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Harry Morgan, 1915-2011

Acclaimed actor and Michigan native Harry Morgan passed away on Wednesday, December 7 at the age of 96. Morgan might be best known as the beloved Colonel Potter in the long-running series M*A*S*H. If you wish to honor his memory but haven't seen M*A*S*H and his other works, or even if you have, we have many on our shelves for your choosing:

Inherit the wind [videodisc] by Metro-Mayer-Goldwyn Studios, Inc

High noon [videodisc] by Republic Entertainment, Inc

Thanksgiving Movies

Are you in the Thanksgiving mood? While you'll have to look elsewhere for the greatest Thanksgiving-themed TV episode ever, we have a number of movies from Moviefone's list of 21 Films About Turkey Day:

Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Pieces of April [videodisc] by United Artists and IFC Productions present an InDigEnt production in association with Kalkaska Productions

Value of Your Library

If you live in Canton, you recently received a letter in the mail from the Chairman of the Library Board encouraging you to support Canton Public Library with a donation. As mentioned, the library connects your community and provides you with real value. To see just how much CPL saves you each year, use the handy calculator on our Donate page, and use a paypal button to make a secure electronic contribution to library collections, programs, and services.

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Diwali Celebration Recap

On November 9, CPL hosted a Diwali Celebration program that featured traditional and contemporary Indian music, dance, food, and more — all centered around the festival of lights. If you couldn't make it that night, check out the video above and pictures below to get up to speed:

Reddit's Favorite Books

Reddit, a social sharing site that bills itself as "the front page of the internet," might be the last place you'd look for book suggestions. Then again, it might be the last place you'd look for random acts of pizza, daily learning, or help with "tip of my tongue" questions, but those are examples of vibrant niches (called subreddits) on the site. Some book-related subreddits include: r/books, r/bookclub, r/booksuggestions, and r/bookexchange. Check out the top 50 of reddit's favorite books, available here at CPL:

The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams

1984: a novel by George Orwell; with an afterword by Erich Fromm

Dune by Frank Herbert

Slaughterhouse-five, or, The children's crusade: a duty- dance with death by Kurt Vonnegut

Creative Writing Short Stories

This Summer, Teen Creative Writing students were asked to write a story based on a selected list of genres. Each story developed over the course of the six week class, beginning with gathering ideas, a rough draft, and the final product represented in the audio recordings of the finished products below.

The Mirror World

by Arsh Kaiser

Synopsis: When his parents purchase a strange mirror as a gift for his sister, Sam discovers that there's more to a reflection than he ever imagined.


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The Normal Ghost Tracer

by Kriya Shah

Synopsis: A young girl befriends an interesting boy who teaches her how to understand ghosts. Together they begin a quest to help the dead and the living understand and accept each other.


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Clown Mania

by Nabeel Baig

Synopsis: Imagine a world run exclusively by clowns. This funny account of a world gone crazy offers a silly overview of a year in the life of President Daffy the Clown.


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They Wouldn't Believe Me

by Abdulhafeez Peracha

Synopsis: An out-of-this-world visit to Canton Public Library


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Ghost Keeper

by Sravya Emmadi

Synopsis: A teenage girl alone in an old house discovers the unexpected and goes on an adventure.


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Voice Control

At today's Let's talk iPhone event, Apple VP Phil Shiller announced Siri, an advanced voice-activated control system included with the new iPhone 4S. Even though this is an exciting step forward, computers have had speech recognition for years, and movies and television have simulated it for even longer. Here are some examples of fictional computers in movies that could hold a conversation:

2001 [videodisc]: a space odyssey by Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer

The Age of Piracy

Theft is a problem endemic to human nature. But what if theft were a victimless crime? In the computer age, copying a file from a friend or from the web has become easy and widespread; and it is often criminal in nature. The following books give insight into whether this is a problem of enforcement, of intellectual property laws, or of both:

The pirate's dilemma : how youth culture is reinventing capitalism by Matt Mason

Downloading copyrighted stuff from the Internet : stealing or fair use? by Sherri Mabry Gordon

Best in Show Photo Bench

The Best in Show Dog Show was a lot of fun! We took a lot more pictures than just these, which we'll put up soon; but for now, enjoy these snaps of our canine friends and their families as they entered or exited the show.

Dress Funny to Connect Your Summer


Kathie getting ready for Crazy Hat Day.
All next week, join the CPL staff in dressing fun, and earn badges during the last week of Connect Your Summer too! Just come to the library in spirit-appropriate attire on the following days:
DayThemeBadge
Monday, August 8Animal ClothingAnimal Lover
Tuesday, August 9Crazy HatEntertainent
Wednesday, August 10PajamasDreamer
Thursday, August 11 Mis-matchArtist
Friday, August 12Dress Like a TouristTraveler

Books on the Daily Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report feature notable authors constantly. If you're looking for a list of all the books from all the guests on either of those programs (going back to 2006), the Daily Show Book List and Colbert Report Book List might be for you. Please note that these are Amazon affiliate marketing pages not associated with the shows in any way [via reddit]. Here are some selections from 2011:

Through my eyes by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker

The savage city: race, murder, and a generation on the edge by T. J. English

CoverSpy

If you watched, and liked, the viral Youtube video Hey You! What Song are you Listening to? NEW YORK, you might be interested to find out that a Tumblr has been doing the same thing with New Yorkers, but for books; and they've been at it for a long time. CoverSpy is "A team of publishing nerds hits the subways, streets, parks & bars to find out what New Yorkers are reading right now." Here are some spied covers from the site, linked here to the CPL catalog:

Mountains beyond mountains by Tracy Kidder — At CoverSpy — (F, 20s, circle-patterned dress, C train)

The fountainhead by Ayn Rand, with an afterword by Leonard Peikoff — At CoverSpy — (M, 20s, ordered iced coffee w/ just a tiny bit of milk, Grey Dog on Carmine)

Fire and rain: the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the lost story of 1970 by David Browne — At CoverSpy — (F, 30s, brown hair in ponytail, orange laptop bag, Swedish Hasbeens, L train)

Badges, Blogs, and Experiences

The Connect Your Summer program centers around badges:

  1. Deciding which badge to earn
  2. Deciding how to earn it
  3. Having a Summer experience
  4. Sharing your experience to claim the badge
The links below will help you with steps 1 and 2, with blog recommendations from librarians plus experiences from Canton patrons like you:

Adventurer

Animal Lover

Artist

Dreamer

Entertainment

Foodie

Multicultural

Reader

Sports Fan

Traveler

More

You can also see all posts in one place:

The Guardian's 100 Greatest Nonfiction Reads

If you're looking for a great read — a really great read — and enjoy non-fiction titles, May We Suggest these books from the Guardian's The 100 greatest non-fiction books:

The shock of the new by Robert Hughes

The story of art by E.H. Gombrich

Time Management

There are many approaches to seeking self-actualization; and the library is a great place to find self-help materials about them. If you're interested in realizing your full potential, your method of achieving that goal might include minimalism, and it will likely require time management:

Work

Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity by David Allen

The 80/20 individual: how to accomplish more by doing less — the nine essentials of 80/20 success at work by Richard Koch