Stephen Hawking


Theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking, who revolutionized our understanding of black holes, passed away today at the age of 76. Hawking, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was 21, spent most of his life confined to a wheelchair but didn't let the limitations of his body constrain his mind. To physicists, and the broader scientific community, Hawking remains a giant upon whose shoulders they will stand.


To learn more about Hawking and his contributions to our understanding of the world, check out the items below. 


Stephen Hawking is among one of the most inspiring persons of our time. His work in the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics has been significant. This title includes primary sources, sidebars, prompts and activities, charts and graphs, and much more. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Video games can transport you into another world with breathtaking landscapes and emotional stories. As you progress through the game you find yourself caring for the characters and you start to carefully consider game choices that will effect them. Here are some memorable video games in our video game collection. 

Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning open-air adventure.

Experience the acclaimed and beloved Shadow of the Colossus. Explore forbidden lands on a quest to bring your love back to life. Conquer towering creatures, each presenting a unique challenge to overcome. Rebuilt from the ground up for the PlayStation 4 system.

Educated : a memoir by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. 

In The New Negro : The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally. He narrates the education of Locke, including his becoming the first African American Rhodes Scholar and earning a PhD in philosophy at Harvard University, and his long career as a professor at Howard University. Locke also received a cosmopolitan, aesthetic education through his travels in continental Europe, where he came to appreciate the beauty of art and experienced a freedom unknown to him in the United States.

X : a novel [kit] by Ilyasah Shabazz

Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies--after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm's efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he's found is only an illusion--and that he can't run forever. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today. Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age twenty, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

March is Women's History Month. Find out about the many brave and talented  women who have influenced world history by reading some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Presents profiles of war heroines from Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States.

The key to effective writing and speaking is English grammar.  Whether you are just now learning the basics of grammar or if you need a refresher, this course will help you develop the foundational skills you need.  In this course, you’ll explore the eight parts of speech, punctuation and mechanics, foundational sentence construction, and we’ll even get into the details of phrases, clauses, problem words, common grammar mistakes, and much more! An instructor will guide you every step of the way as you learn grammar through hands-on, practical exercises.  You’ll also learn through short videos, examples, and even fun games.  Take your writing and speaking to the next level of excellence!

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, March 14. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Spring Break Movie Madness

Close out your Spring Break with a free movie on our big screen. Bring your blankets and snacks and settle in for a fun viewing of a family classic, Babe...

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

See you then!

This film is rated G.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, April 6 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Community Room Babe

2018 Canton Book Project Reception

Join us as we celebrate the 2018 Canton Book Project book givers with a book distribution reception. These dedicated book lovers have the opportunity to share the love of reading by distributing books of their choice to others in the community. Help us promote and celebrate reading in our community; light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, April 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room

Please note that the March meeting of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has been cancelled and will not take place on the third Thursday of the month (March 15).

The April Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 PM.