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Memory Loss

When is memory loss cause for concern? Possible signs are forgetting common words and using odd ones in their place, asking the same questions repeatedly, becoming lost in familiar places, mood swings, misplacing items in odd places… In these instances it is important to seek medical help sooner rather than later in the event it is Alzheimer's. However, simple forgetfulness could be the result of fever, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, poor nutrition… To sharpen the brain experts recommend memory games and crossword puzzles. To boost your memory, post a large calendar to record appointments and make a to-do list.

Murder Will Out - January 2011

Joe Gores (1931-2011), author of the Daniel Kearney and Associates (DAK) series died on Monday, January 10. Mr. Gores was a three-time winner of the Edgar Award, won the Maltese Falcon Award (Japan's highest award in the mystery field), and was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. In addition to his novels, he wrote scripts for Kojak, Remington Steele, and Magnum, P.I.

Chocolate for Alzheimer Patients

In a New York Times article about Alzheimer's Disease called The Vanishing Mind, the benefits of chocolate as a soother for aggitated nursing home patients was extolled. This is just one of alternative ways to treat individuals with Alzheimer's Physicians researchers are investigating.

Murder Will Out: Belated Birthday Wishes

Sherlock HolmesAccording to literary legend, January 6 would have been “consulting detective” Sherlock Holmes’ 157th birthday and week-long/weekend celebrations are being held around the world. Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 4 books and 56 short stories featuring the detective and his assistant, Dr. John Watson. According to the Guinness Book of World records, 75 actors have portrayed Sherlock Holmes in over 211 films.

Meet Author Deborah Rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez, author of Kabul Beauty School and the soon to be released A Cup of Friendship will give a reading at Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103) on Saturday, January 29 at 3:00PM.

Is It Time to Hang Up Your Keys?

AARP’s “We Need to Talk” online seminar sponsored by The Hartford provides practical tips and advice on how to recognize when it’s time to limit or stop driving and how to discuss the topic with loved ones. AARP recommends you complete the three modules in sequence. Each takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and you will learn what value driving has to older adults, how to objectively assess driving skills, and how to discuss limiting and/or stopping to drive.

Murder Will Out: If You Liked Stieg Larsson...

The Guards by Ken Bruen

Faceless Killers: a mystery by Henning Mankell; translated from the Swedish by Steven T. Murray

Don't Look Back: an Inspector Sejer Mystery by Karin Fossum; translated from the Norwegian by Felicity David

Murder Will Out: Best Crime Fiction 2010

January Magazine has announced their choices for Best Crime Fiction in 2010. It's a two part list, Crime Fiction: Part I and Crime Fiction: Part II with some familiar authors, as well as debut titles.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: Winter 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. We meet from 2:00-3:00PM, September through June in the library's Group Study Room A. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the meeting or can be picked up at Canton Public Library the following day. In Winter, 2011 we will be discussing:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen — (January 26, 2011)

Kabul Beauty School: an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez, with Kristin Ohlson — (February 23, 2011)

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

Find a Good Mystery @ Barnes & Noble, Northville

On Monday, November 29 from 10:00-11:00AM, CPL librarian Joyce Simowski takes the mystery out of finding a great mystery book during the Barnes & Noble Northville Book Fair. Use your B & N voucher for books, games, CDs, and DVDs at Barnes & Noble Northville (17111 Haggerty @ Six Mile Road) and the Canton Public Library will get a percentage of your sale on nearly everything B&N sells, including the Nook and Nook accessories, plus coffee and snacks from the B&N cafe. The offer does exclude textbooks, ebooks, video games and gift cards. Stop by for reading suggestions. No registration necessary.