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Lunch & a Book May 2013

On Thursday, May 9 at noon we will be discussing:

The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht — Natalia, a young doctor, arrives in a Balkan country on a mission of mercy. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. But Natalia is also confronting a private mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. Searching for clues, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. "These stories," Natalia comes to understand, "run like secret rivers through all the other stories" of her grandfather's life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, May 25

eBook Users Group

eReadersJoin library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet Tuesday May 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM in Study Room A.

Award-Winning Children's Book, Author, E.L. Konigsburg, Passes Away

Winner of two Newbery medals, E. L. Konigsburg died on Friday, April 19, 2013 after suffering a stroke. Her writing career spanned over thirty years and she authored twenty books. In addition to the literary arts, Konigsburg was well known for her contributions to the visual arts. Konigsburg is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg  (1968 Newbury Award)


The view from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg  (1997 Newbury Award)

Savvy Seniors: Wellness on Wednesday @ The Summit

On Wednesday, May 8 from 9:15AM to 2:00PM at the Summit on the Park Canton Senior Center, individuals 55 and older can participate in a variety of fitness classes and social activities such as Gentle or Intense Aqua, Best of Health and bingo. Registration required. Cost: $1 Summit Members, $3 Canton residents and $5 for non-residents.  To register call the Senior Center at 734-394-5485.

Movies for Earth Day

Earth Day: Earth DayAlthough Earth Day is officially celebrated once a year on April 22, the Library has a great collection of environmentally-themed documentaries that are available all year round. From wildlife to climate change, from recycling to alternate energy, we have it covered! Check out just some of the titles below:

Beyond pollution [videodisc] by directed by Barker White — Examines the economic impact and health effects that the disastrous BP oil spill will have on local communities both immediately and long term.


Climate of doubt [videodisc]: the politics of global warming by written by John Hockenberry, Catherine Upin ; directed by Catherine Upin — An examination of the shift in political attitudes towards global warming in the United States.


Collapse [videodisc] — The economic predictions of investigative journalist Michael Ruppert regarding the possible global financial meltdown and major social change that could result if oil dependence continues unabated.

Annual Local Author Event

Our 2013 local author guests cover nearly every genre from children's to tweens, mystery and history, nonfiction and inspirational. We are pleased to welcome an interesting and successful group of authors to the Canton Public Library on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 PM. Join us to hear their stories of how they are making their way in the book world, to purchase their books and to get the books signed. This is a great opportunity to buy signed, first-edition books for your collection.

Our guest authors include:
  • Diana Barnes Patillo, children's
  • Gordon Briley, children's
  • Leis Dauzet-Miller, history
  • Jody Lamb, tween
  • Stephanie Neilan, children's
  • Elaine Pereira, nonfiction
  • Linda Svacha, inspirational
  • Angil Tarach-Ritchey, nonfiction
  • Ed Wendover, mystery
  • Sean Williams, children's
  • Kris Yankee, tween/teen

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).