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Michigan Wine

You probably already know that Michigan makes cars and cereal but did you know Michigan produces wine too? There are over sixty commercial vineyards in the state. Many of these vineyards are in southern or western Michigan. Both red and white wines are produced. Learn more about Michigan wines and wineries by reading "From the Vine" by Sharon Kegerreis or visiting The Michigan Wines site.

Tumble into a Good Read

2009-02-03%20%2812%29%20New%20Computers.fave118.jpgDid you know that you can read stories online from our Children's Website?

Click on the Tumblebooks link on the right side. If you go to the Language Learning link, there are even stories offered in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian. There are also games and puzzles to play online. So find a computer here at the library, or check out our website at home, and tumble into a great book!

Celebrate Amelia Earhart

Did you know that today is the 77th anniversary of pilot Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean? On May 20, 1932, she set off across the ocean, heading for Ireland. It was a 2,026 mile flight that took 15 hours and 18 minutes! That's a long flight! She was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. Remember Amelia and her bravery by reading this easy book just for beginning readers.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary

Need a book suggestion?!

Are you going on a family vacation for the holiday weekend or just not doing anything at all?!  The Teens' Top Ten book nomination list is now available!  Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!  Teens from fifteen school and public libraries around the country nominate the titles and teens (you) choose the win

2009 MaCavity Awards Announced

Mystery Readers International recently announced the 2009 Macavity Awards nominations.  The final awards will be made at the World Mystery Convention,  2009 Bouchercon,   which will be held October 15- 18 in Indianapolis.

Reunions Can Be Murder

This month I will be attending a high school reunion.  I started thinking about the expectations, the memories, and just why do people go to these events?  Six mystery writers thought class reunions can stir up a great deal of feeling, perhaps even murderous thoughts...  Mrs. Murphy saves the day for postmistress, Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen, in Pawing Through the Past by Rita Mae Brown and Jo Dereske's Miss Zukas finds more than she's looking for at her 20th.

Kids Graphic Novel News - #11

"Mitchie Torres is living her dream.  She's attending the prestigious Camp Rock for her music and has befriended pop star Shane Gray!  But Mitchie has been pretending to be someone she's not to gain acceptance by the popular crowd.  If her secret comes out, will she get the chance to prove to everyone that she deserves a place in the spotlight?"

Check it out in:  Camp Rock

An Economical Alternative to Faxing

At $1.50 for the first page and $1 per additional page for outgoing domestic faxes (international faxes are $4.95 for the first page and $3.45 per page thereafter), Canton Public Library offers self-serve faxing at reasonable rates. But did you know that in many cases, you can scan and email your document(s) for free — avoiding fax charges altogether? Canton Public Library has flatbed (letter-size) scanners you can use at no cost. Once you have your scanned documents, simply send them to the recipient from your web-based email account from the same computer you used for scanning.

Get ready for...summer camps!

Looking for something fun and educational to do during the summer break? Check out Summer-Daycamps.com, a website where you can search for summer day camps by area code. On Kidscamps.com you can search for day camps and away camps. Just imagine, you could spend the summer designing a video game, composing a song, caring for farm animals, painting, collecting worms or becoming a dramatic actress in a theater camp. Summer is bound to be fun with these possibilities!

Culture Grams For Your Viewing Pleasure

African violinThe database "Culture Grams" gives facts and photos of all the world's countries including specific flags, recipes, and famous people hailing from that nation.  New features are the video clips and slideshows where one can watch and hear music performances on instruments indigenous to the culture or see slides of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, monasteries of Armenia, houseboats of the Netherlands, and a plethora of other possibilities. Tune in to Culture Grams today!

Reads related to the "Relay for Life"

I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Cristina Garcia is a poignant story about a young girl who comes from a complex family - her father is Jewish-Japanese, her mother is Cuban, and her parents are divorced--and when her grandfather Saul is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Yumi asks him to tell her his life story, which helps her to understand her own history and identity. This new book is but one of many fictional stories dealing with cancer available for you at the library.

Fish News - Have You Seen My New Friends?!

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Wow! My new friends are finally here. 
Can you tell who the new fish are? 
One of them is rrrrreaallly fast!
 
To answer me just click on  add new comment at the bottom of the page. 

Thanks!
Your friend,
Nemo

P.S. Wave at me when you go by!!

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Weekend Plans?

Memorial Day is this weekend!  If your plans lean more towards grilling at home than campfire hotdogs and smores, don't forget to stop at CPL for a movie!  It's perfect for a family movie night at home.  It's also great for that long car ride to the cabin up north. Here are some vacation themed films to get you started. 

Family Travel Guides

Features searchable database of lodging, attractions, and activities for families planning travel vacations.It also provides helpful advice for packing and traveling with children of all ages. Family Travel

Happy Birthday Mia Hamm and "Sugar Ray" Leonard

This sunny May 17th, we have two high profile birthdays to celebrate. It is the birthday of boxer "Sugar Ray" Leonard born on this date in 1956 and also soccer player, Mia Hamm, who was born on this date in 1972. Both of these figures have had illustrious careers in their sports field and we wish them a heartfelt happy birthday! Be sure to check out our books on both of these famous, amazing athletes!

Gunnerkrigg court

Publishers Weekly calls Gunnnerkrigg Court the British boarding school version of Lost. The award winning webcomic is now in printed form! Check it out for a little mystery; it's a mix of magical school adventures akin to Harry Potter mixed with something like the gloomy, gothic, quirkiness of the Adams Family. We've got the book, or visit the webcomic's home online.

Another One Gone...

One of my favorite mystery writers, Barbara Parker, died after a long illness recently. Most of her novels were in her "Suspicion" series about Miami lawyers Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana. If you haven't read Ms. Parker's books, you'll find a strong, independent, female character in Gail Connor, a Miami attorney. Anthony Quintana was a Cuban-American, born in Cuba, whose family escaped to America in the 50s. This played a large part in the Connor-Quintana mysteries. Ms. Parker's first novel, "Suspicion of Innocence" was nominated for an Edgar Award and became a made-for-TV movie, "Sisters and Other Strangers". Ms.

May is Older Americans Month

Each year the Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month. National Aging Services Network of state, tribal, area agencies on aging, and community services providers plan activities that might take place in May or throughout the year. This year’s theme “Living Today for a Better Tomorrow” reflects AoA’s continued focus on prevention efforts and programs throughout the country that are helping older adults have better health as they age and avoid the risks of chronic disease, disability and injury.  The Canton Senior Center is offering a variety of special events this month.

Wallander Comes to TV

Kenneth Branagh brings Henning Mankell's detective, Kurt Wallander, to the screen this month.  PBS' Masterpiece Mystery! will telecast three films, SIDETRACKED, FIREWALL, and ONE STEP BEHIND, featuring the morose Wallander at 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Author: Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King will be at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Monday, May  18 at 7:00 p.m.  Ms. King is the author of two widely popular mystery series: Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes and Kate Martinelli.   She will read from her latest book The Language of Bees.