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TIECon Midwest 2009

TIECon Midwest 2009 will take place Friday, October 23 at the Ritz-Carlton in Dearborn, MI. The conference is designed for entrepreneurs who "think creatively, innovatively and resourcefully to create their own future regardless of economic conditions and uncertainties."TiECon Midwest 2009 will focus on four vertical educational tracks including: Cleantech, IT, Healthcare and Emerging Concepts.

what does your net filter know about your kids?

apple kidMany parents use web monitoring software to keep track of what their children do online - it's the next best thing to being there, right? Maybe not. The Associated Press reports that several major brands of this type of software offer kids' chat message logs to businesses hoping to tailor their marketing messages to children. There are some software companies that do not sell information to other businesses - you may want to check to see what practices your web monitoring software engages in. CPL also has lots of resources for parents and kids on Internet safety.

Get Instant Gratification with the Espresso Book Print Machine

woman working on book machineA new machine at the University of Michigan Shapiro Library turns downloaded digitized books into bound, printed copies which you can buy and take home with you. Mainly for out-of-print or copyright-expired books, here is a synopsis: "With the installation of a state-of-the-art book-printing machine at one of its libraries, the University of Michigan stands at the new frontier of 21st-century publishing, offering printed and bound reprints of out-of-copyright books from its digitized collection of nearly 2 million books, as well as thousands of books from the Open Content Alliance and other digital sources." You can find out more from the U of M video.

MySpace and Facebook

Have you ever wished that you could do more with your MySpace or Facebook pages? Have you ever wondered how people customize their pages beyond the given capabilities or make those really cool apps? Well, we have a number of books that can help you do just that. Check out our selection of books for both MySpace and Facebook and get creative!

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New! Multi-page Scanning from Copiers

Now you can scan multiple pages to your e-mail from the copiers in the Copy Center, for free! (Color scans from the color copier will be $0.25 per page.) See the Copy Center staff for assistance.

Hear Here! The Download Bookmobile is here!

What better way to learn to download ebooks from CPL's vast digital collection! Hop on the 18-wheeler of a bookmobile to get acquainted with the latest process and gadgetry! Come today, July 29, Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You'll be in for a new experience, and also have a chance to win an iPod Nano!

Renew Library Materials While on Vacation

You remembered to cancel the newspaper and mail delivery and to turn off the coffee pot and shut the garage door. What you forgot to do was...return your DVDs! Don't fret - you can renew library materials online at any time, from your hotel or vacation cottage. Or call (734-397-0999) during normal business hours to speak with someone at the Checkout Desk. (Our direct-dial automated renewal line is no longer available and the automated service will be discontinued September 1, 2009.)

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

Digital Bookmobile Cruises Into Canton

What has premium sound, 74 feet of high-tech interactive gadgetry and can really motor? The Digital Bookmobile and it’s cruising toward Canton for a July 29 visit to the Canton Public Library.

The Digital Bookmobile is a high-tech upgrade of the traditional bookmobile housed in an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. Instead of printed books, you’ll experience broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, a premium sound system and a variety of portable media players. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection and sample supported mobile devices like MP3 players, smart phones and eBook readers.

Follow the Digital Bookmobile's tour of the U.S. as it works its way to Canton.

Consumer Reports

The Aug/09 edition of CR offers valuable comments on many kitchen appliances.  If you are "redoing" your present kitchen or just upgrading certain items...Consumer Reports is a good first step.  CR is available on the Adult magazine shelf, at the Adult Reference desk and the "magazine express" spinners

Are you a creative writer? Do you want to be?

Teens going into seventh through twelfth grades can hone your creative writing skills with this five week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at the University of Detroit Mercy. Click here to register.

Google Wave is a game-changer

Google Wave, a product announced last week at Google's developer conference, appears to be the way everyone will communicate in the near future.
Wave eliminates the redundancy and errors of communication typically present in email; combining email's best features with those of chat, wikis, and mashup applications.
Developers will be able to extend Wave's capabilities to include games and many functional tools for productivity.
Lastly, Google plans the project to be open source and interoperable, making it a solid contender to eventually replace conventional email.

Digital TV is Almost Here!

The digital TV transition happens on June 12! If you still haven't purchased your converter box or are still confused as to what's happening, go to dtv.gov for the answers. If you think you're ready but not sure, all Michigan television stations are conducting a final test to let you know if your television is ready. It is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 at 7:59 p.m. The test will be conducted simultaneously on every over-the-air station. If you see a green "PASS" screen you're all set. However, if you see a red "FAIL" screen, time is running out! Check Michigan DTV for Me for more information.

New Site Features

We recently launched many new features on the site that you should check out:

Community

In the Community section, you'll find the Community page, with all content made by Canton users. From there, you can go to our Forums, which are a great place to start a conversation with local people about whatever interests you.

We also revamped our local business and club database, Everything Canton. Now you can add your own entries and edit them at your leisure. If you look through the database and find something you like, you can add a star rating and comment.

May We Suggest?

The May We Suggest service provides you with personalized book recommendations. In the future, all such recommendations can be viewed at the May We Suggest blog.

Text This

From any item in the catalog, you can now send a text message to your phone with the Call Number and Title of the item you're viewing. This is useful if you want to look for it later.

Tweet This

All of our blog posts now have a 'Tweet This' icon, so you can quickly tweet about the blogs you like on Twitter. Learn more about Twitter here.


Please let us know how we can improve the site to better fit your needs!

Presidential Social Networking

Social networking is all the rage and President Obama is among those getting in on the act.  In addition to the Briefing Room Blog you can follow all the happenings at The White House on Twitter, Flickr and Facebook as well as several other sites.  It all adds up to a fun way to feel connected while keeping up on current events!

Tumble into a Good Read

2009-02-03%20%2812%29%20New%20Computers.fave118.jpgDid you know that you can read stories online from our Children's Website?

Click on the Tumblebooks link on the right side. If you go to the Language Learning link, there are even stories offered in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian. There are also games and puzzles to play online. So find a computer here at the library, or check out our website at home, and tumble into a great book!

An Economical Alternative to Faxing

At $1.50 for the first page and $1 per additional page for outgoing domestic faxes (international faxes are $4.95 for the first page and $3.45 per page thereafter), Canton Public Library offers self-serve faxing at reasonable rates. But did you know that in many cases, you can scan and email your document(s) for free — avoiding fax charges altogether? Canton Public Library has flatbed (letter-size) scanners you can use at no cost. Once you have your scanned documents, simply send them to the recipient from your web-based email account from the same computer you used for scanning.

Book a Librarian!

Update [8/31/2010]: As of September 1, 2010 we no longer offer one-on-one appointments with a librarian.

Get one-on-one assistance from a librarian on reference projects, Internet use or other library services. Make an appointment and our librarians can help you post a resume to a job hunt site, learn to navigate the web and set up email, obtain in-depth reference assistance, research a health topic, learn to use a database, and more. It’s your own private consultation with a reference librarian. Ask at the Reference Desk to set up your appointment.

Greasy Rider

Join journalist Greg Melville and his college buddy Iggy as they set out to be the first people to drive from Vermont to California in a "french fry car" - a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease dumpsters along the way.  Greasy Rider : Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future is the story of two adventurers determined to take on the last great driving challenge and join our nation's fight against petroleum addiction.