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True Tales of Modern-Day Pirates

The centuries-old practice of piracy is now big business, involving satellite position systems, organized crime syndicates and local warlords. At risk are transport vessels, cruise ships and fishing boats with a direct effect on the world economy. Take a voyage into the world of the modern-day pirate who employs brazen attacks, huge ransoms and high-tech weaponry and costs more than $26 billion annually to battle in Daniel Sekulich's book, Terror on the Seas.

Check Out Canton for Special Savings

This program has been discontinued


Library card users can now get special savings at local Canton businesses thanks to Check Out Canton, a partnership between the Canton Economic Development office and the Canton Public Library. Local businesses supply special offers that can be checked out with a library card, just like the Museum Adventure Pass program. Take a pass from the Check Out Canton rack and present it at our Checkout Desk. You'll be issued a voucher good for one week.

Offers include a buy one, get one free ticket from the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, savings on catering, carpet cleaning, veterinary care and more. To see the current offers and availability, search the online library catalog. One pass per library card per week, no holds on passes.

Plymouth Author Extravaganza

You are invited to change the world through the power of the written word at Zoe Live Publishing's Author Extravaganza on Saturday, September 11, benefiting the Canton Public Library.
  • 10:00-11:30AM: Aspiring Author Workshop — Learn to tell your story, or share your message in this free workshop
  • 1:00-5:00PM: Book Expo — More than 20 family-friendly authors sign and sell their works to raise funds for the Canton and Plymouth libraries
  • 6:00-8:00PM: Poetry Slam — A family-friendly open mic venue to share your prose and poetry
The Plymouth Author Extravaganza will be held at the Comfort Inn, 40455 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth (near Bennigan's). The event is free. Each author will donate $1 from book sales and a signed copy of their book to the Canton and Plymouth libraries. For more information, visit www.zlwriters.com.

Library Introduces Walking, Talking, Living, Breathing Books

CANTON, MI — The doctor is checked out at the Canton Public Library. So is the Civil War living historian, the scrapbooker and the homeschooling expert.

Thanks to a new Living Books program offered at the Canton Public Library, patrons can now check out a person with knowledge of, or experience with, a variety of topics for a one-on-one discussion and exchange of ideas. The living books include a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a licensed professional counselor, a Christian seminary student, gardener, and others.

Marcia Barker, program specialist and one of the Living Books organizers, says the goals of the program are to celebrate and promote diversity, encourage understanding and respect, challenge stereotypes and prejudices and have fun learning about each other and sharing personal knowledge.

September/October Connections Now Online

The September/October issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Free Press Reader Contest Can Benefit CPL

You could help the Canton Public Library get $500 and win yourself a one-of-a-kind experience with Free Press Sports Editor Gene Myers in the Free Press Reader Envy contest. Vote for Gene and you could win an experience that includes a tour of the Free Press building, sitting in on a news meeting in which decisions are made for all sections of the paper, lunch at a downtown spot, watching the sports section come together, and other surprises. Plus, if Gene wins, the library will get a $500 donation. Enter the contest at the Free Press website. Deadline for entry is July 31, 2010. Review the contest rules.

Jim Gill Ticket Winners

The Jim Gill ticket contest has ended. Thanks for participating. Our winners are Stephanie Charlefour, Linda Westphal,
Nikki Anthony Thomas, Shirin Khan, Karam ALrousan and Wendy Williams. Claim your tickets at the Children's Desk by 9:30 a.m. on June 24. Please bring a picture ID.

Enter to Win Jim Gill Tickets

Would you like to take the kids to see Jim Gill live at the Village Theater on June 24 at 11:00AM? You can enter to win 5 tickets on our Facebook page or through Twitter. Just post your family's favorite Jim Gill songs or tweet them to @CantonLibrary and we'll draw a name from the entries.

The fine print: One post per user name counts in the drawing but you can list as many favorites as you'd like. Posts must be made by noon on June 22. The winners will be posted on our Facebook page and listed on our website, or call the Children's Department at (734) 397-0999, option #5, for results.

Send Your Small Business to Summer School

Spending a few hours in school this summer could pay off big for your business. That's the idea behind the Canton Public Library's Summer School for Small Business series. Spend a lunch hour at the library and learn tips and techniques with classes that are specifically geared for business application. For a full list of classes, click the attachment or search the program calendar.

Connections Newsletter Summer Reading 2010

The Summer Reading issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after June 9.
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Michigan Military Moms Supply Drive

The library is hosting a supply drive through Saturday, May 29 to benefit the Michigan Military Moms. Bring your donations of
  • bug repellent wipes, any size or brand
  • new, unused pencils
to donate to our active U.S. troops. The Michigan Military Moms will package the supplies and have them sent to our military service people. You may also write a note to include with your donation. There is a collection box by the Reception Desk.

Save with an hCard Membership and Benefit the Library

The hCard is now available at the Canton Public Library. This card gives you one whole year's worth of savings on restaurants, movie tickets, hotels, groceries, and more. Plus, use it at pharmacies to save on prescription drugs for your entire family. You can even save when you shop online or purchase gift cards. And best of all, the hCard membership is just $20 annually and proceeds benefit the library. The hCard is available at the Checkout Desk or buy it online at our donation page. For more information on the great shopping savings offered by your hCard membership, visit the hCard site.

Relay for Life & Construction Affect Library Traffic

Canton's annual Relay for Life begins 10:00AM Saturday, May 15 at Heritage Park and runs through Sunday, May 16. This event raises funds to fight cancer and awareness of cancer prevention and always draws a big crowd. Traffic will be heavy and parking at the library and in township lots will be tight. Please adhere to posted parking signs and park only in public parking areas, leaving our employee parking area available for library staff.

Canton Public Library Collects Items For Troops

This Memorial Day weekend, remember the active US troops by participating in a supply drive, held May 29 at the Canton Public Library. The library will accept donations of bug repellent wipes, any size or brand, or new, unsharpened pencils, which will be packaged by the Michigan Military Moms and shipped to troops overseas.

The supply drive was the idea of library pages Laurie Conlen, mom of an Army lieutenant stationed in Afghanistan, and Linda Hampton, who lost a brother in the Vietnam War. They saw the power of the community's response to the library's diaper drive, which netted 17,000 diaper donations for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, and suggested a drive for the troops.

Swap, Share & Exchange — Coupons

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jek-a-go-go/Our Exchange Day programs begin this month with a coupon exchange on Wednesday, May 12, 10AM-Noon. We provide the space, you provide the coupons to swap, share and exchange with others. Trade diaper coupons for dog food coupons, restaurant coupons for recreation coupons or whatever works for you. No sales or compensation allowed and all items "as is" so read the fine print. It's fun and it's free so join us and see what you end up with. [Photo courtesy of Flickr user jek-a-go-go / license]