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Jane Austen Revisited

Did anyone catch the new PBS version of Persuasion (my favorite Austen book!) Sunday night? I did, and I enjoyed it even though I don't think it is quite as good as the 1995 version which you can find on DVD here at CPL. Northanger Abbey will air this coming Sunday, but if you need an Austen fix in between, come in to the library for our "Jane Austen Revisited" bibliography full of books and movies for the Austenophile. You could also click on the title link above and check out the PBS website for the full TV listing, or to vote for your favorite Austen hero in the "Men of Austen" section. (My vote goes to Mr. Knightley.)

Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, many other awards announced this morning

I'm currently attending the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, and was delighted to go to this morning's Press Conference. This press conference is the place that all the big media awards are announced, including the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz, and many others. The ALA Press Release has all the details, and here is a list of all the winners and honors in the order they were announced. Alex Awards American Shaolin by Matthew Polly Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff Essex County Vol.

How green is your candidate?

Grist has a feature which includes interviews and information on the presidential candidates' energy plans and environmental positions. The site also has a chart for a handy at-a-glance view.

New Education Book Buzz

In last Sunday's USA Weekend, one of our new education books was featured in the ThinkSmart/ParentSmart section. Author of College Admissions Together: It Takes a Family gives advice on how to get college kids to share their grades when they get the report card, but you get the bill.

News From CES Includes Unveiling of Zero-Emission Cadillac Concept Vehicle

Tuesday at CES was pretty exciting since I had never been present for the unveiling of *any* new vehicle, so there was GM's Rick Wagoner not only coming onstage in a Volt for his keynote presentation, but before he left, the Cadillac Provoq arrived, too. Check that link above for a Reuters story on the flashy, zero-emission luxury car. This was the first time that GM had given a keynote at the electronics extravaganza, but a first for CES, too, since it had not been the site for such an introduction.

Getting more out of Google

There are a ton of ways to make the most of your Google search, and Lifehacker has a new list of 10 obscure Google search tricks. If you're interested in a longer list, check out Tara Calishain's Google Hacks.

A Favorite Children's Story Comes to Life! Witness The Velveteen Rabbit on Tour!

You remember this precious tale from childhood - Now share the magic with your own kids! A stuffed toy rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day the boy will choose him as his playmate, so that he can finally become real! The Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life this charming tale of love and devotion in an unforgettable musical that your children won't soon forget. Life-size puppets, magic & more! Tickets still available for all 3 shows: January 25 at 10am & 12:30am; January 26 at 11:30am. Only $16/Adult; $12/Senior; $12/Youth; $10/Groups of 15 or more. To purchase tickets call #734-394-5460 or visit


Then check out Canton Public LIbrary databases. LearningExpress Library aka LearnATest is an interactive online learning platform of 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.

What Do I Read Next?

Found a new author and want to read more of their works? Started a new series and need to know what order to read? 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?

From CES - Bill Gates' Last Day on the Job

Reporting from CES, where Bill Gates' gave his last keynote address to a packed house the night before the big show. Included was a video of what was billed as Gates' last day on the job (8/8/08). It's included about 1:15 into a YouTube video linked from above. I couldn't listen on the computer I'm using, so I hope it comes across as funny as it was here live. More seriously, from today's keynote from Panasonic head Toshihiro Sakamoto, watch for the Light Wall, a fantastic product now in prototype stage in Japan. Imagine a complete wall of your home, and you're able to decorate it with virtual... just about anything. Windows with changing scenes. Photos of your family.

Yale Provides More Financial Aid

Yale, under pressure from Congress to make tuition more affordable, plans to spend up to 40% or $307 million on financial aid and scientific research from its total endowment of $1.15 billion. This news follows the announcement last month from Harvard that it would increase what the university spends on student aid from $98 million to $120 million. Good news if you plan to apply to either Yale or Harvard this fall.

MLK Essay Contest deadline extended

Attention middle school and high school students! The deadline for the library's Martin Luther King essay contest has been extended to January 13 at 6 p.m. For details and submission guidelines, visit this link.

The Great Debaters

Directed by and starring Denzel Washington, this movie tells the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired his students to form the school's first debate team which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship; an unprecedented event in its day. Nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

2008 Reading Resolutions

Have you made your reading resolutions for 2008? Is it really worth making a resolution or is it one more goal to find at the year's end that you haven't met ? If you are into making resolutions, check out 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE General Editor, Peter Boxall. If you are feeling pressured then Pierre Bayard's HOW TO TALK ABOUT BOOKS YOU HAVEN'T READ is the book for you. Check the library's catalog for availability.

A Virtual View of an MIT or Yale Education

A free MIT or Yale education sounds too good to be true, right? But according to the latest U.S. News and World Report, these Ivy League schools and many other campuses across the nation are offering anyone access to college-level courses and course content for free. Grades, credit or degrees are not awarded. Learn more at Yale University and the Open Yale Courses or find out more about Open CourseWare at MIT.

Say good by to plastic bags

The Canton Public Library will be discontinuing the use of plastic bags when the current supply is exhausted. As an alternative to the plastic bags, sturdy reusable canvas bags will soon be available for purchase at $2. Patrons are encouraged to bring a bag with them or can reuse donated shopping bags if they are available. For some facts regarding the worldwide use of plastic bags and their cost to the environment, visit

A Musical New Year's Resolution

I resolve to listen to something outside of my most-listened-to comfort zone at least once a month during 2008. The wide variety found in the library's music collection makes this possible, and it doesn't cost a thing. Why don't you consider adopting a resolution like this, too? If not music, then movies or books.

10 Best Books of 2007

The New York Times has selected their 10 Best Books of 2007. You will find a description and the first chapter of the title on their website. You will also find the 10 Best Books from previous years (back to 1997). Check the library catalog for title availability.

Gift Wrap Alternatives

Trying to find more environmentally-friendly ways to wrap your gifts? Consider a few of these: Use newspapers, especially pages that match the theme of your present--wrap the Michigan hoodie in paper from the Sports section or a cookbook in paper from the Food section. Make the box part of the present. For example, tuck a scarf inside a matching hat and embellish with a bow. Or use a new holiday-themed dish towel to wrap kitchen presents. A reusable decorative tin can hold homemade baked goods or use a small tin for jewelry or other small items. Decorate paper headed for the recyling bin with glitter glue and stamps to use as wrapping paper. Kids can use coloring book pages to wrap presents for grandparents.

Michigan's Best Colleges

We can be proud of Michigan's schools! We are second in the nation in our public school ranking. 14 of our universities or colleges made the U.S. News and World Reports best colleges in 2008. For schools offering a Ph.d., University of Michigan is 25 in the nation, and Michigan State is 71. Of best liberal arts schools in the nation, Kalamazoo College ranks 67, Hope and Hillsdale rank 97, Albion and Calvin College rank 116. Of schools offering masters degrees, the best in the Midwest are (and Midwest means 12 states; Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) U of M Dearborn at 23, U of D Mercy at 25, Lawrence Tech at 40, Grand Valley at 44 and Aquinas at 50.