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Grandparent Fun April

Grandparents, bring your grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on Wednesday, April 8 from 10am-11am to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and playtime.  This month's theme is Earth Day and gardening.  All grandchildren will receive their own special plant to make their world a little greener. 

April Book Sale

Secondhand Prose Used Book Shop April Specials. . .
All gardening, craft and hobby books are buy two, get one free.
This is a great opportunity to stock up on the books that make you dream of leisure days in the garden or fashioning that new doodad for your dining table centerpiece.
Come see the great bargains on great books in Secondhand Prose

Now at the Wayne County Regional Library

The Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped introduces the Brown Bag Book Club. Bring your lunch and the Library will provide snacks, beverages, and dessert. Each month they will discuss two books on the second Tuesday of the month. Call the library at (734) 727-7300 to register and they will send copies of the books each month. The first book discussion will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from Noon-2:00PM at the Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind: 30555 Michigan Avenue, Westland, MI. For more information call (734) 727-7300 or (888) 968-2737.

A Tale of Two Dickens

DroodImplausible as it seems, 2 acclaimed authors have simultaneously penned mysteries about Charles Dickens' last, unfinished novel. 

Are you eligible for Books by Mail?

If you are a Canton resident, 65 years or older or have a disability which makes it difficult for you to come to the library you may be eligible for our Books by Mail program. Register for the program by picking up a Books by Mail brochure at the library or completing the application on the Canton Public Library's website.

Sarah Wolcott, Attorney at Law

If you enjoy mysteries set in another time and place and featuring a strong woman character, try Shirley Tallman's Sarah Wolcott series.  Sarah is a 27 years old, single, lawyer living in Victorian San Francisco in the late 1890s. Against her family’s wishes, she has opened her own San Francisco law firm, only to find that clients---paying clients, that is---are wary of allowing a woman to manage their legal affairs. With the assistance of her friend Robert Campbell, an attorney she met while briefly employed at a prestigious law firm and her brother, Samuel Wolcott, Sarah always solves the case.

Celebrate Spring with a Visit to the Canton Historical Museum

Van Dusen - Canton Twp.preview.jpgDid you know that Canton celebrates its 175th Birthday this year? Find out more about local history by investigating the Township Website or searching for library materials. Take advantage of the spring weather and visit the Canton Historical Museum, which is once again open to visitors (check their website for hours)

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You Must Have Read My Mind

Jane GoodallJane Goodall is acclaimed for her work with chimpanzees, but her new video, When Animals Talk, looks at cross-species communication with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, elephants and even rats.  The program explores some fascinating research on telepathy, and the mutual benefits that accrue when humans bond and partner 

Free Credit Reports

Once every 12 months, you can request for a copy of your credit report from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian & TransUnion. You can log on to AnnualCreditReport.com to request your free copy. It's quick, easy and secure!

If You Lose Your Job & 55 or Older

If you are 55 or older, AARP  has job programs (there may be certain income requirements) and information. It will assess your skills and interests, then connect you with free training.

Celebrating National Women's History Month

Another favorite series with a strong female character is Victoria Thompson's  Gaslight Murders featuring Sarah Brandt, midwife and amateur detective assisted by New York police detective Frank Malloy. Sarah, born into a wealthy family, defied her parents by marrying Dr. Tom Brandt.  Dr. Brandt is killed one night returning from a late night call and rather than return to her parents' home Sarah continues her midwifery practice in New York's tenements. She is a strong, independent character, at times challenging and baffling Detective Frank Malloy.

New! Send to Our Printers from Your Laptop... or from Home

Wireless and remote printing to the library's printers is now available. Send print jobs from your laptop here in our building or from any place with internet access - like your home office. Your job will remain in the Copy Center print queue until the close of business on the day it's sent.

Consumer Reports

The annual auto issue includes the BEST & WORST 2009 CARS.  Exclusive ratings, reliability, performance and value are also included in the April/09 edition of Consumer Reports.  CR is available for patron use on the Adult magazine shelf and at the Adult Reference desk.

It's National Women's History Month

So why not check out a historical mystery series featuring a strong female character? One of my favorites is Miriam Grace Monfredo's Glynis Tyron, an advocate for women and slave rights living in Seneca Falls, NY where the first women's rights'convention was held in 1848.  In Seneca Falls Inheritance, Glynis Tryon, the town's librarian, agrees to help organize the Women's Rights Convention of 1848 expecting controversy and opposition, but not murder!

Looking for a Job?

jobsYou'll find a wide variety of resources at LearningExpress Library that will prepare you for career success, from the job search to interviewing and beyond. In addition to preparing you for the job search, LearningExpress Library offers instantly scored licensing, certification, and aptitude practice tests, online career preparation, and vital information for a wide variety of occupations.  

Check Our Lobby for Events, Brochures

Check out our lobby bulletin board and display racks for information ranging from community events to financial aid forms and publications on state government. There are sections for seniors and health, too. All publications are free and change on a rotating basis.

Transformin' the Blues

Derek TrucksThe new CD by The Derek Truck Band, Already Free, is a good example of how root forms of the blues have been transformed, yet preserved, by rock music.  Trucks has an excellent pedigree in Southern blues-rock, taking up Duane Allman's mantel as the best living slide guitarist and incorporating a range of world music influences into his playing.

$20 million allocated for Senior Services

The Senior Alliance is requesting your input for the 2010-2012 Multi-Year Plan. A community forum  for input on how  $20 million in state and federal funds should be used for senior services will be held on Monday, March 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Summit on the Park (46000 Summit Parkway, Canton). If you are unable to attend, please complete the survey available on The Senior Alliance website.  Submit the completed survey to the Planning Specialist at The Senior Alliance by April 30, 2009.

Calling All Seniors & Caregivers!

Are you providing care for someone elderly?  Or are you a senior citizen wanting to learn more about laws that impact on your life?  Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan Elder Law & Advocacy is presenting a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 25 (6-8 p.m.) at the Cherry Hill Village Theater.  Topics covered are current events in elder law, tips on caregiving, and preventing elder abuse. This event is sponsored by Canton Leisure Services, Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle and Waltonwood.  For more information call 313/937-8291.

Help for Caregivers

Are you caring for someone with a debilitating illness? If so, you are not alone. According to the 2003 National Alliance of Caregiving/AARP National Caregiver Survey, at least 44.4 million adults provide the care that is so critical in helping friends and loved ones with debilitationg illnesses remain in their homes and other community settings. Find Online support through the National Alliance of Caregiving.