The Daily Green has a new quiz that asks How Green Are You? As you can see above, I apparently have a Heart of Green, meaning that I'm trying (or thinking about trying) harder to make my life greener, but I'm not as far along as I probably could be. How green are you? Leave your results in the comments. via Green Daily
I see some really interesting things on the list of new music CDs at the library ("Adult Sound Recordings," this week--Nov 14--as this is written). For holiday items, get 'em while they're hot. A sleeper might be Over the Rhine's Snow Angels, featuring husband-and-wife Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The latter's vocals are positively gorgeous. I've seen online music sites that label this group as "rock," but it's more like piano-based folk. Another new CD worth checking out is the Shout Out Loud's Our Ill Wills (not a holiday CD).
Pulitzer prize-winning author and one of the defining voices of the post-World War II generation-died Saturday at 84.
The above link takes you to a section of our webpage where you can click on a language and find out what books, magazines, or movies CPL has in that language--or what other libraries have books in international languages.
Parents as Teachers Day was established in 2001 to pay tribute to the thousands of trained and certified parent educators who provide guidance to parents of young children during their critical years of development. The program is free and participation is voluntary. More than 3000 programs are active around the world.
I thought of headlining this blog entry, "Free Samples," but that might send the wrong message. What I want to tout is the wonderful opportunity that the library's music collection offers for people to step outside of their list of favorite performers and discover something new... and you can do it without having to buy CDs or purchase songs on the Internet. You just check CDs out from the library, try 'em and you'll probably find something you like. Of course, you can find your favorites here, too... Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Joni MItchell, Arcade Fire, Harry Connick Jr, Kenny G, etc.
I was looking at the list of New Materials for this week and was struck by the number of holiday music CDs we've recently acquired. Just in time, too, as snow as predicted for this week. I think Christmas with the Smithereens would be a welcome alternative to my usual holiday listening. What's your favorite holiday soundtrack?
Due to a technical problem, Storytime registration will now open at 9AM on Tuesday, November 6. Thank you for your patience!
Plymouth-Canton's Marching Band was its 21st state championship sponsored by the Michigan Competitive Band Association on Saturday at Ford Field with a score of 91.7. Their next challenge is the Bands of America Grand National Championship, Nov 14-17, in Indianapolis, the premier marching band event in the nation. How cool is that?!
Blackthorn will welcome vistors to the Village Theater on Thursday, November 29 to experience their rich tapestry of Celtic Music. Legions of local fans will join them for traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, and haunting jigs that will combine with some of Ireland's bests contemporary songs for a musical experience that captures the beauty, history & legend of Ireland and its people. They've grown a rabid following of devoted fans over the years and welcome new listeners to join the party! This promises to be an evening of rollicking Irish fun! Don't miss out! Showtime is 8pm & tickets are only $10 for all seats. Visit www.canton-mi.org/villagetheater for more details!!
Check out the new version of our online program calendar. It makes find the classes and programs that most interest you even easier. Enter a search term or select an age group to find programs. Change the view from a calendar grid to a list by clicking the view selector at the top of the page. Click on a program to see a description or register. You can also search the catalog for materials right from the program calendar.
It's all treats, no tricks at the Canton Public Library. Stop in and show us your costume.
Ever wondered what to do with all the extraneous stuff that seems to collect around the house? How Can I Recycle This? offers suggestions for a myriad of materials. You can also suggest an item to be added - there are lots of great ideas in the comments for many of the items on the site (often many more ideas than are in the original post), making this a really useful and fun site. Their sister site, Can I Compost This? has tips for what items will work in your compost pile (the set up of this site is a little unusual - you need to click on the categories on the left side of the page to get to all the good info).
There are countless blogs that focus on green topics, ranging from consumer information to household tips, from technology to fashion. Read/Write Web has put together a list of 35 of their favorite environmental blogs. There are even more recommended blogs in the comments. Several of my favorites are mentioned in this top 35 list, including Treehugger, EcoGeek, and Hippy Shopper.
The Center for Michigan, a 501c3 nonprofit think tank, is hosting a contest for Michigan citizens of all ages. Just tell them in words, photos or video what you envision for the state of Michigan. The competition is open through March, 2008. For details, visit The Center for Michigan website. You can also learn about online community forums and other ways to share your opinions about the future of the Great Lake State.
Plymouth-Canton Band will seek its 4th national crown at Ford Field on Saturday, Nov 3rd. The MCBA sponsors the annual state band championship contest to promote instrumental education in Michigan schools. Read today's article in the Detroit Free Press to find out how much practice, discipline and commitment it takes to achieve perfection. Good Luck Plymouth-Canton Marching Band!