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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!

Resolved: Learn a New Language

Mango Languages, a language program designed especially for travelers, has added more languages. This language learning database, available to Canton Public Library cardholders, teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

Contest: Most Intriguing People

Three presidential candidates took part in the 1992 presidential debates: Republican nominee and then current President George H.W. Bush, Democratic nominee William Jefferson Clinton, and Independent Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot. Which two of these nominees were also named to People Weekly's annual list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992?

The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!

Access My Library via Your Mobile Device

Access library resources — even when you're not at the library! It's as simple as using the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app from Gale, a world-leading publisher of reference information. AccessMyLibrary uses GPS to find libraries within a 10-mile radius of your location, then gives you free, unlimited access to the reliable online resources from Gale — without the need to log in. The AccessMyLibrary Public Edition App works on iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad®.

DemographicsNow and Reference USA

Join us on Thursday, August 19th from Noon to 1:00PM for DemographicsNow and Reference USA, the final session in our Summer School for Small Business series. Learn how to use DemographicsNow and Reference USA to get accurate, up-to-date information to market your business, research competitors, get customer leads and more. No registration required.

DemographicsNow and ReferenceUSA

Learn to use DemographicsNow and ReferenceUSA databases to find out more about your local community, your customers, and your competitors! The up-to-date business intelligence will help you better market your business, get customer leads, and more. This one hour session is part of the Summer School for Business series.
Date: August 19, 2010
Time: Noon to 1:00PM
Location: Internet Lab

Classical Music Library is Fun!

Use our Classical Music Library database to study or listen to music from various time periods and composers from all over the world. One can search by recording title, composer, composer works (song titles), ensembles; such as Canadian Brass or New York Philharmonic; genres; such as sacred, orchestral or dance; labels (publishers), type of instrument, time period; such as Baroque or Renaissance; or recording date. The blank search box allows you to search by country name for works specific to composers from a various region or regions of the world. Start by accessing our Databases A-Z page and clicking on the Classical Music Library database, then enjoy the music whenever you please!

Job Searching and Business Marketing with ReferenceUSA Database

If you are a job seeker or a business owner, don't miss out on this free training session. Learn to use ReferenceUSA to job search in different geographical areas and industries. Find out how to identify key contacts, and to create customized marketing lists for your needs.

Date: Wednesay, June 16, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:15PM
Location: the Internet Lab
Space is limited. Register online.

Michigana: Sources In U.S. History Online

Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has a new addition to the growing collections on the Michigana database. Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online features primary documents regarding many topics including Native Americans, railroads, and frontier life. It's another great source for Michigan and U.S. history!

Small Business Resource Center

Are you a business owner or thinking of becoming one? Tap into the library's Small Business Resource Center for sample business plans, sales strategy, market analysis and general business information.

Language Blogs


Language blogs can help you learn about another culture as well as words and meanings that have altered, adapted or changed from one country to another.

What Has Your Library Done For You?

Are you a woman who has a life-changing story about your library? Would you be willing to share it with others? If yes, consider entering the Woman's Day/American Library Association essay contest. Up to four winners will have their essays published in an upcoming Woman's Day issue. Good luck!

Report Resources

What do Biographies, Animals, Dinosaurs, Science Experiments, Countries, States all have in common? They are all frequently assigned report topics for elementary students. If you are having difficulty locating information on your particular topic, don't forget to investigate our great selection of Children's Databases. These are kid-friendly resources that contain pictures, maps, magazine articles, and more on a variety of subjects. You can even access them from your home computer! Here are a few to get you started...

CultureGrams begins with a clickable map of the world. Find the country your researching and find facts, pictures and even sound clips of that country's national anthem right at your fingertips.

Valentines Day Trivia

St. Valentine's CasketValentine's Day is celebrated on February 14, traditionally in honor of a saint killed on that day in Roman times. Because he was caught marrying Christian couples, he was arrested, imprisoned and sentenced to death under Emperor Claudius in 269 A.D. He is the Patron Saint of engaged couples, bee keepers, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, and young people. The casket with his remains, located in Dublin Ireland, is shown here. For more information on this saint, see the Saints and Angels website.

PowerSpeak Languages

CPL has just added another online language tool for you! PowerSpeak Languages uses an arsenal of approaches that combine systematic learning processes with innovative, yet proven methods developed specifically to each language. PowerSpeak currently offers Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and German.
Don't forget our other language database, Mango Languages that offers over 20 languages all available to you online as well.

UXL Encyclopedia of Mythology is searchable via Gale Virtual Reference Library

A new Encyclopedia of World Mythology is now searchable via Gale Virtual Reference Library. It contains all the classic Greek/Roman myths as well as Native North American, South American, Asian/Pacific, Norse, Judeo-Christian, Islamic and Hindi deities, legends, and myths. Search all of GVRL or search the mythology encyclopedia independently by expanding the "literature" heading listed under GVRL and click on UXL Encyclopedia of Mythology.

Detroit - News & Information Center

Make this your priority stop when looking for information on Detroit.
This information portal is all about Detroit and its surrounding communities. Local news items, jobs, special reports and obituaries are also included.

Local TV features Mango Languages!

Mango Languages is the easiest way to learn to speak a new language. It's fast. It's fun. It uses real-life situations to make learning more pertinent. It's so good, Ruth Spencer from WDIV featured Mango Languages on the news.
Visit CPL's home page to learn Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese, German, Greek, Chinese (Mandarin), ESL Spanish, and more. First time users will be asked to create a username and password for the system to keep track of the progress. Remote access is for Canton Library cardholders only.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage is an excellent business reference. If you're looking for company financials and research, industry surveys, and investment information, give this great database a try! For an in-depth investment advisory tool, click on The Outlook. There's even a business education section. It's one-stop shopping for many of your business needs.