The Turner house [kit] by Angela Flournoy

"A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family. The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone--and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts--and shapes--their family's future. Already praised by Ayana Mathis as "utterly moving" and "un-putdownable," The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home"--. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 3.5 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

United for Libraries celebrates National Friends of Libraries Week October 16-22, 2016. The Friends of the Canton Public Library was established in 1988 with the goal of advocating and fundraising to improve library services. Today, nearly 28 years later, the Friends continue to support the library by selling used books at the Second Hand Prose bookstore and holding fundraisers throughout the year.

These dedicated Friends volunteers have donated their time as well as books, furniture, equipment, and art to the library. Since 2003, they have given more than $500,000 in these categories, as well as funds specifically for library programming, such as our Connect Your Summer program; the library's endowment fund; and spaces such as the Friends' Activity Room and the Wings of Wonder Butterfly Garden.

Their efforts have made our library the award-winning library it is today, and I hope you will join me in thanking the Friends, their board, and their volunteers for all of their contributions and hard work!

Do you want to get involved? Please consider purchasing a membership with the Friends, volunteering in Second Hand Prose, or making a donation.

Great Friends groups make great libraries, and the Canton Public Library is lucky to have ours. Happy National Friends of Libraries week!

On December 26, 1941, Secret Service Agent Harry E. Neal stood on a platform at Washington's Union Station, watching a train chug off into the dark. These were dire times: as Hitler's armies plowed across Europe, seizing or destroying the Continent's historic artifacts at will, Japan bristled to the East. The Axis was rapidly closing in. So FDR set about hiding the country's valuables. On the train speeding away from Neal sat four plain-wrapped cases containing the documentary history of American democracy: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, and more, guarded by a battery of agents and bound for safekeeping in the nation's most impenetrable hiding place.

Friday, September 16 is International Read an eBook Day--and the best way to celebrate is by checking out an ebook from the library. We offer eBooks and eAudiobooks on OverDrive and hoopla--and never before have they been easier to use, or had more titles on offer. Download one today!

What YOU Want: Housing Trends & Planning Strategies for Moving or Staying Put

The age 50 and up crowd leads active lives! You need and want a home that works for you (...not against you as time passes). In this workshop, we’ll discuss: housing trends in today’s market, timeless home and community amenities/features with big benefits, and key information you need to create a housing plan that serves as your road map for a future move or for comfortably staying in your current home. Join Anne Zalek, Certified Age in Place Real Estate Specialist for this informative session.

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Did you miss our Pet Storytime at the Farmer's Market last week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a cuddly storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

We tried a few different rhymes and songs. We sang "The Wheels on the Bus," but added noises for all the different pets on the bus (I think the Elephants on the Bus were my favorite). We also acted out this rhyme while making all the appropriate animal noises:

     Can you hop like a rabbit? Can you jump like a frog?

     Can you waddle like a duck? Can you wag like a dog?

     Can you fly like a bird? Can you swim like a fish?

     Can you sit back down and be still like this?

Strictly no elephants by Lisa Mantchev

A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.

Are you prepared for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th? Mango Languages can help!  Not only does Mango offer free online courses on Latin, Arabic, Chinese, German and much more, you can also learn to speak like the heartiest mates on the seven seas!  Check out Mango's course on talking like a Pirate!

All the king's men by Robert Penn Warren

Set in the 1930s, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character who resembles the real-life Huey "Kingfish" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.

Blindness by José Saramago

With an epidemic of "white blindness" sweeping New York City, the criminal element stalks the city, while one eyewitness leads a group of seven strangers through the afflicted city streets to safety.

Darkness at noon by Arthur Koestler

Set during Stalin’s Moscow show trials of the 1930s, this is an unforgettable portrait of an aging revolutionary who is imprisoned and psychologically tortured by the very political party to which he has dedicated his life.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.