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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!

Year 2008 Top Fiction Picks

American Wife
by Curtis Sittenfeld
On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House–and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, “almost in opposition to itself.” A kind, bookish only child born in the 1940s, Alice learned the virtues of politeness early on from her stolid parents and small Wisconsin hometown. But a tragic accident when she was seventeen shattered her identity and made her understand the fragility of life and the tenuousness of luck.

Book of Lies
by Brad Meltzer
In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world's most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history. In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world's greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain's murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found. Until now.

2009 Academy Awards

Nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards have been announced, and many of the nominated films are already here at the Library.

ALA speech given by Barack Obama in 2005.

This speech on the role of libraries was given in 2005. Before most Americans had even heard of our new POTUS, Barack Obama.

Lunch & a Book - April 9

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan): Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Year 2008 Top Audiobook Picks

Belong to Me
by Marisa de los Santos
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others to protect those we love. As their individual stories unfold, the three women become entangled in a web of trust, betrayal, love and loss that challenges them in ways they never imagined. Read by Julia Gibson.

Year 2008 Top Movie Picks

Across the universe
(Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess) This Beatles-inspired musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude and Lucy as they are swept up in the volatile counterculture movement of the 1960s. The film’s soundtrack consists exclusively of songs made popular by the Beatles during this time period.

Download Digital Books

February 27 (10:00-11:00)

Master downloading an eBook or eAudiobook from the library’s growing digital collection. Prerequisite: Web navigation skills.

Lunch & a Book - March 12

Finding My VoiceFinding My Voice(Diane Rehm): A leading radio personality describes her rise from an abusive childhood in an Arab-American household in Washington, D.C., to success in the field of radio and details her determined battle with spasmodic dysphonia, the rare neurological disorder that nearly destroyed her career.

A not-so-grim Swedish crime

Wallander's First Case, a short story by Henning Mankell, part of "The Pyramid"; this story was written after the main series, in response to readers' questions as to how the famous detective got started.

Are You a Locavore?

Locavore (noun): One who tries to eat only locally grown foods. Being a locavore is good for you, good for the earth, good for local farmers and good for the Michigan economy! Learn more about how and why to be a locavore; check out "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle," by best-selling author Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver.

Local Coffee Roasters

I’m always on the lookout for great coffee, so I enjoyed reading about local roasters in the Winter 2009 issue of Edible WOW. A little coffee history, roasting philosophy, and some buying tips had me wishing for a hot cup of joe while I read the rest of the articles—including one on local famers harvesting winter greens. Now I want a salad, too.

Lunch & a Book - February 12

Out Stealing HorsesOut Stealing Horses (Per Petterson): After a meeting with his only neighbor, 67-year-old Trond is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for Trond and his childhood friend, Jon.

Excel II

January 21 or February 26 (6:30-8:30)

Learn to use data, graphics and charts, and how to customize toolbars in MS 2007 version. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.

Library Resources That Make the Grade

February 14 (10:00-11:00)

Ideal for mature students heading back to the classroom. Explore many of the online resources for your classroom and informational needs. Learn to find books, newspaper articles, magazine or journal articles and more. For this program only, online registration begins January 14. Non-Canton Public Library cardholders may register by phone at 734-397-0999. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

MS Word I

January 13 or February 12 (9:30-11:30)

An introduction to basic word processing. Learn to create text, format, print and save in MS 2007 version. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.