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The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting

The complete photo guide to knitting by Margaret Hubert — This guide is a perfect choice for someone just learning to knit, but is also a handy reference for more experienced knitters. The photographs are extremely clear, making it easy to connect the instructions with the look of the technique being demonstrated. There are also a handful of fun patterns appropriate for beginner to intermediate knitters.

Aphasia

Did you know over a million Americans live with Aphasia every day and it can occur in people of any age?  What's  Aphasia?  It is a language disorder usually caused by a stroke, head injury, tumor, or neurological disease.  Aphasia affects talking, understanding, reading and writing.   A good book to read is Stroke Recovery Book by Kip Burkman.  Also, speaking first hand from a loved one who had a stroke there is a speech-language program at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP).  They are committed to providing intensive state-of-the-art therapy

2010 Anthony Awards Announced at Bouchercon

Announcing the results of 2010 Anthony Awards:

Best Novel

The brutal telling by Louise Penny — (Minotaur)

Also nominated

The last child by John Hart — (Minotaur)

The mystic arts of erasing all signs of death : a novel by Charlie Huston — (Ballantine Books)

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Waiting for Superman

Waiting for "Superman" — A powerful and passionate documentary, Waiting for Superman makes the case for fixing the public school system and elevating that goal as the national's highest priority. Read the review in Entertainment Weekly.

Happy Birthday Reidel Anthony!

Celebrating a birthday today is Reidel Anthony, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is turning 34 years old today! Some ways you can celebrate include checking out a book on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, peek at the Tampa Bay official website, or go outside and toss around the ol' football with some friends. Maybe even eat a little cake, too.

The Nonstop Garden

The nonstop garden : a step-by-step guide to smart plant choices and four-season landscapes by Stephanie Cohen & Jennifer Benner — We would all love for our gardens to be bursting with color and interest all year long, but it takes a little planning to achieve. Cohen and Benner offer a number of strategies for designing a year-round garden and have included ten design plans for those just starting as well as loads of suggestions for trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and more.

Little Green Dresses

Little green dresses: 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more by Tina Sparkles; photographer, Erica Beckman — Looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe without spending big bucks? Here you'll find lots of ideas for revamping existing clothing in your closet or from a thrift store, places to find inexpensive fabric, and sewing instructions for all levels. These patterns are printed so that you can photocopy onto larger paper and sew from there. Check out this Q&A with author Tina Sparkles at Craftzine.com.

Guide to Michigan Vegetable Gardening

Guide to Michigan vegetable gardening by James A. Fizzell

This is the ultimate guide to veg gardening in Michigan and includes just about everything you could ever want to know about growing your own food here in MI. In addition to full sections on virtually all the vegetables you might want to grow, this book also includes up-to-date county extension information, a hardiness zone (we're 6a here in Canton) map, and freeze. frost and precipitation details. Definitely recommended for local gardeners at all levels of experience.

Incredible Edibles

Incredible edibles : 43 fun things to grow in the city by Sonia Day ; photography Barrie Murdock

If you're looking for a few good edibles to grow, this book is a great place to start. Even if you only have a patio, balcony, or other limited area, almost all of these 43 plants are doable. These edibles are also versatile ingredients for a home cook, and are for the most part quite easy to grow. Large, crisp photographs make this book a winner.

30 Notable 30s

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, so it seems like the perfect time to note some of the other notable 30s in our history and popular culture:
  • The Thirty Years War lasted from 1618-1648. Fought primarily in what is now Germany, it eventually involved most of Europe. Although it began as a religious conflict it gradually  turned into one of the most desctructive in European history
  • thirtysomething. This television popular drama about baby boomers in their thirties ran on ABC from 1987-1991.

The Felted Bag Book

The felted bag book : 21 simple projects for every occasion by Susie Johns

Are you in the market for a sturdy bag that you can make yourself? You may find just the thing in this book of over twenty felted projects. They range from clutches to purses to totes and use a variety of techniques: knitting, crochet, wet felting, and reusing existing materials. Crafters with some experience will have a head start, but there are also projects here for beginners.

30 Absolutely Indispensable Items for Foodies: an Amazingly Idiosyncratic List

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, we're making 30-item lists of interesting facts and links. For food lovers, here's a list of great gastronomical texts:

Patricia Wells' trattoria: simple and robust fare inspired by the small family restaurants of Italy by Patricia Wells

The art of simple foods: notes, lessons, and recipes from a delicious revolution by Alice Waters, with Patricia Curtan...et al; illustrations by Patricia Curtan

Starter Vegetable Gardens

Starter vegetable gardens : 24 no-fail plans for small organic gardens by Barbara Pleasant ; photography by John Gruen

For experienced or beginner gardeners, this book has a wealth of resources for planning your veggie patch. As advertised in the title, there are 24 garden plans, but there is also a ton of really useful information about many of the plants you may want to grow. For instance, did you know that mulching your potato plants with straw can help deter Colorado Potato Beetles? See page 116 for more on that, and don't miss all the other great info included in this book.

30 Entertaining Ways to Go Green

I just read Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson — one woman's attempt to incorporate one new green activity a day into her life for one year. If you are trying to lead a greener life, but sick of feeling guilty about that one cup of coffee you had in a Styrofoam cup last week, this might be the book for you. It is told with a sense of humor and interesting Canadian view-point, but yet has some good ideas as to how to lead a greener life. In celebration of CPL's thirtieth anniversary, here are thirty of the more entertaining (and sometimes downright gross) ideas that Vanessa attempted to incorporate into her life during her one year adventure:
  1. Forgo electronic gym equipment
  2. Switch to recycled toilet paper
  3. Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues
  4. Switch to vegan-friendly dental floss
  5. Invest in permanent laser hair removal rather than shaving and waxing
  6. Pick up litter when you see it
  7. Switch to recycled, recyclable razors

Eco Books

Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor

Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.

Sew Retro

Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.

Calzones or Ravioli?

Ricotta cheese is supposed to be incredibly simple to make. I'm going to find out this weekend. If this microwave recipe works, I suspect I will never buy ricotta again. And I do hope it works because, with this colder weather, I feel like making some serious comfort food. I'm torn between the calzones from Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen and the Mashed Potato Ravioli from Italian Family Dining by Edward Giobbi. Either way, it's going to be a great dinner.

Crazy Quilt

Recently my sister gave me a section of crazy quilt that our great-grandmother had made. This inspired me to find out about how it was made. I found a book… The Magic of Crazy Quilting by Marsha Michler. It turn out to be a great resource. It covered the construction of the quilt as well as some history.

If you are interested in quilting join the Quilting Group on October 6 in the Community Room at the Library.