Databases & Websites

Are you prepared for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th? Mango Languages can help!  Not only does Mango offer free online courses on Latin, Arabic, Chinese, German and much more, you can also learn to speak like the heartiest mates on the seven seas!  Use your Canton Public Library card to check out Mango's course on talking like a Pirate!

Check out the Michigan Senior Olympics 2017 being held in Oakland County, August 11-20. The Summer Games begin with an opening ceremony at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills on Friday August 11th and end with a Celebrations of Athletes Dinner August 17th.  A full list of games, times, and locations can be found on the Michigan Senior Olympics 2017 website under the “Summer Games” tab, and select “Schedules”.

Educators- school is about to be back in session! Get ready for the new year with Gale Courses. With courses like Empowering Students with Disabilities, Understanding Adolescents, and Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success, you'll be all set to start the school year on the right foot. Will this be your first year? Check out Survival Kit for New Teachers.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, August 16. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Websites for older adults, providing information on finances, health, housing, and aging with style.

Help with Aging     "Export reporting on the finances of aging"

Next Avenue     "Where grownups keep on growing"

Grown & Flown     "Parenting never ends"

Silver Century     "Shaping the aging globe"

Top Retirement Places     "Find the best retirement communities, active adult communities, and places to retire"

We have had record high temperatures this summer.  According to the National Institute on Aging too much time in the heat can cause health problems, especially in older adults. Lower your risk by:

     Drinking plenty of liquids, such as water or fruit/vegetable juices. Stay away from drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.

     Keeping your house as cool as possible. Limit your use of the oven. Keep your shades, blinds, or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day.

     Spending time during mid-day some place that has air conditioning—for example, go to the shopping mall, movies, library, senior center, or a friend’s house.

Are you interested in helping people learn English but not sure where to start? Check out Gale Courses! The database has An Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL, Teaching ESL/EFL reading, and Practical Ideas for the Adult ESL/EFL Classroom. Use Gale to hone your skills to give your students a wonderful experience. 

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, July 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Summer Solstice is upon us! Get your summer started with courses from Gale. Learn How to Start Your Own Edible Garden in a class that helps you pick the right produce for your space, understand fertilization and proper drainage, and learn how to spot pests before they take over your garden. Use your homegrown produce to create Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals, a course created and lead by a certified dietician. Continue your summertime self care routine through exploring Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, a course that focuses on relaxation, diet, and natural remedies for common ailments.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, June 14. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

A recent PEW study indicates older Americans (65+) are embracing technology; approximately two-thirds of them go online regularly and many now own smartphones. Not surprising that usage is greater among adults with higher income ($75,000) and are college educated.  Interestingly though, is some 34% of older internet users say they have little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks, while 48% of seniors say that this statement describes them very well: “When I get a new electronic device, I usually need someone else to set it up or show me how to use it.” 

Get a jump on job hunting using Gale Courses. Courses like Listen to Your heart, and Success Will Follow and Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search can help you explore your interests and better shape how your experiences and hobbies can translate into a successful career. Once you've nailed down your career goals, Résumé Writing Workshop will allow you to tailor your résumé for your ideal job.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, May 17. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

bitcoin currency

 

 

Bitcoin is a revolutionary new currency that was created anonymously in 2009. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! There are no transaction fees and no need to give your real name. More merchants are beginning to accept bitcoins. You can buy services, pizza or even manicures. Bitcoins are earned when people compete by using computers to solve complex mathematical problems. Currently, a winner is awarded 25 bitcoins every 10 minutes. OR, one can buy bitcoins at a bitcoin exchange using various currencies.

Here are Bitcoin books that explain more about it:

Blockchain revolution : how the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world / Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

The age of cryptocurrency : how Bitcoin and digital money are challenging the global economic order / Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Digital gold : Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money / Nathaniel Popper

Here are websites that explain it in full:

 CNN Money

What is Bitcoin? (with introductory video)

Bitcoin Introduction with resources, links to participate, and frequently asked questions

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