While it may be snowing outside and chilly, we can dream of the fun things we like to do in the summer--especially camping! Enjoy our stories and songs from storytime and maybe do some camping in your living room!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Every year, former President Barack Obama releases a list of recommended reading. You can find his 2019 picks on his TwitterInstagram, and Facebook accounts. If you would like an extensive list of his past recommendations, check out this BookRiot article. Below is our list of all of his recommendations that we have in our print and electronic collections. If you see any recommendations that are not part of our collection, you may be able to request them through MelCat. Ask a Librarian if you need assistance.

This is the continuation of the third part of our list.

Click these links for Part I, Part II, and Part III

 

2019 : Year-End Recommendations

Also available in: e-audiobook

Pulitzer-Prize winner Samantha Power is widely known as the moral voice of her generation. A relentless advocate for promoting human rights, she has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America's "foremost thinkers on foreign policy." The Education of an Idealist traces Power's distinctly American journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

During the early 1920s, many members of the Osage Indian Nation were murdered, one by one. After being forced from several homelands, the Osage had settled in the late nineteenth century in an unoccupied area of Oklahoma, chosen precisely because it was rocky, sterile, and utterly unfit for cultivation. No white man would covet this land; Osage people would be happy. Then oil was soon discovered below the Osage territory, speedily attracting prospectors wielding staggering sums and turning many Osage into some of the richest people in the world. Grann (The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, 2010) centers this true-crime mystery on Mollie Burkhart, an Osage woman who lost several family members as the death tally grew, and Tom White, the former Texas Ranger whom J. Edgar Hoover sent to solve the slippery, attention-grabbing case once and for all. A secondary tale of Hoover's single-minded rise to power as the director of what would become the FBI, his reshaping of the bureau's practices, and his goal to gain prestige for federal investigators provides invaluable historical context. Grann employs you-are-there narrative effects to set readers right in the action, and he relays the humanity, evil, and heroism of the people involved. His riveting reckoning of a devastating episode in American history deservedly captivates. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 3.5 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

Blossoming: Keys to Fruitful Living with Mikhaella Norwood

Join us for an inspirational evening with  Mikhaella Norwood, Founder and CEO of Freelife Productions. Mikhaella Norwood uses the arts to change lives one dream at a time by daring people with the phrase, "because you've never had to..." She has inspired crowds with two TEDx stage performances at TEDxDetroit and TEDxOakland University and has recently published her book Fruit: Haiku of Haikus for the Blossoming Soul. 

 

 

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Canton Township Administration Building — 6:00 PM

This is a Study Session of the Canton Township Board of Trustees, to which the Canton Public Library Board has been invited. The topic of discussion will be the results of the recent Community User survey, which will be presented by Cobalt Community Research.

 

For more information about this Study Session, please consult the Canton Township website.

 

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The start of a new year means new reading challenges! If you're like a lot of people, you may want some guidance and encouragement (and book suggestions).  We've collected some of the most popular reading challenges to help you get started. Check out the list below to find one that suits you. You can also set a goal and track your books on Goodreads.

If you'd rather set your own goals or simply track your 2020 favorites, CPL's Spark Your Year workbook includes two special sheets to help you track what you like AND highlights the digital resources available to you (ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more)!

Reading Challenges

Book Riot's 2020  Read Harder Challenge

PopSugar's 2020  Reading Challenge

Bookish's 2020  Reading Challenge

EpicRead's 2020  Reading Challenge

PBS'  Great American Read book list

Penguin Books'  100 Essential Classics

Reading  Challenges for Kids

If none of these inspire you, take a look at this Master List of 2020 Reading Challenges

Happy reading!

Authors of thriller and mystery titles love to make the babysitter or nanny a shifty character. The nanny seems awfully sweet and capable until someone goes missing--sometimes even the nanny herself.

Why is this a popular trope? What did the caregiver role do to deserve this stereotype? It's hard to know, but it's generated more than a handful of nail-biting titles...including the ones below.

The turn of the key by Ruth Ware
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-video

When she stumbles across the ad, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss--a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten--by the luxurious "smart" home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare--one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder. Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn't just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn't just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn't even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant. It was everything. She knows she's made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn't always ideal. She's not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she's not guilty--at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

The perfect nanny : a novel by 1981- Leïla Slimani
Also available in: e-book

When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. 

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group

Join us on February 27 as we discuss:

Also available in: e-book | large print

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.
 
As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients' lives -- a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can't stop hooking up with the wrong guys -- she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.
 
With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
 
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is rev­olutionary in its candor, offering a deeply per­sonal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and providing the rarest of gifts: a boldly reveal­ing portrait of what it means to be human, and a disarmingly funny and illuminating account of our own mysterious lives and our power to transform them.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, February 27 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Valentine Canvas Painting with Dani Cobb

Studies show that participating in a creative activity, like painting, has many positive health benefits.

Join local artist Dani Cobb for a relaxing evening of painting. Dani will lead participants step by step so even the most novice artist will feel confidant creating a work of art. All supplies will be provided.  

This program is for participants 18 years and older. Registration is required and begins January 23. 

Program will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Late comers cannot be accommodated. 

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•       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 & General Orders

•        New Business
          •       Preliminary 2020 Monthly Board Meeting Agendas

          •        Approve Proposal for Community User Survey Data Analysis from iLabs –

                    U of M/Dearborn College of Business 

•       Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)

•       Adjourn

 

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