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Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Before you get up at the crack of dawn on Friday to get the best holiday bargains, consider some of these environmentally friendly and readily available gifts for your family and friends. A pass to a state or metro park. You can even shop online at DNR Online Store. A state motor vehicle permit is only $24 and offers a year of fun and activity A bicycle tune up. Riding your bike instead of taking your car saves energy and has all kinds of environmental benefits. To make it an even better gift, offer to transport the bike to and from the shop A book on local bike and hiking trails or rivers that are kayak or canoe accessible. Throw in a guide to wildflowers, mammals or birds and you've got a complete wilderness exploration kit.

Lesson Plans for Thanksgiving

Need ideas to keep your students busy and their minds on learning? Visit Education World's Thanksgiving page for lesson plans, projects, crafts, decorations, songs, recipes, word puzzles, books and clipart.

Meeting Minutes -- November 15, 2007

November 15, 2007
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 7:30 p.m. 
Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow, C. Van Auken, C. Young, N. Williams
Also Present:  J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny, L. Papa


No Comments (A. Heidemann, Bob Armbruster)


The agenda was approved with additions.


The minutes of the October 18th meeting were approved as submitted.

Broadway Star to Perform His Hits in CANTON!!

If you were of fan of the Tony-Award Winning Musical "Movin' Out" - you are in for a treat! Don't miss the star vocalist and pianist when he comes to the Village Theater to perform an evening of music from the show as well as tunes from other truly great piano-men like Elton & Billy! You won't want to miss your chance to see one of the most dynamic artists performing today! Right before the to see Michael are a wonderful gift idea!! Don't miss this Broadway Sensation as he performs in your own backyard! Saturday, December 22 at 8pm. Tickets are only $40 - and every seat is a good one!! Sure to be the PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!

CPL on Facebook

Canton Public Library is now Facebook! You can show your CPL pride and become a fan of the library if you wish (you will need to create a Facebook account first)!

How Green Are You?

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

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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).

What to do with det hair, pencil shavings, and that lint that collects behind the fridge

Marion Owen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardeners Soul, has compiled a list of 163 items that can be composted - most of which are items you wouldn't think to put in your compost bin. I love knowing that I can reduce the amount of garbage I discard, even if some items are as small as unpopped kernels of popcorn. via DIY Life

Norman Mailer 1923-2007

Pulitzer prize-winning author and one of the defining voices of the post-World War II generation-died Saturday at 84.

International language books, magazines and movies


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.

November 8 is National Parents as Teachers Day

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.

Listening Outside of Your Comfort Zone

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.

It's beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas

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?

Storytime Registration - TUESDAY 11/6

Due to a technical problem, Storytime registration will now open at 9AM on Tuesday, November 6. Thank you for your patience!

Congrats Plymouth-Canton Marching Band!

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?!

NCLB Act II Blog

Stay informed on the latest developments on the NCLB reauthorization debate in Congress by following a new blogger who's an Education Week reporter.

Celebrate St. Patty's Day Early!

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 for more details!!

New program calendar debuts

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.

Connections Newsletter - Nov/Dec 2007

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