Adult Contemporary Book Discussion: September

Join us for a live virtual program on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 7:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group discusses: 

News of the world : a novel by Paulette Jiles
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself. 

This book is available immediately on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 21 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Online

For a moment, close your eyes, quiet your thoughts and take a slow, deep breath. This simple breathing technique is one of the best ways to lower the stress level in your body. When your lungs take a deep inhale in and a slow exhale out, it sends a message to the brain to unwind and relax. Wherever or whenever, breathing exercises can reduce tension in your muscles, lowers the blood pressure, and calms the frayed nerves. Focusing on your breath can restore a sense of peace and positivity in your day. Google has an easy 1 Minute Breathing Exercise. Want to learn more? Check out these resources!

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren't found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again. 

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on our daily lives. Throughout human history, outbreaks of highly-contagious deadly viruses have taken the lives of millions of people. The most devastating pandemic in recorded history was known as "the Black Death" in which 75-200 million were killed in the early 14th century. In 1918, the Spanish Flu pandemic claimed between 17-50 million lives. The ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus has so far infected over 26.6 million people worldwide with new cases are added every day. No one can predict when we will truly be free of Covid-19. To keep up-to-date with the global health crisis, click on the Covid-19 Tracker link. All we can do is stay safe and stop the spread. Want to learn more? Check out these resources.

Over the last 30 years of epidemics and pandemics, we learned nearly every lesson needed to stop this coronavirus outbreak in its tracks. We heeded almost none of them. The result is a pandemic on a scale never before seen in our lifetimes. In this captivating, authoritative, and eye-opening book, science journalist Debora MacKenzie lays out the full story of how and why it happened: the previous viruses that should have prepared us, the shocking public health failures that paved the way, the failure to contain the outbreak, and most importantly, what we must do to prevent future pandemics. Debora MacKenzie has been reporting on emerging diseases for more than three decades, and she draws on that experience to explain how COVID-19 went from a potentially manageable outbreak to a global pandemic. Offering a compelling history of the most significant recent outbreaks, including SARS, MERS, H1N1, Zika, and Ebola, she gives a crash course in Epidemiology 101--how viruses spread and how pandemics end--and outlines the lessons we failed to learn from each past crisis. In vivid detail, she takes us through the arrival and spread of COVID-19, making clear the steps that governments knew they could have taken to prevent or at least prepare for this. Looking forward, MacKenzie makes a bold, optimistic argument: this pandemic might finally galvanize the world to take viruses seriously. Fighting this pandemic and preventing the next one will take political action of all kinds, globally, from governments, the scientific community, and individuals--but it is possible. No one has yet brought together our knowledge of COVID-19 in a comprehensive, informative, and accessible way. But that story can already be told, and Debora MacKenzie's urgent telling is required reading for these times and beyond. It is too early to say where the COVID-19 pandemic will go, but it is past time to talk about what went wrong and how we can do better.

A deadly virus suddenly explodes into the population. A political movement gathers pace, and then quickly vanishes. An idea takes off like wildfire, changing our world forever. We live in a world that's more interconnected than ever before. Our lives are shaped by outbreaks - of disease, of misinformation, even of violence - that appear, spread and fade away with bewildering speed. To understand them, we need to learn the hidden laws that govern them. From 'superspreaders' who might spark a pandemic or bring down a financial system to the social dynamics that make loneliness catch on, The Rules of Contagion offers compelling insights into human behavior and explains how we can get better at predicting what happens next. Along the way, Adam Kucharski explores how innovations spread through friendship networks, what links computer viruses with folk stories - and why the most useful predictions aren't necessarily the ones that come true.

2020 is proving to be a year unlike anything else we've experienced. Covid-19 has affected every aspect of life in our communities. Many families with college-bound students have to reconcile with a virtual college experience instead of living on campus for the fall semester. Does your student have to "college at home?" No worries. We've compiled a list of online resources at the library that can be helpful for your stay-at-home while staying-safe college student. 

Student Studying at Home
  • Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary resource for scholarly research. Subjects range from Animal Science to Zoology. Articles are peer-reviewed and full-text. If you're looking for scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals, this database is for you.
  • Ebsco eBook Academic Collection offers a wide selection of high-quality academic eBooks curated by librarians. Perfect for the remote learner. 
  • Gale Courses offers college students access to GRE test preparation as well as skills reviews and refreshers to math and sciences. Courses run for 6 weeks and are taught by college instructors. Gale Courses is available to Canton residents with a Canton library card.
  • LearningExpress Library provides access to a range of academic skill-building tutorials for those interested in achieving their educational goals. 

Sensory Social Hour: November

This inclusive and accessible program is intended for patrons aged 18+ with their family and/or caregivers. Join us on Thursday, November 5 from 6:00-7:00 PM for a fun, fall-inspired Hoedown activities on Zoom! Our session will feature storytelling, a Grab and Go craft project, movement exercises, games, and more! This event is open to individuals, groups, and support staff. Cowboy hat is optional. 

  • How will we do this live?

Make sure you have a device that supports Zoom.

  • How do I register for the program? 

Just click the link below.

  • How do I pick up a craft kit?

Click the register link. You will receive an email directing you to schedule a time to pick up your Harvest Hoedown Grab and Go kit at the library. Please pick up by Wednesday, November 4. 

  • When will the Zoom link be sent? 

You will receive an email 24 hours before the Zoom program. Click the link in your email to join us live! 

Registration is required. 

Colorful Fall Wreath

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, November 5 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Online

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion November

Join us for a live virtual program on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 7:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group discusses: 

The mountains sing : a novel by Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

An enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart. Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

This book is available immediately on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, November 16 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Online

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion October

Join us for a live virtual program on Monday, October 18, 2020, at 7:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

Robin Windsor has spent most of her life under an assumed name, running from her family's ignominious past. She thought she'd finally found sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is hot on her heels. When she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father's scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book--a first edition Catcher in the Rye--is soon followed by the other books she shared with Peter nearly twenty years ago, with one arriving in the mail each day. But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she's about to be exposed all over again? With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words--the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write--have more power than we imagine.

This book is available immediately on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 19 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Online

The summer concert season has ended before it began. There's a growing concern that live performances at venues won't be back anytime soon until it's perfectly safe for both fans and performers. Celebrity recording stars like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber broke the news to followers on Twitter that their tours were canceled for 2020. On the local level, festivals and other public events are canceled as well. To fill the void, musicians, recording artists, bands, and symphonies are connecting with their fans at home who are missing the live music experience. Virtual concerts have sparked a new way for musical artists to bond with their fan base. So let's gather and enjoy live music while social distancing safely at home!  Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Live Concert
  • Billboard's Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch an updated list of live shows from some of today's most famous and not-so famous musical talent.
  • Brian Culbertson's Virtual Hang every Friday night at 8PM, hang out with contemporary jazz artist Brian Culbertson live in studio.  
  • hoopla is one of the best electronic resources the library offers CPL cardholders. We have doubled the monthly checkout limits to 40 and the best thing is...it's instantaneous! No wait times! Multiple CPL cardholders can download the same title at the same time. So check out live recordings from artists and performers across the musical spectrum.
  • Jazz Music Library is a gem of a database available for CPL cardholders. It's the largest collection of streaming jazz, swing, blues and much more from jazz greats of all time. Search live recordings to listen to over a thousand amazing performances.
  • Kerrytown Concert House is Ann Arbor's Listening Room but while concert presentations are paused, you can catch their livestream series, Live @ the 415 to tune into live concerts from local and favorite artists! 
  • Playbill is living up to Broadway's most timeless phrase, the show must go on! Though Playbill is an online magazine for theatergoers, due to the coronavirus, it has expanded its reach to meet demand for live theater and everything related to "the Arts." So nourish your artistic soul with livestreamed song and dance workshops and performances. 

While we're staying home and staying safe, why not get creative and make a fun, family craft project together?  You can transform ordinary paper lunch bags into something collaborative and creative!  A summer memory scrapbook journal made from paper lunch bags is an easy and economical way to keep track of your summer memories. Your family can collect pictures, stories and other treasures in one place to cherish for many summers to come. This project is for all ages and abilities! So get creative with the family while staying safe at home. Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Paper Bag Book

Here are the supplies you need to get started on your summer memory book project: 

  • paper lunch bags, craft or gift bags with handles
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • glue sticks
  • construction paper
  • crayons, glitter pens, markers
  • any kind of colorful ribbon or yarn
  • craft/scrapbooking embellishments

Michaels is one of the largest arts and crafts suppliers in the state. The Ideas That Inspire from the Michaels Design Team are expert crafters who offer DIY tutorials for just about every craft project under the sun. Jo, one of the design team members, created an easy and inspirational how-to video on making a Paper Bag Book.

FeltMagnet is a website created by crafters, quilters, and artists who share their expertise and knowledge for craft enthusiasts looking for high-quality, content-rich crafting inspiration. There's a tutorial for personalizing a Paper Bag Scrapbook. 

Iheartcraftythings is a website created by a busy mom and blogger who writes about arts and crafts projects with her kids. It's bursting with kid-friendly ideas for crafting activities, including for those with sensory and fine motor issues. The how-to page for making a Paper Bag Summer Memory Book For Kids has a supplies list, step-by-step instructions, and photos illustrating every step in the process. 

CreativeBug is a fun and inspirational resource accessible to CPL cardholders. Learn new crafting skills, find projects for every occasion, and watch DIY videos by design experts and artists. A creative craft project is just a click away!

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Autism is a set of complex, developmental challenges that affect an individual's social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation. About 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Want to learn more? You can contact the Autism Alliance of Michigan. The library has resources to help too! 

This accessible and authoritative guide helps parents understand how autism spectrum disorder is defined and diagnosed and offers an overview of the most current behavioral and developmental therapies for children with ASD. Topics include: symptoms, accessing care, services in the community, and the role of complementary and alternative medicine. Parents will also find inspirational and relatable stories from other caretakers, helping them feel less alone. 

A child's voice leads into each chapter, offering a one-of-a-kind exploration into how ten core characteristics of autism affect our children's perceptions and reactions to the surrounding physical, sensory and social environments. This revised and updated third edition sharpens the focus on these basic aspects while expanding on how our own perspectives shape the life of our child and ourselves, today, tomorrow, and for years to come. An all-new section illuminates the surprising breadth of our power of choice and outlines potent strategies for strong decision-making in every situation. 

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