Super Villain, Secret Agent

Venom by Rick Remender takes the classic spider-man villain and turns him into a secret agent for the side of good. Really; I'm not kidding. Flash Thompson is the new guy in the (evil?) alien suit, and he's doing military missions for the government. There's just one catch: they've got a "bomb" strapped to him in case the "living" suit gets out of his control. It's a great new twist to this old character, and if you love bad guys turned good, give this one a read.

National Book Awards 2011 Announced

Videos and images from the November 15 award ceremony are now available on the National Book Foundation website. John Lithgow, actor, writer, and musician was NBA Dinner and Ceremony host.

Salvage the bones: a novel by Jesmyn Ward

The swerve: how the world became modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai

In Memoriam: Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)

Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926-21 November 2011) award-winning author of the "Dragonriders of Pern" series, has died of a stroke at her Ireland home. She was 85 years old. Ms. McCaffrey, the first woman to receive a Hugo Award for fiction and the Nebula Award, was named 22nd Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005 and inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. She was the first science fiction writer to make the New York Times Bestsellers List.

Thanksgiving Movies

Are you in the Thanksgiving mood? While you'll have to look elsewhere for the greatest Thanksgiving-themed TV episode ever, we have a number of movies from Moviefone's list of 21 Films About Turkey Day:

Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Pieces of April [videodisc] by United Artists and IFC Productions present an InDigEnt production in association with Kalkaska Productions

The ice storm [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox; directed by Ang Lee

The myth of fingerprints [videodisc] by Eureka Pictures; Good Machine production

Poetry-Fiction

Edgar Allan's official crime investigation notebook by Mary Amato — There's a thief at Wordsworth Elementary School and Edgar is determined to find out who it is! But this thief doesn't just stop with the classroom goldfish. Soon other classroom items disappear, and the culprit is leaving poems behind for clues. A fun mystery that will surprise readers at how much fun poetry can be.

Twinkle, Twinkle…

Twinkling lights are not just in the night sky this time of year. It's fun to see lights sparkling on houses and trees as well. Whether in the nativity story, or on top of a tree, stars are magical and a wonder to enjoy. There are so many stars in the universe, that an actual number has not been concluded. In the meantime, just enjoy those "diamonds in the sky" on a clear night. You can learn more about stars from books at the library.

Book Club Choices: December 2011

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources check out CPL's Book Club in a Bag kits.

The true memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp

The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht

Life itself: a memoir by Roger Ebert

A trick of the light by Louise Penny

The blind assassin by Margaret Atwood

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: April 25, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, April 25 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. Our book for April is:

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs — A heartfelt novel about female friendship and the experiences that knit us together — even when we least expect it.

Copies will be available at the March 28 Canton Seniors Book Discussion or ask for a copy following the March meeting at the Adult Department's Help Desk.

Verlander Named American League MVP

Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has also been named the American League's Most Valuable Player for 2011. He is the first starting pitcher to win MVP since 1986 when Roger Clemens took the honor. Only six other pitchers in MLB history have won both the Cy Young Award and the MVP honors in the same year: the Dodger's Sandy Koufax in 1963, St. Louis' Bob Gibson and Detroit's Denny McLain in 1968, Oakland's Vida Blue in 1971, Milwaukee's Rollie Fingers in 1981 and Detroit's Willie Hernandez in 1984. Verlander received 13 of 28 first place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Boston center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury came in second followed by Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista. Tigers first baseman Miquel Cabrera finished fifth.

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