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Browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

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90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author's life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother's native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.

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True stories can be especially compelling, but if nonfiction's not your thing, try a different format. Graphic novels can put a new spark in real life events. The following suggestions are either straight nonfiction or based on true stories. 

Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

Journey into Mohawk Country by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

Browse this list to find titles with more in-depth information on real people who have impacted history. To find other biographies, you can do a Shelf Location search for "JBIO."

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

In graphic novel format, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.


Join us for game of Mancala! This popular and challenging board game has been played from ancient times throughout Africa to today in the USA. Patrons will have the chance to learn to play on February 20, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. All playing materials will be provided.


For more information on the game, including its origins and rules, visit this page.

As it says right on their website, Urban Stringz is a change agent.  Founded in 2007 by Cecelia Sharpe, music educator and conductor, the mission of Urban Stringz II is to enhance student’s musical talents and abilities in addition to exposing them to our culturally rich and diverse society. Their sound blends classical violin with contemporary music that produces a unique and unforgettable musical experience. We can't wait to host this talented group of students on February 13 from 2:00-3:00PM. This program is recommended for patrons of all ages.

Join us during mid-winter break for a showing of Goosebumps on Tuesday, February 16 starting at 2:00PM.  A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. This film is rated PG. You may bring your own pillows, snacks, or blankets.

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First Book and WWE invite you to take the WrestleMania Reading Challenge! Read 15 minutes or more every day for a chance to win a trip to WrestleMania!  Each day that you read for at least 15 minutes, you can fill out an online entry form.  The more entries you complete between now and Friday, February 19, 2016, the more chances you have to win!

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Can't Choose? Try a collection of short stories. Read one or read the whole book, either way it's an adventure.

Present a collection of unconventional essays by leading writers to challenge how students think about essays using imaginative, rule-breaking, and unconventional examples.

Dorothy must die : stories by Danielle Paige

Whisked to Oz by a Kansas twister, Amy Gumm discovers that the magical land has been destroyed by Dorothy's tyrannical rule, a situation that compels Amy to join an order of deposed magic-wielders who seek to put an end to Dorothy's reign.

I see reality : twelve stories that don't hold back by Stephen Heather/ Emond Kristin Elizabeth/ Demetrios Jay (CON)/ Clark Grace (COM)/ Clark Kendall

"Popular young-adult authors weave together questions of identity, loss, and redemption into poignant tales for today's teens"--.

Learn about American Muslims in our community and their culture in an interactive program on February 27, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Drop in and try your hand at Arabic calligraphy, enjoy coffee and international delicacies, get a henna design, speak one-on-one with Muslim members of our community and ask questions about Islam and its belief system.

This event is sponsored by the Muslim American Society of Detroit, the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, the Canton Public Library and the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition. It is part of an initiative entitled “Not In Our Town: Stop Hate Together” a program for people and communities working together to stop hate, address school bullying and build safe, inclusive environments for all.

One of the great things about Hoopla is that items are always available-meaning there is never a hold list even for the most popular items. Rick Yancy's The Fifth Wave is available on streaming audio, along with the sequel: The Infinite Sea. To experience this thrilling alien invasion story before it hits the big screen this summer, log in to Hoopla with your Canton Public Library card.  


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