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Transformin' the Blues

Derek TrucksThe new CD by The Derek Truck Band, Already Free, is a good example of how root forms of the blues have been transformed, yet preserved, by rock music.  Trucks has an excellent pedigree in Southern blues-rock, taking up Duane Allman's mantel as the best living slide guitarist and incorporating a range of world music influences into his playing.

Gamer Girls Video Game Community

Miss Video Game Community is a great place to connect with other girls who love video games!  You can create a profile, add statistics, and participate in tournaments.  This site includes a blog but you don't just have to post about gaming, things like make-up, boys, and books were all topics that are currently being talked about.

Got the Winter Blues?

Tired of winter? Check out something new from the library!
A great source of recommendations for all ages is our Fave Fives from staff and fellow patrons. Or take a look at our Books & More pages for Kids, Teens and Adults. Immerse yourself in someone else’s world and brighten up your day.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Read any good books lately?  I just read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by Irish novelist John Boyne.  Boyne wrote the entire first draft of Boy in two and a half days!  This book is about a nine year old boy named Bruno.  He is at a concentration camp but for very differant reasons than most books.  Read and find out why!

Batman R.I.P.

Heard that Batman dies in Grant Morrison's Final Crisis but don't know where to start to learn what the heck's been going on? If you need something to tide you over till Finial Crisis is realsed as a graphic novel in June, or heck if you just want a little background for the recent storyline, try reading Morrison's lead in: Batman and Son,

Is lying ever OK?

Yes
54% (52 votes)
No
46% (45 votes)
Total votes: 97
 

World Math Day - March 4, 2009

The 3rd annual World Math Day will take place on March 4, 2009. Children from around the world will be uniting to answer a record breaking number of mental arithmatic questions.  Unicef and 3D Learning have partnered to bring about this event, which is open to kids ages 5-18.  Practice is open now on the website and classrooms, homeschoolers or individual students are invited to register.  Are you ready to participate?

Canton Township job fair

Canton Township will be holding a job fair on Saturday, February 27th, from 10:00AM to 1:00PM for seasonal part-time positions. A listing of available positions and application can be found on the township website.

Culturegrams

CultureGrams is a database which would be of interest to a wide range of patrons-from a high school student who has to do a country report to the family going on a vacation to a remote island off the coast of Africa. Culturegrams helps take each culture and country on its own terms and appreciate it for the gifts it brings to the world table.

Get crafty

If you like to collect various objects and then put them together to make something new, you might be a "found artist" in the making. Check out these books about found art and get started making your own handmade masterpiece.
Found Art Mosaics by Suzan Germond
Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects by Marthe Le Van

Gaiman's Graveyard Grabs the Newbery!

Noboby Owens, or Bod, is a 'normal' boy fated to be raised in a graveyard by ghosts and a guardian who is neither dead nor alive. Magical, terrifying, and filled with gripping adventures, The Graveyard Book is another supernatural masterpiece by Neil Gaiman and was justly awarded the 2009 Newbery Medal. Coraline, another creepy  Gaiman concoction, was made into a 3D step-motion animated film and is now showing at theaters. Check it out!

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka

Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka is an unbiased look at a different culture. Celeste grew up in Unity, a polygamist compound with few modern conveniences. She is soon to be married, shortly after her 15th birthday, to a much older man chosen by the prophet. However, Celeste is questioning her faith and is not sold on the idea of marriage. If you enjoy this book you may also enjoy some of the other books we have on

Three Dog Bakery

Are you a dog person who loves to spoil your furry friend? The Three Dog Bakery is a fantastic gourmet treat shop for dogs! They use all-natural ingredients to make their adorable cookies and cakes, not to mention being very reasonably priced. With their added selection of toys, clothing, and just about every dog-related item you can imagine, they have something for everyone. I was just there over the weekend buying a personalized birthday cake for my dog.

Pop Culture Universe

Learn about the decades in a fun way by using our database Pop Culture Universe. Each decade, from the 1920s to the 2000s, is populated with facts about the arts, culture, fasion, movies, food and drink, literature, music, politics, TV and radio of the time period. A must-stop for any school "decades research" assignment! An excellent source for a glimpse of Americana!

Getting Your Word's Worth

Alphabet JuiceYou don't have to be an etymologist to enjoy thinking about the roots of language.  In Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr. has a lot of fun looking at the relationships between word structure, meaning and phonetics.  On a more serious note, the arguments he discusses can be traced back to Plato's Cratylus in Plato Unmasked by Keith Quincy.   

Help with teen advanced classes

Got teens studying for advanced classes? We have plenty of resources here at the library;  try the AP exam prep guides, or our musem passes are great ways to get their outside activities done, for example the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

New Fullmetal Alchemist

A new Fullmetal Alchemist anime series is going to be aired in Japan this April. That's right, brand new. Very few details are available at the moment. What will it be like? How closely will it follow the manga? And, most importantly, when will it be released in the U.S.?

Video Games at The Library?!

You may or may not be aware that we now circulate video games in the library.  We have many platforms including Game Cube, Wii,

Happy Birthday, Jane Yolen!

Celebrate Jane Yolen’s 70th birthday by checking out one of her books in our collection.  From picture books to poetry, teen fantasy to fairy tales and short stories to science fiction, it sure seems like she’s written something for everyone.  One of my favorites is Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

Shape Up for Spring!

With thoughts of spring upon us, shorts and swimsuit weather is getting near.  Whether you need to drop a few pounds or simply want to get your muscles moving again after a long cold winter, the Wii My Fitness Coach might be just the thing you need.  It offers an exercise program to meet your individual needs right in the comforts of your own home, and it doesn't require the Wii Fit.  You can customize your routine using