Author Brian Jacques Has Passed

Beloved British author of the famous Redwall series, Brian Jacques, died of a heart attack in Liverpool, England on February 5th at the age of 71. Although best known for the Redwall animal fantasy series, which has been translated into 29 languages, he did write other books. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman is an awesome adventure series with magic, action, and enlightenment. I was really looking forward to book #4. Redwall fans will be glad to know, however, that the last book in that series, The Rogue Crew, will still be published this year. His novels have sold more then 20 million copies worldwide.

Saving and Sharing Seeds

Seed libraries are a way for people to share the seeds from the plants they grow, as well as to gain access to other heirloom varieties with which their neighbors may have had good luck. The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library is one such organization, which appears to be working well. Have you swapped seeds with others? Do you keep your own library of seeds from year to year? Would you be interested in participating in a seed swap in Canton? For more info on saving seeds, check out this article:

Saving seeds: a few extra steps, and simple ones at that, will keep your garden growing next year (if you're reading this outside the library, you may need to log in with your library card)

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Epics and Sagas to Sweep You Off Your Feet

Epic fiction, defined as novels that cover a span of time (often centuries) and are focused on a specific geographical location, and sagas series, defined as lengthy novels (often historical) that focus on the characters and families over a certain span of time, are large and expansive. They'll carry you to a different time and place. Give these a try:

Roses by Leila Meacham

The princes of Ireland: the Dublin saga by Edward Rutherfurd

Fall of giants by Ken Follett

The Forsyte saga by John Galsworthy

ACT Test Prep Guides

Canton residents can register for the ACT Prep Class with Sylvan Learning Center on February 15th with a valid Canton Public Library card. Seats are still available so don't wait to sign up!

ACT: premier

Cracking the ACT by Geoff Martz, Kim Magloire, and Theodore Silver

ACT: strategies, practice, and review

Cracking the ACT: with DVD by Geoff Martz, Kim Magloire, and Theodore Silver

Barron's ACT by George Ehrenhaft

Black History Month Family Films

Start some family discussions by watching one of these five films.

Remember the Titans — The story of how school integration affects a football team and its coaches.

Akeelah and the bee — Akeelah overcomes a distracting home life to participate in the national spelling bee

The princess and the frog — New Orleans waitress Tiana's plans to own her own restaurant are sidelined by some unusual developments of an amphibian nature.

Ruby Bridges — Dramatization of the real life story of Ruby Bridges, the first child to be integrated into her New Orleans elementary school

Selma, Lord, Selma — Martin Luther King's Selma march is witness through the eyes of a child.

Pinkalicious Easy Reads

Hey kids! Did you know that you can now find Pinkalicious books in the Readers section of the Children's Department? We've got two new titles in this easy-to-read format. Check them out:

Pink around the rink by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: school rules by Victoria Kann

So next time you're looking for Pinkalicious books, remember that they're not only in the Picture Books section, and don't forget to check the Readers section!

Library Lovers' Month!

Most people associate February with Valentine's Day, but did you know that February is also Library Lovers' Month? Check out this website to print some great bookmarks, send some online postcards, get library-inspired ideas for things to do with kids, and even see a list of movies involving librarians. Then come visit the library to check them out!

What year is 2011 in Chinese?

The Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the 4th sign in the Chinese zodiac which consists of 12 animals signs. To find your sign, click on China Today web. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. For more information on Chinese horoscopes, see these sources in our library. For information on how Chinese New Year is celebrated, including legends, food, and taboos, see this China Facts page.

Living Book Night

Check out one of our Living Books on February 22. Registration begins on February 8 at which time you can register for a half hour visit (for either the 7:00-7:30PM, 7:30-8:00PM or 8:00-8:30PM time slot) with one of our real, living books! You can register for up to three books as long as the time slots are different. Click on the links below for a live preview:

Google Art Project

The Google Art Project allows the user to tour 17 of the world's most famous museums like Google Street View. Interested in New York's Frick Museum, MOMA, or Versailles? This is a new look at museums which allows you to go from room to room and then select a painting to view. With high-resolution technology you can look at featured paintings in amazing detail. This is a unique resource for the tourist, the student, or the art lover. To learn more about the Google Art Project, check out this article from the New York Times.

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