February 4, 2011 | robertsone
Many folks ask, "Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland?" The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.
Find out more about St. Patrick and Irish History.
February 3, 2011 | kimit311
February 1, 2011 | kimit311
January 31, 2011 | Marianne
Families with children ages 4-9 can enjoy stories, sweets and treats on Valentine's Day at this program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Register online now.
Program Date: February 14 from 7:00-8:00PM
January 31, 2011 | robertsone
When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.
But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.
Pick up a juicy romance novel to get you in the Valentine's Day mood!
January 31, 2011 | Brad Czerniak
If you're on facebook and like books, DVDs, and all the other great things Canton Public Library provides, you'll probably be interested in our May We Suggest facebook page. We post recommendations from our expert staff: romance books, comedy DVDs, nonfiction and advice titles, and more. Along with that, we'd like to know what you're reading and whether you recommend other people to read it too. Join us on facebook for great recommendations.
January 31, 2011 | Anne Heidemann
January 30, 2011 | durbinm
The dark beauty and mysteries of nighttime are captured in Joyce Sidman's book Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night. The poems explore night creatures and other night life, letting readers "feel the breeze" of the evening. This quiet book, with prints by Rick Allen, is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book.
January 29, 2011 | barkerm
January 29, 2011 | mebbitt
Cookie Monster presents Sesame Street Science "Sink or Float." This YouTube video is an interactive science experiment where you can discover why things sink and why they float, all while learning the scientific method. Great for those beginning to experiment with science and those seasoned experimenters. For more information on why things sink or float check out these books.