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4 Easy Ways to Turn School Days Green

In last Sunday's USA Weekend, ParentSmart contributor, Natalie Ermann Russell, suggested how students can think of new ways to reuse and recycle school supplies.

Leisure Time Activities


Card ShopThe Card Shop by Sandra Lounsbury. Step-by-step instructions on how to make incredible greeting cards for every season. All you need is a few supplies and you can make imaginative, personalized cards for everyone you know. Some stuff you could even make to decorate your room.

Sports Fiction

TangerineBloor, Edward. Tangerine. Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight

Sad Stories

GirlheartsMazer, Norma Fox. Girlhearts. Sarabeth Silver's life is turned upside-down when her mother dies suddenly, leaving her orphaned, confused, and at the mercy of everyone who seems to know what is best for her.

Mystery Stories

TightropeCross, Gillian. Tightrope. When she begins receiving bizarre threatening messages from someone who seems to know her every move, teenage Ashley, after seeking help from the neighborhood tough guy, comes to realize that she alone can end the stalker's reign of terror.

Fairy Tales

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
Nine tales retold Blockstyle, in gritty magical realism.

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Daring retellings of thirteen tales featuring strong female characters.

Just Ella by Margeret Haddix Peterson
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.

Books For Animal Lovers


Notes from a liar and her dog by Gennifer Choldenko — Ant, stuck in a family that she does not like, copes by pretending that her "real" parents are coming to rescue her, by loving her dog Pistachio, by volunteering at the zoo, and by bending the truth and telling lies.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo — Though this book is shelved in the youth department, the story of Opal and the dog that she finds should not be missed.

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August 2008 Lunch & a Book - August 14

The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald): This classic novel portrays the Jazz Age and all its decadence and excess as it follows the life of Jay Gatsby, a newly rich man obsessed with money, power and glamour.

Sports Movies


Recommended by Mike, a movie buff and member of the Friends of the Canton Public Library Contemporary Book Discussion Group.

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60's Pop/Rock Albums That Changed Boomers' Musical Perspectives


Recommended by Mike, a patron of the Canton Public Library.

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Most Influential Books of My Life


Recommended by Amy, one of the library's adult reference librarians.

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Funny Picture Books that Adults Will Enjoy too

Recommended by Stefanie, formerly one of the library's adult reference librarians.

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Fore Plus One: Five Golf Books That Changed My Game


Recommended by Rebecca of the library's Adult Department.

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