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2007 Michigan Teen Book Award Winner Announced

Michigan Teen Book Award Winner Announced Michigan Library Association names the best teen book of the year June 13, 2007, Lansing, MI The Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Rash by Pete Hautman, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, is the winner of the 2007 Thumbs Up! Award. In Rash, Hautman has crafted a chilling satire which tells the story of Bo, a struggling teenager. In the year 2076 it's illegal to litter or verbally assault another person in the Safer States of America.

School's Out Forever?

Before you close the books on your high school or college years, check out these movies portraying teachers who have influenced and inspired their students' successes in school and life: Akeelah and the Bee Blackboard Jungle The Browning Version Coach Carter Dead Poets Society The Emperor's Club Finding Forrester Freedom Writers Goodbye, Mr. Chips Half Nelson The History Boys The Hobart Shakespeareans Hoosiers Invincible Lean on Me Mad Hot Ballroom The Miracle Worker Mr. Holland's Opus Mona Lisa Smile October Sky The Paper Chase Paper Clips Pay It Forward The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Remember the Titans The Ron Clark Story Spellbound Stand and Deliver Take the Lead To Sir, With Love We are Marshall

International Language Books


If you are wondering what books, magazines and videos the Canton Public Library owns in languages other than English, check out our webpage. We've been ordering books since January and they're arriving all the time, so keep an eye on the shelves, too.

Religion Virtual Database


Let me introduce you to an interesting database! Contrary to its name, articles in the Religion Virtual Collection are not just about religion. It also contains the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which has articles about classical philosophy, (examples are Aristotelianism, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato) theological philosophy (atheism, mysticism), psychological philosophy (Freud, psychoanalysis, behaviorism), sociological philosophy (racism, feminism), and political philosophy (communism, socialism, terrorism).

Compuware Sports Arena Drive-in Theatre Opens Friday

The Compuware Sports Arena Drive-in opens this Friday at dusk and will run seven days a week through Sept. 4. There are three screens the parking lot lot of the arena., with each screen showing family-oriented films. To hear the movies, families listen through their car radios at either 106.3 FM, 95.9 FM or 97.5 FM. Pricing is: 13-and older - $8. Ages 4-12 - $6. Students (Sunday-Thursday) - $6. Children 3 and under - Free. The gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movies start at dusk. The Drive-in is excellent for families and it can also work for group outings or corporate events. For more information about group sales, please call Karyl at 734-453-8400. The Movie Hotline is 734-927-3284.

Countdown: 7 Days to Summer Reading Sign Up

Monday, June 18 is the first day to sign up for summer reading. The Children's Department has invited some special guests to help us kick off the summer sign up. Dean Gilbert will share his magic, Eli Echevarria will create unique balloon art, and both Ronald McDonald and PAWS from the Detroit Tigers will make special appearances. You don't have to be a kid to take part. Our summer reading program has activities for tweens, teens and adults. Stop in and enjoy the festivities!

Free Seminar for Job Seekers

Madonna University's Livonia campus will host a free seminar entitled "Tools for Your Job Search" on Saturday, June 16th from 9a.m. until noon. Participants in this class will learn what elements go into a resume that attracts attention. They will also gain interviewing tips, learn how to prepare for answering "tough" questions and important follow-up steps to take after the interview. To enroll or for more information contact Madonna University at (734) 432-5804.

Comic Book Movies that you don't know you've seen

With Spider-Man swinging his way to millions at the box office and the sequel to the Fantastic Four ready to surf onto the silver screen next week It's easy to see why some people might think comic book films are solely about people dressing up in colored spandex and battling crime. But this isn't the case. Sure there are a large number of superhero films but there's been quite a few comic book films that don't involve costumed crime fighters.

She Got Much Farther Than Me!

Metro Detroit Scripps Spelling Bee winner Nithya Vijayakumar, of Canton, got as far as the 7th round in the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 30-31 in Washington, D.C. The 13-year-old Detroit Country Day Middle School student decided to skip a sightseeing tour in the nation's capital to study as many as a half-million words. She was one of 13 Michigan contestants and one of just 38 private-school students across the country to compete.

Into the Blues

The latest album by Joan Armatrading is a bit of a step in a different direction. As the title indicates, this highly talented singer/songwriter is venturing into the blues on what must be something like her 20th album. I've found her early work - all the way back to the 1970s - to be the most enjoyable period in her career, with many of the later albums somewhat lackluster. On first listen, "Into the Blues" sounds refreshing and worthy of further exploration.

Wizard Rock comes to Canton!

You may have heard about Wizard Rock, the phenomenon of young people inspired by the Harry Potter books to create original music. These bands are getting noticed by MTV, Nashville Scene, and many others. The phenomenon comes to Canton as CPL welcomes international Wizard Rock superstars Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls with special guests Tom Riddle & Friends on July 21st, the day the final book in the Harry Potter series is released.

Oprah's latest book choice is...

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

The New Michigan Teacher of the Year,1607,7-192-29939-169064--,00.html

June Teisan was named 2007-2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She is a seventh grade teacher at Harper Woods Secondary School with more than 20 years of classroom experience, was selected from 18 regional semifinalists statewide. Her message as Michigan Teacher of the Year will be: "Quality teaching makes a difference in the lives of children." She'll carry on the valued tradition of Michigan Teachers of the Year who have shared their teaching knowledge, expertise, and skills with educators across the state.

Read any good books lately?

The New York Times asked several writers about books they have enjoyed over the last couple months, and why. Their choices might give you some ideas for summer reading beyond the usual fare. If the Canton Public Library doesn't own what your looking for, ask at the Reference desk.

Summer Reading Countdown:[12 More Days]

In just 12 days, summer reading programs will commence at the Canton Public Library. Big prizes and fun programs are planned for ages 2 through adult. Click on this link for details on programs for kids and tweens. For teens, visit this page. Come in June 18 to register for all programs, including adult summer reading.

Last chance on computer classes for summer

Classes in the Internet Lab are suspended for July and August so if you are interested in acquiring some new computer skills, sign up for one now. In the next couple weeks you could increase your Excel knowledge, learn how to work with graphics in Microsoft Word, and learn to download digital books. Sign up is easy if you have a Canton Public Library card. Just click here to access the program calendar. Don't have a Canton Public Library card yet? You can apply online here.

Religion as Natural Phenomenon MP3

In a lecture at the Center for Naturalism, author Daniel C. Dennett uses the "meme" theory to suggest how some ideas survive selection, and argues for mandatory education in world religions. While few would doubt the importance of understanding religion from a social perspective, some "bristle at anyone who wants to investigate their practices and beliefs in a scientific manner." (from the jacket cover). The book upon which the lecture is based, Breaking the Spell, is also available in the library's catalog.


If you're like me, you were disappointed in the third installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Not to worry, though, as the library has a ton of great stuff on pirates. The history of pirates: from privateers to outlaws: Describes the history of pirates, including the reasons people became pirates and why the Golden Age of Piracy ended. The republic of pirates : being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down Jack Plank tells tales: Jack Plank is an ex-pirate who is looking for a new career and telling tales of his exploits along the way.

Going Deep Cover

So I'm sitting here listening to Howard Shore's score for the movie "The Departed" looking for ideas to blog about when inspiration hit me. Why not do an entry about what "The Departed" is about? Going undercover in a criminal world and trying maintain your identity. Being forced to do a number of wrong things in order to do one big right one. So let's talk about some DVDs and graphic novels that explore the murky world of going undercover. "The Departed": I suppose we should start with the film that inspired this entry. Since this film came out last year I won't say much about it, except to say that Martin Scorsese's crime epic about a cop undercover as a crook and a crook undercover as a cop definitely deserved it's best picture Oscar win.

Evan O'Dorney is New Spelling Bee Champ!

Scripps National Spelling Bee was held tonight in the Grand Hyatt ballroom in Washington, D.C. In round 13, an 8th grader from Danville, California, correctly spelled serrefine , which means small forceps for closing a wound, to win. Out of 286 other spellers, it was down to an American and a Canadian in the final round. Nate Gartke from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada misspelled, coryza, which means an upper respiratory tract infection. Evan won a trophy and a $35,000 prize, plus a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 savings bond and a set of reference works.