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Far, Far Away: Fictitious Journeys

On glorious wings : the best flying stories of the century by edited and introduced by Stephen Coonts

Up in the air by Walter Kirn

Summerland by Michael Chabon

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles

July is National Blueberry Month!

Some fun facts about blueberries:
  1. The blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the United States
  2. The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey
  3. A single bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries a year
  4. There are only three commercial fruits native to North America: blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes
Learn more about National Blueberry Month.

More Than Temperatures Put Elderly At Risk

The State of Michigan's Office of Services to the Aging — Michigan Seniors has issued a warning to all older adults and their caregivers about the impact summer heat has on older adults. "Because aging affects the body's ability to respond to summer heat, older adults are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat fatigue, heat cramps and heat exhaustion, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA)."

The Rock Garden Plant Primer

The rock garden plant primer : easy, small plants for containers, patios, and the open garden by Christopher Grey-Wilson

If you have a rock garden and are looking for plants, this book is for you. If you don't have a rock garden but are looking for groundcovers or low-growing flowering plants, this book is for you, too. Inside you'll find detailed descriptions of hundreds of plants, as well as lists of which ones grow best in particular conditions, and general information about how to create your own rock garden. Many of these plants work well in weather like we're having right now (hot!).

New Malayalam Books

A fresh batch of Malayam books is on the shelves.

Fiction titles include:Nonfiction titles include:

Peril on the Sea

Working to Improve Our Service to You

Our new returns system is here! This new system will allow us to better serve you and more accurately handle the 2 million+ items you checkout each year by automatically checking in returns as you put them into the slot. "Why aren't my returned items checked in yet"? is the most common question we receive over the phone and through our website, and our new system will take care of most of those issues.

With our budget cuts due to the recession — we've cut nearly 20%, or $1.2 million, from our budget since 2008 — we have held nearly all vacant positions open to save money. With fewer people working, but ever-increasing demand for materials (we hit a record of 2 million checkouts in 2009), we have struggled to keep up with all of the work that needs to be done. Many of you have experienced this when you return an item to the library and it takes us a day to clear your record. After holiday closures, it was not uncommon for us to need several days to catch up with all of the returns. We are only human, and simply reached a breaking point where our manual processes could not keep up.

Realizing that we were overwhelmed, a team of library staff who know and do the work examined how we do things and made suggestions for improvement. One of their suggestions was to install an automated checkin and sorting system (the conveyor system we are using is the same as/similar to conveyor and sorting systems used by UPS, USPS, Netflix, and Wal-Mart) that would let us devote more staff time to shelving and other patron services, such as retrieving and processing holds. These suggestions coincided with our need to upgrade our RFID inventory system, and last year we began the work of retagging all of our 300,000 materials with new RFID tags, eliminating nearly all of the locking cases that so many of you hated, and six months ago we launched new checkout, self-checkout, and processing equipment.

This past spring, our Copy Center services were distributed to other areas of the library, and the room converted for the new Sorting Room. New outside and inside return slots were installed, which feed directly into that space. The sorting system arrived this week, and today's launch of our new Sorting Room marks the end of this long journey. The majority of returns will be checked in and removed from your record automatically and pre-sorted into categories (bins). This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves. This, along with the other improvements made and suggested by our staff, means your library card record is more accurate, we will make fewer errors, and you'll see faster turn-around of items to the hold shelf or their home shelf location.

Check out our video for a demonstration, or stop by during our regular hours to look through the glass doors and see the sorting system in action.

These improvements were funded through the library's savings account and the generous donations of the Friends of the Library. We still have some kinks to work out — nicer signage for the new outside return slot, for example, among other things — and I thank you for your support, patience, and good humor while we work on fine-tuning our new system.

Best,

Eva M. Davis, Director

Facebook for Business

Join us on Tuesday, July 13th from Noon-1:00PM to learn about Facebook. The second session in our Summer School for Small Business series, Facebook for Business will teach you how to post events, photos and include Facebook in your business marketing plan. Prerequisite: existing email account or personal Facebook account. No registration necessary.

Our New Sorting System

Over the past few months we've been hard at work on a new sorting system, which you can now see through the glass doors on the way to the Children's section.

Items returned through the outdoor book drop are identified and checked back in, then the belts and rollers put them in the appropriate bins with others of their type. This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves.

This, along with other improvements, equates to faster turn-around of items, getting you the books and more you want - quicker than ever.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Hi there Summer Readers! I hope you guys are having a great time reading and having fun. Are you looking for an award-winning book to fulfill one of your activity spaces on your log? Try the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! The ALA website describes the award by saying, "The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year." Just click here to be taken to the ALA website to see the list of Geisel Award winners and runners-up! The 2010 winner is Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Geoffrey Hayes. Happy Reading!

Move over Babelfish!

Traveling to a non-English speaking country this summer? Getting letters from a pen pal or family member in a language you're learning? Feeling a little shaky with your translation?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this cool online translation dictionary. You can also click on the suggested definitions to see how they're pronounced.
They currently offer 28 dictionaries, including Arabic and Hindi, as well as European languages.

Author of The Shallows on The Colbert Report

Stay up late tonight to watch author Nicholas Carr discuss his new book, The Shallows, on The Colbert Report at 11:30PM on the Comedy Central channel. Nicholas Carr carefully examines the most important topic in contemporary culture; the mental and social transformation created by our new electronic environment. The challenge will be to stay off the web long enough to read his book!

Set Sail With Audiobooks

Set Sail With Audiobooks

Dead In The Water

Mysteries with water themes:

A shark out of water : a John Thatcher mystery by Emma Lathen

Aunt Dimity and the deep blue sea by Nancy Atherton

Black water by T.J. MacGregor

Stardate: July 5, 2010

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Here's your chance to log-in on William Shatner because the William Shatner Blogathon takes off on July 5.

The rules are simple: Blog about William Shatner. Doesn't matter what you blog about; anything that bears the golden touch of the Shatman is fair game.

Sing along to Summertime Gridlock

Summer is finally here! And we all know what that means in Michigan — don't we? Orange cones! Traffic snarls! Gridlock! It seems there's no avoiding it, especially in and around the Canton area where it seems that every major road is under repair — including right in front of the library. Well, as they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em — in song, that is. Sing along with gridlock! And to get you started just try any one of the many great songs about cars and driving from our list below. Start your engines!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Thorndyke here! I am so enjoying seeing all of you here at the library! I hope you are having a great summer! As promised, here's the latest update of what LB has been up to. This time he went some where local, the Toledo Zoo! And he got to see some REAL bears! Did you know that the Toledo Zoo has a new polar bear cub? In fact, he's the only polar bear cub in the whole US! And there's a whole website about him! Isn't it cool to have something so neat so close to home? Makes me want to check out some books about polar bear books! Sometimes the librarians say that they work in a zoo, but they're just joking... I think.
LB's been here at the library for a week or so, but he's gearing up to go on another big adventure soon! The people here at the library sure love taking him on their trips! He's a pretty popular bear! I'll give you a hint to where he's headed next. It's not in the USA, but you can get there by car! Where do you think he's going? Tell me your guesses!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

If you work for a manager or are one yourself, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, is a great read.

The author, Liz, Wiseman contends that leaders fall into two distinct categories: Multipliers and Diminishers. Multipliers, those who liberate their employees to do their very best, invest in human capital and inspire excellence, are the exact opposite of Diminishers. Diminishers, in turn, are toxic, self-centered, and often know-it-alls, whose lack of managerial skills tend to tear down their employees. While many people land in the middle of this continuum, Wiseman creates an excellent framework for her theory. Anyone who reads this book will recognize the Multipliers and Diminishers in their lives.