Canton Seniors Book Discussion: Winter 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. We meet from 2:00-3:00PM, September through June in the library's Group Study Room A. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the meeting or can be picked up at Canton Public Library the following day. In Winter, 2011 we will be discussing:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen — (January 26, 2011)

Kabul Beauty School: an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez, with Kristin Ohlson — (February 23, 2011)

 NEW!  The Crow by Mary Lawson(March 23, 2011)

Need a Fun Way to Refresh Your Math Skills?

A+ Click might just be the website for you. This free website offers users grades 1-12 a challenging quiz in many areas of math. You select the grade and the topic and the website takes you through an age appropriate but fun quiz. This website was listed as one of the notable websites for children by the Association for Library Services to Children. Check out the entire list here.

Tech Support in the Family

Google's recently-released site, Teach Parents Tech, features over 50 YouTube videos with friendly explanations of how to perform useful tasks on your computer. For instance, here's how to create a strong password:

You can send your relatives a "care package" of videos you think they'd find useful, or watch the videos yourself to brush up on computer skills.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

The Yarn Garden

The yarn garden : 30+ knits using plant-based fibers by J. Marsha Michler — Many of us like to keep our lives filled with natural things as much as possible, and this book offers some perhaps not-as-well-known options for knitting with natural fibers. You'll find that just because it's natural, it's not limited to frumpy styles or subdued tones. You can also check out a few free patterns that didn't make it into the book.

Super Science Site

Kids! Parents! Teachers! Check out TryScience. It is one awesome website that is entertaining and educational. Need an experiment idea for school? It has a deck of colorful cards with great experiments and all the info you need to complete the project. Want to visit a science museum or center while sitting at home? Just select one you would like to see from the deck of field trip cards. In the mood for some high-speed online gaming adventures? Just select from the adventure deck and go for it. You have your choice of nine languages to pick from. A search box is on every screen. Parents and teachers have their own sets of great options on pages created especially for them. Soon to come is a page for scientists and engineers. You have to see this site and poke around to really appreciate the just how much it offers. Do it now!

Underrated Christmas Movies

These five movies are, in my opinion, some of the most overlooked and underrated Christmas movies of all time.  Give them a shot this holiday season, and escape the films you've already seen hundreds and hundreds of times.

The Muppet Christmas carol — There have been plenty of Muppet movies, and even more versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but Michael Caine's Scrooge makes this my favorite movie in both categories.

Die hard — An often overlooked fact about Die Hard: it takes place during a Christmas Eve holiday party in Los Angeles. Maybe the lack of snow is what makes people forget this?

Jingle all the way — Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad are the stars of this film. But it's still a fun, mad-cap adventure about the lengths one man will go to get the season's "It" toy.

Santa Claus the movie — John Lithgow chews the scenery as a villainous toy baron in this oft-forgotten film about Santa's origins and a plot against Christmas.

Spaghetti Book Club

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Did you know there are other students out there who have something to tell you about Altoona Baboona, or Aliens for Lunch? It may be that the best way for you to find out if you really want to read a book is to learn about it from another kid. The Spaghetti Book Club is a great site for you. It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids, for kids. You can look up book reviews by title, author, or kid reviewers in their state/school. Teachers will be interested in checking out the site too, which explains this literacy program that can help develop students reading and writing skills.

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