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Growing Tasty Tropical Plants In Any Home, Anywhere.

Growing tasty tropical plants in any home, anywhere by Laurelynn G. Martin and Byron E. Martin — Have you ever wanted to grow oranges, olives, or avocados, but thought that because we live in Michigan, it wasn't feasible? Think again - it can be done! This book outlines which tropical plants are best for beginners, where to grow which tropicals, how to prepare them for eating or drinking, and much more.

Not Just Business As Usual

If you're looking for that next great idea or just want to know how to think outside of the box, give these titles a try.

Breakthrough creativity: achieving top performance using the eight creative talents by Lynne C. Levesque

Discover your genius: ten secrets to breakthrough thinking from history's most revolutionary minds by Michael J. Gelb

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 15

The British government transfers newly married couple Martin and Claire Pendleton to Hong Kong in 1952. While her husband works, Claire teaches piano to a wealthy Chinese family. Bored and intrigued by the exotic cultural surroundings, she begins an affair with the family’s chauffeur. As his past and her present collide, Claire's carefully orchestrated world unravels. Join us on Monday, August 15 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room to discuss, The Piano Teacher.

International Cook-off and Demo

Note: This event has been canceled.

Do you make Grandma's pierogi recipe or Aunt Maria's spaghetti sauce? Cook up your cultural specialties and enter our international cooking contest. Bring your dish and 10 copies of the recipe to share. Here is a cool way to sample other dishes and win prizes too. Prizes will be awarded based on audience voting. Also watch an Indian cooking demonstration and sampling. Join us on August 9th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

Eating Green

Looking for tasty, fresh ingredients? A smaller grocery bill? A smaller carbon footprint? A smaller waistline?

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph, a newly launched website, invites people to take a picture from the past and photograph it, merging it into the present. Some of the submissions are funny, some are sad, and some are just strange. The website reminds me a lot of a favorite book, PostSecret, where anonymous postcards revealing secrets were collected for all to read. Both are worth a look.

Knitted Wild Animals

Knitted wild animals : 15 adorable, easy-to-knit toys by Sarah Keen — If you're looking for a cuddly, cute gift for a child, it's hard to beat a handknit toy. Included here are patterns for animals including the tiger you see on the cover as well as for an elephant, zebra, panda, crocodile, snake, warthog, koala, moose, penguin and more. Also included are basic knitting instructions, tips for construction, and other helpful hints.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
I'm on a roll now! I went to Outdoor Storytime today and earned my Reader badge! I have to admit… it was a little warm outside! But I think that's because I have my big fur coat. Storytime was super fun. I heard neat stories about Dots and a pig who likes pancakes. That second story made me hungry. I like pancakes too! It was so fun to see so many families outside enjoying stories today. I made lots of new friends and had a great time! Head over to Flickr to see the fun we had this morning!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
We're on a roll now! Thanks to the neat Three Cities Art Show here at the library this weekend, I earned another badge! The Artist Badge! First, I went and looked at all the art work and voted for my favorites. Then, I was feeling inspired, so I asked Miss Michelle to help me find some fun art books. And, Boy! Did she find me some! She even stopped to read a book with me! I like to read books by myself, but I really like to read books with people too. Three Badges down, seven to go. What Badge are you working on?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

International Games

Kids around the world like to have fun just like you. They just do it a little differently. Come learn some new games at our International Games Day on July 26th at 1:00PM. If it is nice and sunny, we'll meet out behind the library. The rain location is the Community Room inside the library. If you haven't earned your Multicultural Badge yet, this is a fun, easy way to claim it!

Canton Cricket

Wicket, gully, bowler, batsman… learn all about the game of cricket from the Michigan Cricket Association on Thursday July 21st from 7:00-8:30PM. A major sport in England and India, cricket is becoming more popular here in the United States. In fact, Canton recently unveiled the Township's first cricket field in Heritage Park. Find out more about this game of fierce competition and skill while earning a Connect Your Summer Sports Fan Badge! No registration necessary.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

Books on the Daily Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report feature notable authors constantly. If you're looking for a list of all the books from all the guests on either of those programs (going back to 2006), the Daily Show Book List and Colbert Report Book List might be for you. Please note that these are Amazon affiliate marketing pages not associated with the shows in any way [via reddit]. Here are some selections from 2011:

Through my eyes by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker

The savage city: race, murder, and a generation on the edge by T. J. English

Modern Vintage Style

Modern vintage style by Emily Chalmers ; words by Ali Hanan ; photography by Debi Treloar — Do you have an appreciation for items that have been around for awhile? For furniture that was carefully designed to fit a certain era or aesthetic? This book can help you pull it all together, including furniture, lighting, textiles, decorating, and collections, and displays. Even better, the second half of the book is dedicated to making a beautifully curated home actually livable for day-to-day use.

Children's Featured Films

It's one of the highest trafficked areas of Canton Public Library's Children's Department. We're talking about rows 20-22, where all the Children's Feature Films live. Here you'll find current favorites like Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, and Thomas the Tank Engine. You'll also find full length movies, like Tangled, The Sandlot, and The Great Muppet Caper, when they're not already checked out that is! Have a favorite cartoon from when Mom and Dad were little? We probably have those too! Movies check out for a week and are free! So stop here first the next time you plan a Family Movie Night.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
So LB and I have earned our next Connect Your Summer badge. LB had an adventure in Seattle, and we earned the Adventurer Badge! Before he left, I started reading all sorts of books about Washington State, so I knew where LB was going. It's quite a cool state! There are lots of mountains, and ocean. LB even saw a seal!

But the real adventure happened at Pike Place Fish Market. The Market is a lot like Canton's Farmers Market, except that it's open every day and is a lot bigger than ours. And they sell fish! They don't just sell fish, however, they also THROW them! When LB went to the market, they were throwing more than just fish. Here's a video to prove it!

Man. LB gets to have all the fun. Over on Flickr you can see all the other fun things LB did in Seattle, including his visit to Seattle Public Library. LB's just itching to get to go on another adventure soon. I can't wait to see where he goes next!

Goodness! The summer is almost half over! I'm going to have to start working double time on my badges to have them all earned by the end of the summer! Hope you are having fun earning all of yours! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Hugo Award Winning Science Fiction

Looking for a great science fiction read? These Hugo Award winners have been voted as being the best in their genre.

Salad as a Meal

Salad as a meal : healthy main-dish salads for every season by Patricia Wells ; photography by Jeff Kauck — If, like me, you planted too much lettuce in your garden this year, you'll find this book useful. It includes a wide variety of salad meals to suit a variety of tastes. I think the first one I'll try is Provence on a Plate: Eggplant, tomatoes, goat cheese, and tapenade.