Community Connection

Reach out, be neighborly, embrace the world.

Canton Public Library is THE destination for your best summer ever, so tell everybody about it!  Stop by our Postcard Station and write a message about what you did today at the library, your favorite book so far this summer, or anything else you want to share. Next, address it to your friend, family member OR choose someone to surprise from our CPL address book. When your postcard is complete, drop it in the box and we will stamp it and send it off in the mail for you!

 

 

The Rainbow Book List is created by a committee of the same name as part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Each year, the committee reads and selects quality books "with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age." Check out these books from the 2017 list!

Big Bob, little Bob by James Howe

Little Bob likes books and dolls and quiet things, so when big Bob moves in next door with his trucks and balls and loud play it doesn't seem like they would have much in common, but they may still find a way to be friends.

Worm loves Worm by J. J Austrian

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

Whether you are celebrating Ramadan this season or simply want to teach your children more about this Muslim holiday, CPL has a number of wonderful books for you to take home. 

Ramandan is celebrated in the ninth month in the calendar used for Muslim holidays. This year Ramadan falls during summer which is the most challenging season to fast. The days are very long and hot. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down in order to understand how the poor feel when they go hungry. The beginning and ending of Ramadan is marked by the crescent moon, and this is why many children's books feature moons on the cover or in the title! 

Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Scrabble.

Curious George celebrates Ramadan with his friend Kareem by sampling special treats, making baskets to donate to the needy, and searching for the crescent moon.

Beginning in 2015, the American Library Assocation (ALA) has designated the month of June GLBT Book Month, "a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community." Check out one of the following novels that explores the issues and experiences of GLBT teens.

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

The art of being normal by Lisa Williamson

David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

Whether becoming or simply being a teenager, there are a number of challenges and issues that tweens and teens face as they make their way through the junior high and high school years.  The titles below tackle these pressures and challenges in fictional accounts and nonfiction guides.

Fiction

The titles below address teen pressures through fictional narratives, as characters confront peer pressure, bullying, mental health issues, and other life challenges.  Suggested grade levels are provided based on professional reviews.

Browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

Click on the titles for location and availability. Additional media formats included below.

 

90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.

Newly-arrived in the United States from Mexico, Carmen is apprehensive about going to school and learning English.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by the 1st Saturday of each month for our Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games, sharpen you mental skills, and meet some new folks! No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 7 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, November 4 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room
Saturday, December 2 - 12:00 PM to 5:45 PM Community Room

Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Battle!

Join us for our bi-monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! club. Play the card game with some new folks who believe in the "heart of the cards" as much as you do. Never played before? Doesn't matter. We'll supply the cards for you and teach you how to play. 11 & up. No Registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, October 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, November 8 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friends' Activity Room
Wednesday, December 6 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friends' Activity Room

Summer Storytimes @ Canton Farmer's Market

The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, interesting vendors and a thriving community spirit. We are thrilled to be back connecting with our community, offering storytimes and activities to enhance your Farmer's Market experience.

Join us at the market on the following Sundays. Storytimes will take place at 10:00AM and 12:00PM:

Upcoming sessions

Sunday, October 8 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Canton Farmers' Market

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