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Computer Skills Lab for Beginners - April 11

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, April 11 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.

Announcements and Invitations with Publisher 2013

Looking for an easy but affordable way to create greetings or invitations to all your spring and summer functions (think graduations and showers)? Learn how MS Publisher can help you make them! We'll also talk about how you can use the Mail Merge function to print out personally addressed envelopes. Prerequisite: Some experience with MS Word and Excel. 

Join us in the I-Lab on Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Registration required.

Mini Golf in the Library

Mini Golf between the library shelves. Surely, we're joking. Nope. It's really happening. April 8,  2:00-4:00 PM, come stop by the library to play a hole or two. Equipment courtesy of Zap Zone. All ages.

Photo: Mini Golf by Summer Skyes 11 (CC by 2.0)

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, April 4 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!

Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey

It’s all about survival! On Saturday, April 25 at 2:00-3:00PM, engaging raptors including an owl, falcon and EAGLE, will visit the Community Room to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Join our friend from the Leslie Science and Nature Center as they present a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts and provide a stimulating introduction to these birds of prey. Help us round out our Earth Week celebrations by appreciating the beauty of these Hunters of the Sky!

[bald eagle by Eric Begin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Docu Watch – "Never a Bystander"

Join us in watching this short documentary film titled Never A Bystander, featuring an inspiring Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter, who shows viewers how empowered choices — forgiveness included — enables lives of joy, purpose, and compassion. This film was filmed partially at Discovery Middle school in Canton.  Both the films subject, Irene Butter and the film’s director, Evelyn Neuhaus, will be in attendance for an engaging Q&A. All ages welcome on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, April 20 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident--and may very well have been an act of assassination.

Louise Erdrich Wins Library of Congress Prize

On September 5, 2015 Louise Erdrich will receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction during the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Ms. Erdrich has won the National Book Award for The Round House and the National Book Critics Award for Love Medicine.  She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Plague Of Doves

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, April 3rd and 17th. 

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, April Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room. 

Look What's In Large Print: History

“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is." ― David McCullough[The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]

Hoopla Adds Disney Movies

Canton families rejoice! Hoopla has recently added dozens of Disney titles to its offerings. Enjoy classics like The Muppet Movie or The Black Cauldron without leaving your house. Download the Hoopla app to get started.

Hoopla offers movies, music, television and audiobooks on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Just use your Canton Public Library card to create an account, and get started today!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Stop in at the Main or Children's Reference desks and pick up a poem for your pocket.  Share the poem with friends, family, or any and everyone you meet.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry because poetry is best when shared.

MS Office 2013 Coming to Public Computers April 1

MS Office 2013 is coming to public computers on Wednesday, April 1. 

If you use Canton Public Library's nearly 150 public computers for work, school or personal use come April, you may notice a change to our MS Office software. MS Office 2013 offers improved features and an updated look, but will still open all of the same file formats as the previous version of this software (MS Office 2010).

What is means for patrons: you will still be able to open your old files, and we hope you will enjoy the updated look of the software. You can visit or Microsoft Technet's to learn more about this software, or attend any of our MS Office computer classes, which as of April will feature the 2013 versions of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Erin go Bragh! The celebration of St. Patrick's Day outside of Ireland is a clear indication of the Irish influence throughout the world. In the United States many cities and towns recognize March 17th with parades and parties to mark the holiday of Ireland's patron saint. Ireland has made a significant contribution to literature and the arts both in the United States and throughout the world. Celebrate the day by sampling a wee bit of Irish culture and history from some of the many titles available in the Library's collection:


Atlas of the Celtic world by John Haywood ; foreword by Barry Cunliffe — A historical, cultural and linguistic survey of the Celtic peoples from prehistoric times to the modern era, presented in a series of 54 full-color maps with accompanying text and 160 illustrations.

Black potatoes: the story of the great Irish famine, 1845-1850 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti — The story of the Great Irish Famine of the late 1840s through the voices of the Irish people.