This week, the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2018. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information, visit the Banned & Challenged Books page of the Office for Intellectual Freedom's website. 

George by Alex Gino

Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character

Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints

Asphalt pavement roller

We will be repaving our parking lot over the next few weeks. During this time, areas of the lot will be closed to traffic, and parking will be limited. Additional parking is available across the street at the Canton Township Administration Building. Please observe all posted signage and use extra care for the safety of our patrons and construction workers. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our property.

SCHEDULE FOR REPAVEMENT (weather dependent)

4/23-4/29     West front lot, nearest Heritage Park, closed

4/29-5/4       East front lot, nearest Canton Center Road, and Circle Drive closed

4/29-5/4         Lobby and entire front entrance closed - enter through the Children's Library using west side door

5/4-5/10         West front lot and west drive closed

 

Note that temporary bike racks will still be available at the front of the building near the lobby doors. After construction, there will be larger, permanent racks closer to the building. 

 

The challenge for this month was to build a robot to help a farmer. We had several engineers work on the challenge and several created their own unique designs. 

  • Untitled 1 by Miles, is a robot cuts down crops.
  • Mr. Farmer created by Eddie. This robot fertilizes and harvests the crops while scaring away bugs.
  • Untitled 2 by Mahi, is a robot that cuts wheat.
  • Water Spray created by Ved. This robot sprays the plants with water or other liquid if you change out the tanks. 
  • Untitled 3 by Mugdha, helps farmers water the plants by using controls and levers. 
  • Robot Farmer Factory created by Sophia. This factory creates many different types of robots to help farmers. There are bins with parts to make robots, the curtain area holds the fresh robots, and a shield that moves up and down while building robots. There is also a tool area to store all the tools used to build robots and several workers working on different robots. 
  • Farmers and Villains Battle Royale created by Kavin. This is a Battle Royale of farmers vs. the villains! On the villain side there is a large battle tower, guards, and a man hanging from a whip to attack the farmers. On the farmer's side there is a trained horse as a guard and a guy in charge of the farm tower. The farm tower scans the surface for enemies when the wheel is turned and is an escape route. 
  • Secret Hideout created by Ryusui. This hideout is equipped with weapons and has a state of the art defense system.
  • Untitled 4 by Zaid, is a robot that runs over stuff on the farm. 
  • The Weirdest Car created by Kaya.
  • Untitled 5 created by Meral and Serenn. They built both a car and a house. The car has a fancy propellor to move and the house has stairs. 
  • Untitled 6 created by Madi. This is a pirate ship with a plank and a propeller in the back. 
  • Untitled 7 by Brady is a ship that goes into the air. It steers and moves by the motor on a string. 
  • Robo Killer by Faris, shoots enemies. 

Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section. 

Ask the passengers : a novel by 1970- A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

April is Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Nonfiction

  • 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
  • Old Business
    • Approve Exhibits & Display Policy revision as presented
    • Approve Paid Medical Leave policy revision as presented
  • New Business
    • 2018 Audit presentation (Plante Moran)
    • Accept 2018 Audit as presented
    • 1st Quarter Budget Amendment
    • 2020 Budget Discussion – expenditures
      • Capital Replacement Schedule
    • Audit Services
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

 

The American Songbook of Jazz with Paul VornHagen

Paul VornHagen presents the American Songbook of Jazz, including pieces from American composers such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, and Thelonius Monk. Winner of 6 Detroit Music Awards, saxophonist/flutist and vocalist Paul VornHagen has been a mainstay on the Detroit/Ann Arbor/Toledo/Chicago/San Francisco jazz scenes for over 35 years. Paul has appeared at many well-known jazz festivals and nightclubs and has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings on Schoolkids and PKO Records labels. In this performance, Paul will be accompanied by keyboard, bass and drums.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Nanea Mitchell, the American Girl character from Honolulu in 1941, you might be interested in some of these titles about Hawaii, WWII, kids looking to do good, and more.

Fiction

A new arrival by Anna Alter
Also available in: e-book

The animals who live in the apartment building on Sprout Street have a new neighbor, Mili, who just moved in from Hawaii.

Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's History shelves.

Detroit's streetcar heritage by Kenneth C Springirth

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