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Beach Party

Canton kids and the CPL staff chased the winter blues away at the Family Fun Night "beach party" in February. Limbo
Beach Party

Meeting Minutes -- September 20, 2007

September 20, 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, N. Williams, C. Young
Also Present: J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny

Meeting Minutes -- September 20, 2007 Budget Hearing

September 20, 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, N. Williams, C. Young


Also Present:  J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny

Is Your Air Freshener Harmful?

According to new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council, many leading air fresheners contain an alarming level of phthalates--chemicals that affect reproductive development, particulary in babies. They tested 14 brands and only 2--Febreze Air Effects and Renuzit Subtle Effects--contained no detectable levels of phthalates. Popular products including Glade, Oust, Air Wick and Lysol brands contained phthalates. Air fresheners have grown to a $1.72 billion industry in the U.S. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies, leading to reproductive abnormalities. The European Union has banned most phthalates from use in toys and cosmetics.

Take a Load Off

Now you're in the swing of things on campus, how's your back, neck and shoulders? Did you know that carrying your backpack full of books can cause misalignment of your spine? Use these helpful hints from the Michigan College Guide website for better ways to save your back when you carry books to class.

Kill to Get Crimson

That's the name of the new Mark Knopfler album, just out and due to be added to the library's collection in another couple of weeks. I auditioned it online and came to the conclusion that it's the "same old, same old," but that's not bad. Knopfler is entertaining, both lyrically and melodically. And so what if he's slowed down in recent years. So have I (sadly, very sadly). The further I got into Kill to Get Crimson, the better everything sounded. Nicely relaxed, typically introspective, not to mention wonderful guitar. Definitely worth a listen.

Get the News, Get the Facts!


Did you know that database can help you get top news stories sorted by year with live news feeds hourly? Or that by clicking on Issues and Controversies, (one of the many tabs that run across the top portion of this database) you can choose a pro or a con from a list of hundreds of hot topics and get a summary of that point of view, such as stem cell research , performance enhancing substances or immigration? Articles on these topics may cover controversial treatments, side effects, political parties or platforms that support or don't support these issues, who or what agencies are supporting research or funding and how or why they are doing it.

Google offers new online presentation application

For awhile now, Google has offered free online applications for word processing and spreadsheets. Now they've expanded with Presentations, an application similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. Mashable offers a review after test-driving Presentations and comes to the conclusion that, like the other Google apps, this one won't replace the industry leader, but is suitable for projects requiring just the basics.

There is a new blog in town!

This blog is for all you teens out there with something to say (or not)! Here you can discuss issues, requests, programs, and life in general. Feel free to start a thread, leave a comment, or just lurk! Click on the post or go to this address: There is also a link from the teen page!

Book Club in a Bag


Is your book discussion group looking for a good book? Did you know Canton Public Library has a wide selection of Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit contains eight copies of the book, discussion questions, and book reviews. Kits can be placed on hold up to six months in advance. For more information go to the Canton Public Library webpage or contact our Adult Reference Department at 734-397-0999 to reserve a kit.

Two Toronto Movie Highlights

Back from the Toronto Int'l Film Festival and wanted to pass along a couple of recommendations should they ever make a general release. Both are documentaries. Trumbo spotlights blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Exodus and Spartacus. Then Encounters at the End of the World was a gorgeous production about life at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica during the camp's "summer months." Director Werner Herzog declared in the opening moments that this was not going to be "another penguin movie," and it wasn't. The photography, above and below the ice, was incredible, while the interviews with those free-spirited souls who work at the base were definitely entertaining.

Special Board Meeting Minutes -- September 13, 2007

Thursday, September 13, 2007
6 :00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 6:10 p.m.

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

Also Present: S. Rzetelny


President as Teacher

In last week's USA Weekend, the author of the feature article, "A Lesson in Leadership," pondered if a former U.S. President served as your teacher instead of Commander-in-Chief, what lessons would you learn? Check the link above to find out which class would have been taught best by your favorite President.

Special Board Meeting Minutes -- September 11, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
6:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 6:00 p.m. 

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

Also Present: S. Rzetelny


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Special Board Meeting Minutes -- September 11, 2007

September 11, 2007
5:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 5:14 p.m. 

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

Also Present: S. Rzetelny


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How to Stay Calm in a Raging Market

During volatile market times, it is easy to lose one's perspective in things. Morningstar's Investing Centers offers helpful articles on ways to better manage portfolios, and ways to avoid the deadly temptations to sell on an impulse. You can also find advices on retirement as well as college planning.

Academic Study Guides


Did you know LearnATest, the library's searchable database for practice exams, offers an e-book collection? Follow our link and choose e-books from the Featured Resources list. You'll find e-book study guides for the ACT, GED, GMAT, GRE, Praxis, SAT, and TOEFL. Need help with vocabulary, algebra, or essays? There's math, reading and writing skills e-book study guides too.

Photographs not snapshots

We had a terrifice program last night with famed photographer, Monte Nagler. Did you know he studied under Adam Ansel and was a close personal friend? Monte's eight great tips for turning snapshots into photographs were as follows: 1. Be aware of taking pictures using VERTICAL as well as horizontal. Most people, trees, buildings, etc. look better vertical. 2. Move in close. That can mean physically or with a zoom (in the case of wild, dangerous animals). Fill the frame with your subject for an "in your face" photo. 3. Place the main subject off center. It gives a much more interesting effect. 4. Add people to your photos. It gives a good perspective to backgrounds, buildings and objects of art. 5. Watch those backgrounds. Don't let a distracting background spoil your picture. . .

Sad news

Renowned children's author Madeleine L'Engle died last night at the age of 89. L'Engle wrote many books for children including the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle In Time. Considered to be one of the most influential children's writers of all time, L'Engle wrote more than 60 books for young readers. A longer obituary will be available on the Publishers Weekly website early next week.