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Local filmmakers' work featured this weekend

http://trinityfilmcoalition.com

This weekend the Trinity Film Coalition Film Festival takes place at the Renaissance Marriott in Detroit. One of the featured films will be Broken, which was filmed by Canton resident Karl Roosa. Broken will show at Noon on Saturday, August 4th. Many other films will also screen at the festival (check the schedule here, and admission is free. Two other Canton filmmakers' works will also be showing: Bite Out of Crime by Ken Baker and Body Bag by Robert Holland.

Get in the Loop

http://www.usatoday.com/educate/home.htm

Need to get in the swing of things before school starts? This website offers students and teachers a dynamic learning environment with interactive features and a variety of innovative, news-related, real-world resources.

Dear Mr. Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw, written by Beverly Cleary, is the story of a little boy named Leigh Botts. Leigh Botts is a young boy who lives with his divorced mother and misses his father a lot. The tale is told through various letters that have been sent to Mr. Boyd Henshaw, a novelist who never emerges as a character in the book and Leigh's favorite author. The letters continually show development as Leigh grows up and also reveal his intention of becoming a writer. As the book progresses, the letters soon turn into diary entries which are still titled to Mr. Henshaw. In the book, we never see a reply from Mr. Henshaw, but quite apparently, he replies to Leigh telling him that the best thing a writer can do is keep a diary.

Speak

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is the tough, tender, and darkly funny story of a teenage outcast. This teenager is Melinda Sordino. Over the past summer, Melinda had gone though a tragic situation at a summer party that caused her to go completely mute. This incident was rape. At the summer party, Melinda called the cops and now her "friends" won't talk to her and people hate the sight of her. Throughout the book, Anderson shows how Melinda wants to break out of her shell. She constantly talks about re-planting herself and growing again, with a new start. With this re-growth process, Melinda learns to cut off the part of her that died over the summer and let them grow back before it kills all of her.

Phishing - can you tell a fake site from a real one?

Phishing ("the act of tricking someone into giving them confidential information or tricking them into doing something that they normally wouldn't do or shouldn't do. For example: sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft") is increasingly common, and as technology evolves, phishing attempts look more and more like the real thing. Can you tell the difference? Find out with this Ten Question Quiz. When you're done, you'll be provided with more information about how to tell the difference and protect your identity.

DIY Life

http://www.diylife.com/

Do you DIY? Doing it yourself has become a way of life for many people. DIY Life is a site that compiles the best of the DIY projects and instructions available on the web. You can learn how to stop junk mail, make your washing machine more efficient, or celebrate your love of Harry Potter using crafts. Check out the many great projects and tips at DIY Life.

Woh Lamhe-Hindi

This is another great bollywood movie. This movie was directed by Mohit Suri. Mohit Suri is a part of a series of famous directors of bollywood. the Characters of this movie are Kagana Ranaut, Shiney Ahuja, Shaad Randhawa, and Purab Kohli. The story of this bollywood movie was writtend by Mahesh Bhatt. Mahesh Bhatt is famously known for writting great love stories that have been directed and have been brought onto screeen with great feedback. This movie was a romance love story. The movie begins off with Kangana who plays the role of Sana Azim slashing her wrists in a hotel room in a attempt to kill herself but commiting suicide and then leaving herself unconsicous in a bathtub. with flowing blood filling the bathtub.

Street Lit Bookmarks

Take a look at our two newest bookmark additions. Street Lit - Beyond Donald Goines and Street Lit - Beyond Zane. Both bookmarks also contain recommendations for those who like Sistah Souljah. While your at it, you may want to take a look at our complete list of bookmarks for great recommendations before your next trip to the library.

Finding time to read--Multitask!

Audiobooks are a multitasker's dream come true. With a book on CD, tape or Playaway, you can read and do other things at the same time! So, if you driving to work or road-tripping on vacation, you can pop in a CD and read an audiobook. If you are cooking or doing housework, listen to a Playaway book. With audiobooks, working out, walking the dog and mowing the lawn becomes reading time. Search for audio book in our catalog and find everything from the latest bestselling fiction to some old favorites.

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.

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

http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=610

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

http://www.readerscircle.org/

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?

http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/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?

http://ecogeek.org/

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

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.

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,