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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

This is a movie that was first introduced as an action movie, but later got a title as a epic adventure for all ages. First in its series I thought it was just pure cinematic magic. The movie starts off with Daniel Radcliffe who plays the role of Harry Potter, who will later in the movie turn out to play a very big role and continuing in the other parts as well. Harry Potter was given to his Aunt Petunia and his Uncle Vernon after his parents passed away in a car crash when he was just a baby. A normal and ordinary boy at 11 years old who gets torrmented and tortured by serving as sort of a slave for his aunt and his uncle.

Student Loan Reform Passes Senate

On Friday, July 20, the Senate approved the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 by a bipartisan majority of 78 to 18. Both senators from Michigan, Levin and Stabenow, voted in favor of the bill. It goes onto President Bush's desk in September. The bill is the largest federal boost to financial aid since the GI Bill of 1944. It brings an additional $18 billion to college financial aid programs nationwide.

Recycle @ the Canton Public Library

Want to live a little greener? Start by recycling at the Canton Public Library. Our new PaperRetriever recycling bin just arrived and it's ready and waiting for your recyclable paper products like newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office and school papers including the glossy stuff. No phonebooks, cardboard or plastic, please. This service also helps us raise funds for the library. The bin is behind the library building in the employee parking area. Just drive back and unload. It will help keep the planet, and the library, a little greener.

The first Harry Potter check out

Bright and early on Saturday morning, this patron was waiting at the doors to be the first to check out the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She got her copy off the Lucky Day shelf, where 20 copies were waiting. Alas, all 20 copies from that shelf are gone but keep checking. You never know when it might be your lucky day. Of course, if you're not the lucky type, you can always put a copy on hold with your Canton library card and wait your turn.

Reader's Circle

Have you been looking for a way to connect with book discussion groups? If so check out Reader's Circle, a free zip code-based directory for book clubs, reading groups, and literary salons of all kinds. Reader's Circle also has a great list of Independent Bookstores by State and a unique Author Phone Chats section where you can connect with listed authors.

Who Was Your Harry Potter?

The New York Times has posted the question: Who was your Harry Potter? meaning, what was your favorite book(s) as a child? Leave your favorites in the comments here! I'll start - one of my favorites is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.

Hidden Gems on DVD

Every once in awhile you stumble across a movie on DVD that you missed at the theaters that surprises you at how good it is. Here's a list of some of my recently discovered favorites: Brick: This 2005 homage to the works of detective fiction writer Daishell Hammett has become one of my favorite movies ever. When a loner high school student receives a cryptic and alarming phone call from an ex-girlfriend he still carries a torch for, he launches an investigation into the many cliques that compose the shady underworld of his school. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the lead character and shines.

Meeting Minutes -- July 19, 2007

July 19, 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,

 C. Van Auken, N. Williams

Are you an EcoGeek?

One of my favorite writers is John Green, author of two award-winning novels for teens: Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. His books are hilarious and heart-rending and are can't-miss fiction for adults as well as teens. Through author Green's online presence, I learned about a seemingly unrelated (but no less compelling) website, run by his brother Hank Green: EcoGeek. As you might guess, EcoGeeks are folks who are concerned about the environment and who want to put their fondness for and knowledge about technology to work to help. The site features interviews with leading EcoGeeks, spotlights emerging and current eco-friendly technologies, and offers answers to common and uncommon questions.

Khaled Hosseini Author Talk on TV

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Read Khaled Hosseini's latest "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and dying to learn more about the author? Watch Book TV on C-SPAN2 on Saturday, July 14 at 8am. Can't wait or do not have access to C-SPAN2? Watch it on your computer through BookLetters,

Harry Potter events at the library

Everyone at the library is very excited about the release of the 7th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We have a couple events planned. On Saturday, July 21at 1 p.m., kids ages 8-12 can celebrate the book at a Harry Potter Fan party. Registration is REQUIRED. Teens can enjoy wizard bands Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls (check out their MySpace page)and Tom Riddle and Friends (see Tom's MySpace) on July 21 at 3 p.m. No registration for this program, just show up. Wizard attire not required. The library has over 60 copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows waiting for release. Most have holds on them already but a few will go in our Lucky Day collection so check the shelf if you are feeling, you know, lucky.

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Check regularly the new arrivals link from our catalog page, and there you'll find links for the various categories of new materials (fiction, nonfiction, movies, etc.). One link (above) covers the latest music CDs we've added to the collection. Looking at the list today (July 18), I see the soundtrack for Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix movie, plus new releases for bands like Spoon and Interpol, blues recording star Tinsley Ellis, along with some blasts from the past like Leonard Cohen and Velvet Underground. There's usually a new list each week.

Congress Revising NCLB Law

Lawmakers in Washington are revising the No Child Left Behind Law with hopes in fixing flaws after months and years of impassioned debate and criticism from educators and parents. The law requires yearly testing of elementary and some secondary school students and holds schools and districts accountable for poor test scores. It is up for reauthorization this year, which means Congress must vote on whether to extend it.

TAB Review of Witch Baby

This is the SEcound book in the Weetzie Bat series. This book is told from the point of veiw of Witch Baby. In the begining they show how she feels like she doesn't belong and how she watches her family from the shadows of from behind her camera. She trys to get close to everyone, but never does. First she thinks she's a lot like Coyote, when she doesn't want to go out with the rest of the family he watches her and tells her a story about Joshua trees and shows her the seeds that My Secret Agent Lover Man had brought back for him from the desert. Withch Baby takes the seeds and plants them by the school across the street that night. Coyote is very angree with her because the seeds only grow in the desert.

TAB Review of Weetzie Bat

This is the first in the Weetzie Bat series, and no it's not manga. This is possibly one of the oddest books I've ever read, but i laughed the entire time I was reading it and trust me once you start you wont want to stop reading this book. To start Weetzie Bat is the name of one of the main character in the book, it's writen from her point of view. It begins with Dirk McDonald asking Weetzie out. Dirk and Weetzie go out for a while and become very close. Weetzie also becomes very close to Dirk's grandma Fifi. Then one day while on a date Dirk tells Weetzie he's gay. She says yay, we can look for ducks (guys) together. There fine for a while, but then they can't seem to find guys, seeing how sad they are Fifi gives Weetzie an old lamp.

Finding Time to Read, Part 3: Make it Short

Here's another idea on how to squeeze more reading into your busy schedule. Try reading shorter books or even better, a book of short stories. The shorter length makes it less intimidating than a 500 page tome. Plus, you'll get the encouraging feeling of finishing a book, making you more likely to get started on the next one. Ask a librarian to recommend a good collection of short stories and a pleasantly petite novel to get you started.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) are a married couple, yet both are living boring lives and they have both been attending marriage therapy, as their lives haven't been passionate since they got married. The thing they don't know about each other is that they are both professional assassins working for two rival agency's. They have kept this secret from each other their whole lives. John's latest assignment is to eliminate Benjamin "Tank" Danz, but it all becomes complicated when Jane is also assigned to eliminate the same target that John has been assigned to kill. Learning that they are both assassins and failing to eliminate the target, both of John and Jane's employers decides that they try to take each other out.

007 - Casino Royale

Casino Royale brought back James Bond (Daniel Craig) in to the top movies. Bond is back and he has the "license to kill" on him. Le Chiffre, the villian in the film, is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. Bond goes through an intense poker game and a series of drama and betrayals. It is a great movie, just like the ones before it.

Having a Hell of a Time with Hellboy

With a new movie in theaters week and the climatic final book in the series people all over the world are all set to be enjoying the adventures of Harry Potter, the boy wizard who in a short amount of time has become a pop culture icon. I could blog about J.K. Rowling's creation but honestly I don't think he needs the press (I will say that the fifth film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the best one yet. It's got a great tone and it's the perfect length.) There is one supernatural hero though that I thought could use some press and deserves to be a pop culture icon, his name is Hellboy and he was created by writer/artist Mike Mignola in 1993.

Batman Begins

This is a classic movie of the fantasy and fiction series Batman. The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan. Christopher had turned the oldies Batman into a new fresh looking Batman. The character that played the role of Batman was Bruce Wayne. Other characters in the cast are Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior, Linus Roache, Morgan Freeman, Larry Holden, Gerard Murphy, and Colin McFarlane. The movie begins off with Bruce Wayne as a young boy. In childhood he had a great amount of fear for bats, but as time passed and his life grew more and more into the darkness his weakness became his strength.