In last Sunday's USA Weekend, one of our new education books was featured in the ThinkSmart/ParentSmart section. Author of College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family gives advice on how to get college kids to share their grades when they get the report card, but you get the bill.
Tuesday at CES was pretty exciting since I had never been present for the unveiling of *any* new vehicle, so there was GM's Rick Wagoner not only coming onstage in a Volt for his keynote presentation, but before he left, the Cadillac Provoq arrived, too. Check that link above for a Reuters story on the flashy, zero-emission luxury car. This was the first time that GM had given a keynote at the electronics extravaganza, but a first for CES, too, since it had not been the site for such an introduction.
You remember this precious tale from childhood - Now share the magic with your own kids! A stuffed toy rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his playmate, so that he can finally become real! The Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life this charming tale of love and devotion in an unforgettable musical that your children won't soon forget. Life-size puppets, magic & more! Tickets still available for all 3 shows: January 25 at 10am & 12:30am; January 26 at 11:30am. Only $16/Adult; $12/Senior; $12/Youth; $10/Groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets call #734-394-5460 or visit www.canton-mi.org/villagetheater.
Then check out Canton Public LIbrary databases. LearningExpress Library aka LearnATest is an interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.
Found a new author and want to read more of their works? Started a new series and need to know what order to read? You've read all of your favorite authors' books and you'd like to find an author who writes similarly? You can find all of this on Canton Public Library's database WHAT DO I READ NEXT?
There are a ton of ways to make the most of your Google search, and Lifehacker has a new list of 10 obscure Google search tricks. If you're interested in a longer list, check out Tara Calishain's Google Hacks.
Reporting from CES, where Bill Gates' gave his last keynote address to a packed house the night before the big show. Included was a video of what was billed as Gates' last day on the job (8/8/08). It's included about 1:15 into a YouTube video linked from above. I couldn't listen on the computer I'm using, so I hope it comes across as funny as it was here live. More seriously, from today's keynote from Panasonic head Toshihiro Sakamoto, watch for the Light Wall, a fantastic product now in prototype stage in Japan. Imagine a complete wall of your home, and you're able to decorate it with virtual... just about anything. Windows with changing scenes. Photos of your family.
Yale, under pressure from Congress to make tuition more affordable, plans to spend up to 40% or $307 million on financial aid and scientific research from its total endowment of $1.15 billion. This news follows the announcement last month from Harvard that it would increase what the university spends on student aid from $98 million to $120 million. Good news if you plan to apply to either Yale or Harvard this fall.
Attention middle school and high school students! The deadline for the library's Martin Luther King essay contest has been extended to January 13 at 6 p.m. For details and submission guidelines, visit this link.
The beekeeper's apprentice : on the segregation of the queen by Laurie King
A bucket of ashes by P. B. Ryan
Children playing before a statue of Hercules : an anthology of outstanding short stories by edited by David Sedaris
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
(Sacha Baron Cohen)
Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary, and not only generates strong reactions regarding his extreme prejudices, but also tries to meet and marry Pamela Anderson. (DVD)
(Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney)
The Book of the Deadby Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (CD and Playaway)
FBI Agent Pendergast is in a high security prison for a murder he did not commit while his psychotic brother is about to perpetrate a horrific crime. When the Tomb of Senef is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening at a celebrity-studded New York gala, the killings and whispers of an ancient curse begin again. Read by Scott Brick.
Christine Fallsby Benjamin Black (CD)
Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family. Read by Timothy Dalton.
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre: In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service.
A Charmed Life: Growing Up in MacBeth's Castle by Liza Campbell: The daughter of a titled Scottish father recounts the horrors of her childhood in spite of popular beliefs about her fairy-tale lifestyle, describing her father's struggles with alcoholism that resulted in numerous brushes with death and the loss of his family's legacy.
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritson: This story is gory, macabre and not for the faint of heart, but she does a great job with the period detail (1830s-70s history/medical details) and merges this with the present day relationship of a modern woman to people in this time period. It was quite suspenseful as the main character tries to research the history of the bones found in her garden. (Also available in Large Print.)
Directed by and starring Denzel Washington, this movie tells the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired his students to form the school's first debate team which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship; an unprecedented event in its day. Nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Have you made your reading resolutions for 2008? Is it really worth making a resolution or is it one more goal to find at the year's end that you haven't met ? If you are into making resolutions, check out 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE General Editor, Peter Boxall. If you are feeling pressured then Pierre Bayard's HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN'T READ is the book for you. Check the library's catalog for availability.
A free MIT or Yale education sounds too good to be true, right? But according to the latest U.S. News and World Report, these Ivy League schools and many other campuses across the nation are offering anyone access to college-level courses and course content for free. Grades, credit or degrees are not awarded. Learn more at Yale University and the Open Yale Courses or find out more about Open CourseWare at MIT.