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Adult Coloring Party

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and crayons will be provide. Join us Monday July 6th at 7:00 PM

2015 Summer Movie Madness

Join us as we show fun movies throughout the summer.  You may bring your own pillows, snacks, and/or blankets to cozy up. Plus, we have air conditioning for those hot summer days :) Show times and films will be as follows...
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2:00PM - Penguins of Madagascar - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.   (rated PG)
  • Friday, July 24, 2:00PM - Big Hero 6 -  The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (rated PG
  • Thursday, August 13, 2:00PM - Home - Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own. (rated PG)

Homemade Pet Toy Program

Dog ToyDo you ever feel exasperated when you buy your pet a brand new, expensive, toy and they’d rather play with the box it came in? Join us on July 22 at 7:00pm as we show you how to make awesome homemade pet toys out of things lying around your home. Durable, inexpensive and brain-teasing toys that will be sure to delight any pet. Registration is required.

Mark Twain's Previously Unknown Writings

Mark TwainMark Twain, Father of American Literature, and author of famous works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has more to offer us readers. Scholars in California have recently discovered a series of writings written by Twain when he was a 29-years old journalist in San Francisco. Read more about this story in this article.

Healing Meditation with Sister Jyotsna Patel

On Friday, May 22 from 3:00-5:00PM, Brahma Kumaris presents Sister Jyotsna Patel. Sister Patel has dedicated her life to spiritual service for over 30 years.  Her words are filled with spiritual wisdom and she touches the hearts of every person she meets. Come practice healing through meditation with this special afternoon leader.

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Born with teeth: a memoir by Kate Mulgrew

It's a long story: my life by Willie Nelson with David Ritz

Jonas Salk: a life by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

On the move: a life by Oliver Sacks

The Wright brothers by David McCullough

Now LIVE: Connect Your Summer 2015!

Summer is coming, and #cysisawesome!

Connect Your Summer, the Canton Public Library's summer reading program, kicks off on June 1! Whenever you read, attend a library program, or do an activity in the library, you can claim badges online. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have for winning prizes! For more information, check out a refresher on how to participate in Connect Your Summer.

Get ready to have a super mega ultra summer!

Savvy Seniors: May is Older Americans Month

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.  Canton Public Library offers a variety of services to residents over the age of  62 such as  Books by Mail,  a Large Print Collection, large screen computer monitors with user friendly keyboards and mouses, Low Vision Magnifiers, and an Optelic Reader. The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00pm.

Everyone's Reading 2015 The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

Beecher White is an archivist who spends his days working happily in the past, where things are emotionally safe. Clementine Kaye, his crush back in school, asks for his help tracking down her long-lost father. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact he was never intended to see, a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder. Their discovery points to a murder and subsequently its connection to a secret organization of the United States government.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that showcases a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

Participating libraries will host events relating to The Inner Circle this May and June, including a special book discussion June 14th at 1pm, and author Brad Meltzer will appear in person at two events on June 22nd.

Due to popular demand, a ticket will be required for both author appearances. Tickets are free but limited and will be given away at the Information Desk on a first come, first serve basis to Canton Public Library cardholders in good standing.

Author Appearances:

Monday, June 22nd at 2 PM
Rochester Church of Christ
250 W. Avon Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Sinking of the Lusitania

On May 7, 1915 the luxury liner Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine. The ship sunk within minutes killing 1924 people, including 114 Americans.

Dead Wake [sound recording] by LARSON, ERIK

Lusitania: an epic tragedy by Diana Preston

The Lusitania by Simpson, Colin, 1931-

The Lusitania: unravelling the mysteries by Patrick O'Sullivan

Sinking of the Lusitania [videodisc]: terror at sea by produced by Darlow Smithson for Discovery Channel and the BBC in association with NDR and M6 ; producer, Johann Insanally ; director, Christopher Spencer

Last voyage of the Lusitania [videodisc] by produced and directed by Peter Schnall

Murder Will Out: Ruth Rendell Dies at 85

From Doon with death by Ruth Rendell — British author, Ruth Rendell passed away at the age of 85 on May 2.  Ms. Rendell may be best known for her Inspector Wexford series, but she also wrote several suspenseful stand-alone novels as Barbara Vine. She was named Grand Master of Mystery by the Mystery Writers of America in 1997 and the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.

Triple Crown Time

Congratulations to American Pharoah winner of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah is the 12th horse and the first since 1978 to win the Triple Crown. Come on in and see our display dedicated to the eleven Triple Crown winners and the beautiful traditions of the three highly acclaimed races:  the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.  Also featured are materials available for check-out containing  awe-inspiring stories of horses like Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and many others that have had an impact on our nation

Murder Will Out: Edgar Award Winners 2015

Mystery Writers of America recently announced the winners of the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014.  

Best Novel

Mr. Mercedes: a novel by Stephen King

Best First Novel by an American Author

The Simon & Schuster-Mary Higgins Clark Award

The stranger you know by Jane Casey

Lily King at Nicola's Books on May 18

Euphoria: a novel by Lily King — Monday, May 18th at 7:00 pm meet NYT Bestselling Author Lily King at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor.  Canton Public Library's Lunch & a Book group will be discussing this award winning novel on Thursday, August 8, 2015.

Gale Courses Begin May 13

Spring is a time of new growth-are you ready? Jump start your career-or take it in a new direction! Gale Courses have offerings in technology, accounting, project management, health care and more!

The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, May 13. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Murder Will Out: May 2015

May is Mystery Month and what better way to celebrate than with a good mystery?


The unquiet dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The kings of London by William Shaw

Mr. Monk and the new lieutenant by a novel by Hy Conrad ; based on the USA Network television series created by Andy Breckman

Too bad to die by Francine Mathews

Beyond limits by Laura Griffin

Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black

Savvy Seniors: May 2015

The 2015 National Senior Games presented by Humana will be held in  Bloomington/Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota from July 3 - 16, 2015. Over 12,000 athletes over the age of 50 will be participating in the games.  

Murder Will Out: Murder, She Baked Debuts on Hallmark Channel

Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke — Joanna Fluke's Hannah Swensen will make her movie debut on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00PM.  Hannah is proprieter of Lake Eden's (MN) premier bakery, The Cookie Jar.  In-between her detecting, Hannah generously shares her delicious recipes.