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The Buzz about The Bee

A new champion speller will be crowned Thursday at the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington D.C. Don't miss the action starting at 8:00 PM on ESPN. Also, Bee officials announced on Tuesday that a world bee of the English language is in the preliminary planning stages for next year.

New Website in Fight to Treat Alzheimer's

A new website was launched today by the Obama administration to help the over 5 million families with loved-ones who are suffering with Alzheimer's find up-to-date, authoritative information on the disease and related dementia disorders. is where families can learn the facts of the disease, what treatment options are available, how to plan ahead for care and services, and how caregivers can prepare for the challenges ahead.

Three Weeks with My Brother Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks — Nicholas Sparks chronicles his life-affirming journey with his brother, Micah, on a three-week trip around the world in this memoir. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the brothers recall their rambunctious childhoods and tragedies that tested their faith.

Scholarships for Women in Canton

Woman’s Life Chapter 827-Chicks 4 Charity will be offering a $500 scholarship(s) for part-time students and $1,000 scholarship(s) for full-time students to women residing in Canton and the surrounding areas that are looking to transition back into the workforce. Applicants must be attending an accredited Michigan college, university or trade school in the fall of 2012. Preference will be given to women that demonstrate financial need, education/training needs, and those who are involved in the community. For additional information please contact Zlatina Dimova at Applications must be postmarked by July 1st, 2012 and winners will be notified by August 1st, 2012.

Worst Opening Sentences Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the celebration of National Library Week at Canton Public Library! The results have been tabulated and the winners of the Worst Opening Sentences Contest are:

First Place

"I sat on my bed, trying to remember my name, then I REMEMBERED that I have AMNESIA."

Second Place

"Why blame the monkey?"

Third Place

"They lived happily ever after, whatever."

The Paris Wife Book Discussion May 21

Join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Paris Wifethe Purple Room for a discussion of The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. The story portrays the love affair and marriage between Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Mowrer from their Chicago meeting in 1920 to their lives during the Jazz Age in Paris. As Ernest struggles to find his literary voice, Hadley tries to define her role in their relationship as wife, friend, and muse. 

Worst Opening Sentences

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We are celebrating National Library Week at the Canton Public Library with a special writing contest! All ages and resident/nonresident patrons are eligible to participate. The goal is to create a funny, original, unpublished opening sentence to the worst imaginary novel ever written. CPL's "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" bad-writing contest will receive entries during National Library Week, beginning 9:00 AM April 9 through 9:00 PM April 14. Three winners will be selected based on votes from your peers! Prizes will be gift certificates to local area merchants. All entries will be posted on CPL's website. The rules are simple: submit your entry (inappropriate situations or language will be disqualified) online or in-person at the Adult Reference Desk with your name and contact information. The winners will be contacted by April 30 and have a week to claim their prize. Good luck to all our participants! And don't forget to vote for the best of the worst!

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, April 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for a book discussion on:

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — This book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping.

Service Dogs are so Helpful!

In Sunday's USA Weekend magazine, the cover story focused on how service dogs are trained to assist humans with tasks that were unimaginable a decade ago such as: detecting seizures and diabetic blood sugar spikes, providing calm and comfort to autistic children, helping veterans overcome PTSD, and much more. Interested in raising an assistance dog or volunteering? Contact Paws for a Cause to help.

Blame it on the Moon?

Next month on April 14th, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic. It was one of the 20th century's worst disasters that claimed over 1500 lives. On that night, Titanic was speeding towards New York Harbor to arrive a day early. The icy North Atlantic sea was calm making icebergs harder to spot and the collision was inevitable. So, why blame the moon? The moon was in rare alignment with the sun and those influences produced abnormally high tides which caused glaciers in Greenland to break and float into shipping waters. Intrigued? Stop by our Titanic display, or read more at the Discovery Channel site, or look at library's copy of the April issue of Sky & Telescope.

Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

The Detroit Kennel Dog Show will hold its annual benched competition this weekend, March 3 and March 4, at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Besides judging who will win Best in Show, there will be herding demonstrations, agility contests, the Rock-n-Roll K9 Performance Team, pet therapy dogs, and local canine celebrities.

PowerPoint Basics Class

Learn how to create slide presentations on Wednesday, April 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Internet Lab. Prerequisites: Mouse skills or equivalent. Registration opens on Wednesday, March 28 at 9:00 AM.

Push by Sapphire Book Discussion

Join us on Monday, March 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for a book discussion on:

Push: a novel by Sapphire — Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time.