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Pearl's Picks for November 2008

Oxygen by Carol Cassella (2008)

The main character in Carol Cassella's very readable first novel, Oxygen, is, like Cassella herself, an anesthesiologist in Seattle. Dr. Marie Heaton finds her life gone badly off track when what should have been a pretty routine surgical procedure goes wrong, and eight-year-old Jolene Jansen dies on the operating table. Jolene's mother files a malpractice suit against Marie as well as the hospital, and guilt, grief, and fears about her future as a physician begin to take their toll on Marie. She turns for support and reassurance to her colleague, Dr.

Interlibrary Loan

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Receiving Items

The time it takes for an item to arrive varies; usually within 2 weeks for MeLCat items, perhaps longer for ILL requests due to distance. When your items arrive you'll be notified, and we'll hold items one week for pickup at the Checkout Desk. You must check out items with the account used to request them, and must pay any applicable fees first.

Returning Items

All items must be returned with ILL bands/labels and any due date cards intact to ensure proper check-in and return. Charges will apply to lost, overdue, or damaged items. Article photocopies are yours to keep unless otherwise noted.


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Seats on University Governing Boards on Ballot

On Novemeber 4th, voters will decide who will sit on the governing boards at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. Click the link above to learn more.

What Should I Read Next?

Looking for a good recommendation, or simply loved a book and want to find others like it? CPL has several resources you may want to consult. You can select from one of CPL's many bookmarks designed to satisfy all different kinds of readers' tastes including romance and mystery. You can also use one of CPL's databases like What Do I Read Next? or Novelist to help you select a good read. And, of course, you can always ask a friendly Reference Librarian for a reading suggestion.

November 2008 Lunch & a Book - Nov 13

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston): When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Nov 17, 2008

Best FriendsBest Friends (Martha Moody): From their first meeting at Oberlin College in 1973, the friendship of two very different women - one from a working-class, Protestant family in Ohio and the other from a wealthy, Jewish family in L.A. - spans two decades and endures family and career demands.

Senior Book Discussion - Nov 19, 2008

Lake of Dead LanguagesThe Lake of Dead Languages (Carol Goodman): Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. (Note: We meet the third Wednesday of November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Education and the Election

As this election year draws to its close, I wondered what role our next President might play in improving the nation's educational system. To find out more, I conducted searches in both of the library's education databases: ERIC and Educator's Reference Complete. I typed the keyword "election" in the ERIC search box and selected magazines the library owned. The first article, "Looking Ahead: Letters to the next President," from the current issue of Change: the Magazine of Higher Learning, offered perspectives from University presidents and students on the important issues facing higher education. In the Educator's Reference, I also typed the keyword "election" and selected full-text articles from academic journals.

Like to be the first to read the hottest new fiction?

As of January 1st, 2011 we are no longer offering the BookLetters service. To subscribe to featured books (by genre, format, etc.), bestsellers, and other library RSS feeds, please see the Books & More page.

Through CPL's BookLetters service you can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter that includes hot new fiction scheduled for release. The list includes links to the CPL catalog so you can check availability and, if you are a Canton resident, place a hold. Pretty nifty.

Mutual Fund Investing - Sept 27

9:30AM - 11:30AM
Choosing the right funds for your investment portfolio can be difficult. Learn the ins and outs of mutual fund investing using popular online resources as well as library databases. Pre-requisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Find out more about the mutual fund class

PowerPoint II - Sept 18 or Oct 23

Discover more tricks to enhance your presentations by adding motion and sound in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: PowerPoint I.

PowerPoint I - Sept 11 or Oct 16

Create multimedia slideshow presentations in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and Word skills.

MS Word III - Sept 20, 30 or Oct 28

Develop skills to construct text boxes, multiple columns, column breaks, and manipulate paragraphs to make a newsletter using MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: MS Word I or equivalent.

MS Word II - Sept 13, 23 or Oct 14

Learn to add tables, headers and footers, symbols, and other commands to enhance a document in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: MS Word I or equivalent.

MS Word I - Sept 6, 16 or Oct 7

An introduction to word processing in MS Office 2007. Learn to create text, format, print, and save documents. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Library Resources That Make the Grade - Sept 25

Gone back to school? Learn to use the library efficiently to meet your classroom needs. Explore library resources including the catalog and online databases to find books, newspaper articles, magazine or peer-reviewed journal articles and more. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Internet Basics - Sept 5, 26 or Oct 17

Get acquainted with the basic features of Internet Explorer. Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases. Prerequisite: Mouse skills or equivalent.

Genealogy Online - Oct 11

Explore your roots online with Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest databases. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

The First Steps to a Smart Start-Up - Oct 18

Have you ever thought of starting your own business? Let us guide you through the maze of information for new entrepreneurs. Topics include where to find hard data, business plans and more. Lecture and some Internet use. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Excel II - Sept 18, Oct 7 or 22

Use data, graphics and charts, and learn how to customize toolbars in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.