"Nearly seventy-five years ago, Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi became the first child diagnosed with autism. Beginning with his family's odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism--by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different. It is the story of women like Ruth Sullivan, who rebelled against a medical establishment that blamed cold and rejecting "refrigerator mothers" for causing autism; and of fathers who pushed scientists to dig harder for treatments. Many others played starring roles too: doctors like Leo Kanner, who pioneered our understanding of autism; lawyers like Tom Gilhool, who took the families' battle for education to the courtroom; scientists who sparred over how to treat autism; and those with autism, like Temple Grandin, Alex Plank, and Ari Ne'eman, who explained their inner worlds and championed the philosophy of neurodiversity. This is also a story of fierce controversies--from the question of whether there is truly an autism "epidemic," and whether vaccines played a part in it; to scandals involving "facilitated communication," one of many treatments that have proved to be blind alleys; to stark disagreements about whether scientists should pursue a cure for autism. There are dark turns too: we learn about experimenters feeding LSD to children with autism, or shocking them with electricity to change their behavior; and the authors reveal compelling evidence that Hans Asperger, discoverer of the syndrome named after him, participated in the Nazi program that consigned disabled children to death. By turns intimate and panoramic, In a Different Key takes us on a journey from an era when families were shamed and children were condemned to institutions to one in which a cadre of people with autism push not simply for inclusion, but for a new understanding of autism: as difference rather than disability"--.

Senator (Making Peace with Autism) hits the nail on the head once again with this work that shares her continuing journey as the parent of an adult with autism. Parents often worry about who will care for their children should they no longer be able, but that concern lessens once children are grown and out on their own. Parents of children with autism, however, must address their fears and seek answers to such a scenario before and into their child's adulthood. Senator tells her experience helping her son, Nat, find a living situation that will support his needs and allow him to be a part of the community. She also relates stories of 30 other families, and the solutions they have found for their children with autism. By explaining how she and others in similar situations manage on a daily basis, the author encourages parents to seek new resolutions in addition to available options for their child.

In this fascinating biography, Annette Wood delves deep into Grandin's life from childhood to adulthood. Wood tells of the trials and tribulations of the icon: What difficulties Grandin struggled with and how she's become a hero for the autistic community. She also tells what Temple has done since the movie came out, where she is today, what kind of difference she's made, and what her future holds. For the 22 million people worldwide afflicted by autism and the countless friends and family members who support them, this brilliant portrait presents an up-close look at the disorder and renewed hope for what the future could bring for those on all levels of the spectrum. -- Amazon.com.

"A scientifically developed program for feeding kids with special needs--based on the popular Brain Balance Program Dr. Robert Melillo's Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of the Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain. Designed to help busy parents feed picky kids in a beneficial way, the book will show readers how to: Recognize the difference between a fussy eater and a problem eater. Ease the sensory issues that make for mealtime mayhem. Identify food sensitivities using a simple elimination diet. Choose supplements that will help ensure adequate daily amounts of the specific vitamins and minerals important to brain health. Prepare delicious, healthy meals that will pass the taste test of even the most finicky eaters. Understand how the brain plays a primary role in many dietary and nutritional issue including food sensitivities"--.

Its spring and the perfect time to start using the Michigan Activity Pass program! Just go online and visit http://michiganactivitypass.info to print off free or discounted passes to many historical and outdoor venues across the state. Let your library card be your travel companion and “check out” one pass every seven days. Here are a few new venues you may want to visit:

Hack House Museum (Milan)
National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods (Indian River): 
Ott Biological Preserve (Battle Creek
Kimball Pines Park (Battle Creek)
Historic Bridge Park (Battle Creek)


  • 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
  • Committee Reports — None
  • Unfinished Business & General Orders
    • Resolution to Approve Conversion of the Library’s Nationwide 457b Deferred Compensation Plan to Nationwide FreedomPro+ 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
  • New Business
    • President’s Volunteer Service Awards
    • 2016 Audit Presentation (Plante Moran)
    • Accept 2016 Audit Report as Presented
    • 1st Quarter Budget Amendment
    • 2018 Budget – Preliminary Discussion
    • Patron Appeal 2017-01 – Closed Hearing to Consider Information Exempted from Disclosure by the Michigan Library Privacy Act
    • Patron Appeal 2017-01 – Vote to: 1. Uphold the Patron’s Suspension as It Stands; or, 2. Uphold the Patron’s Suspension but Modify the Terms; or, 3. Revoke the Patron’s Suspension
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn


CONTACT: Erica Rakowicz
Communication Specialist, Community Relations
Canton Public Library
734-397-0999 ext. 1245

Canton Book Project Celebration Scheduled

Celebrate the third annual Canton Book Project with a Book Givers Reception on April 11 at 7:00 PM at the Canton Public Library. This year’s book givers have been selected, and now it’s time for them to distribute their books to the public. The titles this year range from children’s picture books to classic novels.

In its third year, the Canton Book Project is now growing in participation, and in its impact on the community.

“This year, we saw almost double the applications from the previous year,” said Laura Fawcett, program librarian. “It’s an opportunity to get more books out into the community and strengthen the community well-being.”

Nineteen book givers were selected this year. New to this year’s Canton Book Project are Celebrity Book Givers, who are well-known and inspirational leaders in the community.

Canton Public Safety Officer Patty Esselink chose the book “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann to share with the community. Canton Township Supervisor Pat Williams chose “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins, and Joanne Maliszewski, editor of O & E Media, will distribute her favorite book, “Wind in the Willows,” by Kenneth Grahame. Kristina Wilson, the owner of the new Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in Canton, will distribute “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte.

Other books to be shared through the Canton Book Project are as follows:

“Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, distributed by Govinda Sai Lakshmanan

“I Survived” books by Lauren Tarshis, distributed by Saicharen Lakshmanan

“Who Was?” books by Paula K Manzanero and Nancy Harrison, distributed by Sayeesha Lakshmanan

“Violent Ends” by Beth Revis, Blythe Woolston, and a number of other authors, distributed by Ariana Kahn

“Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick, distributed by Caylin Cook

“Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad, distributed by Alfed Brock

“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, distributed by Tina Flint

 “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Laura Markham, distributed by Michelle Minard,

“The Chronicles of Flannery Fiddlesticks” by A. M. Kenrick, distributed by the book’s author, Angela Kenrick,

“The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker, distributed by Sandra den Boer

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, distributed by Zainab Elsarawy

“Crazy in Alabama” by Mark Childress, distributed by Natalie Blasius

“Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse” by Leo Lionni, distributed by Cecilia Escobar

“The Good Nurse” by Charles Graeber, distributed by Iris Knight

Copies of these books will be distributed to members of the community in hopes to create a spark that inspires the recipient to keep reading, creating an engaged, informed community.

“It's a great program, easy to get involved and an excellent way to share the love for reading and any other message you think is important to get out into the community,” said Susan Kennedy, a 2016 Canton Book Project participant. She chose to share “Go Dog Go” by P.D. Eastman because she wanted to distribute a book that both kids and parents could enjoy together.

The Canton Book Project was launched as a way for the Canton Public Library to further connect your community. In addition, the Canton Book Project invites people to share their love of reading by giving out books to people in the community who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.

For more information about the Canton Book Project, contact Laura Fawcett at fawcettl@cantonpl.org or 734-397-0999 ext. 1079.


The Canton Public Library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Rd. Learn more about the library by visiting www.cantonpl.org or by calling the library at 734-397-0999.




CONTACT: Erica Rakowicz
Communication Specialist, Community Relations
Canton Public Library
734-397-0999 ext. 1245

Canton Book Project now seeking book lovers


Is there a book you know and love? A title you find yourself recommending over and over again? Maybe it changed your life, your outlook or maybe it could make a difference to someone else. Welcome to the 2017 Canton Book Project.

The Canton Book Project is your chance to share your love of reading by giving out books to people in the community who, for whatever reason, don't read for pleasure or own books.

“The Canton Book Project is valuable to me because it allows me to share my enthusiasm about reading with kids who aren't as interested in it,” said Ryen O’Meara, a 2016 Canton Book Project participant who distributed copies of I.Q. by Rowland Smith.

Zainab Elsarawy, who distributed Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, was glad to be involved in the project because she was able to do a great service to the community by spreading knowledge and fun at the same time, she said.

“I work all around the metro area and I have met people who never stepped a foot in the library,” she said. “When I gave them a book from the project, that was a conversation starter about that, and a reading boost and encouragement for them and their families to read,” Elsarawy said.

Susan Kennedy, a 2016 Canton Book Project participant, teamed up with a local shop owner to find perfect recipients for the book she chose, Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman. The shop owner Kennedy linked up with works around the corner from a number of low-income apartment buildings.

“I asked him to help me pinpoint families with young kids that might not have a ton of access to new books,” Kennedy said. “I love that he was involved and very choosy about which families got the books, ones he knew would really benefit.”

Applications are now being accepted from those interested in being book givers. Readers of all ages are encouraged to apply and books can be of any reading level.

Interested parties must have a valid library card on file and complete the online application below. Applicants must identify their book of choice and explain in no more than 500 words:

Reasons for selecting the chosen title
Why they should be the one to give it out – Tell us how and why you want to spread your passion for this particular book.
Intended audience for their book of choice.


By applying to be a Canton Book Project book giver you agree, if selected, to:

Attend the Canton Book Project Reception and Distribution Night on April 11, 2017
Give out all of your books by May 15, 2017
Seek out those who don’t regularly read as recipients of your books
Allow your image and name to be used by the library for promotion about this program

Applications are due by 9:00 PM on March 15 and book givers will be announced March 31, 2017.


Those interested can find more information and the application at www.cantonpl.org. For any questions, comments or concerns, contact Laura Fawcett at fawcettl@cantonpl.org or 734-397-0999 ext. 1079.


The Canton Public Library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Rd. Learn more about the library by visiting www.cantonpl.org or by calling the library at 734-397-0999.




President's Volunteer Service Awards


Bronze awards require 50 hours of service for volunteers aged 14-15 years, and 100 hours of service for volunteers who are over 16 years old.

  • Marie Antonelli
  • Nancy Austin
  • Barb Backes
  • Aruna Bahl
  • Anita Bird
  • Dave Britz
  • Melinda Drake
  • Judy Elliott
  • Linda Garrett
  • Gurekmann Gill
  • Dorothy Ham
  • Chi Hoang
  • Larry Hoelscher
  • Lisa Kluka
  • John MacGaw
  • Claire O’Connor
  • Loretta Olson
  • Joan Postell
  • Larry Richardson
  • Ayush Shah
  • Vicki Sistek
  • David Smith
  • Nancy Sonnanstine
  • Jody Trame
  • Russ Verage
  • Mary Watts
  • Debbe Yeager



Silver awards require 75 hours of service for volunteers aged 14-15, 175 hours of service for volunteers aged 16-25, and 250 hours for volunteers who are 26 and over.

  • Manha Azam
  • Niki Chittela
  • Deb Luczkowski
  • Hiba Mohammed
  • Shirley Reynolds
  • Judy Richardson
  • Nancy Smith
  • Linda Wisniewski


Gold awards require 100 hours of service for volunteers aged 14-15, 250 hours of service for volunteers aged 16-25, and 500 hours for volunteers who are 26 and over.

  • Lynda Baker
  • Linda Luke
  • Kathy Young

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement award is given to volunteers who complete 4,000 hours of service.

  • Bevis Richardson
  • Ilene Saunders
bitcoin currency



Bitcoin is a revolutionary new currency that was created anonymously in 2009. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! There are no transaction fees and no need to give your real name. More merchants are beginning to accept bitcoins. You can buy services, pizza or even manicures. Bitcoins are earned when people compete by using computers to solve complex mathematical problems. Currently, a winner is awarded 25 bitcoins every 10 minutes. OR, one can buy bitcoins at a bitcoin exchange using various currencies.

Here are Bitcoin books that explain more about it:

Blockchain revolution : how the technology behind bitcoin is changing money, business, and the world / Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

The age of cryptocurrency : how Bitcoin and digital money are challenging the global economic order / Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Digital gold : Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money / Nathaniel Popper

Here are websites that explain it in full:

 CNN Money

What is Bitcoin? (with introductory video)

Bitcoin Introduction with resources, links to participate, and frequently asked questions