Discover Your Unique Family History!

Ancestry Library Edition makes searching for your family history much easier. The new version features search forms with an improved look and feel; location filters that allow searching across adjacent counties; map filters; name filters with Soundex; improved country and state pages. Give it a try if you are looking for U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals, books, photos and more.

Author Luncheon: Jeffrey Zaslow

On Monday, May 23rd at 11:30AM, author Jeffrey Zaslow was the featured guest at the 25th annual Plymouth-Canton-Novi-Northville Book and Author Luncheon, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Tickets were available at any of the four libraries for $25, from April 15-May 15, for the luncheon at Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center, while supplies lasted.

Jeffrey Zaslow was a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and author or co-author of three best-selling books:

The last lecture by Randy Pausch; with Jeffrey Zaslow

The girls from Ames: a story of women and friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow

Michigan Legislature Begins Redistricting Process

The results of the 2010 Census require that Michigan's congressional districts be redrawn. This process which occurs every 10 years has already begun in the Michigan legislature. This time around, lawmakers face many challenges including the loss of one congressional seat and the dramatic population losses in the city of Detroit. The Michigan Redistricting Collaborative is a coalition of non-profits from all segments of the community, including business, labor and public interest, dedicated to making the redistricting process more transparent and open, while encouraging involvement from the public. Their website Michigan — Draw the Line has been designed to inform the public on all aspects of the redistricting process.

Trouble with Chickens

Are you in the mood for a pun-a-page mystery featuring adorable chickens, a feather-brained hen (their mom), and a daring, deadpan-humored dog? Then get on the wait list for The Trouble with Chickens — a J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog that is trying to enjoy his retirement years, when two puffy chicks (Dirt and Sugar) and their mom (Moosh) appear peeping for his help. Poppy and Sweetie are missing! Tully won't work for chicken feed, but he will take the case for a cheeseburger. Snooping for clues along twisting trails, under sagging couches, and down slippery hallways, Tully wonders if he is on a wild chick chase. Suddenly he catches the scent of Vince the Funnel and realizes that it won't be easy to crack the shell of this chicken case. This easy fiction mystery will be enjoyed by readers of all ages with its endearing animal characters, punny pages, humor, and action. Let's hope for more J.J. Tully mysteries!

Comic Book Fans Unite!

Marvel Universe Fans take note! While waiting for the newest movie to come out, be sure to check out our new Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. If that's checked out, be sure to browse through our awesome graphic novel collection for all your favorite Marvel heroes and heroines! Get your capes and boots on folks — we're going to need them.

Continuous Container Gardens

Continuous container gardens by Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins — Focusing on container gardening using transitions to sustain visual impact all year long, this book really has just about everything you could want to know about growing in containers. The authors focus on types of plants that create different effects, and how to combine them for the result you want, but also include how-tos and tips that are generally useful for container gardening.

Civil War Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The first shots were fired on April 12, 1861 at Fort Sumter in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Confederate forces let by Brig. General P.G.T. Beauregard demanded the surrender of the fort and opened fire when the Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson, refused. He was forced to evacuate the next day, however, and this battle became the first engagement of the war. It raged on for four more years until Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulyssses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Since then there have been thousands of books written about the war, its causes and its aftermath — including many published this year to commemorate the anniversary. Some of the Library's new titles include:

Gloryland: A Conversation

Shelton Johnson, author of Gloryland will discuss his book on Thursday, April 14 at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery-Room 100 (use Diag entrance) at 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI. Public parking is available in the structure at 650 S. Forest, just south of S. University.

Gloryland is the fictional memoir of a buffalo soldier — a black U.S. cavalryman and the son of slaves — who finds true freedom when he is posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.

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