Nonfiction Book Group October 2017

Please join the Nonfiction Book Group to discuss:

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Marc Levinson recounts the global collapse of the postwar economy in the 1970s. While economists struggle to return us to the high economic growth rates of the past, Levinson counterintuitively argues that the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s were an anomaly; slow economic growth is the norm-no matter what economists and politicians may say. Yet these atypical years left the public with unreasonable expectations of what government can achieve. When the economy failed to revive, suspicion of government and liberal institutions rose sharply, laying the groundwork for the political and economic polarization that we're still grappling with today.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 21 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room

Lunch and a Book October 2017

Please join Lunch and a Book to discuss:

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 Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, but families don't just grow, they grow old. When Aaron dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days. They didn't count on Joy becoming as willful and rebellious as their own kids. With sympathy, humor, and truth, Schine explores the intrusion of old age into a large and loving family.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 12 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Community Room

Canton Public Library has many resources for parents, parents-to-be and educators. From books of baby names, to baby sign language in books and on DVDs, information on dealing with behavior issues and disabilities, to test practice and educational activities, we have what you need! The Parenting collection is located next to the computers in the Children's Library for easy access. We also have additional parenting resources in the adult non-fiction area. 

Whether you've been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure trove of new and exciting ideas for programs, all of which revolve around themes from a baby's world.

America's best-selling and best-loved guide to baby gear is back with an updated and revised edition. Yes, a baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this? With the average cost of a baby topping $7400 for just the first year alone, new parents need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. 

In this memoir of his time as a successful diplomat serving in various key capacities and as a member of Mikhail Gorbachev's staff, Kovalev reveals hard truths about his country as only a perceptive witness can do. In Russia's Dead End Kovalev shares his intimate knowledge of political activities behind the scenes at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Kremlin before and after the dissolution of the USSR in December 1991, including the Russia of Vladimir Putin. He documents the fall of the USSR, the post-Soviet explosion of state terrorism and propaganda, and offers a nuanced historical explanation of the roots of Russia's contemporary crisis under Vladimir Putin.

This timely book focuses on President Obama's deeply considered strategy toward Iran's nuclear program and reveals how the historic agreement of 2015 broke the persistent stalemate in negotiations that had blocked earlier efforts. The deal accomplished two major feats in one stroke: it averted the threat of war with Iran and prevented the possibility of an Iranian nuclear bomb. .

The Detroit riot of 1967 by Hubert G Locke

During the last days of July 1967, Detroit experienced a week of devastating urban collapse-one of the worst civil disorders in twentieth-century America. Forty-three people were killed, over $50 million in property was destroyed, and the city itself was left in a state of panic and confusion, the scars of which are still present today. Now for the first time in paperback and with a new reflective essay that examines the events a half-century later, The Detroit Riot of 1967 (originally published in 1969) tells the story from the perspective of Hubert G. Locke, then administrative aide to Detroit's police commissioner. An hour-by-hour account is given of the looting, arson, and sniping, as well as the problems faced by the police, National Guard, and federal troops who struggled to restore order.

On the Spot Tech Help

Get help with those tech issues you can't quite figure out on your own. We've assembled a team of tech savvy volunteers to help you find the answers to your computer and smartphone questions. Whether you need help while working on a project on our computers, setting up an e-mail address, or downloading an app on your phone, we can help. Volunteers are available at our WebExpress computers Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:00 PM, and Saturdays 12:00 - 2:00 PM. No appointment or registration required.


Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, October 4 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 7 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 11 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 14 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 18 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 21 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, October 25 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 28 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Wednesday, November 1 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, November 4 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


If You Give a Pig a Pancake PJ Storytime

Pancakes and Pigs will play the leading role at our Fall program featuring the book "If you give a Pig a Pancake," by Laura Numeroff. Wake up, keep your pajamas on and join us for crafts, pancakes and even a visit with our good friend, Pig. Designed for children ages 3 and up. Registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 21 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room If You Give a Pig a Pancake

A patron recently requested reading suggestions, naming several adult authors as favorites and Enid Blyton, a popular 20th. century children's author.  We've listed some contemporary children's authors and a few adult books which may also appeal to fans of Enid Blyton.

When Daniel's injury caused him to separate from the Whole, he lost his memory. When he got better and regained his memory, he did not want to give up his life on earth.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

This list of books from our collection includes academic analyses from various disciplines, poetry, in-depth journalistic accounts, fiction, biography, statistics, interviews, history, poetry, and memoir. What these works have in common are their attempts to understand the historic and contemporary roles of race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States.  

Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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After his eleven-year-old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for an aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son had often visited, and comes to a resolution about his son's death as Ona discusses his son's capacity to listen and learn. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4.1 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.