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New Web Resource for Michigan Public Schools

Tomorrow, August 15, is the launch date for a new web resource that combines all education data for every public school in Michigan into one place. MI School Data will provide access to annual report cards for schools, test scores, enrollment numbers, and teacher effectiveness ratings. More data will be added throughout the year including staffing, financial, crime and safety.

Things a Civil War Soldier Carried

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of America's Civil War. On display at the Canton Public Library is a replica of what a Union soldier would wear and carry on the battlefield. This uniform is on loan to us from Mr. David Tennies, a local historian and reenactor who portrays Michigan's Senator Jacob M. Howard at historical events.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 15

The British government transfers newly married couple Martin and Claire Pendleton to Hong Kong in 1952. While her husband works, Claire teaches piano to a wealthy Chinese family. Bored and intrigued by the exotic cultural surroundings, she begins an affair with the family’s chauffeur. As his past and her present collide, Claire's carefully orchestrated world unravels. Join us on Monday, August 15 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room to discuss, The Piano Teacher.

Everyone Loves Harry Potter

As the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series unfolds, even man's best friend is in the spirit. Check out the library's Harry Potter display near the New Book shelf and mark your calendar for the Best in Show Dog Show event on Saturday, August 6th.  

Dog Sense

Do our dogs think about us? They are called our best friend for good reason. In the USAWeekend magazine, the article and science suggest, their neurochemistry is similar to ours. Still not convinced? Check this out, Dog Sense. Don't forget to stop by on August 6 for our Best in Show Dog Show.

Memorial Day Movies

Miracle at St. Anna by Touchstone Pictures

Letters from Iwo Jima by Amblin Entertainment

Apocalypse now: the complete dossier

From here to eternity by Columbia Pictures Corporation

Join Us to Discuss "The Help" on June 20th

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion on Monday, June 20th, 7:00-8:00PM, in the Purple Room to discuss Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel, The Help. Set during the early Civil Rights era in Mississippi, the story focuses on three extraordinary women whose determination to change how things are in their town will also change how they view one another.

Conquering Your Pain the Holistic Way

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been canceled.

The Doctor is In! Please join us on Wednesday, May 11 from 7:00-8:00PM in the Purple Room for a special presentation, Conquering Your Pain the Holistic Way, by Livonia's own "Dr. Phil," Dr. Philip Hoehn, DC, CCSP. Learn how chiropractic care can provide a healthy and natural approach to relieving pain from sports injuries and other ailments.

Lefty's K-9 Service Honored

After working with the Canton Police K-9 unit for 8 years, Lefty was honored on Tuesday along with his partner, Offical Daniel Traylor, as police officers from neighboring communities attended. Lefty, a German Shepherd, has helped control crowds at Liberty Fest and was involved in other crime-fighting activities. He's making the transition from working to retired dog and will continue to live with Officer Traylor and his family. To learn more about German Shepherds, check this book out.

Before You Buy That Bunny for Easter

Bunnies are so adorable and Easter is right around the corner. Before you make that impulsive buy for a new family pet, please do your research. Learn about rabbits by checking out of of our books from the pet collection, The Rabbit Handbook, or consider talking to someone at The Michigan Rabbit Rescue.

Tiger Mom's Cub Going to Harvard

Amy Chua presents the disparate parenting styles between the Western and Chinese-American cultures in her book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The direct result of her diligent demands of perfection from her children? Her eldest daughter Sophia's acceptance into Harvard this week. Now that is "winning!"

From Novel to Screen

Here are some titles will be coming soon to a theater near you…

Water for elephants by Sara Gruen — April 15 theatrical release

Something borrowed by Emily Giffin — June 10 theatrical release

One day by David Nicholls — July 8 theatrical release

Rescue Dogs in Japan

American and British search-and-rescue canine teams have been busy in the quake and tsunami devastated areas in Japan looking for survivors. These teams also helped find the missing in Haiti after that earthquake struck near its capitol in 2010. Rescue dogs are specifically trained to find the scent of people who are still alive and trapped in rubble after a disaster. To learn more, check out Scent of the Missing.