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It's Medicare Enrollment Time - We've Got Answers

It's Medicare enrollment time and we all have questions. Walgreens will be here to answer those questions, ease your mind and save you money when possible. Please join us on November 12 at 3:00 PM and bring your questions. The enrollment period ends in December.

Fall Back This Weekend!

Enjoy an extra hour of sleep this weekend as Daylight Savings Time ends and Eastern Standard Time begins 2:00 AM Sunday November 3rd. In addition, take time to change those smoke detector batteries and turn on carbon monoxide detectors to protect your family and home.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group January-June 2014

Looking for a lively book discussion? The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00PM in Group Study Room A at Canton Public Library. 

January 23              Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family's Secret by Steve Luxenberg

February 27           The Closers by Michael Connelly

March 27                Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

April 24                   The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian

May 22                     Crank by Ellen Hopkins

June 26                    The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

CPL Hosts 5th Annual "Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive, November 20 & 21

The countdown to the fifth annual "Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive has officially begun! Last year, you helped us collect a record setting 38,954 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. On November 20 and 21, Canton Public Library hosts this year’s Diaper Drive with hopes of doubling last year’s donations. The library is counting on the generous members of the Canton community, and surrounding Metro Detroit communities, to contribute to the biggest diaper drive in Michigan.

The “Stuff the Truck” event will accept diapers during library business hours, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21. The truck, donated by the Hulett family, owners of Fat Chef in a Little Coat, will be parked in the library lot and ready to accept donations until it is stuffed. Diaper donations may be of any size or brand, baby through adult, even swim diapers or other incontinence supplies. Open packages of diapers are accepted, if labeled with size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization, distributes the diapers to SE Michigan partner agencies serving people in need. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader, Dies at 71

Lou Reed, leader of avante-garde band The Velvet Underground before going solo in the early Seventies, died this week (October 27) at the age of 71. He had no wish for fame, but is probably one of the best known 'unknown' musicians of the past 30 years. A songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Reed had a distinctive voice. As a member of The Velvet Underground, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. (Photo Credit: Stephen Munday. Olympics Day 13 - Lou Reed Performs At The Medal Plaza. Getty Images. 23 Feb. 2006. eLibrary. Web. 31 Oct. 2013.)

Red Cross Blood Drive November 8

Be a hero and donate blood during our November 8 blood drive. As we head into the holiday season, blood donations drop off. Your donation of one pint of blood is a gift that can save three lives.

Sign up for an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org using sponsor code cantonlibrary, or call 313-549-7052 or stop at the library Reception Desk. Appointments are available between 10:00 AM - 3:45 PM and walk ins are also welcome.

Celebrate Diwali

The Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated on November 3 in 2013. We are celebrating this annual, joyful holiday on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Canton Public Library. Please join us for food, dancing and song. The Festival of Lights, also known at Deepavali, is held in honor of Rama-Chandra, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu and is a triumph of light over dark, good over evil. Come hear, taste, smell and watch this happy celebration with your neighbors as the Indian community is showcased.

Resources for Children's App Reviews

Are you interested in finding vetted, age appropriate apps for your child to use on your mobile device? There are several great web sites out there that do just that!

CommonSenseMedia : The website that reviews children's movies, games, books and TV shows also does apps. If you are concerned about content like violence or consumerism, you'll like this website which highlights this information in the "What Parents Need to Know" section.

Best Apps for Kids: This website, developed by a mom, lets you look for apps by age, device, category or education. And they highlight free apps on Friday.

Best Kids Apps: Another site where the reviews are written by moms, this site covers the fun and games as well as the educational. You can narrow your results by platform on this site, which significantly sharpens your search at the start. There's also a link at the home page highlighting the currently popular apps.

The iMums: This is a global review site, with review from moms from all over the world. Reviews of apps for Moms and Dads and for those with Special Needs make this one unique.


Child with Apple iPad by Intel Free Press (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

It was on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona that the infamous gunfight took place. Generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American West, it is believed to have lasted all of thirty seconds. On one side were the cowboy outlaws Billy Clairborne, Ike and Billy Clanton, and Tom and Frank McLaury. Opposing them were Marshall Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt, as well as Doc Holliday. Hollywood versions of the gun battle can be found in the films My Darling Clementine (1946), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Tombstone (1993). Find out what the fight was really all about and who survived by checking out some of the following books and dvds from the Library's collection:

The last gunfight: the real story of the shootout at the O.K. Corral and how it changed the American West by Jeff Guinn

And die in the West: the story of the O.K. Corral gunfight by Paula Mitchell Marks

British Historical Dramas

Three recent television dramas draw on British history for their inspiration. The White Queen, airing on Starz, is based on Philippa Gregory's historical novels about the Wars of the Roses - The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker's Daughter. PBS's The Hollow Crown combines four of Shakespeare's plays to tell the story of three kings who shaped English history - Richard III, Henry IV, and Henry V. The new CW series Reign chronicles the life of the teenage Mary, Queen of Scots. Enhance your viewing experience with some historical background on both the people and the events by checking out some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Blood sisters: the women behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood

Lancaster against York: the Wars of the Roses and the foundation of modern Britain by Trevor Royle

The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir

MeLCat Server Down Time October 25

The MeLCat server is currently down, and MeL is working to resolve the problem. This means that you will not be able to search MeLCat, place new requests, or renew items on MeLCat. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will update this message when MeLCat is back up and running.

UpdateMeLCat is back up and running. Thank you for your patience.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, November 11. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

 ABC Activity Times, November 11 - December 14: 


NOTE: The library is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 and there will be no programming on those days.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of November 11. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Weekday sessions are held in the Community Room. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, November 11 - December 14:


NOTE: The library is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 and there will be no programming on those days.

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 7:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: November 25
Time: 7:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Our Own Snug Fireside: Life during the Civil War

Join us on Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM for a peek into the world which no one alive today has witnessed first-hand. As living historians renowned for their knowledge on daily life of the mid-19th century, Larissa Fleishman and Ken Giorlando will draw you into their world of horses & carriages, oil lamps & candles, and hoop skirts & top hats as they bring back the everyday life of long ago.

"Our Own Snug Fireside” is a program for audiences of all ages which offers a first-hand look into the activities, chores, occupations, manners, etiquette, and clothing of a time from over one hundred and fifty years ago. Using replica artifacts, entertaining exchanges, fun filled facts, and a bit of humor our presenters will show what life was like during such an intense time in American History: The Civil War.

Mrs. Fleishman and Mr. Giorlando have been students of history for decades, and not only have intently studied the everyday life of our ancestors, but have also been involved in the practice of historical presenting and living history/reenacting for nearly as long. “Our Own Snug Fireside” is certainly a chance to see history come alive.

[Tatton Park Sept 201027 by DeviousWolf Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

Sylvan Saturdays: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, November 9, from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Teens can attend this workshop, an introductory ACT Prep course, that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 AM, and Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 AM. Please register online for one half-hour timeslot.

Teen Lock-In (Planning Sessions)

Help plan an after-hours teen lock-in at the library for December (you can even get your volunteer hours for doing it!) Planning will be held in the Purple Room.Photo: Four Teens Jumping in Parking Lot by Pink Sherbert (CC by 2.0)

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, November 2 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!