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Free & Easy: Document Scanning at CPL

Did you know Canton Public Library's three public-use copy machines also double as document scanners? Because the machines have auto sheet feeders, they are great (and fast) for scanning and saving multi-page documents in either pdf or tiff format. You'll need to have an email address, because scanned files are sent electronically to the email address(es) you enter. The Copy Center also offers two letter-size flatbed scanners, which work well for photos and other graphics because you can save your scans in the popular jpeg or a variety of other formats. The flatbed scanners also have OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities, which allow you to scan text pages that convert easily to Word documents so you can edit them. There is no fee to use any of the Copy Center scanners.

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.

TIECon Midwest 2009

TIECon Midwest 2009 will take place Friday, October 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, MI. The conference is designed for entrepreneurs who "think creatively, innovatively and resourcefully to create their own future regardless of economic conditions and uncertainties."TiECon Midwest 2009 will focus on four vertical educational tracks including: Cleantech, IT, Healthcare and Emerging Concepts.

Investing 101 with Rick Bloom

Phone or in-person registration is now open for the Investing 101 program with radio and print personality, Rick Bloom. Mr. Bloom will discuss the basics of developing a retirement portfolio in these difficult financial times. With years of expertise and experience, Mr. Bloom will surely get us all on the right track to a comfortable retirement.
Call 734.397.0999 to register for Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm in the Canton Public Library community room.

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.

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.

Show Me the Money! Keeping track of your hard earned money

Do you often find yourself with more month left than money? Does your budget look good on paper but frequently doesn't work in reality? In these uncertain economic times it is more important than ever to know how to budget your money and to keep track of expenses. Money tracking software programs have been available for many years but now there are websites that perform the same functions at no cost. Sites such as www.feedthepig.com and www.networthiq.com can help you keep track of your expenses and stay on budget.

Explaining Success

Success stories are inspiring. In Outliers Malcolm Gladwell explains how several factors are important for a person to become really successful in any field. It is a fascinating read.

Free is the New Pink

Free, Chris Anderson's new book about the future of content distribution, is causing quite a stir.

Malcolm Gladwell started the debate with a lengthy review criticizing many of Anderson's analogies for how scarcity and abundance operate in a market economy. Seth Godin then responded with a few choice rebuttals, sure to spark further discussion.

Along with this, Waldo Jaquith levies allegations that the book contains overt plagiarism. Anderson himself has responded in kind to the blog post, and it appears some additional notes will be available to coincide with the book's release.

While some of this buzz may be viral marketing, the subject matter still sounds quite interesting. Free will be available for sale in stores July 7, though you can put it on hold at Canton Public Library today.

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

We're looking for some special people to become part of the library catalog. Are you a religious leader in the Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jewish faiths? Are you a vegetarian, a policeman, an atheist, a gay/lesbian person, a U.S. military veteran, a rock recording artist, a published author or any other interesting or unusual person? If so, we want you.

The Canton Public Library is starting a Living Books program where patrons can check out "living books" (that would be YOU) for 30 minutes of face-to-face, one-on-one conversation. These interviews are intended to answer questions for the curious, satisfy special interests and beliefs and learn from others' experiences. With dialogue comes understanding - with understanding comes tolerance.

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.

Government Grants

Have you ever heard of government grants? This is government money that, for qualified individuals, does not have to be repaid.  There are grants for women, minorities, business, housing, college, and private reasons. You could get $20,000.00 to fix your house, $50,000.00 to start up a business, another grant to pay your tuition and another to help pay your bills.

An Economical Alternative to Faxing

At $1.50 for the first page and $1 per additional page for outgoing domestic faxes (international faxes are $4.95 for the first page and $3.45 per page thereafter), Canton Public Library offers self-serve faxing at reasonable rates. But did you know that in many cases, you can scan and email your document(s) for free — avoiding fax charges altogether? Canton Public Library has flatbed (letter-size) scanners you can use at no cost. Once you have your scanned documents, simply send them to the recipient from your web-based email account from the same computer you used for scanning.

Business women meeting

The Canton Business & Professional Women (BPW) will hold their next monthly meeting Monday, May 11th, 6-8:30 at Palermo's  Pizzaria and Restaurant.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Connie Zielinski, author of It's In Your Hands.  Dinner will be served.  Please RSVP to June Nicholas at junenicholas@comcast.net or (313) 610-2561. 

Missing Money

Four years ago, a high school friend of mine called me and told me that  he had seen my name on the "missingmoney.com" website as having a check for less than $100.00 in the Michigan Department of the Treasury "Missing Money" account.  I went to the website, filled out the downloadable application and 3 weeks or so thereafter, I had a check in the mail for $75.00.

I thought, because of these difficult financial times, and because The Canton Public Library has a duty and a purpose to help the Community and our Patrons get through them, that I would share the website, which is  www.missingmoney.com.  This website is subscribed to by the Treasury Department of 26 states, and 2 Canadian Provinces.  It is not one of those "Send us some money, and we'll what happens" sites.

The current state?????

Have you ever noticed the current state of the world and wondered...WHY?  Visit Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index for a different view of today's events.

Entrepreneurial Series at Schoolcraft College

Schoolcraft College is one of the location centers holding workshops for an Entrepreneurial Series offered through the Michigan Small Business and Technology Center.  A list of workshops, courses, dates, registration information can be found at www.misbtdc.net/events.aspx

ReferenceUSA

ReferenceUSA database contains 14 million U.S. businesses. You can search them by name, industry, SIC code, yellow page headings, geographic locations and more. Job seekers can research companies, industries, find contact names and addresses. The Residential database lists over 100 million US residents. It's an ideal tool to conduct market research, and locate friends and relatives.

Help with filing for Unemployment Benefits

Filing for unemployment benefits just got a little easier with the release of Filing your claim for unemployment benefits & finding a job - a joint effort of the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) and the Michigan Works! Agencies. This 17 minute DVD provides information on the claims-filing process for unemployment compensation and answers many of the typical questions asked by unemployed workers. Multiple copies are available at the Library.