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Band Members to Perform at Bowl Game

On Jan. 5, Ryan Fleisher, Eric Washington and Michael Wells -- members of the top-notch Plymouth-Canton Educational Park marching band -- are to perform at the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Marc Whitlock, director of bands for the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, was selected as a staff member for the band. He'll accompany the teens to San Antonio. Have a Ball!

The Sounds of Travel

Our library (your library) has a wealth of resources if you're planning a vacation next summer or even a holiday or winter getaway. You'll find much information on our Travel subject page, including more than 25 Special Collections that cover destinations near and far. One way to get a better feel for a country or culture, though, is to listen to its music. The library has plenty. Just browse the "Folk & Ethnic" section of our CD collection. Also, you can do a catalog search. Choose your type of search, in this case probably a "subject" or a "key word" search. Then select a destination, for example, Greece. Then choose the type of material you want, in this case "Sound Recordings." Then hit "Search" and you'll get a list of recordings by performers from that country.

C-SPAN2's Book TV

Catch author Vijay Vaitheeswaran on C-SPAN2's Book TV 8:00am on Saturday. Vaitheeswarm will discuss the global race to build the car of the future and the challenges of creating vehicles that will run on cleaner energy sources. He'll talk about his book, co-authored by Daniel Kammen, entitled Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future. Check C-SPAN's Book TV schedule for a complete program list.

Something to get excited for next summer-The Dark knight Trailer

Here's a link to the trailer for the next Batman movie where Christian Bale again returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne and this time he tangles with Heath Ledger's Joker Enjoy

The Unauthorized IKEA Song

Have you heard Jonathan Coulton's song, "IKEA?" A bit like the Barenaked Ladies, Lemonheads, etc. A fun song, and you get a slide show with that YouTube link above. Another YouTube link features an Orchestral Version perfect for karaoke!

Essay Contest for Middle and High School Students

Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in your own words and you could win a US savings bond. The Canton Public Library and the Canton Observer are sponoring an essay contest for middle school and high school students who live in Canton or attend a public or private school located in Canton. Choose from one of two topics for your age group and submit your essay by 9 p.m, January 6. First, second and third prizes in each age group will be awarded. For complete details, go to King Essay Guidelines and download a pdf with all the details. Good luck and we hope to read your winning essay!

Kids, Reading and ERIC


The ERIC database can point you in the right direction to articles on helping kids develop their reading skills. The Reading Teacher, a magazine the library subscribes to, has great articles for parents and teachers. In the September 2007 issue, there is an article about Comic Strips as a Text Structure for Learning to Read. The library has many comic strip books such as The Complete Peanuts . What a great idea to get kids to love reading!

The ABCs of Online Tutors

In Sunday's USA Weekend, an article by Ann Pleshette Murphy, described the benefits, convenience and cost of online tutoring to help kids with their homework. But if you have a Canton Public Library card, your child (4th-12 grade) can connect to qualified tutors from 4-10p.m., 7 days a week. Tutor Me is found by clicking our Homework Help link.

Nobel Prize in Literature Awarded on December 10

This year's Nobel Laureate in Literature is Doris Lessing. Find out more about this prestigious award and author and check out what the library has by Doris Lessing.

John Schwartz honored at sculpture dedication

On Friday, a new sculpture was dedicated to John Schwartz III, a founding member of the Canton Public Library and ardent library and township supporter. Jim Gillig unveiled the sculpture by Seattle artist Andrew Carson. It's done in bronze with handblown glass that spins with the wind and reflects light. Present and former library board members were on hand to honor John Schwartz, including (left to right) current Canton Township Supervisor Tom Yack, Doug Ritter, Jim Fausone, Nancy Williams, Bill Simmerer, Mary Feltz, Beverly Polcyn and Kay Baldrica-Basner.

Looking Forward to These CDs

Scanning the list of new arrivals, I see some stuff that looks intriguing, like Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters, a collection of songs written by Joni Mitchell. Many include vocal performances, too, from Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and others (including Mitchell herself on one). Since a lot of Mitchell's work has leaned toward jazz, this seems like a natural collaboration. Another of interest is Moby Grape, the original Grape album from 1967, complete with a few extra songs. The band only lasted a few years, but at its peak, it was one of the premiere headliners coming out of San Francisco. I think this might be the first issue on CD of the debut album.

Best business books of 2007

BusinessWeek magazine has selected the top 10 business books of 2007. Several titles focus on the growing business power of India and China. Learn how to take advantage of that change and how to cope with it in your own business.

Welcome, Winter!

Check out photos of this parade of penguins (and much more!) at the CPL Flickr page.

big books

photo by jonathan_moreau Some libraries are using creativity when creating their buildings. The Kansas City Public Library, pictured above, left little room for confusion as they designed the outside of their parking structure.

Book Discussions at the Library


Looking for a book discussion group? We have two book discussion groups for adults. Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month at 12:00 p.m. and the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group meets the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. To see what we're reading next check out the above link.

Christmas Movies for Curmudgeons

Feeling grouchy as the holidays approach? You are not alone! Check out our Christmas Movies for Curmudgeons Fave Five list to lift your spirits. Fave Fives are lists of five suggested titles-books, audiobooks, music CDs, films and documentaries, even CD-ROMs, or any combination thereof-recommended by library staff and patrons. Feel free to browse other Fave Fives or create your own!

Greening up your holidays

The December issue of Better Homes & Gardens has some great ideas for earth-friendly ways to celebrate the holidays. 1. Avoid Over-Gifting: stay away from the trendy stuff and consider a handmade gift. 2. Reuse Trimmings: save your bows and ribbons and other wrappings, like gift bags. 3. Cut Back on Cards: Send fewer cards, use recycled paper or e-cards. Reuse old cards to make gift tags or see page 96 and 97 for cute tags and recycled cards. 4. Rethink Wrappings: use fabric scraps, newspaper, grocery bags,etc. instead. 5. Ship Light: lightweight and small boxes cost less in terms of energy and petroleum to ship. 6. Replant: Buy a live tree and replant it for holiday memories. There are 6 more ideas on page 116 of the current Better Homes & Gardens issue. Look for it at the library.

Denver Grandmother Makes College a Reality,,20160025,00.html

In the November 26 issue of People, which features the Sexist Man Alive (Matt Damon) on the cover, also honors Denver grandmother, Pensal McCray. Since 1983, the former teacher has helped 1,800 minority students tap into scholarships to schools, both public, private and Ivy League. As one graduate added, "She's the ultimate mentor."

My Maps

Google Maps has a new feature, My Maps, that allows you to create, share, and collaborate on maps with other people. This means that you could create a map with your favorite hiking trails, or yarn shops, or any other type of location you're interested in. After that, you can share your map with other people, and allow them to add to the map if you wish. I made a map with some of my favorite places in Canton, and I made the map public, so anyone can see it. via Wired Compiler