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Murder Will Out: 2011 Edgar Award Nominees

The Mystery Writers of America have announced the 2011 nominations for the Edgar Awards. A complete list of the nominees is available on the MWA website. The awards will be made on April 28, 2011 at the 65th Annual Mystery Writers of America Edgar syposium held in New York City at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Best Novel Nominees

Sewing School

Sewing school: 21 sewing projects kids will love to make by Amie Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle; photography by Justin Fox Burks — This book is a perfect place for any kid to start to learn to sew. For that matter, it's so easy to follow and well-designed, it's a great start for a sewing novice of any age. Covering hand-stitching and basic sewing machine techniques, you can learn to make a pincushion, a pillow, and a stuffed animal just to start with.

Employee Engagement 101

Although it's not a new concept, management books regarding employee engagement are a popular trend. They are an interesting point of view for both managers as well as employees.

The 2020 workplace: how innovative companies attract, develop, and keep tomorrow's employees today by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd

Employees first, customers second: turning conventional management upside down by Vineet Nayar

The talent masters: why smart leaders put people before numbers by Bill Conaty and Ram Charan

More from This Old House

The March/2011 issue of This Old House contains 52 Quick Fix-It Trricks, remoldeling money savers, how to problems and many other DIY shortcuts for your reading. This Old House is part of the CPL Adult magazine collection and also available at thisoldhouse.com.

Living Book: Craig Perdue


Craig Perdue, Naturalist and Primitive Technologist, shows us how Glory, the gregarious Harris Hawk, and Jasper, the Great Horned Owl, get trained to follow using behavioral psychology. Mr. Perdue also tells us about his lifetime love of nature and the skills to survive and thrive in it. Check out Mr. Perdue as a Living Book at Canton Public Library!

Lots of Snow… Thaw Your Creativity

Well, we may have gotten buckets of snow dumped on us but that doesn't mean our creative juices have to be frozen up too. Instead, let your creativity thaw out and have fun creating snow poems, cut out and decorate snowflakes, or build a snowman (or a snowcat) in your front yard. The possiblities are endless. Have fun!

Refresh Your Home

Refresh your home: simple projects and tips to save money, update, and renovate by editors of the Family handyman — Do you ever watch home improvement shows and then look around at your house and think that it's never that easy in your own home? This book has 500 projects, ranging from installing a dimmer switch to mixing your own window cleaner to building a deck planter. It also includes a ton of tips for choosing the best tools and products for the job.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

Mennonite in a little black dress: a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen. Full of wit and humor, this book is a charming story of moving home to heal from both a broken marriage and an injury. An eccentric, Mennonite family welcomes the author.

Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic

Drives of a lifetime: 500 of the world's most spectacular trips — This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner gives you every bit of information you'll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world's most fascinating locales. This practical travel planner provides specific, in-depth descriptions of the sights each drive offers. A clear, detailed, easy-to-read map of each route. Useful information on the best time to travel. And insider tips to help you get the most out of every fabulous trip. Abundant sidebars call your attention to standout sights along the drive or entertaining background information on the region and its culture.

Appetite for Reduction

Appetite for reduction: 125 fast & filling low-fat vegan recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz — Are you trying to lose weight? Looking for a healthy way to do so? Don't be put off by the word 'vegan' in the title here — you don't have to adopt a fully vegan lifestyle to take advantage of some of the benefits. Even eating vegan now and then can help you to reduce your weight and improve your health. This book contains tips, recipes, and more info about eating vegan and eating healthy.

Hot Chocolate

For years I regarded hot chocolate as a warm childhood memory, long pushed aside for the bitter deliciousness that is my morning espresso. After two eye-opening hot chocolate experiences: a thick, sweet cup in NY at Jacques Torres Chocolate and another equally thick, but less sweet serving in Ann Arbor at Frita Batidos, the quest to create my own perfect hot chocolate began.

A Dog Year

Based on the 2003 memoir by best-selling author Jon Katz, A Dog Year tells the story of a writer going through a midlife crisis who agrees to adopt a high-strung border collie with issues named Devon. Read the book or watch the movie.

The New Frugality

The new frugality : how to consume less, save more, and live better by Chris Farrell — Are you looking for small changes you can make in your everyday life to save money? Perhaps to streamline things so that life feels less complicated? This book has many great tips based on a philosophy of living with a "margin of safety" and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Many of the ideas here seem like common sense but that you might not have thought about.

Wicked Reads

If you like fiction about vampires, werewolves and other paranormal beings, then give these books about witches a try:

Brida: a novel by Paulo Coelho; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

Waking the witch by Kelley Armstrong

My favorite witch by Lisa Plumley

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Nicklas Lidstrom Promotes Exercise, Good Diet at Field Elementary

Hi Everyone! Be sure to check out this article from the Canton Patch. The very lucky students of Field Elementary got a visit from Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lindstrom. He spent some time talking to them about exercise, proper eating, and being healthy. Also, be sure to check out our hockey books… it's a great sport that will definitely keep you physically fit. Enjoy!

New Dietary Guidlines Released

On January 31, 2011, the The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services released the new Dietary Guidelines 2010. With the new 7th edition, there is more emphasis on balancing healthy eating and physical activity. Click here for the link to the website and be sure to check out our books on healthy eating.

Happy Birthday Thomas Edison

Today is Thomas Edison's 164th birthday. Thomas Edison was one of the world's most famous inventors. Some of his inventions include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and an electric light bulb. He has 1,093 U.S. patents under his belt making him one of, if not the, most achieved inventors of all time. Learn more about Thomas Edison and his inventions.

Grow your own nutrition

Did you know that there are many really easy to grow veggies that are super-nutritious? Some of them are even extremely tasty, like the sweet peas (from my garden) pictured here. You may find yourself eating them right off the vine! Check out this Top Ten list and start planning your garden for this summer.

Homegrown vegetables, fruits, and herbs: a bountiful, healthful garden for lean times by Jim Wilson; photography by Walter Chandoha

Saving and Sharing Seeds

Seed libraries are a way for people to share the seeds from the plants they grow, as well as to gain access to other heirloom varieties with which their neighbors may have had good luck. The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library is one such organization, which appears to be working well. Have you swapped seeds with others? Do you keep your own library of seeds from year to year? Would you be interested in participating in a seed swap in Canton? For more info on saving seeds, check out this article:

ACT Test Prep Guides

Canton residents can register for the ACT Prep Class with Sylvan Learning Center on February 15th with a valid Canton Public Library card. Seats are still available so don't wait to sign up!

ACT: premier

Cracking the ACT by Geoff Martz, Kim Magloire, and Theodore Silver

ACT: strategies, practice, and review