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Caregivers Need Care, Too!

Are you, or do you know someone who is taking care of an elder or ailing family member?

Schoolcraft College has joined forces with AARP to offer a free seminar, Taking Care of the Caregiver. At this free seminar presented by an AARP speaker, attendees will gain knowledge, discover valuable resources and tools, and meet people in similar situations. The free, one-day seminar will take place on June 24th from 9:00-11:00AM in the VisTaTech Center on the main campus in Livonia. Registration is required. You can call walk in and register in the McDowell center or mail in registration form if you have the colleges catalog. (Photo: Associated Press)

Signed, Your Student

As the school year draws to a conclusion, remember to thank your teachers who have influenced and inspired you. Signed, Your Student is a collection of some of the biggest names in the world of sports, film, literature, and entertainment. These celebraties share their stories about the teachers who've inspired them to achieve greatness and helped make them who they are today.

A Big Thank You!

A big giant "Thank You" to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success. 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!

Last Chance For Tutoring!

Tonight will be the last night for the free tutoring with National Honor Society students. They will be at the library for one last time (until next year) from 6:00-8:00PM tonight. 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

Someone Like Me

Former area resident, John Quinn, shares his amazing story of his challenge and triumph over Cerebral Palsy. Quinn, through astounding determination, was able to hide his disability and become a high-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy. Come hear his inspirational story, Someone Like Me, on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00PM (no registration required). Teens and adults alike will look at life differently.

Exchange Day for paperback books

In an attempt to survive this economy, we are offering monthly Exchange Days for our patrons. Wednesday, June 9th will be our first paperback book exchange. Look under the bed, on your shelves, in your closets and gather up those paperback books. Bring them in to the library Purple Room at 10:00AM and take home some you haven't yet read. What a great way to get the word out in Canton, help the household budget and save a tree by sharing.

World Turtle Day!

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.

Women in the Military

Debra Drummond, president of the local Women Marines Association, will speak of the opportunities and excitement of being a woman in the United States Marine Corps. She also will share the many benefits that are available to former military women who might not be taking full advantage. Join us at 7:00PM on Thursday, May 6th in the Community Room for a great video and informative conversation.

Key to Your Success College & Career Fair Tonight!

Tonight, May 3, 6:30-8 p.m., CPL welcomes over 20 colleges, institutes and specialty schools to the Summit on the Park ballroom for the second annual Key to Your Success night. This open house is perfect for high school students considering options for the fall and adults looking for retraining or a whole new career. Admissions associates will be on hand to provide information on programs, admissions requirements and more. Learn about options to finance your education from representatives of U of M-Dearborn, the Canton Community Foundation and the Michigan Education Trust. A partial list of attendees includes:

Reasons For Reading To Babies

Why is it important to read to your baby? You may think your baby is too young to truly benefit from being read to, but in reality, it's never too early to start. This article, Reading Books to Babies, outlines why every parent should make books a priority with their babies, and offers suggestions for how, when, and what to read. By starting a love of books at a young age, you will help pave the way for your child to become a reader for life.

Local Author Event

It's time for the fourth annual Local Author Event. There are still a few slots open for local authors to share their stories and books with us on Thursday, May 13 at 7:00PM. Please contact Marcia at (734) 397-0999 x1079 if you are a published author and would like to participate. The authors will each be given a few minutes to speak and will then retire to their respective tables to sell their books and talk with fans.

Students Seek Silly Scholarships

Competition for grants and scholarships is especially intense during these tough economic times. But students who do their homework by looking for unusual ways to pay for their college education can really make that hard work pay off. The Wall Street Journal reported over $3 billion in private funding is available each year and some of it from wacky sources. And check out our education collection for books on financial aid such as The Free College Resource Book.

No Tutoring This Week

The NHS tutors will not be here this week (they need a break, too).

However, they will resume their regular schedule starting Tuesday April 13th! If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in 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 the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
  • Monday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Tuesday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk

Computers @ Your Public Library

In a recent article by Donna Gordon Blankenship of the Associated Press, a third of Americans 14 and older — about 77 million people — use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives, according to a new study released Thursday, March 25. The study was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the University of Washington Information School. Study researchers were intrigued to find that people across all age and ethnic groups used library computers, said Michael Crandall, one of the principal authors of the study, from the University of Washington Information School.

100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading

Everyone hopes their child will grow up loving books. In these busy times, though, it can be difficult to find time to share your love of books with your kids and help them become better readers. A Busy Mom's Guide: 100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading has tips for busy moms (and dads!) to get their kids reading and enjoying it, starting right from babyhood. Check it out from the Parenting section today.

2010 Internships Available

We are currently accepting applications for five summer interns. Application packets — including a cover letter, resume, and completed job application — postmarked or received by 6:00pm on Sunday, April 4, 2010 will be eligible for consideration. The job description for this position and an employment application are available on our jobs page.

Author & Adventurer, Pam Flowers

Adventurer and author, Pam Flowers, returns to Michigan from her home in Alaska to share her latest adventure of dog sledding to the Magnetic North Pole. Pam will share two books that are the result of her travels:
Magnetic North: A Journey to the Magnetic North Pole and Douggie: The Playful Pup Who Became a Sled Dog Hero. Bring the entire family on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. You really must meet this incredible, brave woman.

Guilty?

The Michigan State Police Forensic Lab presents its own version of CSI-style crime solving techniques, only this is the real thing! Trooper Nicole Bock, Forensic Scientist Guy Nutter and Laboratory Commander F/Lt. Charles Morden will present this fascinating look in conjunction with our popular Everyone's Reading program. The forensics tie in very nicely with Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent, the original courtroom thriller. Join us in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:00PM for a thrilling evening.

Education Tax Credits

As the April 15th Tax Deadline fast approaches don’t forget about the American Opportunity Credit. This credit which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act modifies existing education credits and makes them available to a broader range of taxpayers. It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. For more information visit IRS.gov.

Core Standards for K-12 Students

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers has, as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), presented the K-12 standards's draft which is now available for public comment. The draft standards, developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, seeks to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. Public comment is encouraged and can be made until Friday, April 2, 2010.