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Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
and
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Felt Me a Smile

Felt me a smile-- for you by Toyoko Sugiwaka — There have been a lot of books about how to make cute stuff lately, and this one rises to the top for its unique approach. The first section includes photographs of the creations - vignettes of each object in its own little world or scene. Later in the workshop section, there are detailed instructions (with step by step photographs) so that you can create your own. Just flipping through this book will make you smile.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB's at it again! While it was snowy and freezing here in Michigan, LB went to sunny, warm Key West, Florida with Miss Marianne! LB must stand for Lucky Bear! There are lots of fun things to see in Key West — Lighthouses, Libraries, Post Offices, Fish, Butterflies and Cats! And you can eat lots of Key Lime Pie! One of the neatest things LB and Marianne did is they went to the most southern point of the whole United States and got their picture taken. You can almost see Cuba from there! Key West is also where Ernest Hemingway lived. Ernest Hemingway is an author who wrote books for grown ups. Some of his books take place in Michigan, because he lived here for awhile too. Then he moved to Key West and ate lots of pie and owned lots of cats. Make sure you check out all the pictures from LB's trip on Flickr! It sure sounds like he had fun! Until next time…
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Canton Township Needs Your Input

Canton is undertaking a Five Year Consolidated Planning process to determine the strategic goals for the Township’s housing and community development needs and how to best use its resources to address those needs. In addition, a portion of the planning process will include an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) so that important fair housing programs and policies can be reviewed. All of this information will be used to complete plans mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The most vital component of this planning process is the feedback provided by residents regarding the Township’s fair housing programs, affordable housing needs, homeless and special housing needs, and other non-housing community development needs. Below are two links to brief online surveys for you to record your input. All responses will be anonymous.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: Winter 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. We meet from 2:00-3:00PM, September through June in the library's Group Study Room A. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the meeting or can be picked up at Canton Public Library the following day. In Winter, 2011 we will be discussing:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen — (January 26, 2011)

Kabul Beauty School: an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez, with Kristin Ohlson — (February 23, 2011)

Tech Support in the Family

Google's recently-released site, Teach Parents Tech, features over 50 YouTube videos with friendly explanations of how to perform useful tasks on your computer. For instance, here's how to create a strong password:

You can send your relatives a "care package" of videos you think they'd find useful, or watch the videos yourself to brush up on computer skills.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

The Yarn Garden

The yarn garden : 30+ knits using plant-based fibers by J. Marsha Michler — Many of us like to keep our lives filled with natural things as much as possible, and this book offers some perhaps not-as-well-known options for knitting with natural fibers. You'll find that just because it's natural, it's not limited to frumpy styles or subdued tones. You can also check out a few free patterns that didn't make it into the book.

Super Science Site

Kids! Parents! Teachers! Check out TryScience. It is one awesome website that is entertaining and educational. Need an experiment idea for school? It has a deck of colorful cards with great experiments and all the info you need to complete the project. Want to visit a science museum or center while sitting at home? Just select one you would like to see from the deck of field trip cards. In the mood for some high-speed online gaming adventures? Just select from the adventure deck and go for it. You have your choice of nine languages to pick from. A search box is on every screen. Parents and teachers have their own sets of great options on pages created especially for them. Soon to come is a page for scientists and engineers. You have to see this site and poke around to really appreciate the just how much it offers. Do it now!

Spaghetti Book Club

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Did you know there are other students out there who have something to tell you about Altoona Baboona, or Aliens for Lunch? It may be that the best way for you to find out if you really want to read a book is to learn about it from another kid. The Spaghetti Book Club is a great site for you. It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids, for kids. You can look up book reviews by title, author, or kid reviewers in their state/school. Teachers will be interested in checking out the site too, which explains this literacy program that can help develop students reading and writing skills.

Remix Design with Marleen Prater

Don't settle for an average home when you can have a fabulous home with the advice decorator Marleen Prater of Remix Designs. Marleen will share her secrets for affordable re-mixed decorating to have your home looking its very best for the holidays. Join us on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. No registration is necessary.

15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay, and Poetry Contest

April 15, 2011 will celebrate the 64th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's color barrier breaking achievement as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Detroit Tigers invite Michigan schools to participate in the 15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest, celebrating this hero of Baseball. For more information, click here to be taken to the webpage on the Detroit Tigers website. Entries are due by 5:00PM March 4, 2011 and need to be submitted to:

Detroit Tigers, Inc.
Attn: Sam Abrams
Manager of Player Relations, Youth and Sports Programs
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Good luck!

Amy Butler's Style Stitches

Amy Butler's style stitches : 12 easy ways to 26 wonderful bags! by photographs by David Butler — Amy Butler is back with another great book of stylish items you can make yourself. This time it's handbags, and the variety of styles here means you're sure to find something that suits your needs. Because you can completely change the look of a bag by choosing a unique fabric, you could go with the bold prints Butler is known for, or select something different that makes the statement you're looking for.

Christmas Traditions, Why Are They?

Who made the first Nativity Scene? What is the symbolic meaning of the candy cane, the holly leaf or the Christmas tree? How did the legend of Santa Claus begin and why is kissing associated with mistletoe? Answers to these and other legends may be found at this website link.

To check out information on Christmas customs, crafts, recipes, movies, music, stories, legends, (or more), check out these sources in our library to enhance your enjoyment of this beautiful season!

Little Knitted Creatures

Little knitted creatures : 26 amigurumi designs by Amy Gaines — Of all the books I've seen on knitting cute little creations, this one is the most friendly to beginning knitters and would be ideal for tweens and kids who want to make their own critters. The instructions are clear, the techniques are not complicated, and the results are adorable.

End-Of-Year Tax Tip

Donate used books, music, movies & more
December is a great month to strategize last-minute ways to reduce your 2010 taxable income. Here's one idea: Go through your gently-used books, music CDs, CD-ROMs, movies and video games that haven't seen the light of day for months. You can donate them to Canton Public Library and then request a donation letter from the Receptionist. Most taxpayers who itemize on their tax return can take the fair market value of the donated items as a charitable donation, which translates into a tax deduction. (Seek information from a tax professional or the IRS if you're unsure how to do this). Donated items may show up either in the library's circulating collection or be passed along to the Friends of Canton Public Library, which operates the Second-Hand Prose store located in the southwest corner of the library (just past the magazine racks). Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit library acquisitions, reading programs and special events for patrons and the community. Please bring your donated items to the large brown donation shelter, located in the southwest area of the library parking lot (you'll see a large Book Donations sign there). Thank you for supporting your Canton Public Library!

Overdue Fines Change

Remember that we’re standardizing overdue fines throughout the library beginning January 4, 2011. Late charges on Children’s, Tween, and Teen materials will increase from 10¢ to 20¢ for each day they are returned after their due date. This increase will make fine amounts consistent throughout the collections. See our loan policies for more borrowing information.

Hot Soup on a Cold Day

The temperature has dropped and that means it is the perfect time to make a hearty pot of soup. If you agree, but are tired of the same old recipes, come in and take a look under 641.563. It's where you will find a ton of cookbooks all about soup — just like these:

Soups + sides by Catherine Walthers; photography by Alison Shaw

EatingWell comfort foods made healthy: the classic makeover cookbook by Jessie Price & the Editors of EatingWell