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Murder Will Out

Eleanor Taylor Bland died this past week at the age of 65. Ms. Bland was the author of 13 mystery novels featuring female African-American Chicago homicide detective Marti MacAlister. A Dark and Deadly Deception was her most recent book, released in 2005. With Marti as her protagonist, Eleanor Taylor Bland attempted to give voice to the homeless, mentally ill, elderly, and children.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Nope, that's not me in that picture! That's my Little Buddy, LB! He get's out more than I do. In fact, in this picture, he's all the way down in Texas! He went there with Miss Kristen a little while back. They did a lot of fun things! They went camping and went to the park, and, as you can tell, LB made some new friends! There's lots of fun things to do in Texas! You can visit the Alamo, pretend you're a cowboy, or eat chili! Did you know that this animal is the state animal of Texas? Did you know that we have a stuffed animal one here in the library? Are you curious to learn more about Texas? There are lots of book about it here in the library!
Man, LB is so lucky! Now that it is warm out, he has all kinds of adventures planned. I'm just staying home. But I'm okay with that because it's my favorite time of year...Summer Reading! I can't wait until you all start coming in to get your reading log! It's only 20 days away you know! Woohoo! I'm so excited! See you SOON!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Be Green for Audiobook Month!

June is Audiobook Month! Join our "green" friends to celebrate this occasion. Choose a format that suits you — books on CD, MP3-CD, Playaway, downloadable, or cassette. Rest your eyes and let your ears do the reading!

Illinois Getaway Guide

Everyone has their own idea of the perfect getaway, whether it´s a romantic retreat, fun with the family, or a weekend away with friends. Now planning one to the magnificent state of Illinois is easy thanks to the following getaways that immerse you into a specific region of Illinois. Just pick the getaway that´s right for you and start packing.

Connections Newsletter Summer Reading 2010

The Summer Reading issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after June 9.
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Someone Like Me

Former area resident, John Quinn, shares his amazing story of his challenge and triumph over Cerebral Palsy. Quinn, through astounding determination, was able to hide his disability and become a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy. Come hear his inspirational story, Someone Like Me, on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00PM (no registration required). Teens and adults alike will look at life differently.

Exchange Day for paperback books

In an attempt to survive this economy, we are offering monthly Exchange Days for our patrons. Wednesday, June 9th will be our first paperback book exchange. Look under the bed, on your shelves, in your closets and gather up those paperback books. Bring them in to the library Purple Room at 10:00AM and take home some you haven't yet read. What a great way to get the word out in Canton, help the household budget and save a tree by sharing.

Grandparent Fun

Attention Grandparents: Bring your grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on Wednesday, June 2 at 10:00AM. This is a 45 minute program that involves 10-15 minutes of stories and songs followed by crafting and play, just for you and your grandchildren! Get out of the house and meet other grandparents who watch their grandchildren on a regular basis, or just take advantage of a chance to spend some time with your favorite kids.

Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter

Confessions of a compact camera shooter : get professional quality photos with your compact camera by Rick Sammon

Looking to improve your snapshots? This book has a wealth of tips and tricks for the amateur digital photographer using a compact digital camera. Wondering if you need to use flash outside on a sunny day? The answer is probably yes, depending on where the sun is in relation to your subject. Ever wonder if all those modes your camera provides are actually useful? They can be very handy if you know how to make the most of them. These tips and many more are included in this easy to use guide.

Meeting Minutes - April 15, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:33PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone, G. Snow, D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden, G. Bell, A. Davis, M. Swartz

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the March 18 meeting were approved as presented

Communications

E. Davis shared with the Board an invitation from the new Belleville District Library to attend a reception and swearing-in ceremony of the new District Board on April 24th.

Included in the April PR packet were materials relating to the 2009 Annual Report that were mailed to donors and a placard that was sent to community partners.

Shred Day at CFCU

Local residents can shred their documents at Community Financial Credit Union's Canton branch from 2:00-4:30PM Saturday, May 22. The special event is being hosted in partnership with Iron Mountain, a provider of secure information destruction. The Iron Mountain trucks will be available in the branch's parking lot located at 6355 N. Canton Center in Canton. For more information, visit the credit union website at www.cfcu.org or call (734) 453-1200 or (877) 937-2328, toll free.

Small-plot, High-yield Gardening

Small plot, high yield gardening : grow like a pro, save money, and eat well from your front (or back or side) yard 100% organic produce garden by Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan

Organic gardening has become quite popular in recent years, and this book is a great guide to creating and maintaining your own organic garden in whatever space you may have available. It includes a wealth of information, big picture planning and organic philosophy stuff as well as little hints that can be extremely helpful (such as: grow onions or some variant around the edges of your garden to deter pests). Even the book itself has an earthy feel, with rich soil-colored text on creamy white pages. A treat for organic gardeners of all levels.

Read When You're On the Go!

What better way to gear up for a vacation or day at the park than with a downloadable audiobook or eBook! Explore CPL's eBook collection and discover a whole new way to read! This 24/7 library is convenient, easy, and fun!

Michigan Military Moms Supply Drive

The library is hosting a supply drive through Saturday, May 29 to benefit the Michigan Military Moms. Bring your donations of
  • bug repellent wipes, any size or brand
  • new, unused pencils
to donate to our active U.S. troops. The Michigan Military Moms will package the supplies and have them sent to our military service people. You may also write a note to include with your donation. There is a collection box by the Reception Desk.

Download an Audiobook to Your Apple Device!

OverDrive's free app enables over-the-air MP3 audiobook downloads on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch from CPL's eAudiobook collection. With OverDrive Media Console for iPhone, after logging in to My Account on CPL's eBook website, you can wirelessly download any MP3 audiobook to your Apple device.

The Kitchen Garden: Month by Month

Kitchen garden : month by month by Alan Buckingham

This book is truly a step-by-step guide to growing your own food. It starts at the very beginning with planning and goes all the way through to the payoff of harvesting. Some of the tasks listed for the winter months are suitable for those lucky enough to have a home greenhouse or coldframe, but these are easily pushed back to spring thaw for those of us without. The most useful part of this book for me, though, is the Crop Planner. It includes detailed information about a variety of edibles, and I'll definitely be coming back to this section again.

Michigan Week

Michigan Week is celebrated this year from the 16th through the 22nd of this month. This annual tribute began in 1954 as a way to promote state pride among citizens, and to celebrate the state's rich heritage. The Library can help you learn more about Michigan's history, its tremendous natural resources, and its beautiful sights to visit and enjoy.

We're Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!

Our next Volunteer Orientation is set for Wednesday, June 9th. While all applications are welcome, we are in special need of volunteers who are willing and immediately available to fill the following positions:
  • Water plants, bi-monthly — Green thumbs preferred, although not required
  • Maintain supply of romance novels in spinners — Some bodice-ripper experience would be helpful
  • Help clean grounds around building — Good exercise for the young and sedentary
  • Identify damaged materials — Warning: Exposure to our collections may result in checkout overdose, as you see hundreds of books you never knew we had, but must read now!
  • Scan & archive media clips — Your chance to be a part of library history

Anyone available for these positions should contact: Kathie Gladden via phone (734) 397-0999 ext 1071 or email: gladdenk@cantonpl.org.

Otherwise, please fill out our Volunteer Application form and return it to the Reception Desk. We will contact you about orientation as soon as your application is processed.

Library Board Meeting Agenda - May 20, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010, 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Furlough Analysis (item of discussion)
    • Update on New Sorting Room (item of discussion)
  • New Business
    • Revision of Computing Resources Policy (item of action)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

A Rainbow of Stitches

A rainbow of stitches : embroidery and cross-stitch basics plus more than 1,000 motifs and 80 project ideas by Agnès Delage-Calvet ... [et al.] ; photography by Frédéric Lucano

Organized by color, this book offers a tremendous number of ideas for embroidery and cross-stitch projects and motifs. The designs range from cute to elegant, craftsy to modern, satisfying a wide range of tastes. I have been wanting to learn more about embroidery for awhile and I think this book will be a great place to start.