Today we honor the life Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 88 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April, 1968 was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated a national day of service in 1994.

Thorndyke the Bear with Whitney

Hey Kids,

 It’s my birthday tomorrow. I have most everything I need here at the library, so I don’t need any presents, but maybe sometime during January you could come and say hello. Tell me a bear story, or read me your favorite story about birthdays or cake. A few of my favorites are listed below.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

A piece of cake by LeUyen Pham

Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird's birthday, but delivering it to his friend isn't easy--not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake.

Something about a bear by Jackie Morris

Follows the activities of eight wild bears as they find their food and take care of their young.

Once again Canton Township will be hosting the AARP TaxAide Program, providing free Federal and State tax preparation for residents of Canton and the surrounding communities. You do not need to be an AARP member to participate, everyone is accepted regardless of age or income.  The TaxAide program has a strong non-discrimination policy.  The program for tax year January 1 - December 31, 2016, will run February 6 - April 11, 2017.  Call 734-394-5485 to schedule your appointment.  

Note: Appointments are ONLY available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

  • 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 and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Board Education: Library/municipal law overview (A. Seurynck - Foster, Swift)
    • 2017 Committees
      • Retirement Plan Committee
    • Motion to Approve Board Resolution Statement of Assurances - Library of Michigan Grant Program 2017
    • 2017 Preliminary Agenda Planning
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Perfect for long or short car rides when your little mover and shaker wants a rhythm to groove to, or for booty-shaking moves at home!

Your child's favorite songs from his or her favorite Disney shows, such as:

Get Up and Dance (Sheriff Callie and Minnie Mouse version) -- Play With Us (Sofia the first) -- Destroy the Book (Jake and the Never Land pirates) --  If You Got the Hiccups (Doc McStuffins) -- The Spotlight (Sheriff Callie's Wild West) --  You Go Well Together (Henry Hugglemonster)

Explorer of the World by Frances England

Frances England's fifth album for families. Written for the kid in all, but with a special nod to those aged four to twelve, these ten fresh and playful tracks pay homage to the everyday treasures all around us. The album takes its listeners on a shimmering sonic journey through the undiscovered every day, and a reminder of all the unexpected adventures that can happen when curiosity can lead the way.

Beatles Baby! by Caspar Babypants

The much-loved Caspar Babypants brings his unique flair to your favorite Beatles tunes, such as:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- With a Little Help From my Friends -- Hey Jude -- Strawberry Fields Forever -- For you blue -- Rain -- One After 909 -- Honey Pie

Do you need to relieve some of your post-holiday stress? You can explore Gale courses like Drawing for the Absolute Beginner to sketch your pet or Introduction to Interior Design to make your space cozier. Self care is important and Gale courses can provide you with well-deserved relaxation tools.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, January 18. 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 charm bracelet by Viola Shipman

"Through an heirloom charm bracelet three women will rediscover the importance of family, love, faith, friends, fun and a passion for living as the magic of each charm changes their lives. Lolly, still lives in the family cabin on Lost Land Lake where her mother gave her the charm bracelet that would become Lolly's talisman and connection to family past and Lolly hopes the present, but her daughter, Arden, and granddaughter, Lauren, haven't visited in years and time is running out for Lolly. Arden, couldn't wait to leave her small town life behind for Chicago, but now divorced and burned out at work, she's simply trying to make it from day to day. In the rush of life she's let the years and all the things she once enjoyed slip away. When she receives an unexpected phone call about her mother she must decide if she can face going home. Lauren, a talented young painter buries her passion to study business in the hopes of helping her mother after she discovers that her father left Arden struggling to make ends meet, but Lauren is slowly dying inside and doesn't know how to tell her mother the truth"--.

In honor of the 2017 North American International Auto Show which opens in Detroit this week, learn about some of the movers and shakers of the American automobile industry, which was born in the Motor City.

Looking for a read that's just a little bit... different? Check out these titles featuring off-beat characters and plots.

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

A story within a story, House of Leaves focuses on a family newly moved into a house on Ash Tree Lane, and a series of unforseen events and horrors is started when they discover that the house is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. Filled with colored words and vertical footnotes, this book is guaranteed to be like nothing you've read before.

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

Waking up with no memory of who or where he is, Eric Sanderson finds notes left to him from "the first" Eric Sanderson. Realizing he suffers from memory loss due to a painful lost love, Eric sets out on a journey where he discovers that his memory loss may be from something more sinister... and it may just be trying to consume him for good. Structured in a wholly unique way, Raw Shark Texts will dazzle and inspire any reader.

Also available in: e-book

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings--his Bible is their "book of strange new things." But Peter is rattled when Bea's letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling.  Bea's faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

What happens when you re-enter the world of your favorite fairy tale? Each of these titles puts a new twist on a classic like Cinderella, Snow White, and more.

Ash by Malinda Lo

Fairy Tale: "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault

​In this variation on the Cinderella story, Ash grows up believing in the fairy realm that the king and his philosophers have sought to suppress, until one day she must choose between a handsome fairy cursed to love her and the King's Huntress whom she loves.

Beastly by Alex Flinn

Fairy Tale: "Beauty and the Beast" by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

​Presents a modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Fairy Tale: "Cinderella" by Charles Perrault

Cinder, a gifted mechanic and a cyborg with a mysterious past, is blamed by her stepmother for her stepsister's illness while a deadly plague decimates the population of New Beijing, but when Cinder's life gets intertwined with Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • Scarlet (Fairy Tale: "Little Red Riding Hood" by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm)
  • Cress (Fairy Tale: "Rapunzel" by Brothers Grimm)
  • Winter (Fairy Tale: "Snow White" by Brothers Grimm)

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