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Video Sites for Learning

[Update: YouTube released YouTube EDU this week]
While YouTube is great for entertaining videos, you have to dig pretty deep to find educational stuff (or know what you're looking for). Below is a short list of educational video sites:

Academic Earth - Selected lectures from top professors at Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale. Subjects range from Astronomy to Religion.

Acoustic Guitar Artistry


Watching and listenting to guitar master Robin Bullock might temp the average guitarist to put his or her instrument down, forever!  The challenge is to take at least one element of Bullock's exceptional performances on guitar and citern and apply it to one's own style or repertoire.  While the Mel Bay Guitar Masters Live series is oriented to musicians, this video should  also be of interest to enthusiasts of Celtic  and World Music.

March Madness

Amaze your friends, family and co-workers with your encyclopedia knowledge of the game of college basketball.  The DVD March Madness allows you to relive the most spectacular and dramatic moments of this annual college tournament.

Now at the Wayne County Regional Library

The Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped introduces the Brown Bag Book Club. Bring your lunch and the Library will provide snacks, beverages, and dessert. Each month they will discuss two books on the second Tuesday of the month. Call the library at (734) 727-7300 to register and they will send copies of the books each month. The first book discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from Noon-2:00PM at the Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind: 30555 Michigan Avenue, Westland, MI. For more information call (734) 727-7300 or (888) 968-2737.

More New Books in Kannada

As of today you will find even more new books in Kannada on the shelf. This time, we have added all fiction books. Take a look and find titles such as Sadaananda by M. K. Indira, Belli Tere by Usha Navarathna Ram and many, many more.

Hurry...Reading Month is Ending Soon!

Book WhispererDonalyn Miller, Teacher Magazine blogger and author, couldn't find a book that demonstrated her love for reading to her students so she decided to write one herself. It's a shame we aren't born with the desire to love books. We have to discover the world of books on our own, or from parents and teachers. Many of us have cherished childhood memories of visiting the library and happily leaving with an armful of books.

Detroit's Classic TV

White Fang? Black Tooth? Bill Kennedy's Sunday movie? If any of these bring back fond memories of growing up in Detroit then you should definitely check out the exhibit currently running at the Detroit Historical Museum. Detroit's Classic TV Personalities pays tribute to several of the entertainment and news broadcasting legends that many of us grew up watching. Included in this exhibit are salutes to Soupy Sales, movie host Bill Kennedy, Emery King, Amyre Makupson, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.

A Tale of Two Dickens

DroodImplausible as it seems, 2 acclaimed authors have simultaneously penned mysteries about Charles Dickens' last, unfinished novel. 

Resume Creation & Job Search Online

April 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Need a professional-looking resume? This class teaches you to use the resume templates in MS Word. Also explore popular employment websites. Prerequisite: MS Word I or equivalent

MS Word III

March 28, 9:30-11:30AM

Learn to create text boxes, multiple columns, column breaks, and manipulate paragraphs to make a newsletter using Microsoft Word 2007. Prerequisite: MS Word I and equivalent.

The Black Parade

Are you looking for some good rock music to listen to that you may not have heard when it first came out? The Black Parade is without a doubt my favorite CD so far of this past decade and definitely deserves to be listened to.

Excel Tips & Tricks

March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Want to enhance your Excel productivity? Learn the latest tips and tricks in MS 2007 version. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.

PowerPoint II

March 26, 9:30-11:30AM

Jazz up your presentations by adding motion and sound in Microsoft Powerpoint 2007. Prerequisite: PowerPoint I.

Food in your back and front yard

Ever heard of the Food Not Lawns movement? If you have and are planning to get an early start on growing your own foods this spring, we have goodies for you. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, marjoram, potatoes, parsley...what seeds should you plant in March?

Go on a world tour...one meal at a time

Try these new and improved cookbooks with low-fat and vegetarian recipes.

Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal

This was chorus of a song titled Low Bridge, Everyone Down written in 1905. Constructed between 1817 to 1825, the Erie Canal was the first transportation route between New York City and the Great Lakes. Before modern-day construction equipment, "The Ditch That Made New York Rich," was mostly made on the backs of Irish immigrants. Bond of Union, is a fascinating account of how one of the greatest achievements in U.S. History was built.

Springtime and Monet

Welcome to Spring, everyone! One artist who embodies the feeling of floating on a springtime breeze in the sunshine, at least for me, is Claude Monet.  His impressionistic works capture the way subtle changes begin to take place with flowers blooming, light breezes blowing, and the days getting ever so slightly longer.

The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright

Gardens of Frank Lloyd WrightMost people think of architecture when they think of Frank Lloyd Wright, but he also created some stunning gardens, showcased in The Gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright by Derek Fell. In addition to being drool-worthy, they also provide inspiration and some great ideas for planting combinations.

Mexico escapes

Most Michiganders know Cancun and Cozumel well. Both are among the closest and nicest spots in Mexico for travelers from the eastern half of the United States. But when it comes to the Pacific side of Mexico, we're more hazy. Which town is which? What are the major attractions? And how do you get there from Detroit? Here's a brief Mexican Pacific primer on three great destinations: Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta.

Are you eligible for Books by Mail?

If you are a Canton resident, 65 years or older or have a disability which makes it difficult for you to come to the library you may be eligible for our Books by Mail program. Register for the program by picking up a Books by Mail brochure at the library or completing the application on the Canton Public Library's website.