Safe Cracker

The lock artist by Steve Hamilton — is about a teen (Mike) who's famous for 2 things: 1) He can pick almost any lock. 2) He doesn’t talk. Ever. Not since something happened to him as a child (it’s even worse than you think). Rolling from one break-in to the next, and a life he desperately wants to escape, this book reads like a mafia movie and a heist movie all rolled into one. It's the romance with the girl, however, and the secret Mike carries, that gives it an emotional punch. A powerful underdog story if there ever was one. A fantastic book for older teens or adults.

Everyone's Reading 2012

Everyone's Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading the same great book… and we do have a great one for everyone this year. Sandra Brown's Lethal will have you on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last. Brown, the author of over 60 best sellers, certainly has a way with words and your emotions. She is making two personal appearances in the Metro Detroit area: Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 PM at the Rochester Church of Christ and at 7:00 PM that same evening at Adel Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. We have free tickets to both events available at the information desk beginning March 12 to Canton cardholders in good standing. It promises to be fun and informative events. Also watch for Lethal to be featured at our Lunch and a Book discussion on April 12 and at the Canton Senior Book Discussion Group on May 23.

Lethal by Sandra Brown

New J.K. Rowling Novel for Adults

Author J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame just penned a deal with Little, Brown publishing house to pen her first adult novel. The title, release date and details about the novel were not released. Rowling is quoted as saying, "Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series." We'll all be on pins and needles until we get our hands on Rowling's newest book.

Soldier Bear Wins an Award

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak — is a wonderful, heartwarming novel based on a true story about a bear, Voytek, and a group of Polish soldiers who adopt him as a cub during World War II. Voytek grows into one smart bear who learns to act as a spy and carry bombs and, thereby, earns the honor of being made an official soldier of the company. While the horrors of war are not minimized, this delightful story keeps the reader laughing as it relates the crazy antics and mischief Voytek gets into. He is helped by a monkey and some dogs who are also part of the troop. During very difficult times he boosts the morale of all those he comes in contact with. Reading this real-life adventure, you realize just how special and emotionally fulfilling human-animal relationships can be. Drawings, actual photographs, a map, and an informative afterward enhance an already stellar piece of fascinating history.

Soldier Bear definitely earned ALA's 2012 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the year's most outstanding translated children's book printed in the United States. It was originally published in the Netherlands in 2008. We are very fortunate this awesome story was made available to us in English!

A New Cardinal

On February 18, 2012, the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, was elevated to the position of Cardinal by Pope Pius XVI. There are currently 181 Cardinals in the Catholic Church worldwide, of which only 108 are under 80 years of age and eligible to vote for a new pope in conclave. For more information on Cardinals (Catholicism) or Timothy Dolan, click on the subject links. For additional and more specific histories of cardinals, see these titles:

My brother Joseph: the spirit of a cardinal and the story of a friendship by Eugene Kennedy

Éminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the rise of France by Jean-Vincent Blanchard

The cardinals: thirteen centuries of the men behind the papal throne by Michael Walsh

Dog Books

Some of our most-loved picture books at the library are about our canine friends. Check out some dog tales today and discover a new favorite!

Sally goes to the vet by written and illustrated by Stephen Huneck

10 little hot dogs by John Himmelman

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Carl goes to daycare by Alexandra Day

What puppies do best by Laura Numeroff ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Starfish Family Services Parenting Workshop

Join us on Thursday, February 23 from 9:30-11:30 AM for, Let’s Be Friends – Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development. Highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will encourage participants to explore how a young child’s thinking and reasoning impacts their social relationships as well as identify ways to help children learn about others, environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. This program is open to parents, daycare providers, caregivers and their children. Childcare will be provided by licensed Starfish Family Services staff.