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Hydroplane Racing on the Detroit River

Watch Unlimited Hydroplanes race on the Detroit River at speeds close to 200 miles an hour at this year's APBA Gold Cup Race. This year's event runs July 13-14 and is a great way to earn your My Mitten badge.

Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Eyewitness History

Be there with the history makers!

The beauty and the sorrow: an intimate history of the First World War by Peter Englund ; translated by Peter Graves

Berlin diary: the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer ; with a new foreword by Gordon A. Craig

Blue-eyed child of fortune: the Civil War letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw by edited by Russell Duncan

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission ; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain ; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

Dispatches from the front: the American war correspondent by Nathaniel Lande

Michigan Modern

Visit the new exhibit at the Cranbook Art Museum and earn your My Mitten badge! Opening June 14, Michigan Modern: design that shaped America celebrates our state's contributions to modern design, including the architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki. The exhibit will be available until October 13. The Cranbrook Art Museum is also part of this year's Michigan Activity Pass program.

Ford Fireworks

fireworks: fireworksCelebrate our nation's birthday and earn your My Mitten badge at the Detroit Ford Fireworks display on June 24 at 10:00 PM. The 55th annual event takes place along the Detroit River and Hart Plaza. For more fireworks display in Wayne County click here.

Electric Forest Festival

The 2013 Electric Forest Festival takes place this year in Rothbury, Michigan from June 27-30. This year's performers include The String Cheese Incident, Passion Pit, Yeasayer and Pretty Lights. Click here for directions and have a great time earning your My Mitten badge.

100 Best Written TV Series

tv: tvThe Writers Guild of America recently announced their list of the 100 Best Written TV Series of all time. The Top 25 includes such favorites as  The Sopranos, SeinfeldAll in the Family, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights, and Mad Men. The complete list can be found here.

Honoring Veterans

Two days have been set aside to honor the memory of those who have served America in the armed forces:

The resources below are a good way to learn about our nation's armed conflicts and honor the memory of those who served to protect our nation.

Women Veterans

America's first woman warrior: the courage of Deborah Sampson by Lucy Freeman and Alma Halbert Bond — The biography of the only woman soldier to fight in the Revolutionary War.

Movies for Earth Day

Earth Day: Earth DayAlthough Earth Day is officially celebrated once a year on April 22, the Library has a great collection of environmentally-themed documentaries that are available all year round. From wildlife to climate change, from recycling to alternate energy, we have it covered! Check out just some of the titles below:

Beyond pollution [videodisc] by directed by Barker White — Examines the economic impact and health effects that the disastrous BP oil spill will have on local communities both immediately and long term.


Climate of doubt [videodisc]: the politics of global warming by written by John Hockenberry, Catherine Upin ; directed by Catherine Upin — An examination of the shift in political attitudes towards global warming in the United States.


Collapse [videodisc] — The economic predictions of investigative journalist Michael Ruppert regarding the possible global financial meltdown and major social change that could result if oil dependence continues unabated.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 2013

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will induct its new members for 2013 on April 18. The inductees are Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, and Albert King. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Lou Adler and Quincy Jones. The ceremony will take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Ordinary girl: the journey by Donna Summer ; with Marc Eliot

Zinio is Here!

ZinioDigital access to almost 200 of your favorite magazines is now available! Just click on the Zinio icon on the front page of our website, or click on the link from our Databases or eBooks page to get started. Newsweek, Consumer Reports, Elle Decor, Organic Gardening, Martha Stewart Living, Hockey News, Rolling Stone, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance are just some of the titles to pick from. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome from the CPL website to view issues on the library's computers. For a short but helpful video click here.  Both the video and a user's guide are available on the Zinio site once you are signed up. Happy reading!

Earth Day Reading, Viewing & Listening

Earth day: Earth dayThe Canton Public Library is celebrating Earth Day from April 14-27 with a series of entertaining and educational programs. Topics include bat conservancy, organic eating, buying local food, and rain gardens. The week will wrap up with a fantastic performance by authentic Native American Dancers. The Library's collection if full of excellent books, dvds, and cds to help you celebrate with us:

America's neighborhood bats by Merlin D. Tuttle


The bat house builder's handbook by Merlin D. Tuttle, Mark Kiser, Selena Kiser


Bats by M. Brock Fenton


Wildlife heroes: 40 leading conservationists and the animals they are committed to saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken ; with photo editor Sterling Zumbrunn

Margaret Thatcher 1925-2013

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's only female prime minister has passed away at the age of 87. Thatcher served as the leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990 and was known as the Iron Lady.


Reagan and Thatcher: the difficult relationship by Richard Aldous


Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: a political marriage by Nicholas Wapshott


The Iron Lady: a biography of Margaret Thatcher by Hugo Young


The Downing Street years by Margaret Thatcher


The rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher [videodisc]

Mad Men returns on April 7!

Mad Men  returns to the airwaves on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 PM on AMC.  The two-hour premiere of the series' 6th season continues the story of Don Draper and his colleagues at the New York City advertising agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. When we last saw Don and the gang it was the spring of 1967 and they were all at crossroads in both their personal and professional lives. Providing additional backdrop to the series is the political and social upheaval of the 1960s. If you're a new viewer - or just want to watch again - you can catch up now with Mad Men  seasons 1-5 from the Library's collection. Welcome back Don Draper!

Digital Magazines are on the Way!

The Canton Public Library will soon provide unlimited, simultaneous, digital access to almost 200 of your favorite magazines through a new database called Zinio for Libraries. After setting up a free account, CPL card holders will be able to read current issues cover-to-cover of any these selected titles, as well as be informed via email of future issues. Patrons can read online at any time via a web browser, either inside the library, or remotely on your PC, Mac, iPad, Kindle Fire, iPhone, or Android device. Offline access is also available after downloading an app. The issues are then permanently stored in your "viewer collection." No checkout periods or late fees! A wide variety of popular titles will be available including Consumer Reports, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Living, Rolling Stone, Motor Trend, Popular Science, and Newsweek.

Historic Recordings

The Library of Congress has recently announced the selection of 25 new titles to be added to the National Recording Registry. Included in this year's selections are two historic broadcasts - George Hicks' 1944 radio reports during the D-Day invasion of Europe, and Dwight Eisenhower's prerecorded presidential message relayed from an Atlas satellite in 1958. This was the first audio "broadcast" from space. The registry was created with the passage of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 which charMusic notes: Music notesged the Library of Congress with preserving recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important." Several of the most recent selections can be found in the Library's collection: