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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".

Make your research a little easier and a little greener

Working at the library on a paper? Sometimes working on a paper can involve a lot of print costs and paper waste. When you work on your next paper, keep in mind that many of the databases at Canton Public Library allow you to email the articles to yourself. You can read them at your leisure at home or anywhere you have an Internet connection. WilsonSelect Plus is just one of the databases that provides this handy feature. Simply click into the article that you want, then click on the email icon in the upper right corner of the article and fill out the appropriate information. Of course, if you have an orange Canton Public Library Card you can also access WilsonSelectPlus and many of our other databases from home.

A Walk to Remember

In the next 2 weeks, Michigan's 15 public universities will award degrees at commencements for the graduating class of 2008. Preparing for these monumental ceremonies can be stressful as the big day approaches. It's a transitional time for students adjusting from studying for exams and cleaning out dorm rooms to finding a place of their own and starting their careers. As you walk across the stage to get that degree you've worked so hard to earn, remember this moment and congratulations.

What will you do for Earth Day/

If you're looking for ideas or wondering what other people are doing, check out the Google Earth Day site. You can check out what others are doing and add your own plans as well. Here at CPL, we're replacing two of our aged HVAC units with new, more efficient ones, which will save both energy and money.

Teen-Friendly SAT advice

In Sunday's USA Weekend ParentSmart section, contributor Ann Pleshette Murphy provided some useful tips for teens taking the SAT tests. Flocabulary is a site of hip-hop songs whose lyrics are commonly seen words on the SAT test. Kaplan SAT Prep 2008 is an interactive game for news iPods and look for the book, Up Your Score: the Underground Guide to the SAT to be published in July.

HVAC replacement gets another go

Due to frost laws, our planned HVAC work had to be postponed. It's now scheduled for Tuesday, April 22. During the work, certain sections of the library will be closed to staff and patrons. We anticipate all work to be completed by 5 p.m. If you have any questions, check our website for updates or call the library at 734-397-0999.

Help with ACT , SAT , or TOEFL is Just a Click Away

Getting ready to take the SAT? The ACT? TOEFL? And all the library's workbooks are checked out? Then you need LearningExpress Library aka LearnATest! It offers interactive online learning with practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. You can use Learn-a-Test at the library or, if you are a Canton Public Library cardholder, at home.

What Do I Read Next?;jsessionid=EED1096ECDCAC1A7F61DF128E081563B?locID=lom_cantonpl

4/21/08 Have you tried the electronic resources (i.e. databases) available at the Canton Public Library lately. No? Then take a look at WHAT DO I READ NEXT? Every month they highlight books that include seasonal favorites, award winning titles, and lots of bookmarks.

It's College Application Season!

This article from U.S.News and World Report gives some helpful advice from college admissions officers if you're wait-listed at the college of your choice.

Brit's supreme dream comes true with the Motown sound

That's the headline (and link to) an article from the Saturday, April 12 Detroit News, about the love that many in England have for the soul music that came out of Detroit from the late 1950s and into the 1970s. Not just Motown recordings, but also music on other local labels. What's cool about this guy is that he went beyond just being a fan and collector, to working with guitarist Dennis Coffey to use Detroit musicians from that era, including some Funk Brothers, to record four new songs. I love hearing about people who pursue their dreams beyond what the average person might attempt.

Video Games at the Library - Not Just For Kids Anymore!

This week, the Canton Public Library unveiled its new video game collection in the Adult Department. We are now offering games for XBOX 360, Sony Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. Games are located next to the TV series dvd collection so stop in and check one out.

Best Graduate Schools

Planning to get a master's degree soon? Before you apply, check US News and World Report Magazine's list of best graduate schools. More than 12,000 graduate programs were reviewed. This year's rankings include the following disciplines: Business, Law, Medicine, Engineering, Education, The Sciences, Library and Information Studies, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Health, Public Affairs, and Fine Arts.

In Bruges

That link takes you to the Internet Movie Database and its page about this comedy-crime movie. Combining the two genres in a single movie isn't easy, but this film manages to do it effectively, notwithstanding the blood and violence depicted. It stars Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. One Comment from the imdb page describes it well. A Review in Rolling Stone calls the 2008 movie "literate, lively cinema." The New York Times is a bit less complimentary, terming it "an amusing trifle from the potty-mouthed playwright Martin McDonagh." If you like movies such as Pulp Fiction, though, then In Bruges is one to seek out.

Bag a Bargain--Canvas bag price increase in effect May 1

The library's stylish canvas tote bags have been very popular. Hundreds have been sold at the low introductory price of $2 each. In order to cover our costs, we will be raising the price to $3 each starting May 1, 2008. Hurry and get yours before the price goes up. They are great for shopping and have been spotted all over town, filled with groceries, drugstore purchases and other goods. Do your part for the environment and bring a tote bag or purchase one of ours when you visit the library.

What Do I Read Next?;jsessionid=EED1096ECDCAC1A7F61DF128E081563B?locID=lom_cantonpl

Found a new author and want to read everything they've written? Started a new series and need to know the order in which to read? Or you've read all of your favorite authors' books and you'd like to find an author who writes similarly? You can find all of this on Canton Public Library's database WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

Free eBook of the Month- "Retire Happy!"

NetLibrary's free eBook of the Month is available for you to peruse online for the entire month of April. "Retire Happy: What You Can Do Now to Guarantee a Great Retirement" by Ralph E. Warner and Richard Stim was published by the famed Nolo Press this year. You can access this ebook both at home and at the library by going to the library's eBook Page. You do need to open a free NetLibrary account when accessing this site from home the very first time.

More Youth Travel All Over the World

In Sunday's Detroit Free Press, more teenagers are traveling to faraway places on student trips for community service or as part of their academic enrichment programs. Check the link above for youth travel organizations.

Spring Break @ your Library

Looking for something to do over Spring Break that won't cost you a fortune? There are free events happening at the library all week long. Today is drop in crafts for children and Teen DDR. Wednesday we have a special reading program for children and tweens. Thursday, tweens can watch Nancy Drew on the big screen and adults can learn how to pick out the perfect mystery book. Saturday is more gaming on the Wii for teens. You can also come in and borrow a DVD, CD or magazine to pass the time. Check out the collection of home and garden planning CD-ROMs and get ready for the warm weather. There are plenty of things to do this week at the Canton Public Library.

Educator's Reference Complete


Educator's Reference Complete is a powerful research tool for finding the latest educational topics covering multiple levels of education from preschool to college. Over 7 million articles are indexed from more than 1,000 periodicals. Students can narrow their search results by documents type such as book reviews, product evaluations, cover stories and more. Advanced searching capabilities include limiting results to full-text documents, peer-reviewed publications and documents containing images. Sample: I wanted to know more about Inclusion so I typed the topic into the Basic Search field.

Learning About Inclusion


A hot topic among today's educators is Inclusion, the practice of teaching students with disabilities in the context of regular education classrooms. To learn more I conducted a search in our education database, ERIC, which pointed to an interesting article in Phi Delta Kappan (January, page 389-391), a periodical that the library owns. The article, What Do Students Think About Inclusion, was originally an assignment given to future teachers by a special education professor at Indiana State University. Teachers-to-be were sent to the mall to interview young people about their views of including special needs students in general classes.