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Lunch and a Book February 2015

Join us Thursday, February 12 at noon as we discuss:

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith — Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Tom Ripley is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself so fond of Dickie Greenleaf that he wants to be like him--exactly like him.  Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing--certainly not only one murder--to accomplish his goal.  Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.

Savvy Seniors Canton Leisure Services Focus Group

Area adult residents are invited to attend a special focus group on Wednesday, January 28,2015 at the Summit on the Park to provide input on programming opportunities, special events, and continuing education for Canton's adult population. The focus group will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkview Room. Participants are asked to RSVP by January 26, by calling 734-394-5360.

Murder Will Out: March, 2015

Hallmark Movies Mysteries Channel announced three new made-for-tv movies based upon  popular mystery series written by Joanne Fluke, Charlaine Harris, and Peter King.  Look for them this Spring, 2015.

Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke.  In Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen's Cookie Jar is the place to be.  In addition to delicious cookies and great coffee, Hannah and her gang are clever amateur detectives.

A bone to pick by Charlaine Harris.  As a member of the Real Murders Club, librarian Aurora Teagarden and her group try to solve baffling cases. When Aurora unexpectedly inherits an old house complete with an unidentified skull, they have a real murder to solve.

Dying on the vine by Peter King.  Goodwin Harper, The Gourmet Detective, is a retired chef.   As a specialist in rare spices and ancient recipes, Scotland Yard brings him in when poisoning is suspected.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

2014 Tax Forms

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1040 forms are here. This is the only form that will be available at CPL. No instruction booklets will be available from the government due to budget cuts. They are available online at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-829-3676.

State

MI-1040 BK Income Tax & Property Tax Credit Claim
MI-1040CR-7 BK Home Heating Credit Claim
These forms have arrived. These are the only forms that will be available at CPL.
State forms can be obtained online at www.michigan.gov/taxes

If you would like tax forms mailed to you...

Federal

Call 1-800-829-3676 or go to www.irs.gov

State

Call 1-517-373-3200 or go to www.michigan.gov/taxes

Understanding Windows with Learning Express Library

Did you know that Learning Express Library can help you to understand your new  computer? In addition to helping you prepare for a new career, college, or even gaining U. S. Citizenship, LEL has a Computer Skills Center with tutorials on popular operating systems, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Create an account with your library card number and track your progress through each lesson, at home or in the library.

Happy New Year! Learn a new language with Mango.

Resolve to learn a new language at your own pace and for free!  Mango Languages provides access to 64 different languages (including English for non-native speakers) and includes foreign films and specialty lessons. Learn about the Chinese Zodiac in Mandarin for the upcoming Chinese new year by enrolling in a specialty course. All free with your Canton Public Library Card!

NEW Gale Courses Begin January 21

Make a resolution to learn something new in the new year!  Gale Courses can teach you about accounting, sign language, career skills and more!

Gale has added new courses to its catalog!  The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, January 21. 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!

SAT not ACT for 2016

The Michigan Department of Education announced the SAT will be the state-required free college entrance exam starting in spring of 2016. Since 2007, the ACT was the state's free test. Current students preparing to take the ACT this spring will do so as planned, but changes go into effect starting next year. The College Board, which administers the SAT, won its competitive bid which will be a cost-savings to taxpayers in the long run. To learn more, click here. The Library offers free ACT or SAT test preparation from the LearningExpress Library on our databases page with a Canton library card.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: January - June 2015

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  Over the next six months we will be discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

January 22   Canada by Richard Ford

February 26   90 Minutes in Heaven: a True Story of Life and Death by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. NOTE: Meets in the Community Room this month. 

March 26   The Sea by John Banville

April 23    Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay


June 25   The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list  
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required.  Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Murder Will Out: Award Winners 2014

Looking for a good read?  Check out some of this year's award winning Mystery titles for best book.

Edgar A. Poe Award for Best Novel, Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel, Dilys Award, Barry Award Best Novel, The Squid, The Macavity Award Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger.   Best known for his Conor O'Cork series, Mr. Krueger's stand-alone novel about a young woman's murder and its' impact on family, friends, and community garnered six awards this year.







Nero Wolf Award for Best American Mystery

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell


Agatha Christie Award for Best Historical Mystery

A question of honor by Charles Todd.  


Shamus Award Best P. I. Paperback Original (Private Eye Writers of America)

Murder Will Out: January 2015

Charlaine Harris's character Aurora Teagarden makes her TV debut on Sunday, January 11 at 9:00PM on the Hallmark Channel Mysteries & Movies Channel. In the first book of the series, REAL MURDERS twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden is a professional Librarian and belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. Ms. Harris wrote eight novels featuring Aurora Teagarden between 1990 and 2003.

Year 2014 Top Movie Picks

About time [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents ; in association with Relativity Media ; a Working Title production ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nicky Kentish Barnes ; written and directed by Richard Curtis — The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time.


Bad words [videodisc] by director, Jason Bateman — Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition.


Begin again [videodisc] by the Weinstein Company and Exclusive Media present ; in association with Sycamore Pictures and Black Label Media ; an Exclusive Media production ; a Likely Story production ; produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow ; written and directed by John Carney — British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend.


Blue Jasmine [videodisc] by produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson ; written and directed by Woody Allen — When her life falls apart, socialite Jasmine moves to San Francisco to stay with her sister.

New Language Learning Resource: Pronunciator

Start the New Year with a new language!

The Canton Public Library is adding to its language learning databases with Pronunciator. Choose from any of 80 languages, with 22 months of guided instruction for each language. You can even get feedback on your pronunciation! Pronunciator also offers ESL programs for speakers of Hindi, Spanish, Telugu, Chinese, and many other languages.

Murder Will Out: January 2015

M.C. Beaton's first Agatha Raisin mystery has been made into a television movie. It premiers in Great Britain on Boxing Day (December 26), hopefully we will be seeing “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death” in the States soon.