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New French Books

Today we are putting new French fiction titles on the shelves. Titles include: Come on in and check them out!

E, The Environmental Magazine

From heated discussions on coal and population growth to tips on skin care, cargo-ready bikes, green jobs and ecovilages, E, The Environmental Magazine has got it all. The current issue features an article on actress Daryl Hannah and her work in West Virgina and the work of ecologists to save California's giant green turtles (550 Ibs.!). The library carries last year's issues up the current or you can access their online edition.

Job Seekers Learn to Research Companies Online

One of the most important parts of any successful job search is thoroughly researching potential employers. Such a task can be daunting, especially if you are unfamilar with the resources available. Researching Companies Online is an excellent business research tutorial that will help even the most inexperienced user find free company and industry information on the World Wide Web.

Weird Al, Accordionist and...Author?

Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic is the latest celebrity to snag a deal to write a picture book. His book will be published in 2011 and will feature an eight-year-old protagonist who fantasizes about the unusual careers he wants to pursue when he grows up.

“I’ve always wanted to write children's books,” said Yankovic. “And now, it’s not only a goal, it’s a contractual obligation.”

Since it'll be awhile before the book is published, why not check out some of Weird Al's music in the meantime?

photo by mufan96 used under Creative Commons license

Free & Easy: Document Scanning at CPL

Did you know Canton Public Library's three public-use copy machines also double as document scanners? Because the machines have auto sheet feeders, they are great (and fast) for scanning and saving multi-page documents in either pdf or tiff format. You'll need to have an email address, because scanned files are sent electronically to the email address(es) you enter. The Copy Center also offers two letter-size flatbed scanners, which work well for photos and other graphics because you can save your scans in the popular jpeg or a variety of other formats. The flatbed scanners also have OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities, which allow you to scan text pages that convert easily to Word documents so you can edit them. There is no fee to use any of the Copy Center scanners.

Genealogy At Your Fingertips

There's still room in the Genealogy Online class on October 13th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Gloriane Peck, a genealogy librarian from the Library of Michigan, will be instructing. Come and explore your roots with our databases and an expert!

"Wolf Hall" Wins Man Booker Award for Fiction

Hilary Mantel’s historical novel set in 16th-century Britain has won the £50,000 ($79,400) Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) is the story of Thomas Cromwell’s tumultuous rise in the Tudor court.

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.

Visit An Old Friend

With fall settling in and winter just around the corner consider revisiting an old friend by the fireplace. A novel that you've read before but inspires you to experience its brilliance once again. Emily Bronte's classic Wuthering Heights comes to mind with its brooding romantic mood it is perfect for blustery nights with the wind whistling outside the window. Experience this classic tale of tragic romance and enduring love all over again.

I Love New York

I love New York. You see it everywhere from T shirts to key chains. For me it's true; I love New York City. If you've never been there you have to go. If it's been a while it's definitely time to go back. There is something for everyone in "The Big Apple". If you love shopping and night life there's the Garment District and Times Square. If smaller artsy boutiques and quaint sidewalk cafes are more your style try Greenwich Village or Little Italy. Whether it's uptown, downtown or midtown you're sure to have a wonderful time exploring one of the world's greatest cities. We have an excellent selection of travel guides for New York City in our collection. Come in and check them out.

The Alchemy of Color Knitting

The Alchemy of Color Knitting: The Art and Technique of Mastering Exquisite Palettes by Gina Wilde
There are so many beautiful fibers available for knitting in retail shops and online, but sometimes it can be challenging to combine colors for a pleasing finished product. This book includes a wide variety of projects with a wide variety of color combinations and offers tips on how to combine colors successfully. I've been wanting to learn how to embroider on my handknits, and I think that the Somewhere Over the Rainbow Gloves may be my first attempt.

Free & Interesting Books

Authors and publishers are trying new web gimmicks to gain readers: If you're looking for classics and other books that you can read online, take a look at the following sites:

Polish-American Heritage Month

October is Polish American Heritage Month and your library can help you celebrate! Our International Language Collection features fiction and non-fiction materials written in Polish. Who wouldn't savor, Cooking the Polish Way by Zamojska-Hutchings. Children may enjoy I am Polish American by Samuel Kapowski, about a young boy who talks of his Polish heritage, including foods, customs and famous Poles. If music is more your style our CD collection features Homage to Polish Music and myriad polkas for all. For additional information on Polish Heritage Month visit the Polish American Center.

Great Michigan Read's "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" on Facebook

During the week of October 26, the Michigan Humanities Council will initiate an online dialogue with high school classrooms and residents across the state. The dialogue will focus on Stealing Buddha's Dinner, perspectives presented in Nguyen's author tour, and the themes of cultural understanding, immigration stories, and contemporary history. The public is invited to participate, at the Council's Facebook Discussion Forum.

Long Term Care Planning Month

As life spans increase and family structures change, Long-Term Care month promotes discussion of the variety of ways to plan for future long-term care and encourages everyone to make this planning part of their personal retirement plan.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Well, you voted, and the results are in! Now you need to come to the Library to check out my cool Halloween costume! "Wizard" won with a whopping 30 votes. "Superhero" came a distant second with 11 votes. And there was even a write in vote for "Princess". Hmmmm, Royalty could be a good costume for next year. I like the sound of King Thorndyke. Thanks for all your votes--in the library and online! And don't forget to wear your Halloween costume to the library too, 'cause I want to see them! Now I just need to practice my magic words. Abracadabra, Abracazoom! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Non-Fiction Award Winners & Nominees: An Audiobook Selection

Browsing CPL's huge collection of audiobooks can be daunting. So many books to listen to, and so little time. Let us help narrow the search with some nonfiction titles--they were all up for awards, so you know they must be good!

An Online Treasure for Readers

Every Monday morning, my email contains a special book. The email book club sends out a few pages every day in email. By the end of the week, you have read two to three chapters of a new book. You can then decide whether you want to check it out at the library or purchase it. It's a great way to discover new authors and genres. There are twelve categories from which to choose - pick one or all of them, including fiction, audio, romance, teen, good news, thrillers, classics and more. Your only requirement is an email account. The next Monday, it starts all over again with new books. What a great idea! This service is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library and is free to our patrons. Just log onto our web site at www.cantonpl.org, go to the column on the left and click on services. Next, click on book clubs and scroll down to email book club.

Help! How Do I Pay For College?

Learn about financial aid options, the FAFSA form, scholarships, the MET program and more at this program designed to help you put together a plan for funding your college costs. Judy Benfield Tatum, Financial Ad Director at U of M-Dearborn, a representative from the Michigan Educational Trust and Joan Noricks from the Canton Community Foundation will be at the library on October 5, 6:00-8:00PM to guide you and answer your questions. Registration is required.

First Step Helping Hand

First Step offers free advice to victims of domestic violence. In light of recent events in the community, it was time to invite First Step to share their expertise and helpful hands with the women of our community. If you are feeling alone, afraid, hopeless, First Step and speaker Judith Barr can help. Please join us on October 29th at 2pm in the Purple Room. No registration is needed.