12 Years a Slave

Set in the antebellum United States, the new film 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Brad Pitt. For more reading:

The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Bullwhip days

Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin

Philosophy: The Best of 2011-2013

If you enjoyed Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy we would like to recommend similar books and DVDs in our collection from the “Best Books in Psychology and Philosophy” lists for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Examined life: excursions with contemporary thinkers by edited by Astra Taylor

Examined life [videodisc] by Sphinx Productions in co- productions with the National Film Board of Canada in association with Ontario Media Development Corporation, TVO and Knowledge Network

The problems of philosophy, by Bertrand Russell by Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970

A history of western philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Read the Book, See the Movie!

Many great titles will be coming to a big screen near you this year. Here are just a few:

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter — February 7

Winter's tale by Mark Helprin — February 14

Divergent by Veronica Roth — March 21

The fault in our stars by John Green — June 6

The hundred-foot journey: a novel by Richard C. Morais — August 8

Monuments Men

A new film based on the book The Monuments Men will be in theaters this February. Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett, it tells the true story of a group of museum directors, architects, sculptors, and art lovers who were recruited into a special unit - dubbed "The Monuments Men" -  whose job it was to protect and recover art that had been looted by the Nazis. For more histories of stolen art, check out one of these titles:

Saving Italy: the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel

Rescuing da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe's great art: America and her allies recovered it by Robert M. Edsel ; forewords by Lynn H. Nicholas and Edmund P. Pillsbury

The forger's spell: a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century by Edward Dolnick

Pranayam Yoga

Join us on Wednesday, February 5 from 7:00-8:30 PM for a Pranayam Yoga wellness seminar. Learn the art of yogic breathing techniques to:

Manage stress
Improve immunity
Learn the art of letting go
Manage worry and anxiety
Discover your real self by rediscovering the true joy and peace within

Please wear comfortable clothing to practice breathing !!!!

[yoga by Natalie Lucier is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Top Ten Photo Preservation Mistakes

Presented by Priceless Photo Preservation of Ann Arbor, this is an interactive workshop that helps participants figure out the often confusing world of preserving their family photos, movies, videos, scrapbooks and slides. Among other things, you'll learn what digital formats to avoid, how commonly used scrapbooking items actually put your items in danger and how to digitize your mementos properly. Participants are encouraged to bring photos, slides and similar family memorabilia for personal evaluations and consultations with PPP partners Rob Hoffman and Hanna Primeau.
This program will take place on Wednesday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Gluten -Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: February 11, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Conference Room

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: February 27, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Thursday, February 27 in Group Study Room A. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required. This month we are discussing Michael Connelly's THE CLOSERS.

The Closers: a novel by Michael Connelly — Harry Bosch, Homicide Detective Los Angeles Police Department has been called out of retirement to join LAPD's Open/Unsolved Unit and he will bring his usual tenaciousness to the job regardless of the cost.

Google Services: Youtube

Thru the end of February and the beginning of March, we will be hosting three iLab classes on all things Google. A team of National Honor Society students will be sharing their knowledge while also completing their NHS service project.

In the first class, YouTube, participants will learn how to create a YouTube account, upload videos, and share videos with friends and family. They will also learn how to like and favorite a video and even create a playlist so you can view all your favorite videos with just the click of a button. So come in and learn about how to use YouTube as a social media and video storage tool. Program takes place on Saturday, February 22 from 10:00-11:30 AM. Space is limited and registration begins on January 20. This class is designed for Internet users aged 13 and up.

There will also be a drop in session the following week on Saturday, March 1 from 10:00-11:30 AM for additional one-on-one assistance.


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