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Is It Time to Hang Up Your Keys?

AARP’s “We Need to Talk” online seminar sponsored by The Hartford provides practical tips and advice on how to recognize when it’s time to limit or stop driving and how to discuss the topic with loved ones. AARP recommends you complete the three modules in sequence. Each takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and you will learn what value driving has to older adults, how to objectively assess driving skills, and how to discuss limiting and/or stopping to drive.

Law Resources

One of the results of the downturned economy is that more people than ever are representing themselves in law matters. These "self-represented litigants" often feel lost in a sea of information and are not sure where to begin. The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) teamed to host "Public Libraries and Access to Justice" which provided lists of helpful resources which we have compiled into Law Resources. The resources include: where to find legal assistance, common legal citations and where to find them, information on different types of law including family, bankruptcy, landlord tenant, debtor and creditor, elder, immigration, foreclosure, social security, veterans, and wills and estate planning laws.

Law Resources

General Law Resources

  • Legal Information Institute — features links to constitutions, statues, regulations and court opinions by jurisdiction
  • Findlaw — includes sections for the layperson, legal topics and laws for 50 states
  • Michigan Courts Self Help Center — includes information on court procedures and official court forms
  • State Bar of Michigan Online Legal Help Center — contains links on sources for different topics in the law, finding a lawyer and researching Michigan law
  • Michigan eLibrary (MeL) — information on courts, administrative decisions, finding legal assistance, legal resources, federal and multi-state legal resources, Michigan Legal resources, statutes and regulations

Family Law

Landlord Tenant

Practical Guide for Landlord and Tenants

Bankruptcy

Election 2010

November 2, 2010 is election day, and Michigan residents face many decisions this year — including selecting a new Governor. Get prepared for Tuesday by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center. This site contains all your necessary information including polling locations and more. Don't forget to check out the League of Women Voters Guide which can be helpful in sorting through all the candidates and issues.

Pirate Politics

In 2006, a new political force emerged in Sweden: the Pirate Party, or Piratpartiet in Swedish. The party's platform focuses on copyright and patent issues, as well as personal privacy and government transparency. Unlike parties in the United States, the Swedish Pirate Party does not have a full platform of social and policy issues, instead sticking to its foundational principles.

People in the United States have attempted to form similar organizations, though the political structure of the U.S. is different.
Below are some books about copyright, patents, privacy, and government transparency, as well as some information about prominent third parties in American History:

Copyright

The copyright handbook : how to protect & use written works by Stephen Fishman

The copyright book [electronic resource] : a practical guide by William S. Strong

The illustrated story of copyright by Edward Samuels

Copyright's highway : from Gutenberg to the celestial jukebox by Paul Goldstein

Freedom of expression® : overzealous copyright bozos and other enemies of creativity by Kembrew McLeod


Patents

Popular patents : America's first inventions from the airplane to the zipper by Travis Brown

How to make patent drawings yourself : a "Patent it yourself" companion by Jack Lo and David Pressman

Protecting your ideas : the inventor's guide to patents by Joy L. Bryant


Privacy

Code : and other laws of cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig

Database nation : the death of privacy in the 21st century by Simon Garfinkel

Griswold v. Connecticut : contraception and the right of privacy by Susan C. Wawrose

No place to hide by Robert O'Harrow, Jr

Privacy lost : how technology is endangering your privacy by David H. Holtzman ; foreword by Evan Bayh


Transparency

Tactical transparency : how leaders can leverage social media to maximize value and build their brand by Shel Holtz, John C. Havens ; foreword by Lynne D. Johnson

Transparency : how leaders create a culture of candor by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O'Toole ; with Patricia Ward Biederman

The writer's legal guide : an authors guild desk reference by Tad Crawford and Kay Murray


Third Parties

Spoiling for a fight : third-party politics in America by Micah L. Sifry

Radicals for capitalism : a freewheeling history of the modern American libertarian movement by Brian Doherty

Mad as hell : how the Tea Party movement is fundamentally remaking our two-party system by Scott Rasmussen and Doug Schoen

1912 : Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft & Debs-- the election that changed the country by James Chace

Dear senator : a daughter's memoir by Essie Mae Washington-Williams and William Stadiem

Crashing the party : taking on the corporate government in an age of surrender by Ralph Nader

Medicare Recipients Be Alert!

Medicare recipients who are eligible for what is being called the Donut Hole Rebate will be interested in the July 31, 2010 interview of Michigan Office of Services to the Aging director, Sharon L. Gire to explain eligibility for the Medicare Donut Hole rebate payment. Ms. Gire was interviewed by Laurel Hess, host of Comcast Newsmakers.

Political Films

Comedy

The American president [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment and Universal Pictures present a Wildwood Enterprises, Inc. production ; executive producers, Charles Newirth, Jeffrey Stott ; directed, produced by Rob Reiner ; written by Aaron Sorkin

Bob Roberts [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures presents with Miramax Films a Polygram/Working Title production in association with Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson and Artisan Entertainment ; a film by Tim Robbins

Bulworth [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents

DWSD Repair Will Affect Water Pressure in Northwest Canton July 23

We have been notified by Canton Township that the Detroit Water and Sewer Department (DWSD) will be performing emergency repairs to the DWSD meter pit at Warren and Napier roads on Friday, July 23, which will require the shutdown of a main water feed into Canton between 10:00am and 3:30pm. We have been advised that Northwest Canton will experience low water pressure during that time; water pressure within the library may be affected. Full water pressure will be restored once the repair has been completed.

Canton’s Senior Summit

Canton Supervisor Phil LaJoy is hosting a Senior Summit on Monday, September 13, at  Summit on the Park, from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Supervisor Phil LaJoy began this event when he was serving as a State Representative, and is now continuing it for Canton seniors.

The Senior Summit will feature a wide array of informational booths and presentations geared toward today’s senior. Also included are door prizes, a continental breakfast, lunch, bingo and a shredding truck. The event is free, however registration is required. To register, please call Canton Towhship offices at (734) 394-5185.

Scam Alert: Medicare Part D Rx Scam

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) today warned citizens about recent reports of scam artists contacting seniors in an attempt to obtain personal information by asking them to reveal Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers, or pay a fee to receive a $250 Medicare rebate check.

The DHHS and OSA are urging Medicare beneficiaries not to provide personal information to anyone representing themselves as a "Medicare" or "government" worker if contacted by phone, mail, or in person in exchange for a $250 Medicare rebate check. These one-time rebates are automatically mailed to Medicare recipients when they reach the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, also known as the 'donut hole.'

For further information, call the national Medicare office at (800) 633-4227. In Michigan, call MMAP at (800) 803-7174.

Absentee Voters Can Track Ballots Online

Voters casting absentee ballots can track their ballots online. Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land announced Monday that absentee voters who enter personal identification information at the Michigan Voter Information Center website will be able to track their ballot. The absentee ballot tracking feature notes when an application for an absentee ballot has been received by the local clerk's office, when the ballot was sent, and when the clerk received the returned ballot

The Michigan Voter Information Center also allows voters to check whether they are registered to vote, print a sample ballot, find their polling place and locate their local clerk.

Car Insurance and Credit Scores

Last Thursday (July 8, 2010), the Michigan Supreme Court brought down a 4-3 decision allowing insurance providers to use credit score data when calculating premiums for automotive and marine vehicle insurance. This practice has been explicitly legal in Michigan since 1997, and has been a matter of administrative, legislative, and legal scrutiny since at least 2002.

Staff in Community Room

Library staff prepare for a visit from President Bush and Governor Engler. 

Community Room Readiness

Library staff prepare the Community Room for a business summit with President Bush and Governor Engler. 

Banner Placement

Library staff prepare a conference room for the arrival of President Bush and Governor Engler.