If your book club can't meet in person, they can still meet online or by phone--and the hoopla Book Club Hub has online books ready and waiting. All of your book club members can check the same book out at the same time, and chose between e-book and e-audiobook. Each title in the Book Club Hub also has online resources, like discussion questions and author interviews.

The Spring 2020 selection is The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, or you can browse the previously selected titles.

We also have some tips on hosting your book group online.

An amateur sleuth, an unsuspecting victim, a quirky supporting cast, and a trail of clues and red herrings are the main ingredients of a cozy mystery. If you like your murder and mayhem served up with a dash of humor and a minimum of gore, these e-books, e-audiobooks and TV shows are for you.

hoopla E-books and E-audiobooks

Hoopla homeschooling resources

Do your kids miss going to school? (Do you miss sending your kids to school?) Hoopla can help! Here is a collection of always-available titles Elementary-age children can learn with (and enjoy) during their time at home.  

Not only are Hoopla titles always available, but at this time Hoopla has curated a list of more than 1,100 "Bonus Borrow" titles that are free to checkout and do not count against your monthly limits. We've put together a list of our favorites. (Educational Bonus Borrows are marked with an *)



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If you are struggling with uncertainty, fear, and isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, or any other non-emergency mental health concerns, free help is available by phone. Call 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753)  to speak with a Certified Peer Support Specialist. The call is free, provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Lines are open seven days a week, 10 AM to 2 AM.

The State of Michigan MDHHS has launched these warmlines to connect people struggling with persistent mental health challenges to certified peer support specialists who have lived experiences of behavioral health issues, trauma or personal crises.

This is not a substitute for emergency mental health care. Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

Getting groceries is a little tough these days. Tired of cooking the same things over and over again with what you've got in your pantry? Try some of these instantly available e-cookbooks from Hoopla for some new ideas!

A down-to-earth cookbook that proves you don't need a lot of money to create nutritious, beautiful meals at home. In this winsome cookbook, blogger Emily Wight offers fantastic recipes, ideas, and advice on how to prepare imaginative, nutritious, and delectable meals without breaking the bank. Perfect for students, families, and anyone on a budget. Well-Fed, Flat Broke proves that while you may occasionally be flat broke, you can always be well fed. This collection of 120 recipes ranges from the simple (perfect scrambled eggs, rice and lentils) to the sublime (Orecchiette with White Beans and Sausage, Mustard-fried Chicken). Chapters are organized by ingredient so that you can easily build a meal from what you have on hand.

With only six ingredients or less per recipe, making dinner has never been easier. Six Sisters' Stuff is one of the most popular blogs for quick and easy cooking and entertaining at home for families. In their eighth cookbook, they tackle how to master meals for any cook with any skill level with more than 100 easy recipes made with incredible flavor combinations from just six ingredients or less. From beginning cooks learning the basics to busy parents looking to save time in the kitchen, this cookbook is loaded with entrees, side dishes, and desserts. 

Although baseball is out of action indefinitely, you can still follow the Detroit Tigers 2020 season! Simulated games are being played on MLB the Show 20 as provided by the Detroit Free Press. You can also visit mlb.com to watch some classic baseball games of the past. Meanwhile, catch up on some good reading and listening with some of the titles available from the Library's ebook collections.

At a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell-"organized baseball's first girl pitcher." On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family. These are just some of the great, quirky, and comic moments in the annals of baseball recorded in The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told.

The extraordinary story of the 1968 baseball season--when the game was played to perfection -even as the country was being pulled apart at the seams.

Poetry has existed, in varied forms, as long as language itself has existed. Poems have been used to exhalt heroes, tell of epic journeys, express love, mourn, and perhaps most importantly, remind us that we are not alone. Celebrate National Poetry Month with these volumes of modern and contemporary poetry available now on Hoopla. 

  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver - Oliver has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit-to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the fail­ures of human relationships.
  • 100 Selected Poems by e.e. cummings - These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which cummings is famous.
  • The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot - This collection brings together "The Waste Land," arguably T. S. Eliot's most famous poem, with the poetry originally published in "Prufrock and Other Observations" and "Poems (1920)." This collection of 25 poems in all will provide even the most serious of poetry readers with ample evidence of the genius of T. S. Eliot's work.
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong - Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"and very human subjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath - This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, Plath's original manuscript-including handwritten notes-and her own selection and arrangement of poems.
  • The Complete Poems of Emily DickensonAlthough most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson's writing, it was not until after her death in 1886-when Lavinia, Emily's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems-that the breadth of Dickinson's work became apparent.
  • Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon - Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately "disorderly, and marvelous, and ours."

Governor Whitmer's executive order calling for the closure of all libraries in the state has been extended through April 30. We remain closed, pending any changes to the order or the guidelines from Canton Township Emergency Management. Here's our latest update.

  • We extended the due dates on all materials checked out to May 30, including MeL items. While MeL items may still appear on your patron account, please be assured that all fines that have accrued during our closure will be waived.
  • We've suspended the ability to place holds. If you have an item on hold, your place in the queue is frozen, and if you have a hold item ready for pick up, it will be there for you when we reopen. You will not be charged for failure to pick up your hold.
  • The book drop is open but please don't return materials. We can't process the 40,542 items you've got checked out right now anyway, so #stayhomestaysafe.
  • MeL requests are suspended. 
  • We've doubled the number of items you can check out each month on hoopla, from 20 items per card to 40.
  • Kanopy has recently added more no-credit titles, which means these titles will not count against your monthly cap.  Also, Kanopy for Kids is free for a limited time.
  • We've shifted our purchasing to add more electronic materials to our collection and reduce hold times for these items.
Library Cards
  • Standard cards set to expire in March, April, May and June have been renewed through June 30.
  • If your card has expired, you can request that it be renewed. We will renew for your card for three months.
  • You can apply online for a card; allow a minimum of three to five days for processing.

Other Information

  • Our Wi-Fi is on a timer and is set for normal library hours. It reaches the parking lot and grounds nearest the building.
  • We can't accept donations at this time. Secondhand Prose is not open, and our Friends of the Library volunteers have run out of places to store donated items. 
  • The Michigan Activity Pass program is on hiatus until further notice.
  • With the library closure, all outside meeting room reservations have been canceled.
  • Our librarians have created a one-stop source for information relating to COVID-19, including local resources, small business help and more on our website. It is updated with new information often.

We are planning for the time when we can reopen the building, and anticipate the need to follow public health guidelines for building occupancy limits and providing services. Our staff is preparing by gathering extra sanitizing supplies, planning for social distancing, and bringing other services back gradually as we work to keep our staff and our community safe and healthy.

Although the doors are closed, our online resources are still available. We hope you explore them and discover something new. We appreciate your patience and support during this closure. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and check our webpage for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, use the Contact Us form on our website.

Keep Calm and Read Books

The world is a bit crazy right now. If you turn on your TV or scroll through social media it is hard to ignore the news, and easy to feel anxious or overwhelmed. Though the disruptions may feel endless, Queen Elizabeth of England made a rare television broadcast to remind her country and us all that this too, shall pass. 

If you're seeking calm during this turbulent time, these books can help: 

Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin

Long-time Canton Public Library employee Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin passed away April 8 at her Canton home. She was one of the library's first employees, hired as a librarian in June, 1980, before the library opened on the third floor of the Canton Township administration building, and was instrumental in the growth of the library. Rebecca shared her thoughts on the library's growth in a recent video.

Rebecca loved books and reading, but she loved people even more. After serving as a librarian for a number of years, she moved into management and became the department head for information services, supervising the adult and youth librarians, and technical processing. Rebecca's number one priority was to provide excellent service for every person who walked into the library, and "Let's knock their socks off" became the rally cry for staff. A resident of Canton, Rebecca was personally invested in making the library an integral part of the community and was dedicated to service excellence and innovation.

"Rebecca loved the sunshine and being outside whenever she could, preferably with family and friends. Rebecca's primary library concerns also revolved around people and how we could make positive contributions to their lives," says Eva Davis, library director. "The library's construction projects over the last six years, particularly the children's library renovation, benefited from Rebecca's eye for the details that make the space wondrous and glorious and full of color and cheer for our patrons."

After being diagnosed with glioblastoma in 2017, she retired in 2018  and spent time with her husband, Michael Coughlin, whom she described as the love of her life. In 2019, the library dedicated a courtyard garden in honor of Rebecca. The Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin Memorial Courtyard, which can be seen from the children's library and is a favorite nesting place for ducks, brings together Rebecca's love of the outdoors and her love for our community. Donations to help maintain the courtyard may be made at the link below.