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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.

Movies for Black History Month

Amistad [videodisc] by DreamWorks Pictures in association with HBO Pictures ; produced by Steven Spielberg


The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman [videodisc] by Tomorrow Entertainment, Inc


Boycott [videodisc] by produced by Preston Holmes


Daughters of the dust [videodisc] by a Geechee Girls production


Down in the Delta [videodisc] by Miramax Films and Showtime present an Amen Ra Films and Chris/Rose Productions production


Get on the bus [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a 15 Black Men production in association with 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks ; a Spike Lee joint

Chilton Library - Car Maintenance Info Online

Chilton Library offers car maintenance, repair and recall information online. A great resource for those small jobs, or for pricing out larger ones! A newly-added Labor Time Lookup Tool is now available to help you to estimate repair bills. For future auto repair professionals, Chilton also offers sample quizzes for popular ASE Certification tests.

Chilton Library is just one of the valuable resources for vehicle owners available on our databases page.

Realistic Fiction for Second Grade

Looking for books about regular folk? No fairies or princesses, mysteries, or history here.

Ivy and Bean by written by Annie Barrows  Looking for tales of friendship? Check out all the Ivy and Bean books at J FICTION BARROWS.

Freckle juice by Judy Blume  For anyone who thought having freckles is a good idea because they disguise the dirt on your neck.

Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry  All about an imaginative second-grader who likes to tell stories.

Biographies for Black History Month

The butler: a witness to history by Wil Haygood


The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis


Crusader for justice: federal judge Damon J. Keith by compiled, written, and edited by Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman ; forward by Mitch Albom


Dave Bing: a life of challenge by Drew Sharp


A gentleman of color: the life of James Forten by Julie Winch


Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup ; introduction by Ira Berlin ; general editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. ; foreword by Steve McQueen

Biographies for Second Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these and be inspired. Suggestions are geared toward second graders, but can be enjoyed by many ages.

Imogen: the mother of modernism and three boys by Amy Novesky  An introduction to a little-known photographer, who blended career, art, and family.

The Beatles were fab (and they were funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer  Don't forget to accompany a reading of this band biography with some music

2015 Pura Belpré Award

The Pura Belpré Award honors a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.

Pura Belpré Illustrator Award


Viva Frida. Spanish & English by Yuyi Morales ; photography by Tim O'Meara






Belpré Honor Illustrator Award


Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya ; illustrated by Susan Guevara


Green is a chile pepper: a book of colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong ; illustrated by John Parra


Separate is never equal: Sylvia Mendez & her family's fight for desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh



Pura Belpré Author Award


I lived on Buttefly Hill by Marjorie Agosín ; translated from Spanish by E.M. O'Connor ; illustrated by Lee White

Teen Book Awards 2015: The Michael L. Printz Award

If you're looking for a recommended teen book, try one of these. The Michael L. Printz Award is bestowed yearly on books that demonstrate excellence in young adult literature. For more information on this and other awards, check the YALSA Website

2015 Michael L. Printz Winner


I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson


2015 Michael L. Printz Honor Books


And we stay by Jenny Hubbard

Carnival at Bray: a novel by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper jungle by a history by Andrew Smith

This one summer by Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki


2015 Caldecott Winner and Honor Books Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults for 2015. The Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children was announced, as were six Caldecott Honor Books.

2015 Caldecott Medal

The adventures of Beekle: the unimaginary friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat

2015 Caldecott Honor Books

Nana in the city written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art written by Barb Rosenstock; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Sam & Dave dig a hole written by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Viva Frida. Spanish & English written by Yuyi Morales; photography by Tim O'Meara

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Good Morning! In the world of Children's Books, today is awesome! Among the many winners and honorees announced early this morning, we had the winners and honorees named for the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award. Be sure to check out these really well done non-fiction titles!

2015 Winner:

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator




2015 Honorees:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


The family Romanov: murder, rebellion & the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming


Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker by words by Patricia Hruby Powell ; pictures by Christian Robinson


Neighborhood sharks: hunting with great whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Newbery Award Winners 2015

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:

The crossover by Kwame Alexander


The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky

Awards for Beginning Reader Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and loveDr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check theALA website.

2015 Award Recipients and Honor Books:

You are (not) small by Anna King ; illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Mr. Putter & Tabby turn the page by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Arthur Howard

Waiting is not easy! by Mo Willems

Enjoy Your Library without Leaving the House

Stuck inside on a snowy day?  Remember that many library services are can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch!
  • Watch TV or movies, or listen to music  or audiobooks (helpful while shoveling snow!) with Hoopla
  • Read digital magazines with Zinio
  • Read ebooks or listen to audiobooks with OverDrive

Instructions on using any of these services can be found on our emedia page. 

If you are doing research, please remember that most library databases can be accessed from home with your Canton Public Library card. 

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 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
    • None
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • Canton Community Foundation presentation (Greg Schupra & Jerry Grady)
  • New Business
    • Approval of 2015-2019 Telecommunications Contract
    • Closed session to discuss an attorney-client privileged written communication sent for the purpose of providing legal advice
    • Internet E-Rate and Computing Resources Policy
    • Strategic Plan Update
    • Statistic of the Month
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Savvy Seniors: February 2015

Canton Leisure Services/Club 55+ is offering Tax Preparation Services sponsored by AARP. Tax preparation appointments are being taken. The first available appointments will begin February 2. Call the Club 55+ Desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment.

Michigan Virtual Career Fair - February 11

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is hosting a Virtual Career Fair from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 11. Connect with employers and other job seekers online and interact with resources to help with your job search.

Click here to register.

Questions? Send a note to mivirtualcareerfair@svesupport.com. Looking for more information on local and online events for job seekers? Check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect's Career Event Calendar to learn more about upcoming job fairs and other events.

New iPad Air 2s at the Library

Starting Feb. 2, check out the brand new iPad Air 2 at the Canton Public Library! The Friends of the Library have donated 10 of these to compliment our existing 11 iPad Minis. Canton or Plymouth residents may check out an iPad for up to three weeks, and may renew it if no one else is on hold. Fines are steep ($5 per day late) so just remember to return them on time.

Printable Program and Event Listing, February 2015

Here's a printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL in February.