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Countdown to the Oscars

OscarsNominated for Best Documentary Feature, Man on Wire relates the story behind "the artistic crime of the century." In 1974 tightrope walker Philippe Petit attempted a daring, but illegal, high-wire walk between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers.

Suggestions for International Books

I'm always interested in hearing what people want in the International Language Collection. Fill out a paper survey (found in the International Language Collection), suggest materials online, or comment to this blog to let me know.

Three Dog Bakery

Are you a dog person who loves to spoil your furry friend? The Three Dog Bakery is a fantastic gourmet treat shop for dogs! They use all-natural ingredients to make their adorable cookies and cakes, not to mention being very reasonably priced. With their added selection of toys, clothing, and just about every dog-related item you can imagine, they have something for everyone. I was just there over the weekend buying a personalized birthday cake for my dog.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Recovery.gov is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you'll be able to see where it's going -- to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors.

Pop Culture Universe

Learn about the decades in a fun way by using our database Pop Culture Universe. Each decade, from the 1920s to the 2000s, is populated with facts about the arts, culture, fasion, movies, food and drink, literature, music, politics, TV and radio of the time period. A must-stop for any school "decades research" assignment! An excellent source for a glimpse of Americana!

The Faith of Barack Obama

The Faith of Barack Obama explores the religious background of Barack Obama, examines his relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and discusses how his beliefs shape his personal and political life. Read this book for an insight into our new president's ideals.  

Narnia For Beginners

Did you love the Chronicles of Narnia movies, but aren't quite ready for the books? Not to worry! Pick up one of these new beginning reader books based on the original Narnia series. The Chronicles of Narnia: This Is Narnia and The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Journey offer plenty of excitement and action perfect for younger readers. Check one out today and begin your own adventure into the magical world of Narnia!

Library Looks for Community Input on Strategic Plan

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library has embarked on a process to create a strategic plan and is looking for community input.

“With declining revenue and the current economic climate, it’s very important to know what our community wants and needs from our library,” says library director Eva Davis. “A plan to guide us for the next three years will help us focus our efforts and resources to best serve the community.”

Storytimes

This the last week of storytimes for the winter session.  Our next storytime session will begin on April 20, 2009.  Online registration begins on April 6 for Canton residents and April 8 for non-residents.  For more information about storytimes, view our March-April edition of Connections

Getting Your Word's Worth

Alphabet JuiceYou don't have to be an etymologist to enjoy thinking about the roots of language.  In Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr. has a lot of fun looking at the relationships between word structure, meaning and phonetics.  On a more serious note, the arguments he discusses can be traced back to Plato's Cratylus in Plato Unmasked by Keith Quincy.   

African American Genealogy Resources

African American genealogy can be challenging for many people researching their family histories. African American Genealogy is a special collection designed to help researchers get a start. 

Death from the Skies!

Not scared enough by global recession, terrorism, peanut butter, or nuclear war? Death from the Skies by Philip Plait will give you many new reasons to fear, every time you look up.

Plait covers topics such as asteroid impacts, solar flares, nearby supernovae, gamma ray bursts, black holes, and aliens. He concludes with inevitable scenarios; how the Sun will die, and the cold quiet that will end the Universe.

Everyone's Reading

Have you joined your neighbors in our Everyone’s Reading, community wide reading program sponsored by public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties?  Similar to other One Book, One Community programs across the country, Everyone’s Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

Dying for Love

Secondhand Prose Used Book Shop specials for February are Romance and Mystery books.  You can buy two and get one free of either paperbacks or hardbacks.  The bag sale days for February are the 20th, 21st and 23rd.  $5.00 per bag full.

Countdown to the Oscars

The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, has been nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Art Direction and Best Costume.

seed catalogs

seed catalogsThe warm weather we had earlier this week was like a quick taste of spring, and it inspired me to start planning in earnest for the vegetable garden I'll plant later this year. So far I'm thinking peppers, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and corn, though I'm sure I'll find more goodies to add to the list. Did you know that you can check out seed catalogs at CPL?

Help with teen advanced classes

Got teens studying for advanced classes? We have plenty of resources here at the library;  try the AP exam prep guides, or our musem passes are great ways to get their outside activities done, for example the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

"Great American Race"

Start your engines for the 51st running of the Daytona 500, the ulitmate in NASCAR racing, on Sunday February 15, 2009.  The field is set so brush up on your stock car knowledge with a variety of

New Fullmetal Alchemist

A new Fullmetal Alchemist anime series is going to be aired in Japan this April. That's right, brand new. Very few details are available at the moment. What will it be like? How closely will it follow the manga? And, most importantly, when will it be released in the U.S.?

Video Games at The Library?!

You may or may not be aware that we now circulate video games in the library.  We have many platforms including Game Cube, Wii,