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Shake what you've got!

In these cold grey days it can be very difficult to fit physical activities into your day. Don't forget, it's always a good time to put on some music and transform your living room into a hoppin' dance floor! Here are some great family friendly tunes to help you get off your duff and shake things up.

They Might Be Giants No! - the title track has a great rock guitar riff that will get you bopping around.
Jim Gill Makes it Noisy In Boise - parents can definitely stand to listen to the swing sensation "The night we made it noisy in Boise, Idaho" and "Let's Dance Now!" I don't think it's possible to sit still and listen to those.
*Note- if you're a fan of Jim Gill, check out his Facebook page! He gives updates about his appearances and he has also announced that he's currently working on a new album! We can't wait to hear it!
The Music Man - so it isn't technically a children's CD, but what better way to get active than to march around the house to "Seventy six trombones"?

Time Magazine's "Assignment Detroit" and Detroit Blog

If you haven't already, you may want to check out what Time Inc. is calling Assignment Detroit, a year-long project with the intention of chronicling the life of the city of Detroit. It began in the Fall of 2009 and will continue until Fall 2010. The magazine has actually bought a house in Detroit and moved reporters and editors there from various magazines. Although the response has been mixed, you can follow the project via their blog, Detroit Blog, and view some videos about Detroit's economic plight including "How to Survive in Detroit?"
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returned a book, still showing on my account

I returned Blasphemy by Douglas Preston thru the book drop thursday Jan 21st. as on today 01/26/10, it is still showing on my account. could you please check into and remove from my account? 

Baby, it's cold outside!

Snow is on the ground, the days are long and grey, and cold wind bites your face when you step outside. Time to head to the beach! If a real beach vacation isn't on your calendar, try a literary vacation with some of these great characters:

Early Chapter Fantasy Books

Can you provide me with the names of some early chapter books that are fantasies? Thanks!

On the Road Again

A little bit of nostalgia arrived at the library this week. Growing up, Sunday nights were always reserved for a wonderful little series called Road to Avonlea. This series expanded on the Story Girl Books by L. M. Montgomery and was filmed on the author's home soil of Prince Edward Island. Watching the stories of Sarah, Felicity, Gus, Felix, Aunt Hetty and many others was my first introduction to period films. The stories always appealed to everyone in our family (including my dad!). It was always fun to see who the guest star was that week, a notable list that included actors like Christopher Reeve, Christopher Lloyd, Stockard Channing, Faye Dunaway, and a young Ryan Gosling.
I'm thinking this will be a wonderful distraction during the week while I'm waiting for the next episode of Masterpiece Classic. Wonderful episode guides exist online if you want to watch a particular episode and can't remember its name or season. My favorite is the Road to Avonlea Guide &mdsh; but watch out! Spoilers abound!
If you love good storytelling, beautiful scenery, or period films--come check this series out!

Quiet, Please

With respect, could I please ask that you enforce policy with regards to cell phone use and excessive noise? (I know that you have a policy against cell phone use in the library. I assume that you have one about noise as well.) I am posting this from the library. I've just had to get up and move from my place to another part of the library because two individuals sitting at the table next to me entered, sat down, and proceeded to have a very noisy conversation that disturbed myself and some other people in the area. They talked, laughed, giggled, and made no effort to keep quiet despite the fact that their noise was disturbing everyone around them. Further, one of them took at least two cell phone calls while I was there. One of your employees sat at a desk on the other side of their table and did nothing to encourage them to respect the policies of the library or other patrons in the area. I finally couldn't take it any more and left. This is the second time that something like this has happened to me at a public library. (My other experience was of a gentleman who decided to play a portable DVD player in a study cubicle, much to the dismay of other people working around him.) It's a shame that our libraries are not as quiet as they once were. Thank you for your attention to and consideration of my concerns.

Holy Quran being in the lower most shelf

Dear Incharge person, I am a regular user of canton public library and i enjoy this facility and resources here. I was very happy to see a seperate section of ISLAM in the library. I have one suggestion that the Holy Book Quran is placed in the lower most shelf in this section, which comes almost at the level of shoes of people walking by the self. Any holy book whether its Bible or Quran should be placed in one of the upper shelves. I will be obliged if you consider my humble request. 

The password requirement on the user account login is really excessive

I really don't think its necessary to require passwords to have both a lower case, upper case, punctuation and a number. This is really excessive. These requirements exceed the requirements for every secure site I have ever used: four brokerages, five insurance companies, sieight forture 500 companies I do consulting for, three retirement accounts and a dozen credit cards, etc etc. I have a sixteen character password which is plenty secure by any reasonable measure but it doesn't cut the muster for the Canton Public Library?

This password excess can actually promote insecurity because ittends to cause people to write it down becuase it doesn't match any other password they use. For me its a really pain because I have to get my password reset every single time I want to log in. Hopefully your IT director will consider changing this to a little more rational scheme.

The Help book club kit?

It appears that The Help by: Kathryn Stockett is a very popular book. I know that I am looking forward to reading it myself. I was wondering if you'd consider making this book one of your 'book club kit' selections? It's my turn to host our book club in May and I'd love to have our group read this one. Thanks for your consideration! Lisa Bozich
The Help

Year 2009 Top Audiobook Picks

All the Living by C.E. Morgan. Aloma moves to her boyfriend Orren's Kentucky farm when his family dies in a car accident. And as a bereaved Orren withdraws, Aloma's chances of becoming a concert pianist diminish. Read by Julia Gibson

Closing Time: a Memoir by Joe Queenan. Queenan's deeply funny and affecting memoir about his great escape from a childhood of poverty in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. Read by Johnny Heller

The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs. Essays on all of A.J.'s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including "My Outsourced Life" and "The Truth About Nakedness." Read by the author

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. Read by multiple readers

Little Bee by Chris Cleave. A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. Read by Anne Flosnik

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker. Truly paid the price of her enormity, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers, while her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection, leads a life of privilege. Read by Carrington MacDuffie

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family. The once grand Georgian house is now in decline. But are the Ayres haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Farady know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Read by Simon Vance

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. Focusing on the case of Alonzo Winslow, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus and that the real killer is operating completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Read by Peter Giles

Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos. A portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother's disappearance when they were children. Read by Tavia Gilbert

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith. When Precious Ramotswe asks her dependable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to fix her tiny, white van, she fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern, and he does. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down--and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner. Read by Lisette Lecat

games not removed

I returned all the cd rom games on 12/28/09.But they have not been cleared out of my list yet.I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.

Suggest a Purchase Price

I am interested in maybe purchasing the two books I have renewed (several times). Would you please suggest a purchase price so I may consider. Thank you.

College Bowl Fever!

Grab your spirit wear and cheer for your favorite college football team during the 2009-10 College Bowl Games. Michigan State will make its second appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl to give the school a third straight postseason game for just the third time in school history. The Spartans will go against Texas Tech on Saturday January 2, 2010. The No. 25 ranked Central Michigan Chippewas, earning a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in school history, face Troy in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday January 6, 2010. Fire up Spartys and Chips!! Complete Bowl Schedule

Library Circulation Hits 2 Million Mark

The Canton Public Library has hit an all-time high in circulation, reaching our 2 millionth checkout of the year. That's an average of 23 items checked out per Canton resident. These economic times have spurred a 12% increase in library usage over last year, in which we also saw increased use. Our DVDs, books, CDs and video games continue to be popular items, we see many people using our computers or our Wi-fi to connect to the Internet and taking advantage of our databases and other electronic resources.

Our thanks to the Canton community for helping us reach this milestone. We look forward to serving you in 2010.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!!!
SANTA CAME!!!! And you know what? He brought me a little buddy! Which is, in fact, what his name is! Little Buddy, or LB for short. I've been having so much fun with my new friend! Now I have someone that I can play games with when the library is closed! The best part is that LB is travel-sized. That means that he can sneak into people's suitcases and go on vacation with them. I never get to go anywhere, so I am excited to see where LB ends up going!
I hope you and yours had a nice holiday too. Did you get anything? What did you do? Can't wait to hear all about it! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!

P.S. Here's a picture of LB! Better get used to him, because you might be seeing him a lot!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! 
I'm sooo excited that tomorrow is Christmas Eve!  I bet you all are too!  Did you know that Santa Claus visits the library?  Yup!  He does! It's because I'm such a nice bear. As you can tell from the picture--he's been coming for a long time.  It's a picture of me waiting for Santa way back before the Children's Library was expanded!  The hard part is the waiting, and it will be extra hard tomorrow because the library will be closed--so I won't have all of you to keep me busy until he gets here! 
   When Santa comes to the library, he lands on the roof of the library and slides down into our fireplace, just like he does at your house!  I made sure Miss Kristen bought extra cookies so that we'd have some for Santa. Because I'm a bear, I don't have to be asleep when Santa comes, so we chat a little bit, and I make him some Coffee to help him warm up and wake up!  If you were flying all day delivering presents--you'd need coffee too!  And sometimes I let him check out a book or two.  Since he's Santa he doesn't have to pay overdue fines if he doesn't return them until next Christmas.
    I can't wait to see what Santa brings this year.  I wrote a letter asking for a friend, because I get lonely at the library by myself.  Plus, there aren't enough bears here in Canton.  What did you ask Santa to bring you?  I'd love to know--reply to my blog!   Merry Christmas!
Bear Hugs!

Crock Pot Cookery

Yes, it is officially winter and what's better on a cold day than a hot meal ready in the crock pot when you get home? CPL has loads of crock pot cookbooks, but they are under the odd subject heading of Electric cookery, Slow. Don't let this slow you down; check a few out and start cookin'.

childrens dvd

I suggest that you buy ben10 alien force volume 1 or 2 which is in toysrus for 9.99 or 12.99. thanx

Question About Picking Up in Person

Hi, I am interested in picking up a computer game from the Canton Public Library. I see that it is available through the CPL website, but that it is "Not Requestable" through MelCat. I was wondering if I am able to check out material if it is listed as "Not Requestable" through MelCat. What exactly does the term "Not Requestable" mean, anyway? Thanks