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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

Musical Antidotes for Holiday Hecticism

Don't know what happened to the original post about holiday music, so here's a new one about songs that nicely counter the commerialism that surrounds the Christmas holiday season. The best ever: Timbuk 3's "All I Want for Christmas," with lines like "chestnuts roasting on the VCR" and "looks like World War III underneath the Christmas tree." Powerful song... and I've never heard it on the radio. Ever. Another good one is Deborah Holland's "It Only Comes Once a Year." Coincidentally, they're both included on a CD titled "Just in Time for Christmas," but I've seen Timbuk 3 on other holiday samplers, too.

Reuse our boxes for your holiday shipping

Need a box to ship holiday gifts? Reduce your holiday impact on the environment and reuse one of our boxes. These are heavy-duty book boxes that can handle whatever you need to ship. Ask at the Reception Desk and we will let you sort through the stash we have.

NCLB - Room to Improve?

In the November 12th issue of U.S. News and World Report (available at this library), its cover story asserts five ways to fix the No Child Left Behind law. Congress has yet to pass NCLB's reauthorization. The article features a few communities in Michigan for improvements in school performance.

Christmas Crafts to Make in School and Home

Attention teachers and parents! After the frenzied weekend of holiday shopping, give your children some fun and creative projects to do. FamilyFun has many ideas for making homemade gifts and crafts to decorate your home or classroom. The Countdown to Christmas bubble tree is simple and the kids will get to start the day with a pop!

Best Romances?

Every year the Romance Writers of America vote on their best romances for the year. Find out which books the romance authors have liked best since 1982.

Attention Shoppers: It's Black Friday at Secondhand Prose

Secondhand Prose, the Friends of the Library's used bookstore, has some great Black Friday deals for holiday shoppers. It's a Bag Sale weekend, which means you can fill one of our generously-sized shopping bags with select merchandise for $5. Choose from a huge variety of books, CDs, and other media to stuff in your bag as gifts for family, friends and coworkers. You can even get items gift wrapped for a small fee. Bag Sale hours are Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 6 -8 p.m. Hurry in!

Celebrate the holidays with environmentally-friendly paper products

So you want to send out greeting cards to your friends, wrap presents in pretty paper and use disposable plates and napkins at your gathering but don't want to harm the environment. What's an environmentally-responsible host to do? Here's one answer-- Try products made from sustainable materials other than trees. Tree-Free greetings makes environmentally friendly paper made from sustainably farmed kenaf, bamboo, sugar cane, hemp, and flax, as well as a high degree of post-consumer recylced paper. They also make gift bags and other party products. Look for their products online or at your favorite retailer.


It's Thanksgiving season and I was thinking about being thankful for all of the great music I've heard through the years, plus some of the musicians that I've met or, in an earlier professional life, interviewed. A casual but really enjoyable evening occurred at the Canton Public Library a couple of years ago when the local Celtic group, Blackthorn, played around St. Patrick's Day. I see now that they're coming to the Village Theater on November 29 (a sellout, according to the theater's website). If you aren't among the lucky able to see them in person, check out their CDs from the library. The link above takes you to our catalog.

Amazon releases the Kindle ebook

Amazon has released a brand new ebook called the Kindle. Bloggers, the media, and book-lovers everywhere are talking about it - a lot! Gizmodo has a nice round-up of online articles and discussions.

7th Best in the Nation

At the Bands of America Grand National Championship on Saturday night in Indianapolis, Plymouth-Canton Marching Band was named 7th best high school band in the nation. The 197-member band was among the 12 finalists to perform. What an accomplishment! Congratulations!

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Before you get up at the crack of dawn on Friday to get the best holiday bargains, consider some of these environmentally friendly and readily available gifts for your family and friends. A pass to a state or metro park. You can even shop online at DNR Online Store. A state motor vehicle permit is only $24 and offers a year of fun and activity A bicycle tune up. Riding your bike instead of taking your car saves energy and has all kinds of environmental benefits. To make it an even better gift, offer to transport the bike to and from the shop A book on local bike and hiking trails or rivers that are kayak or canoe accessible. Throw in a guide to wildflowers, mammals or birds and you've got a complete wilderness exploration kit.

Lesson Plans for Thanksgiving

Need ideas to keep your students busy and their minds on learning? Visit Education World's Thanksgiving page for lesson plans, projects, crafts, decorations, songs, recipes, word puzzles, books and clipart.

Broadway Star to Perform His Hits in CANTON!!

If you were of fan of the Tony-Award Winning Musical "Movin' Out" - you are in for a treat! Don't miss the star vocalist and pianist when he comes to the Village Theater to perform an evening of music from the show as well as tunes from other truly great piano-men like Elton & Billy! You won't want to miss your chance to see one of the most dynamic artists performing today! Right before the to see Michael are a wonderful gift idea!! Don't miss this Broadway Sensation as he performs in your own backyard! Saturday, December 22 at 8pm. Tickets are only $40 - and every seat is a good one!! Sure to be the PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR!

CPL on Facebook

Canton Public Library is now Facebook! You can show your CPL pride and become a fan of the library if you wish (you will need to create a Facebook account first)!

How Green Are You?

The Daily Green has a new quiz that asks How Green Are You? As you can see above, I apparently have a Heart of Green, meaning that I'm trying (or thinking about trying) harder to make my life greener, but I'm not as far along as I probably could be. How green are you? Leave your results in the comments. via Green Daily

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I see some really interesting things on the list of new music CDs at the library ("Adult Sound Recordings," this week--Nov 14--as this is written). For holiday items, get 'em while they're hot. A sleeper might be Over the Rhine's Snow Angels, featuring husband-and-wife Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. The latter's vocals are positively gorgeous. I've seen online music sites that label this group as "rock," but it's more like piano-based folk. Another new CD worth checking out is the Shout Out Loud's Our Ill Wills (not a holiday CD).

What to do with det hair, pencil shavings, and that lint that collects behind the fridge

Marion Owen, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardeners Soul, has compiled a list of 163 items that can be composted - most of which are items you wouldn't think to put in your compost bin. I love knowing that I can reduce the amount of garbage I discard, even if some items are as small as unpopped kernels of popcorn. via DIY Life

Norman Mailer 1923-2007

Pulitzer prize-winning author and one of the defining voices of the post-World War II generation-died Saturday at 84.

International language books, magazines and movies


The above link takes you to a section of our webpage where you can click on a language and find out what books, magazines, or movies CPL has in that language--or what other libraries have books in international languages.