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Greener Paper

Canadian Geographic magazine is experimenting with a new resource for making paper. Instead of using trees to produce paper pulp, they are using wheat straw, the part of the wheat that is left when the grain is harvested. You can read about it here, on the CBC news website.

Reading suggestions delivered to your e-mail

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.

Sign up on BookLetters and have book suggestions regularly e-mailed to you. Our latest list of suggestions is Bookmarks. Signing up for this list will get you the newest bookmarks created by the Adult Department librarians on a variety of topics and formats

Come meet local authors from the Canton area!

Come to the library tomorrow, Thursday, May 22 (7:00pm), for "Celebrate Area Authors". It is your chance to meet published authors from the Canton area, hear their stories and read their words. Call 397-0999 to reserve a space for this free program.

Newsweek Ranks America's Top High Schools

Newsweek has just published its annual list of 1,300 top U.S. public high schools.

The Great Debaters out on DVD

Based on a true story and starring Oscar winner, Denzel Washington, it chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a debate team coach who turns a group of underdog students from a small African-American college into a historically elite debate team.

May 2008 Lunch & a Book

Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Short Stories edited by David Sedaris (Kit) A collection of favorite contemporary and classical short fiction works, selected by the author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, includes pieces by such writers as Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Love books but have trouble getting to the library due to a disability or age?

Books by Mail is a service provided to Canton residents who are physically unable to come to the library due to a permanent or a long-term illness or disability, or seniors (65 and older) without a way to get books. Through this service, books are mailed directly to your home at no charge!

New Books in Kannada

If you read Kannada, take a look in our International Language Collection. We have new books by popular authorsTa. Ra. Su., M. K. Indira, Beechi, and more.

POW museum on wheels to visit Canton

Get a first-hand look at the life of American prisoners of war in Nazi Germany as the mobile exhibit "Behind Barbed Wire" rolls into Canton on Monday, May 19. Housed in a coverted school bus, this rolling BUS-eum will be on display at the clock tower just west of the library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. There is also a reception and special book sale in the library's Community Room. The BUS-eum is sponsored by the Canton Veteran's Memorial Association.

First Lady and Daughter Jenna collaborate as Authors

Long before she became First Lady, Laura Bush was a librarian; for two years during her tenure as First Daughter, Jenna Bush worked as a schoolteacher. So naturally their first collaboration as authors-Read All About It!-is a children's book set in a library.

Now Taking Teen Volunteer Applications!

If you are a teen grade 7th-12th and looking for a summer volunteer opportunity, look no further! We need volunteers to help us with all kinds of tasks. For more information and an application click the link below!

2008 National Teacher of the Year

In the Rose Garden at the White House, President Bush announced this year's winner of the National Teacher of the Year. Michael Geisen, is a middle school teacher from Prineville, Oregon. Every year, nominations are made by students, teachers and principals at school all over the nation for State Teacher of the Year. The profiles of those winners from all 50 states are submitted to a selection committee who choose a winner amongst 4 finalists (the Michigan Teacher of the Year, June Teisan, was one of the final 4). That winner is presented the National Teacher of the Year award by the President of the United States.


That's the name of a new Barenaked Ladies album, full of whimsical, nonsensical songs for kids (and kids at heart). How can you not like a band that throws "Gordie Howe" into one of its songs ("7 8 9")? Favorites include "Crazy ABCs" and "Raisins." Awhile ago, Sarah submitted a Fave Five list called Family Friendly Tunes That Won't Drive Parents Crazy. The Barenaked Ladies' Snacktime could be a nice supplement to that list. But be careful, you might find it more fun at times than the kids.

Listen to Contemporary Authors Read Their Own Books!

Each week, NPR presents leading contemporary authors of both fiction and nonfiction as they read from, and discuss, their current work. Visit their website to check out NPR's Book Tour podcast. You can even subscribe to it and receive it weekly. This week's author is Jhumpa Lahiri. She reads from her new book Unaccustomed Earth.

Eco Trends

The May/June issue of Trend Briefing focuses on Eco-trends that will bring in the green. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of this movement, check out their free online brief .

50 Best Cult Books

The British newspaper THE TELEGRAPH recently released their list of the 50 best cult books. They attempted to define a cult book: "What is a cult book? We tried and failed to arrive at a definition: books often found in the pockets of murderers; books that you take very seriously when you are 17; books whose readers can be identified to all with the formula " whacko"; books our children just won't get? " How many of these titles have you read?

POW Museum Rolls Into Canton as Part of Midwest Tour

Get a first-hand look at the life of American prisoners of war in Nazi Germany as the mobile exhibit Behind Barbed Wire....

Connections Newsletter - May/Jun 2008

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

Thinking Green but not sure where to start?

In the effort to become greener and help you become greener we have added a slew of new green titles to the collection. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our Living Green resources or simply do a subject search in the catalog with search terms such as "green movement", "environmental responsibility", "natural products" or "sustainable living".