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Low Vision Center Launches October 1st

Is standard print a strain on your eyes? Are large print books heavy in your hands? We can help!

Thanks to a generous gift from the Lions Club of Canton, the library now has a collection of Optelec handheld and stand magnifiers available in a variety of magnifications for checkout to Canton and Plymouth patrons. Borrow a magnifier and take it home for a "test drive" to see if it is right for you! We are delighted to offer this new service and hope you will help us spread the word to any local friends or relatives in need of low-vision reading aids.

In addition to these new magnifiers, the library also has an Optelec Viewer available for use in the library, and a large selection of large print and audio books available. For instructions on how to use the Optelec Viewer, check out this video.

2014 Budget Approved

At the Budget Hearing on September 19, 2013, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2014 budget and set the 2014 millage rate. The millage rate remains the same at 1.5437, and the total 2014 budget of $5,599,410 reflects use of some of our Fund Balance (essentially, our savings account) to 1) make building improvements, and 2) bring the library's pension account to 100% funding.

1) As a result of patron feedback and suggestions, our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan includes a comprehensive look at how library spaces are used, how that usage has changed over time, and what changes you'd like to see to improve our interactions with you. In addition to your feedback and suggestions, we also considered the entire building; the original library building is now 25 years old, and the library additions are now 12 years old. Much of our equipment and fixtures date back to the original construction and are due (some overdue) for replacement. In 2013, we were able, through donations and use of Fund Balance, to update and renovate some library spaces--new study rooms were added in the east wing of the library, and renovations were done in our Community Room and Quiet Study Room, as well as in the staff kitchen. These updates and replacements will continue in 2014 with updates to the main area of the library, with our Patron Service Improvement Project (PSI Project).

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: October 24, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, October 24 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lassiter. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.

Say Nice Things About Detroit by Scott Lasser.  After his divorce and the death of his son David Halpert escapes to his hometown Detroit, and becomes involved in a murder investigation when he learns about the shooting of his high school girlfriend Natalie and her black half-brother, Dirk, and becomes romantically involved with Natalie's sister.

Adult Writers' Group October 2013

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:

CPL's 2013 LEGO Dream House Award Reception

Canton kids of all ages have envisioned their Dream House and brought them to life by LEGO. On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 come to the Community Room and admire the fantastic LEGO Dream House Contest entries and vote for your fan favorite. On Sunday September, 29 at 4:00 PM, we will host an awards reception for these great creations. Join us!

[LEGO House by Mark Nicolson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Knit Night

Our knit night group will not meet on October 14 as generally scheduled. The library will be closed to the public on October 14 for a staff inservice training. See you back here on November 11.

Flu Shots

It's coming... flu season. Be prepared by getting your flu shot on October 1 between noon and 4:00 PM. The professional staff from Canton's Walgreen's at Ford Road and Sheldon will provide flu shots for you and your family at the library. Most shots will be free and covered by your insurance. Remember to bring your insurance cards and let's see if we can make this winter a flu-free one for you.

Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces (Exchanges) are scheduled to open on October 1st. This is where we will go to find the best solution to our individual and family health care insurance needs. Since this is a new experience for all of us, we need a little guidance and information to be successful, thrifty and healthy. David Huntzicker of Kapnick Insurance Group will be our guide as we begin our search. David will explain the categories and the time lines we will all need to be aware of, as well as all the options available to us.
Join us on October 3 at 7:00 PM to get your questions answered.

World Alzheimer's Awareness Month

September is Alzheimer's World Month and PBS is raising awareness of this disease by providing audiences the opportunity to watch an interesting documentary in its entirety called, You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't. This documentary focuses on the day-to-day struggles of living with Alzheimer's from the patient's point-of-view.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

The world before her [videodisc] by Kinosmith, Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds through the Theatrical Documentary Program present a film by Nisha Pahuja ; writer and director: Nisha Pahuja

The house I live in [videodisc] by Charlotte Street Films presents an Edgewood Way production ; producers, Eugene Jarecki, Melinda Shopsin ; written and directed by Eugene Jarecki

The reluctant fundamentalist [videodisc] by IFC Films and Doha Film Institute present a Mirabai Films and Cine Mosaic production ; produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher ; screenplay by William Wheeler ; directed by Mira Nair

Defiant requiem [videodisc] by Partisan Pictures ; the Defiant Requiem Foundation ; PBS ; producers, Peter Schnall & Doug Shultz ; director/writer, Doug Shultz

Why ships sink [videodisc] by produced by Jonathan Challis, Olly Jones, Lisa Mirowitz ; directed by Jonathan Challis ... [et al.]

Paleo Diet

One of the hottest new trends in diets and cooking is the Paleo Diet. Popularly known as the 'caveman diet' it focuses mainly on fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

Paleo cookbook for dummies by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

Paleo fitness: primal training and nutrition to get lean, strong and healthy by Darryl Edwards with Brett Stewart and Jason Warner

Quick & easy paleo comfort foods: 150 delicious gluten- free recipes by Julie and Charles Mayfield ; foreword by New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf ; photography by Mark Adams

Living paleo for dummies by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body by Ballantyne, Sarah

The New Health Care Law: What It Means to You

This presentation is an explanation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it will affect consumers and senior health coverage today and in the future. A representative from the State of Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services with share information about the Health Insurance Marketplace. We know you have questions... come hear the answers on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 PM. Please register for this program.

California Statehood

California was admitted to the United States on September 9, 1850. Originally colonized by the Spanish in the 17th century, it became part of Mexico in 1821. In 1846, a group of American settlers declared an independent California Repulic shortly after the beginning of the Mexican-American War. The California Gold Rush of 1848 led to a huge increase in Califronia's population and started an economic boom. Some of the many figures connected to the state's rich and complicated history include Sir Francis Drake, Junipero Serra, John Fremont, Leland Stanford, Upton Sinclair, and William Randolph Hearst. Learn more:

Advanced Sudoku Workshop

Dave Pandit is back to show us some advanced Sudoku techniques. You can take the most difficult Sudoku puzzles and solve them with ease to the delight of your family and friends. The author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, Mr. Pandit will show us some unique puzzles and solving techniques. Please join us on October 15 at 7:00 PM for puzzle-solving challenges and fun. Mr. Pandit's book will be available for purchase at this program.

Look What's In Large Print - September, 2013

September and it's back to school. Maybe time to re-read a classic. A book read at seventeen isn't the same book read decades later...


The Europeans [Large print]: a sketch
by Henry James


The End of the Affair [large print]
by Graham Greene


Wuthering Heights [Large print]
by Emily Brontë


Pride and Prejudice [large print]
by Jane Austen


Lord Jim [Large print]
by Joseph Conrad ; edited by Cedric Watts and Robert Hampson

(All images: eLibrary. Web. 29 Aug. 2013.)

Teachers in the Movies

Just in time for back to school!

Freedom writers [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures ; Double Feature Films ; MTV Films ; Jersey Films ; Kernos Filmproduktiosgesellschaft & Company

Goodbye, Mr. Chips [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

The great debaters [videodisc] by The Weinstein Company presents a Harpo Films production

A lesson before dying [videodisc] by Spanky Pictures production in association with Ellen M. Krass Productions

Like stars on Earth [videodisc] by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents a PVR Pictures and a Aamir Khan Productions film