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Savvy Seniors August 2013

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offers a very informative blog, Next Avenue, for individuals 50 years and older featuring articles about health, finances, work, and lifestyle. A recent article, Five Abilities You Need to Master After 50, cited the need for baby-boomers to be flexible and adaptable, to accept living in a world of constant change and turmoil, and stated are likely to live longer than any previous generation. Watch Next Avenue programs on dptv.org.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done VIII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Sweet poison by David Roberts

Christine Falls: a novel by Benjamin Black

The day the music died: a mystery by Ed Gorman

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

Shadow trade by Alan Furst

Learning Express

Preparing for the upcoming ACT/SAT, Graduate Record Exam, TOEFL, or the Firefighters’ Exam? Want to improve your computer skills? Canton Public Library cardholders can take advantage of Canton Public Library's Test Prep database LearningExpress. Practice exams are available for individuals preparing for professional and/or entrance exams and for computer courses to develop skills.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done VII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

Mute witness by Charles O'Brien

A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch

A conspiracy of paper by David Liss

Sleuth It! Mystery MeetUp

If you weren't able to attend Mystery MeetUp and earn your Sleuth It Badge as part of Connect Your Summer 2013, Canton Public Library's Summer Reading program for all ages, here is the list of books we talked about.

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger



Blood alone by James R. Benn

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

A duty to the dead by Charles Todd

Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman

Sleuth It: Mystery MeetUp

Are you a fan of mystery/suspense novels? Interested in sharing some of your favorite authors with other Mystery fans? Maybe it’s time to try a new mystery writer and you're looking for suggestions? Join us as we talk books on Saturday, July 27 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Purple Room.

National Senior Games 2013

The 2013 National Senior Games opened in Cleveland on Friday, July 19. Competitors will meet July 19 through August 1. The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. Individuals and teams will compete over the next 12 days in Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Volleyball, Swimming, etc. NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. Athletes that meet specific criteria while participating in the State Senior Games qualify to participate. This year, three Michigan Male Volleyball Teams are competing.

Internet Basics Class

Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases. Prerequisite: Mouse skills or equivalent experience. Join us Friday, September 27 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Canton Public Library Internet Lab.

Great Michigan Read 2013-2014

Annie's ghosts: a journey into a family secret by Steve Luxenberg — After careful selection by a statewide selection committee, the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read title has been chosen. Please join the Michigan Humanities Council and Canton Public Library in reading Annie's Ghosts, a 2010 Michigan Notable Book written by Washington Post Associate Editor and Detroit native Steve Luxenberg.

Annie's Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mom's reasons for hiding her sister's existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother's world of the 1930s and '40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.

Annie's Ghosts is a story about family secrets, personal journeys, genealogy, mental disability and illness, poverty, and immigration. It is a story of re-framing one's self-understanding once a family secret is revealed, providing insight into how our identities are shaped by learning something shockingly new about our family history.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done VI

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The queen's head by Edward Marston

One corpse too many by Ellis Peters

Veil of lies: a medieval noir by Jeri Westerson

Wine of violence by Priscilla Royal

Death comes as epiphany by Sharan Newman

Sleuth It: Dead & Done V

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Silver lies by Ann Parker

Walking the perfect square: a novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

Jane and the unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

A plague on both your houses by Susanna Gregory

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Murder Will Out: If you like Agatha Christie...

If you enjoy Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple you should try...

Death with reservations by Kate Kingsbury

The man with a load of mischief by Martha Grimes

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Cocaine blues: a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood

Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate by M.C. Beaton

A nice class of corpse: a Mrs. Pargeter mystery by Simon Brett