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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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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.