In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. The National Register of Historic Places has put together a list of sites promoting the history and culture of Native Americans. The following Special Collection is designed to highlight some of the library's many resources about Native Americans.
Historical Dictionary of North American Archaeology edited by Edward B. Jelks: This comprehensive guide to mainly prehistoric sites, cultures and artifacts in the United States and Canada features some 1800 signed entries by 151 expert contributors.
American Indians edited by Harvey Markowitz: This three-volume set, arranged alphabetically in an encyclopedia style, highlights hundreds of important characters, events, places and concepts in Native American culture. Also included are a timeline, addresses of educational institutions, agencies, museums as well as statistical information.
Many of us have ancestors who made their way from foreign lands to a small island at the mouth of the Hudson River. Once known as Little Oyster Island, Ellis Island acquired it's present name from a colonial New Yorker named Samuel Ellis. The immigration station opened in 1892 where 12 million immigrants were processed before it wound down in 1924 and finally closed in November of 1954. For every thousand weary faces that passed through there were a thousand different stories of hope, promise and anticipation.
An excellent new book on the topic is American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato. Learn more about this place and the people who came together to form this unique blend of customs and cultures we call America.
We have a wonderful guide in our collection that not only gives vivid descriptions and beautiful color images but also the actual distinct calls made by each bird with just the touch of a button. Check out The Backyard Birdsong Guide by Donald Kroodsma for a really unique look into the lyrical world of our feathered friends.
CantonWiki is a city wiki for Plymouth and Canton, Michigan, which aims to provide a comprehensive reference for anything and everything in the area.
by Diane Gilleland
Kanzashi is a Japanese technique of folding and sewing fabric into beautiful shapes, like the flowers featured in this book. The flowers range in size from small enough to be used as earrings to some large enough to compose a bouquet or accent a wall hanging. This is a technique I'm anxious to practice.
Boy did I have a great morning! I got to help out at the Halloween Fun program. Not only that, I was the Grand Marshall for the Trick or Treat parade portion of the program! What fun! I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I really really loved all the kids in their cool and cute costumes! You should really should have seen all the fun we had. But guess what? You still can! Just check out the Canton Public Library's Flickr account! 'Cause let's face it, no one can resist seeing pictures of cute kids in costumes. Which reminds me, are you coming to the library on Halloween? I wanna see your costumes! So make sure the library's on your stop this Halloween — early because we close at six. You might just see some unusual library staff that day--and Friday too!!
by Trond Anfinnsen, photography by Klaus Nilsen Skrudland
Knitting a hat is very satisfying because it follows a predictable, easily memorized pattern and it is nearly instant gratification - a few hours and you're done! This book offers 50 variations on a basic skull cap. Make one and you're on your way to an infinite number of possibilities. Pick up your favorite yarn and go!
From October 26-30, you are invited to participate in a unique, virtual dialogue on "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" with individuals from other Michigan communities, high schools, colleges, and others. Questions emanating from Bich's tour visit Oct 13-17, as well as from her memoir, will be posed to stimulate dialogue on immigration stories, cultural understanding, and contemporary history.
Discussion will occur on the Great Michigan Read Facebook Discussion Board, beginning October 26. We look forward to the conversation and your participation!