1984: a novel [kit] by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm — Written in 1948, George Orwell's classic novel created a chilling future where Big Brother and the Thought Police monitored every move. And while the year 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's haunting vision of the world remains timeless.
The light between oceans: a novel [kit] by M.L. Stedman — After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings his young wife Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. Returning to the mainland when she is two, Tom and Isabel are reminded that there are other people in the world and discover that their choice has devastated one of them.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore [kit] by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.
Calico Joe by John Grisham
For love of the game: a novel by Michael Shaara
Foul lines: a novel about the NBA by Jack MacCallum and Jon Wertheim
Miracle cure by Harlan Coben
Dream breakers by Elizabeth Gill
Hide & seek: a novel by James Patterson
Running the rift: a novel by Naomi Benaron
Learn to sail & get that extra knot [videodisc] by with Peter Isler
In a sunburned country [sound recording] by Bill Bryson
Canoeing Michigan rivers: a comprehensive guide to 45 rivers by text, Jerry Dennis ; original maps and photographs, Craig Date
Weekend canoeing in Michigan: the rivers, the towns, the taverns by Doc Fletcher
Sustainable sailing: go green when you cast off by Dieter Loibner
The housekeeper and the professor [kit] by Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder — A beautiful story about family, memory, and math. Yes, math. Ever since a traumatic head injury, a brilliant math professor has had only eighty minutes of short-term memory. The housekeeper hired to care for the Professor returns to her job every morning to find that the Professor has forgotten her. Though he cannot create new memories, the Professor's mind is alive with elegant equations from his past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a new and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son.
In honor of Motor City Pride (June 7 & 8) -- a volunteer-driven event celebrating the lives of Michigan's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) citizens, CPL would like to celebrate Canton LGBT families and friends in a library exhibit entitled “Celebrating Canton LGBT Families and Friends” from June 1 through June 15. Please send electronic photos (.jpeg, .png, etc.) of you and/or family and friends that you would like us to include in this public display to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "LGBT Family and Friends."
The round house [kit] by Louise Erdrich — In the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. Joe tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. While his father, who is a tribal judge, tries to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.
[Bee on Flower by Steven Murray is licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0]
The dog stars [kit] by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.
- Earth Week Poetry — Monday, April 21, 2:00-2:45 PM
- Great Lakes Zoological Society — Wednesday, April 23, 2:00-3:00 PM & 3:00 - 4:00 PM
- Earth Week Craft: Save the Whales — Thursday, April 24, 2:00-3:00 PM
- Greening of Detroit — Thursday, April 24, 7:00-8:00 PM
Dewey: the small-town library cat who touched the world [kit] by Vicki Myron ; with Bret Witter — How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa. Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.