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The First Steps to a Smart Start-Up - Oct 18

Have you ever thought of starting your own business? Let us guide you through the maze of information for new entrepreneurs. Topics include where to find hard data, business plans and more. Lecture and some Internet use. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Excel II - Sept 18, Oct 7 or 22

Use data, graphics and charts, and learn how to customize toolbars in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.

Excel I - Sept 4, 30, or Oct 15

Learn the basics of a spreadsheet to create a family or personal budget in MS Office 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Digital Camera for Beginners - Oct 4, 2008

Transfer photos onto a computer, use MS Photo Editor to crop, rotate and resize pictures, plus email them. Visit print processing websites, too. Please leave your camera and photos at home. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Basic Computer Maintenance - Oct 9, 2008

Keep your computer healthy by performing routine maintenance. Learn to empty temporary Internet files, delete cookies, defragment the hard drive, use scandisk and disk cleanup, uninstall unwanted programs, etc. Lecture and some Internet use. Prerequisite: Some computer knowledge.

Halloween Means Scaring Yourself Silly!

Halloween is around the corner and you'll need some scary stories and horror movies to get yourself in the mood. Check out what the library has to offer: bookmarks with vampire reading suggestions like "Vampires in All Genres" and "Bite Me - Books About Vampires", as well as other horror tales and films.

Meeting Minutes -- October 16, 2008

October 16, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:30 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, N. Williams, G. Snow, C. Young, C. Van Auken

Presidential Election Issues with can be your guide to the presidential election. This is a database which covers current events, hot political topics and American and world history. If you are in need of any last minute info on the candidates, their platforms, or background on issues, click the above link on the 2008 election. Under "Issues in the Headlines", click on "2008 Presidential Race". You may also follow the links from our Canton Public Library home page by clicking on the "Electronic Resources" button, choosing Databases, scrolling down to the "Social Sciences" category and then clicking the database.

Books to Feed Your Election Fix

"Three Books" is a series on NPR's "All Things Considered" in which they invite writers to recommend three great reads on a single theme. Marc Acito, self-described political addict and author of "Attack of the Theater People" picked three "Books to Feed Your Election Fix." Check the CPL catalog for title availability.

Which would win in a battle - A Galaxy-class Starship or an Imperial Star Destroyer?

Galaxy-Class Starship
49% (18 votes)
Imperial Star Destroyer
51% (19 votes)
Total votes: 37

Community College enrollment soars

In Sunday's paper, Robin Erb, Detroit Free Education Writer, reported more recently-graduated students are enrolling in community colleges than at state universities. Click the link above to find out why.

Red, Blue (and Purple?) Political Books has an interactive map of the U.S. showing which states are "red" or "blue" based on their online book purchases. The site also includes a list of the bestselling red and blue political books (plus books that they call "purple" that did not fit into either category). Check the CPL catalog for title availability.

Pearl's Picks for October 2008

Dragon's Keep by Janet Lee Carey (2007)

One of the best reasons to give Janet Lee Carey's Dragon's Keep to young teens (especially girls) is that it's a page-turning fantasy filled with well-drawn, three-dimensional characters (both human and otherwise). Because one exciting episode (and chapter) no sooner ends than another one begins, Carey's book would have made a wonderful serial, if only there were a magazine for teens that did that kind of thing.

The Fall

The Fall is by far one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen and I highly recommend it. Visually minded filmmaker Tarsem Singh returns to the director's chair for the first time since The Cell (2000) with this psychologically complex tale of a hospitalized paraplegic with a curious knack for storytelling. Unable to free himself from his sterile confines, the immobile patient's deepest fears form the basis of a dark story that he shares with his young companion -- a little girl who visits his room as she recovers from a nasty fall. As the eerie tale unfolds, reality and fantasy gradually merge to form a strange world in which anything is possible.

October 2008 Lunch & a Book - Oct 9

The Good EarthThe Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck): A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Oct 20, 2008

Jitterbug PerfumeJitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins): This philosophical epic, with a large cast of characters, addresses the fervent desire of the human race to overcome the tyranny of aging and physical death.

Seniors Book Discussion - Oct 22, 2008

suitefraSuite Française (Irène Némirovsky): An extraordinary novel of life under Nazi occupation - discovered and published 62 years after the author's tragic death at Auschwitz. Subtle, often fiercely ironic, and deeply compassionate, it is both a piercing record of its time and a brilliant, profoundly moving work of art.

Library Board Approves Tax Rate Reduction

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees approved the reduction of the library millage rate at their September 18 meeting. Canton Township homeowners will pay the new rate of 1.4980 mils for library taxes in calendar year 2009.

The rate drop will reduce the library’s operating budget by 10.6% compared to 2008. Library staff closely examined budgets to look for savings opportunities as across-the- board cuts were made. The library’s 2009 budget is 5.8 million dollars.

“In today’s economic climate, governments need to find ways to reduce the tax burden on residents,” says James Fausone, library trustee. “The library can lead the way locally by finding ways to cut costs and give taxpayers some relief.”

Special Board Meeting Minutes - September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008
7:30 p.m.

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

Present: J. Gillig, J. Fausone , G. Snow, C. Young, N. Williams

Absent: C. VanAuken

Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

Budget Hearing

The Proposed 2009 Budget Hearing was opened for discussion. Slight revisions were made within the materials category and an addition to utilities.

2009 Proposed Budget Approval

J. Fausone moved and N. Williams supported the approval to adopt the Proposed 2009 Budget amount of $5,855,111.

The motion passed unanimously 9/08-18-1-BH

Meeting Minutes -- September 18, 2008

September 18, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:35 p.m.
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, N. Williams, G. Snow, C. Young
Absent: C. Van Auken