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Sew Retro

Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.

Crazy Quilt

Recently my sister gave me a section of crazy quilt that our great-grandmother had made. This inspired me to find out about how it was made. I found a book… The Magic of Crazy Quilting by Marsha Michler. It turn out to be a great resource. It covered the construction of the quilt as well as some history.

If you are interested in quilting join the Quilting Group on October 6 in the Community Room at the Library.

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Simple Sewing

Simple sewing: the complete illustrated machine-side reference of tips and techniques by Beth Baumgartel
Have you ever needed to mend a ripped seam, or wanted to make your own simple curtains, but weren't sure where to start? These and many, many other projects are detailed here, along with basic guides to sewing machines, working with patterns, and a guide to fabrics. This is an ideal book to have at hand when sewing at home.

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

100 Afghans to Knit & Crochet

100 afghans to knit & crochet by Jean Leinhauser & Rita Weiss

100 afghans is a lot of blankets! But you'll be glad for the selection when you look through this book, because you can choose just the right design to suit your taste. There are more crochet patterns than knit, but the variety is still quite impressive. You can also find one of each available free online: Americana (crochet) and Rainbow Rib (knit).

The Sewing Answer Book

The sewing answer book by Barbara Weiland Talbert
This handy little book has answers to hundreds of the most common questions home sewers find themselves asking. If you've got a problem working with plaids, need help adjusting a pattern to fit your personal size, or wonder what maintenance your machine might need, this book has the answer.

Choosing the Perfect Pet

Choosing the Perfect Pet can be a daunting task. You're inviting a new member of the family into your home. Let veterinarians Mark Alsager and Judi Fleischaker steer you in the right direction. Should it be cat or dog, big or little, young or old? What would fit your family's lifestyle best and be best for the pet? The doctors from Alsager's Animal Clinic in Canton will guide you on the path to a long, happy relationship with your pet on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00PM in the library Community Room.

Button It Up

Button it up: 80 amazing vintage button projects for necklaces, bracelets, embellishments, housewares, & more by Susan Beal
Buttons are ubiquitous, but how many of us think to use them for more than just functional purposes? This book outlines dozens of colorful projects for all kinds of buttons. You can also check out the Button It Up! blog, which has further instructions and ideas.

Keeping Your Brain in Shape

USA Weekend reported that 25% of Americans have a genetic predisposition of developing Alzheimer's disease; quite a sobering statistic. Author Jean Carper's book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, provides strategies you can do everyday to help keep your brain active and your memory sharp.

Art Cloth

Art cloth : a guide to surface design for fabric by Jane Dunnewold
This book contains detailed how-to instructions for embellishing your own one-of-a-kind fabrics. From dyes to paints, stamps to stencils, screenprinting to resists, there are a myriad of techniques here with which you can make your fabric unique and beautiful.

New England Knits

New England knits: timeless knitwear with a modern twist by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre
When I think of New England and knitting, my first thought is of bulky cabled sweaters, but this book offers a wide variety of projects in a range of styles. Nothing here is oversize or stiflingly heavy, and there are even a number of small projects, like a the Brattleboro Hat and the Groveland Satchel.

Meeting Minutes - August 19, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:30PM
Present: J. Fausone, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: G. Snow
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden, L. Golden

Call To Audience

No comments (G. Bell, K. Brandow, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Papa, E. Pare, M. Pare, S. Rzetelny, M. Simowski, N. Szczepanski, T. Towey)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented.

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the July 15 meeting were approved as presented.


E. Davis reported that she had received communication from Trustee G. Snow that he would not be attending.

The Library Shop

Do you often find yourself searching for places to buy unique, perhaps library-related, gifts for yourself or others? The Library Shop at the New York Public Library has a fantastic online store that fills this need! Purchase author-inspired fragrance diffusers, Shakespeare action figures and much more. Check it out today!

X Marks the Spot

Gone are the days of the wrinkled map marked with an X but treasures can still be found using the modern-day method of geocaching. Like the old-fashioned treasure hunt, participants seek out hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices or smart phone applications, then report their experiences online. According to, there are 1,188,372 active caches and between 4-5 million geocachers worldwide. For more information on geocaching in Michigan, visit the MiGo website and look for a hunt in your area.

The geocaching handbook by Layne Cameron ; with a foreword by Dave Ulmer

The complete idiot's guide to geocaching by the editors and staff of

Access My Library via Your Mobile Device

Access library resources — even when you're not at the library! It's as simple as using the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app from Gale, a world-leading publisher of reference information. AccessMyLibrary uses GPS to find libraries within a 10-mile radius of your location, then gives you free, unlimited access to the reliable online resources from Gale — without the need to log in. The AccessMyLibrary Public Edition App works on iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad®.

Just for You: Community Bulletin Board

Lost a kitten? Got a condo to rent? Are you just the best darned piano teacher in Canton? If so, let the world (or other library patrons) know about it! Items unsuited for our lobby information board may now be posted on our Community Bulletin Board (located to the left of the lobby ATM.)
NOTE: postings still must be authorized by library staff, so turn them over to the receptionist, who will see that they get to the appropriate staff member to be okayed and displayed.

Scandinavian Needlecraft

Scandinavian needlecraft: 35 step-by-step projects to create the Scandinavian home by Clare Youngs — Scandinavian embroidery has such a distinct, appealing look, and now this book shows us how to achieve it at home. Included here are a variety of projects for household items embellished with machine or hand embroidery in the Scandinavian style. Basic instructions on the techniques are also included, so these projects should be manageable for crafters at all skill levels.

World's Largest Chocolate Bar

Setting a new Guinness World Record, the Armenian company Grand Candy unveiled the world's largest-ever chocolate bar — a 25-centimetre-thick slab weighing in at 4410 kilograms and measuring 5.60 by 2.75 metres on Friday, September 10. (Photo: World Records Academy)

Bowling for Jobs

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit invites you to join the fight for local jobs as we go "Bowling for Jobs" starting at 1:00PM Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. Bowling activities will take place from 1:00-3:00PM and will include a silent auction and tin can raffle.

Other ways to support Goodwill on September 25 include donating your e-waste (computer accessories) and gently used clothing or housewares at Thunderbowl from 8:00AM to Noon. The highest quality items collected will be sold at Goodwill's new Metro Detroit flagship retail store, scheduled to open this fall in Canton.

Individual tickets are available for $20 each. To purchase tickets online, please visit Goodwill Detroit Bowling for Jobs. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.