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Local artisans and crafters on Etsy

etsyHave you checked out Etsy? It's a shopping site where you can purchase items created by artisans and crafters from all over the world. It's also a great place to find special items made by those right here in our community! Right now in Canton, the following shops have items for sale:

Stargazing Fun for the Whole Family

Summer is almost here and with warmer and warmer nights it’s the perfect time to go stargazing! Come into the Children’s room to check out our display of stargazing books including field guides and more:

Constellations

Glow-in-the-dark constellations: a field guide for young stargazers by C.E. Thompson; illustrated by Randy Chewning

All the stars in the sky: Native stories from the heavens by C.J. Taylor

New Quilting Book

Looking for new ideas for your next quilt project? Check out our latest book Kaffe Fassett’s country garden quilts. The book has some nice patchwork ideas and tips.

Scleroderma Awareness Month

Scleroderma, a serious and sometimes life threatening autoimmune condition affecting the body's connective tissue, is difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for other conditions.  The Scleroderma Foundation has set aside June as Scleroderma Awareness Month to educate the public and advocate for research.  For more information read

Pets and the Planet

Pets and the PlanetYou love your pet. You care about the environment. Pets and the Planet helps you make informed decisions when it comes to involving your four-legged or feathered family members in your mission to leave less of a footprint on the planet. This book gives you all the information you need to understand sustainability as a pet owner and how to make the best choices for your pet and the environment.

Lil' Fingers Website

Looking for a fun and educational website for your toddler? Why not give Lil' Fingers a try? This website features materials like simple games, short online stories, and coloring sheets. It's completely free, so check it out if you'd like something new to do with your kids.

Government Grants

Have you ever heard of government grants? This is government money that, for qualified individuals, does not have to be repaid.  There are grants for women, minorities, business, housing, college, and private reasons. You could get $20,000.00 to fix your house, $50,000.00 to start up a business, another grant to pay your tuition and another to help pay your bills.

An introduction to art for kids

Katie loves art and adventure. One day, on a visit to a museum, she finds herself stepping into a painting by Paul Cezanne. On another day, she hangs out with Mona Lisa. Check out these books by James Mayhew and explore the world of art through Katie's eyes. There is something for all ages in these books. Young children will enjoy the shapes, the colors and the movement of turning pages. Older kids will appreciate the story, Katie's curiosity and the beautiful paintings. It may even inspire them to learn how to paint!

Do you love SPINACH but hate CANDY?!?...well Little Pea does.

Little Pea loves spinach but hates the fact that he has to eat five whole pieces of candy (for dinner) before he can have any spinach (for dessert). Little Pea is a very funny story that children will delight in reading over and over, especially the picky eaters. If you like Little Pea, be sure to check out some of our other books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal:

If You Like Janet Evanovich, Tim Cockey try...

If you enjoy humor with your mystery, like Tim Cockey’s or Janet Evanovich’s stories, you might try Mischief in Maggody by Joan Hess,Carl Hiaasen's Powder Burn, Biggie and the Poisoned Politician by Nancy Bell, Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White, Bubbles Unbound by Sarah Strohmeyer, Murder Grins and Bears It: a Yooper Mys

Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2009
Location:  Riverside Park, Ypsilanti

The 13th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show displays orphan vehicles that are makes, not models, of cars, trucks, motorcycles that are no longer manufactured. A large percentage have been out of production for over fifty years. The show features a "pass-in-review" by make or group, with several automotive historians describing the vehicles as they pass by. A good chance to enjoy a bit of the outdoors while viewing the vintage vehicles!

Vote Now!

The general reading public seldom gets a chance to vote for their favorite book and/or author but here's your opportunity to do so. The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel awards in July at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England.  Laura Lippman, Mark Billingsham, Val McDermid, and Simon Kernick are among the 14 contenders. 

Hercule Poirot to Return to Television

David Suchet is filming 4 new Poirot mysteries for PBS.  Hercule Poirot is Agatha Christie's famous Belgian detective.  Mr. Suchet has portrayed Poirot for 21 years on public television's Mystery! series in over 60 episodes.

Tattoo Delirium

tattoodeliriumTattoo Delirium by Eva Minguet is a collection of beautiful images of tattoos accompanied by biographical information about the tattooers who created them. Features are included on artists from around the world, including Detroit's own Bob Tyrell, who specializes in black-and-gray work and custom horror imagery.

National Egg Day is here!!

Celebrate International Egg Day by taking our eggcellent quiz for a chance at a cool prize! All entries with at least 8 correct answers will be entered into a prize drawing.
 

Teen Undead Fiction Book Suggestions

If you are interested in vampires and monsters with a hint of adventure and romance you may also be interested in the following book list that we put together based on one of our patron's request:

CIA World Fact Book

CIA World Fact BookFor an overview of a specific country, try the CIA World Fact Book.  It will give you a brief history of the selected country, its main geographic features, types of natural hazards or disasters, political parties or factions, and domestic and international conflicts that are currently brewing.

GovCentral.com

ScholarshipsIf you are considering or looking for a federal government job, check out GovCentral.com.  Discover how to get a government job th

Gentle Books on CD

Does your audiobook listening include books by Jan Karon, Alexander McCall Smith, Rosamunde Pilcher, or Jane Austen? If so, you might like this list we put together for a patron looking for gentle and inspirational reads in book on cd format.