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$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.

Getting Your Word's Worth

Alphabet JuiceYou don't have to be an etymologist to enjoy thinking about the roots of language.  In Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr. has a lot of fun looking at the relationships between word structure, meaning and phonetics.  On a more serious note, the arguments he discusses can be traced back to Plato's Cratylus in Plato Unmasked by Keith Quincy.   

Dying for Love

Secondhand Prose Used Book Shop specials for February are Romance and Mystery books.  You can buy two and get one free of either paperbacks or hardbacks.  The bag sale days for February are the 20th, 21st and 23rd.  $5.00 per bag full.

Antonio Gaudi

The 1st of this 2-disc video set about Spanish Architect, Antonio Gaudi, (1852-1926), is accompanied by music and is almost entirely without narration.  The viewer experiences Gaudi's unique forms unencumbered by analytic information, so their beauty, fluidity and integration with nature are abstracted from their utility. The 2nd disc provides biographical information about Gaudi’s life and work.

2009 Edgar Awards Announced

The 2009 Edgar Award nominees were recently announced by the Mystery Writers of America.  The awards will be given at the 63rd Gala Banquet on April 30 in New York.

Great Travel Info Available at the Library

I just returned from a vacation on the Pacific coast of California.  Here's a photo I took.  A book I used to plan my trip is Experience the California Coast and here is a map of the area from the library's collection.

Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible

I just read “The Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible” by Steve Lodder. This is an incredible resource for any piano or keyboard player. This set is appropriate for all levels of players. It starts right at the beginning with how to read music and progress from there well into advanced intermediate material.

It covers many styles with exercises and example.

Time to Tune Up Your Driving Skills?

Did you know AARP offers a Driver Safety Program for drivers age 50 and older? For over 25 years, this refresher course has taught experienced drivers current rules of the road, how to operate their vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and adjustments they may need to make to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. For more information call AARP's Detroit Information Center (313) 832-6846 during business hours or AARP's website.

Grandparent Fun

Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on February 12, 2009 from 10-11am.  We meet monthly to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and play!  This months theme is Love so be prepared to make some special Valentine crafts and have a lot of fun!  Registration is now open, use your own library card or your grandchild's. 

Gardening Beneficial to Older Adults

In "Gardening Gives Older Adults Benefits Like Hand Strength and Self-Esteem" researchers at Kansas State University have shown that gardening can offer enough moderate physical activity to keep older adults in shape.

The Root of All...

Money may not be the root of all evil, but in Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of Americn Capitalism, Kevin Phillips makes a pretty good case that our current financial crisis is rooted in its irresponsible manipulation.  This book clearly explains the history and details of the reckless behavior that created instability in global credit markets, which is now taking its toll on the broader economy.

ALA speech given by Barack Obama in 2005.

This speech on the role of libraries was given in 2005. Before most Americans had even heard of our new POTUS, Barack Obama.

Senior Book Discussion - June 24, 2009

An Unfinished Life (Mark Spragg)

An old rancher reluctantly takes in his estranged daughter-in-law, Jean, and granddaughter, Griff. Mark Spragg tells the story of a complex, prodigal homecoming.

Senior Book Discussion - May 27, 2009

Pope Joan (Donna Woolfolk Cross)

There are few historical heroines as fascinating and controversial as Pope Joan, a woman whose hunger for knowledge and independent nature led her to pass as a man and ultimately to attain the high seat in Rome. Pope Joan is a spellbinding tale of a woman who gave up everything, even her very name, for the sake of knowledge.

Senior Book Discussion - Apr 22, 2009

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (Mark Haddon)

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. He has Asperger Syndrome. Christopher is on a quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog.

Senior Book Discussion - Mar 25, 2009

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

In 1666, a young woman comes of age during an extraordinary year of love and death. Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a "plague village" in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.

Senior Book Discussion - Feb 25, 2009

Everyone's Reading Finding My Voice (Diane Rehm)

For 25 years, Rehm has offered her listeners compelling conversations with the world's most interesting and important people. This year her autobiography, Finding My Voice, is the Metro Detroit’s Everyone’s Reading selection.

Grandparent Fun

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Do you watch your grandchildren on a regular basis? Looking for something fun and different to do with them? Want to meet other grandparents who babysit too? The CPL Grandparents Group provides fun activities for you and your grandchildren.