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Impressions in Pastel


mary cassattToday is the birth anniversary of American Impressionist, Mary Cassatt.

Michigan Wine

You probably already know that Michigan makes cars and cereal but did you know Michigan produces wine too? There are over sixty commercial vineyards in the state. Many of these vineyards are in southern or western Michigan. Both red and white wines are produced. Learn more about Michigan wines and wineries by reading "From the Vine" by Sharon Kegerreis or visiting The Michigan Wines site.

Happy Birthday Mia Hamm and "Sugar Ray" Leonard

This sunny May 17th, we have two high profile birthdays to celebrate. It is the birthday of boxer "Sugar Ray" Leonard born on this date in 1956 and also soccer player, Mia Hamm, who was born on this date in 1972. Both of these figures have had illustrious careers in their sports field and we wish them a heartfelt happy birthday! Be sure to check out our books on both of these famous, amazing athletes!

Keep the Beard Growing!

It'll be an Original Six matchup in the NHL Western Conference Finals when the Detroit Red Wings take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!  The series begins this Sunday at the Joe.  Read more about hockey history in Brian McFarlane's Original Six Series here at CPL.  Go Wings!!

Most Popular Baby Names

The Social Security Administration recently released its annual list of the country's most popular baby names, and for the first time since 1995 the most popular girl's name is not Emily. The new winner is Emma, followed by Isabella, Emily, Madison and Ava. The name Jacob retained its top spot on the boy's list for the tenth straight year, followed by Michael, Ethan, Joshua and Daniel.

What the World Eats

What the World EatsWhat the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio, is a look at families from around the world and what they eat in a typical week. The menu varies widely, as you can imagine, and there is quite a bit of variety represented. Interspersed with the photos and interviews with the families are facts about nutrition, health, wealth, and a bunch of other topics that relate to what we eat.

Food Parisian Style

Clotilde Dusoulier writes one of the most charming food blogs around. Chocolate & Zucchini is a sprightly english language blog about French (mostly) food. She brings the same flair to Chocolate & Zucchini the cookbook, and Clotilde's edible adventures in Paris, a guide to groceries and restaurants in Paris.

I Heart Mom!


Because I Love HerMother's Day is this Sunday and Because I Love Her celebrates the deepest bonds between mothers and their daughters. This collection of the best female literary writers of our time reveals what their mothers taught them, what they want to impart to their daughters and what they learned as the bridge between the two.

The Transcontinental Railroad

One hundred and forty years ago an historic ceremony marked the beginning of a transportation revolution in the United States. During the Civil War, Congress had enacted legislation providing for the construction of a transcontinental line to be be built by two separate companies. In 1863 the Union Pacific Railroad began construction from Omaha, Nebraska, while the Central Pacific began at Sacramento, California.

Be Creative

CraftsMartha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts; and A-To-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration is truly a gift for crafters.  The beautiful designs and photographs provide
a multitude of  ideas for projects.  Everything you need to know:  supplies, templates, techniques.  A lasting reference for crafters and artisans.

Home Run History

babe ruthToday fans, is a legendary day. May 6, 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while batting for the Boston Red Sox.  As history tells us, he only went on from there to become a bigger and bigger sports legend. Enjoy our many materials highlighting the life and career of this powerful baseball slugger!

Cash for Clunkers Bill

President Obama and members of the United States House of Representatives have reached an agreement on a bill that could offer as many as one million vehicle buyers a voucher for up to $4,500. Designed to help the struggling automotive industry, these vouchers could be applied to passengers cars, trucks and work vehicles. Under this plan, old passenger cars and trucks being traded in would have to get less than 18 m.p.g. Stay tuned as details are hammered out. In the meantime stop by the library to look at the Car & Driver 2009 Buyers Guide take a peek at all of the new and exciting vehicles available.

Made From Scratch

Made From ScratchMade From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich is another ‘how I did it’ book about living a DIY sustainable lifestyle. The book covers a wide variety of activities (a number of which may not even occur to you as particularly unusual): keeping chickens, bees, working dogs, and rabbits; growing food; baking bread; thrifting; sewing and knitting, and playing music on traditional instruments like dulcimer and banjo.

Batman Debuts 70 years ago!

Guess what Bat-fans...our hero, Batman, first put fear in the hearts of the notorious criminals of Gotham City 70 years ago today! Holy time flies Batman! If you are in need of a bat-fix until another movie comes out, check out the awesome graphic novels, movies, nonfiction encyclopedias, and cartoons we have here at the library. Hold on to your hats fellow bat-o-philes, the ride has been a wild one so far...what could be up the sleeve of Gotham's sleekest knight? Can't wait for the next 70 years to find out!

On Being a Grandmother

Eye of My HeartEye of My Heart is an emotional and engaging collection of essays by 27 writers who describe how the love they feel for their grandchildren is elevated to a whole new level. For some, grandmotherhood is parenting a grandchild; while others welcome the opportunity to feel young again and be indulgent. These are real stories that resonate true in today's busy, complicated world.

Information About the Swine Flu

There has been a flurry of reports about the swine flu lately, some reassuring and some causing alarm.  This isn't the first time that this strain of flu has sickened people; reports of the swine flu were documented in 1976 and 1988. 
The CDC has prepared an online document to help educate and prepare the public for this flu.  For a historical perspective of influenza, read The Great Influenza: the Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry.  Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

Moving on Up

Well fans, Round 1 against the Colombus Blue Jackets ended with our hometown heroes moving on to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while leaving those Blue Jackets at the cleaners! Will Lord Stanely once again grace our ice as we revel in being hockey champions? Only time will tell, but until then, checkout the Detroit Red Wings website for all the most up to date information on our boys in red.

It takes a long time to grow an old friend

Girls From AmesJeffrey Zaslow, columnist for the Wall Street Journal and co-author of "The Last Lecture," has written a journalistic account of the lifelong friendship between 11 girls born in Ames, Iowa, in 1962-1963. The book, "The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women & a Forty-Year Friendship," describes the turning points in women's friendships and why women, more than men, hang onto their longterm friends.

Farewell, My Subaru

Farewell, My SubaruFarewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living is Doug Fine's autobiographical account of his radical lifestyle change from nomadic journalist to sustainable desert rancher. Fine leaves behind a life of convenience, instead choosing to raise a couple of temperamental milk goats and make his newly acquired New Mexico property (lovingly christened the Funky Butte Ranch) into a self-sufficient, solar-powered homestead.

Missing Money

Four years ago, a high school friend of mine called me and told me that  he had seen my name on the "missingmoney.com" website as having a check for less than $100.00 in the Michigan Department of the Treasury "Missing Money" account.  I went to the website, filled out the downloadable application and 3 weeks or so thereafter, I had a check in the mail for $75.00.

I thought, because of these difficult financial times, and because The Canton Public Library has a duty and a purpose to help the Community and our Patrons get through them, that I would share the website, which is  www.missingmoney.com.  This website is subscribed to by the Treasury Department of 26 states, and 2 Canadian Provinces.  It is not one of those "Send us some money, and we'll what happens" sites.