Are you a teen that is just not that into YA books? Who says you have to read in the teen section? Luckily, libraries allow you to read whatever you like! Check out some of these "new adult" or NA novels that will appeal to older teens, 20 year olds and just about anyone else who wants something a bit more gritty with a teen narrator. 

Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Fifteen-year-old Yasmin is a major misfit: overweight, depressed, and shunned by her classmates. With her father dead and her mother remarried, Yasmin is uncomfortable in her own skin and feels like a visitor in her own home. One day she happens upon a man creepily watching popular girl Alice, the same classmate whom Yasmin has a crush on. She decides to befriend this stranger in the hopes of keeping him from harming Alice, with Yasmin becoming Alice's hero and friend as a result. But upon her initial meeting with awkward loner Samuel, Yasmin immediately recognizes a kindred spirit. This leads to her pursuing a friendship with him, to the point of forgetting her unspoken role as Alice's protector. Then Alice goes missing. 

A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi

Alireza Courdee, a fourteen-year-old straight-A student and chemistry whiz, takes his first hit of pot. In as long as it takes to inhale and exhale, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner. He loses his virginity, takes up surfing, and sneaks away to all-night raves. For the first time, Reza feels like an American teen. Life is smooth; even lying to his strict parents comes easily.

But then he changes again, falling out with the bad boy surfers and in with a group of kids more awake to the world around them, who share his background, and whose ideas fill him with a very different sense of purpose. Within a year, Reza and his girlfriend are making their way to Syria to be part of a Muslim nation rising from the ashes of the civil war.

The Map That Leads To You by Joseph Monninger

A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman's life: Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She's left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, ONE last summer to be free. Heather doesn't expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather's journal to various cities around Europe. But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.

Stop by Menchie's on August 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the Friends of the Canton Public Library fundraiser at 6427 N. Canton Center Road. Be sure to show this flyer attached, printed or digital, and a percentage of each purchase will go to the Friends who support the library. Enjoy an end of summer treat!

Recounts the events that led Timothy McVeigh to that day and recounts the stories of the survivors, first-responders, US Marshals, FBI investigators, and journalists who covered the events. The film provides an in-depth and provocative exploration of the white supremacist, extremist militia movement that rose to prominence in the early 1990s and still makes news today..

The Hugo Awards are given annually to the best works of science fiction and fantasy. The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention.

Best Novel

The obelisk gate by N. K Jemisin

Best Novella

Glasses and hand-held viewers for safe observation of the solar eclipse are in high demand right now. Many local retail outlets are sold out, and libraries and other organizations are distributing their limited supplies the day of the event-Monday, August 21. CPL will be distributing its remaining glasses on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 1:30 PM on the day of the eclipse. 

The American Astronomical Society has put together a list of reputable vendors for those seeking to buy glasses.

*As of the time of this writing, all local retail vendors listed with locations in Canton are sold out. 

The 15th annual Canton Area Senior Summit, hosted by Canton Supervisor Pat Williams will be held on Monday, September 11 from 8:00AM-12:00PM at Canton's Summit on the Park. Enjoy a continental breakfast, box lunch, goody bag, and door prizes. The day includes a variety of workshops, health screenings and informational booths hosted by area community service and health providers. Must pre-register at Club 55+ desk for this free event, call 734/394-5485, or visit www. cantonfun.org. Limited spots available.

Beginning August 21, our west parking lot will be closed for repavement. The lot will be blocked from the entrance at Civic Center Drive; no access will be allowed down the west driveway. We expect the project to be completed on August 28, however, it is weather dependent. In addition to fixing crumbling pavement, two additional handicapped spaces will be added to the lot. 

While the drive is closed, book donations can be dropped at the shelves placed at the front of the library. Overflow parking is available at the Canton Township Administration lot across Veterans Way. Please obey all posted traffic signs. 

Canton Public Library’s mission is Connecting Your Community. Connect Your Summer aims to be an exciting way to bring the community together to share their summer experiences and their summer reading, and to emphasize the library as an important resource for all.

Because Connect Your Summer is the mainstay of our summer library programming, we are asking you to help us learn and improve by sharing feedback about your Connect Your Summer experience. The survey will take about five minutes to complete:

  • If you participated in Connect Your Summer, Take the Participant Survey
  • If you did not participate, Share your feedback
  • If you would prefer to fill out a paper survey, stop by the CYS Command Center in the library to fill out and submit your thoughts

The surveys will remain available until August 28, so tell your friends! Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us. 

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