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Tech Support in the Family

Google's recently-released site, Teach Parents Tech, features over 50 YouTube videos with friendly explanations of how to perform useful tasks on your computer. For instance, here's how to create a strong password:

You can send your relatives a "care package" of videos you think they'd find useful, or watch the videos yourself to brush up on computer skills.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

End-Of-Year Tax Tip

Donate used books, music, movies & more
December is a great month to strategize last-minute ways to reduce your 2010 taxable income. Here's one idea: Go through your gently-used books, music CDs, CD-ROMs, movies and video games that haven't seen the light of day for months. You can donate them to Canton Public Library and then request a donation letter from the Receptionist. Most taxpayers who itemize on their tax return can take the fair market value of the donated items as a charitable donation, which translates into a tax deduction. (Seek information from a tax professional or the IRS if you're unsure how to do this). Donated items may show up either in the library's circulating collection or be passed along to the Friends of Canton Public Library, which operates the Second-Hand Prose store located in the southwest corner of the library (just past the magazine racks). Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit library acquisitions, reading programs and special events for patrons and the community. Please bring your donated items to the large brown donation shelter, located in the southwest area of the library parking lot (you'll see a large Book Donations sign there). Thank you for supporting your Canton Public Library!

Ginger

Did you know that ginger is not only fun to bake with, but a healthy spice as well? Ginger is good for digestion, used to treat nausea and motion sickness, and has anti-inflammatory properties. And of course, it's a great time of year to make some creative gingerbread houses, and yummy cookies. There's also ginger tea, ginger ale and lots of recipes you can use ginger in. Some may even remember this name on Gilligan's Island.

Northern Knits

Northern knits : designs inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland, and the Shetland Isles by Lucinda Guy — Is the cold weather starting to get to you? Look no further than this book, which offers a variety of cozy knitted items to warm you up. Sweaters, socks, mittens, and hats are just some of the things you can make, all with a Nordic style.

In Your Dreams at the DIA

The DIA is hosting many wonderful exhibits this winter/spring and one of them that you should not miss is In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints running now through January 2, 2011. The DIA is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so check out their website for the latest information on their hours and the cost for this special exhibit. Enjoy!

The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book

The Ohio Knitting Mills knitting book by Steven Tatar with Denise Grollmus ; fashion photography by Anna Wolf — Have you heard of the Ohio Knitting Mills? Even if you haven't, you've probably seen or even worn their products (Mr. Rogers often wore one!). This book takes inspiration from original OKM designs of the forties through the seventies and offers patterns for sweaters, dresses, and bags that are retro-inspired but appropriate for everyday wear now.

U.S. News & World Report

The Dec/2010 issue of U.S. News contains 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011. Articles concerning your health, money, career, mind and the world are included. Please note this will be the last issue of U.S. News & World Report. This magazine will no longer be published as a print or digital replica magazine. The U.S. Media group will continue to publish the usnews.com website.

Coming Soon...The Rose Bowl

Now that we have made it past Thanksgiving, and with Christmas right around the corner, Rose Bowl time is very quickly coming upon us. This year, on January 1, 2011, we will be able to watch the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade (my favorite part of the day) followed by the 97th Rose Bowl Game. Wish I was in California to see that (well, mostly the parade, but I am sure the game is fun too)! Check out the Tournament of Roses official website for more information. Also, be sure to check out our great books on the Rose Bowl. Happy reading!

Coming Up...at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

Tuesday, December 7th, 7:00-8:30PM at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100 (use Diag entrance) — 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Blaine Pardoe, author of Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars

Pardoe tells the complex story of Frederick Zinn, a man who brought peace and closure to countless families who lost airmen during both world wars. Zinn created the techniques still in use to determine the final fate of airmen missing in action. The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of Nicola’s Books.

Pardoe is an accomplished author who has published dozens of military fiction novels and other books, including the widely acclaimed Cubicle Warfare: Self-Defense Tactics for Today's Hypercompetitive Workplace.

Part of the University of Michigan Press Author Series.

Family Storytime @ Barnes & Noble, Northville

On Monday, November 29, 2010, enjoy a special storytime during our Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Storytimes will take place at Barnes & Noble in Northville, at 11:00-11:30AM or 7:00-7:30PM. Registration is not required.

Joe Gagnon, The Appliance Doctor

The renowned Joe Gagnon, aka The Appliance Doctor, tells us how to spend our money wisely when purchasing large appliances, so we get the most bang for our hard-earned bucks. The doctor also shares when it is time to replace or repair an appliance, based on his years of expertise. We all know and love Joe Gagnon from radio and newspaper columns — now is your opportunity to meet and talk in person on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. No registration needed.

Kiplinger Retirement Report

If you and your family haven't discussed the future consequences of a longer lifespan, the Oct/2010 issue of KRR can offer several informative comments this often-confusing subject can present. The Kiplinger Retirement Report is published monthly and appears in print form on the CPL Adult magazine shelve.

Great Gardens of America

Great gardens of America by Tim Richardson ; photographs by Andrea Jones — From New York to California, Ohio to Florida, this beautiful book features full-color photographs of gardens all over the United States and Canada. The gardens range from formal to meadow to whimsical, and you'll not only get ideas for your own garden, but perhaps even ideas of places you'd like to visit.

This Sunday: Fall Harvest Market in Canton

A virtual cornucopia of foods and other items for your Thanksgiving feast will be available to buy at Canton's Fall Harvest Market this Sunday, November 21, from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the Cady-Boyer Barn, in Preservation Park at 500 N. Ridge Rd. (approx. 1/4 mile north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Nearly two dozen local Michigan farmers and vendors will offer market favorites, including: turkeys, pie pumpkins, farm eggs, apples, spices, cider, natural meats, stuffing, artisan breads, salad greens, winter squash, sausage, pasta, honey, pies and other baked goods, pierogi, flower arrangements, dog treats and much more. Some vendors are taking pre-orders for your convenience.

How to Keep Up

How to Keep Up in This Fast-Moving World by humorist Sylvia Rubach will give us tips on how to cope with this crazy world. You can grab the brass ring on that merry-go-round called change. Join us for some laughs, some valuable tips and a fun evening on Thursday, November 18 in the Community Room at 7:00PM. No registration necessary.