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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

QR Codes

By now, you have probably noticed these funny looking boxes on everything from cereal to restaurant menus. You have also probably wondered what the heck they are and if they matter to you. Well, these black and white squares are actually called QR codes, a type of 2D barcode meant to be read by smartphones. Originally created by a Toyota subsidiary in Japan to track automotive parts, these black and white boxes are now being used to pass along text, web addresses and all sorts of information to smartphones. Companies are using these codes to direct customers to everything from sweepstakes entry forms to job applications. Get scanning today with one of the many smartphone apps that enable you to scan and read QR codes — like NeoReader & BeeTagg Reader (just to name a few).

Anatomy of a Crime Novel

Libby Fischer Hellmann, a Chicago-based author of crime novels will be conducting two fee-based workshops this Fall on how to write a crime novel. Ms. Hellmann has been twice-nominated for an Anthony Award and once for an Agatha.

For more information and/or to register go to Libby Fischer Hellmann's Writing Workshops.

Easy innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Library Jokes

Do you love jokes? How about jokes specifically related to libraries? Well, here's a great website that is full of library jokes and cartoons.

Knitting Block by Block

Knitting block by block by Nicky Epstein — It is amazing how many projects can be constructed by using blocks. In this book, renowned knitter and designer Nicky Epstein shows 150 different blocks you can use to create sweaters, afghans, bags, scarves, and a bunch of other items. She includes so many different techniques in these blocks that even experienced knitters may learn some new ones.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 19

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian is about a road trip. An elderly married couple from the Detroit area decide to take their RV on a nostalgic ride along Route 66 to Disneyland for one last vacation to remember and relive the past. It's not so much about the destination, as it is getting there. So take a journey with us and be a tourist on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Purple Room.

Murder Will Out: The Godfather of Goth

John Cusack will portray Edgar Allan Poe, the "godfather of goth" in the upcoming movie The raven. Author Edgar Allan Poe forms a reluctant partnership with a police detective to catch a murderer who kills his victims by following elements of Poe's stories. Alice Eve plays Poe's love interest, Alice, and Luke Evans plays the police detective. The film is directed by James McTeigue. The raven is due in the theaters in March 2012.

Canton Observer Back Issues are now Online

Through a generous donation from our Friends, all our Canton Observer back issues are now online. You can browse issue by issue from November 1974 to December 2010, or search across multiple issues. What a great convenience! No more messing with the microfilm! Remember those days when interest rate was at 7.5% and the FDIC only insured up to $40,000? Look no further than in the December 1974 issue to find this bit of nostalgia!

Time Marches On

History is full of days and years which have special meaning. 1492? Columbus discovered America. 1776? America declared its independence. 1929? The stock market crashed. We all learned about these significant dates in school. However, these are just some of the years in history worth remembering - for better or for worse.

Understanding Garden Design

Understanding garden design : the complete handbook for aspiring designers by Vanessa Gardner Nagel — August may seem like an odd time to be designing a garden, but it's never the wrong time to plan and this book is all about planning. It includes instructions and information on overall design, working with the natural features of the landscape, irrigation, lighting, and much more. It also includes tips and suggestions for what to plant in what sorts of places in your garden for a pleasing overall effect.

Deadline has Arrived for MESP 2011

Good luck to everyone to entered the Destination College Savings sweepstakes! All entries had to postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. Therefore, the entry forms will no longer be available in the library. Thank you to all who participated. Let's hope this awesome education program will be offered again next summer.

Summer Celebration

Celebrate the end of summer with some fun in the sun. Activities include games, music, magic, farm animals and ice cream. All activities will take place behind the library.
Program Date: Saturday, August 13, Noon-2:00 PM

The Homesteading Handbook

The homesteading handbook : a back to basics guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more by Abigail R. Gehring — Are you interested in being more self-sufficient? This book is truly a one-stop resource for virtually all aspects of homesteading including herbal medicine, useful crafting, keeping animals like chickens and goats, building sheds and other small structures, canning, generating energy, growing edibles, and more. If all that sounds like a lot of work, it also includes fun things like how to make your own ice cream.