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Win a Prize for Donating Blood This Month

Donate a pint of blood at the Canton Public Library on Friday, August 24 any time between 10:00 AM and 3:45 PM, and you may win a $500 gas card.

The 43 hospitals in the tri-county area alone use 900 pints… per day! So, swear off caffeine and chocolate for the day, and eat high-iron foods like raisins, beef, broccoli, tomatoes and watermelon. Then come in and help save a life. Reservations are being accepted now: in person at the Reception Desk, by phone at 734-397-0999 ext. 1071, or by email to gladdenk@cantonpl.org.

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens, is author Libba Bray's newest book. If you have read anything by Libba Bray (Going Bovine, The Sweet Far Thing, A Great And Terrible Beauty) you already know she is a master with words. Her newest book is perfect for anyone who ever wanted to be a Beauty Queen, as well as those who don't. This book is filled with mystery, suspense, and romance, and will not disappoint.

Aging In Place

If you are considering modifying your home to accommodate a family member with limited physcical capabilities the Hartford offers several guidebooks on the subject.   Modern Ideas discusses in-home design alterations and Simple Solutions reviews products that help with vision  or hearing loss conditions. Download these guidebooks free at www.thehartford.com/lifetime.

Garden Up!

Garden up! : smart vertical gardening for small and large spaces by Susan Morrison & Rebecca Sweet — Like a lot of gardeners, I have filled up the spaces in my yard and am often looking for more creative ways to use my limited space. This book has a wealth of ideas for small spaces like mine but also for large gardens. It starts with the basics - arbors and trellises - and moves on to less common techniques like living walls and growing edibles vertically. There's plenty of inspiration here!

Learn Microsoft Publisher

Want to create an eye-catching brochure for your business, a flyer for your garage sale, or invitation cards for an upcoming party? Learn to use Microsoft Publisher to create them! There are a lot of templates for you to choose from.
Date: August 18
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Internet Lab
Online Registration opens at 9:00 AM on August 4. This is the first time we offer this class. Space is limited. Register early.

Ramadan 2011

For more than a billion Muslims around the world, including some 8 million in North America, Ramadan is a month of fasting, marked by prayer, fasting and charity. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays move each year. This year Ramadan began at sundown on August 1st.
On this occasion we send our greetings to all Muslims worldwide and special Ramadan Kareem to Muslims in North America.

The National Jukebox

The Library of Congress recently unveiled a fantastic new site called the National Jukebox which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. Included are more than 10,000 recordings orginally made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925 that were originally issued on labels now owned by Sony Entertainment. Available selections come from several genres including classical, blues, ragtime, jazz, religious, spoken word and even yodeling and whistling! The database will be increased on a regular basis with contributions from other Sony-owned labels such as Columbia and Okeh.

Do you Know What Goes in to Eating Animals?

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer's newest book, discusses the complex issues that surround the meat we consume. This ranges from animal welfare to health to politics. Foer employs his unique voice to reveal the commonplace, yet horrendous practices that occur in the factory farming industry. The facts unearthed through his investigative jounalism argue cases for both a selective omnivore diet and a vegetarian diet. This book is shocking, fascinating, and may challenge the reader's everyday eating practices and beliefs. We have it in multiple formats:

Eating animals [book] by Jonathan Safran Foer

Simple Knitting

Simple knitting : a complete how-to-knit workshop with 20 projects by Erika Knight ; [photography by Yuki Sugiura] — The "simple" in the title of this book refers to the fact that knitting doesn't have to be difficult, but it also points to the streamlined, unadorned style of these projects. Made from mostly earth-toned yarns and in earth-friendly fibers, these knitted objects have a modern feel.

Book Club Choices: August 2011

Book groups: Tried Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide containing book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. For more information call the Adult Reference Desk at 734-397-0999 ext.

Time was… Time is…

August 17 marks the 225th birthday of American legend Davy Crockett. Although much lore surrounds the life of the coonskin-capped frontiersman, the truth is actually a different story–and just as interesting. History buffs will find Michael Wallis' new biography, David Crockett: The Lion of the West, a compelling portrait of the man.

Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella by Neil Lanctot

Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England by Matthew P.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

Cutting for stone [kit]: a novel by Abraham Verghese. A great title for book clubs, this is the story of twin brothers born of a secret union beween an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Ethiopia. They are orphaned by their mother's death and father's disappearance but share a fascination with surgery. The story moves between Addis Ababa and New York City and is filled with medical details. Love, betrayal and tragedy provide an unforgettable read.

Attention Inventors and Do It Yourself Auto Enthusiasts

Ford Motor Company TechShop, a membership based workshop that provides members affordable access to industrial tools & equipment, have announced a collaborative effort in the city of Detroit called TechShop Detroit. The Detroit studio will feature over $1 million in high-tech equipment and include everything from top-quality prototyping tools and industrial-grade sewing and textile equipment to laser cutting, welding and machine shop-type gear. As part of the arrangment Ford will incorporate a first-of-its-kind "Innovation Exchange" with the nonprofit organization AutoHarvest.

Captain America, the Movie

Summer is passing us by ever so quickly! Be sure to spend some time in an air conditioned movie theater watching Captain America: The First Avenger. Get sucked into the mythic world of Captain America and hold on during all the edge-of-your seat action. While you are waiting to see the flick, be sure to check out our graphic novel titles involving Captain America.

Fly Fishing with James DiStefanis

Local author James DiStefanis shares his knowledge and passion for fly fishing on Wednesday, August 3rd from 7:00-8:30PM. Learn how to tie a fly and perhaps cast a line or two. No registration necessary.

Backyard Games for the Whole Family

Join us Thursday, July 28, 1:00-3:00PM for Backyard Games! We'll have badminton, bocce ball, croquet, lawn bowling, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, and a bunch more. Bring back the joy of summer with this all ages event!

[Photo by Rachel Monroe on flickr]

Best in Show Dog Show

Which will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours?
  1. Register your dog (starting Saturday, July 23) and
  2. Fill out and return the waiver form by 9:00PM Friday, August 5th
Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for:
  • Best Costume
  • Best Trick
  • Best Behaved
  • Best Looking
  • Best Largest
  • Best Smallest
  • Best in Show
Winners will receive fabulous prizes.

Get American Kennel Club information and freebies from many local dog organizations. Meet Scoop the Newshound. Watch demonstrations from our Canton Police K-9 Unit and Canton's Pro K-9 Dog Trainer. Enjoy a free hot dog and pop. Don't miss Canton Public Library's event of the summer! No registration is required for people to attend — only dogs! See you on August 6 at 10 AM behind the library in tents.

Kanzashi Flower Class

Join us Saturday July 30th at 2:00PM as CPL librarian and local artist Laura Fawcett teaches the Japanese art of kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi are beautiful folded fabric-petal flowers you can wear in your hair or as a pin. Class participants will learn basic fabric folding techniques and make a hair clip to take home. All materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. Ages 12 and up — Registration required. Don't forget, joining us for this program would be a great way to earn the Artist Badge for Connect Your Summer!