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New Romance Bookmarks


By clicking on the link to CPL's Romance Bookmarks, you can take a look at three recently updated bookmarks--Comic Contemporary Romances, Humorous Historical Romances, and Vampire Romances . Print out a copy, or come to the library and grab one from the holder at the end of the Romance Shelves.

Sunset at the Library

Leaving the library around sunset on Tuesday evening, you could easily imagine the glow from the tragic fires in California spreading eastward across the country to Canton.

The Grateful Dead: A Meditation on Music, Meaning, and Memory

I met Gary Burnett, a professor of information studies from Florida State, on a Milwaukee airport shuttle the other day. We are both in town for a conference on social computing and I learned that he uses a text book written by one of my former professors, for a course on abstracting and indexing. Gary and I also share a passion for similiar genres of music. When I looked him up on the web I found, among many interesting links, a particularly engaging essay about his experiences at Grateful Dead concerts, which I've linked from the title of this post. Your either on the shuttle or you're off the shuttle :)

Metro Detroit's 101 Best & Brightest Employers

The Michigan Business & Professional Association and the National Association for Business Resources have designated Metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. These awards were established to honor those companies in each market that work with imagination and conviction to create organizational value and business results by recognizing employees as their greatest asset.

MRSA Outbreaks in Local Schools

Staph bacteria is a common cause for skin infections in the U.S. Most of these skin irritations are minor and treatable with antibiotics. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of staph that's drug-resistant making it a serious health issue. Please click the link above from the CDC for more information on prevention.

MEAP Writing Test Retake Nov 5-13

The Michigan Department of Education has ordered all of the state's 5th and 6th graders to retake the writing portion of the MEAP Test. Schools will receive a one-week window next month to administer the replacement tests.

A few of my favorite things


Favorite color: green. Favorite mystery author: Dorothy Sayers. Favorite database: Factiva. Yes, trust a librarian to have a favorite database, but if you want business info from a variety of international sources, try this database under Business and Investment in the link above and you may soon discover that you too have a favorite database.

Meeting Minutes -- October 18, 2007

October 18, 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, C. Young
Absent: N. Williams
Also Present:  J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny


(R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, A. Amador)

Put Your Prof to the Test

Curious how former students rated your professor's teaching style or likability on campus? Check out this website that provides written feedback about students' overall experience in their classes. Search rankings for 133 Michigan-based schools and more than 4,000 schools nationwide.

Green efforts pay off!

Our paper recycling bin has been getting a lot of use by Canton residents. As soon as it's emptied, it's filled right up again with newspapers, junk mail, magazines, catalogs and home and office papers. The official amount collected so far is 17,339.34 lbs. of paper That's a little over 27 cubic yards of stuff that will be recycled instead of going into a landfill. For more earth-friendly information visit the Canton Green Resources page on our website.

Lunch and a Book has announced next book discussion selections!

Check out our newest selections for our "Lunch and a Book" book club. "Lunch and a Book" meets the second Thursday of every month at noon in the community room. Our next book club meeting is November 8 where we will discuss "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus. Not your cup of tea? Join us another time for another book.

It Wasn't a 'John Wayne Weekend'

Not sure how else to describe the music and movies encountered during the past weekend, but if there was a common thread, that might be it. It opened with a viewing of Oh What a Lovely War, the 1969 film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring a who's who of British drama at the time (John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, etc.). It was adapted from a stage musical, but that didn't make any difference to an impressionable mind in 1969. I remembered it as Fellini-esque in the manner in which it addresses WWI and the patriotic buildup to that conflict, and the description still holds true. But the movie was a bit of a letdown, maybe because we have our own wars to deal with today.

Canton Twp. Recycling Program

The Canton Board of Trustees will meet for a study session on October 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss implementing a single stream recycling pilot program in select Canton neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to increase the number of items that can be recycled and increase overall participation in the township's recycling program. From the success of our paper recycling bin and other inquiries we receive here at the library , it seems as if this topic is very important to Canton residents. Make sure you give your input to the planning committee. Visit for contact information.

Free Winter Car Inspection

Get a free winter car care maintenance inspection at participating AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) facilities in the state. The inspections, which will be offered through October are free for all Michigan motorists, AAA membership is not required. To find a AAR facility near you, call (800) 222-6424.

Possible MEAP Retake

The writing exam portion of the MEAP completed by 5th and 6th graders across the state may have to be retaken. A reporter for the Jackson Citizen Patriot was assigned to do a story on the 1st day of the 3-week MEAP exam period and was in the classroom while students were taking the test. The photographer also took photos of the students taking the test. Both violations of MEAP rules. Read on for the reporter's public statement: MEAP Story Statement by Chad Livengood

State-by-State Report Card

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business coalition representing millions of businesses of all sizes here and abroad. Last year, they asked a panel of experts to analyze educational statistics from all 50 states to measure academic achievement. View the clickable map to show how each state ranked.

Updated Photo Galleries

The photo galleries that make up part of our Internet Branch have just been updated, complete with images of some relatively recent changes to the library. If you're an online-only library user, we encourage you to take a look. We're pretty sure you'll find a reason or two (or more) to visit in person!

Warm drink for cool days

Now that the cool temperatures of fall have arrived, something hot and yummy to drink seems very appropriate. I heartily recommend the Apple Harvest drink from our Jungle Java Express. A hot apple cider-type drink with a hint of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. It smells great and it's the perfect thing on these cool (soon to be cold) fall days.

Choose your catalogs to go green

At our house, we get a huge number of catalogs - sometimes more than five in one day. A few we've requested and want those to keep coming, but the vast majority go straight into the recycling bin. Now we can opt out of those unwanted catalogs at Catalog Choice. It's free and easy to sign up and start reducing the amount of paper coming into your home.