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Did you Return to Cranford?

If you've been keeping up with the current Masterpiece season on PBS, maybe you finished watching Return to Cranford last weekend. I had high expectations after the first Cranford, and while I wasn't disappointed, there were several shocking developments in the course of the new mini-series. Bessie, one of my favorite characters, suffered perhaps more than was deserved. But there were many moments of humor as well, and I enjoyed my second visit to Cranford. Don't forget to check the library's collection for more materials related to Elizabeth Gaskell.
The next feature on Masterpiece will be Emma, which begins this Sunday evening.

Happy Birthday Michael Bond!

Celebrate the January 13th birthday of the author who brought us Paddington Bear! Check out one of Michael Bond's books about Paddington, and be sure to watch our website for another very special bear-related birthday this week!

Celebrate Rudyard Kipling!

Celebrate Rudyard Kipling's birthday on December 30th! Read one of his many stories for adults or children, or find out more about his life.

Happy Birthday Noel Streatfeild!

Celebrate Noel Streatfeild's birthday on December 24th!  Come to the library early (we're closed on the 24th and 25th) to check out some of her books.  My favorite is Ballet Shoes, and the library has many other fiction books about ballet, or informative books on dance.  Come check them out!

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

Celebrate Jane Austen's birthday on December 16. You might think that there's nothing new with Austen, since she's been dead for almost 200 years, and sure enough, her collection of classics hasn't grown much lately. But there have been a slew of spin-offs, add-ons, continuations and re-tellings, and you can explore some of them on the shelves at CPL. Keep an eye out for a new version of Emma coming to Masterpiece in January, and while you wait, check our shelves for other Austen movies!

My Favorite Christmas Story

For a long time my favorite Christmas book was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.  I love the wild and outrageous Herdman family who discovers the Christmas story for the first time.  This is a wickedly humorous, but touching story that has stayed with me since the first time I read it many years ago.  But last year, I read a book that may take that top spot of Christmas favorite.  The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry had me laughing until I cried.  On Christmas Eve, the Barnes family experiences the startling loss of the beloved family dog.  But Doug and his father pull off a Christmas miracle - of sorts - just in time for the Christmas pageant. 

Having Too Much Fun?

December is a month full of many celebrations, and for some of us, final exams.  There seems to be an increase in pressure to get things done before the end of the year, and whether your tasks are enjoyable or not, it's important to remember to take it easy.  So while we have many items in the library that will help you get ready for all the parties and holidays, we also have materials to help you manage stress, relax and exercise to relieve some of the pressure.

Fourscore and Seven Years Ago...

...or maybe a little bit longer than that. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. In this short, but powerful speech that is still known almost one hundred and fifty years later, Lincoln spoke about ideas of both war and freedom. Find out more about our sixteenth president on this historic day.

Happy Belated Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Well, we've missed the actual day (November 10) of Neil Gaiman's birthday, but it's never too late to celebrate a wonderful author!  He's gotten a lot of attention this year between winning the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book, and the release of the film version of Coraline.  If those piqued your interest, you might enjoy other books by Neil Gaiman.  You'll find them all over the library, for Children, Teens and Adults.

40 Years of Sunny Days!

Today is the 40th birthday of Sesame Street! As the longest-running children's television show, Sesame Street has been around as many of us have grown up. Celebrate this special day and sing a verse of "Rubber Ducky," play some Sesame Street games, or stop in at the library where we have all kinds of Sesame Street materials.

Happy birthday, Sesame Street!

The Library is Everywhere!

If you've been keeping up with Thorndyke's blog, you probably know we had some serious trick-or-treating going on at the library yesterday. What you might not know is that we're also going to be at the trick-or-treat parade at the Summit tomorrow! If you're going to be there, keep an eye out for librarians in costume handing out treats. Our library staff really gets around Canton; just last week we were at IKEA Metro Detroit, where they let us have a storytime right in the middle of their store! So keep an eye out for future events: you never know where the library might turn up.

Visit the Canton Farmer's Market

There are only two Sundays left to visit the Canton Farmer's Market, so be sure to visit it at least once before the season is over. Open from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Bartlett-Travis House, the market features a variety of local produce and craft items, demonstrations, local history and often entertainment. This is a must-see event. Before you go, find out more about eating locally and cooking with farmer's market produce. The market won't return until next May, so get your local veggies now!

It's National Cookie Month!

October is National Cookie Month! Now that the weather is cooler, it's perfect weather for doing some baking and having fun in the kitchen. Get some ideas for cooking with kids online, or come to the library for some cookie cookbooks or stories about this yummy treat.

Celebrate Julie Andrews' Birthday!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  Take some time this week to celebrate Julie Andrews' birthday (October 1).  If you haven't read one of her books before, she has written several under the name Julie Edwards.  It's also the perfect week to check out Mary Poppins, or any of Julie Andrews' other movies.  Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

Celebrate Jim Henson's Birthday this Week

There’s nothing quite like a muppet to cheer you up, no matter how old you are. So celebrate Jim Henson and his muppet creations this week, in honor of his birthday on September 24. Read more about Jim Henson's life, watch some of his creations, or find out more about his legacy organization and the Jim Henson Company.