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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate a taste of the rich Asian Pacific culture by joining us for our 3rd annual APA Heritage Month Program on May 20, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. This year will feature a virtual author visit with Mitali Perkins at 7pm, a dance performance at 6pm by BollyFit Kids, the University of Michigan Go club, henna tattoos, crafts and some yummy snacks!

Try Our New Automated Phone Service

Our new, automated phone system will quickly direct you to whomever you want to speak — if you take a few seconds to listen to the prompts, that is:
  • Want to know when we're open or how to get here? Press 2
  • Need to talk to someone at Checkout about your account or to renew? Press 3
  • Have a question for an Adult Department librarian or about an Adult Department program? Press 4
  • Same thing, only for the Children's Department? Press 5
  • Want to book the library's Community Room or get information from our Business Office? Press 6
  • Need to get information about the Friends of the Library or their used book shop, Secondhand Prose? Press 7
  • Want to speak to that certain someone whose extension you've forgotten? Press # for the staff directory
Save yourself time and aggravation and endless transfers from the wrong extension. Listen to the prompts. Follow the prompts. You'll be glad you did.

Play Ball

There's a new way to play ball called Pickleball. It's a combination of ping pong and badminton. If you're up to trying something new, open pickleball sessions are held at the Northville Recreation Center.

Get some basics at the Pickleball Lessons Blog.

World Turtle Day!

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.

Murder Will Out

Dateline April 28, 1930: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective debuts. 80 years later Nancy is still fighting crime, still bringing in the bad guys. More importantly serving as a strong, feminine role-model for thousands of girls. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, and Oprah Winfrey are fans of Carolyn Keene's creation. Nancy Drew novels have been published in 25 languages and over 200 million copies worldwide have been sold.

Making Science Fun

We just expanded our Science collection with two cool new DVD series that make learning science concepts fun! The first is Science of Disney Imagineering. This series uses attractions from the Most Magical Place on Earth — Disney World — to demonstrate things like Gravity, Magnetism, Trajectory and the like. The second is a familiar and well-loved science staple finally gracing the shelves here at CPL — Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill explains scientific concepts in funny, kid-accessible illustrations. Both of these video series often include experiment demonstrations that could be useful for Science Fair Projects. Take one home today!

Grab a Great New Graphic Novel

Graphic Novels aren't what they used to be! Some really awesome, innovative works have arrived at the library this year and more are on the way. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga is one example. As one review says, "In this graphic-novel mind boggler, Shiga blows the choose-your-own-adventure concept out of the water." Readers like you play the role of Jimmy. On page one you must decide whether to order a vanilla or chocolate ice-cream cone. This may seem like a simple decision, but your choice can lead to a simply idiotic ending, or a really horrific one. You stumble into a bizarre science lab with 3 machines: a time-travel machine, a mind-melding machine, and a contraption that can control entropy. Tubes connect panels in all directions and veer off into tabs on other pages.

Ann Arbor Book Festival

Don't miss the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 14-16, featuring poetry readings, Breakfast with the Authors, writers' conferences, and culminating with the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on Sunday, May 16.

A Big Thank You

To Sharon Sanders and her team of volunteers from the youth group of Canton's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They did a fabulous job creating the adorable Spring bulletin boards in our Children's Department. If you haven't come to see them yet, make sure you do! Starting this year, Canton Public Library is seeking volunteer groups to create these bulletin boards on a quarterly basis. If your scout troop, youth group or other organization is interested in using your talents to create bulletin boards in the Children's Department, please contact Ruth Millard at millardr@cantonpl.org. All displays are subject to library approval and may become property of the library

Conspiracy is here at last!

Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series is one of the finest at delivering political intrigue in a fantasy setting. Maybe it helps that there is very little magic (the world is grounded in real actions and consequences — usually), and it doesn't hurt that one of the main characters is a conniving, lying, well...thief. My only complaint is that it takes so long for her books to come out, but, rejoice, her latest is here! Conspiracy of Kings tells the story of Sophos, the young boy and would be king of Sounis, with a few guest appearances from some old favorites along the way. For nail biting twists and turns aplenty check this series out.

Round 2

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Well, hockey fans, we have made it to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Wasn't really sure we would get there, based on how the Red Wings played at the end of the season, but very glad to see it happened. In other hockey news, the Pittsburgh Penguins have also raced into Round 2 of the Playoffs. Will these two teams meet up in the finals? I know that my nails will be bitten off in anticipation. Check out the Red Wings and Penguins websites for updates and tickets! Go Peng-wings! (I do have divided loyalites, after all!)

Boys Scouts Introduce Video Game Badge

The Boys Scouts of America have introduced a new ability badge for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts to earn for displaying an understanding and ability with computer and videogames.

Earning the full badge includes selecting a game with a suitable rating, comparing two different systems, planning and participating in a family games tournament and teaching a friend or adult how to play a new game.

Fishing Derby

Ahhh Spring! Nature is at it's best right now. Pack up your fishing gear and head over to the Canton Fishing Derby from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday May 1. Check out a great book on fishing basics at the library.

Self-checkout Racing

We wanted to show just how fast and easy it is to self-check your items:

Earth Day Festival in Ann Arbor

Looking for fun and educational events for the whole family? You don't want to miss the free Ann Arbor area Earth Day Festival that will be held on Sunday, April 25, at Washtenaw Community College. From Noon to 4:00PM, there are exhibits, hands-on activities and entertainment for all.

Free Comic Book Day, May 1st 2010!

Come to the library on May 1st and pick out a FREE comic book from Comic City. They will be available at the Children's and Teen information desks. Comic City and Mad World Radio are also teaming up for Free Comic Book Day. Music, fun, and prizes are also awaiting you at Comic City in Canton on May 1st beginning at 11:00AM as MWR broadcasts live in the store.

Wild Young Hearts

Wild Young Hearts Wild Young Hearts by Noisettes

This album is full of fun, upbeat songs that feature the versatile vocals of lead singer Shingai Shoniwa. She seems completely comfortable with styles from disco to 60s soul to jazz, all of which are reflected in the pop songs on this album. Perfect for bopping around the house or around town, these happy songs will keep a spring in your step.

Video Games Are Going Green

Ubisoft is starting a new environmental initiative by no longer including paper game manuals in XBox 360 or PS3 games, instead these manuals will be available online. Ubisoft said, "internal data shows that producing one ton of paper used in its game manuals consumes around two tons of wood from 13 trees, with a net energy of 28 million BTUs — the average heating and energy for one home per year." But that isn't all they are doing to be more 'green'. Ubisoft is also partnering with Technimark to make new games cases that are made of 100% recycled materials.

If you thought Talk Like a Pirate Day was fun....

You'll love Talk Like Shakespeare Day! It's celebrated this Friday, April 23rd in honor of Shakespeare's 446th birthday. So brush up your "thee", "thou", and "Methinks". Practice your Shakespearean insults so you'll be ready when the time is right. Pull that Renaissance Ruff out of your closet! And check the official website for other fun Shakespeare activities. Here's a fun clip from Sesame Street to get you in the mood!

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18 - 23) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including: Also, be sure to share your green tips and tricks with the community by posting on the Electronic Green Board.