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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

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Library Board Meeting Agenda -- September 18, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008 -- 7:30 p.m.
  1. Call to Order
  2. Call to Audience
  3. Approval of Agenda
  4. Approval of Minutes - Regular Meeting 8/21/08
  5. Communications
  6. Report of the Library Director
  7. Old Business
    • Roof Update
  8. New Business
    • Board Holiday Party
  9. Call to Audience
  10. Adjourn

Proposed 2009 Budget Hearing Agenda - Sept 18, 2008

September 18, 2008 -- 7:30 p.m.
  1. Call to Order
  2. Budget Hearing
  3. Approval of Budget
  4. Tax Resolution

Campus Workouts

It's not too soon in the school year to start healthy habits and make them stick. USA Weekend Contributor, Jorge Cruise, gives advice for college students to keep those pesky Freshman 10 at bay.

4 Big, Easy Boosts for Your Student

USA Weekend's Parent Smart contributor, Ann Pleshette Murphy, was asked how to get this school year started off right. Click the link above for her tips.

Connections Newsletter - Sep/Oct 2008

Our bimonthly newsletter, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).