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First Grade Round Up

To celebrate March is Reading Month, many Canton first graders will be visiting the library with their classes for an exciting field trip. They'll see a puppet show, go on a tour and check out a book. For some children, it's their first visit to the library. This year marks our 19th annual First Grade Round Up. We love our first grader visitors!

Roth IRA Conversion

Gentlemen from UBS will help us through the new rules associated with IRAs and the conversion of them to Roth IRAs. Let's get prepared for our financial futures on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. Come prepared with questions and Matt and Phil will have the answers!

Tango Anyone?

Hold me tight and tango me home : Maria Finn by Dominguez, Maria Finn — Maria Finn has written a memoir on how she cured her heartache of her husband leaving her by learning to dance the tango. A wedding in Buenos Aires has prompted her interest in learning this very complicated dance, however, she planned for her husband to accompany her on this journey. His departure to live with another woman has left her with the decision to learn alone.

Cantonwiki Meetup

CantonWiki is having a meetup at the library on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00PM. The goal is to meet CantonWiki people and to figure out ways to make the site better. Come to the Purple Room (in the Children's Library). You can see the agenda and RSVP on the wiki.

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Perennial Care Manual

Perennial Care Manual Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do & When to Do It by Nancy J. Ondra

This book is really a one-stop shop for just about everything you'd want to know about perennial gardening. In addition to an extensive guide to many specific perennial plants, it includes sections on designing and creating a perennial bed, caring for and maintaining perennials, and transplanting and troubleshooting problems with these long-lived plants. I can tell that this is a book I'll come back to many times.

Living Abroad

Living abroad isn’t for everybody, but it just might be for you! It’s never too early to start collecting information that could change your life. Did you ever think of just picking up and moving to another country? Travel book publisher Moon has expanded their "Living Abroad", series. New volumes describe living in Panama, South Korea, Guatemala, China and Spain. Also the website "Living Abroad,"  offers free information, news and resources to help you on your way.

Black Plants

Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden by Paul Bonine

I am currently in the midst of a multi-year project of turning our front yard into a front garden and I've selected black, white, purple, and silver for my color scheme. This book is an excellent resource for choosing plants with either black flowers or black foliage. While a number of these plants overwinter only in tropical zones, there are a great many that will thrive here in zone 6. What a striking contrast they provide to plants in a more typical color palette.

Oscar Night is here

It's Oscar Night - will you be watching to see who wins? To find out more about the Academy Awards, check out one of the hundreds of items in CPL's collection. We've got official and unofficial histories, murder mysteries, red carpet fashion facts, and much more. You can also watch trailers for the nominated films online before the show airs tonight at 8:00PM.
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Elegant Enigmas

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin

While by no means an exhaustive collection of Gorey's works, this collection includes lots of information about Gorey himself and the many collaborators with whom he worked. The art included here is based around an exhibition of the same title which was shown at the Brandywine River Museum. Wilkin is a Gorey scholar and writes about many facets of Gorey as a person, including his influences, his attitudes, and his personality. Having been a fan of his work since I was a child, this glimpse into what he was like was quite interesting.

Spirit Awards 2010

The 2010 Spirit Awards will be presented Saturday, March 6 In Los Angeles. You can watch the program live on the Independent Film Channel at 8:00 p.m. Given out annually by Film Independent, this year's nominees include Amreeka, Sin Nombre, (500) Days of Summer for Best Film, and Helen Mirren, Gabourey Sidibe, Samantha Morton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Colin Firth among the actors nominated in both lead and supporting roles.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Have you ever wondered what happens at the Adult Reference Desk? So have I! Well, today I decided to find out. I had to wear a disguise, because I heard that some grown-ups are afraid of bears. Do you think I fooled them? I logged into the computer...and waited. Do you know what? Grown-ups ask a lot of the same questions as you do. They are looking for a book that they want to read or a movie that they want to watch. Although, usually they've heard about this book or movie from the TV or the radio, where you guys usually hear about it from a friend or at school. Grown-ups need help doing things on the computer too! The big difference between kid questions and grown-up questions, is that sometimes grown-up questions have to do with things like taxes and doctors and college classes. The librarians that work on the Adult Reference Desk are really smart. They can always help the grown-ups find the answers, just like in the Children's Library! I don't think I was much help though. My paws are too clumsy to type very well, and you have to be able to talk to answer questions. Oh well! It's back to the Children's Library I go. Until the next adventure...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

A Good Ol' Book

I don't even follow stock car racing, and I am tearing through this entertaining history of NASCAR. The focus is on the first fully televised Daytona 500 in 1979, but other fascinating characters and times are highlighted along the way. Sometimes a subtitle says it all. Since this title has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, I'll let it speak for itself: He crashed me so I crashed him back: the true story of the year the King, Jaws, Earnhardt, and the rest of NASCAR's feudin', fightin', good ol' boys put stock car racing on the map

Read An RPG Book in Public Week

Three times a year (February 28 to March 6, July 25 to 31, and September 26 to October 2) those who play table top RPGs (aka roleplaying games) are encouraged to read their favorite gaming books in public. Reading in public allows people to ask gamers about their hobby and allows gamers to share their hobby with those who might not be familiar with it. Learn more about Read an RPG Book in Public or learn more about table top RPGs in general.

Atomic Ranch

Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes by Michelle Gringeri-Brown, photographs by Jim Brown

As the owner of a ranch home, I'm quite familiar with the challenges and charms of this modest style. I'm quite happy to have a smaller footprint (both literally and in terms of sustainability) but it can take some clever thinking to make the most of limited space. The houses profiled here range from full-on retro to classic mid-century modern to sleek contemporary, and common ranch architectural features are also profiled.

Murder Will Out

To demonstrate their tremendous enthusiasm for crime, mystery, and thriller fiction, the British are planning their first National Crime Fiction Week, to run from June 14 to 20, 2010. This event is sponsored by the Crime Writers Association. CWA members will take part in readings, discussions, readers' group events and workshops all over the country. Your favorite authors are already planning Murders in Libraries, Bodies in Bookshops and Strawberries and Crime at Village Fetes. For more information check out the National Crime Fiction Week website.

Canton Super Speller!

Congratulations are in order for Canton Charter School student Siddharth Varanasi! A resident of Canton Township, Siddharth, 11, just won the Detroit News Spelling Bee this past weekend and will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this June! If you're interested in learning more about the kinds of words used in these competitions, check out the Scripps/Merriam-Webster study site or one of the library's many dictionaries! Happy spelling!

Save Food, Save Money

Do you know how much food you throw away each year? Ever wonder how much that's costing you? A new website, Love Food Hate Waste, has a ton of great information about how we can save money by wasting less. There are tips for making fresh produce last longer, recipes for using up the little bits of various foods you might have left over, and you can even add your own tips and join the community of folks to discuss and ask questions.

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Tchaikovsky Spectacular!

Plymouth Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Nan Washburn, will present a multi-media presentation on the Life and Music of Tchaikovsky on Thursday, March 4, at 7:00PM. Come hear this presentation in the library Community Room and have an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill on Saturday, March 13th at 7:30PM. It's a win/win opportunity for all.