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Earth Day Reading, Viewing & Listening

Earth day: Earth dayThe Canton Public Library is celebrating Earth Day from April 14-27 with a series of entertaining and educational programs. Topics include bat conservancy, organic eating, buying local food, and rain gardens. The week will wrap up with a fantastic performance by authentic Native American Dancers. The Library's collection if full of excellent books, dvds, and cds to help you celebrate with us:

America's neighborhood bats by Merlin D. Tuttle


The bat house builder's handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle, Mark Kiser, Selena Kiser


Bats by M. Brock Fenton


Wildlife heroes: 40 leading conservationists and the animals they are committed to saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken ; with photo editor Sterling Zumbrunn

Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's only female prime minister has passed away at the age of 87. Thatcher served as the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 and was known as the Iron Lady.


Reagan and Thatcher: the difficult relationship by Richard Aldous


Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: a political marriage by Nicholas Wapshott


The Iron Lady: a biography of Margaret Thatcher by Hugo Young


The Downing Street years by Margaret Thatcher


The rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher [videodisc]

Book Club Choices: April 2013

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources the Canton Public Library offers a wide variety of Book Club in a Bag kits.

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain

The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein

Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn

The language of flowers: [kit] a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Rockefellers: an American dynasty by Peter Collier and David Horowitz

Mad Men returns on April 7!

Mad Men  returns to the airwaves on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 PM on AMC.  The two-hour premiere of the series' 6th season continues the story of Don Draper and his colleagues at the New York City advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. When we last saw Don and the gang it was the spring of 1967 and they were all at crossroads in both their personal and professional lives. Providing additional backdrop to the series is the political and social upheaval of the 1960s. If you're a new viewer - or just want to watch again - you can catch up now with Mad Men  seasons 1-5 from the Library's collection. Welcome back Don Draper!

What We're Reading: April 2013

A collection of fictional biographies, War of 1812, baseball and Jackie Robinson, the Stanley Cup, and satire...

Social Security - Find Out What's At Stake for You and Your Spouse

Are you or a loved one considering retirement?  What is the best way to take your Social Security benefit?  Did you even know there were options?  Are you going to have a big tax burden?  Will it be enough to support a comfortable lifestyle?   Tom LaBeau will share insight and answers as we celebrate Older Americans Month on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 PM, both in our Purple Room.

Mother's Day Stories

Storyteller Alfreda Harris shares tender, heart-warming, humorous tales of mothers and motherhood. Please join us to share a laugh or a tear as we celebrate our mothers.  All ages are welcome on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

 There is no meeting in May due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  See you June 23rd.

Knit Night

knitJoin other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning.  All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.  Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

May Counseling Sessions With SCORE

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not 
sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation 
from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and 
receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned 
professional.  To register for a session or for additional 
information, please contact SCORE representative 
Ed Krupa (epkrupa@yahoo.com).  

Beginning Excel 2007

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with 
Microsoft Excel 2007.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Actor Richard Griffiths Dies at 65

AP ImagesRichard Griffiths (July 31, 1947-March 29, 2013) the versatile British actor who played Harry Potter's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died. He was 65.  Griffiths was well-known to theater-goers as well as movie-goers. He played Uncle Monty in the popular British series, Withnail and I won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Douglas Hector, an English teacher in Alan Bennet's The History Boys
and DI Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky.

National Food on a Stick Day

Who knew?  The Library Business Office discovered it's National Food on a Stick Day!  Fortunately, CPL is full of inspiration for this unusual and fun celebration, we thought of Cake Pops  or The Ultimate Candy Book or fun for the kids  Indoor S'mores and Other Tasty Treats for Special Occasions.  You see where our thoughts are.   What food can you think of that comes on a stick?

Lunch & a Book April 2013

On Thursday, April 11 at noon we will be discussing:

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo — In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the twenty-first century's hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

 

Digital Magazines are on the Way!

The Canton Public Library will soon provide unlimited, simultaneous, digital access to almost 200 of your favorite magazines through a new database called Zinio for Libraries. After setting up a free account, CPL card holders will be able to read current issues cover-to-cover of any these selected titles, as well as be informed via email of future issues. Patrons can read online at any time via a web browser, either inside the library, or remotely on your PC, Mac, iPad, Kindle Fire, iPhone, or Android device. Offline access is also available after downloading an app. The issues are then permanently stored in your "viewer collection." No checkout periods or late fees! A wide variety of popular titles will be available including Consumer Reports, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Living, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Popular Science, and Newsweek.

Murder Will Out: Owen Laukkannen Book Signing

Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30PM meet Canadian author Owen Laukkanen for a discussion and signing of his new thriller Criminal Enterprise, featuring FBI agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state investigator Kirk Stevens at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor.

Historic Recordings

The Library of Congress has recently announced the selection of 25 new titles to be added to the National Recording Registry. Included in this year's selections are two historic broadcasts - George Hicks' 1944 radio reports during the D-Day invasion of Europe, and Dwight Eisenhower's prerecorded presidential message relayed from an Atlas satellite in 1958. This was the first audio "broadcast" from space. The registry was created with the passage of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 which charMusic notes: Music notesged the Library of Congress with preserving recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important." Several of the most recent selections can be found in the Library's collection: