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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.

A few of my favorite things


Favorite color: green. Favorite mystery author: Dorothy Sayers. Favorite database: Factiva. Yes, trust a librarian to have a favorite database, but if you want business info from a variety of international sources, try this database under Business and Investment in the link above and you may soon discover that you too have a favorite database.

Green efforts pay off!

Our paper recycling bin has been getting a lot of use by Canton residents. As soon as it's emptied, it's filled right up again with newspapers, junk mail, magazines, catalogs and home and office papers. The official amount collected so far is 17,339.34 lbs. of paper That's a little over 27 cubic yards of stuff that will be recycled instead of going into a landfill. For more earth-friendly information visit the Canton Green Resources page on our website.

Put Your Prof to the Test

Curious how former students rated your professor's teaching style or likability on campus? Check out this website that provides written feedback about students' overall experience in their classes. Search rankings for 133 Michigan-based schools and more than 4,000 schools nationwide.

Lunch and a Book has announced next book discussion selections!

Check out our newest selections for our "Lunch and a Book" book club. "Lunch and a Book" meets the second Thursday of every month at noon in the community room. Our next book club meeting is November 8 where we will discuss "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus. Not your cup of tea? Join us another time for another book.

It Wasn't a 'John Wayne Weekend'

Not sure how else to describe the music and movies encountered during the past weekend, but if there was a common thread, that might be it. It opened with a viewing of Oh What a Lovely War, the 1969 film directed by Richard Attenborough and starring a who's who of British drama at the time (John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Michael Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, etc.). It was adapted from a stage musical, but that didn't make any difference to an impressionable mind in 1969. I remembered it as Fellini-esque in the manner in which it addresses WWI and the patriotic buildup to that conflict, and the description still holds true. But the movie was a bit of a letdown, maybe because we have our own wars to deal with today.

Canton Twp. Recycling Program

The Canton Board of Trustees will meet for a study session on October 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss implementing a single stream recycling pilot program in select Canton neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to increase the number of items that can be recycled and increase overall participation in the township's recycling program. From the success of our paper recycling bin and other inquiries we receive here at the library , it seems as if this topic is very important to Canton residents. Make sure you give your input to the planning committee. Visit for contact information.

Free Winter Car Inspection

Get a free winter car care maintenance inspection at participating AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) facilities in the state. The inspections, which will be offered through October are free for all Michigan motorists, AAA membership is not required. To find a AAR facility near you, call (800) 222-6424.

Possible MEAP Retake

The writing exam portion of the MEAP completed by 5th and 6th graders across the state may have to be retaken. A reporter for the Jackson Citizen Patriot was assigned to do a story on the 1st day of the 3-week MEAP exam period and was in the classroom while students were taking the test. The photographer also took photos of the students taking the test. Both violations of MEAP rules. Read on for the reporter's public statement: MEAP Story Statement by Chad Livengood

State-by-State Report Card

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business coalition representing millions of businesses of all sizes here and abroad. Last year, they asked a panel of experts to analyze educational statistics from all 50 states to measure academic achievement. View the clickable map to show how each state ranked.

Updated Photo Galleries

The photo galleries that make up part of our Internet Branch have just been updated, complete with images of some relatively recent changes to the library. If you're an online-only library user, we encourage you to take a look. We're pretty sure you'll find a reason or two (or more) to visit in person!

Warm drink for cool days

Now that the cool temperatures of fall have arrived, something hot and yummy to drink seems very appropriate. I heartily recommend the Apple Harvest drink from our Jungle Java Express. A hot apple cider-type drink with a hint of cinnamon, topped with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. It smells great and it's the perfect thing on these cool (soon to be cold) fall days.

Choose your catalogs to go green

At our house, we get a huge number of catalogs - sometimes more than five in one day. A few we've requested and want those to keep coming, but the vast majority go straight into the recycling bin. Now we can opt out of those unwanted catalogs at Catalog Choice. It's free and easy to sign up and start reducing the amount of paper coming into your home.

Feast of Love

You know what they say, "the book was better than the movie," and one person's opinion is that it holds true in this case. Charles Baxter's Feast of Love is much better than the movie that's currently playing in local theatres. That's not to say that the movie isn't worth seeing--what starring Morgan Freeman isn't?--it's just that it disappoints in comparison to the book. I have to ask two questions. Why did they set it in Portland, Oregon instead of Michigan, as in the book? Than what was the director thinking when casting so many of the prominent female roles as near look-alikes?

David Sedaris-now playing at the Canton Public Library

Humorist and commentator David Sedaris has sold out his October 14 performance at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill. But don't despair--Mr. Sedaris "performs" every day here at the Canton Public Library and there's no admission charge. Use your Canton Public Library card to check out an audiobook copy of Barrel Fever and Other Stories or download an audiofile of Sedaris' live performance at Carnegie Hall or listen to a Playaway (portable preloaded mp3 audiobook) of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. It's the next best thing to being there and you can listen to the really funny parts over and over again. Sort of like Tivo only better. To find even more selections by David Sedaris, just enter his name as "author" when you search our catalog.

Smart College Tours

In this past Sunday's USAWeekend ThinkSmart section, parenting expert Ann Pleshette Murphy, who also appears on ABC's Good Morning America, recommends tips for taking campus tours with your freshman-to-be. The library also has Guide to College Visits to help you plan a successful trip.

Need Resources for Your Next Paper?

School has started and with it RESEARCH PAPERS! The hardest part of a research paper is starting. So make it easy on yourself and start your search with WilsonSelect Plus - a great database to search for articles on topics such as science, humanities, education and/or business. WilsonSelectPlus is also searchable in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (Traditional & Simplified).

More Students=More Competition

The Free Press reports a record number of high school graduates, the largest class in U.S. history, will become next year's college freshman. Top students will face tougher competition for college admission into the nation's most prestigious schools. Author Peter Van Bus Kirk advises students to choose a school that works best for them. Read more in his book, Winning the College Admission Game

Try Oprah's Newest Book Club pick in the original Spanish!

Oprah's most recent selection is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not only do we have the English translations, we have El amor en los tiempos del colera in the original Spanish in our International Language Collection.