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Murder Will Out: April, 2014

This month's selections span the continent...

The devil's interval by Linda Lee Peterson

Foal play by Kathryn O'Sullivan

Detroit shuffle by D.E. Johnson

Crooked numbers by Tim O'Mara







Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong

Harriet the Spy Contest: Attention All Spies Ages 8-11

Do you like spying on your parents, brothers, sisters or classmates? If you do, the library is holding a Harriet the Spy contest during the month of April to celebrate this book's 50th anniversary. The journal winner will receive a gift certificate to Dairy Queen.

In order to win you need to do four things:
  1. Pick up the 2-page hand-out at the circulation desk and complete it.
  2. Create a map of your spy route.
  3. Keep a journal/notebook of your own and make a spy entry everyday.
  4. If you used spy gadgets, write about them in your journal.
All completed journals/notebooks with hand-outs must be turned in at the checkout desk by 6:00 PM on Monday, May 5th to be considered for the prize. Put your name and telephone number on the cover of your journal.

All entries will be judged by our expert spies. They will be looking for all four items to be completed, originality of spy route map and uniqueness of daily journal entries.

Looking for ideas? Check out the library's Harriet the Spy display, books and videos.

Happy spying! Don't get caught!

Money Smart Classes

During this 2014 Money Smart Week or any other week, you can enroll in our free online classes to learn more about money. 6-week classes such as "Keys to Successful Money Management", "Personal Finance", and "Where does all my money go?" are scheduled to start on April 16. Many other classes in technology, professional skills, and self-improvement will be starting soon. You can find them in Learn4Life.com from our database listing. Take charge of your financial future by being better informed! Sign up for a class with your CPL card number.

National Poetry Month

Poetry can be celebrated the year-round, but especially so in April. Established in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together poets and booksellers, literary organizations and publishers to celebrate the importance of poetry and its vital place in American culture. We at the Canton Public Library would like to participate by showcasing our many poetry resources in this Special Collection.

Timeless Poetry Collections

The best-loved poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy — Jaccqueline's daughter offers a selection of the former First Lady's favorite poems, plus a few of her mother's own verses.

The hell with love: poems to mend a broken heart by edited by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez — This collection of love poems is for anyone who has ever suffered the pain of breaking up and everyone who believes in the unique power of poetry to console and transform.

My song is beautiful: poems and pictures in many voices by selected by Mary Ann Hoberman — Fourteen poems celebrate the power of childhood from the perspective of a rich variety of cultures.

Savvy Seniors: April 2014

You have an e-reader, now how to use it?  Canton Public Library offers several resources for e-readers: Overdrive, Hoopla, and Zinio.  Bring your registered eBook reader, current Canton Library card and join us on Friday, April 11 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM to learn the basics of how to check-out free library eBooks and read them on an iPad, Kindle, Nook or other device.   Registration required.

Building Bridges Family Fun Day

Building Bridges Family Fun DayFamily Fun Day will once again be brought to you by the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs Outreach Committee. It will be held at the Canton Mosque at 40440 Palmer Rd. in Canton on April 12th from 11am-2pm. This will feature face paining, henna, ethnic foods, sports, arab calligraphy, mosque tours and Q and A with the Imam. Please RSVP to www.mcws.org/outreach if you wish to attend so they will have an idea of how many will come.  This Family Fun Day should be fun for everyone!

Conversations with Caregivers

Shiffman Medical Library Outreach presents Conversations with Caregivers, an all-day workshop covering a wide range of topics such as Avoiding Legal &  Financial Pitfalls as Caregivers, Helping People Assess and Talk About Health Care Choices, and Successful Aging: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Crisis-Driven Aging Decisions.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History from 9:30AM-3:00PM.  For more information call: 313-577-9083.

Money Smart Week Offerings from Your Library

Created by the Federal Reserve in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. We are offering several opportunities for our community to acquire knowledge and skills to improve their financial literacy.

Blackberry and OverDrive Media Console App

Effective April 10, 2014, the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for BlackBerry will no longer be available to download on BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, and Playbook devices. However, BlackBerry users with the app installed prior to April 10 will be able to continue downloading eBooks and audiobooks via OMC. OverDrive has decided to discontinue further support of this particular app due to its lack of usage.

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Spring

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home?  Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhymes are all great suggestions for a "spring" themed storytime. 

Fletcher and the springtime blossoms by Julia Rawlinson ; pictures by Tiphanie Beeke



999 frogs wake up by Ken Kimura ; illustrated by Yasunari Murakami


The second line [sound recording]: scarf activity songs by Johnette Downing — Dance along and wave scarves to the track "Flitter Flutter." Don't have scarves like the ones we use at our library storytimes? Any piece of light fabric will do the trick - even a washcloth or a clean dust cloth!


Singable songs for the very young [compact disc] by Raffi — Sing along to Raffi's upbeat version of "Mr. Sun."

If you like J. D. Robb, try...

If you like J. D. Robb's In Death series, try these.

Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan — First book in the Lucy Kincaid series:  Surviving an attack by an online predator, Lucy Kincaid wants to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she volunteers with a victim's rights group. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.


Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo — First book in the Kate Burkholder series:  Kate Burkholder grew up in idyllic Painters Mill, OH where many residents drive buggies, shun electricity, and distance themselves from the complications of modern life. The presence of a serial killer shatters the stillness of the town, leaving its citizenry terrified and on guard.

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic

Protect your pet from harmful and preventative health issues. The Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic is sponsoring a low-cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at 3100 Cherry Hill Road, Ann Arbor. Please bring previous vaccine records. Heartworm, flea and tick preventative, rabies and distemper are offered at low prices. Cats and dogs are welcome.

MorningStar Investment Help

MoneySmart2014Money Smart Week (April 5-14) is dedicated to bringing public awareness to personal finance. Do you know that we have the personal finance tool MorningStar Investment Research Center all year round for you? You can find reports and ratings on funds, stocks and more. In the Help & Education section you can learn the ins and outs of goal-based investing, strategies and solutions to help you for the long run. Be sure to include MorningStar in your long term money smart planning. CPL cardholders can access from home.

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, April 23, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, April 5 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton Meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Sylvan Presents: Educational and Financial Planning

MoneySmart2014Join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM as we welcome Sylvan Learning Center and financial adviser, Kristina Wittner (Edward Jones Investments) for a conversation about financial and academic strategies to adopt now as you plan ahead for your child. A question and answer period will be included.

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Program: Tuesday, April 8. 7:00-8:00 PM