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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!
Thorndyke

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!
Thorndyke

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

Borrowing for non-Canton residents

Dear Canton Public Library, I was very dissatisfied with my latest visit to the Canton Public Library. Having grown up in Plymouth, I frequently used the reciprocal borrowing program at your library. I was always able to check out the materials I required, and I was always treated with respect. Recently I was working on a school project and needed some resources from the library. After gathering five books for my project, I headed to the check-out line. Once the librarian scanned my card she told me that I could only check out two books at a time. I was confused, especially because other patrons in front of me in line had checked out stacks of books without a problem. Then I was told that I was only permitted two books because I am a Belleville resident. I was surprised since Plymouth residents do not have a two book limit. I was also very embarassed. Here I was, with a long line of patrons waiting behind me, having to select two books of my five. I can't remember the last time I was to feel so unwelcome. I thought public libraries were supposed to encourage education. Yet here I was being penalized for not living in the right zip code. I had to visit a different library in order to gather the required materials for my project because two books was not sufficient. Why does the Canton Public Library only allow Belleville residents to borrow two books? Why are Belleville residents treated differently than Plymouth residents? What other city residents are only permitted limited access to the library? Also, I looked on your website under borrowing policies and reciprocal borrowing. I noticed that these limits are not listed. Why not? How can non-Canton residents avoid the embarassment of having their books taken away at check-out if these policies are not public? Would you consider allowing non-residents to have wider access to the library's resources? Thank you for your time and consideration.

A Unique Addition to CPL guest will love

Hello,...My name is Dan Carter, I am a Canton based resident and somewhat of a local celebrity. I am a Vocalist, Songwriter, and Caricature Artist. Along with many newspaper write-ups, I've made tv appearances on Fox-2, WDIV-4, and WXYZ-7. My offer is one that will add an element of "family fun" to CPL, and all will absolutely love. As a "giving back to the community effort" I would like to appear once or twice per week and sketch caricature drawings of you guest. The heading of every drawing page will your logo and name inscribed,...as I'm considered amoung the best in my craft in the metro Detroit region. This would all be done at no charge. I'd love to set up a meeting with you guys to show samples of my work and discuss in greater detail. Again,..I'm certain it's gonna be a unique twist all will love, particularly the kids. I'll look forward to your response. -Dan C 734-612-9043

Sort by due date does not work

Hello, The sort by due date feature on your website has not been working for a few days now . I've been trying since Wed but get an error on the page. I normally renew books based on the due date sorter and I'd incorrectly assumed that some videos that were due on 12/16/09 were renewed,but realized a day later that the due date feature was not working since the videos were listed at the bottom of the page. Can you please reverse these late fees on those videos?

$4.00

On the twelfth, I had four DVDs due. I renewed them all on the eleventh. However, I logged into my account today and found out I had a $4.00 fine on one of the DVDs that I renewed... What happened?

Grey's Anatomy-DVD

I've been watching the Grey's Anatomy series and now I'm up to Grey's anatomy. Season three, Disc 3 [videodisc] : seriously extended / Touchstone Television and now I can't seem to get a hold of it. I'm on the hold list, but because the last person never returned it and is being billed for it no one else can watch it. I've tried to get it from another library and can't. I've made a suggestion on the CPL site to try to get it, and have heard nothing, so I was wondering if you could help me get it so how? Please respond Thank You In Advance

Intermediate level reading

Hello, Can you please recommend books for an adult who speaks English as a second language very well but is trying to improve reading speed? Nothing for a beginner level and not too boring? Thanks, Zina.

My Favorite Christmas Story

For a long time my favorite Christmas book was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.  I love the wild and outrageous Herdman family who discovers the Christmas story for the first time.  This is a wickedly humorous, but touching story that has stayed with me since the first time I read it many years ago.  But last year, I read a book that may take that top spot of Christmas favorite.  The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry had me laughing until I cried.  On Christmas Eve, the Barnes family experiences the startling loss of the beloved family dog.  But Doug and his father pull off a Christmas miracle - of sorts - just in time for the Christmas pageant. 

A Curse Dark as Gold

This is a mystery young adult thriller. The library had this book but it says that it is lost and paid , i really want to read it and i hope you guys get a new copy.

Description 'bubbles' for DVD's

I think it would be so much easier to review current and new DVD's if you had them set up like Netflex. At Netflex you simply hold the cursor over the DVD's title that you're interested in and a 'bubble' pops up with a small overview of the film. It's very handy and it's so much easier then going back and forth to read about a particular film. Thank you.

Blu Ray disks

Hi, I was wondering if you could get some blu ray disks for our library. I can't seem to get it through inter-library loan. If you could, can you enable us to get blu ray discs from other libraries, or get some for our own library. Thank You.

Sound recording but no book for battle for the labyrinth

get battle for the labyrinth by rick riordian fast i am annoyed

Library Card Number

When requesting material, the form asks for my library card number. I wasn't sure if this was optional (although in hindsight I don't think it had a red * next to it). In general I'm hesitant to disclose any "personal" information (yes, I know...this barely qualifies...but its a question of principle) using only an HTTP connection. You might consider using HTTPS at least for handling POSTS.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
It's the week of Thanksgiving! I know most of you are headed out to see family and friends. I have plans for Thanksgiving too! Me and my animal library friends — the giraffes, the Monkeys, the armadillo, and all the others — are going to have a great big Thanksgiving here at the library. We're going to raid the staff fridge, and then we'll play some video games and watch a movie on the big screen in the Community room. Of course, this is a secret from all the librarians, so don't tell anyone! I told you because I like you!
That reminds me. At Thanksgiving you're supposed to think about what you are thankful for. I'm thankful for all of you! You always make my day when you come into the library and say "Hi!" And I'm thankful for the library for giving me this great job and feeding me with cookies. What are you thankful for? Let me know — respond to the blog!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving whatever your plans are!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Can't put a CD on HOLD??

I have been try to put a CD on hold (Kiss & Tell Selena Gomez) for the last 15 minutes. I can login to your site; but, every time I enter my name and library card number to request the hold for the CD, I get an error box. It's driving me nuts! I have tried every option. I know my name and have my library number memorized. Can you put the CD on hold for me? And, then tell me what's going on? Thank You!

Claudette Colvin takes the prize

Claudette ColvinClaudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose has been named the winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Don't miss the chance to read more about this courageous teenager and the role she played in the Civil Rights Movement.