January 21, 2019 at CPL

A vision is a picture of what success will look like sometime in the future. What does a successful 2019 look like for you? Where do you want to be? What do you want to be, to do, to have? Where did you travel? What did you learn? What did you accomplish? Use the Spark Sheet to write it down or draw it in pictures. Get as specific as you can. Include as many details as possible. 

Clearly and defining where you are headed and what it will look like when you get there is the first step in creating an action plan to make your vision a reality. With clear intentions to focus on, you will be ready for the next step - your plan to make it happen, and we have created a Spark Sheet just for that as well.

This planning will have you on your way to the best year ever. Be sure to check back often for more ways to Spark Your Year

 

Mary Oliver was widely known as one of the most prolific, established, and best-selling American poets of all time. Oliver began writing poetry as a teenager and eventually published over thirty volumes of poetry. Her work was heavily influenced by nature and was often deeply introspective. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for American Primitive and the National Book Award in 1992 for New and Selected Poems. Join us in celebrating her life with some materials from our library collection. 

Felicity by 1935- Mary Oliver

The Federal 1040 tax forms booklet and instruction booklet are now available in the lobby of the library. New this year, the 1040 tax form booklet includes Schedules 1-6 and the instruction booklet applies to all these forms. For additional tax materials, speak with one of our librarians or click here for the IRS Forms, Instructions & Publications.

We will update this post upon receipt of State of MI tax materials.

Every year, the Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan selects 20 books either set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region or are written by a Michigan author. The Michigan Notable Books program started in 1991 as part of Michigan Week celebrations designed to raise awareness of local Michigan authors who write about what makes Michigan life so unique. Selections include non-fiction, fiction, adult and children's titles that have a wide appeal to audiences of all ages and covers a variety of topics of interest to Michigan readers. My favorite is Notes from a Public Typewriter

Abbott by Saladin Ahmed

While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city's elite. In the uncertain social and political climate of 1972 Detroit, hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy. Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Star Wars: Canto Bight, Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman's search for the truth that destroyed her family amidst an exploration of the systemic societal constructs that haunt our country to this day.

Beautiful music by Michael Zadoorian

It's 1970s Detroit, and 15-year-old Danny is head over heels in love with rock 'n' roll; it's a panacea, a sovereign remedy. When his father muses about music, Danny's comment is simple: It just makes me happy. Music will need all its power when the father dies suddenly and the boy is left alone with his mother, who begins drinking heavily, sitting, drink in one hand and cigarette in the other, doing nothing but staring glassily at the TV. Danny must take over the family chores, becoming in effect his mother's father. And then there's school, where Danny is classic bully bait until two things happen: he acquires a friend who loves music as much as he does, and he is selected to be on-air talent and music director for the school's radio station. True to its time, there are occasional mini-race riots at school, but they seldom touch him until they do, with dire consequences.

Sheet with goals and steps to achieve the goal

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

Planning and Goal Tracking Spark Sheets help us to get our ideas for growth visualized and helps us track what we will be doing in the new year. 

5 minutes:

Take 5 minutes to talk as a family about your goal and how you will make it happen. Sometimes it is fun to share ideas and get input from those you love to help develop the best goal and plan to make it happen.  

30 Minutes:

Take 30 minutes to watch an inspiring documentary using Kanopy (free with your CPL library card), watch a TED talk, or listening to a family friendly podcast. See the links below for some recommendations, or find one that suits your family.

Documentaries on Kanopy

Maine Girls

Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

TED talks online

Why We Laugh?

If I Should Have a Daughter...

A One-Woman Global Village

Family Friendly Podcasts

Dream Big

But Why?

Stuff You Should Know

2 hours:

Take 2 hours to make a family vision board and use it to visualize and see if your goals overlap as a family. Write down your goals from your Spark Sheets across a large piece of construction paper, craft paper, or poster board and connect lines where you see common themes and ideas. How can you accomplish things together? Is it a place to visit? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Do you need literature on how to organize or manage time wisely? How about tips on crafting? The Canton Public Library may hold the resources you need accessible online or by calling or visiting our library. What can we help your family achieve?

Try these CPL links:

E-resources

Databases

May We Suggest

Languages

Volunteering At CPL

 

 

 

Canton Public Library is currently accepting applications for two new job openings. For complete details please visit our jobs/volunteer page.