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Senior Book Discussion - Mar 25, 2009

Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (Geraldine Brooks)

In 1666, a young woman comes of age during an extraordinary year of love and death. Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a "plague village" in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Feb 16, 2009

To Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells (Linda O. McMurry)

In the generation following Frederick Douglass, no African American was more prominent or outspoken than Ida B. Wells. Her fiery personality and uncompromising approach sometimes lost her friendships even as it won great victories.

Senior Book Discussion - Feb 25, 2009

Everyone's Reading Finding My Voice (Diane Rehm)

For 25 years, Rehm has offered her listeners compelling conversations with the world's most interesting and important people. This year her autobiography, Finding My Voice, is the Metro Detroit’s Everyone’s Reading selection.

PowerPoint II

January 24 or February 24 (9:30-11:30)

Jazz up your presentation by adding motion and sound in MS 2007 version. Prerequisite: Power Point I.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Jan 19, 2009

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)

Foot binding; nu shu, a 1000-year-old secret language used by women of Hunan Province, and laotong, the arranged friendship between little girls meant to last a lifetime, provide the framework for this look at a chapter in Chinese history.

Senior Book Discussion - January 28, 2009

The Bean Trees (Barbara Kingsolver)

Taylor Greer grew up poor in Kentucky in the '60s and '70s, managed to avoid pregnancy through high school, and earned enough money to buy a Volkswagen that would take her west.

From Page 2 Stage will Discuss "The Kite Runner" on January 21st

"The Kite Runner" is the story of two boys growing up in Afghanistan, their unique friendship,  how it is tried by sibling rivalry, torn apart by the Soviet Afghan War, and later by the Taliban. It is also about the redemptive courage and power to make things right once they have gone horribly wrong in a terrible world. Come join us as we view and discuss it in our meeting room at 2 o'clock on January 21st.

Canton Community Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

CANTON, MI—The popular Canton community celebration “One Community. One Voice.” honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns for its fourth year at Canton’s Village Theater at Cherry Hill. This year’s free event is scheduled for January 19 and features a community volunteer fair, performances by Reverend Robert B. Jones and Youth Under Construction, and Focus: HOPE photo exhibit, Focus on the Mission.

Paper Flower Bouquets - Jan 29

teengirls 077January 29 - 5:00- 6:00 p.m.
Sick of winter? Think spring by making a paper flower bouquet. We supply the materials, you bring the creativity.

January 2009 Lunch & a Book - Jan 8

Case HistoriesCase Histories (Kate Atkinson): Private detective Jackson Brodie finds his own need for resolution sparked by three investigations including those of two sisters who discover a shocking clue to the disappearance of their third sister 30 years earlier, a lawyer whose life is turned upside-down when his daughter joins the firm, and a woman whose past mistakes and demanding family life culminate in a violent escape.

Sarcasm of the Season


Facts.com database has lots of humorous cartoons that reflect the situation in this country. Here is one from 2003 that depicts the burgeoning corporate profits in stark contrast to a family's income or wages! Some of this may ring true today.

The North American International Auto Show

auto.preview.jpg The Auto Show is back this year, from January 17-25 at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Check out what the auto industry has to offer, from production models, hybrids to over-the-top concept cars. Rediscover your love for the Tin Lizzies of today!

Canton Readers Offer 2008 Book Recommendations

Looking for a great book recommendation? No one knows better than book club members what’s hot and what’s not. Here is a list of recommendations from the Canton Public Library’s Lunch and a Book discussion group, which meets monthly. Some of the titles are 2008 releases, others are older, but all are great reads. The Canton Public Library sponsors multiple book discussion groups and offers Book-Club- In-A-Bag kits to facilitate at-home discussions. For more information, call 734-397-0999 or visit www.cantonpl.org.

Have you read "The Number"?

Book jacket to"The Number" made me re-think how much money I would need to retire, how much longer I might live and how to best invest my money.

Environment Information

Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education - Inspires young people to think about the world, their relationship to it, and their ability to influence it in an entirely new way.

Eco-Labels - This site by Consumer Reports allows consumers to find out what the labels on their favorite green products really mean.

EcoGeek - EcoGeek devotes its pages to exploring the symbiosis between nature and technology.

Take Action!

Credit Card Offers - Allows you to opt-out of pre-approved credit card offers.

Direct Marketing Consumer - Get your name off direct mail lists (it will cost you $1), telemarketing lists, email lists and more.

GreenDimes - For $36 per year, or just a dime a day, GreenDimes will reduce your junk mail and plant a tree on your behalf each month.

GreenerChoices.org - GreenerChoices.org was launched by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports and offers information on buying "greener" products that have minimal environmental impact and meet personal needs.

White Tiger

"White Tiger" is a brutal view of India's class struggles is cunningly presented in Adiga's debut about a racist, homicidal chauffer. Balram Halwai is from the "Darkness," born where India's downtrodden and unlucky are destined to rot. Balram manages to escape his village and move to Delhi after being hired as a driver for a rich landlord.

Meeting Minutes -- December 18, 2008

December 18, 2008
7:30 p.m.


The Chairman, James Gillig, called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, M. Siegrist, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: G. Snow – advised by phone message he was going to Florida giving no date of return.
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

CALL TO AUDIENCE

No comments (L. Papa, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, C. McLaughlin, A. Heidemann)

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved with revision

food expert Michael Pollan on Bill Moyers

In Defense of Food by Michael PollanBill Moyers recently interviewed food expert Michael Pollan about the ideal candidate for Secretary of Agriculture as President-Elect Obama names his cabinet. If it were up to Moyers, Pollan would be named, but Pollan disagrees.

Get into the Christmas Spirit

Tragedy strikes even during the holidays.  On Christmas Eve, the Barnes family experiences the startling loss of the beloved family dog.  But Doug and his father pull off a Christmas miracle - of sorts - in this humorous Christmas story