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A Big Little Life

Novelist Dean Koontz thought he achieved contentment in his life; happily married to his high-school sweetheart and a very successful writing career with more than 20 New York Times bestsellers so far. Then along came Trixie, a retired service dog from the Canine Companions for Independence. Koontz, who often features dogs in his books, never had owned one. In his memoir, A Big Little Life, he tells the story of falling in love at middle age with lovable Golden Retriever.

Happy Birthday, Colin Dexter

Author Colin Dexter, the creator of British Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse and his onetime “sidekick,” Robbie Lewis, who is now the star of his own excellent TV series (Inspector Lewis) celebrated his 79th birthday this week.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week takes place annually on the last week of September. It is a celebration of our freedom to read and the importance of our First Amendment right. Celebrate this week by reading a banned book or participating in one of the many banned books activities!

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts

Attention quilters and wanna-be quilters…If you haven’t read the Elm Creek Quilts series, I highly recommend it. They are good stories, incorporating quilting lore, history and patterns. The series stars with The Quilter’s Apprentice. Also available on CD.

Also check out the Elm Creek quilts: quilt projects inspired by the Elm Creek quilt novels. This book contains patterns for quilts that are talked about in the first four books. Anyone who is interested in quilting would enjoy these books.

Knitting in Tuscany

Knitting in TuscanyKnitting in Tuscany: Fabulous Design, Luscious Yarns, Shopping Secrets, Food & Wine, Travel Notes by Nicky Epstein
Knitting guru Epstein returns with a gorgeous book that is equal parts travel guide and pattern book. Filled with stunning photographs, it at times resembles a scrapbook of the author's experiences in this ever-inspiring corner of the world. The patterns range from elegant to rustic, but all evoke the beauty and old-world charm of Tuscany.

U-Pick Farms

Do you like fruits and vegetables? Have you ever picked your own? There are many U-Pick farms opened from June through October.

Strawberry picking begins around the middle of June and lasts usually three weeks.

I picked strawberries at Rowe's in Ypsilant. Rowe's also has sugar peas and green beans for picking later in the summer. I began picking raspberries at Rowe's in late August. Raspberry picking is available usually from mid August through the second week of October. I make pies and jam with the raspberries each year.

Our family often take some grandchildren blueberry picking in July and August. We pick at Dexter Blueberry Farm in Dexter, MI. Blueberries are very easy to freeze and they stay firm when you thaw them later to put into muffins or on your cereal.

Poetic Laughter

Hi friends! If you are looking for laughs that will shake your belly and tickle your toes, try our great selection of humorous poetry! We have gaggles of giggles from author Jeff Foxworthy, stacks of side splitting fun with Shel Silverstein, and barrels of buffoonery from Brod Bagert. Check out our charming selection by clicking here.

Homer & Langley

E.L. Doctorow's latest novel Homer & Langley is based on the true story of the Collyer brothers, notorious for their compulsive hoarding in the first half of the 20th century. The two unemployed siblings lived together for thirty years in their New York City home, where they obsessively collected items such as newspapers, books, furniture, chandeliers, and musical instruments, while at the same time setting booby traps in the hallways to protect against intruders. Their amazing story is often cited as an example of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Love Board Games?

In recent years, Hasbro came up with the cool idea of publishing some of its popular board games in "library" editions. Now you can get some of your favorite games in compact boxes that look like books and fit right on your shelves!

Cooking on a Budget

We're all looking for ways to stretch our dollars these days. If you want to keep your grocery bill low while still eating delicious meals, take a look at the fabulous books under Low Budget Cookery in our catalog. Eat cheap, but eat good.

Celebrate Jim Henson's Birthday this Week

There’s nothing quite like a muppet to cheer you up, no matter how old you are. So celebrate Jim Henson and his muppet creations this week, in honor of his birthday on September 24. Read more about Jim Henson's life, watch some of his creations, or find out more about his legacy organization and the Jim Henson Company.

TIECon Midwest 2009

TIECon Midwest 2009 will take place Friday, October 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, MI. The conference is designed for entrepreneurs who "think creatively, innovatively and resourcefully to create their own future regardless of economic conditions and uncertainties."TiECon Midwest 2009 will focus on four vertical educational tracks including: Cleantech, IT, Healthcare and Emerging Concepts.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Wow! I've already had lots of friends voice their opinions on my poll for what I should be for Halloween. Have I heard from you yet? Don't forget you have until next Monday, September 28th to cast your vote, either here on the website or in the Children's Library! I can't wait to tell you the results, so here's a teaser based on current results--you guys sure like Harry Potter! Will that hold true through next Monday? You'll have to wait until October to find out! What are you going to be for Halloween? If you need some ideas, there are lots of great books here at CPL to give you some ideas!!! Can't wait to see what you'll be for Halloween too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Think You Know Your Dog? Think Again.

We love our dogs. But researchers are delving deeper into the psyche of the dog. In a recent Time magazine article, scientists who study dogs will be comparing different breeds to search for genes that are involved in social intelligence. Sound intriguing? Read more in a recently published new book, Inside of a Dog.

Unique Reading Format

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer is a charming story of a young writer Juliet Ashton, who is looking for a subject for her book and discovers the Channel Islands and the people who live there. WWII has just ended and the story highlights how the islanders bonded and survived the occupation. What makes this book so charming is that the story is told entirely by letters to and from Juliet and the people involved in her life.

Hosting An At-Home Children's Birthday Party

Got the birthday party blues? Want to host a wonderful birthday party for your youngster but can’t afford the trendy birthday venues? Then throw a great children’s party at home. It’s easy and fun with some great craft and food ideas from some books at the CPL. I would recommend the easy to follow craft books, The Crafty Diva’s D.I. Y. Stylebook, and make it!. Both are loaded with information and ideas for simple crafts that are appropriate for kids aged 5 to 18. As an added bonus, all the crafts contained within make it! are eco-friendly because they are made from items you would normally recycle or throw away.

Into Board Games? Join Us Sat. Sept. 19

Teen / Adult Open Board Gaming this Saturday, Sept. 19, 1:00-4:00pm.
We’ve got the hottest games like Carcassonne, Settlers, Ticket to Ride… plus a ton more you probably haven’t heard of but should. Also, in honor of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', we're breaking out the pirate themed games to add to the mix. Drop by for a good time with a few new folks.

Busy Moms...A Sweet Success!

Busy moms talking booksThe inaugural meeting of the Busy Moms Book Club was held today! We enjoyed discussing our first book selection, Eat Cake, while snacking on complimentary cupcakes provided by Swirls Cafe located here in Canton. Our October 15th selection is Kabul Beauty School. Get copies at the reference desk now. Registration opens October 8th.

Can't wait for The Lost Symbol?

It has been six years since Dan Brown published The Da Vinci Code and if The Lost Symbol is anything like its predecessor, there will be a waiting list for some time.

Investing 101 with Rick Bloom

Phone or in-person registration is now open for the Investing 101 program with radio and print personality, Rick Bloom. Mr. Bloom will discuss the basics of developing a retirement portfolio in these difficult financial times. With years of expertise and experience, Mr. Bloom will surely get us all on the right track to a comfortable retirement.
Call 734.397.0999 to register for Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm in the Canton Public Library community room.