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Our New Sorting System

Over the past few months we've been hard at work on a new sorting system, which you can now see through the glass doors on the way to the Children's section.

Items returned through the outdoor book drop are identified and checked back in, then the belts and rollers put them in the appropriate bins with others of their type. This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves.

This, along with other improvements, equates to faster turn-around of items, getting you the books and more you want - quicker than ever.

Summer Reading 2010

Summer Reading is now in full swing! Canton Public Library has programs for babies, listeners, readers, tweens, teens, and adults, so everyone can join in the fun. At each age group we have great prizes and activities, so if you like reading and/or winning things, you'll really like what we have in store.

Come in to the library any time this week and join us in the Community Room to register and find out about the program. We'll also have special events and some extra-special visitors, so coming to the library could be a wonderful surprise! If you can't make it, registration will be available at any reference desk until Wednesday, August 11.

New this year is our online Summer Reading version. You can log in to your account or create a new one and instantly register and participate in the festivities.

Along with colorful, interactive online logs, you're also provided with targeted suggestions for many of the activities. These blogs posts are available all in one place and at our Summer Reading Blog [RSS feed].

To Participate Online

It's easy! After you log in, just hit the 'yes' button in the Summer Reading box at the top of your account page. If you don't see the box, you may be in your Patron Record. We have website accounts, which is where you want to be.

When you hit the button you'll go to a page where you can guess the number of seashells in our guessing case. Guess the number of shells for a chance at a great prize!

After that you'll go to your log. There's a drop-down menu for age level. Select your age group and then save your log. You'll now see custom graphics for your log as well as the specific suggestions for your activities.

If you wish to view or edit your log at any time, a link is available on your "My Account" page. It's that easy!

Check back often for blog posts and other Summer Reading updates here on the Canton Public Library website.

Movies About Water

This is an example of the plentiful recommendations we have in store for Summer Reading, which starts Monday, June 21st.

Summer Reading should be fun, right? What could be more fun than a delightfully romantic film?

I know where I'm going — simply one of the best romantic films ever. Shot in the gorgeous western islands of Scotland, the ocean is practically one of the characters in this movie.

Fool's gold — Lost treaure? Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson? Sign me up.

Do You Like Convenience?

Look in the right-hand corner of this window. Do you see a search bar up there? Do you use it? If you do — and you use Internet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 2+ — you can Add the CPL Catalog to your search providers.

Here's why you should:
  • It saves time — one-click search wherever you are
  • It saves money — search CPL instead of Amazon
  • It's cool — get suggestions as you type (with jacket images in IE8!)
Check out our other search tools for more time-saving widgets.

Summer Reading 2010

This year we're "Setting Sail," making a splash, and making waves with the library's great offerings. Come to the library for our special events — and read, watch, and listen to library materials for a chance at great prizes! Summer Reading sign-up starts June 21st for all ages. You can come into the library to register, or sign in and register online. Either way, you'll be given an age-appropriate reading log with rules, prize information, and more. Complete your reading log by August 11th for a really fantastic prize!

Also be sure to check out our Short Story and Manga Drawing contests for more ways to win!

Self-checkout Racing

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

Scanning With Our Copiers

Did you know you can use our copiers to digitally scan documents for free? There are two main options:
  • Scan to email - get a file sent to your email address
  • Scan to flash drive - plug in and go
Below are some quick videos to get you started.

Scan to Email

Scan to Flash Drive

Hack Your Living Space

Image courtesy of Flickr user CosmoComet
With a little ingenuity, some quality tools, and the right raw materials, you can create a noteworthy living/work space from scratch. Yes, you!

It seems like every blog out there has featured posts lately about making and/or hacking furniture and decorations. Here are some of the best:

Chasm City

Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes produce a daily library-themed comic strip called Unshelved. On Fridays they summarize a cool book in a full-color panel instead of following the usual characters and story line. This week's illustration recalls Chasm City by Alistair Reynolds:

Isn't that cool? Check out more Unshelved strips, and if you like you can subscribe via email, rss, or twitter.

Financial Summary

What's This Buzz All About?

On Tuesday, Google announced Buzz, a new product that performs functions similar to twitter, friendfeed, facebook, and foursquare, all rolled into Gmail and integrated into many other Google products. To catch up on the hubbub, check out this video:

And these blog posts:

Sweet Frugality

Here are some great sites for frugal advice - all available in your feed reader: Also, some books here in CPL's collection:

The complete Tightwad gazette : promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle by Amy Dacyczyn, a.k.a. The Frugal Zealot

Suddenly Frugal : How to Happier & Healthier for Less by Leah Ingram

Chef on a shoestring : more than 120 delicious, easy-on-the-budget recipes from America's best chefs by Andrew Freidman

Super Bowl Links

Apparently there's a larger-than-normal sporting event going on this weekend. If you're not quite ready for the big game, here are some links that may interest you:
Here are some books that may interest you this weekend, available here at CPL:

Football for dummies, 3rd edition by Howie Long, John Czarnecki

The ultimate Super Bowl book : a complete reference to the stats, stars, and stories behind football's biggest game-- and why the best team won by Bob McGinn ; foreword by Michael MacCambridge

A little something : more than 150 snacks, hors d'oeuvres,and appetizers for every craving and occasion by Susan Epstein

Winning Staff Chili Cookout Recipe

Southwestern White Chili
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
4 oz. green chiles, chopped
1 large can white kidney beans or northern white beans
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
pepper to taste

Heat oil and saute chicken and onion 4 to 5 minutes. Remove chicken and cover to keep warm. Add garlic to pan and cook 2 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Stir in chiles, spices and broth and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Chop up chicken and stir in. Add beans. Simmer until tender. Serve garnished with Monterey Jack cheese. Goes great with tortilla chips.