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Cash For Clunkers Program Officially Begins

The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS), commonly referred to as Cash for Clunkers officially began on July 24th. Under this $1 billion government program consumers qualify for a cash credit towards the purchase of a more environmentally-friendly vehicle from a participating dealer when they trade in a less fuel-efficient car or truck. This program is also designed to help energize the economy; boost auto sales and put safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles on the nation's roadways. Eligibility requirements and other details can be found at the official website for the program,

Cow - poetic inspiration or just a dairy source

cowIn support of Cow Appreciation Day, celebrated on July 25th, break out your creative juices...let the milk of inspiration flow. In honor of our bovine friends, create a mosaic, paint a picture, write a narrative poem, or make up an interpretive dance! If you need some artistic reference, check out this handy website all about cow art! After all, how can you not love a cow?

Blackest Night

Green Lantern has gotten a huge revitalization from Geoff Johns as it takes on an epic, action charged quality where heroes clash and sometimes die on a grand scale. Take a look at the Sinestro Corps Wars books and the newly recieved Rage of the Red Lanterns. It's all building up to the mega event Blackest Night, and it's got the DC fan base in a frenzy of anticipation. Check it out.

Caution! Big Trucks (and other vehicles) ahead!

While their parents may cringe at the sight of the orange and white striped construction barrels, little tykes get excited knowing this is their chance to see their favorite big trucks up close.  For a chance to see the big rigs up close without the hassle of stop and go traffic, head to bookshelf 13 in the Children's Library.  There in the J620's you'll find trucks of all kinds, a

Internet Service Maintenance Shutdown

A firewall that caused an interruption to our internet services last week will be replaced on Sunday, July 26. The maintenance will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to take approximately 30 minutes. During this time, there will be no access to internet resources (including the library catalog.) We apologize for any inconvenience.

"8th Wonder Theatre" is coming to the library!

"8th Wonder Theater" will present a special preview of "Big River," the Tony Award winning musical version of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckelberry Finn." Everyone is welcome!  Registration not required.
Program Date: Saturday, July 25 at 12:00pm and 1:00pm

You Can't Judge a Movie by its Trailer - or Can You?

Have you ever sat through a seemingly endless parade of  previews at your local cineplex waiting to see the film you just paid for, only to wonder if the ones that are coming out in the next few months  are really  as good (or bad) as they seem to be?

If you could be a character from a book who would you choose to be?

Bella Swan from Twilight
28% (126 votes)
Kakashi from Naruto
10% (44 votes)
Harry from Harry Potter
30% (133 votes)
Eragon from Eragon
4% (20 votes)
Tohru from Fruits Basket
11% (49 votes)
Katniss from The Hunger Games
17% (78 votes)
Total votes: 450

Riveting Medical Thrillers

Medical thrillers come in all genres!  If you like Dean Koontz and Michael Chrichton, give these books a try:

Canton Senior Book Discussion 2009 - November 18

The Art of Mending by Elizabeth Berg. Laura Bartone anticipates her annual family reunion in Minnesota with a mixture of excitement and wariness. Yet this year’s gathering will prove to be much more trying than either she or her siblings imagined. As soon as she arrives, Laura realizes that something is not right with her sister. Forever wrapped up in events of long ago, Caroline is the family’s restless black sheep. When Caroline confronts Laura and their brother, Steve, with devastating allegations about their mother, the three have a difficult time reconciling their varying experiences in the same house. But a sudden misfortune will lead them all to face the past, their own culpability, and their common need for love and forgiveness.

New Bengali, Panjabi, and Urdu Books

The new International Language books are coming in almost too fast to blog! Fiction, cookbooks, biographies and so much more can be found on the shelf, or by searching online.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - September 23, 2009

March by Geraldine Brooks. From Louisa May Alcotts beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through. Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction (2006). Beginning August 26, you can pick up a copy of MARCH at the Adult Reference Desk.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - October 18, 2009

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. In this best-seller, Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

Celebrate Beatrix Potter's Birthday!

Peter.preview.JPGBeatrix Potter's birthday is July 28th, so spend this weekend celebrating! Beatrix Potter was an author, illustrator and environmentalist. You can check out one of her amazing books about Peter Rabbit and his friends, and while you're in the library see if you can spot her illustration hanging behind the Children's Reference Desk. If you're interested in learning more about Beatrix Potter and her work, take a look at The World of Peter Rabbit or the Beatrix Potter Society.

Happy 308th Birthday Detroit!

Did you know that Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac? Commemorate the occasion with Madame Cadillac's Ghost by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos - a fun mystery about two kids left on their own to explore the Detroit Historical Museum (pictured left). If you get the chance, why not have your own adventure at the DHM? Admission is free during the month of July so it's definitely worth the trip!

Taco Bell Dog Passes Away at 15

Chihuahua from the taco bell commercialsThe adorable pop-culture icon famously known for the phrase, "Yo Quiero Taco Bell," passed away at 15 from a stroke. Gidget, a 12 lb chihuahua, appeared in advertisements for the fast-food chain during the 1990s and also starred with Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2.

Cult of Celebrity

Do you crave every detail of a celebrity's life? Or obsess over a Hollywood A-Lister and whom he or she is dating or divorcing? If so, The Cult of Celebrity might pique your interest as well. Written by an entertainment expert, Cooper Lawrence, explains the phenom known as fame; why we as a society put stars on pedestals and become fascinated when they fall.

So you want to be an environmentalist

Are you a passionate young person who wants to help the environment? Why not become an environmentalist? Check out these books on what an environmentalist does for the planet. Also, take a look at this eMagazine called Young Environmentalists for resources, tips and advice on making the planet a healthier place to live.

Love In the Time of Fridges

What do you get when you cross the absurd humor of Kurt Vonnegut with a bunch of talking fridges, one spin-dryer and a paranoid city government?  You get the hilarious and offbeat novel Love In the Time of Fridges by Tim Scott.  Ex-cop Huckleberry Lindbergh finds his way back to New Seattle and into a whole heap of trouble after eight years of being away. 

Michigan Antique & Collectible Car Show

Heading up north this weekend (July 25-26)? If you like cars, don't miss the car show in Midland where all classic, antique, hot rod, muscle, and special interest vehicles are displayed on the Midland County Fairgrounds. There are swap meets, large collector car for-sale lot, entertainment, and a variety of food vendors!