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Finding Time to Read, Part 3: Make it Short

Here's another idea on how to squeeze more reading into your busy schedule. Try reading shorter books or even better, a book of short stories. The shorter length makes it less intimidating than a 500 page tome. Plus, you'll get the encouraging feeling of finishing a book, making you more likely to get started on the next one. Ask a librarian to recommend a good collection of short stories and a pleasantly petite novel to get you started.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

John (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) are a married couple, yet both are living boring lives and they have both been attending marriage therapy, as their lives haven't been passionate since they got married. The thing they don't know about each other is that they are both professional assassins working for two rival agency's. They have kept this secret from each other their whole lives. John's latest assignment is to eliminate Benjamin "Tank" Danz, but it all becomes complicated when Jane is also assigned to eliminate the same target that John has been assigned to kill. Learning that they are both assassins and failing to eliminate the target, both of John and Jane's employers decides that they try to take each other out.

007 - Casino Royale

Casino Royale brought back James Bond (Daniel Craig) in to the top movies. Bond is back and he has the "license to kill" on him. Le Chiffre, the villian in the film, is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his wife, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. Bond goes through an intense poker game and a series of drama and betrayals. It is a great movie, just like the ones before it.

Having a Hell of a Time with Hellboy

With a new movie in theaters week and the climatic final book in the series people all over the world are all set to be enjoying the adventures of Harry Potter, the boy wizard who in a short amount of time has become a pop culture icon. I could blog about J.K. Rowling's creation but honestly I don't think he needs the press (I will say that the fifth film "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the best one yet. It's got a great tone and it's the perfect length.) There is one supernatural hero though that I thought could use some press and deserves to be a pop culture icon, his name is Hellboy and he was created by writer/artist Mike Mignola in 1993.

Batman Begins

This is a classic movie of the fantasy and fiction series Batman. The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan. Christopher had turned the oldies Batman into a new fresh looking Batman. The character that played the role of Batman was Bruce Wayne. Other characters in the cast are Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe, Mark Boone Junior, Linus Roache, Morgan Freeman, Larry Holden, Gerard Murphy, and Colin McFarlane. The movie begins off with Bruce Wayne as a young boy. In childhood he had a great amount of fear for bats, but as time passed and his life grew more and more into the darkness his weakness became his strength.

BookLetters, BookLetters, BookLetters, BookLetters, BookLetters...

As of January 1st, 2011 we are no longer offering the BookLetters service. To subscribe to featured books (by genre, format, etc.), bestsellers, and other library RSS feeds, please see the Books & More page.

If you are a reader you need to check out BookLetters. No ifs, ands, or buts. What is it? BookLetters is a readers advisory service available through Canton Public Library's website. What will you find? You will find books featured on TV this week, an author directory with great interviews and the latest book information, as well as lists and lists of best selling books and reading suggestions for a variety of genres.

Are you Sustainable?

I've been thinking a lot lately about how my actions as an individual have an impact on the world at large. Reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver helped me learn more about food and the world (while having a very engaging reading experience and not feeling like I was being lectured), and I just stumbled across a new website that helps people, families, and businesses figure out how sustainable they are: Make Me Sustainable. Anyone can register on the site for free, and there are a ton of great features.

Kaho Naa Pyar Hai-Hindi

Hrithik Roshan is playing the character of Rohit. But, later is the movie he plays the part of the character Raj. IN this movie he plays a double role. Also he is an orphan and lives with his little brother and his foster family. He meets Sonia. Amisha Patel is playing this role and she is the sweet heart of Rohit. She is seduced by his loving charm and innocence. Throughout the movie they are attracted towards each other. Sonia invites him on a cruise with her. She becomes very jealous since a lot of the girls are going after Rohit and she does not like it so she tries to get him back by getting all horny with her friend and due to a freak accident they are separated from the main ship. Sonia and Rohit both wake up in a small boat out in the middle of nowhere.

Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India

The movie Lagaan takes place in India in a small village of Champaner in 1890s. It is a community of poor and innocent farmers who are working hard planting crops and reaping their harvest. Part of this community are Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a young farmer, and Gauri (Gracie Singh), his love. One of the British officers, called Captain Russell, challenges Bhuvan to compete against him in a popular British sport known as Cricket. Indians have never heard of this sport before, but Bhuvan accepts the challenge. This is because if they win against the British team, then they do not have to pay lagaan (tax) for three whole years. The captain knows that the villagers have no chance of beating him and his team at their own game.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.2

This Volume begins with Spica and Hiro solving the case of the missing statue. For those who didn't read my other blog or read volume 1, their princepal got a letter telling him his gold statue would be stolen, but he goes along with a party to show it off because the police are there, but it goes missing anyway and Spica and Hiro have to solve the case. While finding the statue Hiro is abducted by someone who calls her self Sirius, also after the star. Sirius tells Spica she's testing her and she only has four hours to solve the case or she'll never seee Hiro again. Sirius sends Lili four texts giving her four clues to where she'll find a letter, onece she has all four letters they spell a word that will lead her to Hiro.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.1

This Manga series is about a 13 year old named Lili Hoshizawa. Lili is an astrologer, does fortune telling under the name Mademoiselle Lili, solves cases under the name Spica (after the star). Lili took over as a fortune teller and Spica when her mother disappeared. Lili's mom also left her the star ring, the star ring hold the astral spirits and they can tell the owner of the ring anyones fatedetermined by the stars. The series starts the day Lil is reunited with an old friend, Hiromi Oikawa (Hiro). When Hiro and Lili where six years old Hiro moved to the United States, where he got a degree in criminal psychology, and then he just moved back and is now in Lili's class. Hiro wants to be a detective like Spica (Lili's mom as Spica not Lili as Spica) Oh and he's allergic to girls.

TAB Review of Marked

Marked is the first in the House of Night series, and as I'm sure you can guess by the name of the series, it's about vampires. This book takes place in a world much like are own, Tulsa Oaklahoma to be exact, but with one big difference. Vampires are known to have existed as long as humans have and some of the most famous people in our world are vampires in theirs. There's also a group called the People of Faith, them and there followers are anit-vampire and think vampires are connected to saten. Other humans don't have probloms with vampires and acctually look ip to them because vampire are well known for their abilities in music and the arts.

WiFi and coffee article from Detroit Free Press

Today's Free Press featured a story about working sans office, thanks to the free (or cheap) Wi Fi available at coffee shops. As many of our patrons know, the Canton Public Library is a fantastic remote office, offering free Wi Fi, great coffee and sandwiches from Jungle Java Express, and all the other resources (printers, fax, scanner, copiers) you could ever need in our Copy Center. You can also view the latest newspapers, magazines, business and stock data while you're here. Bring your own laptop and come on by. Don't have a laptop?

Bored kids? Air conditioning on the blink? Then head to the library!

Summer reading activities continue all week long. Monday is Create a Craft for the Listeners Group. Readers can enjoy storyteller Tonya Dallas on Tuesday, Tweens partake in tie-dye t-shirts on Thursday and Teens have a Photo Journal session on Tuesday and Animaga Club on Wednesday. Consult your summer reading brochure for the complete schedule and remember, you have to be registered for summer reading to participate in summer reading programs. Registration continues to July 26.

TAB Review of Wish Vol. 1

This manga begins with a human named Shuichiro Kudo saveing an angel named Kohaku from a crow. At first Shuichiro thinks he's dreaming, but when Kohaku refuses to leave until she discovers away to help him he quickly learns to believe. Then three devils named Ruri, Hari, and Koryo come and cause more trouble for Kohaku. Ruri and Hari spy on Kohaku to find out why she is on Earth, Angel's have to have permission to be on Earth. They over hear Kohaku tell Shuichiro that she was sent to Earth to find Madam Hisui, one of the four angel masters. There are four angel masters for the four elements, Madam Hisui was the angel of wind. Madam Hisui disappeared and Kohaku was sent to find her before Madam Hisui is expelled from heaven.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.4

There's only one case in this book and it starts with a trip to a new fortune teller named Zeus. Zeus looks Lili, Hiro, and Lili's dad in his mansion. Zeus hates Spica (both Lili and her mom, but mostly Lili's mom) and he wants Lili's star ring. Sirus is also discovered to be working with Zeus and kidnapps Lili's dad. Zeus tells Lili to give him the star ring or he'd kill her dad. Hiro tells Lili to stall for time while he figures out how to rescue her father. After Hiro saves both Lili and her father he sugests they research before going back, but Lili sneaks out and when Hiro comes after her Zeus puts a gun to his head and tells Lili she has to trade the Star ring for Hiro. While Hiro is being held captive Lili is forced to solve the rest of the mystery on her own.

TAB Review of Zodiac P.I. Vol.3

This volume stars with the murder of the not so nice costumer from the previous book. Twins make this case all the more confussing to solve, but Hiro and Lili come through as always. When Lili finds a love letter Spica gets a case invoving love letters and disapperances. Hiro and Lili go undercover at an all girls school to find out who is sending girls love letters and then kidnapping them. Things get bad when Hiro's sister, who goes to the school, gets a love letter and disapperas right under Lili and Hiro's watchful eyes. Then Lili runs to the park to meet the guy who wrote the love letter to her only to discover that it had been a ten year old letter Hiro wrote before he moved. When Lili didn't find the note ten years ago Hiro waited at the park in the rain all day.

TAB Review of the Bonemenders Oath

This is a very short novel and is the secound in a series. In the first book "The Bonemender" takes place during a war between Verdeau and Greffier. This story is after Greffeier retreates and Gabrielle, Tristan, Feolan,and the rest of Verdeau's army gp home. Tristan goes back to the capital firat to tell his mother, brother, and the rest of the royal family that King James, his father, had died in battel. Dominic, Tristan, and Gabrielle are all siblings and the children of the King and Queen of Verdeau, but Gabrielle was adopted and found out in the first book that she is half elf. Dominic is the eldest and is married with kids, he will inherit that throne. Shortly after returning to the castle Derkh is healed and walking around.

TAB Review of Shattered Mirror

This novel is about a vampire hunter named Sarah Vida. In this book real vampire hunters are also witches. The Vida family are the most feared, respected, and famous vampire hunters in history and Sarah's mom is the leader and most famous of them all. Sarah has an older sister, Adianna, who is becoming more and more like their mother, Dominique. Dominique is first and for most a hunter, so she is very cold, lives by the Vida laws, and expects nothing less from her daughters. The Vida family have been hunting a vampire named Nikolas sense he killed a pregnant women named Elizabeth Vida, this was his first known kill. Nikolas is well kinown because he cuts his name into one of his victim's arms and a rose with vines around the wrist on the other.

TAB Review: Rush Hour 2

Rush Hour 2 is a high action thriller that smashed the box office records when it came out in 2001. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker return in this sequel to Rush Hour with more high flying action and more laughter than ever. In my opinion, if you saw the first movie, this is 10 times better. It is hilarious. The movie starts out in Hong Kong, where Carter (Chris Tucker) and Lee (Jackie Chan) are taking a break away from all of the crime. This is when they get the news that a gang was responsible for bombing the American Embassy and killing two American agents. Carter doesn't want to get involved and wants to keep on their vacation. Lee, however, is determined to get to the bottom of the mess. Lee attempts to track down Ricky Tan, the Triad gang leader and Lee's dad's partner.