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What We're Reading: October 2011

The Canton Public Library staff is reading:

The dovekeepers: a novel by Alice Hoffman

The marriage plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Motor City shakedown by D.E. Johnson

Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue

Quilt Group

Drop in and join other quilters to share ideas, skills, patterns and scraps. All skill level are welcome on November 2 at 7:00 PM. Special Note: There will be NO December meeting and Happy Holidays to all!

Open Chess

Open Chess in November and December will only meet once in each month due to the holiday calendar. Tim Heller will host the informal open play for everyone from beginners to experts. Join us on November 13 and December 11 at 1:00 PM in the Community Room. Oh, and have a lovely holiday season!

Blood, Bones and Butter

Blood, bones, & butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton — Chef and restaurateur Hamilton, chef/owner of acclaimed New York City restaurant Prune, offers a sensuous and evocative memoir of her rural Pennsylvania childhood and her training as writer and chef. Hamilton is a very talented writer and offers an unusually compelling chef's memoir.

National Book Festival

If you weren't able to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 24-25, videos of the event including authors' talks are now available. Historian and author David McCullough appeared at the 2011 National Book Festival, as did Sylvia Nasar, Cassandra Clare, Wally Amos, Sara Paretsky, and more.

SEMCOG Invites Your Input!

A key goal of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, is to improve decision making by providing leadership and consensus building on key plans and policies. One way the agency achieves this is through the public involvement process, which provides opportunities for interested parties to comment on SEMCOG’s regional plans, programs, and activities. The document that guides the public involvement process is SEMCOG’s Public Participation Plan.

The revised Draft Public Participation Plan has been released for the 45-day public comment period. Now through November 22, 2011, anyone interested may review and comment on the draft (see link below). Your comments will help ensure the ongoing opportunity for effective, broad-based participation in the development and review of regional plans and programs.

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management

Join the well-know financial guru as he discusses "5 Reasons Why Baby Boomer's Retirement is Different Than Their Parents." Are you planning for or getting closer to the big day when you stop working? Then you need to hear what Bloom has to say on November 10 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

To Grandparents Storytime we go…

Grandmas and Grandpas will have as much fun as the grandkids at this special program designed for both of you. Stories, songs, and a craft will all be part of the festivities. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share together.
Monday, November 7, 10:00-10-45 AM
No Registration required

CVS Offers Flu Shots Today!

CVS Pharmacy is offering flu shots at the Canton Public Library on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Wednesday, October 19 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. If you have health insurance with a major company, your shot is free. If not, you will pay $29.99 and receive a $5 gift card back from CVS. This is the combo shot protecting you and your loved ones from H1N1 as well as this year's strain of Flu. Let's all stay healthy this winter and get our flu shots… at Canton Public Library.

Vegetarian Awareness Month Program

Do you know what the following people have in common? Diogenes, the Greek philosopher to Ben Franklin, founding father, to actors Emily Deschanel and Brad Pitt to singer Alanis Moressette?  They are all vegetarians!  Find out about the vegetarian life style when we celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month with the folks from VegMichigan on Saturday, October 22 at 12 noon.  Why do they do it?  It's a healthier, greener and more humane way to live your life.  Come learn why.   

Murder Will Out: Carol Higgins Clark

Willard Library in Battle Creek is pleased to present An Evening with Carol Higgins Clark, Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) at the Burnham Brook Community Center.

Mobbed: a Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark — Best-selling mystery author Carol Higgins Clark will talk about her Regan Reilly detective series, take questions, and sign books. The program is free of charge and all are welcome! Burhnam Brook Community Center is located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Please call 269-968-8166 with any questions.

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

Arc of Justice: a Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle is this year's Great Michigan Read 2011-2012. To kick off the Great Michigan Read, Mr. Boyle will tour six cities throughout Michigan in late October. At each site, Boyle will host a presentation, question-and-answer session, and book signing. All events are free and open to the public.

Discover Your Inner Guitar Hero

Do you have a little Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton hiding in you? The pros from Axis Music Academy will help you discover your hidden talents on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Come give it a try — you may be amazed how quickly you can pick it up and start making music.

The Paint Creek Boys Visit!

Do you like Ricky Skaggs or Allison Krauss? Then you'll love the music of Ron and Don Whitaker, aka The Paint Creek Boys. Join us on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for a free concert of bluegrass, country and gospel music. We'll tap our toes and clap our hands while Ron and Don do the pickin' and grinnin'.

Resources for the Beginning Genealogist

Many beginning genealogists struggle to get started with their research. It's difficult to know where to begin. The Library of Michigan has a wealth of information for genealogists in all phases of their research. If you're researching here at the Canton Public Library, be sure to use our genealogy databases HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only). Here are some great books to start your research as well:

The handybook for genealogists: United States of America

Get Your Flu Shot Here

Two Canton CVS pharmacies will hold flu vaccination clinics at the Canton Public Library in October: on Saturday, October 15 (9:00 AM-1:00 PM) and Wednesday, October 19 (9:00 AM-3:00 PM). The combined vaccination will cover the H1N1 virus and the current season's flu strain.

Those with insurance coverage will receive their shots without charge (no co-pay) if they fill out and return consent forms in advance. Forms are available at the library's Reception Desk and may be returned there. Please give the form to the Receptionist and indicate the clinic date of your choice.

Cost without insurance will be $29.99, payable by cash or check; you will receive a $5 CVS gift card. Reservations are neither accepted nor necessary. This is not a library sponsored program.

Murder Will Out: Meet William Kent Krueger

Northwest Angle: a novel by William Kent Krueger — Meet William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor. Mr. Krueger will discuss and sign his new Cork O'Connor novel, Northwest Angle.