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Canton Seniors Book Discussion - October 18, 2009

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. In this best-seller, Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, weighs the factors that determine good decision-making. Drawing on recent cognitive research, Gladwell concludes that those who quickly filter out extraneous information generally make better decisions than those who discount their first impressions.

Giant Leap for Mankind

July 16, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, the first mission to land humans on the moon. To celebrate the memory of such a momentous occasion, many websites featured Apollo and Moon-based content today. Here's the roundup:

To the Moon!

It's hard to believe but this Monday, July 20 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

FLY ME TO THE MOON....40 YEARS LATER

It is remarkable that 40 years ago - prior to cell phones, Blackberry's, and laptops - the mission to send men to the moon was accomplished with astronauts who carried sliderules.   Astronaut Buzz Aldrin writes about his journey as the second man to step foot on the moon in his book, Magnificent Desolation.  It begins with his trip to the moon in 196

Life on Mars?

A reseach team from the University of Colorado at Boulder announced on June 17, 2009 that "the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars" was found. Though no firm evidence suggested that life does or did ever exist on the red planet, the scientists concurred that life would have been possible.Is There Life on Mars, a 60-minute DVD, showcases the latest scientific revelations from a planet, once alien, now poised to reveal provocative new clues in the tantalizing quest to plumb its past for signs of water and, perhaps, even life.

Stargazing Fun for the Whole Family

Summer is almost here and with warmer and warmer nights it’s the perfect time to go stargazing! Come into the Children’s room to check out our display of stargazing books including field guides and more:

Constellations

Glow-in-the-dark constellations: a field guide for young stargazers by C.E. Thompson; illustrated by Randy Chewning

All the stars in the sky: Native stories from the heavens by C.J. Taylor

The Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009

What's the Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009 about? The EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." Entries need to be by a team of at least 2 people from different generations. Teams can be of people who are related or not related to one another.

Pet… Bugs?

Bugs as PetsThe weather is getting warmer and children are eager to play outside.  Their curiosity often leads them to investigate all the little critters crawling about, and sometimes a bug or two might even make its way home with them.  Then what do you do?  The Animal Planet Pet Care series has a book Bugs as Pets which tells you how to house and properly care for your new "pet". 

Choosing a New Pet

If you are considering a new addition to your family, the library is a great place to start. We have many books available to help you select a pet for your family. The Animal Planet Pet Care series has books on dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish and even bugs as pets!

Read it ... and Sleep

Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night? If so, you're not alone. In fact, more than 25% of adults have had symptoms of insomnia at some time, and less than 10% have chronic insomnia. There are many remedies to help you get a good night's sleep and feel refreshed during the day. Explore our collection of materials on insomnia. You can also learn about other sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Sweet dreams!

The current state?????

Have you ever noticed the current state of the world and wondered...WHY?  Visit Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index for a different view of today's events.

Rare Cheetah Birth in San Diego Zoo

Baby CheetahAccording to a National Geographic article, a baby cheetah was born at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park with the help of a doctored recording of a recently discovered male call that triggers ovulation.

You Must Have Read My Mind

Jane GoodallJane Goodall is acclaimed for her work with chimpanzees, but her new video, When Animals Talk, looks at cross-species communication with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, elephants and even rats.  The program explores some fascinating research on telepathy, and the mutual benefits that accrue when humans bond and partner 

Be a Citizen Scientist

scientistVolunteers, or citizen scientists, from all over the nation (yes this means you too!) are needed to help gather information and data on climate change. The USA-National Phenology Network will use these observations, like the flowering of plants and when trees fruit, to understand how climate change is effecting seasonal cycles and therefore human life.

Are You Smarter Than a 3rd Grader?

test tubeTry this quiz from About.com which is based on science standards for the third grade (and yes I got one wrong). Like me, you may then decide to brush up on some of your science basics with resources from CPL like, "The New Everyday Science Explained" by Curt Suplee.

Remember Pluto?

Once upon a time, long ago, way back in February of 1930, the Pluto formerly known as a planet was first sighted by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  It was the smallest planet out in the far reaches of our solar system, but it was recently reclassified as a dwarf planet. 

Find books about Pluto in our library catalog, or search for Pluto in one of the databases available on our Kids’ Homework Help page.

Global Warming Severity Underestimated

DroughtIn a recent article in The Guardian, scientists warn that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) substantially underestimated the severity of global warming over the rest of the century in their most recent report on climate change. In reponse, former US vice-president Al Gore called for a globally coordinated stimulus to tackle climate change.

Death from the Skies!

Not scared enough by global recession, terrorism, peanut butter, or nuclear war? Death from the Skies by Philip Plait will give you many new reasons to fear, every time you look up.

Plait covers topics such as asteroid impacts, solar flares, nearby supernovae, gamma ray bursts, black holes, and aliens. He concludes with inevitable scenarios; how the Sun will die, and the cold quiet that will end the Universe.

Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday

In one of history's most fascinating coincidences, February 12, 1809 was the birthday of two of history's most extraordinary and influential figures - Abraham Lincoln and Charl