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Coraline: A Visual Companion

Coraline: A Visual Companion Coraline: A Visual Companion by Stephen Jones

Coraline is a movie based on an excellent book by Neil Gaiman, and this visual companion offers a wealth of behind-the-scenes images and information about the making of the movie. The stop-motion technique used to create the movie's sets and characters is a painstaking, detail-oriented process which in this case took years before the movie was complete. This guide has interviews with creators, cast and crew, as well as many concept drawings and a jackpot of other neat information.

2010 Internships Available

We are currently accepting applications for five summer interns. Application packets — including a cover letter, resume, and completed job application — postmarked or received by 6:00pm on Sunday, April 4, 2010 will be eligible for consideration. The job description for this position and an employment application are available on our jobs page.

Good Eats: The Early Years

Good Eats: The Early Years Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown

This hefty guide to the first six seasons of Alton Brown's TV show, Good Eats, includes an episode-by-episode rundown of every single show including the recipes featured and behind-the-scenes info on how each show was made. Brown's wry sense of humor and no-nonsense approach to cooking come through, making this book a treat as well as a useful resource.

Fiber Gathering

Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More Than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals by Joanne Seiff

This book visits fiber festivals across the United States, including the Michigan Fiber Festival which is held annually at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Included are patterns, recipes, techniques and information about all things fiber-related. Filled with vivid color photographs in addition to a wealth of information, this book is one to come back to. If you're looking for local yarn shops, check out the Craft Stores page on Cantonwiki.

Planthropology

Planthropology: The Myths, Mysteries, and Miracles of My Garden Favorites by Ken Druse

Druse is an author, podcaster, and lecturer on gardening, and this book features the plants he has found and loved in his many years of working with them. He writes here about many of the issues gardeners struggle with including zone denial, garden design, and native/nonnative species. Beautifully designed, this book is gorgeous to look at as well as quite informative.

American Quilts and Coverlets

American Quilts and Coverlets American Quilts and Coverlets in the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Amelia Peck

Nothing can truly match the experience of seeing quilts of this caliber in person, but this gorgeously designed book comes close. Featured within are hundreds of works of art including appliqued and pieced quilts, wholecloth quilts, woven coverlets, and embroidered coverlets. The level of artistry and craftsmanship displayed in these quilts is stunning and certainly inspiring to contemporary handcrafters.

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies Vintage Knits for Modern Babies by Hadley Fierlinger

These patterns are inspired by vintage styles and focus on wearability and ease of use; these garments are intended to become heirlooms. From hats to sweaters to adorable bunny rabbit stuffies, the designs included have a timeless quality that will certainly last many years and through generations. Also included is a detailed guide to selecting yarn to use when knitting for babies.

Right Rose Right Place

Right Rose Right Place Right Rose Right Place: 359 Perfect Choices for Beds, Borders, Hedges and Screens, Containers, Fences, Trellises, and More by Peter Schneider

I'm an amateur gardener and roses are the plant that I find most intimidating. Gardening for me is a go-with-the-flow activity in which I try things and hope for the best. Roses have always seemed to me to be too high maintenance for my style, but after reading this book I think I may give them a try. There are certainly some lower maintenance climbing roses featured here that seem quite doable.

French Girl Knits

French Girl Knits: Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details and Feminine Designs by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes

The nearly twenty patterns in this book all have two things in common: they are fitted to a woman's curvy shape and they have subtle feminine details that make them special. Also included are detailed instructions for tailoring and achieving the kind of fitted looks seen in this book. These garments are beautiful and fit a variety of body types; despite the cover, the models inside vary in size and shape and all the garments accentuate one's positive aspects.

Cantonwiki Meetup

CantonWiki is having a meetup at the library on Wednesday, March 10 at 7:00PM. The goal is to meet CantonWiki people and to figure out ways to make the site better. Come to the Purple Room (in the Children's Library). You can see the agenda and RSVP on the wiki.

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Perennial Care Manual

Perennial Care Manual Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do & When to Do It by Nancy J. Ondra

This book is really a one-stop shop for just about everything you'd want to know about perennial gardening. In addition to an extensive guide to many specific perennial plants, it includes sections on designing and creating a perennial bed, caring for and maintaining perennials, and transplanting and troubleshooting problems with these long-lived plants. I can tell that this is a book I'll come back to many times.

Black Plants

Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden by Paul Bonine

I am currently in the midst of a multi-year project of turning our front yard into a front garden and I've selected black, white, purple, and silver for my color scheme. This book is an excellent resource for choosing plants with either black flowers or black foliage. While a number of these plants overwinter only in tropical zones, there are a great many that will thrive here in zone 6. What a striking contrast they provide to plants in a more typical color palette.

Oscar Night is here

It's Oscar Night - will you be watching to see who wins? To find out more about the Academy Awards, check out one of the hundreds of items in CPL's collection. We've got official and unofficial histories, murder mysteries, red carpet fashion facts, and much more. You can also watch trailers for the nominated films online before the show airs tonight at 8:00PM.
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Elegant Enigmas

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin

While by no means an exhaustive collection of Gorey's works, this collection includes lots of information about Gorey himself and the many collaborators with whom he worked. The art included here is based around an exhibition of the same title which was shown at the Brandywine River Museum. Wilkin is a Gorey scholar and writes about many facets of Gorey as a person, including his influences, his attitudes, and his personality. Having been a fan of his work since I was a child, this glimpse into what he was like was quite interesting.

Atomic Ranch

Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes by Michelle Gringeri-Brown, photographs by Jim Brown

As the owner of a ranch home, I'm quite familiar with the challenges and charms of this modest style. I'm quite happy to have a smaller footprint (both literally and in terms of sustainability) but it can take some clever thinking to make the most of limited space. The houses profiled here range from full-on retro to classic mid-century modern to sleek contemporary, and common ranch architectural features are also profiled.