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The Buzz about The Bee

A new champion speller will be crowned Thursday at the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in Washington D.C. Don't miss the action starting at 8:00 PM on ESPN. Also, Bee officials announced on Tuesday that a world bee of the English language is in the preliminary planning stages for next year.

The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 on May 27. On that day in 1937 over 200,000 people crossed the bridge on foot and roller skates. The bridge links the City of San Francisco with Marin County. Singer Tony Bennett immortalized the Golden Gate Bridge in the song "(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco". Construction on the bridge began on January 5, 1933 and ultimately cost $35million. Take a virtual walk across the bridge, read about the history of this world famous bridge, or watch the Golden Gate Bridge being constructed.

Golden Gate Bridge [videodisc] by a Ben Loeterman Productions, Inc. film

Go4Life

National Institute on Aging Go4Life programs are now available on YouTube. Find informational videos on aging issues, inspirational exercise success stories, and exercises that you can do while you watch. Visit or subscribe their site to stay up-to-date with the latest videos from the National Institute on Aging.

This Donation Won't Cost a Penny

Don't have a pint — donate it to the American Red Cross blood drive instead, when they set up shop at the library on Friday, June 8. Reservations are being accepted now: in person at the Reception Desk, by phone at 734-397-0999 ext. 1071, or by email to gladdenk@cantonpl.org. Or just walk in any time between 10:00 AM-3:45 PM. There's a critical need for blood this summer, so please stop in to donate a pint. And be sure to bring a friend. (You must be at least 17 years old and able to donate an entire pint.)

Two New Historical Dramas Debut

Fans of historical dramas will have two new productions to choose from on Monday, May 28. HBO is debuting Hemingway & Gellhorn at 9:00 PM and the History Channel will present its miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, also at 9:00 PM. Hemingway & Gellhorn stars Clive Owen as the author, and Nicole Kidman as the legendary foreign correspondent who became Hemingway's third wife. Considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, Gellhorn reported on virtually every major conflict during her 60 year career, including the Vietnam War. Hatfields & McCoys stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, two members of the families involved in the long running feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky.

Summer Blooms

The knowledgeable and talented ladies from Sparr's Florist and Greenhouses in Plymouth Township are back for a new program.  See how to best use those summer garden beauties in a lovely arrangement for a special event or to brighten your home.  You may even win a beautiful floral arrangement created right before your eyes.    Please join us on Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 PM and take a deep breath of summer.  

Who Are Your Ancestors?

Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will show us the tools and data bases available to Canton Public Library users to find our long, lost relatives.  Find out why you are especially handy in the kitchen, have a burning passion for politics or can create beautiful art pieces from virtually nothing.  Was it because of your great, great grandparent?  Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM and learn how to find your answers. 

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game.  Beginners are welcome on June 10 and 24th at 1:00 PM.  The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs."  For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group June 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship which blooms between Joe, an irascible 72 year old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for fiction and non-fiction.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, June 11 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

New Website in Fight to Treat Alzheimer's

A new website was launched today by the Obama administration to help the over 5 million families with loved-ones who are suffering with Alzheimer's find up-to-date, authoritative information on the disease and related dementia disorders. Alzheimers.gov is where families can learn the facts of the disease, what treatment options are available, how to plan ahead for care and services, and how caregivers can prepare for the challenges ahead.

Local Author Event

Join us on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM as we welcome local authors to share their craft, their insights and their books. We have everything from children's to fitness to romance, real-life adventure, a novel and self-help books to satisfy everyone's interest. Refreshments will be provided as you peruse the individual authors' tables and discuss their books with them. This event is made possible in part from a grant from the Michigan Center for the Book.

Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak, children's book author and illustrator, has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his Caldecott Medal-winning book Where The Wild Things Are, which was also adapted into a major motion picture in 2009, Sendak wrote and illustrated many other well-known books in his 60-year career, including Outside Over There and In The Night Kitchen.

Book Club Choices May 2012

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 try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag.
 

All mortal flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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

Mockingbird: a portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields

A reliable wife: a novel by Robert Goolrick

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Great Michigan Read 2012

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan.

Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 27, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing:

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship that blooms between Joe, an irascible 72-year-old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for both his fiction and non-fiction works.

Older Americans Month 2012

May is Older Americans Month and this year's theme is Never Too Old to Play. Canton Public Library offers several opportunities to play in May. On Thursday, May 3 view the new documentary Honor Flight Michigan. Travel with a group of Michigan's World War II veterans to Washington, DC, visit the National World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and catch up with old war buddies. The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Wednesday, May 23 to discuss the 2012 Everyone's Reading selection, Lethal by Sandra Brown and on Thursday, May 24 sing along with former New Christy Minstrels member, Jackie Davidson and her partner, Gary Brandt as they sing the good old songs again.