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The Great Chicago Fire

The Great Chicago Fire burned from Sunday, October 8 to Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire started in or around a barn on DeKoven Street, but despite the fact that the O'Leary family lived in the area, the legend of Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern is probably just that - a legend. More than 300 people died in the fire, 100,000 were left homeless, and four square miles of the city were destroyed. Although the Chicago fire, perhaps, the most well known from in American history, there have been significant fires in other major cities as well - Boston, Pittsburgh and Detroit included. To learn more about them check out Seven Fires: the Urban Infernos that Shaped America.

The great fire by Jim Murphy

Smoldering city: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871- 1874 by Karen Sawislak

City of the century: the epic of Chicago and the making of America by Donald L. Miller

City of big shoulders: a history of Chicago by Robert G. Spinney

Hockey's Back!

Get ready for this year's exciting hockey season by reading about some  of it's greatest stars - both on and off the ice!

Orr: my story by Bobby Orr


Mr. Hockey: My Story by Howe, Gordie


Steve Yzerman: heart of a champion by Joe Falls ... [et al.] ; edited by Francis J. Fitzgerald


Total Gretzky: the magic, the legend, the numbers by edited by Steve Dryden

Savvy Seniors: October 2014

October Is National Audiology Awareness Month & National Protect Your Hearing Month. Over 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss. The statistics are shocking and even more so knowing that over half of those 36 million Americans are younger than age 65 . Hearing loss is an increasing health concern in this nation that is often preventable. Taking time to see an audiologist for regular hearing screenings and knowing the signs of hearing loss can protect your hearing.

Shouting won't help: why I—and 50 million other Americans—can't hear you by Katherine Bouton

Mystery of the senses. Hearing [videodisc] by produced by Green Umbrella Ltd. for WETA/Washington, D.C., and WGBH /Boston in association with Gemini Productions, Germany

Italian-American Heritage Month

About 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2004. The greatest surge occurred between 1880 and 1920 when more than 4 million Italians came to America. October is the time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Americans of Italian descent in all walks of life.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The silver lining: a supportive and insightful guide to breast cancer by Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW ; photographs by Elizabeth Messina

A breast cancer alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

Everybody's got something by Robin Roberts with Veronica Chambers

Prevention the ultimate guide to breast cancer: your essential resource from diagnosis to treatment and beyond by the editors of Prevention and Mary L. Gemignani, MD, MPH, with Caren Goldman

Stop breast cancer before it starts by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D. ; research assistant, Alessandra Gibson, MPH, MBA

Breast cancer journey: the essential guide to treatment and recovery by O'Regan, Ruth

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Are you doing all you can to stay safe online? Visit the National Cyber Security Alliance's StaySafeOnline.org website to learn more about what you can do to keep your information, your computer, and your money safe as you use the internet. There are also great tips for parents and business owners on avoiding online threats.

emedia Tour: Learn About Free Movies, Music and More from Your Library!

Movies and music and books, oh my! Stop in for a tour of our downloadable and streaming library services; from Zinio's digital magazine downloads to Hoopla, which offers streaming movies, music and more! We'll take a tour through our Library's emedia services, taking a close look at options for streaming and downloading movies, TV, music, ebooks and eaudiobooks. Join us Saturday October 25 at 10:30 AM. No Registration Required!

Canton Seniors Book Group: October 23, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Groups meets Thursday, October 23 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing JoJo Moyes' ME BEFORE YOU.  Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.

ME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes.  Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common, Louisa Clark a very ordinary girl and former Master of the Universe, Will Trevor.  It's a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, 'What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?' .

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners

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 Monday, October 20th 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.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, October 25 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Astute Artistry: Halloween Make-up How-to

Have you ever wanted to look like a zombie?  How about a witch or a princess? What about a beautiful Mexican sugar skull?  Join the highly skilled professionals from Astute Artistry Studios as they help you prepare for Halloween and beyond!  On Saturday, October 25 from 12:30-3:00 PM participants will learn the ins and outs of many different kinds of make up application.  Bring your creativity! This program is designed for patrons aged 10 through adults.  Registration is required and begins on September 25

Starfish Family Services: Planning with Children

On Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Planning with Children. Participants will learn the benefits of planning with children and create planning props to use during the planning process.  Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Star Wars Reads Day Program

May the Force Be With You! Saturday, October 11, 2014 is Star Wars Reads Day
and my yoda2young Jedi, I hope to see you at our program from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on October 11th. We will read an intergalactic story, have a spacey snack, and enjoy a surprise from dear Master Yoda. Registration begins September 25, 2014 and is open to children ages 5 years to 9 years old with a caregiver.

Book Group Gala

Join us on Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM as we celebrate books and book groups. Whether you want to learn about exciting titles for your own book group, are interested in finding out more about the CPL's book clubs, or simply want to meet, greet and chat with other book lovers, this event is for you. We will offering 'book tastings' as well as edible nibbles as we mix, mingle and share our insights.

Lunch and a Book October 2014

Join us on Thursday, October 9 at noon as we discuss:

The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman — Burkeman introduces us to a group of people who share a surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. Their alternative path to happiness and success involves embracing failure, pessimism, and uncertainty--the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

Adult Writers' Group October 2014

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:

Movie Madness HORROR edition: Locked in a Room

Locked in a Room is a story about three teenagers that are trapped in three separate rooms. They are monitored and watched by a masked man who "takes notes" as to their every move and emotion. They are further tormented by an eerie voice of someone outside of the room and are visited by strange characters that are part of the outfit that have them trapped. Throughout, they try to discern why they are there. As time elapses... the stakes and chances for survival are slim, but the question remains: who is behind this - the end reveals a startling answer.
On Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM Plymouth film maker and CEO of At Risk Entertainment, Larry Simmons, will screen his haunting tale. Locked in a Room has been featured at the San Diego Black Film Festival, has been distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland looks forward to distribution in Spanish speaking countries such as Brazil and Mexico. Stick around afterward the screening for a rousing Q&A with the film maker himself. Check out the official trailer here and be spooked out just in time for Halloween! This film is not rated but does include mature language and themes and is recommended for people ages 13 and up.

Board Gaming League of Canton

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

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, October 3 at 4:00-4:30 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for older children (ages 13 and over) and adults with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.