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November 8 is National Parents as Teachers Day

Parents as Teachers Day was established in 2001 to pay tribute to the thousands of trained and certified parent educators who provide guidance to parents of young children during their critical years of development. The program is free and participation is voluntary. More than 3000 programs are active around the world.

Listening Outside of Your Comfort Zone

I thought of headlining this blog entry, "Free Samples," but that might send the wrong message. What I want to tout is the wonderful opportunity that the library's music collection offers for people to step outside of their list of favorite performers and discover something new... and you can do it without having to buy CDs or purchase songs on the Internet. You just check CDs out from the library, try 'em and you'll probably find something you like. Of course, you can find your favorites here, too... Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Joni MItchell, Arcade Fire, Harry Connick Jr, Kenny G, etc.

It's beginning to SOUND a lot like Christmas

I was looking at the list of New Materials for this week and was struck by the number of holiday music CDs we've recently acquired. Just in time, too, as snow as predicted for this week. I think Christmas with the Smithereens would be a welcome alternative to my usual holiday listening. What's your favorite holiday soundtrack?

Storytime Registration - TUESDAY 11/6

Due to a technical problem, Storytime registration will now open at 9AM on Tuesday, November 6. Thank you for your patience!

Congrats Plymouth-Canton Marching Band!

Plymouth-Canton's Marching Band was its 21st state championship sponsored by the Michigan Competitive Band Association on Saturday at Ford Field with a score of 91.7. Their next challenge is the Bands of America Grand National Championship, Nov 14-17, in Indianapolis, the premier marching band event in the nation. How cool is that?!

NCLB Act II Blog

Stay informed on the latest developments on the NCLB reauthorization debate in Congress by following a new blogger who's an Education Week reporter.

Celebrate St. Patty's Day Early!

Blackthorn will welcome vistors to the Village Theater on Thursday, November 29 to experience their rich tapestry of Celtic Music. Legions of local fans will join them for traditional songs of emigration, sea shanties, and haunting jigs that will combine with some of Ireland's bests contemporary songs for a musical experience that captures the beauty, history & legend of Ireland and its people. They've grown a rabid following of devoted fans over the years and welcome new listeners to join the party! This promises to be an evening of rollicking Irish fun! Don't miss out! Showtime is 8pm & tickets are only $10 for all seats. Visit for more details!!

New program calendar debuts

Check out the new version of our online program calendar. It makes find the classes and programs that most interest you even easier. Enter a search term or select an age group to find programs. Change the view from a calendar grid to a list by clicking the view selector at the top of the page. Click on a program to see a description or register. You can also search the catalog for materials right from the program calendar.

Happy Halloween from CPL staff

It's all treats, no tricks at the Canton Public Library. Stop in and show us your costume.

Can I recycle that?

Ever wondered what to do with all the extraneous stuff that seems to collect around the house? How Can I Recycle This? offers suggestions for a myriad of materials. You can also suggest an item to be added - there are lots of great ideas in the comments for many of the items on the site (often many more ideas than are in the original post), making this a really useful and fun site. Their sister site, Can I Compost This? has tips for what items will work in your compost pile (the set up of this site is a little unusual - you need to click on the categories on the left side of the page to get to all the good info).

Top 35 Green Blogs

There are countless blogs that focus on green topics, ranging from consumer information to household tips, from technology to fashion. Read/Write Web has put together a list of 35 of their favorite environmental blogs. There are even more recommended blogs in the comments. Several of my favorites are mentioned in this top 35 list, including Treehugger, EcoGeek, and Hippy Shopper.

More than $30,000 in prizes up for grabs in statewide contest

The Center for Michigan, a 501c3 nonprofit think tank, is hosting a contest for Michigan citizens of all ages. Just tell them in words, photos or video what you envision for the state of Michigan. The competition is open through March, 2008. For details, visit The Center for Michigan website. You can also learn about online community forums and other ways to share your opinions about the future of the Great Lake State.

And the Band Plays On...

Plymouth-Canton Band will seek its 4th national crown at Ford Field on Saturday, Nov 3rd. The MCBA sponsors the annual state band championship contest to promote instrumental education in Michigan schools. Read today's article in the Detroit Free Press to find out how much practice, discipline and commitment it takes to achieve perfection. Good Luck Plymouth-Canton Marching Band!

Have Gun, Will Travel

Time for a nostalgia trip! The library has all episodes of the first three seasons (of six, from 1957-1963) of the Richard Boone western, Have Gun Will Travel. I checked out Season Two, Disc One and found a few surprises among some nice memories. What impressed me the most was how much story they could pack into a half-hour drama (something like 23 minutes without commercials). The writers for all six episodes were different, including one by Gene Roddenberry. And then there was Charles Bronson guesting in "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk." It's a Cyrano de Bergerac-like tale with Bronson not playing a tough guy, but instead a love-struck, tongue-tied rancher. At the close of each episode, I could almost hear my parents telling me it's time for bed, to which I would respond, "Aw, can't I stay up for Gunsmoke?"

Canton Public Library links up with Macy's Museum Adventure Pass program

Starting today, October 25, your Canton Public Library can get you free admission to 25 local arts and cultural organizations, courtesy of Macy's and the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. The Canton Public Library is one of 162 libraries participating in providing free passes to local museums, cultural centers and historical sites. It is designed to enhance the learning experience for people of all ages through books and other library materials and to provide access to the arts. Each library card holder can check out a pass for two or four admissions, depending on attraction, valid for one week. One pass per library card per week, no holds or renewals. Each attraction has five passes available. For a list of participating cultural organizations, visit Detroit Adventure Pass.

New Romance Bookmarks


By clicking on the link to CPL's Romance Bookmarks, you can take a look at three recently updated bookmarks--Comic Contemporary Romances, Humorous Historical Romances, and Vampire Romances . Print out a copy, or come to the library and grab one from the holder at the end of the Romance Shelves.

Sunset at the Library

Leaving the library around sunset on Tuesday evening, you could easily imagine the glow from the tragic fires in California spreading eastward across the country to Canton.

The Grateful Dead: A Meditation on Music, Meaning, and Memory

I met Gary Burnett, a professor of information studies from Florida State, on a Milwaukee airport shuttle the other day. We are both in town for a conference on social computing and I learned that he uses a text book written by one of my former professors, for a course on abstracting and indexing. Gary and I also share a passion for similiar genres of music. When I looked him up on the web I found, among many interesting links, a particularly engaging essay about his experiences at Grateful Dead concerts, which I've linked from the title of this post. Your either on the shuttle or you're off the shuttle :)

MRSA Outbreaks in Local Schools

Staph bacteria is a common cause for skin infections in the U.S. Most of these skin irritations are minor and treatable with antibiotics. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a type of staph that's drug-resistant making it a serious health issue. Please click the link above from the CDC for more information on prevention.

MEAP Writing Test Retake Nov 5-13

The Michigan Department of Education has ordered all of the state's 5th and 6th graders to retake the writing portion of the MEAP Test. Schools will receive a one-week window next month to administer the replacement tests.