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Author Ariana Franklin's Passing

Just read this in The Rap Sheet:

Late though I am to attending to this matter, I want to acknowledge the passing on Thursday of British novelist Ariana Franklin. Born in Devon and a former Fleet Street journalist, she was the author of four books featuring 12th-century English coroner-investigator Adelia Aguilar (including Mistress of the Art of Death, which won the 2007 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award).

Shamrock

Many folks ask, "Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?" The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Find out more about St. Patrick and Irish History.

How to Print Tax Forms


An Adult Services librarian walks us through our Tax Forms workstations and how easy it is to select and print IRS tax forms at Canton Public Library.

Food Reading

Even when I don't feel like cooking I gravitate toward the cookery section of the library. I'm always interested in food and there are so many wonderful books on that subject that rarely list a recipe. The result? Hours spent comtemplating my favorite subject without the guilt of untried recipes haunting me. Just a few of my favorites are:

The man who ate everything : and other gastronomic feats, disputes, and pleasurable pursuits by Jeffrey Steingarten — Vogue food columnist Steingarten writes hilariously about his obessions with food.

You can compost

No, really, you can! Even if you live in an dwelling without a yard, you can still turn your food waste into rich, useful compost. Michigan garden expert Colleen Vanderlinden shows you how over at Planet Green. You can also check out some of our many resources on composting:

The compost specialist : the essential guide to creating and using garden compost, and using potting and seed composts by David Squire

CPL Quilters

Due to the bad weather, our Paper Piecing Demonstration will be postponed until our next meeting on March 2.

Black History Month Celebration

Join us on Monday, February 7, for a fun celebration beginning at 5:00PM with crafts presented by the Plymouth Canton African American Student Association followed by a choral presentation by the Voices of Praise Choir at 7:00PM. The African American Cultural Historical Musuem will host a visual art display throughout the night. Registration is not required.

Valentine's Day Celebration

Families with children ages 4-9 can enjoy stories, sweets and treats on Valentine's Day at this program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Register online now.

Program Date: February 14 from 7:00-8:00PM

Valentine's Day

When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.

But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.

May We Suggest (On Facebook)?

If you're on facebook and like books, DVDs, and all the other great things Canton Public Library provides, you'll probably be interested in our May We Suggest facebook page. We post recommendations from our expert staff: romance books, comedy DVDs, nonfiction and advice titles, and more. Along with that, we'd like to know what you're reading and whether you recommend other people to read it too. Join us on facebook for great recommendations.

Starting Your Veggie Garden From Seed

Now is the time when many gardeners in our area begin to start seeds indoors, so they'll have lovely seedlings to transplant into the garden when the weather warms up. You can even reuse many items from around the house, to save both money and time. We also have a number of books that will help you with starting from seed:

Gardening with heirloom seeds: tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation by Lynn Coulter

Poems of the Night

The dark beauty and mysteries of nighttime are captured in Joyce Sidman's book Dark  Emperor & Other Poems of the Night.  The poems explore night creatures and other night life, letting readers "feel the breeze" of the evening. This quiet book, with prints by Rick Allen, is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book.

Do You Love Kirby's Epic Yarn?

Then you might really like Kirby's Epic Patchifyer! You can stitch, frame, and add patchwork to your own photos. Just upload your photo and follow the simple directions for an awesome Kirby like piece of fun!

The Kitchen Assistant, Darla Jaros

Darla Jaros, The Kitchen Assistant, tells you how to feed your family well on a strict budget. Learn how to stretch a dollar and make nutritious, delicious meal out of seemingly nothing. Darla shares dozens of hints from her book, The Kitchen Assistant.

Frugal Living Series — The Kitchen Assistant — February 24th (not the 29th as stated in Connections), 7:00PM. No registration needed.

Tai Chi

Join us for a Tai Chi session on February 5 at 2:00PM in the Purple Room. We're celebrating the township's 100 Days of Health by providing a class here at the library. Tai Chi can be enjoyed by everyone 16 and up. Please wear loose clothing and comfy shoes. Please register online as space is limited.

Motown Museum

Note: This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Kick off Black History Month by reminiscing about Motown greats, such as the Temptations, the Supremes, the Miracles and Smokey Robinson and many more. It was an era of unique Detroit sound shared around the country. Lina Stephens, chief curator of the Motown Museum, shares the history, the personal stories and music with us.
No registration is needed

Beat the Winter Blues With a Beach Read

Tired of all the snow, ice and grey weather? Wish you could escape to a tropical destination but don't have the budget? Well how about escaping with a great beach read? Try one of these titles for a break from the bitter cold:

It happened in South Beach by Jennie Klassel

Beachcomber by Karen Robards

Tropical getaway by Roxanne St. Claire

Help for College

Looking to score some money to help with college? Here's tons of scholarships targeted specifically for Canton and Plymouth residents! Read all about it. Or maybe you need help writing that perfect admissions essay? Then check out our books on college applications.
[Photo courtesy of flickr user smemon87]

Remember the [blank]

A call to remember notable events, especially surprise attacks and disasters, is a well-known trope in the cultural memory. As George Santayana quipped, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So, in case you have forgotten, here are some resources for remembrance of things past:

Remember the Alamo

The Alamo: a cultural history by Frank Thompson

Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett's last stand and other mysteries of the Texas Revolution by James E. Crisp

The Alamo [videodisc] by The History Channel

Remember the Maine

How the battleship Maine was destoyed by H.g. Rickover