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Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.

Coming Up...at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library

Tuesday, December 7th, 7:00-8:30PM at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100 (use Diag entrance) — 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI

Blaine Pardoe, author of Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars

Pardoe tells the complex story of Frederick Zinn, a man who brought peace and closure to countless families who lost airmen during both world wars. Zinn created the techniques still in use to determine the final fate of airmen missing in action. The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of Nicola’s Books.

Pardoe is an accomplished author who has published dozens of military fiction novels and other books, including the widely acclaimed Cubicle Warfare: Self-Defense Tactics for Today's Hypercompetitive Workplace.

Part of the University of Michigan Press Author Series.

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Give thanks for the picture book with these wonderful Thanksgiving stories. Enjoy some turkey tales while waiting for the special holiday to arrive!

Gus, the pilgrim turkey by Teresa Bateman ; illustrated by Ellen Joy Sasaki



The Berenstain Bears' Thanksgiving by Stan & Jan Berenstain



An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott ; illustrated by James Bernardin

30 Big Links of 1980

Jimmy Carter, U.S President. A first ever 24-hour all news network CNN launched by Ted Turner. Gordie Howe, professional hockey player, retired after 32 seasons. New York Islanders won their first Stanley cup. University of Michigan lost to North Carolina at the Gator Bowl 15 to 17. Consumers first saw cordless phones on the market. 3M's post-it notes sold nationwide. The Olsen brothers manufactured the first Rollerblades in their parents’ basement in Minnesota. WordPerfect, a word processing application, being sold by Satellite Systems International (SSI). John Lennon, former Beatles rock star, shot and killed outside his apartment in Manhattan. George Nichopoulos indicted for over-prescribing drugs for Elvis Presley. Ronald Reagan elected 40th

Weird Michigan History

Reasearcher, archivist, author and lecturer, John E.L. Tenney, will share stories of weird Michigan ghosts, hauntings, monsters, secret societies and conspiracies that make up our unique history.

Teens and adults, please join us on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00PM. No registration required.

30 Things I Remember

Canton Public Library is celebrating our 30th Anniversary, and to mark the occasion we're making lists of 30 things. Today, Adult Services Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin recounts 30 things she remembers from throughout the library's history:
  1. We started out on the 3rd floor of Township Hall
  2. The card catalog was a piece of furniture
  3. To call someone in from lunch to help at the reference desk we rang a bell from the 3rd floor window
  4. We had a huge fly problem when we were in the old building and we were intimately acquainted with the "death dance" flies do
  5. All reference questions were answered from one reference desk
  6. Monday mornings the entire staff filed cards into the catalog
  7. On opening day, our staff numbered 9 people
  8. A large part of our opening day collection was discarded from the Wayne County General Hospital collection
  9. The night before we opened we worried that no one would come
  10. At the end of our first open day, there wasn't even 1 picture book left on the shelf
  11. The book drop was a long 3 floors down when the elevator wasn't working & books were hauled up the stairs in canvas bags
  12. Name badges looked like this
  13. A president visited the library
  14. It was big news when in 1990 we stopped charging rental fees for videos, compact discs, and new books
  15. In the late 80s there was a shortage of public librarians that really threatened our ability to offer the best customer service possible
  16. The library once had an assistant director [it was me!]
  17. My confirming letter
  18. The library has always been known for its strong customer service and was the front page feature of the July 1990 "Customer Service Report"
  19. Books received a due date stamp rather than a printed receipt
  20. Reference questions were answered from reference books rather than from the internet
  21. We maintained a Fugitive Fact file of reference questions which I believe morphed into what is now Google
  22. Old newspapers were viewed on microfilm rather than as digitized images on the web
  23. The library once had a LAN instead of internet databases
  24. Books were checked out with paper forms rather than on a PC
  25. Many of the best-selling authors of 30 years ago are still best-selling authors today
  26. Email didn't exist and we mostly ran around desk-to-desk when we needed to communicate with colleagues
  27. Phone messages were delivered on pink memo slips rather than via voicemail
  28. Students prepared reports using our typewriters rather than computers
  29. Students used the Readers' Guide To Periodical Literature to search for magazine articles
  30. Our library logo was once a tree

Mad Men at CPL

The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:

The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe

The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel

Exodus by Leon Uris

Contest: Most Intriguing People

Three presidential candidates took part in the 1992 presidential debates: Republican nominee and then current President George H.W. Bush, Democratic nominee William Jefferson Clinton, and Independent Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot. Which two of these nominees were also named to People Weekly's annual list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992?

The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!

Sew Retro

Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

About Canton History

The Canton History project is intended to foster connections per our 2009 Strategic Plan. It launched in October 2010 with an initial batch of over 900 items.

Strategic Plan

Objective (#3): The Canton Public Library will service the community by being a conduit for connections between residents and local groups, through the awareness of needs and opportunities.

Create a digital archive to connect the community

  • Pursue partnerships within the community to establish the library as the digital repository for local historical and community information
  • Develop plan for grant initiative to fund digital archive
  • Review existing infrastructure
  • Develop implementation plan
  • Implement and evaluate plan

The Plan

We are presently digitizing Canton Public Library's history, using the experience of doing so to improve our workflow and interface. Soon we will pursue more community partnerships and digitize materials from outside the library.

If you have artifacts of possible historical significance to Canton communities, please contact Brad Czerniak, our Digital Resources Developer.

If you would like to assist with the Canton History project, learn more about volunteering at CPL, then contact Kathie Gladden, Volunteer Coordinator.

Standards

Images and Documents should be scanned at 600dpi whenever practical
  • Images larger than 5"7" but smaller than the scanner's full tray may be scanned at 300dpi for speed and storage purposes
  • Slides and other small-format images should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 2400dpi
  • Images larger than the scanner tray may be scanned in multiple passes if the risk of damage to the original is negligible, but should also be photographed for contextual purposes
  • Documents should generally be done at 600dpi to allow for Optical Character Recognition. Documents with type no smaller than 24-point may be scanned at 300dpi for speed and storage purposes
  • Audio should be recorded at the highest practical bit rate given recording circumstances
  • Video should be recorded at the highest practical resolution and bit rate given recording circumstances
  • Objects should be photographed or otherwise recorded individually without added context in well-considered lighting at high resolution, per the camera's capabilities
All fixed visual artifacts (images, documents) should be saved as uncorrected full-quality TIFF files, unless such output is unavailable on the scanner or camera.
Audio should be saved in the native lossless format of the recording device
Video should be saved in the native lossless format of the recording device

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to the Canton Historical Society and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for support in this continuing relationship.

Additionally, this project would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the 2010 CPL Summer Interns, Jared and Hilary.

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

American Jazz Songbook with Paul VornHagen

The Paul VornHagen duo will perform at the Canton Public Library on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. in the library Community Room. Stop by for special selections from the American Jazz Songbook… it will have you tapping your toes and swaying to the music!

Living Book: David Tennies


David Tennies is a Civil War Living Historian and reenactor. Unlike many reenactors, Mr. Tennies portrays a civilian role, as Michigan Senator Jacob M. Howard.

Meet Mr. Tennies and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Books of Local Interest

Here is a great article about the Wayne State University Press and University of Michigan Press. In recent years they have both taken up the tasks of publishing books by Michigan authors and about topics having to do with Michigan. Search for Michigan History in our catalog to see some of the books about Michigan History that are in the Canton Public Library's collection.

World War II Documentaries

Assault on Iwo Jima [videodisc]

Bataan rescue [videodisc] by a Green Umbrella film for American experience ; written and produced by David Axelrod ; directed by Peter Jones

The Battle of the Bulge [videodisc]: the deadliest battle of World War II by produced by Thomas Lennon ; written by Thomas Lennon & Mark Zwonitzer

Feature Films About WWII

Band of brothers. Part 1 & 2 [videodisc] by HBO in association with Dreamworks and Playtone

Battleground [videodisc] by Loew's Incorporated

The big red one [videodisc] by Lorimar presents a Samuel Fuller film

The bridge on the River Kwai [videodisc] by Colubmia Pictures