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The Christmas List

The Christmas ListSo much to do so little time. Are you looking for a quick read? Check out The Christmas List by best-selling author Richard Paul Evans. It's sure to warm your heart and have you cheering for the scrooge-like James Kier who tries to turn his life around after an unfortunate incident has him trying to make amends with those he has wronged in the past.

Fae Blood and 80's Rock

I had pushed into my hands recently the book War for the Oaks, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's about a human rocker girl caught in a faerie war because her presence on the battlefield will turn faeries mortal long enough for them to kill each other...yeah, she's thrilled. She's got a handsome but troublesome faerie bodyguard, and a rockband she's trying ot get off the ground. This book is very, very much dated in the 80's, with lots of 80's music references, so I'll warn you of that, but overall it's a great bit of fairy-fantasy-romance for those people who liked stuff like Wicked Lovely or the Holly Black books.

Get Organized and Get Good Grades

Need some help getting organized and studying more effectively? Teens in seventh through twelfth grades can learn how to use your planner, take notes and make flashcards in School Tools 101: Study Skills. It takes place this Saturday and there is still time to sign up.

Oh PLEASE...No More Parched Parents!

If you have read Book #6 in The 39 Clues series you will know what I am talking about. Maybe it started with Harry Potter, but A Series of Unfortunate Events definitely fried the poor orphans parents. Teen books have long been notorious for killing off the parents, but now it is becoming increasingly standard fare for fantasy/sci-fi books for younger readers. As if the poor orphans don't have enough challenges with their quests and learning to discern real friends and guides from evil posers out to thwart their success, they are now burdened with guilt since their parents were torched trying to save them.

National American Indian Heritage Month

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. The National Register of Historic Places has put together a list of sites promoting the history and culture of Native Americans. The following Special Collection is designed to highlight some of the library's many resources about Native Americans.

General Reference

Historical Dictionary of North American Archaeology edited by Edward B. Jelks: This comprehensive guide to mainly prehistoric sites, cultures and artifacts in the United States and Canada features some 1800 signed entries by 151 expert contributors.

American Indians edited by Harvey Markowitz: This three-volume set, arranged alphabetically in an encyclopedia style, highlights hundreds of important characters, events, places and concepts in Native American culture. Also included are a timeline, addresses of educational institutions, agencies, museums as well as statistical information.

Ellis

Many of us have ancestors who made their way from foreign lands to a small island at the mouth of the Hudson River. Once known as Little Oyster Island, Ellis Island acquired it's present name from a colonial New Yorker named Samuel Ellis. The immigration station opened in 1892 where 12 million immigrants were processed before it wound down in 1924 and finally closed in November of 1954. For every thousand weary faces that passed through there were a thousand different stories of hope, promise and anticipation.

An excellent new book on the topic is American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato. Learn more about this place and the people who came together to form this unique blend of customs and cultures we call America.

Hilarious British Fiction

If you have never read any of the books in Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, now is the time to get caught up! The last book in the series, Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? has just been released and is more hilarious than ever. The books follow the humorous escapades of a British teenage girl through her diary entries and are guaranteed to have you laughing out loud at any age. If you're new to the series, get introduced to Georgia with Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.

The Sounds of Silence

They're always there amid the noise and bustle of our daily lives though we never quite notice them until the silence of a summer morning or the tranquility of a perfect twilight brings them into our awareness. Birdsongs; they're as close as our own backyard. Robins and bluejays, finches and sparrows all sharing their own unique language with us if we choose to listen.

We have a wonderful guide in our collection that not only gives vivid descriptions and beautiful color images but also the actual distinct calls made by each bird with just the touch of a button. Check out The Backyard Birdsong Guide by Donald Kroodsma for a really unique look into the lyrical world of our feathered friends.

Think Rational! CD Now Available at CPL

I'm old. I admit it. I remember WKNR (Keener 13) and I remember Swingin' Time with Robin Seymour and best of all, I remember Scott Morgan and the Rationals. The Rationals were IT, as far as garage bands went in Dee-troit City in the mid to late '60s. They did a cover of Otis Redding's Respect that landed on the Billboard top 100 long before Aretha Franklin ripped its head off. It's here on Think Rational!, a 2-CD retrospective of the whole Rationals oeuvre. I Need You is here, too, and Gloria and over 30 more examples of the kind of rockin' R&B Detroit was serving up while the Beatles ruled the rest of the world.

CantonWiki meetup

You are invited to the first meetup for CantonWiki, which will be on Tuesday, November 10 from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. Please RSVP on CantonWiki.

CantonWiki is a city wiki for Plymouth and Canton, Michigan, which aims to provide a comprehensive reference for anything and everything in the area.

Kanzashi in Bloom

KanzashiKanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give
by Diane Gilleland

Kanzashi is a Japanese technique of folding and sewing fabric into beautiful shapes, like the flowers featured in this book. The flowers range in size from small enough to be used as earrings to some large enough to compose a bouquet or accent a wall hanging. This is a technique I'm anxious to practice.

Ultimatum

The 'Ultimatum' event in Marvel's alternate timeline series 'Ultimate' has disappointed a lot of fans (a lot of heroes die, sometimes for inexplicable reasons...). However, there is one part of this series that somehow managed to escape a lot of the strange plot and is actually some top notch storytelling: Ultimatum Spider-man. It's tense and gripping, and handles the doom and gloom perhaps a little better than the rest. So, check it out.

Steampunk?

Steampunk appears to be gaining steam… but what exactly is it? Well, here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Boy did I have a great morning! I got to help out at the Halloween Fun program. Not only that, I was the Grand Marshall for the Trick or Treat parade portion of the program! What fun! I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I really really loved all the kids in their cool and cute costumes! You should really should have seen all the fun we had. But guess what? You still can! Just check out the Canton Public Library's Flickr account! 'Cause let's face it, no one can resist seeing pictures of cute kids in costumes. Which reminds me, are you coming to the library on Halloween? I wanna see your costumes! So make sure the library's on your stop this Halloween — early because we close at six. You might just see some unusual library staff that day--and Friday too!!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Shiver is my new Twilight

Shiver by Maggie Stievfater has all the elements I loved about Twilight. This fast paced story is complete with supernatural romance, action, adventure, and teenage anxiety. This will be one of those books all your friends will be talking about, so get your hands on a copy now.

If you ran away and joined the circus, which circus job which you most like to do?

Snake Charmer
5% (1 vote)
Flying Trapeze Artist
45% (10 votes)
Lion Tamer
9% (2 votes)
Strong Man
9% (2 votes)
Tightrope Walker
14% (3 votes)
Ring Master
18% (4 votes)
Total votes: 22
 

Mystery Done Right

Out of boredom I picked up I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier, again, and, man, I have to say it's just as good as I remember it. A slightly disturbed kid starts on a perplexing bicycle trip across country all the while flashing back to strange question and answer sessions with a mysterious doctor. There's lots of emotional depth as well as some nice twists in this little story. There is a good reason Robert Cormier is considered by many to be a master of his craft.

They could do it!

When the United States entered World War II, American men went into the military and American women filled their places in the offices and factories. "We can do it" was the slogan and Rosie the Riveter was the symbol of these working women. The American Rosie the Riveter Association has gathered together the stories of the "Rosies" and, thanks to a donation by a Rosie, the Canton Library has the set of these books.

HatHeads

HatHeads: 1 Man + 2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs
by Trond Anfinnsen, photography by Klaus Nilsen Skrudland

Knitting a hat is very satisfying because it follows a predictable, easily memorized pattern and it is nearly instant gratification - a few hours and you're done! This book offers 50 variations on a basic skull cap. Make one and you're on your way to an infinite number of possibilities. Pick up your favorite yarn and go!

Discussion of Stealing Buddha's Dinner on Facebook

From October 26-30, you are invited to participate in a unique, virtual dialogue on "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" with individuals from other Michigan communities, high schools, colleges, and others. Questions emanating from Bich's tour visit Oct 13-17, as well as from her memoir, will be posed to stimulate dialogue on immigration stories, cultural understanding, and contemporary history.

Discussion will occur on the Great Michigan Read Facebook Discussion Board, beginning October 26. We look forward to the conversation and your participation!