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National Campfire Day is the first Saturday in August, followed shortly by National S'Mores Day on August 10. Either way, curl up with a good book and a marshmallowy treat around a campfire. Suggested titles are below, with those intended for older audiences at the bottom.

Sleepless knight by James Sturm

The Knight and his trusty horse Edward go on a camping trip, but the Knight cannot sleep when he discovers he has left his beloved teddy bear behind.

Nightlights by Paul Paolilli

Celebrates all the ways, after the sun goes down, light finds a way to shine, from lighthouses and fireflies to moonlight in an owl's eyes and a crackling campfire.

 

Find a story to incorporate some magic in your life. Some suggestions to get you started are included below: books intended for older audiences are toward the bottom of the list.

Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson
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A witch finds room on her broom for all the animals that ask for a ride, and they repay her kindness by rescuing her from a dragon.

Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris

Kate Greenaway Medal nominee Jackie Morris presents in stunning pictures a range of dragons, describing many different varieties of the beast, and why their owners find them so entrancing.

 

June 23rd may be the unofficially recognized National Pink Day, but there's no reason to put limits on the color. It can be enjoyed anytime, by anyone. Try out one of our pink material suggestions below, roughly organized by audience appeal beginning with the youngest age.

Displays pictures of animals and describes what part of them is pink.

Pink by Nan Gregory

A touching story about longing for something beyond reach and finding something better close to home..

"Gives tips and advice to beginning gardeners for planning, setting up, and maintaining a small garden. In addition to recipes and tips for entertaining in the garden, this book also details the characteristics of dozens of commonly grown vegetables and fruit"--Provided by publisher.

Whether you're a beginner and determined to make the most of limited space with a truly unique and heirloom harvest, or a seasoned grower looking to spice up your cooking with gourmet flavors, the step-by-step instructions give you the confidence to grow some unusually tasty crops. Choose from fruiting vegetables such as orange eggplants and hyacinth beans, salad greens such as fiddlehead ferns and sushi hostas, grains such as quinoa and chia, and luscious fruits such as honeyberries and white strawberries. All plants can be started indoors and transplanted, grown outdoors in the garden, or kept as houseplants. With versatile gardening advice for growing in a variety of spaces and situations, plus cooking suggestions and preserving options, a weird and wonderful harvest is guaranteed.--Amazon.com.

Frankenstein

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and NPR is honoring it with the theme of their summer readers poll: horror!  This year they want to know,  what books give you the heebie-jeebies, the willies, the creeps?  What stories make you jump when you hear a noise, or afraid to go to sleep?  

After you vote for your top 5 titles, NPR will use the votes to identify the top 100 horror stories - which you can then use to find popular titles you haven't read!  After all, what better time to read these dark stories than in the warm summer sunshine?  Vote for your top 5 horror stories here. 

Not a fan of horror?  Use these links to view the booklists from NPR's previous readers polls:

100 Best Comics and Graphic Novels

100 Top Sci-fi and Fantasy Books

100 Swoon-Worthy Romance Novels

100 Backseat Reads for Kids 9-14

 

And don't forget about The Great American Read, happening this summer on PBS!

Reporter : a memoir by Seymour M Hersh

A memoir of renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh's life as a reporter.

Bruce Lee : a life by Matthew Polly

In 2017 the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund was created through a generous anonymous donation from appreciative readers. This donation enhances our print collection through the purchase of literary fiction and literary genre fiction; or quality narrative nonfiction primarily in the areas of science, social science, the humanities, literary biographies, and history. If you're interested in contributing to the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund, contact the fund's administrator, the Canton Community Foundation. Following are just a few of the books this thoughtful donation has allowed us to purchase in 2017. To find a complete list of books librarians have purchased with this money, keyword search the terms Book Purchase Enrichment Fund in our catalog.

Drawing from the great folklorists of the past while expanding African American lore with dozens of tales rarely seen before, The Annotated African American Folktales revolutionizes the canon like no other volume. Acclaimed scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar assemble a groundbreaking collection of folktales, myths, and legends that revitalizes a vibrant African American past to produce the most comprehensive and ambitious collection of African American folktales ever published in American literary history.

A consideration of Fosse's career in the context of changes in the Broadway musical theater over four decades. The book traces his early dance years and the importance of early mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life - all dancers - impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic. Finally, the book investigates how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. 

SEMCOG announces the launch of Southeast Michigan ParkFinder, a new mobile app that makes it easier than ever to explore recreation opportunities throughout the seven-county region. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) created a mapping app to help you find parks in the region on your smart phone or on the web. Simply go to maps.semcog.org/ParkFinder to use the map and get access to the ParkFinder app for iPhone and Android smart devices. 

It's been 50 years since the country experienced one of the most turbulent years in American  - and world - history. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, numerous anti-war protests across the nation, the My Lai Massacre, violent police clashes with anti-war protesters at the Democratic National Convention, the seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea, student riots  in Paris - these are just some of the seismic events that occurred in 1968. Yet, there were some bright spots to celebrate as well. The astronauts on Apollo 8 became the first humans to orbit the moon, the Beatles launched Apple Records, and the Detroit Tigers won their first World Series since 1945.

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