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Do's and Don'ts of Hovering

In Sunday's USA Weekend ParentSmart section, contributor Gayle Jo Carter gives hovering helicoptor parents the 4-1-1 on being less invasive when encouraging their children to succeed. A new book due out in April, A Nation of Wimps, also examines the balance between overbearing parenting and motivating children to solve their own problems while still being in charge.

Library Holiday Hours

The Canton Public Library is open regular hours on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). The library will be closed on Sunday, March 23 and will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 24. As always, our Internet branch,, is open 24 hours a day everyday so you still have access to many of the library's resources.

Beloved Character Madeline at Canton's Village Theater!

Madeline and the Bad Hat - LIVE on Stage! 4/5/2008 11:00AM ArtsPower's Madeline and the Bad Hat, an original musical based on the much-loved book, captures the touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline series. It traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who-despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor-eventually learns that first impressions aren't everything. This gently amusing tale will charm and entertain children and parents alike. Come an hour early and take part in our fabulous hat craft for only $5! Ticket Information - Adults $13.00 Senior/Youth $10.00 Call #734-394-5460 for more ticket information.

Second Time's the Charm

Runner-up in last year's state's spelling bee, Darcy Vines, a 13-year old from Westland, studied hard for this year's competition. She will represent Wayne County and the Detroit News in the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. on May 29-30.

What's up with bookclubs?


Are you in a bookclub yet? Have you checked out the Canton Public Library bookclubs in the link above? Have you thought about a bookclub but can't find one to join that fits your interests? We want to hear from you. Are you interested in reading and discussing classic literature? Or only non-fiction, like biographies? Only mystery fiction? Would you want to meet on the weekends? Let us know! If we see enought interest in a group idea, we can give it a try.

Governor Granholm at the Canton Public Library?

Thursday evening's Reading Month program will feature several celebrity readers from the community and, hopefully, one from the State. Governor Jennifer Granholm is scheduled to participate in the 7 p.m. program. Also reading is State Representative Phil La Joy, State Representative Marc Corriveau, players from the Plymouth Whalers, radio personality Rachel Hunter, a police officer and a firefighter. We hope you can come by and hear a story or two. Everyone is welcome, Thursday, March 13 starting at 7 p.m.

The Gap Year...A Good Thing?

A growing number of high-achieving students are contemplating a year off before college - known as the gap year - as a break from the pressures to gain admittance to top colleges. Mindful of that pressure, more schools are promoting gap years more aggressively. High schools now hold gap-year fairs to teach students about the option, and companies and consultants that place students in gap-year programs are expanding.

Twitter in Plain English

Have you heard of Twitter but weren't sure what all the fuss is about? Check out this video.

Fish Face Comes to Life on Stage at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

One of your favorite childhood books comes to life through live theater as the ArtsPower National Theatre Touring Company presents "Fish Face". Adapted from the popular series, Kids of the Polk Street School, by two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff, this delightful musical will entertain the whole family on Saturday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. Join us before this lively performance from 10-11 a.m. for a fabulously fishy craft - only $5 at the door. Tickets for this Saturday performance are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $10 for youth. Pick up a Fish Face Flyer at the library, Summit on the Park or Village Theater and turn it at the time of ticket purchase to receive a very special discount: Buy 2 Adult tickets & get 1 Child Ticket Free!

Easter Egg Hunts aren't just for kids anymore!!!

Tired of the Easter Bunny only bringing goodies for the kiddies in your life? Canton Leisure Services has teamed up with the bunny to bring ADULTs an evening of Easter fun, food & prizes! Thursday, March 20th from 7-11pm in the Summit on the Park's Grand Ballroom. Enjoy a wine-tasting, an ole' fashioned "Chubby Bunny" contest, and a hunt through Heritage Park. Turn in all of the eggs you collect for great PRIZES - including movie tickets, restaurant gift certificates, salon gift cards and more! Chocolate Fountain, Cash Bar...the fun just keeps coming! Call a babysitter & register now - Space is limited!! Call #734-394-5460 for more info on our Adult Easter Egg Hunt.

College Road Trip...The Movie

When an overachieving high school student decides to travel around the country to choose the perfect college, her overprotective cop father also decides to accompany her in order to keep her on the straight and narrow. Starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone.

Online Photo Sharing in Plain English

Have you heard about online photo sharing but aren't sure how it works? Watch the video above for a clear explanation of what online photo sharing is and why you might want to use it. To see the photos your library has shared online, visit us at Flickr. You can also see more photos of our awesome community (and add your own!) in the Canton, Michigan Flickr Group.

Are you in or are you out?

Did you catch the finale of Project Runway last night? If you're feeling inspired to create some of your own designs, check out some of the terrific books at your library: The sewing stitch and textile bible : an illustrated guide to techniques and materials provides a thorough overview of stitches and materials (one of my personal faves). S.E.W. : sew everything workshop includes very detailed instructions for 25 beginner projects and includes patterns for 10 of those designs. DowntownDIY sewing : 14 easy designs for city girls with style includes 3 patterns and great instructions for those new to machine sewing. Vogue sewing quick reference is just what it says - the sort of book you want to have sitting next to your sewing machine to refer to during those "what now?" moments.

Snow Day = Library Day

What's a cheap, fun thing to do on a snow day? Head to the Canton Public Library! Sit in front of our roaring fire and read a book or magazine. Play games or surf the Internet on our computers. Check out a DVD to watch at home. Learn about upcoming library programs, events around town or local businesses. Stop in Jungle Java for a mocha or hot chocolate. There's something at the library for everyone in the family so pack up the kids and pay us a visit.

Submit a Fave Five list during March and win!

Celebrate March is Reading month by submitting your own Fave Give list (your list of 5 favorites--books, CDs, movies, etc.). When your list is accepted, you'll get a $5 Jungle Java gift card and get entered into a drawing for a $150 IKEA gift certificate. Fave Fives are fun way to give your personal recommendations to other users. Visit the Fave Five page for more information about Fave Fives.

2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year

June Teisan is the 2008 Michigan Teacher of the Year, and is one of four finalists for the 2008 National Teacher of the Year. A seventh-grade science teacher at Harper Woods Secondary School, she has a lifelong love of science and a yearning. The Grosse Pointe Woods resident grew up in St. Clair Shores and attended Wayne State and Oakland universities. She's currently working on a doctorate in educational leadership at Oakland. The winner is to be announced in April.

Romance 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.

Always looking for new romances to read? You can get monthly romance suggestions by signing up for our BookLetters e-mail newsletters. Go to the link above and sign up for the Romance list, or any of the other interesting lists available.

What's New at the Library

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.

Looking for something new to read? Want to know if the latest Patterson is in? Then check Canton Public Library's New Library Materials list (above). Or, if you want to know what new titles will be coming into the library in the next three months, subscribe to BookLetters' Fiction Preview or Non-Fiction Preview email newsletters at: /services/bookprog/bookltrs.html

New Black History Book

Etched into America's consciousness is the United Negro College Fund is the phrase, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." The first history of the UNCF, Envisioning Black Colleges, draws attention to the significance of black colleges in higher education and the role they played in Americans' struggle for equality.