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Murder Will Out: 2014 Nero Wolf Award Finalists Announced

The 2014 Nero Wolf Award Finalists were announced this past week.  The winners will be announced in December at the annual Black Orchid Banquet.

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins

Murder as a Fine Art by Charles Morrell

Three can keep a secret: a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell

A question of honor by Charles Todd

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

Savvy Seniors: July 2014

The NIHSeniorHealth website was recently redesigned with a more updated look and feel while retaining its senior-friendly format. They’ve added a search function to make it easier for you to find information on their website and on other reputable websites. Users can make the text bigger, the contrast better, even make the site "talk". 

Get Pinspired to Be Creative

Claim your Be Creative eLectrified badge by using our Pinterest Boards to get creative for your Connect Your Summer experience. 
Find recommendations and inspiration on any of the pinboards, but try our Be Creative pinboard for great ideas on making, creating, and doing.

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

National Poetry Month

Poetry can be celebrated the year-round, but especially so in April. Established in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together poets and booksellers, literary organizations and publishers to celebrate the importance of poetry and its vital place in American culture. We at the Canton Public Library would like to participate by showcasing our many poetry resources in this Special Collection.

Timeless Poetry Collections

The best-loved poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy — Jaccqueline's daughter offers a selection of the former First Lady's favorite poems, plus a few of her mother's own verses.

The hell with love: poems to mend a broken heart by edited by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez — This collection of love poems is for anyone who has ever suffered the pain of breaking up and everyone who believes in the unique power of poetry to console and transform.

My song is beautiful: poems and pictures in many voices by selected by Mary Ann Hoberman — Fourteen poems celebrate the power of childhood from the perspective of a rich variety of cultures.

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic

Protect your pet from harmful and preventative health issues. The Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic is sponsoring a low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor. Please bring previous vaccine records. Heartworm, flea and tick preventative, rabies and distemper are offered at low prices. Cats and dogs are welcome.

Major Overhaul of SAT exam

College Board President and CEO David Coleman announced major changes to the SAT, a college entrance exam, going into effect in the spring of 2016. The redesigned test reflects the real work going on in the classroom curriculum. Also, the College Board will partner with the Khan Academy to offer free test preparation. Learn more about the changes here.

Savvy Seniors: Social Security Field Office Service Changes Coming

Later this year, local Social Security offices will stop providing Social Security number printouts and benefit verification letters. People needing proof of their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits can get verification letters online instantly through a my social security account. They also can get one mailed to them by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

Affordable Care Act Resources

Starting on October 1, HealthCare.gov will be the home of the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow residents to find, compare, and purchase health coverage. Open enrollment will end on March 1, 2014. The following resources can help you find out more about the Affordable Care Act and how to obtain affordable health coverage for you and your family.

Savvy Seniors: BARD Mobile App Now Available

The BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) Mobile application for iOS devices is now available at Apple’s App Store. The app enables National Library Service (NLS) patrons to download audio and Braille books, magazines and music scores directly to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, provided they have a BARD account. NLS plans to release an app for Android devices in the near future.

Savvy Seniors: November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregiving Month and a great time to think about how you can fit exercise into your busy schedule! Being active has many benefits for caregivers including increasing your energy level; maintaining and improving your physical strength and fitness; and managing and preventing chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Check out these resources for caregivers on Go4Life:

Caregivers and Exercise--Take Time for Yourself

Helping Older Family Members Become More Active

Helping People with Alzheimer's Disease Stay Physically Active


(Source: National Institute of Health)

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader, Dies at 71

Lou Reed, leader of avante-garde band The Velvet Underground before going solo in the early Seventies, died this week (October 27) at the age of 71. He had no wish for fame, but is probably one of the best known 'unknown' musicians of the past 30 years. A songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Reed had a distinctive voice. As a member of The Velvet Underground, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. (Photo Credit: Stephen Munday. Olympics Day 13 - Lou Reed Performs At The Medal Plaza. Getty Images. 23 Feb. 2006. eLibrary. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.)

Resources for Children's App Reviews

Are you interested in finding vetted, age appropriate apps for your child to use on your mobile device? There are several great web sites out there that do just that!

CommonSenseMedia : The website that reviews children's movies, games, books and TV shows also does apps. If you are concerned about content like violence or consumerism, you'll like this website which highlights this information in the "What Parents Need to Know" section.

Best Apps for Kids: This website, developed by a mom, lets you look for apps by age, device, category or education. And they highlight free apps on Friday.

Best Kids Apps: Another site where the reviews are written by moms, this site covers the fun and games as well as the educational. You can narrow your results by platform on this site, which significantly sharpens your search at the start. There's also a link at the home page highlighting the currently popular apps.

The iMums: This is a global review site, with review from moms from all over the world. Reviews of apps for Moms and Dads and for those with Special Needs make this one unique.


Child with Apple iPad by Intel Free Press (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Tail Wagger's Bowl Event

Love to bowl? Love to help causes? This event's for you! Tail Waggers Bowl is on Saturday, November 2 at Woodland Lanes in Livonia. Tail Waggers is committed to helping owners and pets in need by providing financial assistance in emergency situations. Register on their website to attend.

World Alzheimer's Awareness Month

September is Alzheimer's World Month and PBS is raising awareness of this disease by providing audiences the opportunity to watch an interesting documentary in its entirety called, You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't. This documentary focuses on the day-to-day struggles of living with Alzheimer's from the patient's point-of-view.

Affordable Care Act Marketplace Application Checklist

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1, 2013. When you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll need to provide some information about you and your household, including income, any insurance you currently have, and some additional items. There is a checklist available at Healthcare.gov to help you assemble and organize this important information.

Health Insurance Savings

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the Health Insurance Marketplace is scheduled to open October 1, 2013. You can use the Kaiser Family Foundation’s online Subsidy Calculator to get an estimate of what your premiums and savings might be on a Marketplace plan. Keep in mind that this is just an estimate, and your actual costs may be higher or lower. When open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’ll pay for specific plans, including any savings you qualify for based on your income.

Drive Michigan's Transportation Future

You can influence the Michigan Department of Transportation planning process that identifies and funds surface transportation projects across the state. The STIP lists projects MDOT is committed to over the next four years using federal funding. These projects includes both urban and non-metropolitan roads, bridges and public transit. Now is the the time to review these plans and tell MDOT what you think. View the projects online or request a printed copy by calling 517-373-9534. Deadline for public comments is September 4, 2013.

Introduction to Pinterest - POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 AM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).