Family Dinner

For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.

Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!

The Edible Front Yard

The edible front yard : the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden by Ivette Soler ; with photographs by Ann Summa — For most folks, space is at a premium, and so are our hard-earned dollars. To be able to take advantage of the front yard - an area that is usually just boring grass that doesn't get used for much - is a great way to save money and make the most of our property. And an edible front yard garden doesn't have to lack curb appeal! This book has an entire chapter devoted to that topic, as well as information throughout about how to keep your edible front yard aesthetically pleasing. This book has detailed information about all the issues and questions that could come along with an edible front yard.

Vegetarian Month

October is designated "Vegetarian Month" to spotlight and better understand a vegetarian lifestyle. This educational event advances awareness of the many surprising, ethical, environmental, economic, health, humanitarian and other benefits of the increasingly popular vegetarian lifestyle. Who is a vegetarian? Who is a vegan? A vegetarian chooses to eat no animal products, fish or fowl. A vegan does not consume any animal products, fish, fowl, dairy or eggs. To learn more about the pros and cons of being a vegetarian you can go to the website of the Vegetarian Society. You can get great tasting vegan and vegetarian recipes at GoVeg.com.

Mystery Series Week

The Purple Moon Press has declared October 2-11 Mystery Series Week-2011. Of course, every mystery fan is familiar with the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dame Agatha Christie's Hercules Poiroit, Miss Marple, or Tommy and Tuppence. If you are looking for something new, there are dozen of series such as Ian Rankin's Inspector Rebus, or Janet Evanovich's comic Stephanie Plum. For more reading suggestions, check Canton Public Library's mystery posts and May We Suggest.

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Death of the Book and Other Good News

Daniel Okrent, author, editor and University of Michigan alumnus, will give a public lecture on the impact of digital revolution on bookstores, libraries, publishers, and of course, readers. He thinks that "It's the biggest change in the world of words since Gutenberg, and may turn out to be just as beneficial…"
Date: Thursday, October 6, 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Ann Arbor

Resources for the Beginning Genealogist

Many beginning genealogists struggle to get started with their research. It's difficult to know where to begin. The Library of Michigan has a wealth of information for genealogists in all phases of their research. If you're researching here at the Canton Public Library, be sure to use our genealogy databases HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only). Here are some great books to start your research as well:

The handybook for genealogists: United States of America

Organizing your family history search: efficient & effective ways to gather and protect your genealogical research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Evidence explained: citing history sources from artifacts to cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills

How Does This Work?

Hey Kids! Are you curious about your bones and muscles? How does all those things connect in our bodies? What is a healthy snack? Join us for our How Does This Work program. It takes place on Monday, October 17, 2011 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM. Program is open to children ages 5-9 with a caregiver! Registration begins Monday, October 3, 2011.

Murder Will Out: Meet William Kent Krueger

Northwest Angle: a novel by William Kent Krueger — Meet William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor. Mr. Krueger will discuss and sign his new Cork O'Connor novel, Northwest Angle.

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