What if you made your New Year's resolution not about changing yourself but about loving yourself as you are instead? Check out these books that can help you do just that:

A prescriptive, empowering, and psychology-driven guide to building confidence in your body, clothes, beauty, and life in the era of toxic social media-driven beauty standards. Between picture-perfect Instagram celebrities, ultra-lean fitness gurus, and effortlessly chic fashion influencers, it's getting harder and harder to feel good about the way we look. Despite the growing movement toward female empowerment and body positivity, the pressure for women to conform to beauty standards is higher than ever, and the culture of social media has raised the bar. But it's not too late to break the looks-obsessed cycle and live a happy, confident, authentic life. Beyond Beautiful is a no-fuss, psychology-backed guide to help women develop a healthy attitude toward their bodies, looks, clothing, health, and aging. Filled with proven strategies for proactive self-care, this stylish and essential guide provides sage answers to tricky questions like: * Why do I hate the way I look in pictures? * How can I stop comparing myself to all those beautiful people on social media? * Would I be happier if I lost weight? * Why is everyone else so stylish? Illustrated with full-color spot art, Beyond Beautiful is a much-needed breath of fresh air that will enhance your confidence and joy, and help you live your best life.

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Systems of oppression thrive off of our inability to make peace with bodies and difference. When we develop the ability to honor difference and radically accept ourselves, we have the capacity and desire to apply those skills to the larger world. Radical self love not only dismantles shame and self loathing in us, but has the power to dismantle global systems of injustice, because when we make true peace with our bodies, only then do we have the capacity to truly make peace with the bodies of the others. The purpose of this book is to get us to stop treating our bodies like cars, to stop acting as if our minds are not part of our bodies. Reading this book will move us beyond these fraught and compartmentalized lives, where we easily forget that we are whole humans having whole human experiences in our bodies.

Every year, former President Barack Obama releases a list of recommended reading. You can find an extensive list of all his recommendations in this BookRiot article, and you can find a list of all of his recommendations that CPL has in our print and electronic collections below. If you see any that are not part of our collection, you may be able to request them through MelCat. Ask a Librarian if you need assistance.

Here is the continuation of the second part of our list:

2019: Early Recommendations

The Nickel boys : a novel by 1969- Colson Whitehead
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As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."

Every year, former President Barack Obama releases a list of recommended reading. You can find an extensive list of all his recommendations in this BookRiot article, and you can find a list of all of his recommendations that CPL has in our print and electronic collections below. If you see any that are not part of our collection, you may be able to request them through MelCat. Ask a Librarian if you need assistance.

Here is the continuation of the first part of our list:

2016

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Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves.

Every year, former President Barack Obama releases a list of recommended reading. You can find an extensive list of all his recommendations in this BookRiot article, and you can find a list of all of his recommendations that CPL has in our print and electronic collections below. If you see any that are not part of our collection, you may be able to request them through MelCat. Ask a Librarian if you need assistance.

2008

FDR by Jean Edward Smith

One of today’s premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In this superlative volume, Jean Edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source material to provide an engrossing narrative of one of America’s greatest presidents. 

Although it is important to recognize indigenous people every month, November is Native American Heritage Month! You can begin your month by looking at this map of Native Land that allows you to see what peoples once lived on the land that you now do. Next, you can participate by checking out these books that highlight Native American voices:

Children

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. 

Today is the perfect day for some chocolate. Canton Public Library has you covered with books on many aspects of the cacao bean from its history to recipes. We even have fiction in which chocolate plays an important role. Check out these offerings: 

Beans to chocolate by 1963- Sarah Ridley

Everyone loves chocolate, but do you know where it comes from and how it ends up on supermarket shelves? Follow the story of chocolate through the farming process to manufacturing. 

Chocolate hits all the right sweet--and bitter--notes: cutting-edge genetic science whisked in with a strong social conscience, history, and culture yield one thought-provoking look into one of the world's most popular foods. Readers who savored Chew on This and Food, Inc. and lovers of chocolate will relish this fascinating read.

     Did you know that it is Banned Books Week? Held during the last week of September - this year from September 22 to 28 - Banned Books Week is a celebration of the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.

     The American Library Association compiles lists of frequently challenged books. Visit their website to see which books are on those lists. Did you know that all of the classic books on the following list have been challenged at one time as well?

 

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
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  • Challenged in the Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980)  as a "filthy, trashy novel."
  • Challenged at the Santa Cruz, CA Schools (1995) because of its racial themes.  Removed from the Southwood High School Library in Caddo Parish, LA (1995) because the book's language and content were objectionable.

Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the Deep South defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century.

Of mice and men by 1902-1968 John Steinbeck
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  • Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Tell City, IN (1982) due to "profanity and using God's name in vain."
  • Challenged as a summer youth program reading assignment in Chattanooga, TN (1989) because "Steinbeck is known to have had an anti business attitude." In addition, "he was very questionable as to his patriotism."

Over seventy-five years since its first publication, Steinbeck's tale of commitment, loneliness, hope, and loss remains one of America's most widely read and taught novels. An unlikely pair, George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression, grasp for their American Dream. They hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations, nor predict the consequences of Lennie's unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.

National Voter Registration Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Tuesday of September. It is a great time to make sure that you are registered to vote. Have you moved recently? Are you a college student?  Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to check your status.

If needed, you can get a voter registration application at the following locations:

Are you registered to vote?

1. Your local Secretary of State branch office 
2. Your local county, city, or township clerk's office
3. The offices of several state agencies, like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
4. Military recruitment centers
5. Voter registration drives
6. Online at www.Michigan.gov/sos

     In their latest batch of updates, Merriam-Webster has added 533 new words and new meanings to their dictionary. Are you familiar with all of them? Well, don't worry, because the Library has you covered. Check out some of these new words and meanings and the resources we have for you to learn about them:

  • Colorism: prejudice or discrimination especially within a racial or ethnic group favoring people with lighter skin over those with darker skin.

Weaving together personal stories, history, and analysis, Same Family, Different Colors explores the myriad ways skin-color politics affect family dynamics in the United States.
Colorism and color bias - the preference for or presumed superiority of people based on the color of their skin - is a pervasive and damaging but rarely openly discussed phenomenon. In this unprecedented book, Lori L. Tharps explores the issue in African American, Latino, Asian American, and mixed-race families and communities by weaving together personal stories, history, and analysis. The result is a compelling portrait of the myriad ways skin-color politics affect family dynamics in the United States.
Tharps, the mother of three mixed-race children with three distinct skin colors, uses her own family as a starting point to investigate how skin-color difference is dealt with. Her journey takes her across the country and into the lives of dozens of diverse individuals, all of whom have grappled with skin-color politics and speak candidly about experiences that sometimes scarred them. From a Latina woman who was told she couldn't be in her best friend's wedding photos because her dark skin would "spoil" the pictures, to a light-skinned African American man who spent his entire childhood "trying to be Black," Tharps illuminates the complex and multifaceted ways that colorism affects our self-esteem and shapes our lives and relationships. Along with intimate and revealing stories, Tharps adds a historical overview and a contemporary cultural critique to contextualize how various communities and individuals navigate skin-color politics.
 

     The fires burning in the Amazon rainforest have been all over the news lately. If you would like to learn more about the valuable resource that is the world's largest tropical rainforest, or if you would like to know more about doing what you can to fight climate change, check out these materials:

Welcome to the largest rainforest in the world, a vast wonder just waiting for you to explore. Follow along as pink dolphins dart through the flooded river, vampire bats swoop down from the trees, and giant green anacondas slowly slither across the forest floor. This humongous habitat is home to millions of plants, animals, and people. But large as it may be, the Amazon Rainforest is in danger--and shrinking fast. Learn more about this amazing place and discover what you can do to help save the rainforest!

Will our efforts really make a difference? Yes of course. We have the power to shift the course of history towards a healthier, happier and safer future. Organized in a fun, easy-to-read format with each step a simple, personal act which can help in the fight against global warming. The steps outlined in this book are the most effective, practical ways to make the shift from a fossil-fuels-based society to an exemplary and self-sustaining world power.

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