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What's Next? Electronic Textbooks

The University of Michigan is in the midst of negotiations with publishers and will begin an e-textbook pilot program for introductory courses in the fall. Great news to the students! For CPL folks, we have increased greatly our eBook collections for all age groups. Log in with your CPL card number before searching to access the entire collection.

Kindle and More

The Amazon Kindle has just joined Kobo, Nook, Sony, iPad and others to become a device of choice for reading free library eBooks. Come find out how. This petting zoo class offers you a close look and hands-on with these popular devices.

Date: December 2, 2011, 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Internet Lab
Online registration begins at 9:00 AM on November 18.

Hot eBook/eAudio Titles

Want to download Janet Evanovich's Explosive Eighteen? Lee Child's The Affair? Jeanne Darst's Fiction Ruined My Family? We have them right now on our eBook website. All you need to do is log in with your CPL card number before you search. Logging in first opens up complete access to our OverDrive Advantage collection where these new hot titles reside.

Microsoft Word III

Learn to create text boxes, multiple columns, column breaks, and manipulate paragraphs to make a newsletter. Prerequisite: Microsoft Word I or equivalent.
Date: November 19, 2011, from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Internet Lab.
Online registration begins on November 5 at 9:00 AM.

MS Word II

Add tables, headers and footers as well as symbols to Word documents. Prerequisites: MS Word I or equivalent.
Date: November 12, 2011
Time: 9:30-11:30
Location: I-lab
Online registration begins on October 29 at 9:00 a.m.

MS Word I

An introduction to word processing. Learn to create text, format, print and save. Prerequisites: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Date: November 5, 2011
Time: 9:30-11:30
Location: I-lab
Online registration begins on October 22 at 9 a.m.

Excel I

Want to create a spreadsheet, a family budget or manage a list? Learn how with Excel. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Date: November 9, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: I-lab
Online registration begins at 9 a.m. on October 26.

Thank You Steve Jobs

Like the rest of the world, we are mourning the loss of Apple founder Steve Jobs. His vision has transformed our lives, from computers, smart phones, to music and movies. President Obama remarked that "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it." We are forever indebted to the creativity of Steve Jobs.

Death of the Book and Other Good News

Daniel Okrent, author, editor and University of Michigan alumnus, will give a public lecture on the impact of digital revolution on bookstores, libraries, publishers, and of course, readers. He thinks that "It's the biggest change in the world of words since Gutenberg, and may turn out to be just as beneficial…"
Date: Thursday, October 6, 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor

New Databases Page

Our Databases page has a fresh new look!  We have streamlined our subject categories and added a new "Best Bets" category. Due to changes made by MeL, OCLC FirstSearch and its components are no longer part of our collection. As always if you can't find what you are looking for, do ask a librarian for help.

Neutrinos Traveling Faster Than Light?

The physics world is abuzz with news that a group of European physicists has clocked a burst of subatomic particles known as neutrinos breaking the speed of light that was calculated by Albert Einstein in 1905, according to the New York Times. Was Albert Einstein wrong to think that the speed of light was the ultimate speed? Does this mean that time-travel will become a possibility?

Neutrino by Frank Close

How to get library eBooks on the Amazon Kindle

KindleWatch this 4-minute video on How to get library eBooks on the Amazon® Kindle. It walks you through the entire process of browsing, checking out and getting a library eBooks for Kindle. It's fun and easy!

Kindle eBooks Now Available

Rejoice, Kindle users!
OverDrive, our library eBook Vendor, has just launched the long-awaited Kindle compatibility initiative. This means all Kindle users will be able to check out OverDrive eBooks and read them on either their Kindle device or other devices using the Kindle apps. When you check out a Kindle book, the "Get for Kindle" link will prompt you to login to your Amazon account. Specific help page is available to walk you through the process.

Log in to our OverDrive eBook site with your CPL card number to get started.

Canton Observer Back Issues are now Online

Through a generous donation from our Friends, all our Canton Observer back issues are now online. You can browse issue by issue from November 1974 to December 2010, or search across multiple issues. What a great convenience! No more messing with the microfilm! Remember those days when interest rate was at 7.5% and the FDIC only insured up to $40,000? Look no further than in the December 1974 issue to find this bit of nostalgia!

NetLibrary Has a New Name

NetLibrary has a new name, a new look, and a new owner! It is now known as EBSCOhost: eBook Collection! This great collection of mostly non-ficion eBooks are of great value to people who look for quick information online. Instead of downloading, simply view books on your computer. All previous NetLibrary accounts are no longer valid. Now, simply go to our eBook page link and use your CPL card number to access.