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Time was, Time is… August 2012

Wild Bill Hickock was killed on August 2. Jackie Joyner-Kersee won her second Olympic gold in the heptathlon. Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as the 38th president on August 9, 1974 following President Nixon's resignation. Gold was discovered near the Klondike River in Canada's Yukon Territory on August 16 by George Carmack. Fannie Farmer opened Miss Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston on August 23, 1902.

Wild Bill Hickok [videodisc]: the gentleman of the West by Greystone Communications for the A & E Network

A kind of grace: the autobiography of the world's greatest female athlete by Jackie Joyner-Kersee with Sonja Steptoe

Murder Will Out

Have you ever read a book, loved it, and can't understand why no one else has read this wonderful author? Here are some of my unknowns, or little knowns, you really should try: Deborah Grabien's JP Kincaid Chronicles, Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza's Brazilian Inspector Espinoza, Margaret Frazer's Joliffe series is a spin-off of the Sister Frevisse stories, and fans of Stieg Larsson's books should try Ake Edwardson's Inspector Erik Winter.

Rock & roll never forgets by Deborah Grabien

The silence of the rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza

Time was, Time is… July 2012

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, China is becoming a world power, and Andy Farrell creates his list of the greatest ever golfers.

The 100 greatest ever golfers by Andy Farrell

Walt Disney: a biography by Louise Krasniewicz

Monarchy. The complete series. Disc 1 [videodisc] by a production of Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel Four Television and Granada Video

Waking giant: America in the age of Jackson by David S. Reynolds

The Boxer Rebellion and the great game in China by David J. Silbey

Older Adults July 2012

Looking for activities to do with your grandchildren? You could…
  1. Sign up for Canton Public Library's Connect Your Summer reading program
  2. Bring your grandchildren to one of the many activities Canton Public Library offers for children
  3. Start a book club for grandparents and grandkids
There are probably other grandparents taking care of their grandchildren this summer in your neighborhood who would be interested. Canton Public Library offers CTT Book Discussion Kits for children, tweens, and teens.

Book Club Choices July 2012

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits:

City of dreams: a novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling

Light on snow: a novel by Anita Shreve

The book thief [sound recording] by Markus Zusak

Book Talks Around Town July 2012

Criminal: a novel by Karin Slaughter — Award winning author, Karin Slaughter will talk about her new book on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:00PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor.  Copies of Criminal will be available for purchase and signing.



The great escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, 4 time Romance Writers of America's Favorite Book of the Year will introduce her new book at Nicola's Books on Thursday, July 12 at 7:00PM

Murder Will Out: From Book to Screen

Are you a fan of A&E's Longmire and/or FX's Justified?  These two popular television dramas are based on books by Craig Johnson and Leonard Chang

The cold dish by Craig Johnson — the first book in the Walt Longmire's series.

Over the shoulder: a novel of intrigue by Leonard Chang — Leonard Chang is a staff writer on FX's Justified and the author of several books including an award winning noir trilogy featuring Allen Choice, a Korean-American investigator.

Andy Griffith 1926-2012

Actor Andrew Samuel 'Andy' Griffith (June 1, 1926-July 3, 2012) died today at his Dare County, North Carolina home. Most fans will remember him as television icon, Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show or lawyer Ben Matlock in Matlock. Before television, though, there were screen performances such as his chilling performance in A Face in the Crowd as malevolent drifter 'Lonesome' Rhodes, a country singer who rises to fame as a television performer/singer. In 1997, Griffith won a Grammy for Best Southern Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Album, and in 2007 was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Canton Seniors Book Group Reading List 2012

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Adult Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book can be picked up at the monthly meeting or after the meeting at the Adult Desk.

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford — July 26

One was a soldier: a Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming — August 23

New Meeting day for Canton Seniors Book Discussion

New Day. Year round. The Canton Seniors Book Discussion will now meet every month on the fourth Thursday of the month beginning on Thursday, July 26. We will continue to meet at Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00 PM. Every month copies of the upcoming selection will be distributed following the book discussion. If you can't attend the discussion, ask an Adult Reference Librarian at the Help Desk for a copy. Learn more about the upcoming selections at the Book Clubs page for this group and other Canton Public Library book discussion groups.