett Elementary School in Detroit. Bennett Elementary was closed in 2007 because of a fire and has been undergoing renovations with a scheduled reopening date of August 29th, but there were not enough funds to replace the library. Maha decided to help and contacted us about setting up a drop off box in the library. One thing led to another and we spent the summer donating withdrawn children’s books. Every Wednesday, Maha and her mother picked up the books from the library for delivery to Bennett this August.

Commemorating 9/11

A phrase often heard after the 9/11 tragedy was "we will never forget" and we certainly won't at the Canton Public Library. We have two events on Monday, September 12 to honor the 10th anniversary and those effected by the events of that day. First, at 9:00 AM in the front parking lot, we will witness a flag ceremony performed by the VVA 528 color guard. At 7:00 PM, we are pleased to welcome some of the members of the Michigan Philharmonic to perform some patriotic music. If anyone wishes to share memories or experiences of that day, please contact Marcia at 734-397-0999 x1079. God Bless America.

Back to Business School

We're going Back to Business School with a series of presentations geared to our local business community and entrepreneurs during their lunch hours at Noon. This five series offering begins September 13 and includes the following:

100 Best Nonfiction Books

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

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.

Career Transition Training

Registration is still open for the Michigan Shifting Gears Fall 2011, a career transition development program designed for business professionals looking to shift their skills for new job opportunities. This program is being offered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and runs from September 20 through December 23. Interested professionals are required to participate in one free informational webinar. Visit the Michigan Shifting Gears website for more information.

Canton Response to Hate Crime Coalition

The Canton Response to Hate Crime Coalition is committed to working to secure the right of every person in Canton to be free from hate crimes and bias-motivated incidents. What is a hate crime? Who are its victims? How do we prevent hate crimes? Come hear the answers and get ideas about how to guide your children in a tolerant, non-violent, non-bullying life. Bring your questions and concerns on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to Officer Dale Waltz of the Canton Public Safety Department and library director Eva Davis, Coalition co-chair. 

Big Little Felt Universe

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.

Hugo Awards 2011

The votes are in! The Hugo Award winner for best novel is Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis. In addition to the 2011 Hugo award, several of Willis' novels have received accolades including The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog.

Murder Will Out: Daggers Awards Nominees Announced

The British Crime Writers' Association has announced its shortlists for the 2011 Dagger Awards. This past May, Lindsey Davis was awarded The Diamond Dagger Award for sustained excellence in crime writing. Ms. Davis is the author of an historical mystery series featuring Marcus Didius Falco. She is considered the 'founder' of historical mysteries.

Vintners September Book Discussion

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

Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook

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.

National Spumoni Day

August 22 is National Spumoni Day! Spumoni, not to be confused with zamboni, is a multicolored Italian ice cream. When I was growing up, it was served at my Italian uncle's restaurant at the end of a meal. Best place to treat yourself to this hand-layered ice cream is at Alinosi's in Grosse Pointe.

New Chinese Books

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