Adults

Target Reading Pledge

Take the Target Pledge to spend time reading with the children in your lives. For each pledge received, Target will donate one book to a child in need, up to one million books! All you'll need is a valid e-mail address to count your pledge. Sign up today and make the future bright for your child as well as others. A few great read-together titles for you to consider:

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle

Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

Chester's way by Kevin Henkes

North American International Auto Show

Experience the next generation of cars at the 2011 North American International Auto Show where the automotive world and the public come together. See more than 500 vehicles of innovative designs and latest technology. Don't miss this exciting event taking place at the Cobo Center starting on Saturday, January 15!

Photo courtesy of NAIAS

What do gardeners do in winter?

We drool over seed catalogs and dream of what we'll grow when the snow is gone! Winter is a great time for some other garden projects, though — the kind you can do while nice and toasty inside. And as an added bonus, many times you can re-use materials that you'd otherwise have to toss in the trash. Check out Michigan gardener and author Colleen VanderLinden's list of 15 "Trashy" Ideas for Your Garden. While you're at it, take a gander at some of the many books we have about crafting for the garden.

[Photo used by CC license courtesy of scrappy annie.]

Comforts of Home

The comforts of home : thrifty and chic decorating ideas for making the most of what you have by Caroline Clifton- Mogg — One of the 2010 Librarians' Picks for Non-Fiction, this book offers the philosophy that a comfortable home is an orderly home. With a plan for where things should be, it becomes easy to make it useful and a place in which you want to spend time. There's no time like now for being thrifty as well, and using the tips here you can make your home work for you, using (or at least starting with) what you have. You can also find lots of gently used items locally at Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and through Freecycle.

Author of 'Babe' Passes On

Dick King-Smith, whose book Babe the Gallant Pig inspired the hit 1995 movie Babe, died on January 4, 2011 at his home near Bath, England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before becoming a primary school teacher. He published more than 100 books — mostly about animals and often about pigs, his favorite. He once said of his animal stories, "I never dress my animals in clothes. They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the queen's English." His books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Mr. King-Smith's first wife died in 2000. He is survived by his second wife, 3 children and 14 grandchildren.
The Canton Public Library does not own all of Dick King-Smith's books, but we own quite a few. Now is a good time to check some out in memory of a great children's author!

Amazing (Homemade) Cakes

Ever wanted to try your hand at making an awesome, intricate cake to rival those seen on Amazing Wedding Cakes or Ace of Cakes? Start at your library, where we have almost 50 books on cake decorating, including some familiar faces from television.

Ace of Cakes: inside the World of Charm City Cakes by Duff Goldman and Willie Goldman

Cake boss: stories and recipes from mia famiglia by Buddy Valastro

The confetti cakes cookbook: spectacular cookies, cakes, and cupcakes from New York City's famed bakery by Elisa Strauss with Christie Matheson

Make Your Own eBooks

Here's a fairly-quick way to turn websites, Microsoft Word documents, and plain text files into eBooks for your portable device or computer:

  1. Go to ebook.online-convert.com and select "Convert text to the ePub ebook format"
  2. Select the file from your computer, or copy/paste the URL of the file into the applicable form field
  3. Set the optional settings to reflect the title and author of the work
  4. Click "Convert File" to begin processing
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to download the converted file
  6. Transfer to your reading device per the specific device's instructions

I personally use an iPhone with the iBooks app. Loading a "book" onto my phone was as easy as emailing the file to myself and tapping the attached file from the Mail app.

Many readers also display PDF files. If you wish to read long-form content from your computer on your reader device, PDF print utilities like PDF reDirect for Windows or the built-in functionality on the Mac can provide a quick and compatible way to create eReader files.

Philanthropy Education


At this conversational forum, the Canton Community Foundation representative will discuss and answer questions about estate planning, estate taxes and charitable gift annuities. This is an informational forum without sales pitches or solicitations. If you this the last time, the information is timely and targeted to our Canton audience for peace of mind and a well-lived future. Please join us on January 20 at 7:00PM in the Community Room.

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