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November is National Family Caregivers Month, but the following resources are relevant 12 months out of the year. Whether you are caring for a chronically ill, aged or disabled loved one, you, as caregiver, will also need support. We hope this collection of books, videorecordings, websites and community resources will assist you.

Books and Videos: Nonfiction

Many of these books address specific illnesses or circumstances, such as Alzheimer's or aging. However, most of these selections also address the needs of any and all caregivers.

The American Medical Association guide to home caregiving by Angela Perry, medical editor

National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. According to the Peanut Butter Lovers website, Americans will celebrate by eating more than 65 million pounds of peanut better during the Month of November.

Southern Peanut Growers, representing southeastern peanut farmers, started the celebration as Peanut Butter Lovers Day on November 4, 1990. November 4 marks the anniversary of the first patent for peanut butter, applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg on November 4, 1895. It grew to a month-long celebration in 1995 when peanut butter celebrated its 100th birthday!

Older Adults: November 2011

Send your parents a Tech Support Care Package. Google has created a series of short videos demonstrating simple computer tasks such as changing the time on a computer, enlarging the text, copy and paste materials, and more.

National Chocolate Day

October 28 is National Chocolate Day so bake something special for your special someone. You'll find lots of wonderful cookbooks dedicated to chocolate at the library.

Intensely chocolate: 100 scrumptious recipes for true chocolate lovers by Carole Bloom

Chocolate epiphany: exceptional cookies, cakes, and confections for everyone by Francois Payard; with Anne E.

Murder Will Out: Mystery Movie Night

On Tuesday, November 29 TNT introduces Mystery Movie Night with six films based on the works of Scott Turow (11/29), Sandra Brown (11/30), Lisa Gardner (12/6), Richard North Patterson (12/7), April Smith (12/13), and Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark (12/20). Three additional films will be announced in 2012.

Innocent by Scott Turow

Ricochet by Sandra Brown

Social Security Benefits Increase

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.
[Photo Courtesy of AP Images.]

What We're Reading: October 2011

The Canton Public Library staff is reading:

The dovekeepers: a novel by Alice Hoffman

The marriage plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Motor City shakedown by D.E. Johnson

Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue

Sweet Justice, October 27

The Michigan Humanities Council invites you to a special reception honoring the legacy of Dr. Ossian Sweet. Get a taste of the 1920s with 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read Arc of Justice author Kevin C. Boyle on Thursday, October 27, 2011, from 5:30-6:30 PM at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The Detroit Reception will be held in the rotunda of the museum. Following the Fundraiser reception, author Kevin C. Boyle will discuss his book, Arc of Justice. Tickets are available for $35 and can be purchased online through Eventbrite, or by contacting the Michigan Humanities Council at 517-372-7770.