Monday, June 18 is the first day to sign up for summer reading. The Children's Department has invited some special guests to help us kick off the summer sign up. Dean Gilbert will share his magic, Eli Echevarria will create unique balloon art, and both Ronald McDonald and PAWS from the Detroit Tigers will make special appearances. You don't have to be a kid to take part. Our summer reading program has activities for tweens, teens and adults. Stop in and enjoy the festivities!
Madonna University's Livonia campus will host a free seminar entitled "Tools for Your Job Search" on Saturday, June 16th from 9a.m. until noon. Participants in this class will learn what elements go into a resume that attracts attention. They will also gain interviewing tips, learn how to prepare for answering "tough" questions and important follow-up steps to take after the interview. To enroll or for more information contact Madonna University at (734) 432-5804.
With Spider-Man swinging his way to millions at the box office and the sequel to the Fantastic Four ready to surf onto the silver screen next week It's easy to see why some people might think comic book films are solely about people dressing up in colored spandex and battling crime. But this isn't the case. Sure there are a large number of superhero films but there's been quite a few comic book films that don't involve costumed crime fighters.
The latest album by Joan Armatrading is a bit of a step in a different direction. As the title indicates, this highly talented singer/songwriter is venturing into the blues on what must be something like her 20th album. I've found her early work - all the way back to the 1970s - to be the most enjoyable period in her career, with many of the later albums somewhat lackluster. On first listen, "Into the Blues" sounds refreshing and worthy of further exploration.
You may have heard about Wizard Rock, the phenomenon of young people inspired by the Harry Potter books to create original music. These bands are getting noticed by MTV, Nashville Scene, and many others. The phenomenon comes to Canton as CPL welcomes international Wizard Rock superstars Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls with special guests Tom Riddle & Friends on July 21st, the day the final book in the Harry Potter series is released.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
June Teisan was named 2007-2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She is a seventh grade teacher at Harper Woods Secondary School with more than 20 years of classroom experience, was selected from 18 regional semifinalists statewide. Her message as Michigan Teacher of the Year will be: "Quality teaching makes a difference in the lives of children." She'll carry on the valued tradition of Michigan Teachers of the Year who have shared their teaching knowledge, expertise, and skills with educators across the state.
The New York Times asked several writers about books they have enjoyed over the last couple months, and why. Their choices might give you some ideas for summer reading beyond the usual fare. If the Canton Public Library doesn't own what your looking for, ask at the Reference desk.
In just 12 days, summer reading programs will commence at the Canton Public Library. Big prizes and fun programs are planned for ages 2 through adult. Click on this link for details on programs for kids and tweens. For teens, visit this page. Come in June 18 to register for all programs, including adult summer reading.
Classes in the Internet Lab are suspended for July and August so if you are interested in acquiring some new computer skills, sign up for one now. In the next couple weeks you could increase your Excel knowledge, learn how to work with graphics in Microsoft Word, and learn to download digital books. Sign up is easy if you have a Canton Public Library card. Just click here to access the program calendar. Don't have a Canton Public Library card yet? You can apply online here.
In a lecture at the Center for Naturalism, author Daniel C. Dennett uses the "meme" theory to suggest how some ideas survive selection, and argues for mandatory education in world religions. While few would doubt the importance of understanding religion from a social perspective, some "bristle at anyone who wants to investigate their practices and beliefs in a scientific manner." (from the jacket cover). The book upon which the lecture is based, Breaking the Spell, is also available in the library's catalog.
If you're like me, you were disappointed in the third installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Not to worry, though, as the library has a ton of great stuff on pirates. The history of pirates: from privateers to outlaws: Describes the history of pirates, including the reasons people became pirates and why the Golden Age of Piracy ended. The republic of pirates : being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down Jack Plank tells tales: Jack Plank is an ex-pirate who is looking for a new career and telling tales of his exploits along the way.
So I'm sitting here listening to Howard Shore's score for the movie "The Departed" looking for ideas to blog about when inspiration hit me. Why not do an entry about what "The Departed" is about? Going undercover in a criminal world and trying maintain your identity. Being forced to do a number of wrong things in order to do one big right one. So let's talk about some DVDs and graphic novels that explore the murky world of going undercover. "The Departed": I suppose we should start with the film that inspired this entry. Since this film came out last year I won't say much about it, except to say that Martin Scorsese's crime epic about a cop undercover as a crook and a crook undercover as a cop definitely deserved it's best picture Oscar win.