Every year the Canton Public Library staff name their favorite book of the year.  This list is a mixture of  Adult, Teen, Tween, and Children's Non-fiction published between December 2016 - December 2017.

When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common--it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services. 

Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.  In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species--by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us--and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.

It's the hit musical that brought the genius of Lin Manuel Miranda to the attention of legions of fans across the world. A remarkable story of how a group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history to create the biggest show on Broadway…and strangely apropos to what is happening in politics today. Featuring interviews with Miranda, as well as the cast and crew of Hamilton.

Also available in: video

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. 

"The National Film Registry selects 25 films each year showcasing the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation." The Library of Congress Nation Film Preservation Board

With hoopla digital, you can use your library card to access the following films from the National Film Registry, and many more, on your computer or tablet.

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

In The Mark Of Zorro, his first full-blown effort at the costume thriller, Fairbanks portrays Don Diego Vega, a comically effete young nobleman with a taste for tasseled sombreros and juvenile silk-hanky magic tricks. But when danger calls, Diego swathes himself in black, straps on a well-honed sword and storms the countryside as the mysterious Zorro, slicing his initial into the faces of the "sentinels of oppression"...

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Follow 12 amateur bakers as they don aprons and head for the tent in the British countryside for this third season, hoping to be named Britain's best. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have created new challenges to test their baking prowess, creativity, and skill. Season 3 brings bakers Alvin, Dorret, Flora, Ian, Marie, Mat, Nadiya, Paul, Sandy, Stuart, Tamal, and Ugne to the competition tent.

Tonyʼ Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmyʼ and Golden Globeʼ Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star in the six-hour miniseries adapted from Hilary Mantel's best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels: Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. From humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past, Thomas Cromwell (Rylance) is the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII (Lewis). Told from Cromwell's perspective, Wolf Hall follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of this pragmatic and accomplished power broker who must serve king and country while dealing with deadly political intrigue, Henry VIII's tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.

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Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, January 17. 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!

Winter---brrr! Good thing the Canton Public Library has lots of great television show available for you to watch while you snuggle under a blanket with some hot tea and your favorite cat. This is, of course, the best way to find a new program to enjoy. Not only do we have DVD's, but we have a plethora of online options for adults and kids to watch using our Hoopla e-media link. Enjoy discovering something new!

Also available in: video

Based on the bestselling mysteries by Ann Cleeves, Vera follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigator who happens to be pure genius at her job.

Do you have a traveler's soul? Would you love to try food from another country? Have you ever thought about what it was like in the home country of your ancestors? Canton Public Library has a wonderful database that can help you do all those things! The Global Road Warrior database is located in our list of amazing databases that are available to you both at the library and from home with your Canton Public Library Card. Start traveling today!


The following titles all feature a character who leaves home. Some go on small trips, or big adventures, others leave forever. Books aimed at younger audiences are at the top of the list, but may appeal to a variety of readers.

Also available in: print

Leo is a friendly house ghost--but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

Also available in: print | e-audiobook

Trixie and her family set off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents in Holland! But it seems Knuffle Bunny has different plans. Join Trixie on this international adventure as she makes a very surprising and moving decision.

Also available in: print | audiobook | e-audiobook

Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion... and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile -- a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. 

Also available in: print | e-book

Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. But wedding planning is not the piece of cake Poppy thought it would be, and when her best friend Cate's wedding planner walks out, Poppy has to tie up the loose ends so her bestie can tie the knot. 

Also available in: print | audiobook

Hallie's in love. He's perfect for her in every way, but he's seriously out of bounds. And her friends aren't going to help her, because what they do know is that Hallie doesn't have long to live. Flo really likes Zander. But his scary sister won't be even faintly amused if she thinks Zander and Flo are becoming friends-let alone anything more. Tasha's new boyfriend is the adventurous type. And she's afraid one of his adventures will go wrong. The story begins as Hallie goes on a journey. A donor has been found, and she's about to be given new lungs. But whose?


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