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Olympics: Gone But Not Forgotten

The 2012 London Olympics by Nick Hunter — Last night, sadly, was the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was such a spectacle to watch and I have to admit, I may be going through Olympic withdrawal. Are you? Have no fear! We have great books on London, Brazil (where Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the 2016 Summer Games), and the Olympics. Have fun reading and reliving all your favorite things about this year's Summer Games!

Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz

A big thank you to all who participated in the Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz! The drawing winner will be contacted this week.

Week 1

Question

Which building is now located where Julien’s Corner Market and Gas Station used to be (torn down in 1997)? Hint: It was located on Canton Center Road.

Answer

Rite Aid

Week 2

Question

What company is located at the Penney House (built 1856) at this time?

Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama

Dr. David L. Holmes, Professor Emeritus of religious studies at The College of William and Mary, shows how our last twelve presidents' decisions were influenced by their faiths. Learn about Nixon's betrayal of Billy Graham, JFK's philandering, Eisenhower's attempt to conceal his parents' Jehovah's Witness backgrounds and much more. This is a must for history buffs and the politically aware. Join us on Wednesday, September 12 at 2:30 PM for this thoroughly researched, unbiased account.

Balancing Earth Sing-a-long

Tune up your vocal chords — we are having a sing-a-long led by area artists, Balanced Earth. Join us on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 PM for a blend of old favorites and newer music that will have you harmonizing along. Bring your friends and come home to the Canton Public Library for a fun evening.

Internet Basics

Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases. Prerequisite: Mouse skills or equivalent.
Join us Tuesday, September 18th from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

Back to Business School

CPL's Back to Business School is a great educational opportunity for local businesspeople and entrepreneurs. The following sessions are available: Registration is now open: space is limited.

Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz

Take the Time Travel To Historic Canton Quiz! A new question will be posted every week, so check back often.

Week 7 Question

Where was the original location of the Canton Public Library?

Rules

  • A new question will be posted every week
  • Use the Canton Township reference books, at the Main Adult Help Desk, for clues
  • Submit your answer, along with your contact information, at the Main Adult Help Desk
  • Those participants who get all of the answers correct will be placed in a drawing for a prize!

Weather Behaving Badly

If you're wondering just what in the world is happening with our weather lately, the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA has the answer. According to their recently released report State of the Climate: National Overview for June 2012, the 12-month period from July 2011 to June 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States. (Their records go back to 1895.) The national average temperature was 3.2 degrees higher than the long-term average, with every single contiguous state except for Washington warmer than average temperatures. In addition, the period from Januray to June 2012 was the warmest first half of a year on record. For more reading on weather and what it has done — and can do — check out some of these titles:

The great warming: climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian Fagan

The winds of change: climate, weather, and the destruction of civilizations by Eugene Linden

Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture, Part 3

Look for these films based on popular books in your local theater in the coming months:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte — Starring Kaya Scodelario, James Howson. Release date: October 2012

Les misérables by Victor Hugo — Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe. Release date: December 2012

Lay the favorite: a memoir of gambling by Beth Raymer — Starring Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Release date: October 2012

On the road by Jack Kerouac — Starring Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen. Release date: December 2012

Gore Vidal 1925-2012

Gore Vidal, the noted author, playwright and essayist has died at the age of 86 due to complications from pneumonia. Vidal was also known as an outspoken political commentator. During his long literary career he wrote some 25 novels, several screenplays, and more than 200 essays. He also appeared in several films, including the politcal satire Bob Roberts.

1876: a novel by Gore Vidal

Burr: a novel by Gore Vidal

August Bookstore Specials

The Secondhand Prose used bookstore (brought to you by the Friends of the Canton Public Library) is happy to offer August buys where you can get a great deal on gifts for the whole family, including yourself!

Buy two get one free

Hard back mystery, romance and novels

Bag Sale

Fill a bag and purchase the lot for just $5 (some restrictions may apply):
  • Friday, August 24, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 25, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
  • Monday, August 27, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Author Maeve Binchy 1940-2012

Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72 after a short illness. She worked as a teacher before becoming a journalist, columnist and editor at the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and became a bestseller. A beloved author throughout the world, she was known for heart-warming books which explored family and human relationships with drama and humor. Binchy saw several of her works turned into movies, including Circle of Friends and Tara Road.

The copper beech by Maeve Binchy

DIA Summer Fun!

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? Well, look no further than your own backyard (well, near your yard, anyway).  The Detroit Insitute of Arts has some great exhibits to see this summer and time is flying by. You won't want to miss the Five Spanish Masterpieces or the Pattie Smith Camera Solo exhibit! See you there!

Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz

Take the Time Travel To Historic Canton Quiz! A new question will be posted every week, so check back often.

Week 6 Question

What are the names of the businesses presently located in the the original Cherry Hill Inn (built in 1864)?

Rules

  • A new question will be posted every week
  • Use the Canton Township reference books, at the Main Adult Help Desk, for clues
  • Submit your answer, along with your contact information, at the Main Adult Help Desk
  • Those participants who get all of the answers correct will be placed in a drawing for a prize!

Brewing Beer with George

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" is falsely attributed to Ben Franklin. Franklin was actually talking about rain. However, the popular phrase will be highlighted as local homebrewer, George Hotelling, shares his brewing expertise and shows us how to brew up a batch of his finest beer. Join us onSunday, July 29 at 1:00 PM. You must be 21 to attend.

Summer Olympians

The 2012 Summer Olympics are being held in London beginning July 27 and concluding on August 12. Officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad, the games will comprise 32 sports and 302 events. Locally, you can catch all of the exciting coverage on NBC. In the mean time, however, you can catch up on the stories of past Summer Olympians at the Library:

Rome 1960: the Olympics that changed the world by David Maraniss

Something in the air: American passion and defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics by Richard Hoffer

Berlin Games: how the Nazis stole the Olympic dream by Guy Walters

Dream team: how Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the greatest team of all time conquered the world and changed the game of basketball forever by Jack McCallum

Murder Will Out

Have you ever read a book, loved it, and can't understand why no one else has read this wonderful author? Here are some of my unknowns, or little knowns, you really should try: Deborah Grabien's JP Kincaid Chronicles, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza's Brazilian Inspector Espinoza, Margaret Frazer's Joliffe series is a spin-off of the Sister Frevisse stories, and fans of Stieg Larsson's books should try Ake Edwardson's Inspector Erik Winter.

Rock & roll never forgets by Deborah Grabien

The silence of the rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz

Take the Time Travel To Historic Canton Quiz! A new question will be posted every week, so check back often.

Week 5 Question

What is the name of the cemetery located at Gyde and Ridge Roads?

Rules

  • A new question will be posted every week
  • Use the Canton Township reference books, at the Main Adult Help Desk, for clues
  • Submit your answer, along with your contact information, at the Main Adult Help Desk
  • Those participants who get all of the answers correct will be placed in a drawing for a prize!