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Pitchers and catchers report today . . .

for the first day of spring training, meaning that warm weather can't be far behind. Optimists rejoice! We start fresh with another crack at a World Series finish. For baseball fans, check out the library's Subject Page on baseball. It can hold you over until Opening Day on March 31 v Kansas City.

2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

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On January 12, 2008, the finalists for this year's NBCC Awards were announced at the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Founded by the National Book Critics Circle, the Awards honor the best books in the categories of fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism. Joyce Carol Oates received two nominations, for her recent work of fiction, "The Gravedigger's Daughter'" and for her autobiography, "The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973-1982". The winners will be honored at the annual NBCC Awards Ceremony, to be held on March 6, 2008 in New York City.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

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Need to prepare for a class debate? Want to be able to argure your position on a current event? Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is the premier full-text resource covering today's hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center brings together all the information that's needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics and more!

Colleges Get Creative

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In Sunday's Free Press, an article in the Life section featured a new direction some Ivy League colleges are taking to make college more affordable for middle-lower income families. To read more, click link above.

Grammy Awards

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That link takes you to the master list of Grammy nominees, but since Sunday's show they've highlighted the winners in gold. You should find many of the most popular recordings at the library, including Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock. Pick the performers or album titles in which you're interested, then look them up in our Catalog.

Signs of the Times-

Look no further than two news items over the past few days to witness even more of an impact of the Internet on information and entertainment dissemination: 1) The Madison, WI afternoon weekly newspaper, The Capital Times, is moving to an online-only business model for news, sports and opinion, while retaining a free Wednesday edition for in-depth material. It's believed to be the largest newspaper so far to make such a shift. For more, see Madison's Capital Times Cuts Back (from Forbes/Associated Press) 2) The end appears near for the writers' strike that has crippled the TV and movie industries. One of the key issues has been Internet distribution of program material.

Costly Consequence of New Schools

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Michigan's economic downturn, declining student enrollment and shrinking state funding are some of the major factors forcing some school districts to reconsider options in keeping newly-built schools open. Bonds were approved the building of new schools in order to ease increased capacity and/or improve facilities, but school budgets are struggling to find the funding to operate them.

Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominees Announced

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The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) recently announced the nominees of the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television and film published or produced in 2007. The Awards will be presented at their 62nd Gala Banquet on May 1st at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

Ray Kamalay to give performance-filled lecture on Thursday

You won't want to miss the program "Freedon, Slavery and the Roots of American Music" on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Ray Kamalay, a talented Detroit musician, weaves performance into his lecture so you can hear the progression of American music. Join us for this Black History month program. It's free. Just call 734-397-0999 to reserve a seat.

New Web Site Has 1200 Job Postings at Colleges

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Michigan colleges and universities have teamed up to create an online job portal listing 1,200 jobs. Go to link, Michigan Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, for more information.

MI Governor Announces More Money for Schools

In last week's Free Press, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, announced plans to diverge more state money for public universities and demand colleges keep tuition increases at the inflation rate, even if it means to use private funding from endowments to cover costs. Click links to read more... Granholm to Take on Cost of College Granholm: Universities Should Dip into Endowments Granholm Proposes More Aid for State Universities

Book Discussion Guide Database

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.

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This handy database is a must for bookgroups! Here you'll find information and discussion questions for hundreds of book group titles.

Music and the African American Connection

It's Black History month and one way to celebrate is to delve deeper into the rich African American music heritage. Try our music CDs, of course (R&B, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Reggae, World, etc.). We have hundreds from which to choose. A good way to get a start on exploring the full range of resources, including books, websites, databases and collections (for the latter, try Motown or Jazz), is to visit our Music subject page. BTW, the Museum Adventure Pass program in which the Canton Public Library is participating includes the Motown Historical Museum as one option.

A new way to get Fave Fives

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.

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Fave Fives are wonderful lists highlighting favorite books, movies and music -- compiled by members of the Canton Community. Now you can have Fave Fives delivered directly to your e-mail. Just click on the link above to go to our BookLetters page where you can find the current Fave Five list, Before Email - We Used to Write Letters, as well as the newsletter sign-up page to subscibe to Fave Fives and many other great lists.

Factiva

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As business becomes more and more global, a database such as Factiva can really help out a business person or investor. It has an international flavor with a variety of sources in 22 languages.

Ceremony to honor retiring official

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Plymouth-Canton Community Schools will honor retiring superintendent Jim Ryan with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. His last day of work is Feb. 28. Mr. Ryan has worked as a teacher, principal, administrator and superintendent in Michigan for more than three decades. The reception will be at Discovery Middle School, 45083 Hanford Road, Canton.

Wii!

We just debuted our collection of circulating Wii games. You can find them in the teen room, and you can always place a hold on any of our video games using the online catalog.

Tote bags are here!

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Our new cotton canvas tote bags are in! These environmentally-friendly bags can help you go green. Purchase one for the bargain price of just $2 and use it for everything from books to groceries. It's plenty roomy and very durable and requires no petroleum-based products to manufacture.

Education in Local News

Several stories on education issues have appeared this week in the Free Press and on Channel 4. Here are the links: No Child Left Behind Faces a Test of its Own Hands -on Parents Worry Colleges, not Kids Michigan College Endowments Add on $1.8 Billion Endowments Grow at 12 State Schools Parents Learn About Tuition Options