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Pure Michigan Travel Site

Earlier this week, the award-winning Pure Michigan campaign was on the brink of dying due to a lack of government funding. Travel Michigan vice president called for quick action, saying that if funding wasn’t resolved by today, Pure Michigan would not run its winter campaign. Luckily, the state legislature approved $10 million in funding to save the campaign. Enough to allow Pure Michigan to present its snowy wooden glens and frozen lakes to the rest of the country for the next few months.

Pure Michigan skiiing

This is the most comprehensive guide to ski and snowboard areas in Michigan. No matter your skill level, Michigan is the place to go downhill skiing. With more than 40 Michigan downhill skiing resorts, the silvery slopes of Michigan offer the best Alpine skiing in the Midwest. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky where the beauty of downhill skiing is Pure Michigan.

Convention on Biological Diversity Report

The bad news is that about one-fifth of animal species are at risk of extinction, according to a report released by governments and conservation groups that met in October for the Convention of Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan. The good news, according to an article summary of the report, is that the number of threatened species would be even higher if not for the success of conservation efforts. Unfortunately, given the recent global economic crisis conservation efforts have lately taken a back seat.

Diwali

Diwali is a Hindu holiday celebrated by Hindus wherever they live in the world. The name "Diwali" comes from the word "Deepavali" which means "row of Lights". This festival is the most widely celebrated festival in India, although the celebrations differ from place to place. There are some things about the festival that are common across the world. Some of these aspects are lighting of lamps, called "diyas", cleaning and sometimes painting homes, feasting with family and friends. The most important meaning of the festival is the celebration of the truimph of good over evil. It is also a time for renewing hopes for happiness and prosperity in life. The festival of Diwali can last up to five days. In 2010 the main celebration falls on Friday, November 5th. So Happy Diwali to everyone.

Does Your Scented Candle Emit Toxic Chemicals?

According to an article in USA Today, a recent study indicates that it is likely. The study, which did not disclose brand names, analyzed top-selling air fresheners, laundry products including detergents, personal care products such as soaps and cleaning products. They found that all of the products tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic. The study did not find any difference in the so-called green products. To learn more about toxins in the environment you may want to check out Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards by David R. Boyd. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Breast Health Month

Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by arming yourself with important information. Alyssa Knisley, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center genetic counselor, will share her expertise and skills with us on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. Join us for "must know" facts that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Have you had your mammogram this year?

Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel

Acclaimed Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. This author of over 30 novels and winner of the prestigious Cervantes Prize is the first South American winner of the literature Nobel in nearly 30 years; since Gabriel Garcia Marquez won in 1982.

Looking for books by this decorated author? Canton Public Library has a few:

The bad girl by Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman

The notebooks of Don Rigoberto by Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated by Edith Grossman

The way to paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated by Natasha Wimmer

Could there be an upside to Detroit's downsizing?

John Gallagher thinks there is, and discusses it in his new book Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City. In a Detroit Free Press article, Gallagher writes that trying to rebuild Detroit into its former glory by repopulating the city's empty spaces and returning downtown to the shopping area it once was is not the answer. He argues that we must envision a different future for Detroit — perhaps with less people, but room for more community gardens, bike lanes and transit lines.

Banned Book Week: Celebrate The Freedom To Read

Banned Books Week is celebrated annually to highlight our First Amendment and the freedom to read. In honor of Banned Books Week, check out this list of frequently challenged classics. There is also a list of Banned Books Weeks activities listed here. How will you celebrate your freedom?

2011 Approved Budget

At its September Budget Hearing, the Library Board of Trustees approved the library's 2011 budget (attached, with a comparison to our 2008 budget, which was our last budget before the recession hit), levying a millage rate of 1.5437 mills to generate total revenue of $4.9 million. This is a reduction of about $300,000 compared to our 2010 budget, and a reduction of about $1.6 million compared to our 2008 budget.

$4.9 million is the size our budget was in 2004, when we served 15,000 fewer people, checked out 600,000 fewer items, and had 40% more staff. It is ironic that these library cuts come at a time when our community needs us now more than ever to help you cope with the down economy. In 2011, further cuts have been made to nearly all line items, notably staffing, materials, supplies, and programming.

Playstation Turns 15 today!

In honor of the 15 years of success, Playstation has put together a great webpage highlighting their vast heritage and innovations. Check out the page to learn more about their history and what is yet to come.

Janet Evanovich Fans Unite

Join us on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00PM as we celebrate all things Janet. Play a little trivia, have a little snack (donuts, of course) and talk about Janet Evanovich and her books with like-minded fans. Come dressed as your favorite Evanovich character and maybe win a prize. This should be fun!

Let's Get Plum Crazy!

Featured Destination: Blue Water Area

Enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan, have a picnic and take a stroll out to the lighthouse. Midwest Living rated this area as one of the best small towns to visit in its 2008 Best of the Midwest magazine. Catch up on your stone skipping, build a sandcastle, tackle a dune, sail on a tall ship or chart a fishing expedition, then watch the most spectacular sunset from the sandy front porch. So dig into the sands of Michigan's Beachtowns.
[Photo courtesy of mdprovost via flickr]

Read the Front Pages of 800 Newspapers Daily

The Newseum "educates the public about the value of a free press in a free society." Located in Washington, D.C., the Newseum is open to the public and offers a unique interactive map that shows you the front pages of 800 daily newspapers from around the world, with direct links to the online versions of those newspapers. Keep up with events across the globe, use it for your personal interests, or for research.

Elvis Week

Today is the first day of the first day of Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee and the beginning of a week long remembrance of the 33rd anniversary of Elvis' death. Some of the planned events include a tour of the Graceland Mansion, Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Shell (a benefit concert for the Alzheimer's Association), the Elvis Presley 5K Run, Walk, Rock & Roll to benefit cerebral palsy, and a tour of the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum.

Team Canton Resource Guide

Canton community leaders, including local business professionals, health care professionals, school representatives, judges and attorneys, have united to form Team Canton with the purpose of bringing local resources together in order to help those in need. Team Canton's Community Assistance Resource Guide contains local information on "food pantries, clothing banks, financial assistance, job placement assistance, and education and training programs" and more. You may also want to check out this relevant blog posting on recession resources.

DOGO News

Kids, do want to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news that matters to you? Do you wish there was a great website full of articles written with you in mind? Look no further. Head on over to DOGO News and take a look around. DOGO is filled with news stories covering current events, sports, science, and more — and it's all geared toward kids. The coolest part is that many of DOGO's articles are actually written by kids just like you! Check it out!

2011 Budget Process Underway for CPL

The budget outlook for the library remains bleak in 2011. As I wrote last year, the deepening recession and declining property values mean less money coming in to the library — 95% of our 2010 revenues come from taxes Canton property owners pay to support library programs, collections, and services — which means more cuts for the next several years.

In 2011, our budget will drop another $300,000, to $4.9 million, bringing our cumulative total cuts since 2008 to $1.6 million. $4.9 million is the size our budget was in 2004, when we served 15,000 fewer people, checked out 600,000 fewer items, and had 40% more staff.