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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.

Talk Back to Lansing

Michigan State Capitol BuildingThe Center for Michigan is providing opportunities for citizens to speak out.  "Talk Back to Lansing" forums are scheduled in Wixom (April 20), Grand Rapids (April 25) and Lansing (April 27).  Register today.

Let your voice help shape Michigan's 2012 Budget.

April is National Stress Awareness Month

A little bit of stress is not bad at all. It helps you to keep your focus on work and perform better. Problems arise when you are unable to keep stress level under your control. Too much stress will affect your performance as a professional. It may ruin your personal relationships. Above all, it will take a toll on your health. To avoid any such consequences, coping with stress at work or home is very important.

Tiger Mom's Cub Going to Harvard

Amy Chua presents the disparate parenting styles between the Western and Chinese-American cultures in her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The direct result of her diligent demands of perfection from her children? Her eldest daughter Sophia's acceptance into Harvard this week. Now that is "winning!"

Our Nation's Symbol — The Bald Eagle

A friend's introduction to the live Eagle Cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens is fascinating and quite an educational experience for all ages. This eagle couple has three chicks, or are they fledglings? Find the answer to this and the myriad questions you will have after viewing these majestic eagles. Check out this book on our nation's symbol Eagles and for adults, Eagles: Masters of the Sky.

ACT Practice Test With Sylvan Learning Center

April 9th at 10:00AM (to 1:15PM) the staff from Sylvan Learning Center will administer and grade a practice ACT test here at the Library. Registration begins March 26th.

Islam Awareness Week — Muslim Women in Canton

Living As Muslim Women In Canton will feature the daily lives of several professional women, including business owners, doctors, engineers, students, scholars, mothers and more. Join us on March 24 at 7:00PM in the Community Room to hear the accomplishments and challenges of being Muslim in Canton. This program is presented by members of the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in celebration of Islam Awareness Week.

Sylvan Learning Center Presents ACT Test Prep

April 5 at 6:00PM the staff from Sylvan Learning Center will help you build the skills you need on test day. Registration begins March 22.

New Writing Contest

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is promoting a new writing contest on their blog. Reading Rockets/AdLit.org's Citizen Writer contest!
This contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Good luck!