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Pros and Cons of University Endowments

Given the state's economic situation and rising tuition costs, the Free Press' Education Writer, wondered why public universities are growing their endowments, but not sharing the funds through financial aid. Endowments are private money from donors given to universities to invest long-term. To read more about the debate that might be settled in Lansing, click on the link above.

A new look for International Language Resources


Our new streamlined International Language Resources webpage makes it even easier to find books, magazines, and movies in the language of your choice.

Library of Congress joins Flickr

The Library of Congress, in cooperation with Flickr, has launched a new pilot project which will make thousands of photos (with no copyright restrictions) available to the public. The LoC is excited at the opportunity this will provide the public: the chance to tag, comment and make notes on the photos which will provide much-needed details, such as the location, date and other information about the photos. Take a look a the LoC Flickr page and see what you might be able to add to this neat project.

Meeting Minutes -- January 17, 2008

January 17, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:30 p.m.

Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow, C. Young, N. Williams, C. Van Auken


Also Present:  E. Davis, S. Rzetelny, J. Laffey, P. Majkowski, M. Breitner 


No Comments. (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, L. Papa, R. VanHoeck)


E-Learning Gets an Upgrade

Professors and schools are reinventing their online courses to include the latest and greatest Web technologies. Podcasts, wikis, blogs, and avatars in Second Life, to name a few, are becoming more prevalent and it's having a positive effect in the student community.

January 2008

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Kit) When 23-year-old Jankowski learns that his parents have been killed in a car crash he drops out of veterinary school and parlays his expertise with animals into a job with the circus, where he falls in love with star performer Marlena, a romance complicated by Marlena's husband, the circus boss who beats both his wife and the animals Jankowski cares for.

MLK Community Event

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by attending One Voice, One Community on January 21 at 7 p.m. The Friends of the Canton Public Library sponsor this annual event in conjunction with Canton Township and the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities. The Mosaic Youth Theatre is the featured performance. The guest speaker is Lee Thomas, author and Fox 2 News broadcaster. There is also an art exhibition by Byron Reed. The event takes place at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill. It is free but tickets are required. Get your tickets at the theater box office, online at or at the Canton Public Library.

Yet Another Reason to Love WilsonSelectPlus Database

Tired of finding the perfect article and trying to re-trace your search? By setting up a simple account in WilsonSelect Plus (click on "My Account" in the upper right hand corner of the database) you can save your searches. If you make a habit of saving your searches by simply clicking on "Save Search" at the bottom of the page after a successful search it may prevent you from having to remember how you accessed that perfect article. You can access your saved searches by clicking on the "Searching" tab then clicking on "previous searches".

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.