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A Virtual View of an MIT or Yale Education

A free MIT or Yale education sounds too good to be true, right? But according to the latest U.S. News and World Report, these Ivy League schools and many other campuses across the nation are offering anyone access to college-level courses and course content for free. Grades, credit or degrees are not awarded. Learn more at Yale University and the Open Yale Courses or find out more about Open CourseWare at MIT.

Say good by to plastic bags

The Canton Public Library will be discontinuing the use of plastic bags when the current supply is exhausted. As an alternative to the plastic bags, sturdy reusable canvas bags will soon be available for purchase at $2. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bag with them or can reuse donated shopping bags if they are available. For some facts regarding the worldwide use of plastic bags and their cost to the environment, visit

A Musical New Year's Resolution

I resolve to listen to something outside of my most-listened-to comfort zone at least once a month during 2008. The wide variety found in the library's music collection makes this possible, and it doesn't cost a thing. Why don't you consider adopting a resolution like this, too? If not music, then movies or books.

10 Best Books of 2007

The New York Times has selected their 10 Best Books of 2007. You will find a description and the first chapter of the title on their website. You will also find the 10 Best Books from previous years (back to 1997). Check the library catalog for title availability.

Gift Wrap Alternatives

Trying to find more environmentally-friendly ways to wrap your gifts? Consider a few of these: Use newspapers, especially pages that match the theme of your present--wrap the Michigan hoodie in paper from the Sports section or a cookbook in paper from the Food section. Make the box part of the present. For example, tuck a scarf inside a matching hat and embellish with a bow. Or use a new holiday-themed dish towel to wrap kitchen presents. A reusable decorative tin can hold homemade baked goods or use a small tin for jewelry or other small items. Decorate paper headed for the recyling bin with glitter glue and stamps to use as wrapping paper. Kids can use coloring book pages to wrap presents for grandparents.

Band Members to Perform at Bowl Game

On Jan. 5, Ryan Fleisher, Eric Washington and Michael Wells -- members of the top-notch Plymouth-Canton Educational Park marching band -- are to perform at the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Marc Whitlock, director of bands for the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, was selected as a staff member for the band. He'll accompany the teens to San Antonio. Have a Ball!

The Sounds of Travel

Our library (your library) has a wealth of resources if you're planning a vacation next summer or even a holiday or winter getaway. You'll find much information on our Travel subject page, including more than 25 Special Collections that cover destinations near and far. One way to get a better feel for a country or culture, though, is to listen to its music. The library has plenty. Just browse the "Folk & Ethnic" section of our CD collection. Also, you can do a catalog search. Choose your type of search, in this case probably a "subject" or a "key word" search. Then select a destination, for example, Greece. Then choose the type of material you want, in this case "Sound Recordings." Then hit "Search" and you'll get a list of recordings by performers from that country.

C-SPAN2's Book TV

Catch author Vijay Vaitheeswaran on C-SPAN2's Book TV 8:00am on Saturday. Vaitheeswarm will discuss the global race to build the car of the future and the challenges of creating vehicles that will run on cleaner energy sources. He'll talk about his book, co-authored by Daniel Kammen, entitled Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future. Check C-SPAN's Book TV schedule for a complete program list.

Michigan's Best Colleges

We can be proud of Michigan's schools! We are second in the nation in our public school ranking. 14 of our universities or colleges made the U.S. News and World Reports best colleges in 2008. For schools offering a Ph.d., University of Michigan is 25 in the nation, and Michigan State is 71. Of best liberal arts schools in the nation, Kalamazoo College ranks 67, Hope and Hillsdale rank 97, Albion and Calvin College rank 116. Of schools offering masters degrees, the best in the Midwest are (and Midwest means 12 states; Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) U of M Dearborn at 23, U of D Mercy at 25, Lawrence Tech at 40, Grand Valley at 44 and Aquinas at 50.

Something to get excited for next summer-The Dark knight Trailer

Here's a link to the trailer for the next Batman movie where Christian Bale again returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne and this time he tangles with Heath Ledger's Joker Enjoy

Meeting Minutes -- December 13, 2007

December 13, 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, N. Williams, C. Young
Absent: C. Van Auken
Also Present:  J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny


No Comments.
(R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, C. McLaughlin, E. Davis)


The agenda was approved with additions.


The minutes of the November 15th meeting were approved as submitted.


The Board thanks Harriet Gill and Mr. & Mrs. R. Richardson for their Endowment Fund Donations.

The Unauthorized IKEA Song

Have you heard Jonathan Coulton's song, "IKEA?" A bit like the Barenaked Ladies, Lemonheads, etc. A fun song, and you get a slide show with that YouTube link above. Another YouTube link features an Orchestral Version perfect for karaoke!

Essay Contest for Middle and High School Students

Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in your own words and you could win a US savings bond. The Canton Public Library and the Canton Observer are sponoring an essay contest for middle school and high school students who live in Canton or attend a public or private school located in Canton. Choose from one of two topics for your age group and submit your essay by 9 p.m, January 6. First, second and third prizes in each age group will be awarded. For complete details, go to King Essay Guidelines and download a pdf with all the details. Good luck and we hope to read your winning essay!

Kids, Reading and ERIC


The ERIC database can point you in the right direction to articles on helping kids develop their reading skills. The Reading Teacher, a magazine the library subscribes to, has great articles for parents and teachers. In the September 2007 issue, there is an article about Comic Strips as a Text Structure for Learning to Read. The library has many comic strip books such as The Complete Peanuts . What a great idea to get kids to love reading!

The ABCs of Online Tutors

In Sunday's USA Weekend, an article by Ann Pleshette Murphy, described the benefits, convenience and cost of online tutoring to help kids with their homework. But if you have a Canton Public Library card, your child (4th-12 grade) can connect to qualified tutors from 4-10p.m., 7 days a week. Tutor Me is found by clicking our Homework Help link.

Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded on December 10

This year's Nobel Laureate in Literature is Doris Lessing. Find out more about this prestigious award and author and check out what the library has by Doris Lessing.

Looking Forward to These CDs

Scanning the list of new arrivals, I see some stuff that looks intriguing, like Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, a collection of songs written by Joni Mitchell. Many include vocal performances, too, from Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and others (including Mitchell herself on one). Since a lot of Mitchell's work has leaned toward jazz, this seems like a natural collaboration. Another of interest is Moby Grape, the original Grape album from 1967, complete with a few extra songs. The band only lasted a few years, but at its peak, it was one of the premiere headliners coming out of San Francisco. I think this might be the first issue on CD of the debut album.

John Schwartz honored at sculpture dedication

On Friday, a new sculpture was dedicated to John Schwartz III, a founding member of the Canton Public Library and ardent library and township supporter. Jim Gillig unveiled the sculpture by Seattle artist Andrew Carson. It's done in bronze with handblown glass that spins with the wind and reflects light. Present and former library board members were on hand to honor John Schwartz, including (left to right) current Canton Township Supervisor Tom Yack, Doug Ritter, Jim Fausone, Nancy Williams, Bill Simmerer, Mary Feltz, Beverly Polcyn and Kay Baldrica-Basner.

Best business books of 2007

BusinessWeek magazine has selected the top 10 business books of 2007. Several titles focus on the growing business power of India and China. Learn how to take advantage of that change and how to cope with it in your own business.