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This month we celebrate Arab Americans, our friends and neighbors whose heritage can be traced to the Arab world. Many people assume the Arab world is synonymous with the Middle East, but there are twenty-two countries, spanning West Asia to North Africa, that make up the Arab world. While sharing a common linguistic heritage, the Arab American community's diversity is reflected in the various religious and cultural practices of its members. 

Michigan is home to the second-largest Arab American population in the United States. While the community is concentrated primarily in metro-Detroit, Arab Americans live in 81 of Michigan's 83 counties. In Michigan, and across the U.S., cities, townships, cultural institutions, and other organizations celebrate April as Arab American Heritage Month and we are happy to count CPL  among them. Check out the resources below to learn more.  

Places to visit, volunteer, or donate

Pets can bring such joy and comfort to our lives. They become a source of solace, our best friends, and of course, the source of super adorable photos, memes, and videos! Whether your pet is furry, feathery, or scaly, enjoy these great pet themed books. 

Guinea pigs by Christina Leaf

This book introduces beginning readers to guinea pigs through simple, predictable text and related photos.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was born on June 10, 1921 and passed away on April 9, 2021, just shy of his 100th birthday. While his family and the world mourns and funeral arrangements are made, we can look back at the life of a leader, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The longest living member of the British Royal Family due to his marriage to Queen Elizabeth, he will be cherished in memory by friends and family for many generations to come.   

Life of Prince Philip

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is celebrate by Muslims worldwide as a time of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. This year Ramadan begins Monday, April 12 and ends Wednesday, May 12. Check out a picture book or nonfiction book to learn more about Ramadan or share stories with little ones. 

Picture and Board Books

The gift of Ramadan by 1981- Alexis York Lumbard

Here at the library we love stories. It's kind of our thing! On April 27th we can all access our storytelling muscles as we celebrate National Tell a Story Day. We have so many to share with you, and of course, you could always make up your own--as silly, scary, or magical as you like. Have a great day!

Can you come out and play?

If you woke up tomorrow in Egypt with a yen for a good game of tag, you could find it. Then you could hop on your magic carpet and fly to Thailand to play Go Fish with some new friends. Later, you could seesaw until the cows come home in Ireland. Everyone loves to play and the universal appeal of games and goofing around is joyfully evident in COME OUT AND PLAY.

Brilliant, full-color photographs portray exuberant, playful kids from over 35 countries engaging in games of all kinds.

Penguins, penguins, everywhere! April 25th is World Penguin Day and what a joyful day it will be. You could be a part of this amazing day--practice your penguin waddle, draw penguin pictures and post them, build your own penguin nest out of things your find, and be sure to enjoy our great penguin materials available through our catalog! The ideas are endless. 

Books

Do you love Dog Man? I know we do at the library but he is always checked out! Well, have no fear, we have some great books similar to Dog Man that you can enjoy reading while you are waiting for that newest Dog Man title to come back in. You might even make some really awesome new book friends as the same time! Enjoy!

Narwhal : unicorn of the sea by artist 1988- Ben Clanton

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.

  •        Call the Meeting to Order
  •        Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  •        Approval of Agenda
  •        Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  •        Communications
  •        Report of the Library Director
  •        Trustee Comments
  •        Old Business — None
  •        New Business

           o     2020 Audit Presentation (Plante Moran)

           o     Accept 2020 Audit as Presented

           o     Approve 1st Quarter Budget Amendment

           o     2022 Budget Discussion — expenditures

                  o     Salaries — review library recommendation, determine initial assumption for 1st
                         draft budget

  •        Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  •        Adjourn

Please note that the April meeting of the Canton Public Library Board will be held remotely, in accordance with the amended MDHHS Gathering and Face Mask order and the Wayne County Declaration of Local Emergency Ordinance. Members of the public who wish to participate in this meeting may join the Zoom meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, April 15. Attendees will be muted automatically except for the Call To Audience portions of the agenda, where members of the public may use the "raise hand" function within the Zoom meeting application, at which point they will be unmuted for up to 5 minutes of public comment per person.

The meeting packet is available below. The meeting will be recorded and posted following the meeting. Members of the public needing accommodation due to a disability should contact the library director, Eva Davis, at davise@cantonpl.org.

National Poetry Month is celebrated across the world in the month of April. Not sure where to start with poetry? Try a novel in verse! Like a traditional novel, these books tell a complete story, but they use the verse style of poetry. Check out the call number 811.54 for traditional volumes of poetry. 

Beauty mark : a verse novel of Marilyn Monroe by 1956- Carole Boston Weatherford
Blood water paint by Joy McCullough

Trips far and wide might have been delayed for the last year, but one of the great things about books--they will take you where you want to go! Of course, in the mystery books below someone might end up being murdered, but beggars can't be choosers. 

Travel abroad and solve a crime with a new mystery title...

The man who didn't fly by 1912-1980 Margot Bennett

Four men were due to fly to Dublin from England. But, when disaster struck and the plane went down over the Irish sea, only three of them were on board. With the identities of the flyers scattered to the winds, the police turn to the Wade family, whose patchy account and memory of their past few days hold the key to this elusive and tense mystery. Who was the man who didn't fly? And what did he have to gain by staying on the ground?

Proof in one classic crime novel that Margot Bennett's tight and suspenseful writing is long overdue rediscovery. This British Library edition also includes the rare short story "No Bath for the Browns." 

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