A free MIT or Yale education sounds too good to be true, right? But according to the latest U.S. News and World Report, these Ivy League schools and many other campuses across the nation are offering anyone access to college-level courses and course content for free. Grades, credit or degrees are not awarded. Learn more at Yale University and the Open Yale Courses or find out more about Open CourseWare at MIT.
The Canton Public Library will be discontinuing the use of plastic bags when the current supply is exhausted. As an alternative to the plastic bags, sturdy reusable canvas bags will soon be available for purchase at $2. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bag with them or can reuse donated shopping bags if they are available. For some facts regarding the worldwide use of plastic bags and their cost to the environment, visit WorldWatch.org.
I resolve to listen to something outside of my most-listened-to comfort zone at least once a month during 2008. The wide variety found in the library's music collection makes this possible, and it doesn't cost a thing. Why don't you consider adopting a resolution like this, too? If not music, then movies or books.
The New York Times has selected their 10 Best Books of 2007. You will find a description and the first chapter of the title on their website. You will also find the 10 Best Books from previous years (back to 1997). Check the library catalog for title availability.
Trying to find more environmentally-friendly ways to wrap your gifts? Consider a few of these: Use newspapers, especially pages that match the theme of your present--wrap the Michigan hoodie in paper from the Sports section or a cookbook in paper from the Food section. Make the box part of the present. For example, tuck a scarf inside a matching hat and embellish with a bow. Or use a new holiday-themed dish towel to wrap kitchen presents. A reusable decorative tin can hold homemade baked goods or use a small tin for jewelry or other small items. Decorate paper headed for the recyling bin with glitter glue and stamps to use as wrapping paper. Kids can use coloring book pages to wrap presents for grandparents.
On Jan. 5, Ryan Fleisher, Eric Washington and Michael Wells -- members of the top-notch Plymouth-Canton Educational Park marching band -- are to perform at the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Marc Whitlock, director of bands for the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, was selected as a staff member for the band. He'll accompany the teens to San Antonio. Have a Ball!
Our library (your library) has a wealth of resources if you're planning a vacation next summer or even a holiday or winter getaway. You'll find much information on our Travel subject page, including more than 25 Special Collections that cover destinations near and far. One way to get a better feel for a country or culture, though, is to listen to its music. The library has plenty. Just browse the "Folk & Ethnic" section of our CD collection. Also, you can do a catalog search. Choose your type of search, in this case probably a "subject" or a "key word" search. Then select a destination, for example, Greece. Then choose the type of material you want, in this case "Sound Recordings." Then hit "Search" and you'll get a list of recordings by performers from that country.
Catch author Vijay Vaitheeswaran on C-SPAN2's Book TV 8:00am on Saturday. Vaitheeswarm will discuss the global race to build the car of the future and the challenges of creating vehicles that will run on cleaner energy sources. He'll talk about his book, co-authored by Daniel Kammen, entitled Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future. Check C-SPAN's Book TV schedule for a complete program list.
Here's a link to the trailer for the next Batman movie where Christian Bale again returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne and this time he tangles with Heath Ledger's Joker Enjoy http://atasteforthetheatrical.com/deathtrap/default.htm
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 7:30 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow, N. Williams, C. Young
Absent: C. Van Auken
Also Present: J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny
CALL TO AUDIENCENo Comments.
(R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, C. McLaughlin, E. Davis)
APPROVAL OF AGENDAThe agenda was approved with additions.
APPROVAL OF MINUTESThe minutes of the November 15th meeting were approved as submitted.
COMMUNICATIONSThe Board thanks Harriet Gill and Mr. & Mrs. R. Richardson for their Endowment Fund Donations.
Have you heard Jonathan Coulton's song, "IKEA?" A bit like the Barenaked Ladies, Lemonheads, etc. A fun song, and you get a slide show with that YouTube link above. Another YouTube link features an Orchestral Version perfect for karaoke!
Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in your own words and you could win a US savings bond. The Canton Public Library and the Canton Observer are sponoring an essay contest for middle school and high school students who live in Canton or attend a public or private school located in Canton. Choose from one of two topics for your age group and submit your essay by 9 p.m, January 6. First, second and third prizes in each age group will be awarded. For complete details, go to King Essay Guidelines and download a pdf with all the details. Good luck and we hope to read your winning essay!
The ERIC database can point you in the right direction to articles on helping kids develop their reading skills. The Reading Teacher, a magazine the library subscribes to, has great articles for parents and teachers. In the September 2007 issue, there is an article about Comic Strips as a Text Structure for Learning to Read. The library has many comic strip books such as The Complete Peanuts . What a great idea to get kids to love reading!
In Sunday's USA Weekend, an article by Ann Pleshette Murphy, described the benefits, convenience and cost of online tutoring to help kids with their homework. But if you have a Canton Public Library card, your child (4th-12 grade) can connect to qualified tutors from 4-10p.m., 7 days a week. Tutor Me is found by clicking our Homework Help link.
This year's Nobel Laureate in Literature is Doris Lessing. Find out more about this prestigious award and author and check out what the library has by Doris Lessing.
For an idea of how different cultures celebrate Christmas in Ameri
Scanning the list of new arrivals, I see some stuff that looks intriguing, like Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, a collection of songs written by Joni Mitchell. Many include vocal performances, too, from Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and others (including Mitchell herself on one). Since a lot of Mitchell's work has leaned toward jazz, this seems like a natural collaboration. Another of interest is Moby Grape, the original Grape album from 1967, complete with a few extra songs. The band only lasted a few years, but at its peak, it was one of the premiere headliners coming out of San Francisco. I think this might be the first issue on CD of the debut album.
BusinessWeek magazine has selected the top 10 business books of 2007. Several titles focus on the growing business power of India and China. Learn how to take advantage of that change and how to cope with it in your own business.