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Advice for New Teachers

Not only is it a busy time for families to get ready for the start of school, but for teachers as well. The Master Teacher shares the wisdom and advice for new teachers who are about to step into the classroom for the first time.

Get Creative @ Saving for College

There's still time for your child to win $1500 towards his/her college education. You have until August 21 to enter the Get Creative @ Saving for College prize drawing (sponsored by the Michigan Education Trust, Michigan Education Savings Program, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.) Entry forms and instructions are available in the library lobby. (And remember, the home libraries of the sweepstakes winners also get a cash prize for the 2010 Summer Reading program!)

Back to School info for Parents

It's not to early to start thinking about going back to school in September. A new link on the PCCS page will connect parents and students to information about the upcoming school year. Find class list, bus routes, school supply suggestions, and open house schedules. So get your pencils out. Let the learning begin!

Ann Arbor Art Fair

The world's largest street fair for art is going on right now. And it's right here in the metro Detroit area. Crowds of more than half a million flock to Ann Arbor's fair each year to see all types of unique creations. The 50th annual fair is in progress now from July 15th-18th, 2009.

Obama's Visit to Macomb Community College

President ObamaPresident Obama will be in Warren today to give a speech at Macomb Community College. He plans to discuss the educational stimulus package of $12 billion to community colleges throughout the nation over the next 10 years. This goal focuses on worker retraining, modernizing facilities and improving online courses.

Letters and Numbers

Be sure to check out our special section of ABC and 123 books in aisle 1 in the children’s department next to the picture books. Here are some fun titles to check out:

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

Count on Clifford by Norman Bridwell

Carlo likes counting by Jessica Spanyol

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.

Tuition Goes Up, Family Incomes Go Down

MoneyIn today's Detroit News/Free Press, it's that time of year when colleges in the state are considering how much to raise their tuition for the upcoming fall semester. There's less government aid for schools so families are faced with paying more and doing less. The Library has the latest financial aid books to help students find funding sources such as Get Free Cash for College.

New Publications For Your Student

College students and parents of elementary, middle and high school students can pick up copies of the Eduguide: Your roadmap to student success in the library's lobby brochure rack. Separate editions, geared to each educational level, offer tips on both helping students succeed in their current scholastic careers and preparing them for the next step on their academic ladder.

A Leaner FAFSA

Finding the MoneyToday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan plans to announce a leaner and more simplified FAFSA form that should at least bring a little relief to over 15 million families with college-bound students who apply every year. Changes in the form will be in place in time for the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The Library has financial aid books to help navigate through the student loan application process and Finding the Money is one of the newest.

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.

Master the Art of...Education

blackboardSummer Reading ideas and inspiration for the teacher-at-heart...

reading levels for kids

A lot of people think that it's important or positive for a child to read "above grade level", but does it really matter? Is it even good for a child to read books that were intended for an older audience? Many literacy experts believe that it doesn't matter, and that it isn't necessarily good - a child should read books that make for a pleasurable, positive reading experience.

Win Money for College @ the Library

Get Creative @ Saving for College at the Canton Public Library, now through August 21. Just fill out the entry card (available when you sign up your child for the 2009 summer reading program) and return it to a library staff member. Six parents will win $1,500 toward their child's college education, and six libraries will each receive $1,000 for future programming. Additional prizes will also be awarded to entrants. Get Creative @ Saving for College is made possible by a partnership of the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), and the Michigan Education Trust (MET).

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.

Teach for America

teacherTeach for America, the non-profit group who recruits outstanding recent college graduates to teach for 2 years in urban and rural schools, recently received over 35,000 applications and will place 4,100 mostly in Southern states. Wendy Kopp, the group's founder and chief executive officer, said the surge in applicants is unprecedented and the bad economy is the cause. The Corp began its existence in 1990 and began as an undergraduate thesis topic.

Get ready for...summer camps!

Looking for something fun and educational to do during the summer break? Check out Summer-Daycamps.com, a website where you can search for summer day camps by area code. On Kidscamps.com you can search for day camps and away camps. Just imagine, you could spend the summer designing a video game, composing a song, caring for farm animals, painting, collecting worms or becoming a dramatic actress in a theater camp. Summer is bound to be fun with these possibilities!

College Night Open House at CPL

Need information about local options for college? The Canton Public Library is hosting a College Night Open House on June 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. Come by and get information from 17 local colleges, including community colleges and schools with online and alternative education programs. Learn about financial aid, admissions, degree programs and transfer credits. It’s not too late to make plans for the fall semester!

2009 National Teacher of the Year

National TeacherPresident Obama has announced the recipient for this year's National Teacher of the Year award at a special ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. A former NYPD retired captain, Anthony J. Mullen, has been working for the past seven years as a teacher at an at-risk and special needs alternative high school in Greenwich, Conn. Born in the Bronx and served the NYPD for 20 years, Mr.