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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.

HeritageQuest

An excellent Genealogy resource, the HeritageQuest Online includes the U.S. federal censuses from 1790 to 1930, 22,000 digitized family history and local history books, and more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman’s Bank Records, and more.

How to Invest for Your Retirement

No matter what your age, you would like to be able to retire comfortably some day. You need to learn how to set up objectives, plan the moves, and follow through. Perhaps the retirement guides by Morningstar Library Services are helpful to you. There are three guides for the three distinct age groups: Tips abound in all three.

Job Resource Center

jobsOur Job Resource Center from Newsbank lists current Detroit area job openings. You can browse the entire listing or search for a specific job. This database also offers various job hunting help, including resume and interviewing tips.

Quagga Mussels Invading Great Lakes

Although the zebra mussel is better known to the public, over the past decade it has largely been displaced in Lake Michigan by the quagga mussel, according to an article in the online magazine Michigan Today. Each quagga and zebra mussel filters about a quart of water a day—and there are billions of them in Lake Michigan alone. The result is startlingly clear water that delights recreational boaters but disturbs scientists because the water has been stripped of life-supporting algae.

What Do You Want from Your Career?

"Determining What You Want From Your Career" is one of the many job resources available in the LearningExpress Library database. With completion of the questionnaire, you will learn more about yourself and the work environment you want. Once you know this information, you will be able to focus your job-search efforts better. As a result, you will save considerable time and energy because you will apply only for jobs that you are qualified to fill, that you are interested in, that you will be happy pursuing, and that will help you achieve your goals.

New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2009

We have purchased a new 2009 supplement to the New Catholic Encyclopedia that focuses on the theme of science and the church. This is searchable separately through the online catalog or along with other resources in our Religion Virtual Collection Database. From Contraception to Creationism, Eugenics to Exorcism, find the historical facts as well as the Catholic position on these important issues.

How to Find Your Next Employer

Date: June 23, 2009 | Time: 9:30 a.m.
Discover how to use the ReferenceUSA database with its 14 million potential employers nationwide as a job searching tool! Session topics include how to put together your information in a resume, networking, researching for company information, and negotiating techniques. Register online, this class now open to residents and non-residents alike.

Chilton's Car Repair Manual Online

 

ChiltonLibrary.com contains information for most of the popular vehicles of the past 30 years, plus some coverage of specialty models. Just select a year, a make, and a model, and you can find valuable repair tips, diagrams, etc. to help make the car repair job that much easier. This database is accessible from all the library computers. Canton residents can log in from home with their Canton Public Library card number.

Culture Grams For Your Viewing Pleasure

African violinThe database "Culture Grams" gives facts and photos of all the world's countries including specific flags, recipes, and famous people hailing from that nation.  New features are the video clips and slideshows where one can watch and hear music performances on instruments indigenous to the culture or see slides of the Great Pyramids of Egypt, monasteries of Armenia, houseboats of the Netherlands, and a plethora of other possibilities. Tune in to Culture Grams today!

Pop Culture Universe

beatlesThe database "Pop Culture Universe" has overviews of every decade, from the 1960's to the 2000's and articles that cover cultural life from the 1870's "gilded age" to the present.  Anything concerning arts, film, fashion, food, drink, literature, politics, religion, sports, radio, television and technology from these decades are discussed.

MeL Michigana

In addition to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, the library has another database that historians and genealogists may find helpful with their research. Mel Michigana, which has over 50,000 digitized items including photos, books, atlases, scrapbooks and oral histories, is just waiting to be discovered.  This database was the result of the collaborated efforts