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Hey Kids!
Don't panic! If you come to the library this weekend, you probably won't see me. I'm not sick or hurt, and I didn't get grounded. I'm on vacation! I'm off to visit some friends, and I have to pick up LB from his latest trip. But I'll be back on Tuesday. I hope you kiddos who are coming to the library on Monday for storytime have a wonderful time. Hey did you know that Monday starts National Young Reader's Week! Storytime is a great way to celebrate.
Well, I just didn't want you all to worry. See you soon!
Until then,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Heart of a Samurai

Margi Preus has created a masterpiece with this fascinating, exciting, and factual historical novel. In 1841, fourteen-year-old Manjiro and his four friends find themselves fighting for survival on a deserted island after their fishing boat is destroyed in a storm. Luckily, an American whaling ship rescues them before they perish. They cannot return to Japan because the country's borders are closed to both foreigners and to citizens who have strayed. Imprisonment or even death would await them. Manjiro is curious, intelligent and eager to help with the work on Captain Whitfield's ship. They become very close and Captain Whitfield takes Manjiro home with him to Massachusetts where he attends school and helps on the Whitfield's farm. He is believed to be the first Japanese person to set foot in America.

Rock for Jobs: Friday, November 26

Alto Reed, Bob Seger's sax man, is coming home for Thanksgiving, and plans to swing that big bass sax around at the Fillmore with his Motor City All Stars on Friday, Nov. 26. The Motor City All-Stars also include a Brit, Spencer Davis who played with Steve Winwood in the Spencer Davis Group), as well as Mitch Ryder, the Howling Diablos, the Motor City Horns, Motown diva Martha Reeves, and Jeff Daniels has recently been added. "It's an effort to create jobs," Reeves said of the Goodwill program that will benefit from a percentage of the proceeds. Tickets, from $10-$35, are on sale now.

"Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive November 17 & 18

Last year, you helped us collect over 17,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. This year, we're going for a truck full. Fat Chef in a Little Coat owners Steve and David Hulett have donated a truck for the cause and our director, Eva Davis, will camp out while we fill it.

We're asking for your help to "Stuff the Truck" so bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 17 and 18. Open packages, pull ups and swim diapers are all acceptable; if diapers are loose, please label with the size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.

Bakuman

The legendary team that brought you the best-selling, suspense-horror manga Death Note is back! There's more of that singature, jaw dropping art, but this time it's used to tell a much different story: Bakuman is about two artists trying to get their first manga published! Yes, seriously. Self-referential, and totally different, this manga is definitely worth checking out.

Fantasy for Fiends

Can't get enough fast paced magic, sorcery, and adventure? Check out this list:

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

The alchemyst by Michael Scott

Uglies.

"Oh Say Can You See" Contest

Our CPL History post on October 25 talks about our grand opening celebration and the flag raising ceremony with the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars so here's a contest question for you based on the American flag. Be the first to post the correct answer to this question in the comment of this post, along with a link to the CPL database where you found the answer and win a prize.

Here's the question: On what date was the stars and stripes pattern adopted as the official flag and by whom?

Ghost Hunting for Teens and Adults

Paranormal investigator and psychic medium, Kristy Robinett, wonders if you believe that there is more than "us" in this existence? With over 15 years of paranormal investigative experience and some very intriguing tales to share, Kristy will advise on the do's and don'ts while ghost hunting. Join us, if you dare, on Tuesday October 26th from 7:00-8:30PM, no registration necessary.

How to: Register Online for Programs


If you'd like a quick walk-through of registering for programs, just watch the YouTube video above.
  1. Have a Canton Public Library card
  2. Click the link to the Program Calendar
  3. Find the date of the program you wish to attend. Often there are more programs than display by default — click "All" at the bottom of the day to see a full list
  4. When you have found the program you're interested in, hover over the icon graphic to see how many slots are available. If there are open seats, click the icon to proceed
  5. Clicking the icon will take you to a login screen if you are not already logged in. Enter your name and library card barcode, then press the submit button to log in
  6. Review the program information on the registration page. If all the information is correct, click 'Submit' to register
  7. If all has worked properly, you should reach a confirmation page with no on-screen warnings. If you do not reach a confirmation page or are shown an on-screen warning, please contact the library
  8. If you need to register more than one person (more than one library card), you must log out and re-do the process using the other card
If you log in to your patron record, you can manage the programs for which you're registered. If you're registered for programs, there will be a link at the top, near your name and address.

Common Problems

If you get an on-screen warning, there could be several things blocking you from registering:
  • You may be the wrong age for the program. Please check the age requirements and make sure that the library card you are using belongs to the appropriate child
  • You may have already registered for another section of the program. Please check My Account to see if your card is already registered
  • Your card may not be updated. Please visit the checkout desk, or call 734-397-0999 (option #3)

Waiting Lists

We do not maintain waiting lists for programs. However, extraordinarily popular programs tend to have sessions added as necessary. Also, there are some online cancelations, so diligence checking the page can often get you a spot.

Design our Animanga Banner Contest

We are looking for good ideas for the Animanga Forum banner. In fact, from now until November 28th we're giving you a shot at designing it. Just submit a banner image you create, and your creation might appear at the top of the forum.

Contest Rules:

  1. It must be your own art. No copying from online; we want your original creations
  2. Banner should be a minimum of 640 pixels wide, and a maximum of 300 pixels high. For best results, use this template image as a top layer or guide
  3. Include the word "Animanga" somewhere* on the banner, and feel free to put your name (or handle) on it somewhere small too
  4. Lastly, as a hint, try using some blue and/or orange (our site colors)

*Note, all text should be to the left of 487 pixels (or it might get cut off in lower resolutions).

Good Luck!

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Nothing, Halloween is for kids.
0% (0 votes)
Lady Gaga
8% (1 vote)
Vampire
0% (0 votes)
Bunny
0% (0 votes)
Something totally awesome, it's a secret.
92% (11 votes)
Total votes: 12
 

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.