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May the 4th Be With You

Boba FettSee sights from a galaxy far, far away when Chris Trevas -- an official Star Wars artist who has provided illustrations for a variety of books, games, guidebooks and other products -- drops out of hyper-space and into CPL on May 4, 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration is required.

Boba Fett by Chris Trevas

Enchanted Fairy Tales Musical Theater Performance

After many weeks of practice and hard work the attendees, aged 7-10, of this musical theater workshop present their final performance for the public - Enchanted Fairy Tales! The young performers were trained in the basics of theater including projection, stage direction, set design and much more by two PCCS Arts Academy Students.
Hot on the heels of the theatrical release of "Into the Woods" and the current release of "Cinderella", this show is made up of short scenes from many popular musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz and more. Please join us in watching the magic unfold on Friday, May 1 from 4:30-5:30PM in the Community Room...Be Our Guest!

150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 while watching a play at Ford's Theatre in the closing days of the Civil War. The assassination was carried out by a popular actor of the time, John Wilkes Booth, as part of a conspiracy to revive the Confederacy.

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop

The darkest dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the great American tragedy by Thomas Goodrich

Manhunt: the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman

Lincoln's assassins: their trial and execution: an illustrated history by James L. Swanson and Daniel R. Weinberg

150th Anniversary of U.S. Civil War's End

The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse was fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, and was the final engagement of the Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia  with Ulysses S. Grant's forces. The surrender documents were signed that afternoon.

A stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

The Civil War, a narrative: Red River to Appomatox by Shelby Foote

Witness to Appomattox by Richard Wheeler

The fall of the house of Dixie: the Civil War and the social revolution that transformed the South by Bruce Levine

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Debuts

Charlaine Harris's A Bone to Pick debuted on Saturday, April 4 and will be shown again throughout the month of April on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.   Joanne Fluke's Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder will debut on Saturday, May 2.  No date announced for Peter King's Dying on the Vine.

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.

Gale Courses Begin April 15

Spring into learning something new!  Gale courses can teach you career skills, sign language, accounting software, and more!

The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, April 15. 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!

Savvy Seniors: April, 2015

Using e-readers, tablets in the evening could harm sleep quality according to a recent study from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The convenience of reading a light weight, lit reader in bed may not outweigh the disruption of sleep patterns. The report recommended turning e-readers off at least two hours before bedtime.  

Author Elizabeth Berg at Nicola's Books

The Dream Lover: a novel by Elizabeth Berg — New York Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Berg will be speaking at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 PM about her newest work, a historical novel based on the life of George Sand, nineteenth century author.  

Murder Will Out April 2015

Looking for a new read?  Unjustly fired, John Clarkson's Olivia Sanchez, with a little bit of help from friends, will strike back.  A new series by Eva Gates (aka Vicki Delany) features Lucy Richardson, former Harvard librarian now assistant librarian at Bodie Island Lighthouse Library.  CeCe Prentice wants to know the truth behind her brother's death in Deirdre Verne's debut novel.

Among thieves by John Clarkson

By book or by crook by Eva Gates

Drawing conclusions by Deirdre Verne

Fry another day by J.J. Cook

Murder at the book group by Maggie King

Plague land by S.D. Sykes

National Poetry Month Biographies

Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:

Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun

Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox

Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett

From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow

Rough magic: a biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander

Dante by R.W.B. Lewis

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.

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.

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!

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)

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.

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]