In the November 12th issue of U.S. News and World Report (available at this library), its cover story asserts five ways to fix the No Child Left Behind law. Congress has yet to pass NCLB's reauthorization. The article features a few communities in Michigan for improvements in school performance.
Attention teachers and parents! After the frenzied weekend of holiday shopping, give your children some fun and creative projects to do. FamilyFun has many ideas for making homemade gifts and crafts to decorate your home or classroom. The Countdown to Christmas bubble tree is simple and the kids will get to start the day with a pop!
Every year the Romance Writers of America vote on their best romances for the year. Find out which books the romance authors have liked best since 1982.
Secondhand Prose, the Friends of the Library's used bookstore, has some great Black Friday deals for holiday shoppers. It's a Bag Sale weekend, which means you can fill one of our generously-sized shopping bags with select merchandise for $5. Choose from a huge variety of books, CDs, and other media to stuff in your bag as gifts for family, friends and coworkers. You can even get items gift wrapped for a small fee. Bag Sale hours are Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 6 -8 p.m. Hurry in!
So you want to send out greeting cards to your friends, wrap presents in pretty paper and use disposable plates and napkins at your gathering but don't want to harm the environment. What's an environmentally-responsible host to do? Here's one answer-- Try products made from sustainable materials other than trees. Tree-Free greetings makes environmentally friendly paper made from sustainably farmed kenaf, bamboo, sugar cane, hemp, and flax, as well as a high degree of post-consumer recylced paper. They also make gift bags and other party products. Look for their products online or at your favorite retailer.
It's Thanksgiving season and I was thinking about being thankful for all of the great music I've heard through the years, plus some of the musicians that I've met or, in an earlier professional life, interviewed. A casual but really enjoyable evening occurred at the Canton Public Library a couple of years ago when the local Celtic group, Blackthorn, played around St. Patrick's Day. I see now that they're coming to the Village Theater on November 29 (a sellout, according to the theater's website). If you aren't among the lucky able to see them in person, check out their CDs from the library. The link above takes you to our catalog.
Amazon has released a brand new ebook called the Kindle. Bloggers, the media, and book-lovers everywhere are talking about it - a lot! Gizmodo has a nice round-up of online articles and discussions.
At the Bands of America Grand National Championship on Saturday night in Indianapolis, Plymouth-Canton Marching Band was named 7th best high school band in the nation. The 197-member band was among the 12 finalists to perform. What an accomplishment! Congratulations!
Before you get up at the crack of dawn on Friday to get the best holiday bargains, consider some of these environmentally friendly and readily available gifts for your family and friends. A pass to a state or metro park. You can even shop online at DNR Online Store. A state motor vehicle permit is only $24 and offers a year of fun and activity A bicycle tune up. Riding your bike instead of taking your car saves energy and has all kinds of environmental benefits. To make it an even better gift, offer to transport the bike to and from the shop A book on local bike and hiking trails or rivers that are kayak or canoe accessible. Throw in a guide to wildflowers, mammals or birds and you've got a complete wilderness exploration kit.
Need ideas to keep your students busy and their minds on learning? Visit Education World's Thanksgiving page for lesson plans, projects, crafts, decorations, songs, recipes, word puzzles, books and clipart.
The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 7:30 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow, C. Van Auken, C. Young, N. Williams
Also Present: J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny, L. Papa
CALL TO AUDIENCENo Comments (A. Heidemann, Bob Armbruster)
APPROVAL OF AGENDAThe agenda was approved with additions.
APPROVAL OF MINUTESThe minutes of the October 18th meeting were approved as submitted.
If you were of fan of the Tony-Award Winning Musical "Movin' Out" - you are in for a treat! Don't miss the star vocalist and pianist when he comes to the Village Theater to perform an evening of music from the show as well as tunes from other truly great piano-men like Elton & Billy! You won't want to miss your chance to see one of the most dynamic artists performing today! Right before the holidays...tickets to see Michael are a wonderful gift idea!! Don't miss this Broadway Sensation as he performs in your own backyard! Saturday, December 22 at 8pm. Tickets are only $40 - and every seat is a good one!! Sure to be the PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR! http://www.michaelcavanaugh.com/
The Daily Green has a new quiz that asks How Green Are You? As you can see above, I apparently have a Heart of Green, meaning that I'm trying (or thinking about trying) harder to make my life greener, but I'm not as far along as I probably could be. How green are you? Leave your results in the comments. via Green Daily
I see some really interesting things on the list of new music CDs at the library ("Adult Sound Recordings," this week--Nov 14--as this is written). For holiday items, get 'em while they're hot. A sleeper might be Over the Rhine's Snow Angels, featuring husband-and-wife Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The latter's vocals are positively gorgeous. I've seen online music sites that label this group as "rock," but it's more like piano-based folk. Another new CD worth checking out is the Shout Out Loud's Our Ill Wills (not a holiday CD).
Pulitzer prize-winning author and one of the defining voices of the post-World War II generation-died Saturday at 84.
The above link takes you to a section of our webpage where you can click on a language and find out what books, magazines, or movies CPL has in that language--or what other libraries have books in international languages.
Parents as Teachers Day was established in 2001 to pay tribute to the thousands of trained and certified parent educators who provide guidance to parents of young children during their critical years of development. The program is free and participation is voluntary. More than 3000 programs are active around the world.
I thought of headlining this blog entry, "Free Samples," but that might send the wrong message. What I want to tout is the wonderful opportunity that the library's music collection offers for people to step outside of their list of favorite performers and discover something new... and you can do it without having to buy CDs or purchase songs on the Internet. You just check CDs out from the library, try 'em and you'll probably find something you like. Of course, you can find your favorites here, too... Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Joni MItchell, Arcade Fire, Harry Connick Jr, Kenny G, etc.