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Connect Your Summer Badges for reading Graphic Novels

Below are some ideas from our Adult and Teen Graphic Novel collections that can help you earn Connect Your Summer badges:

The original Johnson. Vol. 1 by Trevor Von Eeden

Laika by Nick Abadzis; color by Hilary Sycamore

The squirrel mother: stories by Megan Kelso

Scholarship opportunity for non-Native English Language speakers

A unique opportunity for native speakers of Arabic, Balochi, Dari, Farsi, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu: Georgetown University's English for Heritage Language Speaker's Program is a scholarship that trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs. Designed for adults who are fully proficient, fluent, and effective in their chosen profession in their native language (heritage language) and want to apply their professional knowledge and training in a government career. Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the US government. Scholarship application deadline is July 18th, 2011.

If You Like Inspirational Historical Fiction

…and like strong characters, light romance, and prefer audio format, try these:

The mountain between us by Charles Martin

Shoot the moon by Billie Letts

Miss Julia speaks her mind: a novel by Ann B. Ross

Two more options that are available in print:

Big Stone Gap: a novel by Adriana Trigiani

Canton Township internet service down for maintenance

According to a Canton Township press release,

Beginning at 6:00PM on Wednesday, May 11, Canton’s website will be down for approximately four hours as Canton’s Information Technology Services Division (ITS) performs maintenance on the Township’s internet service. During this time, all Township websites, including Canton’s main website, the Canton Sports Center, Summit on the Park, Canton Leisure Services, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Pheasant Run Golf Club, and the Canton Economic Development websites will all be unavailable.

All online services such as Pheasant Run Golf Club tee-time booking, Village Theater ticket purchase, water bill payment, tax bill payment, and program registration for Canton Leisure Services will be disrupted. Please note Canton’s Public Safety website will not be affected during this scheduled maintenance.

Canton would like to thank all residents in advance for their patience as ITS performs these necessary upgrades to the network.

This maintenance will not affect the library website, which will remain in service during this time.

Characters Count

This list is for someone who loves books with rich characters and twisting plots that keep you reading. A Tale of Two cities by Charles Dickens and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini are two of their favorite books. Try some of these titles if you like wonderful characters and plots.

Bel canto : a novel by Ann Patchett — The audio version is also phenomenal.

Montana 1948: a novel by Larry Watson

Lunch and a Book — September, October, November 2011

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins — September 8th — In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Free Tax Prep This Friday

The United Way of Southeastern Michigan is hosting free tax preparation services at two Detroit and one Taylor locations for those who earn less than $48,000 a year. Details are available on the United Way site.

Lunch and a Book — May, June, July and August 2011

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain — May 12. A young boy living in mid-nineteenth century Missouri relates the many adventures that he and his friend Jim, an escaped slave, experience as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.

Cutting for stone by Abraham Verghese — June 9. Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.

If you like P.G. Wodehouse and Charles Dickens

try these authors and books:

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; with a foreword by Anita Shreve

A changed man: a novel by Francine Prose

About a boy by Nick Hornby

March by Geraldine Brooks

ELL Conversation Group Special Meeting Date and Time

Due to the Library closure on Friday, November 19th the English Language Learner Conversation Group meeting will be this Thursday, November 18, 10:15 to 11:45AM in the Purple Room.   

If you have any questions, please ask at any Reference Desk. 

30 Albums I've Worn Out Over 30 Years

Canton Public Library is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, we're making 30-item lists of interesting facts and links. For music lovers, here's a list of great albums:

  1. Fear of a Black Planet by Public Enemy
  2. Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
  3. Renegades by Rage Against the Machine
  4. Nevermind by Nirvana
  5. London calling by The Clash
  6. Ten by Pearl Jam
  7. 1999 by Prince
  8. Born to run by Bruce Springsteen

May we suggest....

an eclectic list for someone who wants books with straightforward writing spanning a range of subjects that include homeschooling, cooking, and Americans who make a difference in foreign countries:

Kabul Beauty School: beneath the veil of Afghan women by Deborah Rodriguez

Women food and God: an unexpected path to almost everything by Geneen Roth

The other Boleyn girl: a novel by Philippa Gregory

Try a classic for your next book club

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — Credited by some as the first true Romance novel, this classic tale of a young governess who falls in love with her employer is full of drama and passion. Evidence of the book's enduring appeal is over 600 Amazon.com reviewers have rated this book 5 stars.

Lunch & a Book — First Quarter 2011 Titles

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay — January 13 On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d'Hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article on this dark episode during World War II and embarks on investigation that leads her to long-hidden family secrets and to the ordeal of Sarah, a young girl caught up in the raid.

May we suggest...

for a reader who likes fast-paced suspense or something engrossing, fun, and stress-relieving:

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Agnes and the hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Size 12 is not fat by Meg Cabot

The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The last Templar by Raymond Khoury

I was told there'd be cake: essays by Sloane Crosley