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Canton Seniors Book Discussion - September 23, 2009

March by Geraldine Brooks. From Louisa May Alcotts beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through. Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction (2006). Beginning August 26, you can pick up a copy of MARCH at the Adult Reference Desk.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - October 18, 2009

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. In this best-seller, Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

Cult of Celebrity

Do you crave every detail of a celebrity's life? Or obsess over a Hollywood A-Lister and whom he or she is dating or divorcing? If so, The Cult of Celebrity might pique your interest as well. Written by an entertainment expert, Cooper Lawrence, explains the phenom known as fame; why we as a society put stars on pedestals and become fascinated when they fall.

Michigan Antique & Collectible Car Show

Heading up north this weekend (July 25-26)? If you like cars, don't miss the car show in Midland where all classic, antique, hot rod, muscle, and special interest vehicles are displayed on the Midland County Fairgrounds. There are swap meets, large collector car for-sale lot, entertainment, and a variety of food vendors!

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life

by Michael J. Caduto

Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit. Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life is a hands-on guide to incorporating herbs into our spiritual life.

Michael J. Caduto is a renowned author, ecologist, educator and storyteller who has written and coauthored sixteen books, including "Native American Gardening", the "Keepers of the Earth" series, and "In the Beginning: The Story of Genesis and Earth Activities for Children."

Best of the National Book [Fiction] Awards 1950 - 2008

To celebrate the 60th year of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will present a book-a-day blog on the Fiction winners from 1950 to 2008.Then, on September 21st, you will have a chance to select The Best of the National Book Awards Fiction and win two tickets to the 2009 National Book Awards by visiting the Foundation’s web site at www.nationalbook.org for the first time in its history the Awards will open to a public vote.

More Summer Reading suggestions just waiting for you!

You may notice books on the shelf-end or "endcap" displays in the Adult area have a special "Master the Art of Reading" bookmarks.  These bookmarks are put in books as suggestions for the various Adult Summer Reading program levels, Student, Apprentice, and Master.   For example, if there is a book on the end display of the Romance area with a bookmark, it will fulfill the requirment for the Student level Romance catagory.  You are welcome to keep the bookmark with the book when you check out.

Baby Beanies

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys includes instructions for knitting a variety of adorable hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The patterns vary from very basic beginner level to more advanced, and all of them are mega cute.

Older Adults: Help With Medicare Part B Available

If you, or someone you know, are having difficulty paying for prescriptions or Medicare Part B, trained MMAP Counselors are available to walk you through the application process step by step. By calling 1-800-803-7174, individuals will be routed to their local MMAP office. An additional service MMAP Counselors can offer is to explain the available Medicare Part D Prescription plans so that the consumer can make an educated decision on which plan will work best for them.

National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  In case you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 19), don't  fear, the whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month!  So thank President Reagan for designating this month to a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the nation's population when you dig into that bowl of vanilla ice cream, the nation's favorite flavor.  To learn more about the history of ice cream read Marilyn Powell's Ice Cream: A History or make your own ice cream.  

Happy Birthday Degas!

degasThis Sunday, July 19th, is the birth anniversary of the artist Edgar Degas.  He lived from 1834-1917.  During his life, he became famous for painting and sculpting many subjects including a lengthy series having to do with dancers and dancing, most notably in the field of ballet.

Ann Arbor Art Fair

The world's largest street fair for art is going on right now. And it's right here in the metro Detroit area. Crowds of more than half a million flock to Ann Arbor's fair each year to see all types of unique creations. The 50th annual fair is in progress now from July 15th-18th, 2009.

Volunteers Needed For Library Interview Program

Our Speed Interview Practice Session is scheduled for August 13 from 7-9 p.m. and we need your help to make it work. We are looking for 10 community volunteers to pose the interview questions. It's very easy and will only require a couple hours of your time. It's set up like a speed-dating session: interviewers will ask one question of each candidate and then write a very brief comment. We will provide the interview questions.

This opportunity is ideal for hiring managers, HR people or anyone that has had experience conducting interviews. If you are interested, contact Laurie Golden at goldenl@cantonpl.org for more information.

Giant Leap for Mankind

July 16, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the moon. To celebrate the memory of such a momentous occasion, many websites featured Apollo and Moon-based content today. Here's the roundup:

Pearl's Picks for August 2009

A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care - by Jennifer Culkin
Jennifer Culkin’s affecting and effective A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care is primarily an account of her experiences working as an emergency flight nurse on board a helicopter (an Agusta A109A for those whirlybird aficionados among you) in the state of Washington. But as we read about her attempts to keep heart attack and trauma victims alive while en route to the nearest hospital, we also gain insights into her personal life and her views on parenting, family relationships, and religion. As difficult as emergency medical care is under the best of circumstances (i.e., in a hospital setting), Culkin helps us see how the difficulty and danger are ratcheted up when you’re 8,000 feet up in the air and several hundred miles from the nearest hospital, working in the cramped confines of a chopper’s cabin. Some of the saddest parts of the book are where she describes the deaths of close friends and co-workers (in helicopter accidents) and her mother’s difficult death. Constantly living with life and death tempers a person, I believe, and Culkin is not only the kind of nurse I think we all dream of encountering when we’re in need of emergency care, but the sort of writer whose words and wisdom we can cherish.

To the Moon!

It's hard to believe but this Monday, July 20 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

Emmy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2009 Emmy Awards were announced earlier today. The winners will be announced on September 20 during a live broadcast on CBS to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their battle for speed and glory...

A.J. Baime's Go Like Hell is a remarkable story of Henry Ford II's quest to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, racing's most glamourous and dangerous event. Ford, with the help of a young visionary Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned car builder, Carroll Shelby, entered the high stakes world of European racing in order to reinvent the company. Buckle your seat belt and go!

Lunch & a Book - November 12

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal.

Lunch & a Book - October 8

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: a memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen. As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyen's barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. This selection is part of The Great Michigan Read, a state-wide reading program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.