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Vending Services for Canton Public Library

The Canton Public Library requests proposals from qualified vending firms for snack and beverage machines and services. Our current full-service Café will close on December 17, 2014. It is the library’s intention to provide three (3) vending machines in the newly renovated café area scheduled to open in February of 2015. See the attached Vending Café Request for Proposal document for full details.

Lunch and a Book 2014 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th


Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th





Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th

The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th


The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th

LOL Audiobooks to check out/download

Good omens [sound recording] by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. .


A walk in the woods [sound recording]: [rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail] by Bill Bryson

 Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you'll find to the Appalachian Trail. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way-and a couple of bears. Already a classic, "A Walk in the Woods " will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).


Confessions of a shopaholic [sound recording] by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Bloomwood is bored to death writing for Successful Saving. So, with a handsome credit line from her bank, she liberates herself the best way she knows how-- by shopping! Think of it as an investment, she tells herself. But, soon she is buried in bank notices and cursed VISA bills

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Ambition and desire: the dangerous life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams


Seven letters from Paris: a memoir by Samantha Vérant


The art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell ; foreword by Audrey Niffenegger


Victoria: a life by A.N. Wilson


I must say: my life as a humble comedy legend by Martin Short ; with David Kamp


So anyway... by John Cleese


The wild truth by Carine McCandless

Holiday Fun with a Michigan Activities Pass

Looking for family activities during the holiday break? Library patrons can use their library card online to print a pass allowing them complimentary or reduced cost access to arts and cultural organizations across the state. Canton Public Library card holders may login to print a pass at the MAP website.

2015 Book List for Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan (January 19)

Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff (February 16)

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline (March 16)

Killing Patton: the strange death of World War II's most audacious general by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (April 20)

Big little lies by Liane Moriarty (May 18)

Orange is the new black: my year in a woman's prison by Piper Kerman (June 15)

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James (July 20)

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at noon Friday, January 9 in Group Study Room A, and moves to the Community Room for the January 16, 23 and 30 sessions. 

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, January Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

New Cookbooks/ Holiday Cooking


Vegetarian/ Vegan Cooking

Vegan holiday cooking from Candle Cafe: celebratory menus and recipes from New York's premier plant-based restaurants by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos, & Jorge Pineda ; photography by Jim Franco ; forewords by Alicia Silverstone and Laura and Woody Harrelson

Vegan holiday kitchen: more than 200 delicious, festive recipes for special occasions by Nava Atlas ; photographs by Susan Voisin

How to cook everything vegetarian: simple recipes for great food by Mark Bittman ; Illustrations by Alan Witschonke


For those who cannot cook well or do not enjoy it

The can't cook book: 100+ recipes for the absolutely terrified! by Jessica Seinfeld ; photographs by John Kernick ; cover photography by Mark Seliger ; design & illustrations by 3&Co. ; food styling by Sara Quessenberry

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join CODE.org in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.
 

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.



There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit CODE.org to sign up and try a lesson today!

Canton Seniors Book Discussion January 22, 2015

Canada [large print] by Richard Ford — Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, January 22 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.

Your Tablet, Your Library - Download Music, Movies and More!

Movies and music and books, oh my! Now that the holidays are over but it's still quite cold outside, it's time to snuggle up with your tablet or smart phone and enjoy downloadable and streaming library services; from Zinio's digital magazine downloads to Hoopla, which offers streaming movies, music and more!

Join us Saturday January 17th at 1:00 PM to take a tour through our Library's emedia services, taking a close look at options for streaming and downloading movies, TV, music, ebooks and eaudiobooks.

eBook Basics, January 3rd

Wondering what to do with that new device? Did you know the library has thousands of books that you can download and read for free?

Learn the basics of how to check out free library ebooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other device. Join us Saturday, January 3rd from 10:00am-11:30am.

Drop-in eBook Help, Every Friday 10-11am

Have you hit a snag with your ereader?  Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device.  No registration required, just drop in!

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners - January 10th

If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's iLab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 10th for our drop-in skills lab. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more.  A librarian will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or direct you to activities and tutorials to help build basic computer skills.

*This lab is restricted to basic computer skills, as listed above. Staff will not be able to assist with the diagnosis or repair of computer equipment, or with online financial transactions.

Intermediate Excel 2010 - January 22nd

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel.

Join us Thursday, January 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, January 3  between 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

December Session of Gale Courses Begins Soon

The Canton Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, December 10th. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!