April 24, 2018 at CPL

Reading Buddies

Reading makes you feel good.--Todd Parr

Make a new friend at our Reading Buddies Program! You will be paired up with a Tween Volunteer Buddy and get the chance to practice your reading in a fun and cozy atmosphere. Readers need to be in grades Kindergarten through Third Grade and are welcome to bring a book of their own to read aloud or read one of ours!

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room
Wednesday, May 30 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room

Looking to read a new genre? According to Merriam-Webster , magical realism is "a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction." Check out this book list for some suggested titles with these themes!

Garden spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Also available in: audiobook
Also available in: audiobook | large print

You can discover all of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning materials as well as the finalists in the Letters, Drama, and Music category at Canton Public Library. 

Winners:

  • Fiction: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • History: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis
  • Biography: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
  • Poetry: Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 by Frank Bidart
  • General Nonfiction: Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.
  • Music: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Less : a novel by Andrew Sean Greer

Best in Fiction

Do you want to know what it's like to live with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a part of your daily family life? Or how you can you help yourself, your child with ASD, and the rest of your family to thrive while handling this multifaceted disorder? As the title suggests, this book is filled with practical advice from not only a physician trained in ASD but one who has a child with ASD at home. Ellis knows firsthand of what he speaks when advising parents about difficulties with family life, diagnosis, treatment choices, education, and parenting. The author also includes a chapter by his wife discussing the mother's point of view of raising three children and the challenges presented when the oldest has ASD. Other topics in this comprehensive and accessible look at all aspects of having a child with ASD and the effect on the entire family include ASD diagnosis, causes, medication, alternative medicine, education, therapies, and long-term planning. 

When photographer Carter-Johnson and her husband received a diagnosis of autism on the severe end of the spectrum for their daughter, Iris, their world quickly changed. Various therapies were implemented, and painting became an unexpected medium for Iris to express herself in a way far beyond that of the typical three-year-old. (Prints of her artwork have been bought by people all over the world.) When traditional preschools didn't work, Carter-Johnson designed a homeschooling program and worked with Iris on her own. It was the arrival of Thula the cat, however, that made the largest impact on Iris. Able to intuitively sense and respond to Iris in a unique way, Thula accompanied Iris on bike rides, during late nights of insomnia, and even in the bathtub, helping Iris overcome her fear of baths. Thula could understand Iris on a deeper level, and they became inseparable. This is the story of Iris and her amazing cat and also that of a family willing to do whatever is necessary to help their child navigate and conquer a world that so often overwhelmed and confused her. Iris' story, as told and photographed by her mother, beautifully deciphers the way a child with autism sees and approaches the world, with a deft touch that makes for compelling reading.

Naoki Higashida wrote, "The Reason I Jump," as a 13-year-old boy. Now, he shares his thoughts and experiences as a 24-year old young man with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, he explores education, identity, family, society and personal growth. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it's raining outside. Introduced by award-winning author David Mitchell (co-translator with his wife, KA Yoshida), this book is part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people. It is a self-portrait-in-progress of a young man who happens to have autism, and who wants to help us understand it better.

Computer Skills Help for Beginners

Are you looking to build a foundation of strong computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account? Every public computer in the library now has self-guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more, with trusted experts on hand every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning to answer any questions you may have or connect you to additional resources. Computer Skills Help for Beginners provides a safe space to build confidence and learn the things you need to feel “computer savvy” in the Digital Age.

  • Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM - Web Express computers
  • Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 AM - Teen Area computers

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, April 25 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, April 28 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, May 2 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, May 5 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, May 9 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, May 12 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, May 16 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, May 19 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, May 23 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk
Saturday, May 26 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM East Wing
Wednesday, May 30 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Information Desk