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Colleges use blogs to recruit students

Student blogs on college websites all over the country are becoming the place to read unfiltered opinions of campus life. "The emergence of blogs is the next step in the evolution of admissions recruiting." said the associate executive director for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Some colleges are paying students to chronicle their lives online. Schools are promoting blogs and directly linking them from homepages as a recruiting tool. Blogs are ranked among the top three factors influencing a student's decision to attend a particular school.

Biking in Canton

Want to take the kids on an easy bike ride? You can map one out for yourself at Search for routes by city name or type and see what other people have recommended. Here's a 3.5 mile route that starts and ends at the library. Library Bike Route. Give it a try.

What is MiGAL?

MiGAL is the acronym for Michigan Grants Available List. This website provides the ability to search for federal, state, private, and other grant funding opportunities for schools, teachers and students. Grants are organized in a table by title, name of foundation, who can apply, and deadline for submission. Almost all the grant opportunities are competitve. The detail link will connect you to a brief description of the grant, the amount awarded, and the web address for the foundation. To browse what grants are available for students, just select Students from the Eligibility field and click Search. Links to other grant funding resources are provided as well.

iPods & Pacemakers: On a Collision Course?

A real interesting story in Friday's Free Press ("Music's Beat or Beating Heart?"), linked above. Research presented in Denver on Thursday reported that portable music players like iPods can cause heart pacemakers to malfunction. The study involved doctors from MSU and U-of-M, and was led by a 17-year-old high school student from Okemos, MI, who is the son of a doctor specializing in heart care.

So many books, so little time!

If you're like me and you love to read, you probably have a stack of books, magazines and audio books piled so high they are in danger of falling over. You probably also have a reading wish list as long as your arm. So how will we ever get all of those books read? I love to listen to audio books and often crank up the CD player while I batch cook on weekends. I would love to hear how you squeeze reading time into your busy life. Do tell!

The Author Next Door

Is your next door neighbor an author? What about the guy you went to high school with? Or that mom down the street? Canton is home to a surprising number of authors. Come meet some of them as the library hosts Celebrate Canton's Authors on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Eight local authors will speak about their work and be available for book purchases and signings and one-on-one conversations. Scheduled to appear are Kim Crouch, Cheryl A. Martin, Gerald Van Dusen, Virginia Bailey Parker, Rob Guttersohn, Tawny Taylor, Sabrina Adams and Catherine Marek. The program is free, just call 734-397-0999 to sign up.

The Running and the Walking Dead . . .

The zombies of "28 Weeks Later" aren't exactly dead but they behave like a classic movie zombie who's drank about 20 cans of Red Bull. "28 Weeks later," which opens today is the follow up to Danny Boyle's film "28 Days Later," which explored how an outbreak of a virus called the Rage turned much of England's populace into violent, hyperfast,cannibals and the country into a post apocalyptic wasteland. In "28 Weeks" the U.S. army has moved in and helped clear things out. Things are going so well that the people who originally fled London are returning home. But then the worst possible thing that could happen, happens. The Rage virus resurfaces.

Gas Price Protest !!!!

Tired of the high price of gas? On May 15, DON'T PUMP GAS as a national protest.

What is Beige?

Cecil Castellucci's new teen novel is Beige, and here the author tells us a little bit about why she wrote it and who it's about:


CELEBRATION YOUTH ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES SPRING AUDITIONS Plymouth & Canton, MI - The Celebration Youth Orchestra (CYO) will be holding auditions for the 2007-2008 school year on Friday, June 15 from 10:20 am-7:45 pm, Saturday, June 16, from 10:20 am -12:15 pm. Auditions will take place at Evola Music, 7170 North Haggerty Road in Canton, and must be scheduled in advance by calling the Plymouth Canton Symphony Society (PCSS) office at 734.451.2112. Auditions are open to string students ages nine & up with at least one year of instruction and wind, brass, and percussion students ages twelve & up with at least three years of instruction. Students may live anywhere in Southeastern Michigan.

Do you have a gift for Mom yet?

Teens-- Mother's Day is Sunday and if you're short on cash for mom's gift this year, stop by the Canton Public Library on Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. and make mom a unique duct tape gift. It's free and it's fun and mom will love it because you made it yourself. For inspiration, visit The Duct Tape Club or check out Got Tape? by Ellie Schiedermayer and get some really cool ideas.

New Music

What's new in music at your library? An easy way to check the latest arrivals (new releases and old favorites) is to visit our Catalog page, then click on "New Library Materials." From there, click on "Adult Sound Recordings" and you'll get a list of what's just been added to the library's collection. New stuff that I can see now includes Kings of Leon, Son Volt, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Ely, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, a bunch of classics from Sly & Family Stone, and more.



The eLibrary is a great source with access to more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and TV transcripts. You can also find thousands of maps, audio & video files and a fantastic photo database. Recent news photographs are available, as well as historic ones. Getty Images, Magnum Historical Images, and UPI Photos are just a few of the sources used. International newspapers indexed include the Daily Mail (London), The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney, Australia), The Financial Times (London), The Toronto Star, Xinhua (China), and The Star (Jordan). For further information on this fantastic source - or any of our databases - be sure to ask a reference librarian!

We can't seem to resist a good roll in the trash

That's the headline for Terry Lawson's Free Press column today (Sunday), which points out how little art is produced, or at least widely distributed, by the movie industry. An interesting piece for people who take their movies seriously, even the funny ones.

good reads

A friend recently invited me to visit a new site called goodreads. It's a place where you can see what your friends are reading and discuss, rate, and explore the books you've read and want to read. In just a few days I've found ten of my friends and have started discussing some of my favorite books with them. I've also found quite a few that I'd like to read in the future. I've just started to scratch the surface of what this site has to offer and so far I'm enjoying it thoroughly.