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Sampling Music Festival Performers

One nice thing about the library's collection of music CDs is that it's so broad and invites casual exploration of various styles and performers. For example, do you see some unfamiliar names coming to events like Detroit's Concert of Colors on July 19-22? Black 47? Tish Hinojosa? Neville Brothers? Steel Pulse? They Might Be Giants? You get the idea. Sample the music first, then pick whose performance you want to see.

Looking Ahead to Next Summer

With July 4th now behind us we're nearing the end of the big summer movie season. There's still a few big films left (like the 5th adventure of certain teenage wizard) but for the most part the studios have rolled out most of their big summer blockbusters. And of course they're already hard at work to bring movie goers they're next batch of summer thrills. There's some very intrgiung films being made right now that will hit the big screen in the summer of 2008: The Dark Knight- This is the sequel to Batman Begins and continues the direction that was established with that film. Director Christopher Nolan returns along with Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as his loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as Lieutenant Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

The Secret Life of Walter Kitty by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Dan Santat

The Secret Life of Walter Kitty gets off to a perfect start with Walter, lounging in a tree, telling the reader that "My Person doesn't know it, but my real name is Fang." After that, we are treated to scenes of Fang in action, being equally terrifying to mice and scurvy pirates, as well as those featuring Walter (AKA Wally) being treated to catnip and cuddles (as well as irritating the heck out of His Person and her husband, Mr. Biddle, as he "helps" around the house). Santat skillfully captures Walter's expressions, which convey his alternating bravado and sheepish willingness to accept silly nicknames when they are accompanied by treats.

Lace Style: Traditional to Innovative, 21 Inspired Designs to Knit by Pam Allen & Ann Budd

I haven't knit a ton of lace, but what I have done turned out to be easier than I had anticipated. I think I expected that it would have to be really difficult because it looks so cool. I've also thought that the patterns in Interweave Knits tend to be a bit beyond my usual commitment level, but those in this book seem really doable. Vicki Square designed The Point About Cuffs, which is a pattern for a pair of cuffs to wear under a jacket. The lace stitch pattern looks incredibly easy to remember and I think these would be a really nice addition to a winter outfit. They'd also help add a feminine touch to a plain jacket.

Go to Camp and Learn!

All sorts of summer camps in Michigan are profiled in this online directory. From riding horses to performing music to playing soccer to prepping for the ACT/SAT, this link could be the key to your success during the summer break from school. Special needs camps are included.

Finding Time to Read Part II

OK, this is the opposite of the last Finding Time to Read Tip. Instead of taking advantage of unexpected time, try scheduling time to read. Clear 10 or 15 minutes on your calendar and save it for reading. Try getting up 15 minutes earlier, or reading for 15 minutes before bed. You might find reading while you eat lunch works, or turn off the TV and read instead. Setting a goal each week might help your motivation, like a certain amount of minutes read or completed pages. With the great Summer Reading grand prizes, your reward is another entry slip!

Commitment Phobe?

Are you dying to be in a book club but just can't commit every month? Canton Public Library's Lunch and a Book is right up your alley. You can pick and choose the book clubs you would like to, or are able to, attend and not worry about the rest. We meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon. You are welcome to bring your lunch, a snack or just yourself! The next meeting is July 12 and we are reading Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. We still have a couple copies of the book if you are interested in joining us. If next Thursday is too soon stop by and pick up the book for August's book club - The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Hope to see you there!

Summer Reading is a Family Affair!

So you have signed up for Read Around the World, this years Adult Summer Reading Program, and you are looking for a movie to complete Tour # 8 Movies on the Move. Why not make it a family affair and take the gang to see the new Disney Pixar flick Ratatouille? After all, this new release takes place in Paris and features a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.

Database Du Jour


Where do I go first when I have a research paper to write? WilsonSelectPlus - a database that is both user-friendly and FULL of timely, relevant information on a variety of topics. Plus, you can limit your searches to only full text articles, thus, eliminating the frustration of finding the perfect article only to find that the abstract is the only thing that is available! And for those serious researchers - you can limit your searches to only peer reviewed journals. Next time you need to research a topic in science, humanities, education and/or business try WilsonSelectPlus.

Old Rockers Never Die... They Just Change Their Tunes

You've seen the trend, of course. Singers with hard rock backgrounds changing musical directions later in their careers. Rod Stewart may be the most obvious with his four CDs all titled The Great American Songbook (Volumes 1-4), but don't overlook Mark Knopfler, formerly of Dire Straits, whose album, The Ragpicker's Dream, is a good example of someone who's "gone mellow." However, the mellowist of all might be former power popper Nick Lowe, whose latest CD, At My Age (on order), continues his four or five CD trend of becoming increasingly laid back. Lowe remains a splendid songwriter and the cartoonish cover art for the new CD is... priceless!

The Day the Music Died

That link takes you to an "obituary" ("Ode to the lost art of record hunting") in the Toronto Star for what once was the flagship store of Sam the Record Man, one of the most prominent music stores in North America... and a regular stop anytime I was visiting the city. The article also serves as a piece about the changing face of the music industry. Many more articles and testimonials can be found online by just doing a Google search for "Sam the record man." RIP.

XXX-The Movie

This a movie with Hollywood Celebrities including Vin Diesel (Xander Cage), Samuel L. Jackson (Gibbons), Asia Agento (Yelena), Marton Csokas (Yorgi), Eve, TeeJay Boyce (Janelle), Joe Bucaro (Virg), Orbital (musical group), Rammstein (musical group), and Micheal Roof. The movie was 2:30 minutes long. This movie is really packed with action and would be since it has Vin Diesel in it. The movie starts off by Xander cage who is an extreme sports athelete who gets recruited by the goverment on a special mission. His goal of his mission is to gather information of an organization that is planning a very dangerous destruction of the world. This organization is led by Yorgi.

Looking for a Book That You Haven't Read by Your Favorite Author?

Then look into graphic novels and comic books. Many best selling authors are bringing their skills to the four color world of comics: Writer Jodi Picoult wrapped her four issue run on DC Comics Wonder Woman this week with the release of issue #10. Look for her run to be collected in graphic novel form later in the year or early in 2008 Best selling thriller write David Morrell will write a six issue mini-series for Marvel Comics called "Captain America: Chosen," which begins in September.

SAT Prep 2008 on your iPod

The debut of the iPhone is almost here, but Kaplan, the traditional test preparation company, is offering some options for the iPod generation. The SAT Prep 2008 consists of three interactive programs that are available for downloading to your iPod from the iTunes store for just $4.99 each. October is the next opportunity to take the SAT so start studying with your iPod!

Finding time to read

Now that you've signed up for Adult Summer Reading, you've got to get your reading in for chances at the grand prize drawing--a Northwest Airlines gift certificate. But how do you squeeze reading into your jam-packed day? One thing to try is to always have a book with you. Then you can take advantage of unexpected free time, like waiting at the doctor's office. Get in a few pages when baseball practice runs long. Turn a ten minute train delay into ten minutes of reading time. You'll be surprised how fast a few pages here and there add up to a completed book--and another grand prize entry slip. How do you find time to read? Tell us about it.

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Looking for new titles or authors to read? WHAT DO I READ NEXT is one of Canton Public Library's online database that allows you to search for a specific author or title, or search for a series, or browse for a good book by Genre, What You Like to Read, Award Winners, and Top Picks.



Preparing for the upcoming Graduate Record Exam, TOEFL, or the Firefighters' Exam? Canton Public Library cardholders can take advantage of a great database called LEARN-A-TEST. This database allows you to take practice exams, grades the tests, and keeps track of your progress. So check it out at Canton Public Library.

Adrienne Young

A nice pickup for the library (or for anyone to buy at the local music store or download from places like Rhapsody, iTunes, etc.) would be Adrienne Young. She and her band, Little Sadie, just released their third album, Room to Grow. Others--The Art of Virtue and Plow to the End of the Row--are equally good. Young has a wonderful voice and delivery that works well with her blend of folk, bluegrass and country.

TAB Review: High School Musical

Singing? Check. Dancing? Check. Teens squealing through a musical version of high school? You got it. What began as a made-for-the-Disney-Channel TV movie is now a DVD, perfect for those Sweet Sixteens and slumber parties where pink-clad thespians can ask who's cuter: Vanessa or Ashley, or whether Vanessa and Zac are right for each other, or who on the basketball team is the absolute dreamiest. I needn't answer all of these tricky questions for you: You can see for yourself in High School Musical, a simple yet earnest film about the making of... a high school musical.

TAB Review: Nanny McPhee

The movie, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), is the story about seven naughty children who do not use simple manners such as saying "please" and "thank you" and do not behave well with adults. These seven children of Mr. Cedric Brown are the hardest bunch to handle and have made 17 nannies leave their jobs. Cedric Brown loves his children but does not spend as much time with them as he did when his wife was alive. Soon, Nanny McPhee comes into their home and changes everything about the children. After Nanny McPhee comes in, the children start going to bed on time, get up from bed on time, and learn there manners. These children, who meant trouble, are turning into sweet, loving little children.