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The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes — According to Heller McAlpin, "Julian Barnes has finally won a Man Booker Prize, and I'm glad it's for The Sense of an Ending, his elegant, deceptively simple, quietly devastating moral tale about the self-serving vagaries of memory over time. Taking its title from Frank Kermode's 1967 critical study of the relationship of endings in fiction to apocalypse and death, this compact, multilayered story is the kind of book that bears re-reading.

Evening English Language Learner's Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers the first and third Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Purple Room. 

English Language Learner's Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteer Judy Elliott, May Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Evening English Language Learner's Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers the first and third Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Purple Room. 

English Language Learner's Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteer Judy Elliott, April Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

If You Like "Their Eyes were Watching God"

the classic novel by Zora Neal Hurston, you might also like to try some of these titles that have similar plot elements or characteristics:

Best kept secrets by Rochelle Alers

A dark and lonely place by Edna Buchanan

Southern discomfort by Rita Mae Brown

The widow's war by Sally Gunning

Special Book Discussion of Waterland by Graham Swift

To foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP curriculum was recently challenged. The second discussion will be Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 PM and we will be discussing:

Waterland by Graham Swift — Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, England and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving… Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity… A fine and original work."

Excel Basics

Want to create a spreadsheet, a family budget or manage a list? Learn how with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Date: Monday, March 19, from 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Internet Lab
Online registration begins at 9:00 AM on March 5

Special Book Discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison

To Foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP curriculum was recently challenged. The first discussion will be Monday, February 27th at 7:00 PM and we will be discussing:

Lunch & a Book April 2012 Everyone's Reading

On Thursday April 12th from Noon to 1:00 PM we will be discussing the Everyone's Reading 2012 selection:

Lethal by Sandra Brown — When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, the man accused of murdering seven people the night before. Dangerous, desperate, and armed, he promises Honor that she and her daughter won't be hurt as long as she does everything he asks. She has no choice but to accept him at his word. But Honor soon discovers that even those close to her can't be trusted.

How to Load Library eBooks to a Kindle

Overdrive, the Library's eBook provider, has produced a quick YouTube video on how to use their site with your Kindle device.

English Language Learner's Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteer Judy Elliott, March Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors

If you like Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Chris Moore and Neil Gaimon try these authors:

Lunch and a Book February 2012

On Thursday, February 9th from Noon to 1:00 PM we'll be discussing:

The girls from Ames: a story of women and friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow. Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child's illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life's joys and challenges — and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy.

Rapper and Actor Heavy D Dead at 44

Rap music listeners "of a certain age" will remember Heavy D & the Boyz relieving some of the intensity and controversy of groups such as NWA and Public Enemy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their last album Vibes was heavily reggae-influenced, getting back to his Jamaican roots. More recently known as an actor, including roles in the movie The Cider House Rules and on television shows including Roc, The Tracy Morgan Show, and Boston Public. Heavy D also performed the theme song to the popular comedy sketch show In Living Color.