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Rock for Jobs: Friday, November 26

Alto Reed, Bob Seger's sax man, is coming home for Thanksgiving, and plans to swing that big bass sax around at the Fillmore with his Motor City All Stars on Friday, Nov. 26. The Motor City All-Stars also include a Brit, Spencer Davis who played with Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group), as well as Mitch Ryder, the Howling Diablos, the Motor City Horns, Motown diva Martha Reeves, and Jeff Daniels has recently been added. "It's an effort to create jobs," Reeves said of the Goodwill program that will benefit from a percentage of the proceeds. Tickets, from $10-$35, are on sale now.

Brave New Knits

Brave new knits : 26 projects and personalities from the knitting blogosphere by Julie Turjoman ; foreword by Jessica Marshall Forbes ; photography by Jared Flood — If you follow knitting blogs, many of the names here will sound familiar: Stefanie Japel, Shannon Okey, Hilary Smith Callis, and more. Included here are many sweaters (lots of them cardigans), hats, scarves, socks, and more.

"Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive November 17 & 18

Last year, you helped us collect over 17,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. This year, we're going for a truck full. Fat Chef in a Little Coat owners Steve and David Hulett have donated a truck for the cause and our director, Eva Davis, will camp out while we fill it.

We're asking for your help to "Stuff the Truck" so bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 17 and 18. Open packages, pull ups and swim diapers are all acceptable; if diapers are loose, please label with the size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.

The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook

The sewing machine attachment handbook by Charlene Phillips — Many of us who sew start out with the basic presser foot and can sew happily for quite some time without the need to use any other attachments. But there are a ton of useful attachments that can make particular sewing techniques a breeze, and allow you to expand your repertoire to include effects you might have thought were too complicated. Just flipping through this book, I discovered several attachments I'd never heard of which I know will save me time and effort.

Election 2010

November 2, 2010 is election day, and Michigan residents face many decisions this year — including selecting a new Governor. Get prepared for Tuesday by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center. This site contains all your necessary information including polling locations and more. Don't forget to check out the League of Women Voters Guide which can be helpful in sorting through all the candidates and issues.

Gifted: Lovely Little Things to Knit and Crochet

Gifted : lovely little things to knit and crochet by Mags Kandis — As the cold weather comes in, we're all looking for something cozy to keep us warm. These projects, which are knitted, crocheted, and some felted, are ideal gifts because they are all so manageable in size that they won't take very long to make.

Fall Crafts

Pumpkins, turkeys and leaves abound, as there are so many fun crafts to offer kids and parents this time of year. Trim your Thanksgiving table with some special additions, or learn how to make a delicious turkey treat to gobble up. There are plenty of ideas out there to inspire your creativity and fun!

Ghost Stories

Whether your interest is scholarly pursuit or just a desire to be scared out of your wits, we've compiled a list of films and audiobooks, both frightening and humorous; books, both fiction and fact; and websites to visit for those curious about the supernatural.

Feature Films

The following films will either have you at the edge of your seat or falling off your seat laughing.

An American haunting by AfterDark Films; MediaPro Pictures; Midsummer Films; Redbus Pictures; Remstar Films; Sweetpea Entertainment — This movie is based on the true story of The Bell Witch of Tennesee. In 1818, slight, unexplained noises were heard in the Bell family's home. As the spirit grew, it increasingly persecuted the father, John, and his daughter, Betsy and began speaking to the family, although it refused to say why it was there. It pronounced a death sentence on John and within a year, he was dead. The film explains what happened on the night the spirit was born and what led to its horrific acts of torment.

Ghostbusters by Columbia Pictures, a Black Rhino/Bernie Brillstein production — When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters! Stars Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd.

30 Big Links of 1980

Jimmy Carter, U.S President. A first ever 24-hour all news network CNN launched by Ted Turner. Gordie Howe, professional hockey player, retired after 32 seasons. New York Islanders won their first Stanley cup. University of Michigan lost to North Carolina at the Gator Bowl 15 to 17. Consumers first saw cordless phones on the market. 3M's post-it notes sold nationwide. The Olsen brothers manufactured the first Rollerblades in their parents’ basement in Minnesota. WordPerfect, a word processing application, being sold by Satellite Systems International (SSI). John Lennon, former Beatles rock star, shot and killed outside his apartment in Manhattan. George Nichopoulos indicted for over-prescribing drugs for Elvis Presley. Ronald Reagan elected 40th

Romantic Gardens

Romantic gardens : nature, art, and landscape design by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Elizabeth S. Eustis, John Bidwell — Gardening season is winding down here, but we can always go to a book like this to tide us over. The authors focus on gardens of all types in the Romantic period and include drawings, paintings, and hand-drawn landscape plans of the era. Art lovers and history buffs will enjoy this just as much as gardeners.

"Oh Say Can You See" Contest

Our CPL History post on October 25 talks about our grand opening celebration and the flag raising ceremony with the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars so here's a contest question for you based on the American flag. Be the first to post the correct answer to this question in the comment of this post, along with a link to the CPL database where you found the answer and win a prize.

Here's the question: On what date was the stars and stripes pattern adopted as the official flag and by whom?

Ghost Hunting for Teens and Adults

Paranormal investigator and psychic medium, Kristy Robinett, wonders if you believe that there is more than "us" in this existence? With over 15 years of paranormal investigative experience and some very intriguing tales to share, Kristy will advise on the do's and don'ts while ghost hunting. Join us, if you dare, on Tuesday October 26th from 7:00-8:30PM, no registration necessary.

Simply Sublime Gifts

Simply sublime gifts : high-style, low-sew projects to make in a snap by Jodi Kahn ; photography by Scott Jones ; illustrations by Kate Francis — We all love the idea of a handmade gift, but often it's difficult to make the time to create something from scratch. No worries! Here you'll find nearly 30 gifts that you can make from materials as easily at hand as dishtowels, shammy cloths, and empty cardboard containers like cereal boxes. Some of the patterns are even available online.

How to: Register Online for Programs


If you'd like a quick walk-through of registering for programs, just watch the YouTube video above.
  1. Have a Canton Public Library card
  2. Click the link to the Program Calendar
  3. Find the date of the program you wish to attend. Often there are more programs than display by default — click "All" at the bottom of the day to see a full list
  4. When you have found the program you're interested in, hover over the icon graphic to see how many slots are available. If there are open seats, click the icon to proceed
  5. Clicking the icon will take you to a login screen if you are not already logged in. Enter your name and library card barcode, then press the submit button to log in
  6. Review the program information on the registration page. If all the information is correct, click 'Submit' to register
  7. If all has worked properly, you should reach a confirmation page with no on-screen warnings. If you do not reach a confirmation page or are shown an on-screen warning, please contact the library
  8. If you need to register more than one person (more than one library card), you must log out and re-do the process using the other card
If you log in to your patron record, you can manage the programs for which you're registered. If you're registered for programs, there will be a link at the top, near your name and address.

Common Problems

If you get an on-screen warning, there could be several things blocking you from registering:
  • You may be the wrong age for the program. Please check the age requirements and make sure that the library card you are using belongs to the appropriate child
  • You may have already registered for another section of the program. Please check My Account to see if your card is already registered
  • Your card may not be updated. Please visit the checkout desk, or call 734-397-0999 (option #3)

Waiting Lists

We do not maintain waiting lists for programs. However, extraordinarily popular programs tend to have sessions added as necessary. Also, there are some online cancelations, so diligence checking the page can often get you a spot.

The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting

The complete photo guide to knitting by Margaret Hubert — This guide is a perfect choice for someone just learning to knit, but is also a handy reference for more experienced knitters. The photographs are extremely clear, making it easy to connect the instructions with the look of the technique being demonstrated. There are also a handful of fun patterns appropriate for beginner to intermediate knitters.

Living the Dream: How to Solar Power Your House and Save the World

Do you believe you can make a difference and help change the world?

Stephen Forrest will talk about his experiences with his "off-the-grid" house in Vermont. Forrest is Vice President of Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Professor of Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics.

Dr. Forrest will speak at the Hatcher Library Gallery at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00PM.

Aphasia

Did you know over a million Americans live with Aphasia every day and it can occur in people of any age?  What's  Aphasia?  It is a language disorder usually caused by a stroke, head injury, tumor, or neurological disease.  Aphasia affects talking, understanding, reading and writing.   A good book to read is Stroke Recovery Book by Kip Burkman.  Also, speaking first hand from a loved one who had a stroke there is a speech-language program at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP).  They are committed to providing intensive state-of-the-art therapy

Video Games Actually Lead To Workplace Success

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver Business School has determined that employees who are trained on video game software are much more likely to retain the information they had learned. However, it was found that not all video games were equally as good when it comes to training. Video games with active participation were more effective then games with a more passive theme. Who says games are only for children?

2010 Anthony Awards Announced at Bouchercon

Announcing the results of 2010 Anthony Awards:

Best Novel

The brutal telling by Louise Penny — (Minotaur)

Also nominated

The last child by John Hart — (Minotaur)

The mystic arts of erasing all signs of death : a novel by Charlie Huston — (Ballantine Books)

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