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Nonfiction Book Group December 2015

Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky
Cod spans a thousand years and four continents. From the Vikings, who pursued the codfish across the Atlantic, and the enigmatic Basques, who first commercialized it in medieval times, to Bartholomew Gosnold, who named Cape Cod in 1602, and Clarence Birdseye, who founded an industry on frozen cod in the 1930s, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs, and of course the fishermen, whose lives have interwoven with this prolific fish.  And he brings to life the cod itself: its personality, habits, extended family, and ultimately the tragedy of how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.  Join us on Saturday, December 19 at 10 AM.  

Nonfiction Book Group 2015-2016 Reading List

Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky  - December 19, 2015

Yes please by Amy Poehler - January 16, 2016

Dead wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson - February 20, 2016

The richest man who ever lived: the life and times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz - March 19, 2016

H is for hawk by Helen MacDonald - April 16, 2016

Shadow work: the unpaid, unseen jobs that fill your day by Craig Lambert - May 21, 2016

Nonfiction Book Group November 2015

Cubed: a secret history of the workplace by Nikil Saval
How did we get from Scrooge’s office to “Office Space”? From bookkeepers in dark counting houses to freelancers in bright cafes?  What would the world be like without the vertical file cabinet? What would the world be like without the office at all? In Cubed, Nikil Saval chronicles the evolution of the office in a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is. Cubed is an all-encompassing investigation into the way we work, why we do it the way we do (and often don’t like it), and how we might do better.  Join us on Saturday, November 21 at 10 AM.

Beginning Excel 2013

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2013.

Registration required. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

Canton Leisure Services Master Plan Focus Group

Canton residents are invited to provide input in at a focus group that will be held this month as a key part of the strategic process of updating Canton Leisure Services Five Year Master Plan.  Members of the community are invited to submit comments on Wednesday, October 28 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI. 

Stop by any time during this event in the Walnut Room and give your input to help shape Canton’s future.  Attendees can give verbal or written comments, participate in discussions and submit ideas that will be used to help plan future capital projects, recreation programs and special community events.

Please RSVP by calling 734/394-5360 or by email leisure@canton-mi.org. Also, if you are unable to attend these Focus groups and would like to provide public comment, please contact the Leisure Services Office.  For additional information, please visit www.cantonfun.org.
 

Wayne Dyer 1940-2015

Detroit native and self-help guru Wayne Dyer passed away on August 29.   He was an alumnus of Wayne State University and his well-known motivational books have consistently circulated at the library over the years.  

Donald Trump On Business

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is making history with his bid for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.  Although he is making political history right now, he's best known for his views on business and wealth.  Check out one of these titles for a uniquely Trump-ed up perspective.

Nonfiction Book Group August 2015

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
First published in 1936, Carnegie offered advice on how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding, this work teaches readers how to: make friends easily, increase popularity, win people to a way of thinking, win new clients and customers, become a better speaker, and arouse enthusiasm among colleagues.  Does this classic work still stand the test of time?  Join us and find out. 

Nonfiction Book Group July 2015

One summer : America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop. Meanwhile, Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, and Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days. At the same time, the gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business and the first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer," was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. All this and much, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness.

Your Credit Score and You

Your FICO score is 90% of a credit decision and can affect your ability to buy a home or be part of a new business venture.   In this program, the representatives from SCORE will teach you how to calculate your credit score and potentially fix it. They will also teach you the elements that make a good credit rating and how it affects your decisions and relates to business.

Join us on Monday, April 27 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration required.

Social Networking for Small Businesses

Learn the basics and etiquette of social networking for your small business with SCORE. Content will include how to leverage social networks to help grow your business while reducing your marketing costs. Benefits, disadvantages and tricks of the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) will be discussed.  

Join us on Monday, March 23 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration required.

Business Research With Reference USA

Through a series of case studies, Rick White training expert at ReferenceUSA, will show how to use this powerful tool in practical business settings.  Along the way we’ll look how to access the database, how to create searches, how to manage the results as well as exploring all of the features that make ReferenceUSA a unique tool for business research.
Explore topics such as  
  • locating hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
  • creating marketing lists 
  • understanding community demographics 
  • surveying locations for expansion 
  • conducting competitive analysis 

Join us on Monday, March 9 at 10:00-12:00 PM for this interactive program.  No registration required.  

Where's It Hanging? Keys to Selling More Art


'Where's It Hanging? Keys To Selling More Art' is a training session for artisans, creators, and handicrafters.  
The purpose of this program is to think about art in business terms and to market your creative works so you can sell them.  We will look at marketing art and engaging customers in a new and dynamic way!
 
Join us on Monday, March 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM as Steve Feinman, District Director for SCORE, provides insight and tips to the creative community so that your hard work and creativity can find a home.  

No registration required. 

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list  
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required.  Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.