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What Day was That?

Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:

America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826

D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944

The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop — April 14, 1865

Day of infamy by Walter Lord — December 7, 1941

The day the American Revolution began: 19 April 1775 by William H. Hallahan — April 19, 1775

The day the war ended: May 8, 1945—victory in Europe by Martin Gilbert — May 8, 1945

Travel Back in Time to Pre-Civil War America

The War of 1812 Anniversary

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on June 18, 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain, and although it is arguably one of America's least remembered wars, it was during this time that many legendary battles were fought, heroes made, and memorable events occurred. It was during this war that the British burned the White House and First Lady Dolley Madison helped to save several valuable items — such as George Washington's portrait and original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was during this war that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry. It was during this war that the infamous Battle of New Orleans was fought, making a national hero of Andrew Jackson. It was also during this war that several crucial battles were fought in the Great Lakes Region, including the surrender of the Detroit to the British. The causes for the conflict were many, including attempts by the British to restrict U.S. trade, and the desire by Americans to expand their territory — specifically into Florida and Canada. Hostilities came to an end on December 24, 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

Historical "What Ifs"

What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:

Almost America: from the colonists to Clinton: a 'what if' history of the U.S. by Steve Tally

Almost history: close calls, plan B's, and twists of fate in American history by Roger Bruns

The Confederate States of America: what might have been by Roger L. Ransom

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

25 Time Travel Movies

Back to the future [videodisc]: the complete trilogy by Universal and Amblin Entertainment — StarringMichael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.

Bill & Ted's excellent adventure [videodisc] by an Orion Pictures release; Nelson Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production; in association with Soisson/Murphey Productions — Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. Two high school students facing a difficult history exam round up some historical heavyweights with the help of a time-traveling messenger.

Brother Future [videodisc] by Laneuville/Morris Entertainment Inc. Production — Starring Phill Lewis, Carl Lumbly. An inner-city youth is knocked unconscious and wakes up to find he has been transported back through time to 1822 Charleston, S.C., where he is taken captive as a slave.

You Are There!

Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert

Eyewitness to history by edited by John Carey

I wish I'd been there: twenty historians bring to life dramatic events that changed America by edited by Byron Hollinshead

I wish I'd been there, book two: European history by edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb

Conquer Your Health with Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can acheive this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started?

Meet the Women of the Civil War

Hold a Book Discussion

Don't just read a book this summer, conquer it by checking out one of our Children's or Adult Book Discussion Kits and holding your own Book Club.

Canton Seniors Book Group February 28, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, February 28 at 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  This month we are discussing:

Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue

Canton Seniors Book Discussion August 23, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Thursday, August 23 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. This month we are reading:

One was a soldier: a Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming

2012 Connect Your Summer Final Party!

August 11 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. To thank you for taking part in the Connect Your Summer reading program, we are throwing a huge bash! Be present for prize announcements, eat a snow cone, make some art and much more, such as:

Murder Abroad International Mysteries

The last enemy by Grace Brophy

Join us on Monday, July 23 for an evening of mystery and suspense. We will 'visit' Italy, Sweden, Ireland, France, Japan and more with Adult Librarian Joyce Simowski as she talks about some of her favorite non-American mystery authors.   Book talk begins at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

If you like Robyn Carr...

If you are a fan of Robyn Carr's Virgin River series or Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series you may enjoy these authors.

 

Sullivan's Island [Large print]: a Lowcountry tale by Dorothea Benton Frank

Big Stone Gap [large print] by Adriana Trigiani

Lover's leap [Large print] by Emily March

Forsaking all others [large print] by LaVyrle Spencer

Baseball! Monday Movie Madness

Join us on Monday, July 16, for an all day, baseball family movie extravaganza starting at 10:00 AM with a film for our youngest patrons and gradually getting more sophisticated, until the 6:30 PM showing of Moneyball.

Drills This Week

Emergency evacuation drills have been scheduled at the library this week. All patrons will be required to participate in these drills, so be prepared to quickly collect your valuables and exit the building. Safety drills are necessary to keep our staff familiar with proper procedure in the event of real emergencies. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and patience.

Murder Will Out June 2012

The burning edge by Rick Mofina

Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva

A dark anatomy: a mystery by Robin Blake

Death's door by Jim Kelly