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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)

The girl who p

2010 Shamus Awards Announced

The following books and authors have won the 2010 Shamus Awards, bestowed by the Private Eye Writers of America in recognition of the private eye genre and its writers.

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel

Locked in by Marcia Muller — (Grand Central)

Also nominated

The silent hour by Michael Koryta — (Minotaur)

Quilt Night

Drop in and join other quilters to share ideas, skills, patterns and scraps. All skill levels are welcome at 7:00PM on November 3 and the first Wednesday of each month.
Next date will be December 1st. Registration not required.

Weird Michigan History

Reasearcher, archivist, author and lecturer, John E.L. Tenney, will share stories of weird Michigan ghosts, hauntings, monsters, secret societies and conspiracies that make up our unique history.

Teens and adults, please join us on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00PM. No registration required.

Breast Health Month

Canton geneticist, Alyssa Knisset, of Oakwood Hospital will discuss breast health and family connections on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. Have you had your mammogram recently? No registration required.

Happy Birthday Reidel Anthony!

Celebrating a birthday today is Reidel Anthony, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is turning 34 years old today! Some ways you can celebrate include checking out a book on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, peek at the Tampa Bay official website, or go outside and toss around the ol' football with some friends. Maybe even eat a little cake, too.

The Nonstop Garden

The nonstop garden : a step-by-step guide to smart plant choices and four-season landscapes by Stephanie Cohen & Jennifer Benner — We would all love for our gardens to be bursting with color and interest all year long, but it takes a little planning to achieve. Cohen and Benner offer a number of strategies for designing a year-round garden and have included ten design plans for those just starting as well as loads of suggestions for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and more.

Little Green Dresses

Little green dresses: 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more by Tina Sparkles; photographer, Erica Beckman — Looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe without spending big bucks? Here you'll find lots of ideas for revamping existing clothing in your closet or from a thrift store, places to find inexpensive fabric, and sewing instructions for all levels. These patterns are printed so that you can photocopy onto larger paper and sew from there. Check out this Q&A with author Tina Sparkles at Craftzine.com.

Public Libraries Help Grandparent Caregivers

In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, one out of every ten children in the United States now lives with their grandparents. The increasing number of families with two working parents rely upon grandparents or an older relative for caregiving. Canton Public Library offers Grandparent Fun at the Canton Public Library, a 45-minute multigenerational program for children and their grandparent(s) on Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, November 3.

Guide to Michigan Vegetable Gardening

Guide to Michigan vegetable gardening by James A. Fizzell

This is the ultimate guide to veg gardening in Michigan and includes just about everything you could ever want to know about growing your own food here in MI. In addition to full sections on virtually all the vegetables you might want to grow, this book also includes up-to-date county extension information, a hardiness zone (we're 6a here in Canton) map, and freeze. frost and precipitation details. Definitely recommended for local gardeners at all levels of experience.

Try a classic for your next book club

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — Credited by some as the first true Romance novel, this classic tale of a young governess who falls in love with her employer is full of drama and passion. Evidence of the book's enduring appeal is over 600 Amazon.com reviewers have rated this book 5 stars.

Fiction Set in (or just after) World War II

The following novels focus on interpersonal relationships, exploring romantic entaglements and friendships during this time of global upheaval:

The Granville sisters by Una-Mary Parker

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The wedding officer: a novel of culinary seduction by Anthony Capella

When It Drops

When it drops is an attractive, concise website for seeing all the new movies, albums, DVDs, video games, and books that come out in a given week. It also features an RSS feed. [via kottke and The Daily Dish]

Looking for a quick way to see what's in our catalog on other websites, such as When it drops? Try our bookmarklet, available on our Tools page. Not familiar with bookmarklets? Read how to use them.

Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas is Wonderland! There are no clocks in the casinos. If you need to know the time, bring your watch.

The casinos have many shows to see, from the fantastic to Broadway to comedy. There's something for everyone.

There are many surrounding sights to see, such as Hoover Dam. Check the library for resources, such as travel books, DVDs,and maps.

Incredible Edibles

Incredible edibles : 43 fun things to grow in the city by Sonia Day ; photography Barrie Murdock

If you're looking for a few good edibles to grow, this book is a great place to start. Even if you only have a patio, balcony, or other limited area, almost all of these 43 plants are doable. These edibles are also versatile ingredients for a home cook, and are for the most part quite easy to grow. Large, crisp photographs make this book a winner.

Estate Planning with the Canton Community Foundation

The experts from the Canton Community Foundation will share their expertise on estate planning. Topics covered will include estate taxes and charitable gift annuities. Join us on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00PM in the Community Room to start your plan today!

Breast Health Month

Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by arming yourself with important information. Alyssa Knisley, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center genetic counselor, will share her expertise and skills with us on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. Join us for "must know" facts that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Have you had your mammogram this year?

30 Notable 30s

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so it seems like the perfect time to note some of the other notable 30s in our history and popular culture:
  • The Thirty Years War lasted from 1618-1648. Fought primarily in what is now Germany, it eventually involved most of Europe. Although it began as a religious conflict it gradually  turned into one of the most desctructive in European history
  • thirtysomething. This television popular drama about baby boomers in their thirties ran on ABC from 1987-1991.

The Felted Bag Book

The felted bag book : 21 simple projects for every occasion by Susie Johns

Are you in the market for a sturdy bag that you can make yourself? You may find just the thing in this book of over twenty felted projects. They range from clutches to purses to totes and use a variety of techniques: knitting, crochet, wet felting, and reusing existing materials. Crafters with some experience will have a head start, but there are also projects here for beginners.