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SAT not ACT for 2016

The Michigan Department of Education announced the SAT will be the state-required free college entrance exam starting in spring of 2016. Since 2007, the ACT was the state's free test. Current students preparing to take the ACT this spring will do so as planned, but changes go into effect starting next year. The College Board, which administers the SAT, won its competitive bid which will be a cost-savings to taxpayers in the long run. To learn more, click here. The Library offers free ACT or SAT test preparation from the LearningExpress Library on our databases page with a Canton library card.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: January - June 2015

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  Over the next six months we will be discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

January 22   Canada by Richard Ford

February 26   90 Minutes in Heaven: a True Story of Life and Death by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

March 26   The Sea by John Banville

April 23    Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay


June 25   The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list  
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required.  Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Murder Will Out: January 2015

Charlaine Harris's character Aurora Teagarden makes her TV debut on Sunday, January 11 at 9:00PM on the Hallmark Channel Mysteries & Movies Channel. In the first book of the series, REAL MURDERS twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden is a professional Librarian and belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. Ms. Harris wrote eight novels featuring Aurora Teagarden between 1990 and 2003.

Murder Will Out: Award Winners 2014

Looking for a good read?  Check out some of this year's award winning Mystery titles for best book.

Edgar A. Poe Award for Best Novel, Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel, Dilys Award, Barry Award Best Novel, The Squid, The Macavity Award Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger.   Best known for his Conor O'Cork series, Mr. Krueger's stand-alone novel about a young woman's murder and its' impact on family, friends, and community garnered six awards this year.







Nero Wolf Award for Best American Mystery

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell


Agatha Christie Award for Best Historical Mystery

A question of honor by Charles Todd.  


Shamus Award Best P. I. Paperback Original (Private Eye Writers of America)

Year 2014 Top Movie Picks

About time [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents ; in association with Relativity Media ; a Working Title production ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nicky Kentish Barnes ; written and directed by Richard Curtis — The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time.


Bad words [videodisc] by director, Jason Bateman — Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition.


Begin again [videodisc] by the Weinstein Company and Exclusive Media present ; in association with Sycamore Pictures and Black Label Media ; an Exclusive Media production ; a Likely Story production ; produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow ; written and directed by John Carney — British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend.


Blue Jasmine [videodisc] by produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson ; written and directed by Woody Allen — When her life falls apart, socialite Jasmine moves to San Francisco to stay with her sister.

New Language Learning Resource: Pronunciator

Start the New Year with a new language!

The Canton Public Library is adding to its language learning databases with Pronunciator. Choose from any of 80 languages, with 22 months of guided instruction for each language. You can even get feedback on your pronunciation! Pronunciator also offers ESL programs for speakers of Hindi, Spanish, Telugu, Chinese, and many other languages.

Murder Will Out: January 2015

M.C. Beaton's first Agatha Raisin mystery has been made into a television movie. It premiers in Great Britain on Boxing Day (December 26), hopefully we will be seeing “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death” in the States soon.

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)

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, February 28 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

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.