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Dollars and Sense

Four quick things every citizen should know from Governor Rick Snyder's new Dollars & Sense: How State and Local Governments in Michigan Spend Your Money guide to the public's checkbook. State Treasurer Andy Dillon says Lansing is about to experience "shock therapy."

Shamrock

Many folks ask, "Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?" The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Find out more about St. Patrick and Irish History.

Black History Month Celebration

Join us on Monday, February 7, for a fun celebration beginning at 5:00PM with crafts presented by the Plymouth Canton African American Student Association followed by a choral presentation by the Voices of Praise Choir at 7:00PM. The African American Cultural Historical Musuem will host a visual art display throughout the night. Registration is not required.

Valentine's Day

When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.

But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.

Pick up a juicy romance novel to get you in the Valentine's Day mood!

May We Suggest (On Facebook)?

If you're on facebook and like books, DVDs, and all the other great things Canton Public Library provides, you'll probably be interested in our May We Suggest facebook page. We post recommendations from our expert staff: romance books, comedy DVDs, nonfiction and advice titles, and more. Along with that, we'd like to know what you're reading and whether you recommend other people to read it too. Join us on facebook for great recommendations.

Starting Your Veggie Garden From Seed

Now is the time when many gardeners in our area begin to start seeds indoors, so they'll have lovely seedlings to transplant into the garden when the weather warms up. You can even reuse many items from around the house, to save both money and time. We also have a number of books that will help you with starting from seed:

Gardening with heirloom seeds: tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation by Lynn Coulter

Growing seeds!: starting from scratch by Linda D. Harris; illustrations by Susan T. Fisher

Starter vegetable gardens: 24 no-fail plans for small organic gardens by Barbara Pleasant; photography by John Gruen

The Kitchen Assistant, Darla Jaros

Darla Jaros, The Kitchen Assistant, tells you how to feed your family well on a strict budget. Learn how to stretch a dollar and make nutritious, delicious meal out of seemingly nothing. Darla shares dozens of hints from her book, The Kitchen Assistant.

Frugal Living Series — The Kitchen Assistant — February 24th (not the 29th as stated in Connections), 7:00PM. No registration needed.

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