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Brainy Games

scrabble boardEarn your Geek Out badge by playing Words With Friends or Scrabble online. Learn new words while having fun. Or take your choice of a host of other puzzle, hidden object or word games. Online chess is a good one as well. Games can be played on Facebook or independent of it. Start those brain games now!

Family Fun Day

Family Fun DayDon't forget about Building Bridges Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 22nd from 11am-1:30pm at the Canton Mosque located at 40440 Palmer Rd. Face painting, sports activities, henna, mosque tours, ethnic food, Arab Calligraphy and Q and A with the Imam are some of the highlights of this day. Please RSVP by June 20th. Stop in to pick up a free flyer for more information.

Family Day at the Canton Mosque

Join the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in
Building Bridges: Family Fun Day at the Canton Mosque

Please RSVP by June 20

Saturday June 22, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM at the Canton Mosque
40440 Palmer Rd. Canton, MI 48188

Free Admission, Interactive Activities, Food, Art, Sports

Join MCWS in their first active Family Day on June 22 — organized to foster dialog within our increasingly diverse communities. Families, adults, youth and children will be able to engage in team building activities and join conversations while enjoying great food, art displays and the company of the beautiful people around Canton.

Internet Basics Class

internet lab: inside the internet labLearn how to search the web, the library catalog and online databases. Prerequisite: Mouse Skills or equivalent experience. Join us June 13th from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM. No shows (failing to cancel 24 hours prior to event) will be fined $5.00 on their library account.

"When Asia Was the World" by Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500; a time when Asia was dominant; by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers-the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture. Come join us on June 18 at 7:00 PM as he talks about When Asia Was the World. Earn your Back in Time badge by attending this informative look back in history. The book When Asia Was the World will be available for purchase and signing.

Five Women Five Journeys- How Different Are We?

Five Women Five Journeys: Interfaith DialogueThe Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs is hosting a unique WISDOM program that features personal stories of women of different faith traditions- how their childhood impacted their faith today, what the challenges are for women in their tradition, what parts of their religion are misunderstood, and how reaching out to someone from a different faith enriched their lives. Come hear women of Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Baha'i faiths speak about their experiences at the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs 40440 Palmer Rd Canton, MI on April 21st at 2:30pm.

Oxford Islamic Studies Database

What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam: book coverOxford Islamic Studies is now available on our database page and also via remote access with a Canton Library Card. This allows one to explore the Qur'an by chapter or specific location, compare and contrast translations line by line, or find the context in a concordance for almost any word in the text. Included are articles on the historic development of Islam and biographies of major figures impacting it. Chaptered works such as John Esposito's "What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam" are a separate section. Primary source documents include editorial commentary and historic context for important events. Images and maps provide perspectives on global Islam and feature articles examine current events. Learning resources, thematic guides, lesson plans, bibliographies and glossaries are also available for instructors or students.

Muslim Journeys Grant

Due to a Humanities Grant from the American Library Association, our library has received books and DVDs that are reflective of Islamic history, life, art and culture. Included are both novels with a historic backdrop as well as biographies and reference material. Here is a list of our new titles:

The house of wisdom: how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili

House of stone: a memoir of home, family, and a lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid

Mental Health Resources

Good mental health is important for everyone and totally necessary to maintain a happy outlook and balanced perspective in these stressful times. Here are some library sources and community resources that can help:

Understanding Mental Health

How to find mental health care for your child by Ellen B. Braaten

How to use herbs, nutrients, & yoga in mental health by Richard P. Brown, Patricia L. Gerbarg, Philip R. Muskin

Bible Fiction

Bible Fiction are stories whose characters may not all be real people and contain some events which may not be true, but are generally based on background history, stories or prophecies from the Bible.

Christmas Customs, Why Are They?

Who made the first Nativity scene? What is the symbolic meaning of the candy cane, the holly leaf or the Christmas tree? How did the legend of Santa Claus begin and why is kissing associated with mistletoe? Answers to these questions and the origins of other traditions can be found at this page about Christmas Legends.

To check out information on Christmas customs, crafts, recipes, movies, music, stories, legends, and more, check out these sources in the library to enhance your enjoyment of this holiday season.

Senior Book Group Meets November 29th


The three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine

Senior book discussion meets on Thursday November 29th to discuss The Three Weissmanns of Westport" by Cathleen Schine. A mother and two daughters are brought together to escape the poverty brought on by divorce and career reversals. A wide ranging cast of fools, scoundrels, and  secret heroes provide an interesting interplay in this modern novel of manners.

October Senior Book Discussion

Join us on Thursday, October 25, from 2:00-3:00 PM in Meeting Room A to discuss:

Snow flower and the secret fan: a novel by Lisa See — In 19th Century China, two women find solace in exchanging messages in a secret language as they face isolation, arranged marriages and loss.

Heavenly Reads; Books About Heaven

Heaven awaits the bride by Anna Rountree — Anna Roundtree was caught up in multiple heavenly visions and became a bride of Christ in Heaven. Full of heavenly lessons, this is a very inspiring read.

To heaven and back: a doctor's extraordiary account of her death, heaven, angels, and life again: a true story by Mary C.