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Mental Illness Awareness Week

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Below are some suggested materials on the topic provided by librarians at the Canton Public Library.

For additional YA/Teen books please follow this link

What is mental illness? by Richard J. McNally

Just like someone without mental illness only more so: a memoir by Mark Vonnegut

Telling is risky business [electronic resource]: mental health consumers confront stigma by Otto F. Wahl

Furiously happy: a funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson

Great Michigan Read 2015-2016 Kickoff

If you will be in the Lansing area on Thursday, October 8, please be sure to join us for the Great Michigan Read kick-off event (which will actually be Emily’s sixth appearance) at the Library of Michigan (702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing). The 2013-14 Great Michigan Read author, Steve Luxenberg (Annie’s Ghosts), will be interviewing Emily St. John Mandel about Station Eleven, writing, and much more. The doors open at 6:00 PM.

Great Michigan Read 2015-2016

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The first author tour is coming up this week, October 5, with events scheduled in Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. For Emily St. John Mandel's full schedule please visit the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read website.  

The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a host of other sponsors. 

Native American Biographies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month check out some of the biographies of notable First Americans from the Library's collection, or go to this list for more information.

Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden

Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard

Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce: the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray

Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward

Learn Oktoberfest German with Mango

For the month of October, learn to speak German for Oktoberfest with Mango Languages! This is free with your Canton Public Library card. Mango has over 80 languages to learn so check out the resource here today!

Hoopla eBooks and eComics coming November 01

Exciting news: on Sunday, November 1st, Hoopla is getting even better! In addition to streaming movies, TV, music and audiobooks, you can now use your Canton Public Library card to check out Hoopla's eBooks and eComics! Just like everything else on Hoopla, these eBooks and eComics are always available. 

In the meantime, you can use your library card to check out great music, movies and more on your tablet, smart phone or computer!

Michigan Activity Pass

Michigan Activity Pass hot air balloon logoSaturday, September 26 is Family Health & Fitness Day USA Make the most of the day and the beautiful fall weather by visiting a state park. Library card holders can print a free or discounted pass through the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program to state parks, camp grounds, area museums and much more.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, October 3  between 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, October 21, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Sylvan ACT Practice Test

Sylvan is back Saturday, October 10 from 1:00-4:00PM. Teens can attend this session to partake in a full length ACT practice test.  Participants are to bring their own calculator and pencils. They must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Please Note: Sylvan administers one form of the ACT diagnostic test. If you attend more than one of these sessions, you will be repeating the same test each time.  As a result, any improvements in ACT score from one Sylvan session to another may not accurately reflect how one might do on the actual ACT test.

High School Essay Writing Assistance

Are you laboring over your college entrance essays? How about that writing assignment for class? Come to the library and get the assistance you need. Our writing tutor is a former college business writing teacher and has experience in helping high school students with their college essays and other reports. She will be here to help you by critiquing your writing and offering suggestions for improvement at the library on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM, beginning on October 7. Please bring a physical printed copy of your work for critique. Students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Time may be limited based on demand.  Sessions will take place in Group Study Room C in the East Wing of the library. 

[What I get paid to read by Lorianne DiSabato is licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Cartooning in the Digital Age

Cartooning in the Digital Age is a two-hour program by veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here).
The first part, The Basics of Cartooning, is a fast and fun workshop for middle schoolers through adult, covering every step in creating a comic strip: creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, pencilling, inking, and coloring.
The second part, The Technology and Business of Cartooning, is oriented towards mature teens and adults. Bill demonstrates how to use computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and how to make money doing it.
Join us on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-8:30 for one or both parts of this smart and information workshop!

Family Music Fest '15

Music creates a soundtrack for our lives. It can enliven and enrich the lives of kids and the people who care for them from infancy and beyond. On Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM we will host a day's worth of fantastic, energetic, diverse musical acts including the return of national act Gustafer Yellowgold! Come and celebrate the beat within all of us. This program is designed for families and patrons of all ages. The schedule is as follows... Don't forget that Canton Public Library has a fantastic music collection for all ages, in all styles and genres. Library card holders can also access thousands of full length albums using the digital service, Hoopla.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, October 31 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

New Music - Get It Now with Hoopla!

Did you know that some of our most popular music is also available through Hoopla? Hoopla content is always available, so there's no wait!  Every Friday you'll find new music on Hoopla. Skip the hold list and check out new albums by Lana Del Rey, Ben Folds, or Alabama today!

Michigan Adventure Pass (MAP)

Michigan Activity Pass hot air balloon logoCheck out a park pass using the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program and enjoy Michigan Trails Week from September 19 – 26. This week-long celebration features a variety of events in honor of Michigan's extensive trail network. Grab your friends and family, find a trail and let the adventure begin!

Library card holders can use their card online to print a free or discounted admission pass to almost 400 area museums, cultural organizations, state recreation areas, camp grounds and more.

Books for Makers

Are you a tinkerer, maker, or hacker? Interested in learning? Or just want to find out what the "maker movement" is all about? Check out these books:

Zero to maker: learn (just enough) to make (just about) anything by David Lang

The art of tinkering: meet 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science & technology by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich

Makers: the new industrial revolution by Chris Anderson

The kids' guide to duct tape projects by Sheri Bell- Rehwoldt

Making things move: DIY mechanisms for inventors, hobbyists, and artists by Dustyn Roberts

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia Screening on October 14

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. As many as 20 % of the student population in the U.S. are dyslexic. Dyslexia is a commonly misunderstood developmental reading disorder because it can be found in bright, highly intelligent, creative and innovative people. The HBO documentary film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, follows four students on their journey as they face the challenges and cope with their diagnosis. Please join us on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for a special screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.

Gale Courses Begin September 16

Go back to school without leaving your home! Gale Courses offers 6-week online classes to help you freshen up your skills, or embark on a new academic adventure!

The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, September 16. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Cloud Computing Basics

Are you interested in cloud storage but need more information? Do you want to know what "the cloud" is? Join us Saturday October 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM for our Cloud Computing Basics class. Registration is required.