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Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, May 3 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!

Family History Sleuth: Getting Started with Genealogy

With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will highlight the tools available to help sleuth out your long, lost relatives. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors. Join us July 24th at 7:00 PM.

Michigan Notable Books 2014

The Michigan Notable Books program has made its annual selection of the 20 books published in the previous year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Many of the winning titles can be found in the library's collection, and the others can be delivered to the library via MeLCat interlibrary loan. From fiction to nonfiction, the list offers a variety of choices.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — The Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi Libraries' selection for their Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, this memoir about survival and self-discovery documents the summer of 2005 when debt, doubt and divorce forced the author to refocus.


Something that feels like truth: stories by Donald Lystra — In 16 compelling stories, award-winning author Donald Lystra takes us on a page-turning journey through the cities and countryside of the Great Lakes heartland to as far away as Paris.

Zumba from Around the World

Zumba is a fitness class that combines dance and fitness. It is all the rage nowadays. This dance mingles Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Dance routines like Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Mambo, Bhangra, Hip-Hop and Flamenco are used in this class. The fusion of Latin dance rhythms and moves provides an excellent group exercise experience.
Join us for a lively, fun session of Zumba on Saturday, July 19 at 10:00 AM.

De-stress with Kundalini Yoga

In this class we will become aware of stressors and how they  influence our communication, our relationships and our performance. Kundalini Yoga instructor Rajwant Kaur Khalsa will teach you to do Yoga and meditation to release the stress so we can put up with life's challenges without losing ourselves.
Join us for an hour and a half class of Kundalini Yoga on July 2, 7:00 PM to add peace into your everyday life. Wear comfortable clothing and do not eat before class. Please bring a bottle of water.

Strange But True!

To quote Mark Twain "Truth is stranger than fiction..." and the following titles are certainly proof of that!

Lord Minimus: the extraordinary life of Britain's smallest man by Nick Page — Th true story of Jeffrey Hudson, the 18-inch "official dwarf" of the 17th century Stuart court.


The last alchemist: Count Cagliostro, master of magic in the age of reason by Iain McCalman — A fascinating account of the career of one of the most famous charlatans of the 18th century, Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, who traveled all over Europe - usually one step ahead of the authorities - passing himself off as an alchemist and a healer.


Agent Zigzag: a true story of Nazi espionage, love, and betrayal by Ben MacIntyre — Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: August 28, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, August 28 from 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing M. L. Stedman's THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS. Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.

Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History

Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery, the Great Lakes State is often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty.” Add to that a growing industry focused on locally-sourced products such as cheese, poultry, sauces, jams, breads, chocolates and SO much more, and you have a feast just waiting to be devoured.  This program will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!  Tuesday July 8 2014 7:00 PM

Live Love Juice

Join Tiesha Becker from Beyond Blends Juices to learn about the health benefits of juicing. Enjoy a live demo and a sample or two. Thursday July 10 at 7:00 PM

Help Them Read


Help get books into the hands of kids.  The Barbara Bush Foundation is partnering with Scholastic on the Help Them Read initiative. It's easy.  Just vote for your favorite book from the list provided, or suggest your own.  For every vote, Scholastic will donate one book to a program that support children and family literacy.  Vote now. Vote later.  Vote often.  

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at the age of 87. He was perhaps best-known for his books, Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Garcia Marquez popularized magical realism,  described by the committee who awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 as a genre "in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination."

Purse & Jewelry Donations Needed

Start your spring cleaning and help a good cause all at the same time!  The Canton Senior Center is looking for new or gently used handbags and jewelry for their 6th Annual Jewelry & Purse Sale.  Proceeds from this sale will support Canton's Senior Adult Program, which offers a variety of social, enrichment and service-based programs to Canton residents 55 and older.  Donations will be accepted in the Parkview Room of Summit on the Park Community Center until April 28. 

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 19

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand — On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. The only survivor was the crew's bombardier, Lt. Louis Zamperini. His true story of endurance will take your breath away.

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us on Wednesday, May 14 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Internet Lab.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Great cathedral mystery [videodisc] by written, produced & directed by David Murdock


Twenty feet from stardom [videodisc] by Radius TWC ; a Gil Friesen production ; a Morgan Neville film ; produced by Caitrin Rogers ; produced by Gil Friesen ; directed by Morgan Neville ; Tremolo Productions.


Secret state of North Korea [videodisc] by a Hardcash Production for WGBH/Frontline ; producer, writer, and director: James Jones


Rewind this! [videodisc] by MPI Media Group ; directed by Josh Johnson; produced by Carolee Mitchell


Red metal [videodisc]: the copper country strike of 1913 by produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers


Secrets of Selfridges [videodisc] by Pioneer Productions ; produced and directed by Sam Taplin

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, May 2nd, 16th and 30th.

Weekly eBook Drop-In Help

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

hoopla's iOS app now available!

hoopla's iOS app update is now available!  Music downloads on devices running iOS 7.1 have been re-enabled.  You can now download, listen to a song or an entire album on repeat.  A bug in the sleep timer has been fixed as well. Good news to all iOS7.1 users. Enjoy all that hoopla has to offer today!

Lifelong Learning Classes to Start

Want to learn new professional skills for your job? Pursue new hobbies in your spare time? Let CPL help you with your lifelong learning. Our Learn4Life online courses offer you a wide range of highly sought-after classes that you can take entirely online, totally free of charge. April classes begin on April 16 and continue for six weeks. All you need is a valid Canton Public Library Card and Internet access to start learning!