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Michigan Week

michigan: michiganExplore the following resources about Michigan all year-long, but especially during Michigan Week which is celebrated this year during the week of May 17 - 24. This celebration is intended to inspire people to embrace, explore and celebrate the history and resources of the great state of Michigan. The following is just a sampling of our rich Michigan collection here at the Canton Public Library. Be sure to come and browse through all of the titles regarding our great state!

Fun Facts About Michigan

Michigan Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Colleen Burcar with Gene Taylor: Includes fun and quirky stories of interesting Michigan residents and places.

Michigan Trivia compiled by Ernie & Jill Couch: Did you know that 60,000 automobiles were registered in Michigan in 1913? Or did you know that Michigan become part of the Indian Territory in 1800? Find out more facts about the Great Lakes State in this fun book.

Unexplained Michigan mysteries: strange but true tales from the Michigan unknown by Gary W. Barfnecht: The title says it all: a fascinating collectin of eerie and strange real-life tales.

Made in Michigan

Michigan Week (May 17-24) is a good time to remember the state's celebrated natives from all walks of life. Communities across Michigan can lay claim to renowned authors, artists, musicians, actors, athletes, politicians, inventors and more. Film makers Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, Michael Moore, and Paul Schrader were all born in Michigan. Just some of the world famous musicians born here include Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Earl Klugh, Bog Seger, Glen Frey, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. Actors born in the state include Bruce Campbell, Tom Selleck, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, Kristen Bell, Julie Harris, George Peppard, George C. Scott, Danny Thomas, and Marlo Thomas — the list goes on. Noteworthy authors such as Edna Ferber, Terry McMillan, Judith Guest and Marguerite De Angeli are also Michigan natives. Famous Michigan born athletes include baseball players Charlie Gehringer, Jim Abbott and Hal Newhouser. Find out more about our state's notable heritage by checking out some of the following items from the Library's collection.

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex — Architect

The Dodge brothers: the men, the motor cars, and the legacy by Charles K. Hyde — Automobile engineers

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi kids.  So, all last month I was dressed like a duck in anticipation for the little ducklings arriving in the courtyard of the Children's Library. All April...no ducks. No sooner do I put on my patriotic best for Memorial Day, but 7 little adorable fuzzy ducklings arrive in the library. I'm tempted to dress as a patriotic duck for the next month, but I can't compare to their cuteness. So  next week when you are here for storytime, make sure you peek in the courtyard for a view of the ducks! They are super cute.  Spring has officially sprung.Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Online May Classes to Start

Our May classes from Gale Courses (previously Learn4Life) are going to start on Wednesday, the 21st. Sign up now to take advantage of our free, 6-week courses that range from personal development to how to start your own small business. Want to learn how to publish ebooks or design a website? You can find these classes too. All you need is your CPL card and a computer with Internet connection to start! 

NHS Homework Help Ends May 22nd

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.  Tutoring ends May 22nd.

Business Research: Feasibility and Growth for Growing Businesses

Are you thinking of starting your own business and want to research your business idea? Are you a business owner who wants to benchmark your profit margin and other measures against similar size businesses in your industry? Do you want to know about market trends and opportunities to grow your sales?

Join us  here at CPL on Monday, June 9, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 PM, as Karen Bitterle of the Schoolcraft College Business Development Center highlights the best business research resources for small businesses. Please note: Registration is required through Schoolcraft College.

Attention: Android hoopla Users

The recent Android updates have rendered hoopla audiobooks incompatible. Midwest Tape is working diligently to get a new version of the Android app to release. If you have encountered audiobooks not working on your Android devices, just know it is being worked on. Please keep your eyes peeled for the new release soon. And we apologize for the inconvenience.

Murder Will Out and the winner is...

The Mystery Writers of America recently announced the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honoring the best mystery fiction and non-fiction published in 2013. Ann Arbor's Aunt Agatha's Bookstore won The Raven Mystery Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside of creative writing.

Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger

Best First Novel

Red sparrow: a novel by Jason Matthews

Best Paperback Original

The wicked girls by Alex Marwood

Mary Higgins Clark Award

Cover of snow: a novel by Jenny Milchman

Curious George Celebration

There will be a plenty of "monkey business" at our Curious George program on Tuesday, June 24, 7:00-7:45 .We will celebrate our favorite monkey with a story, games and crafts. This program is designed for children ages 3-7. Supplies provided in this program are limited to those children registered.

Celebrating Canton LGBT Families and Friends

LGBT FlagIn honor of Motor City Pride (June 7 & 8) -- a volunteer-driven event celebrating the lives of Michigan's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) citizens, CPL would like to celebrate Canton LGBT families and friends in a library exhibit entitled “Celebrating Canton LGBT Families and Friends” from June 1 through June 15. Please send electronic photos (.jpeg, .png, etc.) of you and/or family and friends that you would like us to include in this public display to brandowk@cantonpl.org with the subject line "LGBT Family and Friends."

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7:30 PM
  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Committee Reports - None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • Vote to Approve Jungle Java Express Lease Renewal
  • New Business
    • Vote to Approve Capital Asset Policy Revision
    • Vote to Approve Credit Card Policy Revision
    • Audit Services
    • Re-Schedule June Board Meeting
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Teen Animanga Club (July)

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, July 23, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Rouge Rescue Canton Site Opportunities

Rouge River clean upThe Friends of the Rouge are the catalyst behind the stewardship of the Rouge River, which flows through our backyards here in Canton. It's time for the annual spring clean up, also known as the Rouge Rescue, and Flodin Park here in Canton is one of the sites. Bring your family out on May 17 and help clean up a stretch from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They need volunteers for trail clean up, native planting at pond, environmental education activities, Birds of Prey presentation, trail hikes, and bird house building.

Canton Township Engineering Services is the sponsoring organization for this site. Call them at 734-394-5150 to volunteer or get more information.

Savvy Seniors: May Is Older Adults Month

Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow is the theme for Older Americans Month 2014. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. Modifications to living space, a daily fitness routine, and healthy eating can help prevent injury.

AARP guide to revitalizing your home: beautiful living for the second half of life: reimagine, redesign, remodel by Rosemary Bakker

Universal design for the home: great looking, great living design for all ages, abilities, and circumstances by Wendy A. Jordan

Unassisted living: ageless homes for later life by Wid Chapman and Jeff Rosenfeld

The athlete's book of home remedies: 1,001 doctor- approved health fixes & injury-prevention secrets for a leaner, fitter, more athletic body! by Jordan Metzl, with Mike Zimmerman

It's Screen-Free Week

This week, May 5th-11th is Screen-Free Week. Presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Screen-Free Week encourages families to spend a week without entertainment screen media--i.e. no TV watching, video game playing or internet surfing for entertainment's sake.  Instead families spend the week doing things together, being creative and getting active.  Want to participate?  There are ideas on the official Screen-Free Week website, or Canton Public Library has lots of resources to help you think of fun things to do.

ChopChop: the kids' guide to cooking real food with your family by Sally Sampson ; photographs by Carl Tremblay


Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon


The great book of family games by Chicca Albertini

Power of the Press

May 3 has been designated as World Press Freedom Day in recognition of a "free, pluralistic and independent press" and its essential part of a democratic society. Indeed, the purpose of journalism, said Chicago newspaper columnist and humorist Peter Finley Dunne in the early 1900s, is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Although modern journalists have often been the targets of severe criticism, it is also true that throughout the centuries, and even today, journalism has been a force for making America a better place to live.

Shaking the foundations: 200 years of investigative journalism in America by Edited by Bruce Shapiro


To keep the waters troubled: the life of Ida B. Wells by Linda O. McMurry


Taking on the trust: the epic battle of Ida Tarbell and John D. Rockefeller by Steve Weinberg