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Chapter A Day

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Tune in each day to hear Wisconsin Public Radio readers present the current Chapter A Day. Listen to titles such as "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and The Brain" by Oliver Sacks read by Jim Fleming and "Never Surrender: a novel of Winston Churchill" by Michael Dobbs read by Karl Schmidt. This is yet another service brought to you through Bookletters, Canton Public Library's readers advisory service about books, authors and audiobooks.

Looking for Lit?

Looking for the complete text of a poem, story, play, speech or essay? Then Litfinder is a must for you. This database is searchable by genre, subject, nationality or timeline. The Poetry section includes more than 125,000 full-text poems, including 25,000 copyrighted poems and 850,000+ poem citations and excerpts. The Stories collection has been carefully selected to provide a representative, rich anthology of short stories. Over 1,000 complete plays are included and character lists make searching just that much easier. From antiquity to modern times, the speeches included in LitFinder represent the finest examples of recorded oratory. This collection includes the best and the best-known speeches of the past 2,500 years and has categorized them into easily searchable genres.

Green Up Your Act!!! How are YOU being Eco-Friendly?

How are Canton Public Library patrons Greening Up Their Act? Let us count the ways! Here's your chance to share the things--big and small--you're doing to be eco-smart in the post-"Inconvenient Truth"-era. Try out some of the ideas you see here, and be sure to post your comments, ideas and the not-so-random acts of kindness you're bestowing on Mother Earth: 1. BAG IT! Bring a sturdy, reusable bag with you to the Canton Public Library to carry home all your checked-out items. Don't have one? We sell roomy canvas totes for $3 apiece. Other good choices: Most local grocery stores sell reusable bags in the $1 to $3 range; check out Meijer, Kroger and Holiday Market. Buy several and use them whenever and wherever you shop. The next time you're asked: "Paper or plastic?," you can say, "Neither!" 2.

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Jennifer Haberling was named 2008-2009 Michigan Teacher of the Year on Thursday, May 22nd, during a visit from Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan and State Board of Education member Carolyn Curtin. Haberling, a seventh grade English teacher at Baldwin Street Middle School in Hudsonville with 14 years of classroom experience, was selected from 17 regional semifinalists statewide.

Greener Paper

Canadian Geographic magazine is experimenting with a new resource for making paper. Instead of using trees to produce paper pulp, they are using wheat straw, the part of the wheat that is left when the grain is harvested. You can read about it here, on the CBC news website.

Reading suggestions delivered to your e-mail

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.

Sign up on BookLetters and have book suggestions regularly e-mailed to you. Our latest list of suggestions is Bookmarks. Signing up for this list will get you the newest bookmarks created by the Adult Department librarians on a variety of topics and formats

Come meet local authors from the Canton area!

Come to the library tomorrow, Thursday, May 22 (7:00pm), for "Celebrate Area Authors". It is your chance to meet published authors from the Canton area, hear their stories and read their words. Call 397-0999 to reserve a space for this free program.

Newsweek Ranks America's Top High Schools

Newsweek has just published its annual list of 1,300 top U.S. public high schools.

The Great Debaters out on DVD

Based on a true story and starring Oscar winner, Denzel Washington, it chronicles the journey of Professor Melvin Tolson, a debate team coach who turns a group of underdog students from a small African-American college into a historically elite debate team.

Love books but have trouble getting to the library due to a disability or age?

Books by Mail is a service provided to Canton residents who are physically unable to come to the library due to a permanent or a long-term illness or disability, or seniors (65 and older) without a way to get books. Through this service, books are mailed directly to your home at no charge!

New Books in Kannada

If you read Kannada, take a look in our International Language Collection. We have new books by popular authorsTa. Ra. Su., M. K. Indira, Beechi, and more.

POW museum on wheels to visit Canton

Get a first-hand look at the life of American prisoners of war in Nazi Germany as the mobile exhibit "Behind Barbed Wire" rolls into Canton on Monday, May 19. Housed in a coverted school bus, this rolling BUS-eum will be on display at the clock tower just west of the library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. There is also a reception and special book sale in the library's Community Room. The BUS-eum is sponsored by the Canton Veteran's Memorial Association.

Now Taking Teen Volunteer Applications!

If you are a teen grade 7th-12th and looking for a summer volunteer opportunity, look no further! We need volunteers to help us with all kinds of tasks. For more information and an application click the link below!

First Lady and Daughter Jenna collaborate as Authors

Long before she became First Lady, Laura Bush was a librarian; for two years during her tenure as First Daughter, Jenna Bush worked as a schoolteacher. So naturally their first collaboration as authors-Read All About It!-is a children's book set in a library.

2008 National Teacher of the Year

In the Rose Garden at the White House, President Bush announced this year's winner of the National Teacher of the Year. Michael Geisen, is a middle school teacher from Prineville, Oregon. Every year, nominations are made by students, teachers and principals at school all over the nation for State Teacher of the Year. The profiles of those winners from all 50 states are submitted to a selection committee who choose a winner amongst 4 finalists (the Michigan Teacher of the Year, June Teisan, was one of the final 4). That winner is presented the National Teacher of the Year award by the President of the United States.


That's the name of a new Barenaked Ladies album, full of whimsical, nonsensical songs for kids (and kids at heart). How can you not like a band that throws "Gordie Howe" into one of its songs ("7 8 9")? Favorites include "Crazy ABCs" and "Raisins." Awhile ago, Sarah submitted a Fave Five list called Family Friendly Tunes That Won't Drive Parents Crazy. The Barenaked Ladies' Snacktime could be a nice supplement to that list. But be careful, you might find it more fun at times than the kids.

Listen to Contemporary Authors Read Their Own Books!

Each week, NPR presents leading contemporary authors of both fiction and nonfiction as they read from, and discuss, their current work. Visit their website to check out NPR's Book Tour podcast. You can even subscribe to it and receive it weekly. This week's author is Jhumpa Lahiri. She reads from her new book Unaccustomed Earth.

Eco Trends

The May/June issue of Trend Briefing focuses on Eco-trends that will bring in the green. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of this movement, check out their free online brief .

50 Best Cult Books

The British newspaper THE TELEGRAPH recently released their list of the 50 best cult books. They attempted to define a cult book: "What is a cult book? We tried and failed to arrive at a definition: books often found in the pockets of murderers; books that you take very seriously when you are 17; books whose readers can be identified to all with the formula " whacko"; books our children just won't get? " How many of these titles have you read?

Thinking Green but not sure where to start?

In the effort to become greener and help you become greener we have added a slew of new green titles to the collection. Not sure where to start? Take a look at our Living Green resources or simply do a subject search in the catalog with search terms such as "green movement", "environmental responsibility", "natural products" or "sustainable living".