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Elf Yourself (and more!)

If you're in the mood for a good laugh this holiday season, look no further than JibJab's ElfYourself website. It's completely free and guaranteed to provide hours of amusement. You can see what I mean by checking out this video of some of your resident children's librarians! If that's not enough online fun for you, make sure to check out some of our books about cool websites for kids. There's plenty to keep you busy!

Statewide funding for shared library services in jeopardy

The Governor's Executive Order No. 2009-36 abolishes the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries as of October 1, 2009, and public libraries across the state of Michigan are concerned about how this will impact our services to you. These statewide cuts are in addition to the local cuts being made due to the recession, and are a double hit for Canton. The Michigan Library Association has issued a press release outlining the concerns public libraries throughout Michigan have with the Governor's plan as well as a position paper outlining the chilling effect the dissolution will have on statewide resource sharing, including interlibrary loan and research materials. A fact sheet is available that explains how these joint services are funded through state appropriations and federal matching funds. The Executive Order takes effect October 1, 2009, unless the legislature acts to create an alternative plan. Our hope is that our elected representatives in Michigan will recognize the importance of statewide library services and resource sharing that public libraries provide, and how we help our communities with job seeking, information gathering, computer access, and cultural activities.

Each month, CPL patrons request nearly 1,000 items from other libraries through MeLCat, our statewide interlibrary loan service, and more than 8,000 people login to our Databases to use the Michigan eLibrary resources to research health and wellness using the Health and Wellness Resource Center, find out about their ancestors using HeritageQuest Online, read back issues of articles in magazines and newspapers through General Reference Center Gold, and find their next favorite read using Novelist or What Do I Read Next? The Governor's Executive Order has placed funding for these statewide services in jeopardy; these are not services that CPL can afford to provide alone, particularly during this recession where our budget has already been reduced by 10% in 2009 and will be reduced by another 6% to 10% in 2010.

Many of you have expressed your support for the library's successful joint services and resource sharing. We continue to work with the Michigan Library Association and our elected officials in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives to encourage them to support continued funding for MeLCat interlibrary loan and the Michigan eLibrary, because without their intervention, these services will go away. We are doing our best to maintain services, and will keep you updated as this situation develops.

Eureka Seven Movie

The Eureka Seven movie is commng to select U.S. theaters on Sept. 24 (only)...No word on which theaters those are going to be yet, but thought I'd throw this info out there for any Eureka Seven fans. Laughing out loud


Because we need one of these, and I KNOW other people that read it.

Has anyone been keeping up with the manga releases? I just read chapter 33, Ciel's servents aren't so useless anymore (to be honest I kind of expected that, but not in this way).

Get Your Scrap On!

NSA logoSaturday May 2nd is National Scrapbooking Day! This special day was first created by the National Scrapbooking Association as a way to celebrate and promote the art and craft of Scrapbooking.  Join me and the thousands of people who will be celebrating and participating in National Scrapbooking Day Events all around the world.

Willa Chen, a Perfect 3!!!

Willa Chen17-year old Canton High School senior, Willa Chen, achieved perfect scores on not 1, not 2 but 3 college success predictor tests. It is so rare to ace all three exams, the ACT, SAT and PSAT, that the non-profit organization, College Board, doesn't keep track of those statistics. Willa, who has a 4.33 GPA, has been accepted at UM and MIT, but plans to attend Princeton in the fall to study applied math or computers. Props to you, Willa!

Link Guidelines

Here is a place to put anime links that you have found. Yeah! The more the better!
Laughing out loud
Now, one thing I ask however, is to be careful with your links. There are lots of places where both anime and manga are available online for free, some illegal, and some legal (one site that is legal is, for instance, which is awesome... but I digress).Try to avoid linking directly to sites that may not be legal if you can help it. For instance, while there are many places where you can watch Naruto Shippuden online, and a lot of them are legal, for the Naruto manga Viz owns the rights for this and has not made it available online (besides some sample chapters), so if you find it avaialble on mangafox or something -not quite legal. Try to stay away from linking directly to those sites on here if you can. That doesn't mean you can't talk about them, or mention the site. It's foolish to pretend they don't exist. Just try not to make a direct link to it, that's all.

Here's another example: a link to youtube of Fruits Basket ep. 1 part 1 of 3, not so good ; a Link to youtube of people doing crazy cosplay or a link to a trailer for a new anime: always good.


CPL Launches New Website

Welcome to our new website! We made sure that all of the things you love about stayed, and have added new features, such as RSS feeds, the ability to post your comments, and simplified navigation. We hope our blogs will encourage discussion about and with our community. While a great deal of work and consideration has gone into the design of the new website, we expect to make refinements and roll out new features, and we look forward to hearing from you how we can improve.

Click on My Account to register on the new website and start exploring!

Eva M. Davis, Director

Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail Clean Up

hikersSaturday, April 25, 10am - 2p.m.To wrap up Earth Week the library is joining up with Canton Leisure Services to help clean up the Lower Rouge River Recreation Trail. Teens and adults are invited to join the effort. Meet at the trail head at Morton Taylor Rd. north of Michigan Avenue anytime between 10 and 2 pm to help with the efforts. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, shoes and bring work gloves. Please bring your own reusable water bottle. If you would like you can bring/donate contractor garbage bags. Clean up will take place rain or shine unless there is severe weather. For more information call Canton Leisure Service at 394-5460.

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.

I decoupaged an old coffee table.

Instead of trashing an old, crapped out coffee table I decided to decoupage pictures of old movie posters onto the surface. After several coats of spray shellac I have a brand new piece of furniture!

Game On/Green Thumb Flower Tournament: Week 6 Semi-finals

As part of Connect Your Summer, the Game On and Green Thumb badges have teamed up to do a flower tournament! Only one flower can be crowned the best flower of summer, and it's up to you to decide.

Each week during Connect Your Summer, two flowers will duke it out for your votes. The flower with the most votes will continue on in the tournament. Last week, roses bloomed brighter than violets. This week, we are in the semi-finals! Daisy and lily-of-the-valley go leaf to leaf!

Sign in to vote for your favorite flower:

29% (2 votes)
71% (5 votes)
Total votes: 7

Cooking From Your Garden

At the Cooking From Your Garden class this evening - Thursday, July 25th - will the presenter just be speaking about cooking from a garden or really cooking? Thank you for your time.

Your Summer Starts Here

Celebrate Go Outdoors Month All Summer Long

You can celebrate Get Outdoors Month all summer long. The official celebration takes place in June, but you can find activities to celebrate going outdoors throughout our Connect Your Summer experience. Use library materials to learn a new outdoor sport, plan an outdoor adventure, or just to find a great book to take outside. Share your experience to earn a badge.

During the month of June, check out our Great Outdoors Month display in the Tween Scene (pictured).

Why didn't all my returned materials get checked in?

I put 5 movies in the outside return box this morning, but I just checked my record and see only 3 got checked in. What happened?

Requesting a book.

Hi, I was at the library a few days ago trying to request a book. When I tried it said that it was denied and listed a few reasons as to why. I went up to the counter and asked the librarian if anything was wrong with my card. She said no, and to just try again. I went to go try again and it didn't work. I then decided to look for another book, and request it. When I requested it, it worked. Why did it work for one book, but not the other? How can I get the book on my request list if it won't work?

ipad1 kit


I just borrowed the ipad kit yesterday from the library and was wondering if there is a way to access the internet browser. I cannot find the safari browser on it, has this been disabled?

Holiday Recipe Exchange

Looking for a new dish for your holiday table? Want to share the great potluck dish everyone raved about at the last party you attended? Share your favorite recipes, or discover new ones with our Holiday Recipe Exchange.

Bring in several copies of your favorite recipe (printed out on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and paper clipped together) to put in the Holiday Recipe Exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk from mid-November through late December. Look at the recipes others have left, and take home a new recipe or two.

If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

Bon Appetit!

Tween Service Corps September 2012

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you!