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Connections Newsletter - Mar/Apr 2008

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

2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year

June Teisan is the 2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year, and is one of four finalists for the 2008 National Teacher of the Year. A seventh-grade science teacher at Harper Woods Secondary School, she has a lifelong love of science and a yearning. The Grosse Pointe Woods resident grew up in St. Clair Shores and attended Wayne State and Oakland universities. She's currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership at Oakland. The winner is to be announced in April.

Romance suggestions delivered to your e-mail

As of January 1st, 2011 we are no longer offering the BookLetters service. To subscribe to featured books (by genre, format, etc.), bestsellers, and other library RSS feeds, please see the Books & More page.

Always looking for new romances to read? You can get monthly romance suggestions by signing up for our BookLetters e-mail newsletters. Go to the link above and sign up for the Romance list, or any of the other interesting lists available.

New Black History Book

Etched into America's consciousness is the United Negro College Fund is the phrase, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." The first history of the UNCF, Envisioning Black Colleges, draws attention to the significance of black colleges in higher education and the role they played in Americans' struggle for equality.

Read Across America

Turn off the computer, unplug the telephone and prepare to check off that reading list: This year's Read Across America Day is March 3. An annual event held on or around Dr. Seuss' birthday (which is March 2), the day is an excuse to curl up and finally finish that novel that's been gathering dust on your nightstand. Oh, the places you'll go when your nose is stuck in a great book! For more information go to the National Education Association's website link.

What's New at the Library

As of January 1st, 2011 we are no longer offering the BookLetters service. To subscribe to featured books (by genre, format, etc.), bestsellers, and other library RSS feeds, please see the Books & More page.

Looking for something new to read? Want to know if the latest Patterson is in? Then check Canton Public Library's New Library Materials list (above). Or, if you want to know what new titles will be coming into the library in the next three months, subscribe to BookLetters' Fiction Preview or Non-Fiction Preview email newsletters at: /services/bookprog/bookltrs.html

College Choice and Costs

Many parents worry how they'll afford sending one child to college, but the Bourgeois family from Bruce Township are sending all three at the same time. Triplets David, Ashley and Jillian have all been accepted at state colleges and universities and received scholarships. But the average cost of tuition in Michigan is $24,000 for this academic year so the financial aid package has to cover the difference. Follow this series of reports as the triplets get ready for college in the Detroit Free Press.

New International Magazines


In 2008 we are receiving a new subscription to the Tamil magazine Mangayar Malar. Also, back by popular demand, we are getting the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Meeting Minutes -- February 21, 2008

February 21, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:25 p.m.

Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow, C. Young, N. Williams, C. Van Auken


Also Present: E. Davis, A. Heidemann, P. Majkowski 


No Comments. (R. Havenstein-Coughlin)


The agenda was approved as submitted.

Reference USA


Looking for information about a company? Or trying to find a long lost friend or relative? You've come to right place. By going to the Reference USA database and clicking on U.S. Business, you can search 14 million companies complete with executive names, sales volume, employee size, etc. The U.S. Residential module contains 135 million U.S. households. The records are continuously updated and processed against the USPS National Change of Address.

Oh! It's so easy for me to check on my investments!


What's the one thing everybody appreciates and never has enough of? Convenience! That's why the library now makes Morningstar database accessible from home. Without having to leave your house or office, you can log in with your Canton library card number and find the much valued analysis and recommendations on mutual funds, stocks, and ETFs. You may find clicking on Morningstar's new and easy-to-use interface habit-forming!

2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination

Bob Compton, an Indianapolis venture capitalist-turned-film producer, has produced a controversial new documentary called "2 Million Minutes." The film's title is approximately the number of minutes, from 8th through 12th grades, a student has to prepare for college and a career. It followed the path of 2 American students, 2 Indian students and 2 Chinese students through the education system in 3 countries.


Are you a Sci Fi reader? Interested in attending a conference? Starward Bound has a comprehensive list of upcoming Science Fiction conferences on their website. By the way, the Hugo Awards will be made at the World Science Fiction Convention which meets in Denver from August 6-10, 2008. For more information go to:

Keeping Good Teachers,8599,1713174,00.html

The feature article in the current issue of Time Magazine, now available at the library, focuses on the nation's teachers and draws attention to merit pay as an incentive to retain talented teachers in a low-paying, high turn-over profession.

Cold Cash for Good Grades

This morning on Good Morning America, education correspondent Ann Pleshette Murphy reported on a new and controversial method for improving student performance and attendance in socially, low-economic school districts. The Spark Program was developed by a Harvard economist to motivate students in disadvantaged areas to achieve good grades and attendance by rewarding them with cash deposits into their bank accounts. To read more about Dr. Roland Fryer's plan, go to the link above.

Fortune magazine announces best employers

Fortune magazine surveyed nearly 100,000 employees from 406 different companies and asked them to evaluate their employers. Google may have come in first, but locally owned Quicken Loans is in the number 2 spot.

African American Geneaology

African American genealogy can be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor for those researching their families. Information retrieval can be complicated by such things as lack of former slave and census records, and change of surnames. Luckily, there are many African American genealogy resources written to help researchers overcome the potential hurdles.

February 2008 Lunch & a Book

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (Kit) Elizabeth Gilbert was a 30-year-old successful journalist with a perfect life when she realized she was miserable. After surviving an acrimonious divorce, Gilbert sold her remaining possessions to spend a year abroad in three countries with nothing in common except starting with the letter "I." She eats (in Italy), prays (in India), and finds love (in Indonesia).

Everyone's Reading

Everyone's Reading "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie King in 2008! In it's seventh year, this community wide reading program promotes dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Read the book and join us some special programs we've planned for your enjoyment. Stop by the reference desk to pick up a "Beekeeper's Apprentice" reader's guide, program guide and magnet. Click on the Everyone's Reading link for a complete list of activities.