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Host a Virtual Garage Sale

Everyone has unwanted stuff at home, but hosting a real garage sale can be a time consuming and complex process. Did you know that many of those items you are tripping over can be sold online, on your terms and at your own pace? Join us Tuesday June 28th at 2:00PM in the Internet Lab for tips on how to host your own Virtual Garage Sale. We will discuss ways to unload your items and make a little extra cash on sites like Ebay, Etsy, and Craiglist.

Nintendo Introduces Next Home Console

Nintendo announced the next generation home console, Wii U, this week. It includes a touch screen controller, motion control, and HD graphics. You can check out demo video, and find more information on the E3 website. So far, there isn't a specific release date for the Wii U, but I suspect we will be waiting a while.

Murder Will Out: Arthur Ellis Awards 2011 Announced

Bury Your Dead: Book JacketThe Crime Writers of Canada announced the winners of this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead won for Best Crime Novel and The Debba by Avner Mandelman was chosen Best First Crime Novel.

Michigan Tax Amnesty In Effect Until June 30th

The State of Michigan is offering delinquent taxpayers the opportunity to pay past due state taxes and have penalty charges waived. Taxpayers who qualify would also avoid criminal prosecution by the Michigan Department of Treasury. To be eligible, all taxpayers must submit the complete amnesty application and full payment, including interest, by June 30, 2011. Visit mitaxamnesty.org for more information.

Batter Up!

Get your math bat out (otherwise known as your brain) and have fun playing Math Baseball! This fun game is part of the Funbrain website. It has different levels of difficulty and also different skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you can test your math magic on. Each time you get a right answer you get a home run! Have fun!

Cyberchase Games Central

Even though the school year is nearly done, Cyberchase Games Central has tons of fun games that you can keep playing all during summer vacation. These games have different challenges you can solve, inventions you can make, and math problems that need to be solved. It is developed by PBS.org. Enjoy!

buymichigannow.com

The idea behind Buy Michigan Now is to challenge supporters of the state to factor Michigan into their buying decisions — when possible, buy locally. Buy Michigan Now makes it easy to do this by providing a directory where you can look up Michigan businesses that meet one of the following criteria:
  1. They operate entirely in Michigan
  2. They are headquartered in Michigan with additional operations outside the state
  3. They are a Michigan-owned franchise or affiliate with some fees or revenue paid out of state
One great reason to buy locally is to reduce your carbon footprint, for more local green resources check out the CPL's Canton Green Resources.

Cool Math Games

Do you need some math help because you find the subject completely dull? Is math just not your thing and you feel like each day in Math class is a struggle? Check out this fun website Cool Math 4 Kids. It is chock full of fun math games that hit up all the major topics including decimals, long division, fractions, and much more! Have fun!

Mexico

Discover the fascinating world of Mexico. There are several hidden treasures just waiting to be explored. Ancient Aztec pyramids, authentic foods and fantastic shopping. Whether you're looking to visit past civilizations or simply lay on the beach and work on your golf game… Mexico can accommodate. Also while you are at the library check out the colorful Mexican display in the East display cabinet in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

African Tribes

It's always good to have options and different sources of information for school reports and assignments. For those kids looking for report information on African Tribes, here are some websites for you. Art and Life in Africa: Peoples Resource and Information on African Tribes and African People. These sites are a quick way to find information on tribes, especially when a book is not available.

Time Management

There are many approaches to seeking self-actualization; and the library is a great place to find self-help materials about them. If you're interested in realizing your full potential, your method of achieving that goal might include minimalism, and it will likely require time management:

Work

Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity by David Allen

The 80/20 individual: how to accomplish more by doing less — the nine essentials of 80/20 success at work by Richard Koch

Ozone Action Days Begin May 1

It doesn't feel warm enough, but Ozone Action season started May 1. Consider carpooling and using transit for cleaner air and the fuel savings.

May is Older Americans Month 2011

Since 1963, May has been declared Older Americans Month by the Agency on Aging. The theme of this year's celebration — Older Americans: Connecting the Community — pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. It also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier and more engaged lives.

Go Tigers!

Hey Tigers fans! Did you get the chance to see our team beat the Chicago White Sox this weekend? Truly a weekend of great baseball! A little chilly for the season, but you could feel the excitement with each of our boys crossing over homeplate. Be sure to check out the Official Detroit Tigers website for all the latest on our team and you chance to order tickets and be at the game! Now that baseball season has begun, I can smell spring in the air!

AAAMath

Do you find that your math homework can be really difficult? Are there concepts that you are struggling with that you wish you knew more about? Check out the website AAAMath! They have hundreds of pages that talk about basic math skills and have examples to go with most of their content. Good Luck!

Keeping Track of Your Classes, Grades, and Teachers Just Got Easier

MyEdu.com is a free website dedicated to keeping your schedule, and other important information, all in one place. Once you have created an account, you can look up your school and classes and add them to your personal schedule. The website also includes helpful information on ACT and SAT test prep, choosing the perfect school for you, and staying on track with homework.

Chicks 4 Charity offer Scholarship Opportunity

Canton's Woman’s Life Society Chapter 827, Chicks 4 Charity, is currently offering scholarships totaling $2000 for both full ($1,000) and part time ($500) college students. Applicants must reside in Canton, Plymouth, Belleville or Westland and be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited Michigan college, university or trade school in the fall of 2011. Application Deadline to apply is June 13, 2011. Winner will be notified by July 18, 2011. For more information see the attached application form.

How Do We Age?

Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries will receive an invitation in May to be part of a special study looking at the impact of age-related changes on functional ability. The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) will be seeking some 9,000 people aged 65 and older to participate in this long-term study, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. NHATS will examine how the daily lives of older adults change as they age. Participants will be randomly chosen from across the country.

Alzheimer's Diagnostic Guidelines Updated

For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder. The National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s Association Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease outline some new approaches for clinicians and provide scientists with more advanced guidelines for moving forward with research on diagnosis and treatments.
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