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Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chef Tom Lin

Local Chef Tom Lin will share his extensive culinary skills with a Chinese cuisine cooking demonstration.  You will learn knife skills, cooking techniques and maybe even get a bit of a taste of some great food.  Chef Lin owns several local Chinese restaurants and is well-known and respected among his peers. Adults only please on Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 to 4:30 PM. Registration required.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Dear Rosa Parks

Join us Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 PM as we celebrate Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birth with speaker Gregory J. Reed, Esq.  Mr. Reed, an attorney, author and advocate, has helped preserve and tell the Rosa Parks story, as well as garner proper recognition for Ms. Parks' acts as a true hero of the equality movement.  He has a special tale to tell of advocating on her behalf to get her proper recognition via the Medal of Freedom and the new postage stamp being issued in her honor this month.  Mr. Reed will sign copies of his book, Quiet Strength: the Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation. 

2013 Film Adaptations

Get 'em while they're hot!

The book is always better, right?  These books will all be adapted to film in the next year or so.  Make sure to get your hands on them before the big rush starts!

Film: Parker

Flashfire [electronic resource] by Richard Stark 

Film: Warm Bodies

Warm bodies: a novel by Isaac Marion

Adult Writers' Group

Calling all writers! The next meeting of the Adult Writers' Group, Saturday, January 26,will have a representative from the independent book store, As the Page Turns, talk about the relationship they have with authors.

Tai Chi

Canton's 100 Days to Health is in full swing and we wanted to be a part of the festivities. Julie Burt, Tai Chi instructor at the Summit will lead library patrons in a session of Tai Chi's purposeful movements. If you haven't gotten started on your own journey to health, now is the time and the library is the place. Join us on Saturday, February 16 at Noon.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning.  All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.  Bring you own project, yarn and needles.

Super Bowl Kickoff!

The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 47 is right around the corner. While you're waiting, catch up on some of the lives of some of the sport's greatest players and coaches — both past and present:

Moving the chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything by Charles P. Pierce

Namath: a biography by Mark Kriegel

Introduction to Pinterest

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 PM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).

The Battle of New Orleans

On January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812, British forces suffered more than 2,000 casualties in their attack on New Orleans. The defending U.S. forces were led by General Andrew Jackson who became a national hero as a result. Ironically, neither side knew that the war had already ended two weeks before with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

The Battle of New Orleans by Robert V. Remini

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He would have turned 78 this year. A multi-dimensional performer, Elvis' diverse talents are on display in the many recordings and movies that he left behind:

Careless love: the unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick

The Colonel: the extraordinary story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley by Alanna Nash

Older Adults

Ready to get active?  Go4Life an interactive website sponsored by the National Institute on Aging offers a wide variety of ideas for getting healthy in 2013.  No matter what your level of activity is, Go4Life can help you develop a personal workout and diet plan specific to your needs.

Year 2012 Top Movie Picks

The artist written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius — An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with an actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.

The avengers written and directed by Joss Whedon — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster.

The best exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden — A group of British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to a newly renovated hotel in Jaipur, India, that is being marketed as a retirement residence - but when they arrive, they find it to be in less luxurious condition than they had imagined.

The big year directed by David Frankel — Three men put their lives and careers on hold in an attempt to set a new record for the number of bird species spotted during a year.

The cabin in the woods directed by Drew Goddard — Five college friends head for a cabin in a remote forest and through a tattered diary left behind by a former inhabitant, begin to discover the deadly truth behind their lodging.

If You Like Kate Morton…

...here are more books with family secrets lurking in British manor houses.

Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary

President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. It declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Every advance of Union troops into the Confederacy expanded former slaves' freedom. Additionally, the Proclamation allowed black men into the military, and by the end of the Civil War almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had joined and fought for the Union cause.

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: the end of slavery in America by Allen C. Guelzo

Abraham Lincoln and the road to emancipation, 1861-1865 by William K. Klingaman

Douglass and Lincoln: how a revolutionary black leader and a reluctant liberator struggled to end slavery and save the Union by Paul Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick

The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery by Eric Foner

Lunch & a Book January 2013

On Thursday, January 10 at Noon we will be discussing:

The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón — Barcelona, 1945 — just after the war, Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console him, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again. Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM Saturday, January 12 Saturday, January 26