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Updates to cantonpl.org

When we launched the new cantonpl.org last month, I encouraged you to explore and send us your feedback. While we conducted user research and testing of the new website prior to launch, we knew that this would be an ongoing process. You'll find starting today that we've incorporated your feedback, improving the left-hand navigation menus and access to your Patron Record and My Account. Please continue to explore the new cantonpl.org and let us know what you think!

Eva Davis
Eva M. Davis, Director

DemographicsNow

This is an incredible database. The other night when I needed census information for the Plymouth-Canton area for my meeting, I logged in and printed various demographic trend summary reports that gave me all the numbers that I was looking for. If you are trying to determine where to locate your business, identify your competitors, or find target audience for your advertising dollars, DemographicsNow has reports arranged by zip codes, cities and metropolitan areas in Michigan.

March Tween Book & Pizza Club

Hey 5th and 6th graders! Looking to enjoy a fun read and a delicious pizza lunch? Look no further than March's Tween Book & Pizza Club. This month we'll be reading Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee. It's a really funny story about a 6th grade basketball player who has to go to summer school after failing English. As if that weren't bad enough, his parents hire the nerdiest girl at his school to tutor him!

First Grade Round-Up

During the month of March, Canton First Graders visit the library with their classes for an exciting program.  They enjoy a puppet show, hear a super story and get a tour of the Children's Library.  This year will mark our 18th Annual First Grade Round-Up.

March is Women's History Month

Rosie the RiviterMarch is the month we celebrate the contributions of many hard working women throughout history.  You can find profiles of many fascinating women on our Women's History Month page.

Planet Google

Google can be used to find just about anything on the web, but that's not good enough for the Mountain View company.

Connections Newsletter March/April 2009

The March/April issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after February 20. Click on the attachment link to view.

RV Season

 With spring coming, a lot of us are thinking about our gardens, flower beds and long leisurely walks in the early evening. Ahhh yes, finally! I'm also thinking about RV season and can't wait to see the "old home away from home" again.

Hey, Hey Hockeytown!

Hi there Hockey fans! Since we are knee-deep in our current hockey season, here is a link to checkout all the great books we have on the Detroit Red Wings...our Stanley Cup defending champs! Have fun reading about great moments in Red Wings history including fun facts about past season Stanley Cup wins, players, and overall team statistics. Enjoy!

Longer School Year?

Arne DuncanEducation Secretary Arne Duncan is interested in many ideas to boost student performance.  Keeping kids in school longer is one option under consideration by the former chief of Chicago Public Schools. Not an easy task given the uncertainty of the tough economic times and the drastic budget cuts many states are facing. Read more on Secretary Duncan's interview with CNN.

Putting some extra money in your wallet

Much has been said about what the new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act means to individuals.  The Internal Revenue Service outlines some of the tax-related provisions of the new program and answers common questions in a recent news release.

Check Our Lobby for Events, Brochures

Check out our lobby bulletin board and display racks for information ranging from community events to financial aid forms and publications on state government. There are sections for seniors and health, too. All publications are free and change on a rotating basis.

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric weiner

I just finished reading a travel memoir called "The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's search for the Happiest Places in the World", that was both humorous and introspective. Eric Weiner deserves points for devising a new way to address the question of what makes peaple happy and why. To this end he goes off to nine unusual locales including Bhutan, Iceland and Qatar. His final stop is United States, which "is not as happy as it is wealthy". With engaging wit and some suprising insights, the author ( a self-professed grump) offers travelers some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

test tubeTry this quiz from About.com which is based on science standards for the third grade (and yes I got one wrong). Like me, you may then decide to brush up on some of your science basics with resources from CPL like, "The New Everyday Science Explained" by Curt Suplee.

A Little More Maximum Ride

If your are a Maximum Ride fan who's read everything and is still hungry for more of that trademark high-octane action then check out the Maximum Ride graphic novel that just came out. Also, did you hear they're making a movie?

Sunday March 1 is St David's Day!

Most people know that March 17 is St Patrick's Day, but did you know that March 1 is St David's Day? He's the patron saint of Wales. Check out www.visitwales.co.uk or http://usa.visitwales.com - several cities across the USA are celebrating next week with various events planned and a competition to win a trip to Wales. Hwyl!

African American Cultural Celebration!

La'Ron WilliamsCelebrate Black History Month with interactive stories and songs. Storyteller La'Ron Williams returns to the library, Saturday, February 28th from 2-3pm in the Community Room, with a bag of tales and instruments from the African American tradition. This program is for ages 5 and up.

Fish News - My favorite food!

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Hi there. I was wondering what your favorite food is?

Mine is bloodworms. They are so yummy! Have you ever had them?
You can answer me by clicking comment on my blog!

Your friend,
Nemo

P.S. I also love algae --especially the green kind!

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The Library Made Me Healthier

The March 3, 2009 issue of Woman's Day has a great article regarding four women and how they found resources at their libraries to help them get well. It's another great example of how libraries can change lives!

Best Ways to Ask a Librarian

If you are looking for information, asking a librarian is a safe bet. To get the most out of your interaction, follow these simple tips:
  • Be specific: the librarian will only know what you tell him/her, so be sure to give all the necessary information up front. The librarian can work from broad categories down into specifics, but starting with all the information will find better information faster
  • Don't wait until the last minute: While a web search only takes a second, the library moves a little slower.