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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!

Drawing with Sharon Dillenbeck

D & M Art Studio owner and artist extraordinaire, Sharon Dillenbeck, will share her techniques for basic drawing skills.  Start something new to enhance your life and your home on August 23 at 6:30 PM. 

 

DIA Spanish Masterpieces - CANCELED

Picasso’s Melancholy Woman returns to the DIA this summer after being on loan to several prestigious museums. In celebration of its return, the DIA is hosting Five Spanish Masterpieces by the likes of Goya, El Greco, Dali and more. The exhibit actually contains much more than just five masterworks.

We're also celebrating our participation in the DIA Inside|Out project, that is. Have you seen our lovely Young Woman with a Violin by Italian artist Orazio Gentileschi?

Time was, Time is… July 2012

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, China is becoming a world power, and Andy Farrell creates his list of the greatest ever golfers.

The 100 greatest ever golfers by Andy Farrell

Walt Disney: a biography by Louise Krasniewicz

Monarchy. The complete series. Disc 1 [videodisc] by a production of Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel Four Television and Granada Video

Waking giant: America in the age of Jackson by David S. Reynolds

The Boxer Rebellion and the great game in China by David J. Silbey

Author Stephen R. Covey, 1932-2012

Author Dr. Stephen R. Covey has passed away at the age of 79. His most well-known book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, has sold over 20 million copies, spawned a number of related books and has been named “the Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century”. The management expert and cofounder of FranklinCovey was one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans” in 1996. His most recent book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems, outlines effective methods for conflict resolution at work, in school, or elsewhere in society.