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Scholarship opportunity for non-Native English Language speakers

A unique opportunity for native speakers of Arabic, Balochi, Dari, Farsi, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu: Georgetown University's English for Heritage Language Speaker's Program is a scholarship that trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs. Designed for adults who are fully proficient, fluent, and effective in their chosen profession in their native language (heritage language) and want to apply their professional knowledge and training in a government career. Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the US government. Scholarship application deadline is July 18th, 2011.

Folktales from Around the World

Kids, come and listen to some great tales from around the world. Folktales are a great way to pass down stories and experiences from one generation to another. We will share stories and make a craft too.

Who: Children, ages 5-9 with caregiver
When: Monday, July 11, 11:00-11:45AM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, June 27

Destination College Savings

Destination College Savings is back! Twelve Michigan libraries and families have a chance to win $1,500 towards a child's future college education and $1,000 for their library. Entry forms are available at the library beginning June 20, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. This summer reading program sweepstakes is sponsored by MESP, MET, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

That's How

Parents, how many times a day do you hear "Why?" or "How?" How many different ways can you answer that? Author Christopher Niemann tries to help you answer those questions with his new picture book, That's How. Here, many questions about how things work are answered in a simple, straightforward way. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering how things work! If you are looking for more stories to answer those never ending whys and hows, check out childrens question and answer stories.

Family PJ Storytime

Get out your PJ's, robes and slippers and join us for a family-friendly storytime. We want the entire family in PJ's for this fun evening. Pillows and pillow pets are welcome on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room. No registration needed.

The Sales Rack

As part of our on-going Frugal Living Series, we are pleased to offer bloggers Nicole Barrett and Mary Kang. These shopping-savvy ladies will show you how to find the best deals, discounts and shopping events. Do you love shopping but hate paying full price? This is the program for you — on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00PM. No registration needed.

Creative Writing: Discover Your Inner Voice

Teens going into grades 7-12 can hone their creative writing skills with this five-week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University Of Detroit Mercy. Register for this program beginning June 11th.

A Big Thank You For NHS!

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Richard Scarry: The Best Ever

Today would have been Richard Scarry's 92nd birthday. Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919–April 30, 1994), a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide, has delighted four generations of readers. His best known book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, has sold over 4 million copies since its publication in 1965.

Only One More Day of Tutoring!

Thursday, May 26th, from 6:008:00PM will be the last night (until next year) for the free tutoring with National Honor Society students. If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in the third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring assignments, textbooks, calculators, pencils, and any other materials you need

Laughter, Meditation and Gratitude

It is rare that we get the opportunity to learn from a meditation master, but on Thursday, June 2 at 7:00PM, we will have that opportunity. Swami Satya Niranjan, popularily known as respected Bagmarji, and Om Johari will discuss the healthy, psychological and spiritual benefits of laughter. While using laughter as an example of meditation, the pair will show how and why to meditate, to show gratitude and be happy all the time.
No registration is needed.

One More Week of Tutoring!

Thursday, May 26th, will be the last night for the free tutoring with National Honor Society students. They will be at the library for one more week (until next year) from 6:00-8:00PM. If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in the third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring assignment, textbooks, calculators, pencils, and any other materials you need

Starkweather Book Club Just Can't Get Enough of Katniss.

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading the second book in The Hunger Games Series, Catching Fire. As with any good series, the group just couldn't wait to read more!

Annual Local Author Fair

Celebrate writing, books and area authors at this annual event. We have many great authors lined up to speak about their craft. All authors will be selling their books and signing them for you. How fun! Join us on May 19 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. No registration is needed.

Author, Mark Rothman

Do you read the credits after classic TV shows like Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days or The Odd Couple? If you do, you surely know the name of writer Mark Rothman. Mr. Rothman has assembled a wonderful book entitled "Mark Rothman's Essays: Many About Show Biz and All About Life." Come meet him and hear his incredible tales from the classic years of sitcom TV. Join us in the Purple Room on May 17 at 7:00PM. No registration needed.

Frugal Living Series

Professional organizer, Susan Carmody, of the National Association of Professional Organizers and her local company, Perfectly Placed, along with Mary Vangieson, the Wayne County Resource Recovery Coordinator, will give us a head start on Spring cleaning. They will share easy tips on getting organized and recycling in our homes. Bring your old mercury thermometers and replace them with a new digital one. Clean up your act and join us on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. No registration is needed.

Time Management

There are many approaches to seeking self-actualization; and the library is a great place to find self-help materials about them. If you're interested in realizing your full potential, your method of achieving that goal might include minimalism, and it will likely require time management:

Work

Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity by David Allen

The 80/20 individual: how to accomplish more by doing less — the nine essentials of 80/20 success at work by Richard Koch

Keeping Track of Your Classes, Grades, and Teachers Just Got Easier

MyEdu.com is a free website dedicated to keeping your schedule, and other important information, all in one place. Once you have created an account, you can look up your school and classes and add them to your personal schedule. The website also includes helpful information on ACT and SAT test prep, choosing the perfect school for you, and staying on track with homework.

Chicks 4 Charity offer Scholarship Opportunity

Canton's Woman’s Life Society Chapter 827, Chicks 4 Charity, is currently offering scholarships totaling $2000 for both full ($1,000) and part time ($500) college students. Applicants must reside in Canton, Plymouth, Belleville or Westland and be enrolled in a 2 or 4 year accredited Michigan college, university or trade school in the fall of 2011. Application Deadline to apply is June 13, 2011. Winner will be notified by July 18, 2011. For more information see the attached application form.

No Homework Help Today

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Thursday, April 14 due to the building problem that closed the Plymouth-Canton high schools. Homework Help will not be available next week because of Spring Break. They will be back on Tuesday, April 26.