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Help get books into the hands of kids.  The Barbara Bush Foundation is partnering with Scholastic on the Help Them Read initiative. It's easy.  Just vote for your favorite book from the list provided, or suggest your own.  For every vote, Scholastic will donate one book to a program that support children and family literacy.  Vote now. Vote later.  Vote often.  

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at the age of 87. He was perhaps best-known for his books, Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Garcia Marquez popularized magical realism,  described by the committee who awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 as a genre "in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination."

Library Closed April 20

The Canton Public Library will be closed on Sunday, April 20. You may still access MyAccount to renew items, our catalog to look up materials and place holds, and all of our digital media, including OverDrive ebooks, Zinio magazines, and hoopla movies, audiobooks and music.

Purse & Jewelry Donations Needed

Start your spring cleaning and help a good cause all at the same time!  The Canton Senior Center is looking for new or gently used handbags and jewelry for their 6th Annual Jewelry & Purse Sale.  Proceeds from this sale will support Canton's Senior Adult Program, which offers a variety of social, enrichment and service-based programs to Canton residents 55 and older.  Donations will be accepted in the Parkview Room of Summit on the Park Community Center until April 28. 

Turn!

The new AMC drama Turn, starring Jamie Bell, tells the thrilling story of America's first spy ring during the Revolutionary War.  Known as the Culper RIng, it was made up of a farmer and his childhood friends in and around Long Island, New York. Based on the book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose, the drama was created and written by Michigan's own Craig Silverstein. For more  on this topic try some of these resources:

George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger


Unlikely allies: how a merchant, a playwright, and a spy saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul


Nathan Hale: the life and death of America's first spy by M. William Phelps

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us on Wednesday, May 14 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Internet Lab.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 19

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared. The only survivor was the crew's bombardier, Lt. Louis Zamperini. His true story of endurance will take your breath away. 

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Great cathedral mystery [videodisc] by written, produced & directed by David Murdock


Twenty feet from stardom [videodisc] by Radius TWC ; a Gil Friesen production ; a Morgan Neville film ; produced by Caitrin Rogers ; produced by Gil Friesen ; directed by Morgan Neville ; Tremolo Productions.


Secret state of North Korea [videodisc] by a Hardcash Production for WGBH/Frontline ; producer, writer, and director: James Jones


Rewind this! [videodisc] by MPI Media Group ; directed by Josh Johnson; produced by Carolee Mitchell


Red metal [videodisc]: the copper country strike of 1913 by produced and directed by Jonathan Silvers


Secrets of Selfridges [videodisc] by Pioneer Productions ; produced and directed by Sam Taplin

STEM: Science for Tomorrow Workshops

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be presenting their Science for Tomorrow: STEM Career Workshops here at Canton Public Library. These programs are designed to introduce middle school students to STEM careers, show them who scientists really are and what they do, and provide them with practical tools for navigating high school, applying for college and achieving those careers. 
Through a series of four interactive workshops, students will get to meet the U-M faculty or alumni who work in the STEM related fields every day.  They are also given tools to help them take charge of their educational future and given assistance in setting realistic goals to get them into STEM fields in college. 
The program begins with a U-M campus visit in Ann Arbor for each student and one caregiver.  A bus will leave from Canton Public Library at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. After a visit to a working science lab, campus tour, lunch with faculty and students and presentations by U-M admissions staff, the bus will return to the library around 3:00 PM. 
The program continues for 3 more workshops at the Canton Public Library on the days and times listed below. Space is limited. Registration for the bus ride to Ann Arbor also registers each student for the remaining workshop sesssions at the library. 

Remember the Bees!

Bee on FlowerWhen planting your flowers this spring be sure to remember the bees! Bees pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. You can invite pollinators, like bees, to your neighborhood by planting a pollinator-friendly habitat in your garden, farm, school, park or just about anywhere! Find suggestions for pollinator-friendly flowers in your growing zone. Don't forget to plant flowers that bloom in early spring and late fall as well as throughout the summer. [Bee on Flower by Steven Murray is licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0]


 

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:30 PM
  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Director's Report
  • Committee Reports - Finance Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • JJX Lease Renewal Counter-Proposal
  • New Business
    • 2013 Audit Report
    • Proposed Revision - Capital Asset Policy
    • Proposed Revision - Credit Card Policy
    • Strategic Plan Update
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

hoopla's iOS app now available!

hoopla's iOS app update is now available!  Music downloads on devices running iOS 7.1 have been re-enabled.  You can now download, listen to a song or an entire album on repeat.  A bug in the sleep timer has been fixed as well. Good news to all iOS7.1 users. Enjoy all that hoopla has to offer today!

Lifelong Learning Classes to Start

Want to learn new professional skills for your job? Pursue new hobbies in your spare time? Let CPL help you with your lifelong learning. Our Learn4Life online courses offer you a wide range of highly sought-after classes that you can take entirely online, totally free of charge. April classes begin on April 16 and continue for six weeks. All you need is a valid Canton Public Library Card and Internet access to start learning! 

National Poetry Month Biographies

Celebrate National Poetry Month by getting to know more about the lives of some of our greatest poets:

Longfellow: a rediscovered life by Charles C. Calhoun


Yeats's ghosts: the secret life of W.B. Yeats by Brenda Maddox


Dylan Thomas: a new life by Andrew Lycett


From noon to starry night: a life of Walt Whitman by Philip Callow


Rough magic: a biography of Sylvia Plath by Paul Alexander


Dante by R.W.B. Lewis

New Book Club in a Bag Kit!

The dog stars [kit] by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Look What's In Large Print: April 2014

Agatha Christie's mysteries are being re-released in large print. Anna Quindlen's latest is a fictional story of about a 60 something photographer coming to terms with her life.  Extremely private throughout his career, the new Johnny Carson biography by Harry Bushkin, Carson's lawyer from 1970-1988, reveals the complexity of Mr. Carson. Elo's first novel links the commercial fishing industry, the perfume industry, and conservation in a hunt for justice. The Cold War was warming up and President Truman saw the need to recruit European scientists to America.  He specifically stated no Nazi scientists should be recruited, Operation Paperclip tells what really happened.

Still life with bread crumbs [Large print]: a novel by Anna Quindlen

The regatta mystery, and other stories [large print] by Agatha Christie

Johnny Carson [large print] by Henry Bushkin

North of Boston [Large print] by Elisabeth Elo