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Wage Protection for Home Care Workers

The Obama administration proposed regulations on Thursday, December 15 to give the nation’s nearly two million home care workers minimum wage and overtime protections. Those workers have long been exempted from coverage. According to the federal government, six million of the 40 million Americans older than 65 now need some form of daily assistance to live outside a nursing home. That number, government officials say, is expected to double to 12 million by 2030.

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

If you have read Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read try David Halberstram or Branch Taylor or one of the many documentaries about Civil Rights in America produced over the years.

Faith in the city: preaching radical social change in Detroit by Angela D. Dillard; with a foreword by Charles G. Adams

Race and remembrance: a memoir by Arthur L. Johnson

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

It was nearly a year ago when a tragic shooting took place at a political event in Tuscan, Arizona. Six people died and many more were wounded, including first time congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. She was horribly wounded with little chance of survival, let alone recovery. This is the extraordinarily moving story of public service, love, strength, hope and the long, hard road toward recovery as told by Gabby Giffords, her space shuttle commander husband, Mark Kelly and author and Wall Street Journal columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow.

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope by Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, and Jeffrey Zaslow

ExpressSOS

Recently the Michigan Secretary of State announced expanded online services. ExpressSos.com allows residents to renew or replace standard state driver's licenses and ID cards, change their address when they move order multiple copies of vehicle registrations and titles.

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

Michigan Humanities Council, in conjunction with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, has selected nine host sites for the Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit: We Don’t Want Them. The exhibit places the events documented in Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice in a broader context of policies and practices that limited where some could live, thus impacting their past and present quality of life. We Don't Want Them opened in Flint and will travel around the state to the following cities:

National Emergency Alert Test

On Wednesday, November 9th at approximately 2:00 PM, FEMA and the FCC will test the Emergency Alert System (EAS) using the Presidential message code, Emergency Activation Notification (EAN). The EAN code has never been tested before. The test, which is meant only to be a system live test, will be very different from the ones citizens are used to hearing. The test will come from FEMA and it will be approximately 30 seconds in length. All radio, television, cable and satellite operators will air the test at exactly the same time. Click here for additional information from FEMA.

Tech Town Open House

Entrepreneurs. Small Business Owners. Got an idea? Curious about how TechTown can help you? Drop in to Wayne State University's Tech Town's inaugural Open House on Tuesday, November 8 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and have a look around their thriving entrepreneurial community! Register online. The open house features:
  • Tours of the facilities
  • A Chat with the entrepreneur of the month
  • Discussions with staff about how we support entrepreneurs

Social Security Benefits Increase

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 60 million Americans will increase 3.6 percent in 2012, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that nearly 55 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2012. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30, 2011.
[Photo Courtesy of AP Images.]

Prescription Take Back Day, October 29th

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired or unused drugs and are wondering what to do with them? Safely dispose of them on Saturday October 29th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Canton Township Police Department. Help keep the water supply clean and at the same time stop dangerous medications from being accidentally consumed or stolen. The free event  is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and this week's Red Ribbon activities.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

National Book Festival

If you weren't able to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 24-25, videos of the event including authors' talks are now available. Historian and author David McCullough appeared at the 2011 National Book Festival, as did Sylvia Nasar, Cassandra Clare, Wally Amos, Sara Paretsky, and more.

SEMCOG Invites Your Input!

A key goal of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, is to improve decision making by providing leadership and consensus building on key plans and policies. One way the agency achieves this is through the public involvement process, which provides opportunities for interested parties to comment on SEMCOG’s regional plans, programs, and activities. The document that guides the public involvement process is SEMCOG’s Public Participation Plan.

The revised Draft Public Participation Plan has been released for the 45-day public comment period. Now through November 22, 2011, anyone interested may review and comment on the draft (see link below). Your comments will help ensure the ongoing opportunity for effective, broad-based participation in the development and review of regional plans and programs.

Plymouth-Canton Community School Board Election

The League of Women Voters of NW Wayne County has posted non-partisan voter guides on their website for the November 8th school board election. Specifically, voters can find information about the candidates running for the Plymouth-Canton School Board. There is also a hard copy of this same guide at the Adult Reference Desk so that you may peruse our copy or make your own personal copy to take along with you!

Plymouth-Canton Community School Board Election

The League of Women Voters of Northwest Wayne County has released their nonpartisan voters guide for the school board election on Tuesday November 8th. Contact the Canton Township Clerk for information regarding polling locations and absentee ballots.

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

Arc of Justice: a Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle is this year's Great Michigan Read 2011-2012. To kick off the Great Michigan Read, Mr. Boyle will tour six cities throughout Michigan in late October. At each site, Boyle will host a presentation, question-and-answer session, and book signing. All events are free and open to the public.

We the People

The Obama Administration has launched a new website called We the People where ordinary citizens can petition the White House to take up any issue of importance to them. Participants must be 13 years or older and have an account on Whitehouse.gov. Once a petition is submitted, the creator must work to gather support. If a petition meets the 5,000 signature threshold in 30 days or less, the issue will be reviewed by the White House.

Magazine Express

As the Canton Public Library continues to deal with a declining budget, patrons are reminded the "magazine express" program has been discontinued.

Follow the Money

Do you ever wonder where all of your tax dollars are being spent? Do you need to know what the country's national debt is — and who's holding it? Or do you just want to know what campaign donations are being received by your legislators — and from whom? The answers to all of these burning questions can be found by a few clicks of your browser. USASpending.gov is a searchable database of all federal contracts, including the amount of the award and who's receiving it. For complete up to the minute information on the national debt, the U.S. Treasury site has it all. And to follow your legislators' campaign funds there are several places to check.