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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.

Free Small Business Seminar Through TechTown

Wayne State's TechTown, Detroit's research and technology park, is hosting FastTrac to the Future, a two day conference May 25th and 26th, for aspiring entrepreneurs. The conference will include breakout sessions on entrepreneurial topics, plus information tables and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with a business advisor about your goals. Best of all, it's free! Register online for this great opportunity.

Michigana: Sources In U.S. History Online

Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has a new addition to the growing collections on the Michigana database. Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online features primary documents regarding many topics including Native Americans, railroads, and frontier life. It's another great source for Michigan and U.S. history!

Strategies of Success (SOS) Seminar

The Strategies of Success (SOS) series for business owners continues with "Reduce Your Costs and Achieve Top-Line Growth", held April 14th at the Summit on the Park from 7:30-9:00AM. Register by calling or emailing the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040 or admin@cantonchamber.com.

Speaker Norma LaVallee of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center will speak about how to achieve top-line growth by operating your business more efficiently using proven continuous improvement techniques.

An Employment Fair For the Seasoned Job Seeker

If you are over 50 and seeking employment, be sure to register to attend the Metro Detroit Career Fair at Burton Manor in Livonia on Tuesday, April 13th from 9:00AM to 1:30PM. While all ages are invited to attend this event, workshops will be held for seasoned workers who need help "rebranding" themselves. The event is sponsored by Fox2Detroit, AARP and EmploymentGuide.

Need to polish up your resume for the jobs fair? The library has many books on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing.

SCORE Big For Your Small Business

Canton small business owners can now get free business counseling! The Canton Chamber of Commerce has partnered with SCORE, an Ann Arbor based small business counseling service, for advice in areas such as finance, accounting and management. For more information regarding availability and appointments, call the Chamber at (734) 453-4040.

What Has Your Library Done For You?

Are you a woman who has a life-changing story about your library? Would you be willing to share it with others? If yes, consider entering the Woman's Day/American Library Association essay contest. Up to four winners will have their essays published in an upcoming Woman's Day issue. Good luck!

Red - It's Not Just For Valentine's Day!

February is American Heart Month. Along with the heart shaped valentines, Americans are urged to think about their own heart and how to care for it. Celebrate Wear Red Day this Friday, February 5th, and join in the awareness that cardiovascular disease and stroke are the #1 health threat to women. You can learn more about heart disease, prevention and treatment right here at the library!

Finding Relatives On Facebook

If you think that Facebook is just for teenagers and young adults, think again! Many people are using the popular social networking site for genealogy too. You can create a family page and search for family members or just stay in touch and trade genealogy information with your relatives. You can also link with the family tree site, Geni. It's fun and best of all, free! Check out items here about facebook.

It's War Out There

If you're a fan of espionage and combat, both here on earth and out in the galaxy, try these books.

Sign Up For the 100 Days of Health Over the Holidays!

What are your plans for the holidays? In between the food, fun and parties, be sure to think about signing up for Canton's 100 Days of Health! This fun family program, co-sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare systems, includes classes, events, health tips and free access to the Summit On the Park every Friday during the program. For more information, visit the Canton Leisure Services homepage or call the program hotline at (734) 394-5496.

Dangerous Toy Lists For the Holiday Shopping Season

In an effort to keep children safe from harmful and potentially deadly toys,  W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has published its 2009 10 Worst Toys list.  The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) identifies toys with choking hazards, loud noises and dangerous chemicals.   For more toy and home product safety information, visit the U.S.

Great American Smokeout

Spread the word and spread the health - Thursday, November 19th is the Great American Smokeout 2009. If you or a loved one has been trying to quit smoking, give it a try on this day. You'll be in good company. For more tips on kicking the habit, try Kicking Butts: Quit Smoking and Take Charge of Your Health.

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Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage is an excellent business reference. If you're looking for company financials and research, industry surveys, and investment information, give this great database a try! For an in-depth investment advisory tool, click on The Outlook. There's even a business education section. It's one-stop shopping for many of your business needs.

Seeking Michigan History?

The Seeking Michigan website is a wealth of information for genealogists and Michigan history buffs! There are over 1,000,000 death records from 1897-1920, WPA property inventories, governor histories and much, much more. Plus, it's easy and fun to use. If you are seeking a wonderful Michigan website, be sure to check out this one!