Educators- school is about to be back in session! Get ready for the new year with Gale Courses. With courses like Empowering Students with Disabilities, Understanding Adolescents, and Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success, you'll be all set to start the school year on the right foot. Will this be your first year? Check out Survival Kit for New Teachers.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, August 16. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Are you interested in helping people learn English but not sure where to start? Check out Gale Courses! The database has An Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL, Teaching ESL/EFL reading, and Practical Ideas for the Adult ESL/EFL Classroom. Use Gale to hone your skills to give your students a wonderful experience. 

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, July 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

For tutoring and volunteer opportunities, check out the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council.

Summer Solstice is upon us! Get your summer started with courses from Gale. Learn How to Start Your Own Edible Garden in a class that helps you pick the right produce for your space, understand fertilization and proper drainage, and learn how to spot pests before they take over your garden. Use your homegrown produce to create Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals, a course created and lead by a certified dietician. Continue your summertime self care routine through exploring Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, a course that focuses on relaxation, diet, and natural remedies for common ailments.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, June 14. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Get a jump on job hunting using Gale Courses. Courses like Listen to Your heart, and Success Will Follow and Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search can help you explore your interests and better shape how your experiences and hobbies can translate into a successful career. Once you've nailed down your career goals, Résumé Writing Workshop will allow you to tailor your résumé for your ideal job.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, May 17. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Spring break is finally here! Prepare for your potential trips using Gale. Courses like Travel Writing and Creating WordPress Websites will help you keep your loved ones up to date while you travel. You can also learn to create digital scrapbooks and how to take more expressive photographs with your digital camera to show your friends and family how much fun you are having.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, April 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

SAT preparation courses can be costly, but all Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card. Beginning in April 2017, the Michigan Department of Education will offer the SAT to juniors. Prepare for this shift with Gale's SAT Preparation course. This course will address specific question types, discuss time management and anxiety reducing techniques, and explain scoring.

This course is a helpful way to familiarize yourself with the 2016 redesigned test format, understand included content, and better prepare for the exam-taking experience. The next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, April 12. If April does not work for you, there is a new session beginning each month. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. 

Having car troubles after another Michigan winter? Check out some of the Canton Public Library's resources as you search for another vehicle or attempt to fix the one you've got. We have Consumer Reports for you to browse. Pick up a physical copy at the Reference Desk or check out their articles here. Another helpful resource for repair is the Chilton Library, which contains repair manuals from the last 30 years. Happy driving!

Tax season is upon us and many of us are curious about how to be more mindful of our finances. Gale courses like Keys to Successful Money Management and Personal Finance can help us get our bank accounts better aligned with our goals. You may also be interested in more in-depth courses such as Introduction to Stock Options.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, March 15. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Science fiction writers are often able to rework our understandings of our own world's norms through building different worlds with unique traits. Here are a few books where authors played with traditional gender constructs and created new genders and gender pronouns, featured genderless characters, or were chronicled by a narrator without a distinguishable identity. 

Up against it by M. J. Locke

In this debut novel written by a professional engineer and set on the asteroid colony Phocaea, a group of space-born high-school students amuse themselves by hacking matter compilers to produce dancing skeletons, using their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away when the colony brings in a big (and vital) rock of the stuff, and figuring out how to avoid the ubiquitous surveillance motes that are the million eyes of 'Stroiders, a reality-TV show that spies on the colonists' daily lives for entertainment back on Earth. Then the brother of one of the young men is killed in a freak accident. The accident reveals that the colony is facing a water crisis. Jane, the resource-management specialist in charge, discovers that the accident and the crisis were probably arranged by the Martian crime syndicate, which wants to control the colony. And then there's this rogue AI from somewhere . . . . Thrills, action, real characters that you come to care about, and a true sense of what it would be like to live in a space colony Locke has given all these. Here's hoping to see more books from this writer.--Murray, Frieda Copyright 2010 Booklist

A New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Dreamsnake is the haunting, critically acclaimed novel of an extraordinary woman and her dangerous quest to reclaim her healing powers. When the healer Snake was summoned, she traveled the blasted landscape with her three serpents. From the venom of two of them, she distilled her medicines. But most valued of all was the alien dreamsnake, whose bite could ease the fear and pain of death. When the dreamsnake is killed, Snake's powers as a healer are all but lost. Her only hope of finding another dreamsnake lies in a treacherous journey to the far-off Center City, where Snake will be pursued by two implacable followers: one driven mad by love, the other by fear and need.

The left hand of darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

An official from an interplanetary federation is called in to arbitrate peace on a planet whose inhabitants are technically advanced, androgynous, and have telepathic powers.

With all of the information we have access to, it is sometimes hard to understand where everyone is coming from. Canton Public Library has some resources to help you work through complicated issues.

If you are interested in comparative essays about current events, check out Opposing Viewpoints in Context. This is a good resource if you are seeking articles in which authors use fact-based arguments to make a case for a certain side of a debate and if you would like to compare arguments. This is good for exploring positions on topics like gun control, recycling, and net neutrality.

If you are looking for academic research on a certain topic, for example the benefits of public libraries, a database like Academic OneFile may be good for you. This database has a range of articles published by professionals in their fields. This is an excellent resource for people seeking foundational information about a specific topic. 

For topics that have been covered by newspapers such as historical events, General OneFile is a wonderful resource. For example, if you are curious about the emergency manager's decisions in Detroit, General OneFile will pull newspaper articles from the time period you are researching so you can better understand the historical moment.

 

Happy researching!

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