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Shamrock

Many folks ask, "Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?" The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Find out more about St. Patrick and Irish History.

CPL Quilters

Due to the bad weather, our Paper Piecing Demonstration will be postponed until our next meeting on March 2.

Black History Month Celebration

Join us on Monday, February 7, for a fun celebration beginning at 5:00PM with crafts presented by the Plymouth Canton African American Student Association followed by a choral presentation by the Voices of Praise Choir at 7:00PM. The African American Cultural Historical Musuem will host a visual art display throughout the night. Registration is not required.

Valentine's Day

When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.

But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.

The Kitchen Assistant, Darla Jaros

Darla Jaros, The Kitchen Assistant, tells you how to feed your family well on a strict budget. Learn how to stretch a dollar and make nutritious, delicious meal out of seemingly nothing. Darla shares dozens of hints from her book, The Kitchen Assistant.

Frugal Living Series — The Kitchen Assistant — February 24th (not the 29th as stated in Connections), 7:00PM. No registration needed.

Tai Chi

Join us for a Tai Chi session on February 5 at 2:00PM in the Purple Room. We're celebrating the township's 100 Days of Health by providing a class here at the library. Tai Chi can be enjoyed by everyone 16 and up. Please wear loose clothing and comfy shoes. Please register online as space is limited.

Motown Museum

Note: This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Kick off Black History Month by reminiscing about Motown greats, such as the Temptations, the Supremes, the Miracles and Smokey Robinson and many more. It was an era of unique Detroit sound shared around the country. Lina Stephens, chief curator of the Motown Museum, shares the history, the personal stories and music with us.
No registration is needed

Free Tax Help for Michigan Residents

Free tax preparation is available for qualified Michigan residents at sites around the state. You can call 2-1-1 (1-800-552-1183 if 2-1-1 is unavailable in your area) for help locating the free tax site nearest you.

Tax Counseling for Canton's Seniors

Beginning Tuesday, February 1 through April 12, 2011 Free Tax Counseling for Canton's Senior taxpayers with low to moderate income will be available at the Canton Senior Center in The Summit. Appointments for those qualifying for this service will be taken beginning January 11. Morning and afternoon appointments are available however joint returns scheduled for the afternoon must have both taxpayers available. Please call (734) 394-5485 to schedule an appointment.

Look What's In Large Print: February 2011

Tired of squinting while reading? Getting a headache from focusing too hard for too long? You're not alone — one in six Americans over the age of 45 have trouble reading small print.

CPL Quilt Group

Our group features Grace — a local quilter. She is going to demonstrate "the Paper Piecing Technique" for making quilt blocks. For those of you who are not familliar with this technique, it creates very intricate patterns. Grace has completed 50 pattern squares — one for each state. She will have them to show on Wednesday February 2 from 7:00-8:00PM and will also explain the process. It should be a very interesting demonstration.

Check out Rich Traditions: Scrap Quilts to Paper Piece and 40 Bright and Bold Paper Pieced Blocks for more information on the technique.

From 8:00-8:45 we will have discussion on quilting. If any one has something they have made or are making bring it to share with the group.

Michigan Family Farms

Many people know that Canton, before it was developed, was largely farmland. But did you know that there are still functioning family farms in the area? Check out Michigan Family Farms.com to find information about local farms and lots more information about finding local food and events. You can also look forward to fresh, local food from some of these farms at the upcoming Winter Markets at the Canton Farmers Market.

Your Health Care Explained


Seniors have more affordable options for health coverage. At HealthCare.gov you can explore your coverage and pricing options viewing the vidcast at this site. Find out which private insurance plans, public programs, and community services are available to you. HealthCare.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. — Washington, D.C. 20201. (Image Credit: HealthCare.gov)

To-may-to, To-mah-to

Don't those tomatoes look delicious? This winter weather may have us stuck inside, but we can at least prepare for the glorious gardening days to come, right? There are many types of tomato cages you can use to support your plants, several of which are highlighted in this post over at Mother Earth News. Personally, I've never used anything as architectural as these folding wooden tomato cages, but I think I might try building some.

How do you Save Money in Your Garden?

Gardening has many rewards, but as we all have to scrimp and pull our belts a bit tighter, it can seem like it's expensive to get started. There are many things we can do to be more thrifty in the garden, though! Over at The Home Gardener, Dave Townsend offers three really great tips: start from seed, propagate your own plants, and participate in plant swaps.

Are there other ways that you've found to save money in the garden? I like to reuse household objects to make garden items, and I recycle my friends' and neighbors' decorative straw bales as mulch each fall. What tips do you suggest?

Brad Meltzer at Borders in Birmingham

"There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I love those stories. And since I work in the National Archives, I find those stories for a living." So says Beecher White, a young archivist who spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government."

Brad Meltzer, author of recently released The Inner Circle will speak at Borders Books in downtown Birmingham this Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00PM. For more information call (248) 203-0005.

Borders Birmingham — Downtown
34300 Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009

Resolved: Learn a New Language

Mango Languages, a language program designed especially for travelers, has added more languages. This language learning database, available to Canton Public Library cardholders, teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for the world’s most popular languages.

Super Bowl 45 Coming Soon!

Well football fans, we are getting down to the nitty-gritty here in the 2010 to 2011 football season. There are only 23 days left until Super Bowl 45 in Arlington, Texas. Are you gearing up for the big event? Have you bought all your cheesy snacks and carbonated beverages yet? Is your favorite team going to be the one to raise the trophy at the end of the night? For all the latest and greatest information concerning this year's Super Bowl event, check out the official website here. I'm on pins and needles… are you?