"Howe shattered records, threw elbows and helped the Detroit Red Wings win four Stanley Cups, becoming an idol to Wayne Gretzky and countless other Canadians while also helping the sport attract American fans." (ESPN) Locally, Gordie Howe was known as an inspiration to the community, interacting with the public and participating in charity work. It is undeniable that Howe helped Detroit earn the moniker of Hockeytown and, as a testament to his popularity in the US and his home country of Canada,  Howe will be immortalized as the namesake for the Gordie Howe International Bridge to be built adjacent to the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River. This great athlete and hero to many will not be soon forgotten. If you would like to know more about his legacy, please check out the following materials.

Mr. Hockey : my story by Gordie Howe

A personal account by the hockey Hall of Famer traces his Depression-era childhood, record-setting career, and enduring relationships with his wife and children.

Hockey great Gordie Howe retired after 25 winning seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he realized that retirement just didn't work for him. When his sons were drafted to the Houston Aeros he came out of retirement to join the team! He was written off by many, who thought he was too old to be playing competitively. Through hard work, perseverance, and the loving support of his wife and family, he and his sons managed to prove the critics wrong by winning several championships for the team.

We bid farewell to Muhammad Ali this weekend at the age of 74. Ali will long be remembered as one of the greatest professional boxers in recorded history as well as one of the greatest American athletes of the 20th Century. Known for his spirit of defiance, Ali's larger than life persona in photographs, in print, and on TV was equally important as a tool for social activism. Images of Ali and his way with words have left an indelible impression on the fabric of our nation and culture. Please check out the range of materials we offer on this legendary character. 


The powerful documentary examines the life of Muhammad Ali beyond the boxing ring to offer a personal perspective on the American sporting legend. Investigating Ali's spiritual transformation includes his conversion to Islam, resistance to the Vietnam War draft, and humanitarian work. The documentary connects Ali's transcendent life story to America' struggles with race, religion, and war in the twentieth century.

Last week we lost one of the greatest American musicians of the Twentieth Century. But the music of Prince lives on. If you cannot find your favorite album in our audio collection, login to Hoopla Digital through our e-media page. Canton residents can stream or download a vast array of Prince albums and material using the Hoopla website or the app for smartphones and tablets. Celebrate his catalog and his love of life with us!

Bubbly Birthday Bash: Vernors 150th Anniversary

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Drop in for live jazz from the Keith Gamble Jazz Quartet, a little history, and some [nonalcoholic] mixology with Michigan's famous pop, Vernors Ginger Ale. 

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Beyond Cable: Internet Streaming TV and Movies

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Have you heard of Netflix, Hulu, or Hoopla? There is a whole world of On-Demand programming outside the cable box available through web-based services. This class will cover options for streaming video over the internet alongside or as an alternative to cable packages and provide an overview of some of the most popular services and necessary technology. This program is free and open to the public. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Tents & Trails: An Outdoor Adventure Primer

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A taste of the outdoors inside the library! Join us for a hands-on demonstration of how to select the right gear, pack a backpack, set up a tent, and organize a camp site. We will also discuss trail etiquette and review some of the best locations around the state and the country for enjoying the great outdoors. 

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Merle Haggard, the "grizzled country music legend" whose songs such as Okie from Muskogee and Fightin' Side of Me made him a voice for the workingman and the outsider, passed away on his 79th birthday thisa week. Haggard recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. (CNN.com)

Michigan native, author, and poet Jim Harrison passed on this weekend. Harrison's body of work included, "...21 volumes of fiction, including 'Legends of the Fall', a collection of three novellas whose title piece, about a Montana family ravaged by World War I, became a 1994 film starring Brad Pitt; 14 books of poetry; two books of essays; a memoir; and a children’s book." (New York Times) He was known for tales of outdoors and rural life in the U.P. and his rugged, masculine characters were often compared to those of Hemingway. Below we offer a selection of his works, many available on audio Book CD, in honor of his career. His 2016 release, The ancient minstrel : novellas, can be found on the New Book Shelf.

An epic Western saga about a woman and the three sons of a Montana rancher who love her, told against the backdrop of World War I.

Legends of the fall by Jim Harrison

In honor of Earth Week, join us in the Community Room for a hands-on session in container gardening. Landscape Designer Heidi Cook will guide attendees through the step-by-step process of creating an appealing decorative container. Plants, planting pots, and gloves will be provided. Be prepared to get a little dirty and create something pleasant and practical to decorate your front porch or back patio. Join us on Saturday, April 23 at 11:00 AM. Registration is required.

The story of Temple Grandin, an autistic young woman who became a great success story in the field of livestock science.

Film adaptation of the musical play which is the story of the poor Argentine girl who came to the city, became an actress and then a politician's mistress, and then the president's wife.

Dramatization of the life of Joan of Arc centering on her trial and execution.