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"Sleuth It" Surprise Packages

Sleuth It 2What is inside these wrapped packages? It's a Connect Your Summer mystery (or maybe a romance or a graphic novel)! The package contains two unknown items for your delight. Look at the outside of the package for possible clues as to what is inside. To check out a package, simply place the package on the self-checkout machine (make sure two items show up on the screen and turn black) or take it to one of our friendly check-out staff for assistance. Read, listen, watch at least one of the items and you have completed a Sleuth It activity as part of Connect Your Summer!

2012 Green Street Fair

The Fifth Annual Green Street Fair will return to the streets of Downtown Plymouth on May 4, 5 and 6, 2012. Founded to help educate people about the benefits of green, organic and eco-friendly products and services, the Green Street Fair promotes "global interest, personal well-being and offers insight to those interested in having a softer footprint on the planet." Admission is free.

Beginning Microsoft Word

An introduction to word processing. Learn basic Word skills including creating and formatting text, printing and saving. Attendees should already be familiar with using a mouse and keyboard.
Date: Saturday, May 19, from 1:00-2:30 PM in in the Internet Lab.

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 22-27) and want you to join us! See the write up in the Canton Observer. There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including:

American Way of Eating Author Appearance

The public is invited on Wednesday, April 4 at Noon to a talk and book signing by Tracie McMillan, local NY Times Bestselling author. The event takes place on the University of Michigan Dearborn Campus (1030 CASL Building). For more information please call 313-583-6400.

The American way of eating: undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, farm fields and the dinner table by Tracie McMillan — addresses issues of food production, poverty and low wage work in the style of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed. It also critically discusses Detroit's "food desert status and talks about the role of urban agriculture in sustaining Detroit's food system."

Doomsday Seed Vault

According to msnbc.com, the Doomsday Seed Vault located in Norway is scheduled to receive nearly 25,000 samples of seeds this week from around the world. The vault acts as a backup for living crop collections around the world to ensure crop diversity and future food supplies. The vault opened on February 2008 and is dug into the Platåberget mountain ("Plateau mountain") located near the village of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a group of islands north of mainland Norway. Look to CPL for more resources on seeds or search our Science in Context database for information on the Doomsday Seed Vault or Svalbard Global Seed Vault. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Internet Basics

Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases. Skill using a mouse is prerequisite.
Date: Monday, March 19, from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Internet Lab
Online registration begins at 9:00 AM on March 5

Wolves Off Endangered Species List

According to an article from the Michigan Water Stewardship Program, as of Friday, June 27, wolves have officially been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List in the western Great Lakes region including Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The management authority over wolves in Michigan has been returned to the Department of Natural Resources.

Consumer Trend for 2012: Eco-cycology

According to trendwatching.com in 12 Consumer Trends for 2012, one trend to watch out for in 2012 is what they have dubbed "eco-cycology" or "the phenomenon of brands helping consumers recycle by taking back all old items from customers, and then doing something constructive with them." While this is sometimes prompted by legislation and sometimes by companies themselves, ultimately it is prompted by you the consumer. Check out CPL resources to learn more about how businesses are greening their practices.

Beginning Microsoft Word

An introduction to word processing. Learn basic Word skills including creating and formatting text, printing and saving.

Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills
Date: February 15, from 6:30-8:00 PM in in the Internet Lab.
Online registration begins on January 17 at 9:00 AM.

2011 Lunch and a Book Picks

Every year CPL's Lunch and a Book Club picks our favorite reads of the year. These are our favorite reads for 2011. The picks are as eclectic as our group! Feel free to join us. We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon in CPL's Community Room.

Fiction

Catching fire by Suzanne Collins

The forgotten garden: a novel by Kate Morton

Jesmyn Ward Winner of National Book Award

Salvage the bones: a novel by Jesmyn Ward was announced on Wednesday as the winner of the National Book Award for fiction. The novel — about a poor, rural African American family living in Mississippi and facing obstacles no less then Hurricane Katrina — was considered "a long shot, at best" to win the prestigious award according to a CNN article. Ward, herself a Katrina survivior, was surprised and delighted. Now on the radar, critics are quickly praising it as a "classical tragedy."

Air Quality for 48188

National Public Radio (NPR) posted an interactive map, searchable by zip code and/or city, that allows you to find out who has been emitting hazardous chemicals into the air. The map lists more than 17,000 facilities nationwide. The color-coded dots and scores of one to five smoke stacks are based on an EPA method of assessing potential health risks. You can zoom into your neighborhood by clicking on the map or use the search box in the upper right hand corner to find your area of interest. You can even look at the full EPA reports on selected facilities.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]