Growing a Garden City

Growing a garden city : how farmers, first graders, counselors, troubled teens, foodies, a homeless shelter chef, single mothers, and more are transforming themselves and their neighborhoods through the intersection of local agriculture and community--and how you can, too by Jeremy N. Smith ; foreword by Bill McKibben ; photographs by Chad Harder and Sepp Jannotta — This book tells the true story of a small group of people created a community garden and in doing so created a whole new experience for themselves and many others. Not only is the story heartwarming and inspiring, the book itself is gorgeous, with full-color photos that bring the text to life.

Family Storytimes

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 12. These storytimes are designed for childrens ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Storytimes are held in the Community Room and do not require registration.

  • Mondays, 10:00-10:30AM and 1:00-1:30PM
  • Tuesdays, 7:00-7:30PM
  • Wednesdays, 10:00-10:30AM and 7:00-7:30PM
  • Thursdays, 10:00-10:30AM
  • Fridays, 10:00-10:30AM
  • Saturdays, 10:00-10:30AM

Remembering 9/11

Join us on Monday, September 12 at 9:00 AM as the VVA Post 528 Color Guard raises the flag and at 7:00 PM for a musical tribute by the Michigan Philharmonic. Check out these books and dvds on display:

The 9/11 Commission report: the attack from planning to aftermath: authorized text by with an afterword by Philip Zelikow

Portraits 9/11/01: the collected "Portraits of grief" from The New York times by foreword by Howell Raines; introduction by Janny Scott

9-11: artists respond

9-11 by Noam Chomsky

Ruby Red Rave Reviews

Are you in the mood for an awesome time-travel triology that promises to have a Twilight-ish romance flavor to it too? Then you'd better get started with book #1, Ruby Red by Kirstin Gier now. Gwen lives in London with her mother's rather eccentric family. For years all the attention has been focused on her cousin Charlotte who is supposed to be carrying the family time-travel gene and preparing her for life in the past. However, when Gwen turns 16, she is the one who suddenly starts disappearing into the past. This shocking news sends tremors through the whole family, as well as the Guardians, the old, powerful and dangerous secret society that monitors time travelers and seeks to control what they do. Gwen is a convincing modern teen with a great best friend and mom, who seeking to protect her daughter, ends up making matters more difficult for her and others. A handsome, albeit rather conceited, 19-year-old Gideon adds a romantic element as her destined fellow time-traveler. Action, adventure, humor, mystery, and totally believable characters make this novel a real page-turner. First published in Germany, Ruby Red has enjoyed great success throughout Europe.

Back to School with Sylvan

September 17th at 1:00 PM (to 2:00 PM) the staff from Sylvan Learning Center will  help teens get the school year off to a strong start.  Attendees will learn to use a planner, establish an after school study time, and become familiar with several techniques that help build long term retention of information for test success.  Registration opens September 3rd.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: December 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will not meet in December. Copies of the January 25, 2012 selection, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon will be available after November 16, 2011. Request a copy at the Adult Reference Desk.