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Jane Austen Revisited

Did anyone catch the new PBS version of Persuasion (my favorite Austen book!) Sunday night? I did, and I enjoyed it even though I don't think it is quite as good as the 1995 version which you can find on DVD here at CPL. Northanger Abbey will air this coming Sunday, but if you need an Austen fix in between, come in to the library for our "Jane Austen Revisited" bibliography full of books and movies for the Austenophile. You could also click on the title link above and check out the PBS website for the full TV listing, or to vote for your favorite Austen hero in the "Men of Austen" section. (My vote goes to Mr. Knightley.)

Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, many other awards announced this morning

I'm currently attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, and was delighted to go to this morning's Press Conference. This press conference is the place that all the big media awards are announced, including the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz, and many others. The ALA Press Release has all the details, and here is a list of all the winners and honors in the order they were announced. Alex Awards American Shaolin by Matthew Polly Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff Essex County Vol.

How green is your candidate?

Grist has a feature which includes interviews and information on the presidential candidates' energy plans and environmental positions. The site also has a chart for a handy at-a-glance view.

New Education Book Buzz

In last Sunday's USA Weekend, one of our new education books was featured in the ThinkSmart/ParentSmart section. Author of College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family gives advice on how to get college kids to share their grades when they get the report card, but you get the bill.

News From CES Includes Unveiling of Zero-Emission Cadillac Concept Vehicle

Tuesday at CES was pretty exciting since I had never been present for the unveiling of *any* new vehicle, so there was GM's Rick Wagoner not only coming onstage in a Volt for his keynote presentation, but before he left, the Cadillac Provoq arrived, too. Check that link above for a Reuters story on the flashy, zero-emission luxury car. This was the first time that GM had given a keynote at the electronics extravaganza, but a first for CES, too, since it had not been the site for such an introduction.

A Favorite Children's Story Comes to Life! Witness The Velveteen Rabbit on Tour!

You remember this precious tale from childhood - Now share the magic with your own kids! A stuffed toy rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his playmate, so that he can finally become real! The Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life this charming tale of love and devotion in an unforgettable musical that your children won't soon forget. Life-size puppets, magic & more! Tickets still available for all 3 shows: January 25 at 10am & 12:30am; January 26 at 11:30am. Only $16/Adult; $12/Senior; $12/Youth; $10/Groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets call #734-394-5460 or visit


Then check out Canton Public LIbrary databases. LearningExpress Library aka LearnATest is an interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

What Do I Read Next?

Found a new author and want to read more of their works? Started a new series and need to know what order to read? You've read all of your favorite authors' books and you'd like to find an author who writes similarly? You can find all of this on Canton Public Library's database WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

Getting more out of Google

There are a ton of ways to make the most of your Google search, and Lifehacker has a new list of 10 obscure Google search tricks. If you're interested in a longer list, check out Tara Calishain's Google Hacks.

From CES - Bill Gates' Last Day on the Job

Reporting from CES, where Bill Gates' gave his last keynote address to a packed house the night before the big show. Included was a video of what was billed as Gates' last day on the job (8/8/08). It's included about 1:15 into a YouTube video linked from above. I couldn't listen on the computer I'm using, so I hope it comes across as funny as it was here live. More seriously, from today's keynote from Panasonic head Toshihiro Sakamoto, watch for the Light Wall, a fantastic product now in prototype stage in Japan. Imagine a complete wall of your home, and you're able to decorate it with virtual... just about anything. Windows with changing scenes. Photos of your family.

Yale Provides More Financial Aid

Yale, under pressure from Congress to make tuition more affordable, plans to spend up to 40% or $307 million on financial aid and scientific research from its total endowment of $1.15 billion. This news follows the announcement last month from Harvard that it would increase what the university spends on student aid from $98 million to $120 million. Good news if you plan to apply to either Yale or Harvard this fall.

MLK Essay Contest deadline extended

Attention middle school and high school students! The deadline for the library's Martin Luther King essay contest has been extended to January 13 at 6 p.m. For details and submission guidelines, visit this link.

Connections Newsletter - Jan/Feb 2008

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

2007 Titles

A Step From Heaven by An Na (Kit)

Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle (Kit)

The Bean Trees: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver (Kit)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Kit)

Year 2007 Top Movie Picks

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

(Sacha Baron Cohen)

Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary, and not only generates strong reactions regarding his extreme prejudices, but also tries to meet and marry Pamela Anderson. (DVD)


(Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney)

Year 2007 Top Audiobook Picks

The Book of the Dead

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (CD and Playaway)

FBI Agent Pendergast is in a high security prison for a murder he did not commit while his psychotic brother is about to perpetrate a horrific crime. When the Tomb of Senef is unsealed in preparation for its gala reopening at a celebrity-studded New York gala, the killings and whispers of an ancient curse begin again. Read by Scott Brick.

Christine Falls

by Benjamin Black (CD)

Dublin pathologist Garret Quirke follows the corpse of a mysterious woman into the heart of a conspiracy among the city's high Catholic society, among them members of his own family. Read by Timothy Dalton.

Year 2007 Top Nonfiction Picks

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love and Betrayal by Ben Macintyre: In 1941, after training as a German spy in occupied France, Chapman parachuted into Britain with a revolver, a wireless and a cyanide pill, with orders from the Abwehr to blow up an airplane factory. Instead, he contacted MI5, the British Secret Service. For the next four years, Chapman worked as a double agent, a lone British spy at the heart of the German Secret Service.

A Charmed Life: Growing Up in MacBeth's Castle by Liza Campbell: The daughter of a titled Scottish father recounts the horrors of her childhood in spite of popular beliefs about her fairy-tale lifestyle, describing her father's struggles with alcoholism that resulted in numerous brushes with death and the loss of his family's legacy.

Year 2007 Top Fiction Picks

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritson: This story is gory, macabre and not for the faint of heart, but she does a great job with the period detail (1830s-70s history/medical details) and merges this with the present day relationship of a modern woman to people in this time period. It was quite suspenseful as the main character tries to research the history of the bones found in her garden. (Also available in Large Print.)