With so many great venues within driving distance, it can be hard to keep up with what bands are playing nearby. BandsInTown is a new site designed to help you stay informed so you don't miss out on any great shows. BIT is a social networking site which allows you to customize your own page with all your favorites and to connect, if you wish, with other fans in your area. I just signed up and found that one of my favorites, Brand New, will be playing at the Fillmore on my birthday!
Busy schedules, stress, all-nighters. The first year of college can take its toll in many ways and one noticable change is on the scale. Everyone is susceptible to gaining weight so this article on Yahoo has some helpful advice such as doing yoga, skipping that pizza party, and drinking green tea.
In observance of the Labor Day weekend, the Canton Public Library will be closed on Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3. You can still use databases and access your account online to renew books at our Internet Branch, www.cantonpl.org.
With everything to consider when choosing a college, read the special report in this week's Newsweek for a fresh perspective of the newest trends. No number crunching here. Just a colorful snapshot of today's most interesting schools.
Revenge. It's usually not a pleasant thing but it sure is interesting. Throughout the years Vengeance has served as a prominent and compelling theme in films and literature. Here's a few: Point Blank: This 1967 film is an adaptation of the classic Richard Stark novel "The Hunter" (the Mel Gibson film Payback was also an adaptation of the Hunter) which introduced the world to his hard edged thief Parker. In Point Blank, Lee Marvin plays ,Walker, a ruthless thief on a relentless quest for revenge against his ex-partner who ripped him off, shot him in the back and left him for dead. Parker's search for revenge puts him up against his partner's new employers a large crime syndicate called The Organization.
Have you noticed something new around the library grounds? Thanks to the creative children who attended our Fairy House program, we are now host to a variety of abodes designed especially for wee folk. Check out the photos on Flickr, and don't miss seeing these works of art in real life!
A brand new farmers market kicks off this weekend, from 10-2 on Sunday the 26th. This year's market will run through October 21st and the organizers hope to make it an annual all-summer offering. As a fan of local food, I am thrilled!
The latest CD from this Ann Arbor-based group is Compass Rose Bouquet, and on first listen it sounds a bit more commercial and easily accessible than the previous release (the pleasant but quirky Great Lakes Myth Society, from 2005). This indie band can rock when it wants to, but seems very content to be an eccentric contributor to the "Quiet Core" movement. Both CDs include tunes that are obviously about Michigan ("Marquette County 1959," for example). For more information, check out the band's Website.
An interesting article from Wired magazine, and another reason to view Wikipedia entries with caution.
Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan is aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour which is currently docked at the International Space Station and is preparing to land in Houston on Tuesday ahead of Hurricane Dean. Ms. Morgan is a fully qualified astronaut who has a background as a K-12 educator.
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./services/bookprog/bookltrs.html
Bookletters is the Canton Public Library's reader's advisory service about books, authors and audio books. If you are interested in placing holds on bestsellers to be published in the coming months, go to Fiction Preview where you will find links to our catalog. From there it is possible to place a hold on the upcoming titles you would like to read . You may also sign up for a monthly newsletter advising you when new titles are posted in Bookletters . Don't miss out on future titles by your favorite authors.
David Sedaris is the closest thing the literary world has these days to a rock star! He only tours for one month every year... hitting 31 cities in these 31 days - and Canton managed to make his list this year!! He'll be at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill on Sunday, October 14 at 8pm. He'll do a one hour reading & then open up for 30 minutes of audience Q & A - and will be available for a book signing after the show. Tickets are only $40 for all seats and can be purchased by calling the Summit on the Park Box Office at #734-394-5460 or going to www.canton-mi.org/villagetheater. Bring your copies of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Me Talk Pretty One Day!!
As a new or returning college student, you may not want to eat pizza every night or at the campus cafeteria. Learn to cook in-between your busy class schedule. College Cooking and The Dorm Room Diet has healthful and easy ideas from midnight snacks to home-style dishes.
In last Sunday's Twist section of the Detroit Free Press, the issue focused on all things "back to school". From sending a daughter or son to college and becoming an empty-nester, to preparing them for kindergarten and getting connected with the PTA, this issue has tons of advice for parents. Try some ideas for fast, healthy snacks such as Brainy Brownies, from the book, The Sneaky Chef.
The hot act of the Great Lakes Folk Festival this year might be Elana James who, along with guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Beau Sample, performs a very high-energy Texas Swing brand of music. James and Smith formerly were two-thirds of the Hot Club of Cowtown. The interplay between these three splendid musicians (including James' fiddle) is incredible. A must-see act if the opportunity ever arrives (two more performances on Saturday and one on Sunday at the free festival in East Lansing). I read an article that her mother lives in Ann Arbor, so maybe... just maybe... there'll be support for getting her booked at the Ark.
One of the top hobbies in the United States is genealogy research. Looking for long, lost relatives can be exciting and fun, but it can also be a lot of work! Check out our genealogy databases to make your searching a little easier. The library has two genealogy databases to help with your research; Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online. Both of these databases have U.S. Census information from 1790-1930, which is a huge improvement from the "old days" when researchers would need to request the census tapes and search them for hours! Ancestry Library Edition also includes census information from the U.K.
Seems like everyone has a list--grocery list, to-do list, list of places to visit, etc. The World Wide Web has taken lists to a new level. Even the Canton Public Library has an online list: Fave Fives-- a list of five favorite books, movies, CDs, etc., submitted by patrons. Wired magazine has a list of the best list websites. Check them out. 5. Tenspotting www.tenspotting.com Create, edit and publish lists to share with others. 4. All Consuming www.allconsuming.net Catalog books, music, movies, food and more. Share your list, make and receive recommendations and join a list-loving community. 3. Ta-da Lists www.tadalists.com An Internet dream for compulsive list makers. No more scraps of paper, misplaced lists, scratched up notepads.