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Safe at Home

It's the holiday season! As we continue to stay home and be safe, we can still enjoy this magical time of year. Holidays are a feast for our senses: the smell of a fresh pine tree decorated with all the trimmings, tasting a warm cup of cocoa with melty marshmallows, wrapping the softness of a warm scarf around your neck as you take a morning walk, watching a favorite holiday movie or listening to festive music. But most of all, the holidays bring families together. One of the ways families and friends deepen their bond is by preparing and enjoying a meal together. Food is the centerpiece of so many holiday traditions. The experience of tasting and smelling food, as well as its texture, creates connections in our memories of the moment. It becomes part of our past and our present. So what food memories will you make in the future? We have some fun holiday ideas for foodies while staying safe at home for the holidays!

Christmas Tree Cone Food Craft

Get FREE access to online classes and meetups courtesy of the MDHHS Aging and Adult Services Agency. The state agency has teamed up with a website called GetSetUp to help you safely and securely learn new skills and interact with peers over the internet. GetSetUp offers live meetings with older adults from near and far. You can learn things like how to use ZOOM for a family gathering or videochat with other folks about local sports or crafting.

Follow these steps to join the service:

  1. Make sure you have an email address as well as a camera and microphone on your computer. You can also use a smartphone or a tablet.
  2. Go to the website getsetup.io/michigan. You should see the MDHHS logo in the right-hand corner.
  3. Start browsing the classes and meetups. Click the blue "Register Now" button to sign up for a session. You can just sign up for individual sessions or you can create an account to track your activity. You can also sign up to get emails about upcoming classes.
  4. The majority of classes are free. If you see a class that has a fee, you can enter the coupon code MICHIGANHEALTH to waive the fee for most classes. 
  5. We recommend you start out with the "New Member Orientation" at this web address: getsetup.io/details/new-member-orientation

If you have any questions, there is an email address and toll-free phone number at the top of the GetSetUp webpage. Please take advantage of this fun and innovative service.

Reference Solutions logo

ReferenceUSA, one of CPL's most trusted resources for detailed business and residential information, has changed its name to Reference Solutions. Reference Solutions will continue to provide in-depth market insight to businesses, home-buyers and job seekers, as it has for years. 

Visit our databases page for more tools to inform your business and investment planning, or other research. 

FAFSA Help available from Brainfuse

Filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a complex, but necessary, process. Brainfuse now offers live online FAFSA tutors – available to help both students and parents complete the FAFSA application. Whether you are not sure how to start or have questions on specific aspects, Brainfuse tutors are ready to assist! 

Log in to Brainfuse with your Canton Public Library card, click on the link (under Expert Help) to connect with a FAFSA tutor today.

So, you've started bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, and maybe have started using less straws when you get drinks. But have you ever thought about the eco-impact of your clothes? How about the human impact? Do you know about the fabrics in your wardrobe? Or who made your clothes, and if they're paid living wages?

These authors and documentarians dive into all these issues and more. 

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) is a search tool designed to make the discovery of open content easier. It currently searches open content from over 90 different sources and contains over 300,000 records. These include textbooks, open access books, and public domain books and audiobooks. Also available, are videos from the Library of Congress, and TED talks. Some of the many subjects covered are technology, economics, business, humanities, history, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, music, psychology, health, and education. Click here to get started!

BrainFuse

Brainfuse services offer a variety of tools to help you succeed, including live help from 2-11pm every day. Create an account and get started today!

*Canton Public Library card required for off-site access.

HelpNow by Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse offers live homework help, study tools, test preparation and virtual group study space for K-12 students and lifelong learners. HelpNow provides assistance in multiple formats to help you write a great paper, ace the test, or better understand a tough math problem.

JobNow by Brainfuse

JobNow by Brainfuse provides a wealth of resources to boost your career, or help with your job search. Work with a live tutor to prepare for an interview, or receive personalized feedback on your resume or cover letter.

JobNow

Canton Public Library is excited to announce JobNow by Brainfuse – anytime, anywhere job searching assistance and career guidance! Identify the next step in your career, strengthen your workplace skills, or get expert resume feedback and coaching to help you ace the interview with live coaching from 2-11PM, 7 days a week. 

JobNow offers a personalized resume review and job interview coaching, career assessments, resume templates and so much more. No matter what time of day, JobNow provides a full suite of tools to help you pursue your dream job. For lifelong learners, the Brainfuse's Adult Learning Center (part of HelpNow) provides resources to improve computer skills, take equivalency exams, and make sure nothing can get in the way of living your best life. JobNow and HelpNow are available from CPL public computers, and remotely with your Canton Public Library card.

 

Brainfuse HelpNow

Canton Public Library is excited to announce HelpNow by Brainfuse – anytime, anywhere learning and test preparation support! HelpNow provides a full suite of tools for all learning styles, including live help from 2-11PM, 7 days a week to help patrons of all ages and levels. 

HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies), including SAT preparation and a writing lab. Master skills and concepts to thrive in school, ace the test, or collaborate with tutors to create your own study tools. For lifelong learners, the Adult Learning Center provides resources for improving computer skills, taking equivalency exams, and getting feedback on your resume. HelpNow is available from CPL public computers, and remotely with your Canton Public Library card.

Thorndyke the Bear Reading to his Stuffed Friends Under a Tree

 

Create your own storytime, using resources from the Canton Public Library. Songs and stories can be a fun activity for adults and children to enjoy together, but reading aloud can be enjoyable for any age.

Are you someone who can't make our regular storytimes? Maybe you have to visit someone in a nursing home. Maybe you're a baby-sitter or an older sibling interested in entertaining young ones. Or maybe you just love stories for yourself. Whatever your reason, you can take advantage of a few great resources:

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