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Hey Kids!
Hooray for Spring Break! I bet you all are excited to have a whole week off of school. I'm excited to see a lot of you here at the library! The librarians have planned lots of fun things for you!

When you're here, make sure you check out our book display kiosk by the Children's CDs. Each month a different librarian has been putting their favorite books on display. Now, I'm not a librarian, but this month they're letting me put out MY favorite books! Oh Boy! It's a little hard to pick favorites. I love books about bears, because I like books with protagonists that I can relate to. But I also LOVE the books you hear in storytime and read for book discussions (did you know I read all those books with you? I just can't participate in the book discussion because I don't talk!). Come and check out what books I chose! Literally! Take them home with you! Because then I get to choose more books. And tell me, what's your favorite book? Can't wait to hear from you!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Chapter Closes on 2010 Great Michigan Read

Within the next two weeks, the Michigan Humanities Council will announce the guest authors at the 2010 Michigan Author Homecoming. The event will be held on May 18 in East Lansing and on May 20 in Marquette. It marks the end of the 2009-2010 Great Michigan Read, a book club for the entire state. With a statewide focus on a single book – Stealing Buddha’s Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen (pronounced bit-min-win) – it encouraged Michiganians to learn more about their state, their history, and the multiplicity of their society.

Online registration for both venues will be required; seating will be limited. Registration will be accessible via the Michigan Humanities Council website.

Watch the Michigan Humanities Council website for more information.

Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs

Homegrown Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs: A Bountiful, Healthful Garden for Lean Times by Jim Wilson

One of the most rewarding things I've done in the past few years was to start growing my own veggies. It not only encourages me to eat better, it also gives me a fun way to exercise, saves tons of money on my grocery bill, and provides me with a bounty that I can share with friends and neighbors. This book is a terrific guide for how to integrate veggies into your garden or start a vegetable plot from scratch. It contains a wealth of tips and tricks in addition to the basic how-to info. I got inspired to start growing my own food by reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

Bulb

Bulb by Anna Pavord

This comprehensive guide to flowering bulbs is filled with useful information and gorgeous photographs. Description, historical context, and growing condition information is provided for each variety. Many bulbs are included and the book concludes with a section on growing bulbs. This book is not only useful, it is beautiful to look at. The earliest bulbs are now blooming in my garden. Are they blooming in yours?

Crazy Lace

Crazy Lace: An Artistic Approach to Creative Lace Knitting by Myra Wood

Ever get the urge to pick up some needles and yarn and just go wild? This book encourages just that and offers some helpful hints for ending up with a product you enjoy as much as the process. From totally random to knitted objects with a little more structure and/or design, this is a great guide to free-form lace knitting. If you're looking for folks to knit with, drop in to the next Knit Night on April 12.

"Book Land" Literacy Event

Thursday, April 15, 2010
6:00-8:30PM
Tickets are available at the Pre-school Office (734) 416-6190
Cost: $1.00 per child (Parents accompanying child/children are free)
Location: Hulsing Elementary School, 8055 Fleet St., Canton, MI 48187

Hey Everyone! Looking for a fun family event? Come to the "Book Land" Literacy Event April 15th sponsored by the PCCS Early Childhood Program. It's going to be lots of fun and some of the events include — reading with Michelle Neuwirth, one of the Children's Librarians here at CPL, games and activities to focus on some of your favorite nursery rhymes and book characters, take home activities and hand-outs, face painting, a Scholastic Book Fair, and more! Can't wait to see you there!

What's Wrong With My Plant?

What's Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It?) A Visual Guide to Easy Diagnosis and Organic Remedies by David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth

This book is just what you'd expect from the title, and it's filled with brief, detailed explanations of plant problems accompanied by color illustrations of each. There is also a full-color photo gallery of problems that I found extremely helpful for seeing the difference between similar-looking problems. There are also a bunch of organic remedies, safe for use on edibles and in areas where children or pets are active. This is a book I can see myself coming back to on a regular basis.

DC Comics... Calm, Cool, and Collected

Hey there comic fans! Check out the DC Comics website for all the latest and greatest information out there on all your favorite superheroes! Check out the latest issues, read the blogs, or catch up on what's new in DC-Land. While you're at it, be sure to check out our wide selection of graphic novels involving DC characters! We have all your favorite folks and maybe even some you love to loathe! Happy reading!

The New Low Maintenance Garden

The New Low Maintenance Garden The New Low Maintenance Garden: How to Have a Beautiful, Productive Garden and the Time to Enjoy It by Valerie Easton

This book profiles a series of gardens, each of which demonstrate particular techniques, design elements, and themes. These gardens are stylish but completely achievable and many of them are of reasonable size - no sprawling estates beyond the reach of a suburban gardener like me.

Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Looking for a safe, inexpensive, and invigorating way to help maintain your health and independence as you get older? Try adding exercise to your daily routine. When done on a regular basis, exercise and physical activity offer many health benefits and can be a pleasure, especially if you choose activities you enjoy. To find out how to become more physically active, restart a lapsed exercise regimen, or get more benefit from your current exercise program, check out the updated Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults topic on NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website for older adults.

Left Coast Crime Convention Awards Announced

The winners of the Left Coast Crime Convention held in Los Angeles this year were announced on March 16. The LCC is an annual event sponsored by fans of Mystery Literature, for fans of Mystery Literature. The intent is to provide an event where fans of the Mystery genre can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their interest in the genre.

A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell is the 2010 Winner of The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award.

Coraline: A Visual Companion

Coraline: A Visual Companion Coraline: A Visual Companion by Stephen Jones

Coraline is a movie based on an excellent book by Neil Gaiman, and this visual companion offers a wealth of behind-the-scenes images and information about the making of the movie. The stop-motion technique used to create the movie's sets and characters is a painstaking, detail-oriented process which in this case took years before the movie was complete. This guide has interviews with creators, cast and crew, as well as many concept drawings and a jackpot of other neat information.

2010 Internships Available

We are currently accepting applications for five summer interns. Application packets — including a cover letter, resume, and completed job application — postmarked or received by 6:00pm on Sunday, April 4, 2010 will be eligible for consideration. The job description for this position and an employment application are available on our jobs page.

MS Mail Merge

Date: March 23, 2010
Time: 9:30-11:30AM
Class description: Create a mail merge template and data source, perform letter, envelope and mailing label merges. Also create text for different size labels.
Registration opens March 9.

eBay Buying Basics

Date: April 8, Thurs., 2010
Time: 10:00-11:30AM

Description: Learn to be a savvy buyer on eBay. Class will cover how to register with eBay, search for an item, bid, submit payment, and leave feedback.

Good Eats: The Early Years

Good Eats: The Early Years Good Eats: The Early Years by Alton Brown

This hefty guide to the first six seasons of Alton Brown's TV show, Good Eats, includes an episode-by-episode rundown of every single show including the recipes featured and behind-the-scenes info on how each show was made. Brown's wry sense of humor and no-nonsense approach to cooking come through, making this book a treat as well as a useful resource.

Post Apocalyptic Romance?

Michigan author Joss Ware has created an unusual setting for her new romance series — a dark, post apocalyptic world. If you like zombies mixed up in your romance, this series is for you. The first book is Beyond the Night followed by Embrace the Night Eternal and Abandon the Night.

Ware is a pen name for Colleen Gleason, author of The Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

Let Your Creativity Take Wing!

Don't miss the single biggest annual scrapbooking event in the state! The Rock Financial Center in Novi will once again be the place to let your creativity take wing. Registration is now open for this event which takes place May 6-8, 2010. This popular destination features shopping, cropping & great opportunities to learn from industry experts. For more information visit the MegaMeet website.  Can't make it to the meet?   Draw inspiration from one of the many great books on this craft in our CPL collection

Fiber Gathering

Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More Than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals by Joanne Seiff

This book visits fiber festivals across the United States, including the Michigan Fiber Festival which is held annually at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. Included are patterns, recipes, techniques and information about all things fiber-related. Filled with vivid color photographs in addition to a wealth of information, this book is one to come back to. If you're looking for local yarn shops, check out the Craft Stores page on Cantonwiki.

Into Board Games? Join Us Sat. Mar. 20

Teen / Adult Open Board Gaming this Saturday, March 20, 2:00-5:00PM. We’ve got the hottest games like Carcassonne, Settlers, Ticket to Ride… and a ton more you probably haven’t heard of but should. Teens and adults can stop in for some intense gaming action with a few new folks.