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Help for small businesses is close at hand...

The Reference desk at the Canton Library gets a lot of requests for Business-related information and we have plenty of resources to get you started on your business research. One resource highlighted by Turkia Mullin, the Wayne County EDGE Chief Development Officer at the Strategies for Success workshop is the Business Development Center at Schoolcraft College. Wayne County maintains an active partnership with the Michigan Small Business Technology Center network. There are several locations that provide consultations to all types and sizes of businesses. Once you get the resources you need from the Canton Library, contact the MI-SBTDC at Schoolcraft to see if they can help you take it the next level.

James Patterson Inc.

According to the article in the New York Times Magazine yesterday, James Patterson is one of the most popular authors of all time. This very lengthy, but fascinating, portrait of a marketing-executive-turned-author, details the impact he has had on the Publishing industry. Patterson's latest title Worst Case is due to be published early February.

Strategies of Success Seminar Series January


Connecting to Success: Using resources to make your business more competitive and Successful will be held Wednesday, January 27, 7:30-9:00AM at the Summit on the Park Banquet Center. The featured speaker will be Turkia Awada Mullin, Assistant County Executive and Chief Development Officer of Wayne County's Economic Development Grow Engine.

Please register in advance by Friday, January 22 by phone to the Canton Chamber of Commerce at (734) 453-4040.

This workshop will be the kickoff of the Strategies of Success seminar series sponsored by Canton Township and is free to Canton businesses and Canton Chamber members.

Graphing calculator now available!

Do you need to use graphing calculator?  There is now a TI-84 Plus available for use in the Library.  Just leave your photo id or Canton Library card with the Librarians at the main Reference desk. 

May we suggest titles for those who enjoy Ken Follett

Follett writes on a wide range of subjects, from espionage suspense stories to chronicling the building of a medieval church. There are a assortment of appealing aspects to choose from with Follett's books:

Lunch & a Book - January 14

Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. An English butler reflects — sometimes bitterly, sometimes humorously — on his service to a lord between the two world wars and discovers doubts about his master's character and about the ultimate value of his own service to humanity.

Lunch & a Book - March 11

Everyone's Reading Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. The tables are turned when Rusty Sabich, a prosecuting attorney investigating the murder of Carolyn Polhemus, his former lover and a prominent member of his boss's staff, finds himself accused of the crime.

Lunch & a Book - February 11

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout — Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance... a former student who has lost the will to live... Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities... and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

Can't wait for The Lost Symbol?

It has been six years since Dan Brown published The Da Vinci Code and if The Lost Symbol is anything like its predecessor, there will be a waiting list for some time.

If you like Rosamunde Pilcher...

you may also want to try

If you like Jacqueline Winspear...

and her Maisie Dobbs mystery series featuring a British woman-detective set between World Wars I and II then you might also enjoy these titles,

If you like Tami Hoag...

with strong female characters and edge-of-your-seat suspense, try these titles and authors:    

More Summer Reading suggestions just waiting for you!

You may notice books on the shelf-end or "endcap" displays in the Adult area have a special "Master the Art of Reading" bookmarks.  These bookmarks are put in books as suggestions for the various Adult Summer Reading program levels, Student, Apprentice, and Master.   For example, if there is a book on the end display of the Romance area with a bookmark, it will fulfill the requirment for the Student level Romance catagory.  You are welcome to keep the bookmark with the book when you check out.

Lunch & a Book - November 12

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal.

Lunch & a Book - October 8

Stealing Buddha's Dinner: a memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen. As a Vietnamese girl coming of age in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Bich Nguyen is filled with a rapacious hunger for American identity. In the pre-PC era Midwest, where the devoutly Christian blond-haired, blue-eyed Jennifers and Tiffanys reign supreme, Nguyen's barely conscious desire to belong transmutes into a passion for American food. This selection is part of The Great Michigan Read, a state-wide reading program sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.