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Creative Writing: Discover Your Inner Voice

Teens going into grades 7-12 can hone their creative writing skills with this five-week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University Of Detroit Mercy. Register for this program beginning June 11th.

Michigan in the Civil War

More than 90,000 Michigan men — nearly a quarter of the state's male population in 1860 — served in the United States Civil War. Over 14,000 Michigan soldiers died in the service of their country — roughly 1 of every 6 who served. Michigan supplied a large number of troops and several generals, including George Armstrong Custer's Michigan Wolverine Cavalry. In all, Michigan fielded 31 Regiments of Infantry, 11 Regiments of Cavalry, 14 batteries of Artillery, 1 regiment of Sharpshooters, and 1 regiment of Engineers.

Get SET with MET… in person


On Wednesday, June 15 from 11:00AM-6:00PM, college saving experts from the Michigan Educational Trust (MET) will available to answer questions and help parents, grandparents and others understand MET.

Nintendo Introduces Next Home Console

Nintendo announced the next generation home console, Wii U, this week. It includes a touch screen controller, motion control, and HD graphics. You can check out demo video, and find more information on the E3 website. So far, there isn't a specific release date for the Wii U, but I suspect we will be waiting a while.

Memory Bank

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson is an enjoyable, but puzzling story. Soft black&white pictures tell some of the story, as with Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It has the dark, mysterious aura of Gaiman's Coraline. Parental figures are rather horrific, as one might find in Roald Dahl's creations. Hope Scroggins becomes entangled in the WWMB (World Wide Memory Bank) and a dream realm in a desperate search for her younger sister whom her parents told her to forget about after dumping Honey out of the car for misbehavior. But the whole book has a very surrealistic quality to it and I am wondering what is real, what is dreamed, what is the intent of the authors. As Keats might say, "Gone is the vision. Do I wake, or do I sleep?" So I am asking all readers to please post your thoughts/feelings/reactions to this awesome, but mysterious story.

Poet Laureate for Children

The Poetry Foundation has chosen their newest Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has written a lovely post about Mr. Lewis on their blog. Also, we have a wonderful selection of poetry books by Mr. Lewis in our collection that you should check out and enjoy!

A Big Thank You For NHS!

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Murder Will Out: Arthur Ellis Awards 2011 Announced

Bury Your Dead: Book JacketThe Crime Writers of Canada announced the winners of this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead won for Best Crime Novel and The Debba by Avner Mandelman was chosen Best First Crime Novel.

150th Anniversary of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of U.S. Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. You can learn about Michigan's involvement — by both the military and the civilians — through the eyes of Michigan's Senator Jacob M. Howard who represented Michigan in Congress from 1862 to 1871. The senator will be portrayed by David Tennies, a local Civil War historian and reenactor. Join us on Tuesday evening, June 14 from 7-8:30PM for what should be a fascinating encounter. No registration is required.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB went to Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend. Look at the cool sculpture LB is standing by in this picture. It's called Cloud Gate, but most people just call it the Bean. Mmmm. That makes me hungry. Unfortunately, this bean isn't edible. Guess I'll have to check out some books about beans from the library and learn how to grow my own. Have you ever done that? It's pretty easy. And a fun thing to do over the summer… which is almost here! Yay! It's certainly felt like summer the last few days. I can't wait for it to get here.
Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist is like a cross between Bleach and a horror movie. Twin brothers with a mysterious past live with their adopted father, an exorcist priest, when all Hell breaks loose, literally. A large cast of characters, complex backstory, and creative fight scenes puts this series right up there with the best action mangas out today.

Park and Read

Just in time for summer vacation, Park & Read passes have arrived at the library. A joint venture of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan, the Park & Read program provides a free one-day vehicle permit to any Michigan State Park & Recreation Area. Like the popular Museum Adventure Pass program, the passes are "checked out" for seven days; you pick the day you want to use it. Park & Read runs through October 1, 2011. So visit the Canton Public Library for a pass and a great book to read.

Only One More Day of Tutoring!

Thursday, May 26th, from 6:008:00PM will be the last night (until next year) for the free tutoring with National Honor Society students. If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in the third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring assignments, textbooks, calculators, pencils, and any other materials you need

Computer-Savvy Teen Volunteers Needed

Position Summary

Teens (aged 14-18) are needed to assist patrons with computer- and Internet-related questions or problems. In addition to computer software and Internet skills, qualifying applicants will be friendly and approachable, at ease and eager to work with patrons of all ages and levels of ability.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help library patrons with questions re: Microsoft software applications
  • Help patrons with Internet-related questions (including how to get on the web and how to perform Internet searches)
  • Assist patrons in setting up email accounts, placing Craigslist ads, creating and posting to Facebook pages, and working with other social networking sites
  • Assist patrons in filling out and posting/uploading online resumes and applications

Batter Up!

Get your math bat out (otherwise known as your brain) and have fun playing Math Baseball! This fun game is part of the Funbrain website. It has different levels of difficulty and also different skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you can test your math magic on. Each time you get a right answer you get a home run! Have fun!

I-275 Bike Path Grand Re-opening

Come out and celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the I-275 bike path on Saturday, June 4th. More information and details available at Canton Patch.

Happy Birthday Yoda!

Happy Birthday Yoda! Well, actually, it isn't exactly Yoda's birthday but the big day for Frank Oz. He was born on May 25th, so you still have time to get a card out to him. The library has many great books with a Star Wars theme and also materials on his other genius voice work, the Muppets! Enjoy!

Local Girl Scout Finds a Use for Withdrawn Books!

Ever wonder what happens to all those books the library withdraws from the collection? Some of them find a very good home with the help of individuals in our community.

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

The Michigan Humanities Council is proud to feature Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age as the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read. Written by Detroit native Kevin Boyle, Arc of Justice tells the story of African American Dr. Ossian Sweet and the chain of events that occurred after he purchased a home for his family in an all-white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.

K-on! Bring it on!

Love offbeat series like Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!? Then check out K-on! It follows the foibles of a high school music club (they've just enough people to form a pop band — nevermind some can't play instruments). Filled with lots of quirky, short, often non-sequitur gags, this is the perfect thing for anime/music lovers looking for a laugh.