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Seattle teacher, Andrea Peterson, was honored on Thursday as national teacher of the year. Peterson is only the second music teacher to receive the award in the 57 years it has been given by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Peterson, 33, has taught in the district for 10 years and works at Monte Cristo Elementary School in the small northwest Washington community of Granite Falls. When she landed her first teaching job, she faced the daunting task of creating a music program with almost no money for supplies in a climate where music was seen as just providing a break for students and teachers. Peterson will spend the next year out of the classroom, serving as a teacher advocate.

What a tragic loss!

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam was killed in a car accident a few days ago. Newspapers all over the country have written up about him. Boston Globe calls Halberstam "The best and the brightest of war reporters." San Francisco Chronicle Ireports that it will be another week and a half until police conclude who caused the three-car crash.

In the Frame: Ansel Adams, April 28

http://www.dptv.org/ondemand/itf/itfvod.shtml

In the Frame: Exploring the DIA, is produced by Detroit Public TV, in cooperation with the Detroit Institute of Arts. The 30-minute program, which airs each Saturday at 5:30 p.m., is hosted by DIA Director Graham Beal and taped on location at the museum. This week the work of celebrated photographer, Ansel Adams, is featured.

Having Fun with the Fuzz and the Agents

There are a few movies opening this weekend but none of them look as fun or hilarious as the one that I saw last weekend, "Hot Fuzz".I had been waiting all year to see "Hot Fuzz" and it was worth the wait. It easily could be the best comedy of 2007 For those of you who don't know, "Hot Fuzz" is an action-comedy homage to the over the top action cop genre of movies. It's a British film from the makers of "Shaun of the Dead" and it's just as funny if not better.

Knutterly Cute

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH0MTAdkisM

Knut, the orphaned polar bear from the Berlin Zoo has garnered quite a bit of media attention recently. Click here to watch a fan-made video of this adorable young polar bear, complete with German sing-along song.

Michigan Reads: Big Chickens

http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17447_26038---,00.html

Michigan Reads is the One State, One Children's Book Program, "highlighting the importance of early childhood literacy by focusing on a picture book by a Michigan author." This year's title has just been announced: Big Chickens written by Leslie Helakoski and illustrated by Henry Cole. This hilarious book tells the story of a group of chickens who go a little cuckoo trying to avoid a not-so-scary wolf.

reading with a soundtrack

http://www.klgoing.com

Some books have a cinematic feel - you can almost hear the soundtrack while you're reading. Very few books have an actual soundtrack, but Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going is one that does. Going says: I didn't know a lot about punk before I wrote Fat Kid. My discovery of it was partly what sparked the idea for the novel. I was like, hey this is so cool I need to write about it! 1) The Stooges - Search and Destroy 2) The Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant 3) The Ramones - Outsider 4) The Buzzcocks - What do I Get?

Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal (In Song)

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/nye/index.html

Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal captures the culture and music of the men, women, and children who worked and lived along the Ohio and Erie Canal. Nye devoted considerable time preserving its songs and stories. The 75 songs, sung here by Nye, were recorded by John, Alan, and Elizabeth Lomax, and Ivan Walton, between June 1937 and September 1938. Song transcriptions by Library staff are available on the Web site along with photographs, and personal letters Nye sent to the Library from July 1937 to October 1944. {Library of Congress, Apr.

Annual Thumbs Up! Award voting underway

http://www.mla.lib.mi.us/tsdthumbsup

The Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce that voting is underway for the 2007 Thumbs Up! Award. Since 1986, the Thumbs Up! Award has honored the best teen title published during the previous year. Since 2001, the Thumbs Up! Award has included a teen vote. This year votes are due by May 25, 2007. The title with the most teen votes will automatically be an honor title if it is not selected as the winner by the Thumbs Up! Award Committee. The winning title and honor titles will be announced in June 2007. The Thumbs Up! Award committee considered more than 300 teen titles first published in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31, 2006.

Going for the Green: Recycling Round Up, May 12

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/04/going_for_the_g.html;jsessionid=E2MU3C3KMJGMWQSNDLOSKH0CJUNN2JVN?queryText=going+for+the+green

It's hard for today's consumers, who tend to own a lot of electronic devices... to try to dispose of old technology in an ecologically conscious manner. {from Information Week online} Wayne County will be hosting an E-Waste recycling Round Up on Saturday, May 12 from 8am-12pm at the Canton Dept of Public Work, 4847 Sheldon Road. This event is free of charge and open to all Wayne County residents.

Podcast interview with 2007 Printz Award winner Gene Yang

In this podcast, Berkeley Public Library librarian Francisca Goldsmith interviews 2007 Michael L. Printz Award winner Gene Yang. In the interview Goldsmith and Yang talk about: * Yang's writing process * Yang's teen reading interests * Advice for those interested in going into creating graphic novels * Current visual influences * How Yang currently uses his local public library Check out Yang's winning book, American Born Chinese, in CPL's Teen Graphic Novel collection.

Welcome to the Canton Public Library Blog

Monday, April 23 is the official opening day of our new public blog. We'll feature posts from library staff on topics ranging from books and reading (of course!) to music and film. You'll also find posts about library resources and events, plus anything else that's topical and related to our community. Add your own posts about things that are happening in and around the Canton community--your favorite books, restaurants, places to go and things to do. We hope that this blog becomes a community bulletin board on which we share the things that make Canton a great place to live.

Don't Miss Author at Friends Annual Luncheon

For early and first-time visitors to the library's new public blog, I wanted to give a big plug to the Friends' luncheon speaker, Steve Lehto, on May 1. The link above offers more detail (place, time, etc.). I've heard Steve speak. He's engaging and informative. His book, Death's Door, focuses on one of the most tragic incidents in Michigan history--the Italian Hall massacre in the Copper Country on Christmas Eve, 1913. He attempts to dispel inaccurate accounts that have persisted through the years, including the biggest of all, that the exit doors opened inward. Ticket information for Lehto's May 1 appearance can be obtained from the library (397-0999).