ALA's Shortlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S.  

Selected 2015 shortlisted titles are:


All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr

Nora Webster: a novel by Colm Tóibín

On such a full sea by Chang-rae Lee


Just mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Backyard Birdsong

I now can identify certain birds by song thanks to this book. The Backyard Birdsong Guide: A Guide to Listening by Donald Kroodsma is a real treat — especially as Spring approaches. Look up a variety of birds located in Eastern and Central North America and you will find a photo of the bird, a brief description, information about their habitat, as well as information about their singing. But what is really nifty is that you can then punch in the number located next to the bird in the sound device located in the book and listen to the bird singing!

Orphan train [kit] by Christina Baker Kline

Between 1854 and 1929, orphan trains carried thousands of abandoned children from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Vivian Daly was one such child, sent from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet existence on the coast of Maine. But hidden in her attic are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear.

CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4.6 stars out of 5.

Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

The talented Mr. Ripley [kit] by Patricia Highsmith

Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Tom Ripley is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself so fond of Dickie Greenleaf that he wants to be like him —  exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing — certainly not only one murder — to accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil.

Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

DTE Will Recycle Your Refrigerator

You can get rid of your old working refrigerator by letting DTE Energy recycle it for you through their Appliance Recycling Residential Program. DTE will pick up your old working refrigerator and then mail you a check for $50. In addition, DTE will pick up your old working freezer and mail you a check for $50. They will also pick up old working room air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers which will qualify you for a $20 rebate (must be picked up with a refrigerator or freezer). They recycle 95 percent of the old refrigerator they collect. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

Where'd you go, Bernadette: a novel by [kit] / Maria Semple — Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle — and people in general — has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence — creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

Celebrating Canton LGBT Families and Friends

LGBT FlagIn honor of MotorCity Pride (June 7 & 8) -- avolunteer-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” fromJune 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 with the subject line "LGBT Family and Friends."

New Book Club in a Bag Kit!

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.