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Hobbyists and Hackers Unite

On Saturday, June 25th from 1:00-5:00PM, CPL will host some of the most creative hobbyists and hackers in the Metro Detroit Area for our second CPL Hack Day. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to modded IKEA furniture to scrapbooking.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page. For any questions, please contact Brad Czerniak at czerniakb@cantonpl.org.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
If you look at this picture of me, you can see I'm not at CPL! The CTTS Staff and I went on a little field trip yesterday. We visited the Novi Public Library! The Novi Library built a brand new building last year and we went to look around. It's a pretty cool place. They even have a race car in the Children's Department called the Novi Special! And there are beautiful tiles to look at too. One even has a dinosaur bone in it. And just like at CPL, there a lots of fun computers to play on and interesting books to check out.
Did you know that Canton Public Library has "reciprocal borrowing privileges" with Novi Library? Those big words mean that CPL is friends with Novi Library, and that your Canton Public Library card works all the way over there! I think that's the coolest thing I learned on my tour. You should go "check out" the Novi Library (just a little library humor there!) but don't forget to come visit me too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Distractions & Driving

The recent April 2011 issue of Consumer Reports reminds us of the many distracted driving scenarios many of us encounter in our daily travels. See the article on Consumer Reports website for a review of recent polling on the subject and further comments from various segments of our society.

Are you a Teen Poet Looking to Connect with Other Poets?

If you are looking for a way to share your poetry with teens all over the world onebillionpoets.com might be just what you are looking for. The website, created by an English and Global Studies teacher, offers users an opportunity to network, read and submit poetry, participate in contests, and much more.

Plain Kate

One of my esteemed colleagues, whose opinion I value very highly, once gave a presentation illustrating that you can tell a book by its cover. So, when I picked up Plain Kate by Erin Bow to read, I looked at its cover and thought I was in for a fanciful tale about an orphan girl and her cat, probably set in 18th century London; a simple, sweet story about a chimney sweep lass — along the lines of Mary Poppins and Bert. Forget it! Witchcraft, mysteriously sinister magic, gyspies, bigotry, superstition, loss of loved ones, hunger, plagues, death… those are but some of the dark elements behind this light dreamy-looking cover.

Sport-filled Saturday!

Beginning at 3:00PM the Red Wings take on the Nashville Predators as they wind down the regular season. Then at 4:10PM the Tigers play the New York Yankees where Brad Penny will be matched up against former teammate A.J. Burnett. March Madness continues at 6:00PM with the Final Four NCAA Div I Men's Basketball Championship. First Four winner VCU and Butler vie for a berth to the Championship game. University of Kentucky and University of Connecticut continue the excitement in their bid to the Title at 8:45PM. Grab your snacks, spirit wear, and fresh batteries for the remote and enjoy!

Craig Perdue, Naturalist Program

Dr. Craig Perdue will talk about behavioral ecology on Thursday, April 21, 3:00-4:30PM, in a presentation entitled "Bird Ancestors, Adaptations and Conversation." He will share his knowledge about working with birds of prey and other animals and explain how our actions impact their world. There is no registration required for this all ages program.

[Note: Dr. Perdue's program includes live birds.]

Earth Day Events at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18-22) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including:

Our Nation's Symbol — The Bald Eagle

A friend's introduction to the live Eagle Cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens is fascinating and quite an educational experience for all ages. This eagle couple has three chicks, or are they fledglings? Find the answer to this and the myriad questions you will have after viewing these majestic eagles. Check out this book on our nation's symbol Eagles and for adults, Eagles: Masters of the Sky.

Apple Computer

Apple Computer was founded on April 1, 1976. Can you believe it's been 35 years since Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer?

Read about these genius geeks and visit the Apple museum. Check out Apple's history and find out more about these inventors.

Cyberparenting Forum

Wednesday, March 30
7:00-8:30PM in the Community Room


Join in the discussion and learn from our panel as we talk about cyberparenting, bullying and protecting our kids online. Panelists include P-CEP teens, Erin MacGregor, Plymouth High School’s associate principal; Will Burgess, a GrowthWorks counselor; Sara Boritzki, Canton Township Police Department’s school resource officer; and Ellen Pare, Canton Library’s adult services librarian. The discussion will be moderated by Laurie Golden, CPL marketing and communications manager, and Frank Ruggirello Jr., Plymouth-Canton Community Schools spokesman.

ACT Practice Test With Sylvan Learning Center

April 9th at 10:00AM (to 1:15PM) the staff from Sylvan Learning Center will administer and grade a practice ACT test here at the Library. Registration begins March 26th.

Pathfinder

Orson Scott Card, writer of Ender's Game, delivers another brilliant teenager in Pathfinder. Rigg has a gift; he can see people's paths through history, much like an animal leaving its tracks. On the day his father dies he is mysteriously charged to seek the sister he never knew he had, and from there the plot weaves together fantasy adventure with hardcore science fiction. This book may be a little slower than Ender's Game, and even repetitive at times due to the nature of its plot, but for all of that it's deeply philosophical, and fun. For an adventure book with one of the most original takes on time travel out there, it's worth reading.

Murder Will Out: Sherlock

BBC One’s Sherlock, a clever, fast-paced TV updating of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Victorian detective saga, has won the 2010 Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Drama Series. "This was one of the most original and entertaining new series for years," the society declared in a canned statement. If you didn't get a chance to watch Sherlock on PBS, check it out at Canton Public Library.

National Book Foundation eNewsletter

National Book Foundation has been honoring great American books for the past 60 years. In the current eNewsletter from February through April of 2011, the Foundation will host a retrospective examining more than sixty years of American poetry. The retrospective will include a daily blog featuring essays by emerging poets on all past Winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, as well as a series of public programs in three U.S. cities.

Sylvan Learning Center Presents ACT Test Prep

April 5 at 6:00PM the staff from Sylvan Learning Center will help you build the skills you need on test day. Registration begins March 22.

CPL Quilt Group

Meeting Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room.

We will be featuring Strip Quilting this month. Grace will demonstrate this quick and easy method of putting together quilt tops.

This is a good way for someone to start quilting. There are also more difficult patterns for the more accomplished quilters. Check out The Art of Classic Quiltmaking by Harriet Hargrave and Sharyn Craig; Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam Lintott; and Strip Quilting by Diane Wold.

New Writing Contest

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is promoting a new writing contest on their blog. Reading Rockets/AdLit.org's Citizen Writer contest!
This contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Good luck!