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Christmas Traditions, 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 and other legends may be found at this website link.

To check out information on Christmas customs, crafts, recipes, movies, music, stories, legends, (or more), check out these sources in our library to enhance your enjoyment of this beautiful season!

Food Customs in Other Lands

Here's some fun! Take this entertaining Don't Gross Out the World quiz to find out about dining etiquette in another country! In addition, here is a list of books with food customs, cultural facts, and recipes from other countries that can be found in Canton Library.

Summit Book Discussion Meets at the Library Starting November 17th

Starting November 17th, the Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. This is the group that formerly met at the Summit Recreation Facility. The title for November is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, which is a novel about Dinah of the Bible and the time in which she lived. If you don't have your copy, please stop by the library to ask for one today!

Ghost Stories

Whether your interest is scholarly pursuit or just a desire to be scared out of your wits, we've compiled a list of films and audiobooks, both frightening and humorous; books, both fiction and fact; and websites to visit for those curious about the supernatural.

Feature Films

The following films will either have you at the edge of your seat or falling off your seat laughing.

An American haunting by AfterDark Films; MediaPro Pictures; Midsummer Films; Redbus Pictures; Remstar Films; Sweetpea Entertainment — This movie is based on the true story of The Bell Witch of Tennesee. In 1818, slight, unexplained noises were heard in the Bell family's home. As the spirit grew, it increasingly persecuted the father, John, and his daughter, Betsy and began speaking to the family, although it refused to say why it was there. It pronounced a death sentence on John and within a year, he was dead. The film explains what happened on the night the spirit was born and what led to its horrific acts of torment.

Ghostbusters by Columbia Pictures, a Black Rhino/Bernie Brillstein production — When ghosts go on a rampage, only three men can save the world. Soon every spook in the city is loose and our heroes face the supreme challenge. If you want your spirits raised, who you gonna call? The Ghostbusters! Stars Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd.

30 Favorite Religious Thrillers Like The Da Vinci Code

A "religious thriller" is a suspense novel whose plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions or questions. Here are 30 of my favorites I've enjoyed throughout the years:

Cross bones by Kathy Reichs

Salvation in death by J.D. Robb

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

Grape Expectations

Please join us on Tuesday, October 19th from 7:00-8:00PM at Vintner's Winery for Grape Expectations, a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery with recipes. In this story, a couple of outsiders have bought an old farm in Mennonite Pennsylvania. They say they want to grow fruit, but their real plan is to start a vineyard and open a winery which will clash with the teetotalling Mennonites. When the vineyard manager is murdered, everyone is a suspect! Please register online for this program and ask a librarian for a copy of the book.

Vintner's Book Discussion — Fall, 2010

Here is the agenda and schedule for our newest book discussion at Vintner's Winery. Come join us for wine and mysteries on the third Tuesday of each month:

September 21st, 7:00-8:00PM for The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby

October 19th, 7:00-8:00PM for Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers

November 16th, 7:00-8:00PM for Deadly Vintage by Elaine Flinn

Copies of each book are available one month prior to the corresponding book discussion. Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for your copy.

Vintner's Book Discussion Coming in September!

Please join us on Tuesday, September 21st from 7:00-8:00PM for a combination of wine and murder mystery as we meet at Vintner's Winery to discuss The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby. Lucie Montgomery's father dies in a mysterious hunting accident on the family's 500 acre vineyard and her greedy brother, hell-raising sister and cut-rate vintner are all suspects. Lucie must uncover the truth and save the harvest to save the vineyard she loves. Starting September 1st, please register online for this program. Ask today at adult reference for one of our many copies of this book.

Classical Music Library is Fun!

Use our Classical Music Library database to study or listen to music from various time periods and composers from all over the world. One can search by recording title, composer, composer works (song titles), ensembles; such as Canadian Brass or New York Philharmonic; genres; such as sacred, orchestral or dance; labels (publishers), type of instrument, time period; such as Baroque or Renaissance; or recording date. The blank search box allows you to search by country name for works specific to composers from a various region or regions of the world. Start by accessing our Databases A-Z page and clicking on the Classical Music Library database, then enjoy the music whenever you please!

Arab Chaldean Festival is Coming Soon!

The Arab and Chaldean Festival of Detroit has hosted an array of musical artists from all over the Middle Eastern community within the past few years. In addition, people enjoy a wonderful display of Art Gallery showcases by numerous artists. This year's highlight attractions are multiple exhibits including "1,000 years of Arab Medicine", "Arab Folklore and Customs," and "Arab Calligraphy." Every year, thousands of guests enjoy learning more about the Middle East by viewing the beautifully displayed art collection. This year's celebration will be held July 24th and 25th from Noon to Midnight at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit.

Fourth of July Fun

The 4th of July is typically an outdoor extravaganza of parties, BBQ cookouts, fireworks and family fun. For a website that will help you decorate, bake or give you tips on entertaining, check out the Martha Stewart holiday website.

For information on the 4th of July; whether it be books concerning its history, DVDs on the holiday that are documentary or fiction, or novels with 4th of July as a theme, see our catalog under the subject 4th of July.

Flag Day is June 14th

June 14th is the official day set aside to honor the U.S. Flag. It was established in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. To see the flags of all the countries of the world, see the Flags of the World (FOTW) site. This site also has useful information on all things about our U.S. flag, such as when to fly the flag, tips on buying a flag, and a dictionary of terms related to vexillology (the study of flags). For books, DVDs and sound recordings about the lore and history of flags in our collection, search the catalog for flags.

Mother's Day

The custom of honoring mothers goes back a long way to ancient Greece and Rome. For a history of this special day as well as how other countries celebrate, see the Wikipedia article on Mother's Day. For a special teen craft, see our Make a Mother's Day Bouquet program. For a book that shows how to pamper a mother, check out Every Day is Mother's Day. Also take a look at our Mother's Day crafts books for kids.

Arab Israeli Conflict; This Day in History

On April 25th, 1982,  Israel gave the Sinai Peninsula back to Egypt which it had captured in June 1967 in the 7 Days War. Why and how is it possible that this country of Israel keeps winning and forfeiting territory in the Holy Land? What will this conflict mean for the future of our world? For a biblical perspective on the land ownership question in the Middle East, see Who Owns the Land by Stanley Ellisen. For a gripping, personal account of this never-ending struggle from the Palestinian perspective, see Son of Hamas by Mosab Yousef. For an idea of how Israel has fulfilled past Bible prophecy in Middle East history and will fulfill it in the future, see Blood in the Sand by Benny Hinn.

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today, April 12th, is Holocaust Memorial Day. For Jews, their history, their family, and their relationship with God have shaped their religion and their identity. After the horrors of the Holocaust, the Jewish people wanted a day to memorialize this tragedy. To learn more about the Holocaust, visit the web site or the Farmington Hills location of the Holocaust Museum. For a website with information and links about the Holocaust, see this Holocaust website. For our library resources, see the subject Holocaust.