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Spring break is finally here! Prepare for your potential trips using Gale. Courses like Travel Writing and Creating WordPress Websites will help you keep your loved ones up to date while you travel. You can also learn to create digital scrapbooks and how to take more expressive photographs with your digital camera to show your friends and family how much fun you are having.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, April 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!

Senior Discounts & Deals

Looking for ways to save money?   Senior discounts for a variety of services and goods are readily available.  Members of AARP are eligible for discounts simply by showing their membership card.  The Senior List is another resource for discounts available to individuals as young as 50 years of age.   Canton Township's Club 55 hosts monthly events and trips. Those over 60 can lunch at Senior Center daily (Reservations are required by 12 pm the day prior by calling 734/394-5485 ext. 1253).

In addition to offering discount and deal resources, these sites offer tips on retirement living.

Gift Card Granny

Tough Nickel

The Balance

 

The history of the United States is rich in religious tolerance and diversity. Here are several sources that help to understand the plethora of faith persuasions active today throughout the U.S. and the world and the push to preserve their unique traditions and heritage.

 

The Religions Book

Religious literacy : what every American needs to know / Stephen Prothero

Religions of the world : the illustrated guide to origins, beliefs, traditions & festivals

Religions of the World (DVD)

Cultural Literacy for Religion (DVD)

Religions/ Carl Wilkerson

Illustrated dictionary of religions : rituals, beliefs, and practices from around the world

A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

A History of God: The 4000 year quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (DVD)

A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam

Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Religious Holidays and Calendars: an Encyclopedia

How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife

The Amish / Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

The Amish [videodisc] / American Experience / Donald B. Kraybill, Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, and Steven M. Nolt

The Amish [videodisc] : how they survive / Buller Films LLC

Complete Idiot's Guide to Christianity

The Christians [videodisc] / written and presented by Bamber Gascoigne ; a Granada Television production

Great World Religions: Christianity (sound recording)

Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide

Buddhism: Origin, Beliefs, Practices, Holy Texts, Sacred Places

Great World Religions: Buddhism (sound recording)

Confucianism and Taoism (videorecording)

Essential Hinduism

Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture and Practice

Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism

Great World Religions: Hinduism (sound recording)

India : a sacred geography / Diana L. Eck

For the love of being Jewish : an A-to-Z primer for bubbies, mensches, meshugas, tzaddiks, and yentas / written by Steven Stark Lowenstein ; illustrated and designed by Mark Anderson

The everything Judaism book : a complete primer to the Jewish faith--from holidays and rituals to traditions and culture / by Richard D. Bank

Judaism / by Martha Morrison, Stephen F. Brown

Introduction to Judaism [videodisc] / Shai Cherry

Great World Religions: Judaism (sound recording)

Islam and the future of tolerance : a dialogue / Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz

Islam: What Non-Muslims Need to Know/ John Kaltner

Decoding the Past: The Secrets of the Koran (DVD)

Great World Religions: Islam (sound recording)

It's dangerous to believe : religious freedom and its enemies / Mary Eberstadt

Religious Tolerance [Web site]

Pluralism Project [Web site]

 

 

SAT preparation courses can be costly, but all Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card. Beginning in April 2017, the Michigan Department of Education will offer the SAT to juniors. Prepare for this shift with Gale's SAT Preparation course. This course will address specific question types, discuss time management and anxiety reducing techniques, and explain scoring.

This course is a helpful way to familiarize yourself with the 2016 redesigned test format, understand included content, and better prepare for the exam-taking experience. The next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, April 12. If April does not work for you, there is a new session beginning each month. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. 

If you or someone you know is struggling to catch up in the age of smart phones, apps and social media, TechBoomers can help! TechBoomers is designed with Seniors in mind to help Internet Beginners understand popular websites and apps, offering multi-part tutorials that explain things simply and easily.

TechBoomers also offers tutorials on basic Internet Safety and other online topics. Recently, the site put together a Guide to Fake News, to help users understand what they're reading and evaluate the source, preventing the spread of misinformation. 

Having car troubles after another Michigan winter? Check out some of the Canton Public Library's resources as you search for another vehicle or attempt to fix the one you've got. We have Consumer Reports for you to browse. Pick up a physical copy at the Reference Desk or check out their articles here. Another helpful resource for repair is the Chilton Library, which contains repair manuals from the last 30 years. Happy driving!

Tax season is upon us and many of us are curious about how to be more mindful of our finances. Gale courses like Keys to Successful Money Management and Personal Finance can help us get our bank accounts better aligned with our goals. You may also be interested in more in-depth courses such as Introduction to Stock Options.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, March 15. 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!

Seeking to improve your online skills?  After completing a short quiz on AARP's Skills Inventory you will receive recommendations to build your competencies.  After you have identified the gaps, Canton Public Library's Online Learning databases  such as Gale Courses, LearningExpress Library, and TechBoomers can help you improve your tech skills.

Global Road Warrior is a comprehensive cultural database that features in-depth information on 175 countries, helpful for school reports or international travel and business. Information is broken down into categories such as Culture & Society, Food & Recipes, Language, National Symbols, Business Culture, Music, Education, and more! 

Global Road Warrior is an excellent resource for student projects and a great companion for international travelers.

With all of the information we have access to, it is sometimes hard to understand where everyone is coming from. Canton Public Library has some resources to help you work through complicated issues.

If you are interested in comparative essays about current events, check out Opposing Viewpoints in Context. This is a good resource if you are seeking articles in which authors use fact-based arguments to make a case for a certain side of a debate and if you would like to compare arguments. This is good for exploring positions on topics like gun control, recycling, and net neutrality.

If you are looking for academic research on a certain topic, for example the benefits of public libraries, a database like Academic OneFile may be good for you. This database has a range of articles published by professionals in their fields. This is an excellent resource for people seeking foundational information about a specific topic. 

For topics that have been covered by newspapers such as historical events, General OneFile is a wonderful resource. For example, if you are curious about the emergency manager's decisions in Detroit, General OneFile will pull newspaper articles from the time period you are researching so you can better understand the historical moment.

 

Happy researching!

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