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January 2009 Lunch & a Book - Jan 8

Case HistoriesCase Histories (Kate Atkinson): Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations including those of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister 30 years earlier, a lawyer whose life is turned upside-down when his daughter joins the firm, and a woman whose past mistakes and demanding family life culminate in a violent escape.

Sarcasm of the Season database has lots of humorous cartoons that reflect the situation in this country. Here is one from 2003 that depicts the burgeoning corporate profits in stark contrast to a family's income or wages! Some of this may ring true today.

The North American International Auto Show

auto.preview.jpg The Auto Show is back this year, from January 17-25 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Check out what the auto industry has to offer, from production models, hybrids to over-the-top concept cars. Rediscover your love for the Tin Lizzies of today!

Canton Readers Offer 2008 Book Recommendations

Looking for a great book recommendation? No one knows better than book club members what’s hot and what’s not. Here is a list of recommendations from the Canton Public Library’s Lunch and a Book discussion group, which meets monthly. Some of the titles are 2008 releases, others are older, but all are great reads. The Canton Public Library sponsors multiple book discussion groups and offers Book-Club- In-A-Bag kits to facilitate at-home discussions. For more information, call 734-397-0999 or visit

Have you read "The Number"?

Book jacket to"The Number" made me re-think how much money I would need to retire, how much longer I might live and how to best invest my money.

Environment Information

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - Inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

Eco-Labels - This site by Consumer Reports allows consumers to find out what the labels on their favorite green products really mean.

EcoGeek - EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.

Take Action!

Credit Card Offers - Allows you to opt-out of pre-approved credit card offers.

Direct Marketing Consumer - Get your name off direct mail lists (it will cost you $1), telemarketing lists, email lists and more.

GreenDimes - For $36 per year, or just a dime a day, GreenDimes will reduce your junk mail and plant a tree on your behalf each month. - was launched by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports and offers information on buying "greener" products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.

White Tiger

"White Tiger" is a brutal view of India's class struggles is cunningly presented in Adiga's debut about a racist, homicidal chauffer. Balram Halwai is from the "Darkness," born where India's downtrodden and unlucky are destined to rot. Balram manages to escape his village and move to Delhi after being hired as a driver for a rich landlord.

Meeting Minutes -- December 18, 2008

December 18, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The Chairman, James Gillig, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: G. Snow – advised by phone message he was going to Florida giving no date of return.
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny


No comments (L. Papa, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, C. McLaughlin, A. Heidemann)


The agenda was approved with revision

food expert Michael Pollan on Bill Moyers

In Defense of Food by Michael PollanBill Moyers recently interviewed food expert Michael Pollan about the ideal candidate for Secretary of Agriculture as President-Elect Obama names his cabinet. If it were up to Moyers, Pollan would be named, but Pollan disagrees.

Get into the Christmas Spirit

Tragedy strikes even during the holidays.  On Christmas Eve, the Barnes family experiences the startling loss of the beloved family dog.  But Doug and his father pull off a Christmas miracle - of sorts - in this humorous Christmas story

Open Gaming - Jan 17

January 17, 3:30-5 p.m.
We supply the systems, games, and food, all you need to bring is your desire to play. We will have PS3, Wii, and XBox 360 games for you to choose from. Come for an hour or stay the whole time!

Teen Animanga Club - Jan 14, 2008

anime01January 14, 6:45-8:45 p.m.
Manga and anime fans can talk, watch, draw and enjoy japanophilia together. It's never predictable but it sure is fun.

High School Arts Wanted for MLK Competition

CANTON, MI-- Calling all high school artists! Your creativity could win you cash in the Canton Public Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. art competition. Submit your expression of the theme is “One Community. One Voice.” as it relates to Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Canton community in art form by December 23 and you could win $200.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Dec 15, 2008

The Wonder SpotThe Wonder Spot (Melissa Banks): Struggling with ambivalent feelings toward the passions and identities that are important to other members of her Jewish Pennsylvania family, Sophie Applebaum makes observations about her family life over the course of 20 years. By the author of The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing.

Canton Public Library Trustees Sworn In

CANTON, MI- Two new residents joined the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees at a swearing in ceremony held November 19. Michael Siegrist and Don Turner joined returning trustees James Gillig, James G. Fausone, George Snow and Colleen Van Auken on the library board as a result of November’s general election. Former trustees Nancy Williams and Cecil Young did not seek relection.

Canton Township Clerk Terry Bennett swore in the trustees at a ceremony during the library board’s monthly meeting on November 19. The Library Board of Trustees is made up of community members who are elected every four years on a nonpartisan ballot. They meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:30. The public is invited to attend.

Meeting Minutes -- November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:50 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, N. Williams, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken

International items have been moved temporarily

We are expanding our International Language Area. During this time, we are adding shelves and moving books, so books in the language you want may be in a different place. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you can't find what you are looking for!

Attention Green-minded Canton Library Users

Green-minded Canton library users can check out books and recycle their paper in one trip! Just bring your paper to one of the bright green bins located in the back of the library parking lot. Acceptable Items: newspapers magazines catalogs school and office paper shredded paper (in bags) mail paperback books Unacceptable Items: cardboard phonebooks glass metal plastics trash (including paper towel and tissue) hardcover books For a list of other recycling resources in the community, please check out CPL's Canton Green Resources and click on "Recycle".