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Michigan Week

Michigan Week is celebrated this year from the 16th through the 22nd of this month. This annual tribute began in 1954 as a way to promote state pride among citizens, and to celebrate the state's rich heritage. The Library can help you learn more about Michigan's history, its tremendous natural resources, and its beautiful sights to visit and enjoy.

Fantasy and Futuristic Fiction For the Thoughtful Reader

Perhaps you are a fantasy or science fiction reader in search of meaning and intelligent thought. You'd like a book that you will think about long after you finish reading it. Leave the fluff behind and try one of these suggestions.

We're Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!

Our next Volunteer Orientation is set for Wednesday, June 9th. While all applications are welcome, we are in special need of volunteers who are willing and immediately available to fill the following positions:
  • Water plants, bi-monthly — Green thumbs preferred, although not required
  • Maintain supply of romance novels in spinners — Some bodice-ripper experience would be helpful
  • Help clean grounds around building — Good exercise for the young and sedentary
  • Identify damaged materials — Warning: Exposure to our collections may result in checkout overdose, as you see hundreds of books you never knew we had, but must read now!
  • Scan & archive media clips — Your chance to be a part of library history

Anyone available for these positions should contact: Kathie Gladden via phone (734) 397-0999 ext 1071 or email: gladdenk@cantonpl.org.

Otherwise, please fill out our Volunteer Application form and return it to the Reception Desk. We will contact you about orientation as soon as your application is processed.

Explore Canton's History

Interested in your community or state's history? The Canton Historical Society is having a general meeting tonight, with featured speaker Jennifer Huff. The topic is the school district busing plan that was to affect metro Detroit in the early 1970s, and while you're at the museum you can check out the quilting exhibit. For more information, visit the Historical Society's events page on their website. Before the meeting, stop by the library to find more information about race relations in Detroit or other metropolitan busing proposals. You can also check out materials on Canton's history.

Animanga Club March 10

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30-8:45PM Join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store, from a raffle to trivia to a mystery anime to top it all off. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Come hang out and let your inner otaku run free.

Transfer an eBook to a Reader

Wonder how to transfer an eBook from CPL's collection to a reader after check-out? Just a few simple steps. Load the Adobe Digital Editions to your computer; create an Adobe ID and activate your computer and device with the same ID. Download the title, plug the eBook reader into the computer, click on the title and drag it to the device's name. Sony users need to download an extra library software.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate a taste of the rich Asian Pacific culture by joining us for our 3rd annual APA Heritage Month Program on May 20, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. This year will feature a virtual author visit with Mitali Perkins at 7pm, a dance performance at 6pm by BollyFit Kids, the University of Michigan Go club, henna tattoos, crafts and some yummy snacks!

Try Our New Automated Phone Service

Our new, automated phone system will quickly direct you to whomever you want to speak — if you take a few seconds to listen to the prompts, that is:
  • Want to know when we're open or how to get here? Press 2
  • Need to talk to someone at Checkout about your account or to renew? Press 3
  • Have a question for an Adult Department librarian or about an Adult Department program? Press 4
  • Same thing, only for the Children's Department? Press 5
  • Want to book the library's Community Room or get information from our Business Office? Press 6
  • Need to get information about the Friends of the Library or their used book shop, Secondhand Prose? Press 7
  • Want to speak to that certain someone whose extension you've forgotten? Press # for the staff directory
Save yourself time and aggravation and endless transfers from the wrong extension. Listen to the prompts. Follow the prompts. You'll be glad you did.

Applique Your Way

Appliqué your way: 35 pretty sewing projects and patterns by Kayte Terry; photographs by Jennifer Causey

This book is chock full of stylish projects you can make yourself from easy to find materials. There are items you can wear, to decorate your home, and to give as gifts. There are also easy-to-interpret instructions and some patterns and templates are included. My favorite project is the Woodland Felt Ornaments which remind me of some handmade tree ornaments we had when I was a kid.

The 2010 Audie Nominations are in!

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the finalists in the 2010 Audies competition, the only awards program devoted entirely to honoring spoken word entertainment. Who is going to win? We will have to wait until the winners are announced at the Audies Gala on May 25th, 2010, at the Museum of the City of New York. Wolf Hall, Anne Frank Remembered, True Compass, Viral Loop, and Elegance of the Hedgehog are among the nominees.

Hope and Comics

Eisner winner Hope Larson's newest offering, Mercury, is split between past and present as two girls in the same family line struggle with love, tragedy, and gold prospecting — yes, your read that right — with just the slightest hint of the supernatural. This story is just so perfectly told, with art that is simple yet very evocative and inventive. If you're a fan of comics then check this out. Oh, and in case you're curious, Larson's next project is tackling the graphic novel adaption of A Wrinkle In Time.

Most Downloaded eBooks for April 2010

The numbers are in!
The top five most downloaded titles from CPL's eBook collection for April 2010 are:
  1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  2. 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr
  3. Die Trying by Lee Child
  4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  5. Caught by Harlan Coben

Make A Mother's Day Gift At The Library!

Need a gift for mom but don't have any cash? Teens in grades 7 through 12 can come decorate a vase and fill it with a bouquet for Mother’s Day on Saturday May 8th at 1:00PM. Registration is required!

Play Ball

There's a new way to play ball called Pickleball. It's a combination of ping pong and badminton. If you're up to trying something new, open pickleball sessions are held at the Northville Recreation Center.

Get some basics at the Pickleball Lessons Blog.

World Turtle Day!

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.

Fix-it and Forget-it

Not sure what to fix for dinner? Fix-it and Forget-it cookbooks have many slow cooked recipes to choose from. With just a few ingredients, your next slow cooked meal is on the way.

Murder Will Out

Dateline April 28, 1930: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective debuts. 80 years later Nancy is still fighting crime, still bringing in the bad guys. More importantly serving as a strong, feminine role-model for thousands of girls. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, and Oprah Winfrey are fans of Carolyn Keene's creation. Nancy Drew novels have been published in 25 languages and over 200 million copies worldwide have been sold.

Ann Arbor Book Festival

Don't miss the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 14-16, featuring poetry readings, Breakfast with the Authors, writers' conferences, and culminating with the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on Sunday, May 16.

Conspiracy is here at last!

Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series is one of the finest at delivering political intrigue in a fantasy setting. Maybe it helps that there is very little magic (the world is grounded in real actions and consequences — usually), and it doesn't hurt that one of the main characters is a conniving, lying, well...thief. My only complaint is that it takes so long for her books to come out, but, rejoice, her latest is here! Conspiracy of Kings tells the story of Sophos, the young boy and would be king of Sounis, with a few guest appearances from some old favorites along the way. For nail biting twists and turns aplenty check this series out.

Round 2

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Well, hockey fans, we have made it to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Wasn't really sure we would get there, based on how the Red Wings played at the end of the season, but very glad to see it happened. In other hockey news, the Pittsburgh Penguins have also raced into Round 2 of the Playoffs. Will these two teams meet up in the finals? I know that my nails will be bitten off in anticipation. Check out the Red Wings and Penguins websites for updates and tickets! Go Peng-wings! (I do have divided loyalites, after all!)