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Resources for the Beginning Genealogist

Many beginning genealogists struggle to get started with their research. It's difficult to know where to begin. The Library of Michigan has a wealth of information for genealogists in all phases of their research. If you're researching here at the Canton Public Library, be sure to use our genealogy databases HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only). Here are some great books to start your research as well:

The handybook for genealogists: United States of America

Canton Township Genealogy Sources

Canton Township is 175 years old this year. Formerly known as the "Sweet Corn Capital of Michigan", Canton has moved from a rural community to a bustling surburban township. Whether you are a genealogist looking for relatives or just interested in local history, the library has several books about the history of Canton. Cornerstones: a History of Canton Township Families by Diane Follmer Wilson is a great source for the earliest settlers of the township. Canton Township Agricultural Survey has photos and histories of many of Canton's earliest farms and homes. Additonally, the library has cemetery records from some of Canton's oldest cemeteries.

Michigan Scanner Law

As part of the 2011 Shopper Reform and Modernization Act, the new Scanner Law goes into effect September 1st. The actual document for this act is very lengthy, but the most important fact is that consumers should know is the following: If the consumer is charged more than the displayed cost, they are entitled to request the difference between the displayed price and what they were charged, plus additional compensation ("bonus") of ten times the difference. The bonus must be at least $1.00, but may not be more than $5.00.
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Hugo Awards 2011

The votes are in! The Hugo Award winner for best novel is Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis. In addition to the 2011 Hugo award, several of Willis' novels have received accolades including The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog.

Workplace Relations

It's been reported that workplace incivility is on the rise, causing stress in many workers' lives. If you're trying to find positive solutions to this problem, these books may be for you.

The ape in the corner office: understanding the workplace beast in all of us by Richard Conniff

Best practices: difficult people: working effectively with prickly bosses, coworkers, and clients by John Hoover

Not Just Business As Usual

If you're looking for that next great idea or just want to know how to think outside of the box, give these titles a try.

Breakthrough creativity: achieving top performance using the eight creative talents by Lynne C. Levesque

Discover your genius: ten secrets to breakthrough thinking from history's most revolutionary minds by Michael J. Gelb

Hugo Award Winning Science Fiction

Looking for a great science fiction read? These Hugo Award winners have been voted as being the best in their genre.

Managing Employees and Social Media: How To Keep Yourself Out of Trouble

Are you concerned about the potential ramifications of your employees and social media? Aaron Graves, a labor and employment attorney, will discuss the ins and outs of your rights and your employee's rights when it comes to social networking. This Strategies of Success (SOS) seminar takes place on Tuesday, May 17th from 7:30-9:30AM in the Summit on the Park Banquet Center. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by calling the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

More Suggestions for the Urban Fantasy Reader

You're a special kind of reader. You can't get enough of vampires, wizards and things that go bump in the night. However, you like your books set in a city, preferably a big one like Chicago or New York. You also don't want to stop at just one book — more is more! You're an urban fantasy reader and here are some series for you to explore.

Greywalker by Kat Richardson

Marked: a house of night novel by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Creepy, Suspenseful and Mysterious

Some books don't fit neatly into genre descriptions. They're creepy, suspenseful and often include complex plots with lots of twists. Despite their lack of definite category, they're always riveting. Give these creepysuspensefulemysteries a try.

Await your reply: a novel by Dan Chaon

Darling Jim: a novel by Christian Moerk

The diviner's tale [sound recording] by Bradford Morrow

British Royal Fiction

Just can't get enough of the pomp and pagentry of British royalty? Give these historical fiction novels a try.

Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell

The confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn

Here be dragons by Sharon Kay Penman

Innocent traitor by Alison Weir

"A Game of Thrones" Hits the Big Screen

George R. R. Martin's medieval fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire is being made into an HBO television series. If you are a fan of this popular series, be sure watch the clips of the Making Game of Thrones.

A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

A clash of kings: book two of A song of ice and fire by George R.R. Martin

The Power of Teamwork

If "two heads are better than one," then a whole team working towards the same goal is an awesome concept. However, there can be more to team dynamics than meets the eye. If you are leading a team, a member of a team or just in need of more information, try these books:

The orange revolution: how one great team can transform an entire organization by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Extraordinary groups: how ordinary teams achieve amazing results by Geoffrey M. Bellman, Kathleen D. Ryan

Shred, Baby, Shred!

Spring is a great time to clean out your file drawers for old documents and paperwork. However, many people worry about the safety of throwing away sensitive records and most home shredders are not powerful enough to handle large amounts of paper at one time.

If you are considering shredding for those piles of paper, Office Max offers a secure shred service for $.59 per pound. Those documents that are shredded are then recycled, making it an environmentally good choice as well.

Employee Engagement 101

Although it's not a new concept, management books regarding employee engagement are a popular trend. They are an interesting point of view for both managers as well as employees.

The 2020 workplace: how innovative companies attract, develop, and keep tomorrow's employees today by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd

Employees first, customers second: turning conventional management upside down by Vineet Nayar

The talent masters: why smart leaders put people before numbers by Bill Conaty and Ram Charan