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Happy Birthday, P. D. James

P. D. James celebrated her 90th. birthday on August 3. The author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries, Ms. James best known character is Adam Dagliesh, who has over the years risen to the status of Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard. The first novel in the Dagliesh series, Cover Her Face, was published in 1962. Ms. James recently wrote Talking About Detective Fiction a history of the detective novel.
[Photo: © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.]

Novi Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival

Visit the Rubber Stamp Show this weekend — Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 7th at the Rock Financial Center in Novi. Exhibitors will be displaying and selling supplies for art rubber stamping, scrap/memory books, card-making, paper crafting, book arts and calligraphy.

Hungry For More Hunger Games?

If you are feverishly awaiting the next, and final, segment of The Hunger Games, I have good news! Mockingjay will be available in only 24 days, on August 24th. Also, check out this link to watch the book trailer for Mockingjay.

Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List

There’s a new queen of baby names. Isabella took the crown from last year’s winner, Emma, to claim the top girl baby name of 2009. Jacob continued his remarkable run by holding onto the top boy name for the 11th year in a row over a new number two for boys, Ethan. New to the top 10 this year for boys are Jayden and Noah, and for girls, Mia. A complete list of baby names is on the Social Security Administration's site.

Last Chance to Nominate

Just a reminder that this coming Sunday, August 1, will mark the end of Crimespree Magazine’s nominating period for the 2010 Crimespree Awards. You are invited to choose as many as five mystery/crime novels in each of three categories:
  • Favorite Book of the Year
  • Favorite First Book of the Year
  • Best Book in an Ongoing Series
All novels must have been published in 2009.

So don’t wait. Send your nominations to jon@crimespreemag.com. Winners will be announced during opening night ceremonies at Bouchercon in San Francisco< (October 14-17).

Sound Garden

Come for a stroll at Canton’s 1st annual Sound Garden event. It will be taking place at the Lower Rouge Recreation Trail on Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-8:30PM. Light refreshments will be available and live music is going to be stationed along the trail for your enjoyment.

Check It Out Or Click It Out

When looking to check out a book, remember that in addition to traditional print and audiobook formats, the title you are looking for might be available in downloadable formats as well. Go to CPL's eBook website to click out a copy today!

Mr. Picassohead

Hey kids! Are feeling creative on a rainy afternoon? If so, check out Mr. Picassohead! This great website gives you the chance to create your very own piece of abstract art just like Pablo Picasso did. Have fun choosing faces, features, colors, and sizes for your creation then either print him out or email him to yourself. Maybe we'll see your creation in the museum someday!

Mind Games: Books With Psychological Drama and Suspense

If you're the kind of reader who enjoys psychological drama, suspense and mystery, give these books a try.

Book Worm for Kids

boy readingAttention all parents and kids that love books! This website, Book Worm for kids, is a great way to learn more about great books that are out there for you. The website lists new books, award winning books, and recommended books by age, from babies through teens. Readers can see a picture of the book, as well as a summary. Books are also categorized by Themes, Genre and Subject for children with specific interests. A great source for teachers and librarians as well.

Protect Yourself from Internet Fraud

You hear it all the time, "Internet identity theft on the rise." If you have been searching for a resource on identity theft protection and more, look no further. OnGuard Online is a website from the Federal Government in collaboration with businesses in the technology industry, which provides tips to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. OnGuard Online's Net Cetera provides information on how to keep children safe and secure online. These websites provide information and tutorials on spyware, online shopping, and much more. A Spanish version of this site is also available.

eBook Reader Comparisons

If you are in the market for an eBook Reader, you might wish to check in here to find more on specs, features, and the device's compatibility with the CPL eBook collection.

Author has a growing role in Afganistan

The author of the very popular Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson has had a growing role in advising the United States military personnel on cultural aspects of Afganistan, according to a recent article in The New York Times. This book has been a book club favorite, including the Canton Library's Lunch and a Book group, had a "young readers" edition for students produced, spawned a sequel Stones into Schools, and according to the NYTs article, has over 4 million copies in print.

Well-written, Character-driven Books

If you like well-written, character-driven books like the works by Jane Austen, Stephen King, and Anna Quindlen, you might like these titles:

Remembering Daniel Schorr

Veteran journalist Daniel Schorr passed away today at the age of 93. Born in the Bronx in 1916, Schorr began a 20-year career as a foreign correspondent in Western Europe in 1946, and later joined CBS News in 1953 as one of Murrow's Boys — the legendary news team put together by Edward R. Murrow.

New Korean Books

We have one batch of new Korean books on the shelf. Fiction titles include:Nonfiction titles include:

And we'll be getting more Korean books in the Fall!

I Just Want You To Know

I just want you to know: letters to my kids on love, faith, and family by Kate Gosselin is a very inspirational book about some of her life experiences, as well as letters to her 8 children on Love, Faith, and Family. Check out this item today!

Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.

Books

The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas.

Google Business Center

The library's Summer School for Small Business series is going strong! Our next class will be Google Business Center on Wednesday, July 28th from Noon-1:00PM. Find out how to advertise online, maximize your revenue, reach new customers, enhance your website and increase your productivity. No registration required.

Free Press Reader Contest Can Benefit CPL

You could help the Canton Public Library get $500 and win yourself a one-of-a-kind experience with Free Press Sports Editor Gene Myers in the Free Press Reader Envy contest. Vote for Gene and you could win an experience that includes a tour of the Free Press building, sitting in on a news meeting in which decisions are made for all sections of the paper, lunch at a downtown spot, watching the sports section come together, and other surprises. Plus, if Gene wins, the library will get a $500 donation. Enter the contest at the Free Press website. Deadline for entry is July 31, 2010. Review the contest rules.