Canton Seniors Book Discussion: November 29, 2018

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After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year's Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son's inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel's favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed--by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster--Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.
 
The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.
 
As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of life's beauty and surprising possibilities

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, November 29 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Did you miss our Nature Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire an outdoorsy storytime you can do at home (bonus points if you do it outside!).

From Storytime

 

Did you miss our "P" Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a princess-pirate-pig-pony storytime you can do at home. 

From Storytime

The princess and the pony by illustrator 1983- Kate Beaton

 

Did you miss our Owls Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a fun storytime you can do at home. 

From Storytime

Little Owl's day by illustrator Divya Srinivasan
How to knit a monster by illustrator Annemarie van Haeringen
Monster munch by 1980- Tobias Krejtschi
Ghosts by Sonia Goldie

In 2018, the library received a generous donation from Citizens for Peace to purchase books and dvds. Citizens for Peace is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group pursuing nonviolent solutions to conflict and creating a culture of peace. The items purchased cover a broad spectrum of youth and adult materials on peace-building and promoting a tolerant and just society. Following are just a few of the books this thoughtful donation has allowed us to purchase. To find a complete list of books librarians have purchased with this money, search the phrase "Citizens for Peace" in our catalog.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus says of the meek, "they will inherit the earth." Meekness, John Dear argues, is the biblical word for nonviolence. He makes the connection Jesus makes at the start of his Sermon on the Mount between our practice of nonviolence and our unity with creation. Drawing on personal stories, John Dear invites us to return to nonviolence as a way of life and a way of living in solidarity with Earth and its creatures.

On a hot summer afternoon in 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, had become illegal the world over. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade of its signing, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that that understanding is inaccurate, and that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts to this day.
 

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