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Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011)

British writer Diana Wynne Jones passed away today at the age of 76. She was the author of many works of fantasy fiction that are enjoyed by both children and young adults. One of her novels, Howl's Moving Castle, was made into an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. Find a more complete list of her books and see what other great books by Diana Wynne Jones are available at the Canton Public Library.

Adults Writing Children's Lit Group

The Adults Writing Children's Lit Group will meet on Saturday, April 9th from 2-3 PM in the Purple Room. If you are interested in writing for children, join us as we share our work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. No registration required.

2011 Michigan Senior Citizen of the Year Award Program

Each year the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging join to honor outstanding contributions by Michigan's older citizens. The Senior Citizen of the Year Award highlights the contributions to civic and social life made by persons aged 60 years and older. Awards are given in two categories:

  • Leadership in the community
  • Service provided to others

Below are guidelines and nomination forms for the 2011 award. Nominations must be submitted by organizations and signed by the presiding officer, e.g., the executive director, CEO, or board president. Nominations must be postmarked by Monday, May 2, 2011 and sent to:

Murder Will Out: Sherlock

BBC One’s Sherlock, a clever, fast-paced TV updating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Victorian detective saga, has won the 2010 Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Drama Series. "This was one of the most original and entertaining new series for years," the society declared in a canned statement. If you didn't get a chance to watch Sherlock on PBS, check it out at Canton Public Library.

Did you Know March is National Nutrition Month?

There are multiple benefits to good nutrition. Good nutrition is essential for the maintenance and health of you and your body. It is known that good nutrition can provide mental health relief, promote sleep, and increases energy. Good nutrition also provides the body with the nutrients it needs to fight of disease and germs. Great books to help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle are:

The low GI diet revolution: the definitive science-based weight loss plan by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell

Microgreens

Microgreens: how to grow nature's own superfood by Fionna Hill — Most of us are trying to find new ways to eat better, but what the heck are microgreens? They're larger than sprouts but smaller than baby salad greens, making them perfect to add to a variety of dishes. From stuffed mushrooms to vinaigrette dressing to frittata, the possibilities are myriad. They're easy to grow, even for kids, and how cool would it be to have a houseplant that you can eat?

National Book Foundation eNewsletter

National Book Foundation has been honoring great American books for the past 60 years. In the current eNewsletter from February through April of 2011, the Foundation will host a retrospective examining more than sixty years of American poetry. The retrospective will include a daily blog featuring essays by emerging poets on all past Winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, as well as a series of public programs in three U.S. cities.

Book Club Choices: March 2011

Is your book group looking for a good read?

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

The other Boleyn girl by Philippa Gregory

The piano tuner by Daniel Mason

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Elizabeth Taylor passed away today at the age of 79. She was well-known for her roles in prominent films, her illustrious marriages, and as an eccentric life-long celebrity. If you would like to rekindle memories of this wonderful actress, you can find the following at Canton Public Library:

DVDs

Cat on a hot tin roof

Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Islam Awareness Week — Muslim Women in Canton

Living As Muslim Women In Canton will feature the daily lives of several professional women, including business owners, doctors, engineers, students, scholars, mothers and more. Join us on March 24 at 7:00PM in the Community Room to hear the accomplishments and challenges of being Muslim in Canton. This program is presented by members of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in celebration of Islam Awareness Week.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 18

Please join us on Monday, April 18 in the Purple Room for a book discussion on Rhoda Janzen's laugh-out-loud memoir of life with her Mennonite family called, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. After going through a painful divorce and recovery from a debilitating car accident, Ms. Janzen returns to her parents' home to regroup. Hilarity ensues.

CPL Quilt Group

Meeting Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room.

We will be featuring Strip Quilting this month. Grace will demonstrate this quick and easy method of putting together quilt tops.

This is a good way for someone to start quilting. There are also more difficult patterns for the more accomplished quilters. Check out The Art of Classic Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig; Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam Lintott; and Strip Quilting by Diane Wold.

Luxe Knits

Luxe knits: the accessories: couture adornments to knit & crochet by Laura Zukaite; photography by Cathrine Westergaard — Accessories can be so satisfying to knit — they're usually pretty quick to make and they can refresh your wardrobe without buying a bunch of new clothes. This book features a streamlined style with a focus on lightweight yarns and tonal dyes. The patterns range in complexity from beginner to advanced.

The Lincoln Lawyer on the Big Screen

2011 Everyone's Reading The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is now showing at a theater near you. Matthew McConaughey plays a believable 'Mick' Haller (shortened from Mickey in the books) and Marisa Tomei plays Maggie McPherson, Haller's first wife.

New Writing Contest

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is promoting a new writing contest on their blog. Reading Rockets/AdLit.org's Citizen Writer contest!
This contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Good luck!

Michael Connelly at the Berman Theatre

Note: Tickets for this event are sold out as of Thursday, April 7, 2011.

Tickets for the 2011 Everyone's Reading author, Michael Connelly's talk are still available. He will be speaking on Thursday, April 14 at 7:30PM at The Berman Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (6600 West Maple Road West Bloomfield Township, MI 48322). The Lincoln Lawyer, a Mickey Haller book, was chosen as Metro Net Library Consortium's 2011 Everyone's Reading selection.

Crafting a Meaningful Home

Crafting a meaningful home: 27 DIY projects to tell stories, hold memories, and celebrate family heritage by Meg Mateo Ilasco; photographs by Thayer Allyson Gowdy — We all want our homes to be reflections of who we are, but sometimes it's hard to know what will make that happen. This book has a variety of projects that you can make personal by incorporating your own fond memories or keepsakes. For a quick peek, check out this book trailer.