Seniors

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

The autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by edited by Clayborne Carson

Go set a watchman by Harper Lee
Me before you by Jojo Moyes

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life--big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel--and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy--but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

The Boston girl : a novel by Anita Diamant

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes an unforgettable novel about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine--a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her "How did you get to be the woman you are today." She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naive girl she was and a wicked sense of humor. Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant's previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman's complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Stories of four courageous women-- a socialite, a farm girl, an abolitionist, and a widow, all spies during the Civil War. After shooting a Union soldier, Belle became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men. Emma cut off her hair and assumed a man's identity to enlist as a Union private. The widow, Rose, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence. Elizabeth, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, ran a far-reaching espionage ring. (April 18)

February is American Heart Month.  High blood pressure is a secret killer, often showing no signs or symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure.  It is easy to get your blood pressure checked: ask your doctor, check your local drugstore, or purchase a home blood pressure monitor.

Renowned specialists, heart surgeon Dr. Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen, use decades of clinical experience, along with up-to-the-minute medical research, to debunk myths about cardiovascular disease, and provide the knowledge and tools needed to live a long and heart-healthy life.

"A breakthrough mind-body program to build a strong, healthy, and happy heart, for women at risk for or diagnosed with heart disease, from the Harvard-trained cardiologist behind the Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Heart disease is the number-one killer of American women, and prevention and healing require integrative approaches to address the whole heart--physical, emotional, and spiritual. Smart at Heart's holistic program includes strategies to improve heart health by addressing ten bridges that link the physical and emotional hearts, including the mental health, relationship, and communication bridges. This book guides readers through evaluating their current state of physical and emotional health and then empowers them with solutions to strengthen each bridge to create a healthy, whole heart"--.

"This book acts as a guide to the "best practices" for optimal heart health, serving as a resource for patients diagnosed with or aiming to prevent heart disease. In it, Dr. Samaan provides advice on diet, supplements and alternative medicine, the effects of caffeine and alcohol, stress management, and more"--.

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Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, July 28 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing EAT, PRAY, LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 23 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing SHELTER by Frances Greenslade.  Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

Shelter : a novel by Frances Greenslade

For sisters Maggie and Jenny, growing up in the Pacific mountains in the early 1970s is nearly perfect until their father dies in a logging accident and their mother drops them off at a neighbors, never to return.

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, May 26 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing KILLING PATTON by Bill O'Reilly.  Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

The Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, March 24 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We are discussing THE INNER CIRCLE by Brad Meltzer.  Participants can request a copy at the Information Desk.

The inner circle by Brad Meltzer
Also available in: audiobook | large print

The Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, February 25 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We are discussing Chris Bohjalian's BEFORE YOU KNOW KINDNESS.  Participants can request a copy at the Information Desk.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

For ten summers, the extended Seton family met at their country home in New Hampshire, but during the eleventh summer everything changed.

Start 2016 off right by learning something new: be it a new computer skill, better ways to invest your money, or how to use that new camera. Gale Courses offers 6-week classes on a variety of topics to usher in a new you in the new year!

The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, January 13. 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!

Lawrence Tech is hosting an exhibit, "Literary Masterpieces: Sacred and Secular" from January 12-28, 2016.   This includes approximately 25 rare books and manuscripts from the Remnant Trust Collection, headquartered at Texas Tech University.  This exhibition is a diverse representation of texts focusing on the quest for human freedom and dignity.   See examples of such titles as the Magna Carta (1576 printing), major religious texts, Machiavelli's The Prince, or Gallileo's Della Scienza Mechanica.  Visitors are invited to examine and touch these masterworks, and a docent will be present to discuss the significance of each item.  In addition to the public hours noted in the attachment, there are several panel discussions scheduled that highlight the thoughts of local scholars, and these are also open to the public. 

 

The exhibit will be in the Lawrence Tech University Gallery in the UTLC, located off the Ten Mile Rd. entrance, west of Evergreen and the M-10 Lodge Freeway (Northwestern Highway).  There is free parking on the campus.  

 

For further information or more detailed directions, contact the Library at 248-204-3000 or email refdesk@ltu.edu.   There is no charge for any of these events.

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