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Voyages and Travels

Traveling with your family can be awesome or terrible or a mixed bag. You might be stuck with your art-obsessed mom, a grumpy dad, and your obnoxious little brother for weeks, as Melanie is in The Diary of Melanie Martin, or, how I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza by Carol Weston. Or you might wish you had your family all together again as Marya does in The Impossible Journey by Gloria Whelan. On her journey she is glad to have her little brother Georgi with her as she sets out in search of her parents who have been exiled to Siberia.

Book Certificate Redemption

If you completed Summer Reading this year, don't forget to redeem your book certificate August  5th - August 12th in the Community Room.  If you are going to be out of town or unable to make it to the library during that time, see a librarian to pick up your book early.  Book certificates will not be redeemed after August 12th.  If you haven't completed your reading yet, remember that August 12th is the last day to turn in your logs or claim any prizes.

New Vietnamese Books

New titles in Vietnamese are coming in to the library. Out on the shelf today are two books by the ever popular Quynh Dao: n b̀ơ quạnh hiu and Ch´ơp b̂̉e mưa ngûòn. And more titles are on the way!

Crafts for sports fans

Hey sports fans! It's time for you to stretch your craft muscles. You can make your own sports water bottle, jump rope and team pendant with the help of Nifty Thrifty Sports Crafts by Michele C. Hollow. Or, try your hand at making a space colony, a xylophone or a Stegosaurus-shaped shadow puppet with other books in the Nifty Thrity craft series for kids.

Cashless: The New Economic Program?

Cashless cover pictureIs it possible to imagine a world where cash is no longer accepted and Smart Cards and credit cards are used for everything, including vending machines? Where direct deposit is not only requested but mandated? Why is this scenario not only likely, but less expensive for the government, and actually lucrative in the long run?

Restore the Roar!

Are you ready for some football?  Did you know that Lions' training camp begins on Friday?  Let's show them our support by getting into the Lions spirit!  Check out books on the Detroit Lions, and quarterback

Growing Your Own Vegetables

Cover of the book Growing Your Own VegetablesGrowing Your Own Vegetables: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide by Carla Emery and Lorene Edwards Forkner covers the gamut of the home veg garden, from planning and layout to specific info on onions, legumes, herbs, and more. Handy tips and solid instruction.

If you could be a character from a book who would you choose to be?

Bella Swan from Twilight
28% (126 votes)
Kakashi from Naruto
10% (44 votes)
Harry from Harry Potter
30% (133 votes)
Eragon from Eragon
4% (20 votes)
Tohru from Fruits Basket
11% (49 votes)
Katniss from The Hunger Games
17% (78 votes)
Total votes: 450

New Bengali, Panjabi, and Urdu Books

The new International Language books are coming in almost too fast to blog! Fiction, cookbooks, biographies and so much more can be found on the shelf, or by searching online.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - September 23, 2009

March by Geraldine Brooks. From Louisa May Alcotts beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. In her telling, March emerges as an idealistic chaplain in the little known backwaters of a war that will test his faith in himself and in the Union cause as he learns that his side, too, is capable of acts of barbarism and racism. As he recovers from a near mortal illness, he must reassemble his shattered mind and body and find a way to reconnect with a wife and daughters who have no idea of the ordeals he has been through. Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction (2006). Beginning August 26, you can pick up a copy of MARCH at the Adult Reference Desk.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion - October 18, 2009

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. In this best-seller, Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

Happy 308th Birthday Detroit!

Did you know that Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac? Commemorate the occasion with Madame Cadillac's Ghost by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos - a fun mystery about two kids left on their own to explore the Detroit Historical Museum (pictured left). If you get the chance, why not have your own adventure at the DHM? Admission is free during the month of July so it's definitely worth the trip!

So you want to be an environmentalist

Are you a passionate young person who wants to help the environment? Why not become an environmentalist? Check out these books on what an environmentalist does for the planet. Also, take a look at this eMagazine called Young Environmentalists for resources, tips and advice on making the planet a healthier place to live.

School Strangeness Series

Have you ever considered how strange, scary, and weird school can be?! Well, your school is probably pretty normal compared to the schools in these hilarious stories, but then again, maybe not. Read for yourself and find out. You may need to start preparing for the next school year well in advance if you have to deal with any of these situations.

Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life

by Michael J. Caduto

Herbs have been essential to spiritual beliefs and practices throughout time and history. From Christian Scripture to Hindu observances, Jewish ritual to early Islamic literature, Native American traditions to Buddhist symbolism, plants are seen as a blessing from God and a way to remain in harmony with Spirit. Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life is a hands-on guide to incorporating herbs into our spiritual life.

Michael J. Caduto is a renowned author, ecologist, educator and storyteller who has written and coauthored sixteen books, including "Native American Gardening", the "Keepers of the Earth" series, and "In the Beginning: The Story of Genesis and Earth Activities for Children."

The Other Arthur

You've probably heard of Arthur, the aardvark star of many books by Marc Brown.  But before he came along, there was another Arthur out there - Arthur the chimpanzee! Arthur is the star of many easy-to-read books.

Baby Beanies

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys includes instructions for knitting a variety of adorable hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The patterns vary from very basic beginner level to more advanced, and all of them are mega cute.

Wind Turbines Available at Ace Hardware Stores in the Fall?

According to greentechmedia.com, a small rooftop wind turbine will be available in the fall from ACE Hardware. The Honeywell Wind Turbine, produced by EarthTronics (a Muskegon, Michigan-based company) is being advertised as an affordable wind turbine at an estimated MSRP of $4,500 (plus $1,500 installation fee) and can produce power from winds that range in speed from two miles per hour to 45 miles per hour.

Crafting with felt

Do you like the fuzzy look felt gives to purses, hats and scarves? Why not make your own fuzzy creation? Here are some books to help you get started. Remember, when you're knitting, crocheting or sewing your wool into a masterpiece, make it larger than you want the finished product to be. Wool shrinks when its wet!

Pearl's Picks for August 2009

A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care - by Jennifer Culkin
Jennifer Culkin’s affecting and effective A Final Arc of Sky: A Memoir of Critical Care is primarily an account of her experiences working as an emergency flight nurse on board a helicopter (an Agusta A109A for those whirlybird aficionados among you) in the state of Washington. But as we read about her attempts to keep heart attack and trauma victims alive while en route to the nearest hospital, we also gain insights into her personal life and her views on parenting, family relationships, and religion. As difficult as emergency medical care is under the best of circumstances (i.e., in a hospital setting), Culkin helps us see how the difficulty and danger are ratcheted up when you’re 8,000 feet up in the air and several hundred miles from the nearest hospital, working in the cramped confines of a chopper’s cabin. Some of the saddest parts of the book are where she describes the deaths of close friends and co-workers (in helicopter accidents) and her mother’s difficult death. Constantly living with life and death tempers a person, I believe, and Culkin is not only the kind of nurse I think we all dream of encountering when we’re in need of emergency care, but the sort of writer whose words and wisdom we can cherish.