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Valentine's Day

Originally a feast day of two Christian martyrs named Valentine, Valentine's Day has changed over time into a more general celebration of love in which cards, flowers and chocolates are often exchanged. If the day puts you in the mood for love, check out this collection. It highlights love letters, famous couples and classic novels. But there's also plenty of love in the movies. For these we've listed some favorite Classic Romantic Comedies, Offbeat Romances and Romantic Dramas. Last but not least, there is a selection of Romantic Music for your listening pleasure.

Books: Love Letters

The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time edited by David H. Lowenherz: A collector of letters chooses his favorites.

Beloved Prophet by Kahlil Gibran: The correspondence of the poet Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell.

Dear Scott, dearest Zelda: the love letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Cathy W. Barks: This collection of letters by the Fitzgeralds to each other covers their entire relationship, from their courtship in 1918 to Scott's death in 1940.

Savvy Seniors: March 2015

 language courses: Yes, you can spark new brain cells! The spontaneous growth of new brain cells can occur at any point in your life. It’s specifically spurred by a number of activities, a key one being learning new things, like a second or third language. A June 2014 study from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology says if you learn a second language—even in adulthood—it can stave off dementia for at least a few years. Turns out learning a second language in adulthood can promote memory, improve multitasking skills, increase attention, and more. Canton Public Library offers two online programs: Mango and Pronunciator to CPL cardholders.

Gale Courses Begin February 18

Don't you love to learn new things-for free? Gale courses can teach you new computer skills, how to write for business, or how to take great photos (and more)!

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

Grammy Winners Available on Hoopla

Sam Smith swept the Grammys this year, winning four awards including Record of the Year and Best New Artist. If you want to see what all the fuss is about but don't want to wait, no worries!  Everything in Hoopla is ready when you are. Use your Canton Public Library card to stream or download In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith today

Social Networking for Small Businesses

Learn the basics and etiquette of social networking for your small business with SCORE. Content will include how to leverage social networks to help grow your business while reducing your marketing costs. Benefits, disadvantages and tricks of the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) will be discussed.  

Join us on Monday, March 23 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration required.

More Movies for Black History Month

Betty & Coretta [videodisc] by produced by Yves Simoneau and Jacqueline Lavoie ; written by Shem Bitterman and Ron Hutchinson ; directed by Yves Simoneau


The butler by a Weinstein Company release and presentation of a Lura Ziskin production in association with Windy Hill Pictures, Follow Through Productions, Salamander Pictures, and Pam Williams Productions ; produced by Pam Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick, Cassian Elwes ; directed by Lee Daniels ; screenplay, Danny Strong


42 [videodisc]: the Jackie Robinson story by Warner Bors. Pictures ; Legendary Picture Funding ; director and writer, Brian Helgeland ; producer, Thomas Tull


Fruitvale Station by produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker ; written and directed by Ryan Coogler


Ghosts of Mississippi [videodisc] by Castle Rock Entertainment


Invictus [videodisc]

Documentaries for Black History Month

American Experience: The Abolitionists by Artist Not Provided — Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate anti-slavery activists fought  in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. Part of the PBS series American Experience.


Africans in America [videodisc]: America's journey through slavery by produced for PBS by WGBH Boston — The story of slavery's birth in the early 1660s through the onset of thr Civil War. Narrated by Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett.


4 little girls [videodisc] by an HBO documentary film in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production ; a Spike Lee Joint — When a bomb tore through the basement of a black Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963, it took the lives of four young girls. This powerful documentary captures a time, a place, and a way of life that would be forever altered by their deaths. Directed by Spike Lee.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 25, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 25 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure. Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

The Paris architect: a novel by Charles Belfoure

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: May 28, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, May 28 from 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing THE ONE-EYED MAN: A FUGUE, WITH WINDS AND ACCOMPANIMENT by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Request a copy from a librarian at the Information Desk.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: April 23, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, April 23 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing SIGHT READING by Daphne Kalotay. Request a copy from a librarian at the Information Desk.

Sight reading: a novel by Daphne Kalotay

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: March 26, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, March 26 from 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing The Sea by John Banville. Request a copy from a librarian at the Information Desk.

The Sea by John Banville

Murder Will Out: February 2015

Lorne "Gump" Worsley, Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender, had a "seven-point recipe for goalie survival" Rule # 7: "read mystery stories."  Sounds like a good idea to me.  We have several debut authors this month to try.


Dry bones in the valley: a novel by Tom Bouman

City of devils by Diana Bretherick

Geared for the grave by Duffy Brown

Wink of an eye by Lynn Chandler Willis

Snow White red-handed by Maia Chance

Ooh La La! Romance languages with Mango

Learn the languages of love with the Mango speciality course on Romance Languages by enrolling in this specialty course. All free with your Canton Public Library Card!  Mango Languages provides access to 64 different languages (including English for non-native speakers) and includes foreign films and specialty lessons.

Business Research With Reference USA

Through a series of case studies, Rick White training expert at ReferenceUSA, will show how to use this powerful tool in practical business settings.  Along the way we’ll look how to access the database, how to create searches, how to manage the results as well as exploring all of the features that make ReferenceUSA a unique tool for business research.
Explore topics such as  
  • locating hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
  • creating marketing lists 
  • understanding community demographics 
  • surveying locations for expansion 
  • conducting competitive analysis 

Join us on Monday, March 9 at 10:00-12:00 PM for this interactive program.  No registration required.  

DTE Will Recycle Your Refrigerator

You can get rid of your old working refrigerator by letting DTE Energy recycle it for you through their Appliance Recycling Residential Program. DTE will pick up your old working refrigerator and then mail you a check for $50. In addition, DTE will pick up your old working freezer and mail you a check for $50. They will also pick up old working room air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers which will qualify you for a $20 rebate (must be picked up with a refrigerator or freezer). They recycle 95 percent of the old refrigerator they collect. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Sequels and Prequels to Classics for Adults

It was just announced yesterday that Harper Lee will be releasing a sequel this summer to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbirdpublished over 50 years ago. We've already received requests for the book, titled  Go Set a Watchmanso hop on the hold list now before you forget. In the meantime, To Kill a Mockingbird isn't the only book the received a sequel or a prequel years after the first book was published. Check out some of these delayed delights while you’re waiting.

Murder Will Out: Harry Bosch Returns

Look for the return of Bosch to amazon.com's streaming series on February 13.  Featuring the character from Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series, amazon.com Prime tested the waters last Fall with a one hour Bosch videocast.  If you haven't read this award-winning series try it now.

The black echo by Michael Connelly

Where's It Hanging? Keys to Selling More Art


'Where's It Hanging? Keys To Selling More Art' is a training session for artisans, creators, and handicrafters.  
The purpose of this program is to think about art in business terms and to market your creative works so you can sell them.  We will look at marketing art and engaging customers in a new and dynamic way!
 
Join us on Monday, March 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM as Steve Feinman, District Director for SCORE, provides insight and tips to the creative community so that your hard work and creativity can find a home.  

No registration required. 

To Kill a Mockingbird Alternatives for Teens

It was just announced yesterday that Harper Lee will be releasing a sequel this summer to her Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbirdpublished over 50 years ago. We've already received requests for the book, titled Go Set a Watchman, so hop on the hold list now before you forget. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of books that reference and draw inspiration from the classic.

Mockingbird: (mok'ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine
In this National Book Award winning title, ten-year-old Caitlin, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, references
To Kill a Mockingbird as she struggles to come to grips with her grief after her brother is killed in a school shooting.