If you enjoyed reading about Melody Ellison, the American Girl character who lives in Detroit in the 1960s, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

To gain leadership skills needed to run a cupcake-baking empire when she grows up, Brianna runs for president of the fifth grade--expecting little competition--until a new girl enters the race.

Our program series, Get to Know Your Neighbor, returns with an opportunity for you to get to know our American Muslim community on March 31, 1:00-4:00 PM. Learn about history and art, sample delicacies, and have face-to-face conversations regarding things you've wondered about. This program is sponsored by the Muslim American Society, the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition and the Canton Public Library.

Happiness Challenge

Can we make Canton a happier community? Take our 21 day Happiness Challenge and see if you can train your brain to increase happiness and optimism.  

Starting February 27, you can participate in our Happiness Challenge by writing in a journal or by replying to our daily Facebook prompts. Our Happiness Challenge concludes on the International Day of Happiness, March 20, with a celebration with ice cream, a playlist of your favorite songs, and much more. All ages are welcome! 

Let's create a happier Canton together. Use #InternationalDayofHappiness to share your stories to inspire others.

For more on this theory, watch The Happy Secret to Better Work, an entertaining TED Talk by Shawn Achor. View all 15 minutes, or pick it up at the 10 minute mark for our retraining exercises.

 

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties. Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an "unrecognized immigration" within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4.6 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

Everybody is talking about Black Panther: the actors, the director, the characters, the rivalries, the music, the clothing, the politics. Take a look at some of the library materials featuring the filmmaker and cast, artists on the soundtrack, and the writers of the comic series, as well as other graphic novels and books about African and African-American history, heroes, and icons.

MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winner T- Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt - but can its monarch survive the necessary change? Collecting: Black Panther 1-4

Acclaimed alternative R&B artist SZA releases a brand new album. The first single, Love Galore, features Travis Scott. The album also includes the track Drew Barrymore and appearances from Kendrick Lamar and RZA..

It's National Love Your Pet Day! Today's the day to focus on and appreciate the special relationship we have with our four-legged friends. About 68% of households in the U.S. or 85 million families own a pet according to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey. Pets can have a positive impact on our health and well-being. Walking our dogs can help reduce stress and lowers blood pressure. Curling up with our cats releases a chemical in our brains that calms and soothes our frazzled nerves. So enjoy spending more time with your pet today by curling up with new books from our pet collection!

There's no mistaking a happy dog. The wagging tail, the eager eyes, the smile that's impossible to fake. A happy dog radiates pure joy. Yet the mystery remains: What's really going on behind those waggish grins? Are our dogs laughing with us? At us? Are they operating at a higher stage of enlightenment . . . or just buttering us up before we discover the tiny, torn remnants of burrito wrapper suspiciously dotting the hallway?In Waggish, the infinite expressions of happy dogs are captured in an amazing series of photographs by renowned animal photographer Grace Chon, whose images have made her the go-to pet photographer of Hollywood's top celebrities. As for what these dogs are really thinking, writer Melanie Monteiro expertly channels their innermost thoughts, pairing each photo with a clever caption. 

The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:31 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  (D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, N. Szczepanski) - None         
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

    The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

    The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — Director Eva Davis shared a letter written by a teen patron, requesting that the library increase its operating hours on Sunday evenings until 8:00 or 9:00 PM. While not an option at this time, Board members agreed that the issue deserved consideration for the future and asked Davis to add it to the March agenda to begin discussions.
  • DIRECTORS REPORT — Plante Moran auditors will be at the library February 19-23 for the annual audit; they will present their findings to the board at the April meeting.
    • The financials show that the library is over-spent in the Capital Outlay category due to the construction project. Funds for the project will be pulled into the budget in April with the 1st Quarter Budget Amendment, and will fall within the expenditure number that had been approved by the board in September.
  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee queried whether the Plante  Moran auditors would be presenting a quick summary of the library’s current ratios and liquid assets as part of their report. Vice Chair Don Turner explained that the scope of auditors’ mission focused on how finances had been managed by library staff, and on such peripherals as the ratio of the fund balance to the operating budget.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None
  • OLD BUSINESS  — None
  • NEW BUSINESS
    • Preliminary 2018 Monthly Board Meeting Agendas — The board briefly discussed the outline presented by Davis.
    • Board Committees — Chair Michelle Farell thanked the Retirement Benefits Committee and the Director’s Evaluation Committee for their work in 2017, and as their assigned tasks are complete, dissolved them. Chair Farell will appoint a 2018 Director’s Evaluation Committee in late summer.
    • Proposal to Convert Supervisor Positions to Full-Time Status — Davis stated that the written proposal outlined the rationale for converting the three positions to full-time status.

       N. Eggenberger moved and D. Turner supported a motion to approve the proposal to convert three
       supervisor positions to full-time status.

       The motion passed unanimously 18/2-15-1

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – None
  • ADJOURN   
     The meeting was adjourned at 8:11 PM.  

Two undercover KGB agents pose as a married American couple in order to spy on the United States government during the Cold War.

A disillusioned young man and his drug dealing friend, under the code names "Falcon" and 'Snowman" commit a brazen act of espionage, by selling some of America's most sensitive secrets to the KGB.

Some say George Smiley is in innocent retirement. Others say he was sacked after the Czech scandal. But all agree that nobody ever leaves the 'Circus' without some unfinished business. Brought out of retirement to trace an enemy infiltrator in the department where he was once the prize employee, the shy and retiring master of espionage moves forwards to investigate and finds himself going backwards over very old ground ..

Check out some of these great books that talk about time travel! It's a chance to escape to a different world, from wherever you may be! Some of these titles are featured in our window display in the fiction stacks--make sure to check there first! While you're browsing, you just might few a new favorite book!

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | video | large print

This debut novel tells the compelling love story of artist Clare and her husband, Henry, a librarian at the Newberry Library who has an ailment called Chrono-Displaced Person (CDP), which without his control removes him to the past or the future under stressful circumstances. The clever story is told from the perspectives of Henry and Clare at various times in their lives. Henry's time travels enable him to visit Clare as a little girl and later as an aged widow and explain "how it feels to be living outside of the time constraints most humans are subject to." He seeks out a doctor named Kendrik, who is unable to help him but hopes to find a cure for his daughter, Alba, who has inherited CDP.

Outlander : a novel by Diana Gabaldon

Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

Electrify Your Winter with Oprah's newest book club pick: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. An American Marriage is not only available here in the Library, but also available on demand with Hoopla! Grab a copy in print, stream on your computer or download on your device with the Hoopla app to work towards completion of the Checklist Challenge.

An American marriage by Tayari Jones
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

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