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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.

Getting Caught inthe Web of Spider-Man

With Spider-Man 3 swinging back into theaters today, we'll be talking about both the silver screen and four color incarnations of everybody's favorite web-slinger. The big question on everybody's mind of course is Spider-Man 3 any good and if so how does it compare to the first two films? Well I caught a special press screening of the film last week and I'm happy to say it's a good and highly entertaining movie. It's not without it's problems but in my opinion it's probably the funnest of the trilogy.

Video Games at CPL

As the new teen librarians we have taken on the challenge of building a video game collection for loaning. However, before we can start the selection process we need the help of all the gamers out there! We need to know what you want to see, what platforms you are gaming on, and the titles you would most likely take out from the library. Please help us to serve you best!!

Sidebar to Nancy Who?

One of the recommendations in Pearl's Picks for May is a biography of Walt Disney, which brings to mind the question: Can you name the Seven Dwarfs? Everybody gets four or five, then the guesses sometimes become a little bizarre. You know, Scratchy, Whiny, Itchy, etc. From the description of the Disney bio, it sounds like Walt came up with some weird names himself... ones that didn't make the final cut (Blabby, Baldy, Burpy, and so on).

How patrons can make libraries better

Dave Vielmetti, an uber library user, blogs frequently on his Super Patron site about libraries, usually the Ann Arbor District Library. Read what he has to say about patrons making libraries better and more useful.

Don't Forget to Vote May 8

Communities in all 83 Michigan counties are holding elections next Tuesday and Plymouth-Canton is one of them. Although the school year is winding down for the summer, decisions now will affect the next school year and beyond. The Canton Community link directs voters to their polling locations. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

Feeling Lucky?

Yesterday we unveiled a brand new collection, it's called Lucky Day, this is how it works. We've placed extra copies of our most popular new books and DVD's on the shelf for lucky patrons to check out. These items have shortened loan periods and cannot be placed on hold. If they're in when you're in, it's your lucky day! Look for the neon green shamrock stickers and "get lucky"!

Internet Medical Information May Be Bad for Your Health

No big surprise but... "A Central Michigan University professor and library official are being honored for their study that found that some rely on the Internet for medical information in a way that's bad for their health."

Connections Newsletter - May/Jun 2007

Our bimonthly newsletter, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

CQ Public Affairs Collection


Are you writing a term paper and need a good source for information? Try the CQ Public Affairs Collection! It's an excellent source for an array of current affairs topics including government, health, law, science, and education. In addition to in-depth reporting, it also has historical documents, legislative decisions and case summaries. Extensive bibliographies, in several formats including APA, Chicago and MLA, make it easy to cite. There is even an image gallery with hundreds of photos and images. For further information on this or any of our databases, be sure to ask a reference librarian.

The Brothers Grimm: The Bremen Town Musicians, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

This book begins to capture the reader with a classic layout: framed text on a white background on the left page, and white-framed illustrations on the right page. This gives the book the feel of a family favorite that has been passed down through the generations, just as this story itself has been. The animals, as ever, have all outlived their usefulness and are running away from home in order to avoid being killed. The subdued, sophisticated watercolor illustrations perfectly capture their elderly worldweariness (the dog's mournful eyes are enough to make you tear up) and temper the gravity of their situations.

What the heck is RSS?

Have you heard of RSS? You may have heard that it's a great way to save time and that it's easy to use, but do you know how to make it work for you? This video is a great, clear explanation of how to use RSS. You can even use RSS to subscribe to this blog: Cut and paste this: into your feed reader and subscribe!

Nancy who?

We offer monthly reading recommendations from Nancy Pearl on our Books & Reading page. Click on Pearl's Pick's for her May choices. The New York Times calls Nancy Pearl "the talk of librarian circles." Readers can't get enough of her recommendations while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next. In 2005, Pearl followed with More Book Lust, the ultimate companion to her highly acclaimed original.

Library events for week of April 30

There's a whole bunch of stuff happening this week at the CPL. Check the Calendar Page to see it all. One sure hit program is "Learn How to Get Published" with Bobbie Jones, freelance writer and columnist for the Observer. It's Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. It's a great opportunity for all aspiring writers to learn some avenues for getting your work published. Register by calling 734-397-0999. Another new and useful program is Digital Cameras for Beginners on Saturday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. Learn to make the most of your digital camera and digital photo editing, uploading and emailing photos and more. Register online.