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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.

Free Blood Pressure Screening

Age Strong! Live Strong!
Blood pressure screening is available on the 3rd Monday of each month, 1:00-3:00PM in the Parkview Room of the Summit. This free service is provided by the Oakwood Healthcare System and sponsored by the Canton Seniors Center. No appointments are necessary.

2010 Global Reading Challenge

Looking to expand your literary choices and discover new authors? Sign up for the 2010 Global Reading Challenge. Created by blogger Dorte Jakobsen with technical assistance from fellow blogger, Kerrie Smith, there are three levels of the challenge: Easy, Medium, and Expert.

For each level you will read writers from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America (includes Central America) and South America within 2010. Each level becomes progressively more difficult (i.e. more books to read to satisfy the requirements). Jakobsen provides a wonderful list of reading suggestions for each continent.

Explore Canton's History

Interested in your community or state's history? The Canton Historical Society is having a general meeting tonight, with featured speaker Jennifer Huff. The topic is the school district busing plan that was to affect metro Detroit in the early 1970s, and while you're at the museum you can check out the quilting exhibit. For more information, visit the Historical Society's events page on their website. Before the meeting, stop by the library to find more information about race relations in Detroit or other metropolitan busing proposals. You can also check out materials on Canton's history.

Transfer an eBook to a Reader

Wonder how to transfer an eBook from CPL's collection to a reader after check-out? Just a few simple steps. Load the Adobe Digital Editions to your computer; create an Adobe ID and activate your computer and device with the same ID. Download the title, plug the eBook reader into the computer, click on the title and drag it to the device's name. Sony users need to download an extra library software.

Songs from Lonely Avenue

Songs from Lonely Avenue by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Fans of the Brian Setzer Orchestra will not be disappointed by this latest album, a soundtrack to a film that doesn't exist. It's what Setzer imagines might be the appropriate accompaniment to a throwback noir film, including blues, swing, and jazz tunes that feel like they could be classics. It's a fun exploration that provides plenty of opportunity for Setzer to show off his virtuosic guitar chops.

Local Author Event

Join us Thursday, May 13 at 7:00PM in the Community Room for the shared stories, methods, and inspiration of local authors. If you have ever dreamed of being an author yourself, or if you simply want to enjoy and support the efforts of some local talent, please join us. We'll hear everything from Haiku to families dealing with serious health and/or emotional issues. Let the stories begin.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate a taste of the rich Asian Pacific culture by joining us for our 3rd annual APA Heritage Month Program on May 20, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. This year will feature a virtual author visit with Mitali Perkins at 7pm, a dance performance at 6pm by BollyFit Kids, the University of Michigan Go club, henna tattoos, crafts and some yummy snacks!

Try Our New Automated Phone Service

Our new, automated phone system will quickly direct you to whomever you want to speak — if you take a few seconds to listen to the prompts, that is:
  • Want to know when we're open or how to get here? Press 2
  • Need to talk to someone at Checkout about your account or to renew? Press 3
  • Have a question for an Adult Department librarian or about an Adult Department program? Press 4
  • Same thing, only for the Children's Department? Press 5
  • Want to book the library's Community Room or get information from our Business Office? Press 6
  • Need to get information about the Friends of the Library or their used book shop, Secondhand Prose? Press 7
  • Want to speak to that certain someone whose extension you've forgotten? Press # for the staff directory
Save yourself time and aggravation and endless transfers from the wrong extension. Listen to the prompts. Follow the prompts. You'll be glad you did.

Applique Your Way

Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey

This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.

Play Ball

There's a new way to play ball called Pickleball. It's a combination of ping pong and badminton. If you're up to trying something new, open pickleball sessions are held at the Northville Recreation Center.

Get some basics at the Pickleball Lessons Blog.