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Video Games Actually Lead To Workplace Success

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver Business School has determined that employees who are trained on video game software are much more likely to retain the information they had learned. However, it was found that not all video games were equally as good when it comes to training. Video games with active participation were more effective then games with a more passive theme. Who says games are only for children?

Weird Michigan History

Reasearcher, archivist, author and lecturer, John E.L. Tenney, will share stories of weird Michigan ghosts, hauntings, monsters, secret societies and conspiracies that make up our unique history.

Teens and adults, please join us on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00PM. No registration required.

Happy Birthday Reidel Anthony!

Celebrating a birthday today is Reidel Anthony, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is turning 34 years old today! Some ways you can celebrate include checking out a book on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, peek at the Tampa Bay official website, or go outside and toss around the ol' football with some friends. Maybe even eat a little cake, too.

The Search for WondLa

Tony DiTerilizzi has created another fantastical masterpiece with The Search for WondLa, the first book of a trilogy. Eva Nine has lived a pleasant, but sometimes boring, secluded existence in an underground, artificial world with her robot 'mom' for her first twelve years. A paid huntsman radically changes this life when he destroys their home and captures Eva. With the help of some strange creatures, who soon become her best friends, Eva manages to escape. Together they embark on a thrilling journey packed with awesome encounters of every sort as Eva courageously searches for other human beings. Readers can only hope that book #2 won't be long in coming.

Little Green Dresses

Little green dresses: 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more by Tina Sparkles; photographer, Erica Beckman — Looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe without spending big bucks? Here you'll find lots of ideas for revamping existing clothing in your closet or from a thrift store, places to find inexpensive fabric, and sewing instructions for all levels. These patterns are printed so that you can photocopy onto larger paper and sew from there. Check out this Q&A with author Tina Sparkles at Craftzine.com.

Teen Poetry Contest

Enter CPL's poetry contest and you could win a great prize. Entries will be accepted October 17-October 23; winners will be announced on October 28.

Contest Rules

  1. Poetry may be written and submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade
  2. Poem must be your original work
  3. Poem must be in the form of a Haiku or Cinquain
  4. Keep it clean — poems containing vulgar, profane, obscene, racist or otherwise offensive connotations will be rejected
  5. All poems submitted on paper must be typed in at least 12 point font on white paper
  6. Do not put your name on the same paper as your poem.

When It Drops

When it drops is an attractive, concise website for seeing all the new movies, albums, DVDs, video games, and books that come out in a given week. It also features an RSS feed. [via kottke and The Daily Dish]

Looking for a quick way to see what's in our catalog on other websites, such as When it drops? Try our bookmarklet, available on our Tools page. Not familiar with bookmarklets? Read how to use them.

30 Notable 30s

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so it seems like the perfect time to note some of the other notable 30s in our history and popular culture:
  • The Thirty Years War lasted from 1618-1648. Fought primarily in what is now Germany, it eventually involved most of Europe. Although it began as a religious conflict it gradually  turned into one of the most desctructive in European history
  • thirtysomething. This television popular drama about baby boomers in their thirties ran on ABC from 1987-1991.

No Tutoring Monday, October 11th

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Monday, October 11th due to the NHS monthly meeting. They will, however, return Tuesday, October 12th.

Family Reading Night Programs

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a $2,000 Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant. Money from the grant, combined with funds from the Friends of the Canton Public Library, is used for Family Reading Nights at the Canton Public Library. Programs include stories, games and snacks and are open to families with children ages 4-9. Participants receive a free book.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Tense, gripping, and even at times gruesome, this mystery has an extra punch from the fact that it's true. If you are looking for a great bit of historical non-fiction that reads as well as any fictional thriller then check this out. Chasing Lincoln's Killer chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth in all its harrowing detail. It's excellent as an audio book too with voice work by Will Paton.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
You may have noticed that there's been lots of talk in the library lately about CPL's 30th anniversary.  There are only a very few people who've been a part of Canton Public Library as long as I have, so I thought I'd chime in with my own experiences here at CPL. You can find my story on the library's Flickr account.  Yup!  I'm a pretty tech savvy bear. In some of the pictures I look kind of funny because they were taken a long time ago.  You'd better not laugh!

Historical Fantasy At Its Best!

Suspense, action, mystery, historical facts, supernatural, good and evil — the Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh combines all of these elements to make one gripping read. Warning! You may not be able to put the book down to do the basic necessities of life.

Must-Read Fiction!

It has been quite a while since I read a book that impressed me as much as The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. The story revolves around a best-selling author who has been estranged from her famous rock-singer son for the past four years, a residual effect of a past family tragedy. When her son is suddenly charged with the murder of his girlfriend, however, she desperately tries to make her way back into his life and piece together what actually happened. Interspersed throughout the novel are chapters of the newest book the main character is working on, which is a compilation of the endings of all of her previous books followed by new endings for each them.

30 Best Films You've Never Seen…

…but I have because co-workers and library patrons have recommended them.

Alphaville: une étrange adventure de Lemmy Caution by Chaumaine Production-Film-Studio

The band's visit by July August Productions; Bleiberg Entertainment; Sophie Dulac Productions

Eco Books

Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor

Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.

Contest: Most Intriguing People

Three presidential candidates took part in the 1992 presidential debates: Republican nominee and then current President George H.W. Bush, Democratic nominee William Jefferson Clinton, and Independent Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot. Which two of these nominees were also named to People Weekly's annual list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992?

The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!

Making Summer Reading History


We've shown CPL's history with Summer Reading… but what about recent history? Our 2010 program was huge and successful, despite road construction and further budget constraints. The above video shows just some of the activities and programs hosted at the library. We were busy this Summer!

2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition!


Fancy yourself a writer? Enter the 2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition and you could win a $30,000 scholarship to the creative writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy. For those currently in grades 8-11. Deadline Dec. 15, 2010.