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British Historical Dramas

Three recent television dramas draw on British history for their inspiration. The White Queen, airing on Starz, is based on Philippa Gregory's historical novels about the Wars of the Roses - The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker's Daughter. PBS's The Hollow Crown combines four of Shakespeare's plays to tell the story of three kings who shaped English history - Richard III, Henry IV, and Henry V. The new CW series Reign chronicles the life of the teenage Mary, Queen of Scots. Enhance your viewing experience with some historical background on both the people and the events by checking out some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Blood sisters: the women behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood

Lancaster against York: the Wars of the Roses and the foundation of modern Britain by Trevor Royle

The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir

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Our Own Snug Fireside: Life during the Civil War

Join us on Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM for a peek into the world which no one alive today has witnessed first-hand. As living historians renowned for their knowledge on daily life of the mid-19th century, Larissa Fleishman and Ken Giorlando will draw you into their world of horses & carriages, oil lamps & candles, and hoop skirts & top hats as they bring back the everyday life of long ago.

"Our Own Snug Fireside” is a program for audiences of all ages which offers a first-hand look into the activities, chores, occupations, manners, etiquette, and clothing of a time from over one hundred and fifty years ago. Using replica artifacts, entertaining exchanges, fun filled facts, and a bit of humor our presenters will show what life was like during such an intense time in American History: The Civil War.

Mrs. Fleishman and Mr. Giorlando have been students of history for decades, and not only have intently studied the everyday life of our ancestors, but have also been involved in the practice of historical presenting and living history/reenacting for nearly as long. “Our Own Snug Fireside” is certainly a chance to see history come alive.

[Tatton Park Sept 201027 by DeviousWolf Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers November Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room. PLEASE NOTE: The library will be closed FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 AM, and Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 AM. Please register online for one half-hour timeslot.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, November 2 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

November Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, November 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Please be prompt.

Target Family Fun Harvest Party!

Fall is in the air! Join us for our November Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a wonderful time celebrating the season at our Harvest Party. Games, crafts, snack and a special Thanksgiving surprise. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to kids ages 4 to 8 years old with their Grown-ups. Registration begins October 25, 2013.

Holiday Pinterest Party

Pinterest addicts and newbies alike are invited to come together for a crafting party! Join us on Tuesday, November 12, from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Purple Room for a Holiday Pinterest Party. You will get a brief overview of what Pinterest is and how to use it, plus make three Pinterest-inspired, holiday crafts. Registration required.

Lunch & a Book November 2013

On Thursday November 14 at noon, we will be discussing:

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain — Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness-until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in the fabled Lost Generation. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging.

Adult Writers' Group November 2013

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:

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Caleb's crossing by Geraldine Brooks — Living in the isolated Puritan settlement of Great Harbor on Martha's Vineyard, Bethia Mayfield, the bright young daughter of the local minister, balances her strict religion with a passionate love of nature and a growing curiosity about the culture of the Wampanoag tribe that populates the island. When Bethia secretly strikes up a friendship with a young Wampanoag named Caleb, she unknowingly begins a journey that will shape her life.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess is open to 10 year olds and up.

Who Killed JFK?

It has been 50 years since our 35th president John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in the Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. The FBI and the Warren Commission concluded that Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1978, however, the US House Select Committee on Assassinations felt Kennedy's assassination was the result of a conspiracy. Today, 80% of Americans believe the FBI and Warren Commission investigations were flawed. Hear the rest of the story from former Department of Defense employee and Canton resident, Gerald Dodson. Join us on November 14 at 7:00 PM as we remember this tragic event in our history.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM in the library's Purple Room. Bring your own projects, yarn and needles. No registration needed.

Lincoln: The Movie

We are honoring the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with an amazing Civil War traveling exhibit and a special showing of Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis, this profoundly thought-provoking movie focuses on Lincoln's final months in office as he struggles to end the war, emancipate the slaves and reunite our country. Four score and seven years ago... please join us on November 20 at 6:00 PM to share this movie and a few snacks with friends and neighbors.

Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen

Join popular local chef Mary Spencer as she returns to the library and shares easy holiday gifts to make in your own kitchen. There is nothing more special or delicious than something you made for your friends and family. Mary will share secrets for you to share with loved ones so they know you really do care. Join us on November 7 at 7:00 PM and get started on your holiday gift list.

How to Not Outlive Your Money

Gary Timco of Timco Financial Group will share ways to prosper in uncertain economic times, preserve your principal while earning a respectable rate of return and ways to stretch your IRAs. He will also discuss ways to reduce a heavy tax burden on your beneficiaries. Please join us on November 6 at 7:00 PM for this informative session.

Holiday Savings Tips

Melissa Buckles, popular blogger Bargain Shopper Mom, will share holiday savings tips - everything from Black Friday, Cyber Monday and how to save when entertaining. Melissa has many followers who trust and learn from her experience and research. Please join us on November 11 at 7:00 PM and you may learn a few tricks too. May your holidays be merry, bright and full of savings.

Starfish Family Services: Reading with Preschoolers

On November 5 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Reading with Preschoolers. Participants will learn and pracatice ways to make storybook reading an interactive and enjoyable experience. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.