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February is Love Your Library Month

20080211%20Love%20Your%20Library%20MonthThere are many ways to show your love for the Canton Public Library. Check out materials, volunteer with our Friends, take part in our programs, or make a donation to our Endowment Fund. One of easiest ways to show your love is to tell us what we’re doing right! Send compliments or suggestions through our website form, or comment on this post and share what you love most about your library.

Consumer Reports

With the upcoming conversion to digital TV, a brief review of the March/09 edition of Consumer Reports might prove beneficial.

Day & Age by The Killers

If you want to hear an amazing CD by a fantastic rock band, check out the newest release from The Killers, Day & Age. This is their third effort, not counting a compilation they also put out, and they just keep getting better and better. They put together a combination of rock and pop that's so catchy you'll be singing all day, and lyrics so entertaining/inspiring that you'll be replaying the songs just to make sure that you hear everything.

Create Handcrafted Cards

Looking for a fun way to spend a winter evening?  Why not join me on Thursday February 5th & learn to make handmade greeting cards.   I will provide the materials and basic instruction for you to create several simple card designs.  This program starts promptly at 7 PM.  Registration is limited call today to r

The Root of All...

Money may not be the root of all evil, but in Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of Americn Capitalism, Kevin Phillips makes a pretty good case that our current financial crisis is rooted in its irresponsible manipulation.  This book clearly explains the history and details of the reckless behavior that created instability in global credit markets, which is now taking its toll on the broader economy.

New Fiction

Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery).  Set in a bougeois aprartment building in Paris, this is a poignant story of an unattractive, cantankerous conciege and a supersmart 12 yr. old both of whom hide their considerable intellectual talent.  A new tenant, a wealthy Japanese man detects their intelligence and ultimately changes their lives.  An unusual and appealing tale.

Self Consciousness: a memoir

John Updike was an American novelist, poet, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series(Rabbit Run, Rabbit Redux, Rabbit is Rich, Rabbit at Rest, and Rabbit Remembered). Both "Rabbit is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest" received the Pulitzer Prize.

Fitness on a leash

Despite our best intentions, this time of year may make it hard to keep up with our walking regimen. It's great to have a workout partner who is always ready to go with you at a moments's notice. Luckily, a lot of us do, our dog!

Playaways

Other QueenWant to listen to Philippa Gregory's The Other Queen while running on the treadmill? Check out this title on Playaway and discover a new and convenient way to listen to audiobooks. Insert the library-provided rechargeable battery in the unit, plug in your headphones, and you're ready to listen. It’s that easy! You must return the battery with the unit to the library.

Protect your money

20 federal agencies provide Mymoney.gov with a variety of financial planning information and tools.  Included are tips on avoiding foreclosure rescue scams, starting your own business, retirement planning and more.

Lunch and a Book - June 11

Belong to Me
Belong to Me
(Marisa de los Santos) While Cornelia gains unexpected insight into her troubled marriage, Piper finds her carefully controlled life unraveling in the wake of a friend's crisis, and Lake tells a complex series of lies to gain her son's entry into a school for gifted students.

Defiance

This extraordinary tale of three men who led a heroic group of resistance fighters during World War II opened in theaters last month.

Lunch and a Book - May 14

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell) How do we think without thinking, seem to make choices in an instant--in the blink of an eye--that actually aren't as simple as they seem? Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

Found: Sherlock Holmes predecessor?

Did you know that twenty years before Sherlock Holmes, a fictional New York private investigator was being celebrated for his ability to solve crimes based on observation and deductive reasoning? Originally published in 1864 and never before reprinted, Leaves from the Note-Book of a New York Detective features 29 cases from the first American detective hero to appear in fiction, James Brampton.The author, John Babbinton Williams (1827–79) was a medical doctor who contributed stories to magazines of the time.

Countdown to Digital TV

HourglassBeginning February 17, 2009, TV stations serving all markets in the United States will begin airing digital television programming. At that point, they will cease broadcasting on their current analog channels. If you own an analog television and do not purchase a new digital model, you may buy a converter box which will change digital signals back to analog. More information is available at dtv.gov

Cover and Review to "The Language of Bees"

Here is a picture and review of Laurie R. King's new book in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, coming soon in April. Here is Amazon's editorial review. 

Personal Investment Tools

In our current economy, it is crucial to make informed investment decisions. CPL has the online tools to help you keep track of your nest egg. Two premier investment services, ValueLine and MorningStar, offer analyst's reports, performance, and overall ranking of stocks and mutual funds. You can access this information at the library. CPL cardholders can also access from home.

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan MIles

Sometimes the planes don't fly on time. Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.

2008 Top Nonfiction Picks

America 1908
by Jim Rasenberger
A breathtaking ride through the highs and lows of one spectacular, pivotal year in American history.

Oh Scrap!

Are you ready to do something with all of those photos that you took over the holidays?  Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or brand new to scrapbooking, you've got to check out Scrap Simple by Hillary Heidelberg.  I love the clean lines of the designs she's included but her book also contains tons of ideas for using all of those fun scrapping embellishments that you just can't resist buying!