The Rainbow Book List is created by a committee of the same name as part of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Each year, the committee reads and selects quality books "with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age." Check out these books from the 2017 list!

Big Bob, little Bob by James Howe

Little Bob likes books and dolls and quiet things, so when big Bob moves in next door with his trucks and balls and loud play it doesn't seem like they would have much in common, but they may still find a way to be friends.

Worm loves Worm by J. J Austrian

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

Summertime brings the Fletcher Family back to Rock Island where the good times never end, but this summer the boys' favorite lighthouse is all boarded up and with the help from their new neighbors, the Garcia girls, the boys are determined to find out what is really happening with their lighthouse and saving it, no matter what the cost.

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In this charming debut from one of Sweden's most successful authors, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon -- the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4.4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Trustee Comments
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders — None
  • New Business 
    •  Presentation: 2017-2018 Healthcare Plan Contract Options (Beth Madziar and Dave Huntzicker, Kapnick Insurance)
    • Approve 2017-2018 Healthcare Plan Contract
    • Approve Employee Cost-Sharing Method for Medical Premiums as Outlined by Michigan Public Act 152 (Publicly Funded Health Insurance Act)
    • First Reading of IT Security Policy
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Mindfulness and Mental Health

We all deal with some type of stress in life. Breathing techniques can help with these stressors and reduce depression and anxiety. Join certified yoga therapist and mental health practitioner, Natalie Merkel, who will share wellness techniques that promote calm and relaxation. Learn breathing techniques and participate in an instructor led silent meditation to redirect focus and allow stressors to drift away. Please dress comfortably. 

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, July 26 - 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM Community Room

 

In case you missed our Foxes storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own foxy storytime at home.

From Storytime

My ears are huge and fuzzy by Jessica Rudolph

In this book, young readers will learn all the different traits of a particular animal, and then get to guess what it is.

 

FIVE LITTLE FOXES FINGERPLAY

          Five little foxes all lined up in a row

          Five little foxes, so clever don’t you know?

          Suddenly one fox runs into the trees.

          Now how many foxes do you see? (Count down to zero)

Canton's Front Porch

This summer the Canton Public Library invites you to sip lemonade and get to know your neighbors on Canton's Front Porch. During the month of July we hope to capture the summertime tradition of the front porch, a place to relax and connect with your neighbors, by transforming the front of the library into a giant front porch.  Our community is stronger when we meet and know one another, so stop by to rock, relax and enjoy conversation with fellow community members.

Throughout the month of July we will be hosting Lemonade Hour on the porch. Ice cold lemonade will be served (while supplies last) during scheduled dates and times. Be sure to stop by to enjoy Canton Public Library's hospitality.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 27 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Outdoors
Thursday, July 6 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Outdoors
Monday, July 10 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Outdoors
Thursday, July 13 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Outdoors
Monday, July 24 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Outdoors
Thursday, July 27 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Outdoors
Monday, July 31 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Outdoors

When the Nazi Blitzkrieg subjugated Europe in World War II, London became the safe haven for the leaders of seven occupied countries--France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Poland--who fled there to avoid imprisonment and set up governments in exile to commandeer their resistance efforts. The lone hold-out against Hitler's offensive, Britain became a beacon of hope to the rest of Europe, as prominent European leaders like French general Charles De Gaulle, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, and King Haakon of Norway competed for Winston Churchill's attention while trying to rule their embattled countries from the precarious safety of 'Last Hope Island.'"

 

Look through another's eyes with a book translated from another language. Scroll to the bottom for chapter books and teen fiction.

Picture Books

Over the ocean by Tarō Gomi

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

As time went by by José Sanabria

A steamship makes a journey across time from luxury and exclusivity, industry and abandonment, to stewardship and inclusion as we see the evolving functions of the ship and the changing faces of the people who cherish it most of all.

Whether you are celebrating Ramadan this season or simply want to teach your children more about this Muslim holiday, CPL has a number of wonderful books for you to take home. 

Ramandan is celebrated in the ninth month in the calendar used for Muslim holidays. This year Ramadan falls during summer which is the most challenging season to fast. The days are very long and hot. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down in order to understand how the poor feel when they go hungry. The beginning and ending of Ramadan is marked by the crescent moon, and this is why many children's books feature moons on the cover or in the title! 

Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Scrabble.

Curious George celebrates Ramadan with his friend Kareem by sampling special treats, making baskets to donate to the needy, and searching for the crescent moon.

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

Ramadan is one of the most special months of the Islamic year, when Muslims pray, fast, and help those in need. Whitman's lyrical story, with luminous illustrations by Sue Williams, serves as an ideal introduction to Ramadan.

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