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Lunch and a Book 2015 Reading List

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

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — January 8



The talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith — February 12




Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — March 12


The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard — April 9


The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel by Fannie Flagg — May 14

Savvy Seniors: February 2015

Canton Leisure Services/Club 55+ is offering Tax Preparation Services sponsored by AARP. Tax preparation appointments are being taken. The first available appointments will begin February 2. Call the Club 55+ Desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment.

Michigan Virtual Career Fair - February 11

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is hosting a Virtual Career Fair from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 11. Connect with employers and other job seekers online and interact with resources to help with your job search.

Click here to register.

Questions? Send a note to mivirtualcareerfair@svesupport.com. Looking for more information on local and online events for job seekers? Check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect's Career Event Calendar to learn more about upcoming job fairs and other events.

Parents and Caregivers, Share Your Thoughts

Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers,
As we consider a 2016 renovation of our Children's Library, we'd like to get your thoughts on how you and your family use the library and your priorities for the space.

Please register for the appropriate session.

We will have other ways for you to give your input, including an online option. And you are welcome to share your input in conversation with any of our Children's Librarians.

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners - February 14

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, February 14 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.

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 12:00 NOON in the Community Room Friday, February 6th and 20th. 

Pinterest Live--Valentine's Card Party

Join us Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
at the Valentine's installment of our "Pinterest Live" series! We will have a lovely time creating Pinterest inspired Valentine's for your dearest love, dearest friend, or cherished family member. Ages 10 years and up. Registration Required.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, February 7  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!

Movie Madness: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It's time again for Movie Madness! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00 PM as we show How to Train Your Dragon 2.  In the latest adventure, Hiccup and Toothless must protect the peace when they find a cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion February 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, February 16 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own.

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!

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, February 14

Lunch and a Book February 2015

Join us Thursday, February 12 at noon as we discuss:

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith — Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Tom Ripley is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself so fond of Dickie Greenleaf that he wants to be like him--exactly like him.  Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing--certainly not only one murder--to accomplish his goal.  Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.

Nonfiction Book Group February 2015

On Saturday, February 21 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:

Factory man: how one furniture maker battled offshoring, stayed local—and helped save an American town by Beth Macy —The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same family for a century, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia -- an unincorporated town that existed solely to fuel the business. But beginning in the 1980s, Bassett suffered from an influx of cheap Asian furniture as the first wave of imports struck, and ultimately moved nearly all its production to Asia. Only one man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man who used grit, tenacity, and will to compete against China and ultimately save his family's company.

Savvy Seniors Canton Leisure Services Focus Group

Area adult residents are invited to attend a special focus group on Wednesday, January 28 at the Summit on the Park to provide input on programming opportunities, special events, and continuing education for Canton's adult population. The focus group will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkview Room. Participants are asked to RSVP by January 26, by calling 734-394-5360.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch