Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 22 at 2:00PM-3:00PM in the Canton Public Library Friends' Activity Room (FAR).  We will be discussing GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee. 

Go set a watchman by Harper Lee
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From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch-"Scout"-returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past - a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision - a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
 

Finding the best books for middle school ESL students can be especially tough. You want to empower your students/children as English readers and not scare them away with difficult texts. But you also want books to be meaningful and enjoyable to read.

Below you will find a list of novels that should connect with intermediate readers. A number of them will be culturally relevant books that should also appeal to ESL middle school students. If you've had success with any of these books, please let us know down below in the comments.

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

When twelve-year-old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country.

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When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

Check out a fantasy title that just hit the teen shelf!

Beheld by Alex Flinn

Kendra, a witch, uses a magic mirror to see her beloved James, whom she met in Salem, Massachusetts, but she loses track of him during World War II, and only finds a clue when she is in Miami, bringing a modern fairy tale couple together.

The bone witch by Rin Chupeco

Tea's gift for death magic means that she is a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community, but when an older bone witch trains her to become an asha--one who can wield elemental magic--Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice in the face of danger as dark forces approach.

A crown of wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Taken prisoner in a neighboring hostile kingdom, Gauri, the princess of Bharata, agrees to help a cunning prince by teaming up with him in a mythical competition that will grant a magic wish to the victor.

Is there a song that changed your life? A song that made you feel happy or understood or saved? Check out a title that explores the effect of music in the lives of young people. 

Naked '76 by Kevin Brooks

In the summer of 1976, when punk rock is taking over England, Lili finds herself playing bass for a wild new band called Naked, and struggling to sort out complicated relationships with self-destructive band mates.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Feeling undervalued because of musical talents that place her outside the spotlight, Jordan disguises herself as a boy to gain entry into a competitive, all-male a cappella group that is looking for a singer with her vocal range.

Is there a song that changed your life? A song that made you feel happy or understood or saved? Check out a title that explores the effect of music in the lives of young people. 

The bad decisions playlist by Michael Rubens

"Sixteen-year-old Austin, a self-described screw-up, finds out that his allegedly dead father happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler. Austin--a talented musician himself--is sucked into his newfound father's alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, along with him"--.

Exile by Kevin Emerson

As band manager for the up-and-coming DangerHeart, seventeen-year-old Summer Carlson navigates a relationship with the lead singer and decides whether to act on information that could rocket the band to stardom.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

A girl competes with her best friend to become the newest pop star of the boy-and-girl band craze, triggering drama and romance along the way.

Sparks fly when Beatrix Adams, seventeen, who strives to be a medical illustrator, meets Jack, one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists, but even as Beatrix begins to uncover the secrets that have left Jack so wounded, her own family secrets threaten to tear them apart.

And we're off by Dana Schwartz

Offered a summer trip to Europe to study history's most famous artists, seventeen-year-old Nora is required to create a unique painting at each stop, but clashes with her mom who fears her daughter's optimism may prompt an insecure future.

Draw the line by Laurent Linn

"A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art"--.

Aiko Cassidy, a fifteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, tired of posing for the sculptures that have made her mother famous, dreams of going to Japan to meet her father and become a great manga artist, but takes a life-changing trip to Paris, instead.

Late last month, both the Malice Domestic, Ltd. convention and the Edgars Symposium were held, the events where the Agatha Awards and the Edgars Awards are announced. The Edgars Awards are a general mystery fiction award nominated by THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA while the Malice Dometic's Agatha Awards are given to “traditional mystery” works in the vein of Agatha Christie. 

Best Contemporary Novel: Agatha Award

A great reckoning by Louise Penny

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor....

Best Historical Novel: Agatha Award

"Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89, brought a lighter touch to the role of James Bond, the role for which he was most famous. Out went the harder, crueler edge of Sean Connery's 007 to be succeeded by sardonic humour and the inevitable raised eyebrow. He eventually became the longest-serving actor in the role, his seven Bond films becoming the most commercially successful of the franchise." (BBC Obituary

Take a look at our collection of DVDs and books featuring the talents of Moore.

Before he had a license to kill, Roger Moore honed his secret agent skills as the debonair adventurer Simon Templar, also known as The Saint..

Experience the Solar Eclipse!

Come by the library on Monday, August 21 to get your official viewing glasses and join us to watch THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!!! Certified safe-for-solar-viewing glasses will be available in the Community Room from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, just in time to witness the most complete coverage of the sun from the comfort of Heritage Park. There are enough glasses for all so bring your family and friends! Glasses generously provided by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning and STARnet for Libraries. Discover more information about the solar eclipse at eclipse2017.nasa.gov

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  • The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
  • Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts
  • Absent:            None
  • Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden
  • CALL TO AUDIENCE (L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, D. Sands, N. Szczepanski)   — None
     
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF CLOSED SESSION MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — E. Davis shared a “thank you” note from Board Chair M. Farell, in acknowledgement of the flower arrangement and keepsake angel sent by the board upon the passing of her mother.
     
  • DIRECTORS REPORT — Davis informed the board that the Headlee amendment has triggered a Millage Reduction Fraction (MRF) and the new maximum millage rate that can be levied as of 2018 will be 1.5139 mills.  That number will be used in the 2018 draft budget proposal.

The MERS actuarial evaluation was received and will play into the larger conversation about closing out the employee pension; a special actuarial evaluation will need to be commissioned down the line to analyze the closure of the pension, but this report serves as a snapshot for beginning the discussion.

Davis reviewed the financial reports, pointing out that the library is one-third of the way through the year. While fringe benefits; professional & contractual; insurance; and capital outlay are trending high, they will all fall in line as the year progresses.

Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson is investigating pollution and cyber liability insurance policies, with the assistance of our insurance broker, Carrico Maldegen.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Chair Michelle Farell and Trustee Amy Watts will not be at the June 22, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • 2018 Budget Assumptions — Trustees Jane Pandit, Amy Watts and Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee had been forwarded historical data for consideration in the budget discussion. All three found the information to be helpful. None of the trustees had further questions regarding the budget issues that had been covered at the April 20 meeting.
  • NEW BUSINESS

Connect Your Summer 2017 Presentation — Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden reviewed the changes to the summer reading program. The revamped program was designed to reflect both the new Strategic Plan and survey responses from 2016 program participants.

The trustees expressed enthusiasm for the new Story Boxes that will be a major component of the 2017 Connect Your Summer program.

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – Friends of the Library Board member Diane Sands was introduced.
  • ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.  

 

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