The Michigan Notable Books Program has selected 20 books for 2012 celebrating Michigan people, places and events. The majority of these titles are available at Canton Library and libraries across the state. For a free bookmark listing these titles, stop by the Adult Help Desk. For more information on the Michigan Notable Books Program, see michigan.gov/notable books
On Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM, the Michigan Arab Orchestra (MAO) and choir will present the third free concert of their first inaugural season, which also marks the launch of ADC ‘s 1st Annual Cultural Day at Fordson High School Theater in Dearborn. The Anti-Discrimination Committee's Greater Detroit Chapter is pleased to announce its Excellence in Literature and Art Award recipients at this "Cultural Night." For more information and background on the recipients, see the chapter's website.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please email: info@MichiganArabOrchestra.org or call the ADC Michigan Office at 313-581-1201.
Wildcat wine by Claire Hamner Matturro — Just when attorney Lillian Belle Rosemay Cleary's hands are full with a psychic client and a Nazi-next-door neighbor, an obnoxious partner in her firm is murdered. Somehow Lilly is dragged into investigating and encounters a world-class assortment of weirdo suspects, all of whom had good reason to want to knock the guy off.
On February 18, 2012, the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, was elevated to the position of Cardinal by Pope Pius XVI. There are currently 181 Cardinals in the Catholic Church worldwide, of which only 108 are under 80 years of age and eligible to vote for a new pope in conclave. For more information on Cardinals (Catholicism) or Timothy Dolan, click on the subject links.
How did Valentine's Day originate? Who is this patron saint of lovers, of whom actually very little is known? According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, three different Valentines were actually martyred during the early days of the Christian Church, but very little is known about any of them. For more information, see this Catholic Online link. You can also view a list of Canton Library's books, programs and DVDs about valentines, like one with historic pictures of awesome valentines:
Greetings with love: the book of valentines by Michele Karl
Learn to create multimedia presentations Tuesday, February 7th from 10-11:30 AM. Prerequisites: mouse and Word skills. Registration opens on January 24th. Suggested titles for check-out in our collection are:
PowerPoint presentations that sell by Adam B. Cooper
The year 2012 is The Year of the Dragon in China and the Chinese New Year begins on January 23rd. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules, and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. So, if you were born in any years designated as "Year of the Dragon," you may exhibit these characteristics. To check and see which sign dominates the year you were born, see the China Today website. For more on Chinese horoscopes that you can check out in our library, see:
The handbook of Chinese horoscopes by Theodora Lau
Christopher Eric Hitchens, author and journalist, columnist and literary critic for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, World Affairs, The Nation and others died at 62 years of age on December 15th from complications from esophageal cancer. He was voted the world's 5th top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Affairs opinion poll. Here are some of the books Canton Library owns by this controversial author:
God is not great: how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens
Hitch-22: a memoir by Christopher Hitchens
This is the season of miracles and they are all around us. The power to appreciate even the smallest coincidence is one of the many choices we are given in this life and many miracles start out exactly that way. From the least startling to the truly awe inspiring wonders that happen, it is a gift to be able to witness their unfolding. Following is a list of "miracle" books and other resources which can be found at the Canton Public Library or through its access to the Internet. Be sure to check out the section on Christmas Miracles near the end.
Small miracles II: heartwarming gifts of extraordinary coincidences by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal
Wine and Mysteries Book Discussion, which meets monthly at Vintners Winery, will not be meeting in the month of December. Have a festive, safe and fun Christmas holiday! A few recommended titles to help you enjoy this season are:
The Christmas cookie club: a novel by Ann Pearlman
Hot toddies: mulled wine, buttered rum, spiced cider, and other soul-warming winter drinks by Christopher O'Hara; photographs by William A. Nash
Guy Fawkes Day started in 1605 and is always commemorated in England on November 5th. It was an uprising of English Catholics who were distressed about the increased severity of laws prohibiting the practice of their religion by the Protestant King James I. They plotted to blow up Parliament but the authorities were informed by an anonymous tipper, broke into the hideaway, and found Guy Fawkes guarding the gunpowder! The day is celebrated with fireworks and he is burned in effigy. For more information on this history, see:
Faith and treason: the story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser