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Snail Mail for Seniors: Create a Card Update

Today the patrons of CPL along with other volunteers created well over 100 Holiday cards for the senior citizens of Canton and surrounding areas. That's a lot of greetings! Thank you to Snail Mail for Seniors for bringing their operation into the library and letting us get creative. Check out some of the wonderful creations here.

National Brownie Day

December 8 is National Brownie Day and one of my favorite bloggers, Janet Randolph of Dying for Chocolate, has rounded up dozens of recipes for brownies. (Photo: Ghirardelli: Gluten-Free Brownies)

Pearl Harbor Remembered

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The early morning attack on December 7, 1941 on the U.S. fleet stationed in the harbor, and at Hickam Field where 51 airplanes were on the ground, was the catalyst for the United States' entry into World War II. Nine ships were sunk and twenty-one were severely damaged and nearly half of the airplanes were destroyed or severely damaged. The death toll numbered 2,403: 1,177 from the battleship Arizona alone. It is estimated that there are about 8.000 survivors from the attack who are still alive.

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

If you have read Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, the 2011-2012 Great Michigan Read try David Halberstram or Branch Taylor or one of the many documentaries about Civil Rights in America produced over the years.

Faith in the city: preaching radical social change in Detroit by Angela D. Dillard; with a foreword by Charles G. Adams

Race and remembrance: a memoir by Arthur L. Johnson

St. Nick Frolics

Canton Senior Center is hosting their annual St. Nick Frolic on Wednesday, December 14 from Noon-4:00 PM at the Summit on the Park. Cost is $14 for residents and $19 for non-residents. For more information or to register call 734-394-5485.

Murder Will Out: Alexander McCall Smith

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith — Fans of Alexander McCall Smith, author of several series, including The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, 44 Scotland Street, and Isabel Dalhousie's novels will enjoy this recent interview by Connie Fletcher in BookList Online (12/01/2011).

Lunar New Year Celebration

Come enjoy the pageantry, music and more as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. In China it is the year of the dragon; in Vietnam it is called Tet; the Koreans call the holiday Seollal and the Tibetans celebrate Losar. All of these holidays and more are in honor of the New Year and are based on the lunar calendar. Celebrate with us on Monday, January 30th, at 7:00 PM.

Zumba for Adults

In partnership with Canton Township's 100 Days of Health and as a part of our multicultural programming, please join us for a lively, fun, heartpounding session of Zumba. We'll be burning off those holiday calories on January 21 at 11:00 AM in the Community Room.

Getting Your Financial House in Order with SOFA

The Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA) sends expert John Badalamenti to help you pay off debt with specific strategies. Badalamenti will also provide steps for using your tax refund to improve your financial future. Let's all get our house in order on January 19 at 7:00 PM.

Senior Wii Bowling

Seniors have fun on a Wii Bowling League on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. It's great fun and competition, with no special skills required. Join us on January 3 and January 12 at 11:00 AM.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, March 12 at 7PM.

60th Anniversary of "A Christmas Carol"

A Christmas carol — You know the holiday season has arrived when we receive another copy of A Christmas Carol for the collection. The original version starring Alastair Sim as Scrooge is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a special edition, which includes an introduction by Leonard Maltin. So take time out from the holiday shopping, gather up the family and make some popcorn and enjoy this holiday classic.

Keeping Up With The Lions

Are you keeping up with the Detroit Lions? They are having a really great year (finally). Their next game is Sunday, December 4th, against the New Orleans Saints. Since it's an away game, and unless you are among the very lucky folks attending, be sure to read up on your favorite team on their website or in our nonfiction collection. Go Lions!

Kindle and More

The Amazon Kindle has just joined Kobo, Nook, Sony, iPad and others to become a device of choice for reading free library eBooks. Come find out how. This petting zoo class offers you a close look and hands-on with these popular devices.

Date: December 2, 2011, 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Internet Lab
Online registration begins at 9:00 AM on November 18.

Bookfair Benefit for the Library

Barnes & Noble Bookfair VoucherDo your holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Northville on November 28 and the Canton Public Library will receive a percentage of almost anything you buy, including a Nook and items in the cafe. Present the CPL voucher, printable from our website, at check out or use our Bookfair code, 10570158.

You can also shop online November 28 through December 3, 2011. Stop in the store and enjoy storytimes, crafts and games like Giant Scrabble all day long at the Barnes and Noble Northville.

Snail Mail for Seniors: Create A Card

Snail Mail for Seniors is a non-profit group set up to send greeting cards and children's drawings to senior citizens free of charge. They particularly aim for the senior that does not usually receive many visitors or mail. Come to the Purple Room on December 10 at any time between 1:00-4:00 PM and create a Holiday/Winter card to send to these oft-overlooked members of our community. All ages are welcome to participate. Supplies will be provided.

Book Club Choices: December 2011

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 check out CPL's Book Club in a Bag kits.

The true memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp

The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: February 22, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, February 22 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. February's selection is:

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson — In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears, a pacifist father and an ardent abolitionist, his grandfather.