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eReader Users Meeting

Don't have an eBook reader but want to learn more about them? Did you get a reader during the holidays and want to learn to put library books on it? Join Brad and Ophelia on Monday, April 25th from 7:00-8:30PM for the first open, no-registration-required eReader Users Meeting.

During this program we'll:
  • Look at library-compatible devices on the market
  • Show how to load library eBooks on your device
  • Check out public domain and other free books online
  • Explore some tips & tricks for your iPad or iPhone
  • Try out some devices at our open demo table
  • Have a Q&A and discussion of all things eBook
  • Keep the discussion going with an email group
If you're interested in eBooks and the future of reading, we hope to see you there!

Hobbyists and Hackers Unite

On Saturday, June 25th from 1:00-5:00PM, CPL will host some of the most creative hobbyists and hackers in the Metro Detroit Area for our second CPL Hack Day. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to modded IKEA furniture to scrapbooking.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page. For any questions, please contact Brad Czerniak at czerniakb@cantonpl.org.

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science

Thursday, March 17, 4:00-7:00PM: Open House
This month at the Hatcher Graduate Library, the theme is “Mapping Science” in conjunction with the current Library Gallery exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, a traveling exhibit created by Dr. Katy Börner of Indiana University. The exhibit was created to demonstrate the power of maps to navigate and manage physical places but also abstract topic spaces. It introduces knowledge mapping techniques to the general public. It is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Allow time to view maps from the Map Library as well as the exhibit.

Ebay Selling — An Introduction

Most people have a stash of unused items at home. Maybe you received a gift that didn't quite fit, or have things leftover from an old hobby or collection. Join us in the Internet Lab on March 15th at 7:00PM for our Ebay Selling Class! We will teach you how to turned those unwanted items into cold hard cash! This class will cover Ebay selling basics and cover topics like researching your item, listing fees, collecting payment and other tips for running a successful sale. Hurry registration is limited.

OverDrive Media Console on iPad

Rejoice, all iPad users! Our eBook supplier OverDrive has just released a free app for iPhone®/iPad® v2.2

iPad users will now enjoy custom designed graphics whether they are reading an ePub eBook, listening to an MP3 audiobook, or browsing the OverDrive Media Console Library. The app supports landscape and portrait orientation. A new calendar icon displays the number of days left until the title expires.

The free app can be installed on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch® devices running iOS (v4.0 or newer). The updated app is available from:

Print Preview Is Your Friend

Make sure that you print exactly what you expect and save money too by utilizing the Print Preview option when using the copiers. If you want a portion of a multi-paged document, you can select only those pages that you want to print. If you have questions, be sure to ask at the reference desk!

Self-serve Fax

Canton Public Library has a self-service fax machine in our lobby. In this video, one of our librarians shows you how to send a domestic fax. For further help, dial 1 (800) 468-2748.

The kiosk accepts credit, debit and check cards. Outgoing faxes only. Domestic: $1.75 first page, $1.00 each additional page. International: $3.99 first page, $3.45 each additional page.

Dollars and Sense

Four quick things every citizen should know from Governor Rick Snyder's new Dollars & Sense: How State and Local Governments in Michigan Spend Your Money guide to the public's checkbook. State Treasurer Andy Dillon says Lansing is about to experience "shock therapy."

How to Print Tax Forms


An Adult Services librarian walks us through our Tax Forms workstations and how easy it is to select and print IRS tax forms at Canton Public Library.

Children's Books for your iPad

We often talk about all the fancy and exciting apps grownups can download for their iPads. But did you know there are apps for the young (or young at heart) in your life as well?! Kirkus Reviews just started an online iPad app review page and is highlighting 5 children's books apps they recommend. The five range from very simple to very complex. The Green Eggs and Ham app encourages an emergent reader to read along. The Alice in Wonderland app lives up the mayhem of Lewis Carroll's original book. My favorite is the pop up Peter Rabbit Storybook. This app plays like a typical lift-the-flap toy book you'd find at any bookstore, but in a digital format. Take a look! And Happy Digital Reading!

Tech Support in the Family

Google's recently-released site, Teach Parents Tech, features over 50 YouTube videos with friendly explanations of how to perform useful tasks on your computer. For instance, here's how to create a strong password:

You can send your relatives a "care package" of videos you think they'd find useful, or watch the videos yourself to brush up on computer skills.

Love Video Games?

Have you ever considered a career in video games? Maybe writing game scripts is your calling. 26 year old Jeffrey Yohalem talks about being the head writer for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in this article. When Yohalem approached Jordan Mechner (writer for The Prince of Persia) about what classes to take to pursue a career in game script writing, he suggested screen writing and architecture. Who would have guessed?!

Add Us To Your Phone

We have discontinued our text-a-librarian program.

Living the Dream: How to Solar Power Your House and Save the World

Do you believe you can make a difference and help change the world?

Stephen Forrest will talk about his experiences with his "off-the-grid" house in Vermont. Forrest is Vice President of Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Professor of Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics.

Dr. Forrest will speak at the Hatcher Library Gallery at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00PM.

Video Games Actually Lead To Workplace Success

A new study from the University of Colorado Denver Business School has determined that employees who are trained on video game software are much more likely to retain the information they had learned. However, it was found that not all video games were equally as good when it comes to training. Video games with active participation were more effective then games with a more passive theme. Who says games are only for children?

Access My Library via Your Mobile Device

Access library resources — even when you're not at the library! It's as simple as using the AccessMyLibrary Public Edition mobile app from Gale, a world-leading publisher of reference information. AccessMyLibrary uses GPS to find libraries within a 10-mile radius of your location, then gives you free, unlimited access to the reliable online resources from Gale — without the need to log in. The AccessMyLibrary Public Edition App works on iPhone®, iPod Touch®, and iPad®.

Google Apps Work for You

Google is the biggest search engine in the world, but offers much more. Want to learn more about Google and how its [generally-free] technologies can increase your productivity?

Register now for our Google Apps class, to be held on Tuesday, September 14, from 7:00-8:30PM. We'll cover search, docs, Gmail, and many lesser-known tools that work well for you or your business.

Hackers Wanted

Update [11/15/2010]: A large selection of LEGOs will be available for creative play at the event courtesy of Bricks for Brains. Also be sure to bring blank CD-Rs if you're interested in Free and Open Source software provided by Metro Detroit Linux Users Group.

On November 20 from 1:00-5:00PM, Canton Public Library will host some of the most creative hackers in the Metro Detroit Area. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to personal productivity hacks to modded IKEA furniture to crafts.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page.

Back to School Technology Tips

Believe it or not, the school year starts in less than a month. Many students and parents will be looking at technology as part of their back to school shopping list. Notebooks, Netbooks, and iPads may all be items of interest this school year, but it can be hard choosing the right device. Check out this article by David A. Milman to get tips on making the right choice!