Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in your own words and you could win a US savings bond. The Canton Public Library and the Canton Observer are sponoring an essay contest for middle school and high school students who live in Canton or attend a public or private school located in Canton. Choose from one of two topics for your age group and submit your essay by 9 p.m, January 6. First, second and third prizes in each age group will be awarded. For complete details, go to King Essay Guidelines and download a pdf with all the details. Good luck and we hope to read your winning essay!
The ERIC database can point you in the right direction to articles on helping kids develop their reading skills. The Reading Teacher, a magazine the library subscribes to, has great articles for parents and teachers. In the September 2007 issue, there is an article about Comic Strips as a Text Structure for Learning to Read. The library has many comic strip books such as The Complete Peanuts . What a great idea to get kids to love reading!
In Sunday's USA Weekend, an article by Ann Pleshette Murphy, described the benefits, convenience and cost of online tutoring to help kids with their homework. But if you have a Canton Public Library card, your child (4th-12 grade) can connect to qualified tutors from 4-10p.m., 7 days a week. Tutor Me is found by clicking our Homework Help link.
This year's Nobel Laureate in Literature is Doris Lessing. Find out more about this prestigious award and author and check out what the library has by Doris Lessing.
For an idea of how different cultures celebrate Christmas in Ameri
Scanning the list of new arrivals, I see some stuff that looks intriguing, like Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, a collection of songs written by Joni Mitchell. Many include vocal performances, too, from Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and others (including Mitchell herself on one). Since a lot of Mitchell's work has leaned toward jazz, this seems like a natural collaboration. Another of interest is Moby Grape, the original Grape album from 1967, complete with a few extra songs. The band only lasted a few years, but at its peak, it was one of the premiere headliners coming out of San Francisco. I think this might be the first issue on CD of the debut album.
BusinessWeek magazine has selected the top 10 business books of 2007. Several titles focus on the growing business power of India and China. Learn how to take advantage of that change and how to cope with it in your own business.
Check out photos of this parade of penguins (and much more!) at the CPL Flickr page.
photo by jonathan_moreau Some libraries are using creativity when creating their buildings. The Kansas City Public Library, pictured above, left little room for confusion as they designed the outside of their parking structure.
Looking for a book discussion group? We have two book discussion groups for adults. Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group meets the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. To see what we're reading next check out the above link.
Feeling grouchy as the holidays approach? You are not alone! Check out our Christmas Movies for Curmudgeons Fave Five list to lift your spirits. Fave Fives are lists of five suggested titles-books, audiobooks, music CDs, films and documentaries, even CD-ROMs, or any combination thereof-recommended by library staff and patrons. Feel free to browse other Fave Fives or create your own!
The December issue of Better Homes & Gardens has some great ideas for earth-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays. 1. Avoid Over-Gifting: stay away from the trendy stuff and consider a handmade gift. 2. Reuse Trimmings: save your bows and ribbons and other wrappings, like gift bags. 3. Cut Back on Cards: Send fewer cards, use recycled paper or e-cards. Reuse old cards to make gift tags or see page 96 and 97 for cute tags and recycled cards. 4. Rethink Wrappings: use fabric scraps, newspaper, grocery bags,etc. instead. 5. Ship Light: lightweight and small boxes cost less in terms of energy and petroleum to ship. 6. Replant: Buy a live tree and replant it for holiday memories. There are 6 more ideas on page 116 of the current Better Homes & Gardens issue. Look for it at the library.
In the November 26 issue of People, which features the Sexist Man Alive (Matt Damon) on the cover, also honors Denver grandmother, Pensal McCray. Since 1983, the former teacher has helped 1,800 minority students tap into scholarships to schools, both public, private and Ivy League. As one graduate added, "She's the ultimate mentor."
Great news! Our popular database on mutual funds and stocks is now available for remote access. It's great to be able to check on your investments at night or in your jammies. For year-end financial planning, this database will come in handy. Want to learn more? Ask at the Adult Reference desk, or stop by to pick up a bookmark with search ideas!
Google Maps has a new feature, My Maps, that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on maps with other people. This means that you could create a map with your favorite hiking trails, or yarn shops, or any other type of location you're interested in. After that, you can share your map with other people, and allow them to add to the map if you wish. I made a map with some of my favorite places in Canton, and I made the map public, so anyone can see it. via Wired Compiler
Don't know what happened to the original post about holiday music, so here's a new one about songs that nicely counter the commerialism that surrounds the Christmas holiday season. The best ever: Timbuk 3's "All I Want for Christmas," with lines like "chestnuts roasting on the VCR" and "looks like World War III underneath the Christmas tree." Powerful song... and I've never heard it on the radio. Ever. Another good one is Deborah Holland's "It Only Comes Once a Year." Coincidentally, they're both included on a CD titled "Just in Time for Christmas," but I've seen Timbuk 3 on other holiday samplers, too.
Need a box to ship holiday gifts? Reduce your holiday impact on the environment and reuse one of our boxes. These are heavy-duty book boxes that can handle whatever you need to ship. Ask at the Reception Desk and we will let you sort through the stash we have.
In the November 12th issue of U.S. News and World Report (available at this library), its cover story asserts five ways to fix the No Child Left Behind law. Congress has yet to pass NCLB's reauthorization. The article features a few communities in Michigan for improvements in school performance.