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Read Across America

Turn off the computer, unplug the telephone and prepare to check off that reading list: This year's Read Across America Day is March 3. An annual event held on or around Dr. Seuss' birthday (which is March 2), the day is an excuse to curl up and finally finish that novel that's been gathering dust on your nightstand. Oh, the places you'll go when your nose is stuck in a great book! For more information go to the National Education Association's website link.

College Choice and Costs

Many parents worry how they'll afford sending one child to college, but the Bourgeois family from Bruce Township are sending all three at the same time. Triplets David, Ashley and Jillian have all been accepted at state colleges and universities and received scholarships. But the average cost of tuition in Michigan is $24,000 for this academic year so the financial aid package has to cover the difference. Follow this series of reports as the triplets get ready for college in the Detroit Free Press.

New International Magazines


In 2008 we are receiving a new subscription to the Tamil magazine Mangayar Malar. Also, back by popular demand, we are getting the German magazine Der Spiegel.

Reference USA


Looking for information about a company? Or trying to find a long lost friend or relative? You've come to right place. By going to the Reference USA database and clicking on U.S. Business, you can search 14 million companies complete with executive names, sales volume, employee size, etc. The U.S. Residential module contains 135 million U.S. households. The records are continuously updated and processed against the USPS National Change of Address.

Oh! It's so easy for me to check on my investments!


What's the one thing everybody appreciates and never has enough of? Convenience! That's why the library now makes Morningstar database accessible from home. Without having to leave your house or office, you can log in with your Canton library card number and find the much valued analysis and recommendations on mutual funds, stocks, and ETFs. You may find clicking on Morningstar's new and easy-to-use interface habit-forming!

2 Million Minutes: A Global Examination

Bob Compton, an Indianapolis venture capitalist-turned-film producer, has produced a controversial new documentary called "2 Million Minutes." The film's title is approximately the number of minutes, from 8th through 12th grades, a student has to prepare for college and a career. It followed the path of 2 American students, 2 Indian students and 2 Chinese students through the education system in 3 countries.


Are you a Sci Fi reader? Interested in attending a conference? Starward Bound has a comprehensive list of upcoming Science Fiction conferences on their website. By the way, the Hugo Awards will be made at the World Science Fiction Convention which meets in Denver from August 6-10, 2008. For more information go to:

Keeping Good Teachers,8599,1713174,00.html

The feature article in the current issue of Time Magazine, now available at the library, focuses on the nation's teachers and draws attention to merit pay as an incentive to retain talented teachers in a low-paying, high turn-over profession.

Cold Cash for Good Grades

This morning on Good Morning America, education correspondent Ann Pleshette Murphy reported on a new and controversial method for improving student performance and attendance in socially, low-economic school districts. The Spark Program was developed by a Harvard economist to motivate students in disadvantaged areas to achieve good grades and attendance by rewarding them with cash deposits into their bank accounts. To read more about Dr. Roland Fryer's plan, go to the link above.

Fortune magazine announces best employers

Fortune magazine surveyed nearly 100,000 employees from 406 different companies and asked them to evaluate their employers. Google may have come in first, but locally owned Quicken Loans is in the number 2 spot.

Everyone's Reading

Everyone's Reading "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie King in 2008! In it's seventh year, this community wide reading program promotes dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Read the book and join us some special programs we've planned for your enjoyment. Stop by the reference desk to pick up a "Beekeeper's Apprentice" reader's guide, program guide and magnet. Click on the Everyone's Reading link for a complete list of activities.

Pitchers and catchers report today . . .

for the first day of spring training, meaning that warm weather can't be far behind. Optimists rejoice! We start fresh with another crack at a World Series finish. For baseball fans, check out the library's Subject Page on baseball. It can hold you over until Opening Day on March 31 v Kansas City.

2007 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced

On January 12, 2008, the finalists for this year's NBCC Awards were announced at the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Founded by the National Book Critics Circle, the Awards honor the best books in the categories of fiction, general nonfiction, biography/autobiography, poetry and criticism. Joyce Carol Oates received two nominations, for her recent work of fiction, "The Gravedigger's Daughter'" and for her autobiography, "The Journals of Joyce Carol Oates, 1973-1982". The winners will be honored at the annual NBCC Awards Ceremony, to be held on March 6, 2008 in New York City.

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center


Need to prepare for a class debate? Want to be able to argure your position on a current event? Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is the premier full-text resource covering today's hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center brings together all the information that's needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics and more!

Colleges Get Creative

In Sunday's Free Press, an article in the Life section featured a new direction some Ivy League colleges are taking to make college more affordable for middle-lower income families. To read more, click link above.

Grammy Awards

That link takes you to the master list of Grammy nominees, but since Sunday's show they've highlighted the winners in gold. You should find many of the most popular recordings at the library, including Album of the Year, River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock. Pick the performers or album titles in which you're interested, then look them up in our Catalog.

Signs of the Times-

Look no further than two news items over the past few days to witness even more of an impact of the Internet on information and entertainment dissemination: 1) The Madison, WI afternoon weekly newspaper, The Capital Times, is moving to an online-only business model for news, sports and opinion, while retaining a free Wednesday edition for in-depth material. It's believed to be the largest newspaper so far to make such a shift. For more, see Madison's Capital Times Cuts Back (from Forbes/Associated Press) 2) The end appears near for the writers' strike that has crippled the TV and movie industries. One of the key issues has been Internet distribution of program material.

Costly Consequence of New Schools

Michigan's economic downturn, declining student enrollment and shrinking state funding are some of the major factors forcing some school districts to reconsider options in keeping newly-built schools open. Bonds were approved the building of new schools in order to ease increased capacity and/or improve facilities, but school budgets are struggling to find the funding to operate them.

Ray Kamalay to give performance-filled lecture on Thursday

You won't want to miss the program "Freedon, Slavery and the Roots of American Music" on Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Ray Kamalay, a talented Detroit musician, weaves performance into his lecture so you can hear the progression of American music. Join us for this Black History month program. It's free. Just call 734-397-0999 to reserve a seat.

Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) recently announced the nominees of the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television and film published or produced in 2007. The Awards will be presented at their 62nd Gala Banquet on May 1st at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.