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150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 while watching a play at Ford's Theatre in the closing days of the Civil War. The assassination was carried out by a popular actor of the time, John Wilkes Booth, as part of a conspiracy to revive the Confederacy.

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop

The darkest dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the great American tragedy by Thomas Goodrich

Manhunt: the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman

Lincoln's assassins: their trial and execution: an illustrated history by James L. Swanson and Daniel R. Weinberg

Astute Artistry PROM Prep

Prom season is upon us!  In order to get ready for the big day, we are bringing in one of the leading local authorities in beauty and makeup, Astute Artistry, LLC, to get you those tips and tricks to look your best on Prom night! Registration required. May 9, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

[Devin & Hayato by SeanMolln is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

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Easter Ann Peters: Operation Cool by Jody Lamb

“I selected this book because, in addition to a very strong and quirky voice, it deals with important subject matter. Even though Easter Ann is like any other new seventh grader trying to figure out who she is, she has the added difficulty of an alcoholic mother. Although the subject is heavy, it’s dealt with sensitively and even with humor.  It’s a very uplifting book for everyone, whether they have these kinds of problems at home or not” -Sarah Perry

Library of Michigan's 2015 Notable Books

The arsenal of democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an epic quest to arm an America at war by A. J. Baime

Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Bright shards of someplace else by stories by Monica McFawn

Burnt toast makes you sing good: a memoir of food and love from an American Midwest family by Kathleen Flinn

The contract by Derek Jeter ; with Paul Mantell

A Detroit anthology by edited by Anna Clark

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light [kit] by Paul Bogard — A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 3 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 “I believe that children in the Canton community need to read books that reflect their own experiences AND books that help them understand other’s experiences. Woodson’s memoir explores the world of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, the everyday hopes and disappointments of a young girl of color, and the yearnings of a writer in the making.” 
- Amanda Davies and her students

Job Openings

We have two positions open for part-time librarians, now through April 19, 2015. For complete details, please visit our Jobs/Volunteer page

29th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

ZimmermanMystery writer Chris Zimmerman will be the featured author of the May 12 luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi libraries. Fox Hills Golf and Banquet Center in Plymouth Twp. is the host for this 29th annual event, which begins at 11:30 AM. Tickets are available through the Friends of the Library, or use this reservation form.

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The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

 “The Crossover is one of those few books that has universal appeal. It appeals to reluctant readers with its minimal text on each page and accessible use of poetic language, but also within the poetic verse, maintains a respect for the story.” -Beth Shaum

150th Anniversary of U.S. Civil War's End

The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse was fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, and was the final engagement of the Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia  with Ulysses S. Grant's forces. The surrender documents were signed that afternoon.

A stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

The Civil War, a narrative: Red River to Appomatox by Shelby Foote

Witness to Appomattox by Richard Wheeler

The fall of the house of Dixie: the Civil War and the social revolution that transformed the South by Bruce Levine

Upcycle with Us This Earth Day

April 22 is Earth Day but we're celebrating all month long with programs for all ages.

April 15 - Pinterest Live: Bookpage Bookmark

April 19 - Recycled Materials Marble Run

April 21 - Pinterest Live: Earth Day Upcycle Edition 

April 25 - Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey

April 28 - Birding 101

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Debuts

Charlaine Harris's A Bone to Pick debuted on Saturday, April 4 and will be shown again throughout the month of April on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.   Joanne Fluke's Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder will debut on Saturday, May 2.  No date announced for Peter King's Dying on the Vine.

Chocolate chip cookie murder by Joanne Fluke.  In Lake Eden, Minnesota, Hannah Swensen's Cookie Jar is the place to be.  In addition to delicious cookies and great coffee, Hannah and her gang are clever amateur detectives.

A bone to pick by Charlaine Harris.  As a member of the Real Murders Club, librarian Aurora Teagarden and her group try to solve baffling cases. When Aurora unexpectedly inherits an old house complete with an unidentified skull, they have a real murder to solve.

Dying on the vine by Peter King.  Goodwin Harper, The Gourmet Detective, is a retired chef.   As a specialist in rare spices and ancient recipes, Scotland Yard brings him in when poisoning is suspected.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:30 PM

  • 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
    • Financial Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Presentation of President's Volunteer Service Award
    • Presentation of 2014 audit by Plante Moran
    • Approve 2014 audit report as presented
    • Approve 1st Quarter Budget Amendment as proposed
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Gale Courses Begin April 15

Spring into learning something new!  Gale courses can teach you career skills, sign language, accounting software, and more!

The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, April 15. 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!

ALA's Shortlist for 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the esteemed Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year's best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S.  

Selected 2015 shortlisted titles are:


All the light we cannot see: a novel by Anthony Doerr

Nora Webster: a novel by Colm Tóibín

On such a full sea by Chang-rae Lee


Just mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The sixth extinction: an unnatural history by Elizabeth Kolbert

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Natchez Burning
by Greg Iles

“This was my favorite book in 2014. The impact of this story still reverberates in my mind when I think of racial violence and white supremacy and a sense of white guilt. I believe that readers can be encouraged through putting the right book into the right hands”    - Joan Noricks

Realistic Fiction for Fourth Grade

Fiction stories for readers looking for an escape into reality. Suggestions are geared for fourth graders, but may be enjoyed by others.

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume

The best Christmas pageant ever by Barbara Robinson  Although centered on a Christmas pageant, this remains a hilarious story about how people can surprise you. 

School daze collection by Jerry Spinelli

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Wonder by R.J. Palacio — And if you liked Wonder (or if the hold list is still long), try Absolutely Almost.

Biographies for Fourth Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward fourth graders, but may appeal to everyone.

Vincent van Gogh and the colors of the wind by text by Chiara Lossani; illustrations by Octavia Monaco

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr; paintings by Ronald Himler

Chuck Close: face book by Chuck Close

A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini- Holmes -- The continuing story of Olemaun, which was begun in Fatty Legs.

The pilot and The little prince: the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sis -- If you're interested in reading the classic story of The Little Prince, look in JFICTION SAINT-EXUPERY.