Our JBIO collection features a wide variety of great stories about real people. These subjects might be well-known, or relatively ordinary. They might be extroverted and exuberant or shy and passionate. Maybe the people in these tales look just like you, or maybe they're like no one you know. Meet someone new in 2017 by checking out some of the following biographies. The list begins with books for younger readers and ends with more advanced titles, but each story might hold wider appeal than its first impression.

A biography of the scientist known as the "Shark Lady," reveals how she turned a childhood passion into her life's work, devoting herself to studying sharks and educating the public on the graceful, clever sea creatures.

Recounts the life and accomplishments of the environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Also available in: video | e-video

A picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, by the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson.

Following ratification by the state of Virginia, The Bill of Rights became law on December 15, 1791. Comprised of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, they were written by James Madison in response to requests from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties. The First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Learn about the long history of dissent in America by checking out some of the following resources available in the Library's collection.

This 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King essay contest is open to all Canton and Plymouth students in grades 6-12, including those children who attend traditional public, charter and private schools, or who are home schooled. Participants will have a chance to win up to $600 in scholarship money and the deadline for submissions is April 3. The essay contest is in partnership with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. A list of rules and requirements is attached for your reference.

We have a new job opening with our Business Services Department. For complete details, please visit our jobs/volunteer page. 

Today we honor the life Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 88 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April, 1968 was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated a national day of service in 1994.

Thorndyke the Bear with Whitney

Hey Kids,

 It’s my birthday tomorrow. I have most everything I need here at the library, so I don’t need any presents, but maybe sometime during January you could come and say hello. Tell me a bear story, or read me your favorite story about birthdays or cake. A few of my favorites are listed below.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

A piece of cake by LeUyen Pham

Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird's birthday, but delivering it to his friend isn't easy--not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake.

Something about a bear by Jackie Morris

Follows the activities of eight wild bears as they find their food and take care of their young.

Once again Canton Township will be hosting the AARP TaxAide Program, providing free Federal and State tax preparation for residents of Canton and the surrounding communities. You do not need to be an AARP member to participate, everyone is accepted regardless of age or income.  The TaxAide program has a strong non-discrimination policy.  The program for tax year January 1 - December 31, 2016, will run February 6 - April 11, 2017.  Call 734-394-5485 to schedule your appointment.  

Note: Appointments are ONLY available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Perfect for long or short car rides when your little mover and shaker wants a rhythm to groove to, or for booty-shaking moves at home!

Your child's favorite songs from his or her favorite Disney shows, such as:

Get Up and Dance (Sheriff Callie and Minnie Mouse version) -- Play With Us (Sofia the first) -- Destroy the Book (Jake and the Never Land pirates) --  If You Got the Hiccups (Doc McStuffins) -- The Spotlight (Sheriff Callie's Wild West) --  You Go Well Together (Henry Hugglemonster)

Explorer of the World by Frances England

Frances England's fifth album for families. Written for the kid in all, but with a special nod to those aged four to twelve, these ten fresh and playful tracks pay homage to the everyday treasures all around us. The album takes its listeners on a shimmering sonic journey through the undiscovered every day, and a reminder of all the unexpected adventures that can happen when curiosity can lead the way.

Beatles Baby! by Caspar Babypants

The much-loved Caspar Babypants brings his unique flair to your favorite Beatles tunes, such as:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- With a Little Help From my Friends -- Hey Jude -- Strawberry Fields Forever -- For you blue -- Rain -- One After 909 -- Honey Pie

Do you need to relieve some of your post-holiday stress? You can explore Gale courses like Drawing for the Absolute Beginner to sketch your pet or Introduction to Interior Design to make your space cozier. Self care is important and Gale courses can provide you with well-deserved relaxation tools.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, January 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!

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