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March Madness NBA Jam - CANCELLED

Teens, celebrate March Madness by participating in our NBA Jam Tournament on Saturday, March 29th from 2:00-4:00 pm.  With high flying 2-on-2 basketball, this tournament won't disappoint!  Most importantly, there will be food and prizes. Registration is required.

Sky is the Limit!

A 5-year old Wire Fox Terrier named Sky won Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. As she posed for cameras, she claimed the silver bowl trophy as hers by putting her front paws in it. Gabriel Rangel, Sky's handler, said at the news conference that Sky is, "the little perfect dog." And the judge agreed!

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, March 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Google Services: Google Search

Thru February and March, we will be hosting three iLab classes on all things Google. A team of National Honor Society students will be sharing their knowledge while also completing their NHS service project.

This second class will teach participants how to use Google Search. Participants will learn how to search for information and images on the website www.google.com. In addition they will learn how to use advance search which would make the searching process less time consuming and more specific. Finally they will learn how to navigate and use Google maps. This class will take place on Saturday, March 8th from 10:00-11:30 AM. Space is limited and registration begins on February 20. This class is designed for Internet users aged 13 and up.

There will also be a free, drop in session the following week on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00-11:30 AM to get answers to all of your Google use questions.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids.   That, above, is my view of the Children's Library right now. Boy!  Do I miss you all!  It's been a week and a half since the Children's Library has closed and I can't believe how quiet it's been around here.  But that doesn't mean that it hasn't been eventful.   With the book sorter room closed, the pages who check in and shelve all the books have been moved into the front of the Children's Library. Right now I can see about 20 carts, half of them full of books and DVDs and stuff, and that doesn't even count the ones that are out where all the patrons are!  I am completely boggled by the amount of things that get checked out at the library.  And today, the construction guys are putting new flooring in the entrance tunnels to the Children's Library.   Picture a big grown-up construction guy putting flooring in the smallest of tunnels...they are sure working hard!  If you want to see what it looks like in the library, be sure to ask a grown-up to help you check out Facebook and Twitter, where all the pictures of the library construction are being posted. Hopefully, you'll all be back to see me soon. 
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Shirley Temple Black, 1928-2014

Shirley Temple Black, the singing, dancing, rosy-cheeked child star of so many depression-era films, died Monday night at age 85.

Shirley was best known for films about precocious orphans with the charm and energy to lighten the lives of her adoptive families, such as Heidi or Curly Top. Young Shirley began dance lessons at age 3 and by 5 she was performing on film.  She won an honorary Academy Award at age 6 and earned $3 million in her young career before retiring from film at the age of 22.  In the years after her "retirement" she became involved in politics, serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and later becoming an outspoken proponent for women's health after her own battle with breast cancer.

Our eMedia

Enjoy the library's rich resources from home! Instead of having to go out in the cold, or to navigate your way in the library building currently under partial construction, you can simply go to our eMedia page, pick and choose to borrow our ebooks, eAudiobooks, music, and videos. Have a homework assignment or research project? Use our many databases to find your answers. Interested in taking an online course? Our February Learn4Life classes start on the 19th. Sign up for a new way to learn.

Who Let the Mutts Out?

The prestigious Westminster Dog Show, which begins televised competition on Monday and ending on Tuesday with the Best in Show championship, has opened its doors to let the dogs IN... to mutts, or mixed breeds for a one-day, winner-take-all, first-ever Master Agility Championship on Saturday, February 8. These 16 dogs, most of them rescued from animal shelters, will compete against purebreds through a series of timed races through weave courses, jumps and ramps. May the best mutt win!

The Beatles Come to America!

BeatlesFebruary 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America. It was on this day in 1964 that the group  arrived at New York's Kennedy Airport for their first visit to United States soil. Two days later they made their first of four appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show  (three times in 1964 and once in 1965) and Beatlemania was born! It has been estimated that 73 million viewers were watching that first night. Baby Boomers - and music lovers everywhere!

Savvy Seniors: February 2014

FREE TAX COUNSELING

Canton Seniors Center
is offering free tax counseling on Tuesdays through April 15.  Morning and afternoon appointments are available with a tax counselor volunteer. Joint return appointments must be scheduled for mornings only. Call the Canton Senior Center desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment today! This an AARP-sponsored service.

Sugar isn't so Sweet

Just about everyone has a sweet tooth. Sugar makes everything sweet. But a new study is warning of some serious health hazards regarding the intake of sugar in our food and beverages. Want to learn more? Click here. And check out this book for ways to cut sugar out of your diet and reduce your risk of diabetes and other harmful health complications.

The sugar smart diet: stop cravings and lose weight while still enjoying the sweets you love! by Anne Alexander, editorial director of Prevention, with Julia VanTine ; foreword by Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, chief executive officer and president of Cleveland Clinic

Construction Progress Update

Seating AreaFriday we received the delivery of most of the remaining furniture pieces. Seating units, some with built-in power ports, are being installed, as are end tables and lighting.

Our service desk is fully functional and the new self-service area is up and running. This area includes 2 copy/print machines, 6 self-checkout machines and a self-service fax, as well as a small work area.

This leaves just a few punch list items to complete and some finishing touches like signage and the delivery of a couple small tables. We are happy to report that this project is on schedule and within budget. Our PSIP page has complete information.

Biographies for Black History Month

The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood


The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis


Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom


Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp


A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch


Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.   You know, LB has done some pretty cool stuff, but this might just be the coolest thing he's done in a very long time.   LB was at Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend.   You know, the big game where the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos.  And not only did he go to the game, but he went to a Victory Party afterwards where he got *this close* to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Whoa.  Of course, in order to get LB through security, he needed to go like Flat Stanley. Have you read that book? It's a good one. While I think LB will be basking in the excitement of this adventure for awhile, it really makes me want some Marshawn Lynch's Skittles.   Mmmmm...
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

Great New Teen Sci-Fi

Looking for a new teen Sci-Fi series with a bit of romance and mystery? Try one of these:

The eye of minds by James Dashner


These broken stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner


Slated by Teri Terry


For darkness shows the stars by Diana Peterfreund

Legend by Marie Lu


Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi


Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

What We're Reading: February, 2014

Last month the Canton Senior Book Discussion members talked about their favorite book. 

The one-eyed man: a fugue, with winds and accompaniment by L.E. Modesitt, Jr


The book thief by Markus Zusak

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

The light between oceans: a novel by M.L. Stedman


The quest by Nelson DeMille

Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Philomena: a mother, her son, and a fifty-year search by Martin Sixsmith ; foreword by Dame Judi Dench

African-American Musicians and Music

Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians. 

We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman

Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka

Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield