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Educated : a memoir by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. 

In The New Negro : The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States.

March is Women's History Month. Find out about the many brave and talented  women who have influenced world history by reading some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Presents profiles of war heroines from Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States.

The key to effective writing and speaking is English grammar.  Whether you are just now learning the basics of grammar or if you need a refresher, this course will help you develop the foundational skills you need.  In this course, you’ll explore the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, and we’ll even get into the details of phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more! An instructor will guide you every step of the way as you learn grammar through hands-on, practical exercises.  You’ll also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games.  Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence!

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, March 14. 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!

Are you getting enough sleep? A good night's rest is essential for our bodies to rejuvenate and re-energize. What we do during the day can impact how well we sleep at night. Many factors can keep us awake and interrupt our natural sleep tempo such as stress or too much screen time before bed. Before you catch up on some zzz's, check out these books about sleep...but stay awake long enough to read them! Want to learn more? The National Sleep Foundation's website has great tips for helping you sleep more soundly. 

A good night's sleep is often taken for granted, but its lack can lead to a variety of health problems. In this accessible study, Barone, a sleep specialist, examines what is known about sleep, what can go wrong, and what you can do to to fix it. He begins with sleep hygiene tips, suggestions that include having a consistent bedtime, keeping the bedroom dark and cool, shutting off blue light devices an hour before bed, and trying meditation. He uses patients' medical histories to define sleep disorders (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, etc.). As he analyzes their stories, Barone offers various behavioral and medical solutions. The doctor admits that medications often have side effects and that people have difficulties adapting to sleep apparatus, including CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, and experience fear of sleep testing, but he urges anyone who awakes without feeling rested to talk to a specialist. Informative without being alarming, this reassuring guide helps readers assess and take charge of their sleep issues.

Bringing her yoga and mindfulness training to shed light (or perhaps dark) on how to get a good night's rest in this 24/7, go-go-go world, the author asks us to slow down and contemplate the value and importance of how we spend one-third of our lives. Both science facts and quotes from poets lace the pages with reasons why we would want to sleep better and explore our dreams. Gover provides a linear progression of nuts-and-bolts advice on how to get to sleep, stay asleep, experience lucid dreaming, remember dreams, keep a dream journal, and wake up with a smile. It's all told with gentle prose that makes this book delightful and inspiring as well as practical. 

March 8 is International Women's Day - global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

A groundbreaking film which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls from nine countries, written by nine celebrated writers and narrated by nine renowned actors. Viewers will see a showcase of strength from the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

The  story of Augusta Chiwy, a black nurse who served in the US Army 10th Armored Division medical aid station during World War II.

4th Wall Theatre Company Presents...

Need an opportunity to showcase your hidden theatrical talents? Join us and the 4th Wall Theatre Company for an introductory, inclusive and interactive workshop in our Community Room! Learn the basics of becoming a star by breaking through the fourth wall and shine! Our program provides an enriching experience filled with music and movement to help build confidence through teamwork and cooperation. All ages and abilities are welcome! No registration required!

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Music Therapy and Sound Healing is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. At a time when people are increasingly turning to holistic methods of healing, music therapy has developed into a powerful and nonthreatening method that can be used successfully with individuals of all ages and disabilities.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, March 14. 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! 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!

You may have heard that Tom Hanks, yes that Tom Hanks, had a book of short stories published recently. But did you know Julianne Moore writes a series of picture books for kids? Or that David Duchovny, of X-Files fame, has written three books? Krysten Ritter, aka Jessica Jones, published her first novel last year, and so did Wesley Snipes. Chris Colfer published both the last book in his Land of Stories children's series and his first novel for teens in 2017. Steve Martin, Hugh Laurie, Jesse Eisenberg, Al Roker, Lauren Graham, and Gene Wilder have all written books. 

 

The list below features fiction written by folks you've seen on the big and small screens (and one singer/songwriter). Check the list to find out if your favorite actor is also an author!

America's dad wrote a book of short stories! 

Colin Meloy, frontman for the Decemberists, has written a bestselling middle-grade trilogy called the Wildwood Chronicles, a short ghost story, and a picture book about Pete Seeger. This is his latest, published last year, a middle-grade book about an international band of kid pickpockets. 

Nonfiction Book Group April 2018

Join the Nonfiction Book Group at the Sweetwaters on Canton Center Road for a lively discussion.

Also available in: e-book

Tracing the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere, Kean reveals how the alchemy of air reshaped our continents, steered human progress, powered revolutions, and continues to influence everything we do. Along the way, we'll swim with radioactive pigs, witness the most important chemical reactions humans have discovered, and join the crowd at the Moulin Rouge for some of the crudest performance art of all time. Lively, witty, and filled with the astounding science of ordinary life, Caesar's Last Breath illuminates the science stories swirling around us every second.

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