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MySpace and Facebook

Have you ever wished that you could do more with your MySpace or Facebook pages? Have you ever wondered how people customize their pages beyond the given capabilities or make those really cool apps? Well, we have a number of books that can help you do just that. Check out our selection of books for both MySpace and Facebook and get creative!

Get the Facts about Health Care Reform

Confused about the debate over health care reform? President Obama has unveiled a new "Reality Check" site to help you get the facts on this very important issue. The site has fact sheets, videos, and links to related sites such as Health Reform.gov. It also allows users to receive updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Organic Kitchen Garden

Organic Kitchen GardenOrganic Kitchen Garden by Juliet Roberts, photographs by Gavin Kingcome

This guide to growing your own food covers the basics for most edibles you can grow here in Canton. In addition to how to plant, grow, and harvest, recommended varieties are listed. Beautifully photographed, this is a handy guide all gardeners of edibles will want to check out.

National Resurrect Romance Week August 9-15th

As we wind down the summer sun, let's take a stroll shall we? This is National Resurrect Romance Week and this week take that certain someone out for a romantic drive, quiet picnic by the lake, or a moonlit walk followed by ice cream at your local ice cream shop. Being romantic doesn't have to have large, sweeping gestures, because romance, after all, is simple, quiet, and knowing. Leave a note in your sweetheart's lunch, pick some wildflowers and surprise that certain someone, watch their favorite movie and not complain about it, bake their favorite dessert or dinner, let your wife hold the remote control, or read each other some of our delicious poetry about love and romance.

Advice for New Teachers

Not only is it a busy time for families to get ready for the start of school, but for teachers as well. The Master Teacher shares the wisdom and advice for new teachers who are about to step into the classroom for the first time.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Josh Bishop

Travel writer and Michigan native Josh Bishop provides an insider’s view of the Upper Peninsula, from Mackinac Island’s horse-drawn carriages and historic Grand Hotel to the dense yet easily accessible Hiawatha National Forest. Moon Michigan's Upper Peninsula gives you all the points of interest and the finest attractions and the finest attractions and maps to help one plan a perfect trip to the Upper Peninsula.

Young people make our history great!

Have you heard of Kory Johnson? Kory was nine years old in 1988 when she started Children for a Safe Environment, an organization that helps to make sure water is safe for us to drink. Want to learn more about kids who made their mark on American history? Check out We Were There Too by Phillip Hoose. In this great history book you'll find true stories, photos and other primary documents to help you envision what it was like to be a young person and stand up for what you believe.

Sewing Green

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching by Betz White, photographs by John Gruen

This slim paperback is packed with projects to wear and use, for grown-ups, children, and your home. The instructions for each project include information on how to reuse and upcycle materials you may already have on hand, and the results are simple and elegant.

The Summer of '69

Do you remember Hurricane Camille? Woodstock? Apollo 11? The Manson Murders? The Stonewall Riots? If so, do you remember what all of these history making events have in common? They all occurred in the Summer of 1969. For an overview of some of these events check out CNN's Special page. For a perspective on the entire year you can also read Rob Kirkpatrick's recent book 1969: the Year Everything Changed. Or check out Wikipedia's timeline for a day-by-day breakdown of this seminal year in American history.

Tigers...you're not done yet!

Summer is still in the air, so fans, that means the Tigers are not done yet! So far their away record hasn't been so slick, but there is hope. In our series against the Texas Rangers, we did take one of the three games that we played. Not stellar, but one is better than none. Hopefully in the next series we have coming up against Cleveland we will add more wins to our belt. While you wait in a hot dog fueled anticipation, be sure to check out these titles we have on the Detroit Tigers to help pass the time until first pitch!

An Anne Frank Diary Anniversay

Saturday, August 1, marks the 65th anniversary of Anne Frank's last diary entry. Written while her family was in hiding from the Nazis, the diary has gone on to become a beloved classic around the world. The library owns several copies of the book, including abridged versions for younger readers. There are also many other Holocaust survivor books available to further your knowledge of this tragic period in history.

Henry Ford and Fordlandia

Fordlandia : the rise and fall of Henry Ford's forgotten jungle city by Greg Grandin documents Henry Ford's 1927 purchase of a Connecticut-sized plot of land in Brazil for the purpose of growing rubber. The South American leaf blight and the advent of synthetic rubbers forced the company to abandon Fordlandia in 1945, long after Ford had poured millions of dollars and years of strenuous effort into the project. Grandin argues that this was more than an economic venture. It was a missionary application of Ford-style capitalism--high wages, humane benefits, moral improvement to a backward land.

Poetry for the Whole Family

I recently completed the Canton Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program and I can't stop thinking about the poetry book I read for the Minimalism Category of the Master Level; The Poets Corner: The One and Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family. The poems were selected by John Lithgow who grew up listening to his grandmother recite poetry. It's a wonderful introduction to poetry and presents an inside look into the poets lives with mini-biographies alongside their work. Be sure to listen to the accompanying MP3 with performers such as Morgan Freeman, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close and many more.

Traverse City Film Festival

The 2009 Traverse City Film Festival opens today at the historic State Theatre. Originally opened in 1918 the theatre has been the main venue of the festival since it began in 2005. This year's offerings include The Answer Man starring  Michigan's own Jeff Daniels, and Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. The festival ends on August 2.

Restore the Roar!

Are you ready for some football?  Did you know that Lions' training camp begins on Friday?  Let's show them our support by getting into the Lions spirit!  Check out books on the Detroit Lions, and quarterback

From Page to Stage

I always enjoy movie adaptations of favorite books. Even when I don't agree with the director's interpretation of the work (the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince had me downright angry!) there is a special magic in seeing beloved characters come to life on screen. If you also enjoy books and their film adapations, here's a list for you.

Atonement: Book / DVD

Travel

  Do you like to travel?  My husband and I have enjoyed travelling over the last ten years.

     Two of our favorite spots are Ireland and the state of Hawaii.

      We went to Ireland with Kelly Tours in 2006.  We joined the second tour that visited three spots in

Northern Ireland.  This was of particular interest to me because my father was born in Belfast and lived

there until he was eighteen.  My husband and I watched 3 tapes which highlighted many interesting locations in Northern Ireland and Ireland.  The titles of these medias are

Growing Your Own Vegetables

Cover of the book Growing Your Own VegetablesGrowing Your Own Vegetables: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide by Carla Emery and Lorene Edwards Forkner covers the gamut of the home veg garden, from planning and layout to specific info on onions, legumes, herbs, and more. Handy tips and solid instruction.

Cow - poetic inspiration or just a dairy source

cowIn support of Cow Appreciation Day, celebrated on July 25th, break out your creative juices...let the milk of inspiration flow. In honor of our bovine friends, create a mosaic, paint a picture, write a narrative poem, or make up an interpretive dance! If you need some artistic reference, check out this handy website all about cow art! After all, how can you not love a cow?

New Bengali, Panjabi, and Urdu Books

The new International Language books are coming in almost too fast to blog! Fiction, cookbooks, biographies and so much more can be found on the shelf, or by searching online.