Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class, Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

The Truth about Sugar

Come learn about the detrimental effects that sugar has on your health. This presentation was developed by a local high school student and approved by Dr. Robert Lustig, New York Times best-selling author of Fat Chance and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Topics include: Science, connections to disease, and solutions. This slideshow is ideal for those concerned about metabolic syndrome and its related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.

 

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, October 23 - 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM Friends' Activity Room

September 1, 1939. Hitler's armies invaded Poland, igniting the start of World War Ii.

September 2, 1666. The Great Fire of London began, raging for three days.

September 3, 1783. The Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed by John Adams, Ben Franklin and John Jay.

Escape Room: Dr. Snorf's Laboratory

Escape rooms are a creative, team building exercise. Work together with some news folks to solve a room full of puzzles, and see if you can escape in time! Note, this is the same escape room that was run August 8. Ages 11-18. Registration starts September 21.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 20 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.

Welcome to Windows 10, the completely new operating system from Microsoft, which offers a more robust, more powerful, and completely unique computing experience. In this course, you'll gain the foundation you need to get started right away using Windows 10. We'll begin with the basics: finding your way around the operating system.  You'll get to know the expanded Start menu, desktop, and system settings so you can feel right at home. Next, you'll learn to customize the features of this operating system and personalize your desktop so you can make your computer truly your own.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, September 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Give the Gift of Life!

Join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to save lives during our Sixth Michigan Libraries for Life Campaign. Library staff will be available to answer questions, provide fun give-away items and most importantly, help community members to become organ, eye and tissue donors. If you are unable to stop by during the scheduled time and are interested in becoming a donor, register online.

The Canton Public Library has partnered with the Gift of Life Michigan in this endeavor. By hosting this campaign, we hope to educate, inspire and empower patrons to join Michigan's organ and donor registry and help save the lives of one or several of the 3,500 Michigan residents currently waiting for an organ transplant.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Learning how to use QuickBooks to its full potential, goes far beyond learning the basic features of the program.  Even many experienced QuickBooks users often struggle when applying certain business situations to QuickBooks. In this course, you’ll learn how to utilize many of the more in-depth features and applications. It is designed for those QuickBooks users that already feel that they have a good grasp on the basics, or those that have successfully completed the Introduction to QuickBooks course.  Whether you are a small business owner, bookkeeper or accountant needing a QuickBooks refresher, after taking this course, you’ll feel more confident and secure in accounting for your business.      

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, September 12. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

The Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group is currently celebrating our 30th year at the library reading and discussing great books. Some of the books we've read have either become movies or tv series. Here's our list of some of our current titles from page to screen! Interested in joining our group? We meet every 3rd Monday at 7:00 PM in the Community Room! 

Also available in: video

The Robinas have shared a wonderful life for more than sixty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed "down-on-their-luck geezers" kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery. With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their '78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they're having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds—even when everyone says you can't.

Also available in: video

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

September is Happy Cat Month and that means if you don't already indulge your cat or cats all the time, September is the designated month for learning to keep your kitty happy and healthy! Here's some resources to get you started or inspire you to interact with your cat in new and inspiring ways! 

Catnip : a love story by 1933- Michael Korda

With the imagination of a writer and the eye of an artist, Michael Korda doodled on the backs of old manuscripts in his tackroom while his wife, Margaret, was out riding. They loved and acquired cats--a habit written about previously in their book, Cat People--and the few in residence at this time would serve as inspiration for the drawings. These are no ordinary cat illustrations, though. Korda's cats read newspapers and books; go ice skating in the small country town where they live; comfort Margaret's horse, Monty, after a stressful vet visit; sell fried mice at the Farmer's Market, and undertake (on paper, at least) whatever fanciful endeavors their keeper conjures up.  The result is a collection of magical pieces, filled with joy, that represent a year in the life of a couple in love with one another, and certainly with their cats.

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