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AP Images Database

Want to jazz up your school report with images? Want to add photos to your PowerPoint presentation? You will find plenty of photos documentating current news, sporting events and people in our AP Images database. It contains photos from the Associated Press from the 1840s till now.
Photo courtesy of AP Images--Pope Benedict XVI on Ash Wednesday

Watch "Great Lakes Now Connect: Invasive Species"

The Nature Conservancy announced a first-of-its-kind television and Web special, designed to convene a discussion on the solutions to the threats posed by dangerous invasive species in the Great Lakes. This special event "Great Lakes Now Connect: Invasive Species" broadcast on January 15, but you can still view it as an archive. For more information on invasive species search CPL's Science in Context database for "invasive species" or "biological invasions."

[Goby by Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory is licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0]

A Jazzy Christmas 2012

I love Christmas music, but this year it's the melodies I want to hear. If you need more, CPL's Jazz Music Library database has over 200 Christmas albums available to CPL cardholders. Some of my favorite CDs are:

Peace by Jim Brickman

Homecoming by Jim Brickman

December by George Winston

A Winter's solstice

Celtic Christmas II: a Windham Hill collection

Mental Health Resources

Good mental health is important for everyone and totally necessary to maintain a happy outlook and balanced perspective in these stressful times. Here are some library sources and community resources that can help:

Understanding Mental Health

How to find mental health care for your child by Ellen B. Braaten

How to use herbs, nutrients, & yoga in mental health by Richard P. Brown, Patricia L. Gerbarg, Philip R. Muskin

Free Music Download of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

What can be more befitting the Christmas season than Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker ballet! This week we offer free download of "Shchelkunchik [The Nutcracker], Op. 71" from our Classical Music Library. Based on a Christmas story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet was first produced on December 18, 1892, and has since become a traditional Christmas favorite for the whole family.

Every two weeks, you can download a free piece of music, courtesy of Alexander Street Press. Find the link from our Databases page and you can sign up for future notices.

Free Classical Music Download

This week's free download from our Classical Music Library is Ludwig van Beethovan's "Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 (Pathetique). Every two weeks,  you can download a free piece of music, courtesy of Alexander Street Press. Find the link from our Database page and you can sign up for future notices.

Classical Music Library Free Download

Classical Music Library is an award-winning, comprehensive streaming audio collection of classical music of over 130,000 tracks, including almost 50,000 recordings from EMI. Every two weeks, it offers a free music download from its popular online music collection. This week's free download is Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 performed by the Orquesta Filarmónica De La Ciudad de México.

Working on a Country Assignment?

Has your teacher assigned a country report assignment recently? Do you need print and online resources to complete your assignment? Don't forget to check out Culturegrams. This database, which you can also access from home, has up to date information and is quite easy to use. You can also find pictures, sound clips, and citing information for your report.

Neat Spelling Bee Resource

As we begin Bee Season, the Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee is a neat resource to help your student prepare. Spellers are given the definition of a word on screen. A recorded voice pronounces the word (multiple times if needed). Spellers can attempt to spell the word as many times as they like. After the first misspelling, Spelling Bee gives hints to help. Once a a word is spelled correctly (or the speller "gives up") a word map is displayed, given helpful hints to similar words and letter patterns. Try it out today!

Language Learning Goes Where You Go

The Mango Languages mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is ready to go! Free from the App Store, you can now access fast, easy and effective language learning no matter where your travels take you. Both contents and user interactions work just like the online program.

Free iPad Picture Books

Yes, Please! If you have ever accessed TumbleBooks through Canton Public Library, you know that they have fun interactive stories for kids. They've recently begun adding stories in iPad format. From the front page, select the red "Storybooks" button. On the next page, choose the green "iPad Books" button. There are currently only 50 books listed, but the plan is to add more soon. Happy Reading!

CultureGrams + You = Smart

Do you have a Social Studies project or just need information on countries and cultures from around the world? Then try one of the library's newest databases, CultureGrams. The World Edition contains 208 country-specific reports and the photo gallery has thousands of images. You can print maps and read interviews by children and adults in world countries from A to Z.

New Databases Page

Our Databases page has a fresh new look!  We have streamlined our subject categories and added a new "Best Bets" category. Due to changes made by MeL, OCLC FirstSearch and its components are no longer part of our collection. As always if you can't find what you are looking for, do ask a librarian for help.

MeLCat Scheduled Downtime

The Michican eLibrary Catalog (MelCat) will be down beginning at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 14 for a software upgrade. It is expected to be down the rest of the day. Patrons will still be able to check out and return MeL loans. However, requests for renewals may receive the message "server unavailable." Patrons and library staff will not be able to search or place new interloan requests using MeLCat. Databases may also be affected. Patrons may not be able to do a remote login (via an account at a MeLCat library).

Language Learning Resources

Thinking of learning a new language or brushing up on a language that you learned in the past but haven't used in a while? Or, are you an English language learner that is looking for help improving your English? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the language learning tools that the CPL has to offer are going to help you out! Come to the library and check out some of our materials for a variety of different languages:

501 Spanish verbs: fully conjugated in all the tenses in a new, easy-to-learn format, alphabetically arranged by Christopher Kendris and Theodore Kendris

Become a Polyglot

pol·y·glot /ˈpäliˌglät/
Adjective: Knowing or using several languages.
Noun: A person who knows several languages.

Find Books, DVDs, and Periodicals in particular languages here at CPL on our Languages page. We also have multiple Language databases.

Selected Language Books

Dictionary of languages: the definitive reference to more than 400 languages by Andrew Dalby

Discover Your Unique Family History!

Ancestry Library Edition makes searching for your family history much easier. The new version features search forms with an improved look and feel; location filters that allow searching across adjacent counties; map filters; name filters with Soundex; improved country and state pages. Give it a try if you are looking for U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals, books, photos and more.

Job & Career Accelerator Database

Job & Career Accelerator integrates everything job seekers need to conduct a successful job search. New features to come on April 4 include an easier-to-use interface, new tutorial on completing job applications, and a more direct access to computer skills tutorial. Wage and salary data published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor as well as more than 25,000 job specific keywords and action words are there for your perusal.

Mango Languages has new content!

Mango Languages has added four new languages (Farsi, Hebrew, Korean, and Vietnamese) and five new ESL courses (in French, German, Greek, Italian, and Korean). You can start to learn any of the 34 languages being offered here today. All you need is your determination to succeed and CPL library card to access!

It's Report Season!

Maybe it's animals. Or maybe it's a state or a country. Maybe it's a biography. Maybe you just need pictures for your display. Whatever it is, Canton Public Library is your one stop spot for all things report related. Here are some nifty databases and online resources you can access here or at home to make researching your report a breeze.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia Search the index of this eBook to find that animal you have to write about when all the books are checked out. Search Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations the same way for country information. Yes! This will count as a book resource in your bibliography!