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Are you an EcoGeek?

One of my favorite writers is John Green, author of two award-winning novels for teens: Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. His books are hilarious and heart-rending and are can't-miss fiction for adults as well as teens. Through author Green's online presence, I learned about a seemingly unrelated (but no less compelling) website, run by his brother Hank Green: EcoGeek. As you might guess, EcoGeeks are folks who are concerned about the environment and who want to put their fondness for and knowledge about technology to work to help. The site features interviews with leading EcoGeeks, spotlights emerging and current eco-friendly technologies, and offers answers to common and uncommon questions.

Khaled Hosseini Author Talk on TV

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Read Khaled Hosseini's latest "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and dying to learn more about the author? Watch Book TV on C-SPAN2 on Saturday, July 14 at 8am. Can't wait or do not have access to C-SPAN2? Watch it on your computer through BookLetters,

Harry Potter events at the library

Everyone at the library is very excited about the release of the 7th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We have a couple events planned. On Saturday, July 21at 1 p.m., kids ages 8-12 can celebrate the book at a Harry Potter Fan party. Registration is REQUIRED. Teens can enjoy wizard bands Oliver Boyd and the Rememberalls (check out their MySpace page)and Tom Riddle and Friends (see Tom's MySpace) on July 21 at 3 p.m. No registration for this program, just show up. Wizard attire not required. The library has over 60 copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows waiting for release. Most have holds on them already but a few will go in our Lucky Day collection so check the shelf if you are feeling, you know, lucky.

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Check regularly the new arrivals link from our catalog page, and there you'll find links for the various categories of new materials (fiction, nonfiction, movies, etc.). One link (above) covers the latest music CDs we've added to the collection. Looking at the list today (July 18), I see the soundtrack for Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix movie, plus new releases for bands like Spoon and Interpol, blues recording star Tinsley Ellis, along with some blasts from the past like Leonard Cohen and Velvet Underground. There's usually a new list each week.

Congress Revising NCLB Law

Lawmakers in Washington are revising the No Child Left Behind Law with hopes in fixing flaws after months and years of impassioned debate and criticism from educators and parents. The law requires yearly testing of elementary and some secondary school students and holds schools and districts accountable for poor test scores. It is up for reauthorization this year, which means Congress must vote on whether to extend it.

TAB Review of Witch Baby

This is the SEcound book in the Weetzie Bat series. This book is told from the point of veiw of Witch Baby. In the begining they show how she feels like she doesn't belong and how she watches her family from the shadows of from behind her camera. She trys to get close to everyone, but never does. First she thinks she's a lot like Coyote, when she doesn't want to go out with the rest of the family he watches her and tells her a story about Joshua trees and shows her the seeds that My Secret Agent Lover Man had brought back for him from the desert. Withch Baby takes the seeds and plants them by the school across the street that night. Coyote is very angree with her because the seeds only grow in the desert.

TAB Review of Weetzie Bat

This is the first in the Weetzie Bat series, and no it's not manga. This is possibly one of the oddest books I've ever read, but i laughed the entire time I was reading it and trust me once you start you wont want to stop reading this book. To start Weetzie Bat is the name of one of the main character in the book, it's writen from her point of view. It begins with Dirk McDonald asking Weetzie out. Dirk and Weetzie go out for a while and become very close. Weetzie also becomes very close to Dirk's grandma Fifi. Then one day while on a date Dirk tells Weetzie he's gay. She says yay, we can look for ducks (guys) together. There fine for a while, but then they can't seem to find guys, seeing how sad they are Fifi gives Weetzie an old lamp.

Finding Time to Read, Part 3: Make it Short

Here's another idea on how to squeeze more reading into your busy schedule. Try reading shorter books or even better, a book of short stories. The shorter length makes it less intimidating than a 500 page tome. Plus, you'll get the encouraging feeling of finishing a book, making you more likely to get started on the next one. Ask a librarian to recommend a good collection of short stories and a pleasantly petite novel to get you started.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) are a married couple, yet both are living boring lives and they have both been attending marriage therapy, as their lives haven't been passionate since they got married. The thing they don't know about each other is that they are both professional assassins working for two rival agency's. They have kept this secret from each other their whole lives. John's latest assignment is to eliminate Benjamin "Tank" Danz, but it all becomes complicated when Jane is also assigned to eliminate the same target that John has been assigned to kill. Learning that they are both assassins and failing to eliminate the target, both of John and Jane's employers decides that they try to take each other out.

007 - Casino Royale

Casino Royale brought back James Bond (Daniel Craig) in to the top movies. Bond is back and he has the "license to kill" on him. Le Chiffre, the villian in the film, is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. Bond goes through an intense poker game and a series of drama and betrayals. It is a great movie, just like the ones before it.

Having a Hell of a Time with Hellboy

With a new movie in theaters week and the climatic final book in the series people all over the world are all set to be enjoying the adventures of Harry Potter, the boy wizard who in a short amount of time has become a pop culture icon. I could blog about J.K. Rowling's creation but honestly I don't think he needs the press (I will say that the fifth film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the best one yet. It's got a great tone and it's the perfect length.) There is one supernatural hero though that I thought could use some press and deserves to be a pop culture icon, his name is Hellboy and he was created by writer/artist Mike Mignola in 1993.

Batman Begins

This is a classic movie of the fantasy and fiction series Batman. The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan. Christopher had turned the oldies Batman into a new fresh looking Batman. The character that played the role of Batman was Bruce Wayne. Other characters in the cast are Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior, Linus Roache, Morgan Freeman, Larry Holden, Gerard Murphy, and Colin McFarlane. The movie begins off with Bruce Wayne as a young boy. In childhood he had a great amount of fear for bats, but as time passed and his life grew more and more into the darkness his weakness became his strength.

Are you Sustainable?

I've been thinking a lot lately about how my actions as an individual have an impact on the world at large. Reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver helped me learn more about food and the world (while having a very engaging reading experience and not feeling like I was being lectured), and I just stumbled across a new website that helps people, families, and businesses figure out how sustainable they are: Make Me Sustainable. Anyone can register on the site for free, and there are a ton of great features.

Kaho Naa Pyar Hai-Hindi

Hrithik Roshan is playing the character of Rohit. But, later is the movie he plays the part of the character Raj. IN this movie he plays a double role. Also he is an orphan and lives with his little brother and his foster family. He meets Sonia. Amisha Patel is playing this role and she is the sweet heart of Rohit. She is seduced by his loving charm and innocence. Throughout the movie they are attracted towards each other. Sonia invites him on a cruise with her. She becomes very jealous since a lot of the girls are going after Rohit and she does not like it so she tries to get him back by getting all horny with her friend and due to a freak accident they are separated from the main ship. Sonia and Rohit both wake up in a small boat out in the middle of nowhere.

Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India

The movie Lagaan takes place in India in a small village of Champaner in 1890s. It is a community of poor and innocent farmers who are working hard planting crops and reaping their harvest. Part of this community are Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a young farmer, and Gauri (Gracie Singh), his love. One of the British officers, called Captain Russell, challenges Bhuvan to compete against him in a popular British sport known as Cricket. Indians have never heard of this sport before, but Bhuvan accepts the challenge. This is because if they win against the British team, then they do not have to pay lagaan (tax) for three whole years. The captain knows that the villagers have no chance of beating him and his team at their own game.

BookLetters, BookLetters, BookLetters, BookLetters, BookLetters...

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If you are a reader you need to check out BookLetters. No ifs, ands, or buts. What is it? BookLetters is a readers advisory service available through Canton Public Library's website. What will you find? You will find books featured on TV this week, an author directory with great interviews and the latest book information, as well as lists and lists of best selling books and reading suggestions for a variety of genres.

TAB Review of Wish Vol. 1

This manga begins with a human named Shuichiro Kudo saveing an angel named Kohaku from a crow. At first Shuichiro thinks he's dreaming, but when Kohaku refuses to leave until she discovers away to help him he quickly learns to believe. Then three devils named Ruri, Hari, and Koryo come and cause more trouble for Kohaku. Ruri and Hari spy on Kohaku to find out why she is on Earth, Angel's have to have permission to be on Earth. They over hear Kohaku tell Shuichiro that she was sent to Earth to find Madam Hisui, one of the four angel masters. There are four angel masters for the four elements, Madam Hisui was the angel of wind. Madam Hisui disappeared and Kohaku was sent to find her before Madam Hisui is expelled from heaven.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.4

There's only one case in this book and it starts with a trip to a new fortune teller named Zeus. Zeus looks Lili, Hiro, and Lili's dad in his mansion. Zeus hates Spica (both Lili and her mom, but mostly Lili's mom) and he wants Lili's star ring. Sirus is also discovered to be working with Zeus and kidnapps Lili's dad. Zeus tells Lili to give him the star ring or he'd kill her dad. Hiro tells Lili to stall for time while he figures out how to rescue her father. After Hiro saves both Lili and her father he sugests they research before going back, but Lili sneaks out and when Hiro comes after her Zeus puts a gun to his head and tells Lili she has to trade the Star ring for Hiro. While Hiro is being held captive Lili is forced to solve the rest of the mystery on her own.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.3

This volume stars with the murder of the not so nice costumer from the previous book. Twins make this case all the more confussing to solve, but Hiro and Lili come through as always. When Lili finds a love letter Spica gets a case invoving love letters and disapperances. Hiro and Lili go undercover at an all girls school to find out who is sending girls love letters and then kidnapping them. Things get bad when Hiro's sister, who goes to the school, gets a love letter and disapperas right under Lili and Hiro's watchful eyes. Then Lili runs to the park to meet the guy who wrote the love letter to her only to discover that it had been a ten year old letter Hiro wrote before he moved. When Lili didn't find the note ten years ago Hiro waited at the park in the rain all day.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.2

This Volume begins with Spica and Hiro solving the case of the missing statue. For those who didn't read my other blog or read volume 1, their princepal got a letter telling him his gold statue would be stolen, but he goes along with a party to show it off because the police are there, but it goes missing anyway and Spica and Hiro have to solve the case. While finding the statue Hiro is abducted by someone who calls her self Sirius, also after the star. Sirius tells Spica she's testing her and she only has four hours to solve the case or she'll never seee Hiro again. Sirius sends Lili four texts giving her four clues to where she'll find a letter, onece she has all four letters they spell a word that will lead her to Hiro.