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Hey kids!

Well, LB is at it again. This past weekend he went to a wedding with Miss Ruth in New York. On the way home they stopped at Niagara Falls. This means that LB has been to Niagara TWICE and New York TWICE this year! Wow! What a lucky bear! But since there are always new things to try, he had some new adventures. Miss Ruth introduced LB to Yogen Fruz, which is really yummy frozen yogurt. It's hard to explain really, so he took lots of pictures. Basically you get to pick the flavors of your frozen yogurt from the fresh fruit provided, and then they blend it all up! The result is cold, fruity, pink wonderfulness! Sadly, there isn't any Yogen Fruz in Michigan, so I doubt I will get any soon. But it is located in other cool places! Maybe someone will take LB to California or Iowa or Minnesota or Hawaii or Bulgaria so he can get some more. Wow! Yogen Fruz is in a lot of places!

I can't wait to see where LB ends up next! Until then...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

Banned Book Week: Celebrate The Freedom To Read

Banned Books Week is celebrated annually to highlight our First Amendment and the freedom to read. In honor of Banned Books Week, check out this list of frequently challenged classics. There is also a list of Banned Books Weeks activities listed here. How will you celebrate your freedom?

Breaking News: Girl Fiction Invades Manga Book Shelves

O.k., so, fans of both teen girl fiction and manga can stop holding their breath. Yes, we've got the first Gossip Girl Manga: for Your eyes only and the first Clique Manga both now in! Go crazy. Go ahead. Just don't let anyone get caught in the wake of your reading frenzy. Ah, it's always slightly dangerous when two popular worlds collide...

Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo Baggins

Wednesday, September 22nd is the birthday of Frodo Baggins and his uncle Bilbo Baggins, but in different years. Frodo's quest chronicled in The Lord of the Rings also begins on this date, when Bilbo leaves him a mysterious ring. Many of us are familiar with the three movie epic that was released a few years back, but fewer are familiar with the cartoon version completed by Rankin Bass back in 1980. This version is much less scary and much shorter too! With singing orcs (I kid you not!), this is a great introduction for younger kids to Tolkien's tales. Why not celebrate Hobbit Day with a Hobbit party?

Create Your Own Instant Comic!


If you're looking to pass the time, Pikikids.com lets you create an instant comic strip! It's got lots of little extras to add to the scene, like viking hats and fake noses. Some quick fun for the comic lover! Check it out.

The Library Shop

Do you often find yourself searching for places to buy unique, perhaps library-related, gifts for yourself or others? The Library Shop at the New York Public Library has a fantastic online store that fills this need! Purchase author-inspired fragrance diffusers, Shakespeare action figures and much more. Check it out today!

X Marks the Spot

Gone are the days of the wrinkled map marked with an X but treasures can still be found using the modern-day method of geocaching. Like the old-fashioned treasure hunt, participants seek out hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices or smart phone applications, then report their experiences online. According to Geocaching.com, there are 1,188,372 active caches and between 4-5 million geocachers worldwide. For more information on geocaching in Michigan, visit the MiGo website and look for a hunt in your area.

The geocaching handbook by Layne Cameron ; with a foreword by Dave Ulmer

The complete idiot's guide to geocaching by the editors and staff of Geocaching.com

Access My Library via Your Mobile Device

Access library resources — even when you're not at the library! It's as simple as using the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app from Gale, a world-leading publisher of reference information. AccessMyLibrary uses GPS to find libraries within a 10-mile radius of your location, then gives you free, unlimited access to the reliable online resources from Gale — without the need to log in. The AccessMyLibrary Public Edition App works on iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad®.

Pirate Politics

In 2006, a new political force emerged in Sweden: the Pirate Party, or Piratpartiet in Swedish. The party's platform focuses on copyright and patent issues, as well as personal privacy and government transparency. Unlike parties in the United States, the Swedish Pirate Party does not have a full platform of social and policy issues, instead sticking to its foundational principles.

People in the United States have attempted to form similar organizations, though the political structure of the U.S. is different.
Below are some books about copyright, patents, privacy, and government transparency, as well as some information about prominent third parties in American History:

Copyright

The copyright handbook : how to protect & use written works by Stephen Fishman

The copyright book [electronic resource] : a practical guide by William S. Strong

The illustrated story of copyright by Edward Samuels

Copyright's highway : from Gutenberg to the celestial jukebox by Paul Goldstein

Freedom of expression® : overzealous copyright bozos and other enemies of creativity by Kembrew McLeod


Patents

Popular patents : America's first inventions from the airplane to the zipper by Travis Brown

How to make patent drawings yourself : a "Patent it yourself" companion by Jack Lo and David Pressman

Protecting your ideas : the inventor's guide to patents by Joy L. Bryant


Privacy

Code : and other laws of cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig

Database nation : the death of privacy in the 21st century by Simon Garfinkel

Griswold v. Connecticut : contraception and the right of privacy by Susan C. Wawrose

No place to hide by Robert O'Harrow, Jr

Privacy lost : how technology is endangering your privacy by David H. Holtzman ; foreword by Evan Bayh


Transparency

Tactical transparency : how leaders can leverage social media to maximize value and build their brand by Shel Holtz, John C. Havens ; foreword by Lynne D. Johnson

Transparency : how leaders create a culture of candor by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O'Toole ; with Patricia Ward Biederman

The writer's legal guide : an authors guild desk reference by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray


Third Parties

Spoiling for a fight : third-party politics in America by Micah L. Sifry

Radicals for capitalism : a freewheeling history of the modern American libertarian movement by Brian Doherty

Mad as hell : how the Tea Party movement is fundamentally remaking our two-party system by Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen

1912 : Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft & Debs-- the election that changed the country by James Chace

Dear senator : a daughter's memoir by Essie Mae Washington-Williams and William Stadiem

Crashing the party : taking on the corporate government in an age of surrender by Ralph Nader

Just for You: Community Bulletin Board

Lost a kitten? Got a condo to rent? Are you just the best darned piano teacher in Canton? If so, let the world (or other library patrons) know about it! Items unsuited for our lobby information board may now be posted on our Community Bulletin Board (located to the left of the lobby ATM.)
NOTE: postings still must be authorized by library staff, so turn them over to the receptionist, who will see that they get to the appropriate staff member to be okayed and displayed.

National Punctuation Day!

Friday, September 24th is National Punctuation Day "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipses". In honor of this momentous occasion, the sponsors of National Punctuation Day are hosting a Punctuation Haiku Contest. Rules and examples are posted on their web site. Need some inspiration? The Children's Department has lots of resources on punctuation. My favorite are those written by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves for adults. Here's one haiku to get you started…

Boring Period,
In almost every sentence
Just can't get respect.

NHS Tutor Homework Help Returns Monday September 20th!

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Starting September 20th, Days and Times:
  • Monday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday break, they need a break too!

World's Largest Chocolate Bar

Setting a new Guinness World Record, the Armenian company Grand Candy unveiled the world's largest-ever chocolate bar — a 25-centimetre-thick slab weighing in at 4410 kilograms and measuring 5.60 by 2.75 metres on Friday, September 10. (Photo: World Records Academy)

Bowling for Jobs

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit invites you to join the fight for local jobs as we go "Bowling for Jobs" starting at 1:00PM Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. Bowling activities will take place from 1:00-3:00PM and will include a silent auction and tin can raffle.

Other ways to support Goodwill on September 25 include donating your e-waste (computer accessories) and gently used clothing or housewares at Thunderbowl from 8:00AM to Noon. The highest quality items collected will be sold at Goodwill's new Metro Detroit flagship retail store, scheduled to open this fall in Canton.

Individual tickets are available for $20 each. To purchase tickets online, please visit Goodwill Detroit Bowling for Jobs. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Leo Sarkisian, “Travels and Ethnomusicology”

Leo Sarkisian, aka 'The Music Man' is coming to town. Sarkisian will make remarks about his musical experiences on Monday, September 30 at the Hatcher Graduate Library - University of Michigan. Sarkisian, an internationally known musician and ethnomusicologist, broadcast for Voice of America in Africa for forty years. Known as “The Music Man” he hosted “Music Time in Africa” on VOA. Several of the musical instruments that he donated to the U-M Stearns Collection will be on display. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by MLibrary and the African Studies Center

Playstation Turns 15 today!

In honor of the 15 years of success, Playstation has put together a great webpage highlighting their vast heritage and innovations. Check out the page to learn more about their history and what is yet to come.

2010 Hugo Award Winners

The 2010 Hugo Awards, given each year for the best in science fiction and fantasy, have been announced. The winners for best novel are:

The city & the city by China Miéville

The windup girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Tween Book and Pizza — Holes

Register for the Tween Book and Pizza program beginning Saturday, September 11. We will be discussing the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes follows Stanley Yelnats as he is sent to a terrible correctional camp for juvenile delinquents in the Texas desert. He must find a way to endure the horrible conditions of the camp, while discovering the secret of the holes! Tweens, join us September 25, from 2:00-3:00PM. Books available at the Children's desk.