Today we lost a Detroit superstar and an American legend in Aretha Franklin. But she will live on with her indomitable sound. 

A frank examination of Aretha Franklin, Mark Bego's definitive biography traces her career accomplishments from her beginnings as a twelve-year-old member of a church choir in the early 1950s, to recording her first album at the age of fourteen and signing a major recording contract at eighteen, right up through her headline-grabbing 2010 health scare. Originally positioned to become a gospel star in her father's Detroit church, Aretha had a privileged urban upbringing--stars such as Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and Sam Cooke regularly visited her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin. It wasn't long before she was creating a string of hits, from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love," and becoming one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. 

Aretha : from these roots by Aretha Franklin

America's Queen of Soul recounts the story of her life, from her childhood as a minister's daughter in Detroit to her rise to success, offering insights into the faith and determination that have taken her to the top.

Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora

Two cats that look alike live in the same building and, when they sneak out to visit one another, worry their young owners by their changed behavior.

I am a cat by Galia Bernstein

Simon, the housecat, points out that he may not roar like a lion or run fast like a cheetah, but he has many other things in common with the big cats.

Floaty by John Himmelman

Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine. One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisin's doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems there's nothing inside... until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Get ready for a SCARY good time at Canton Public Library! On October 30th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, scary stories will be shared in a campfire like setting. The storyteller will read, IN THE DARK, a selection of stories from Alvin Schwartz's book, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." Participants will also share their own scary stories as the flashlight gets passed around the circle. Make sure your register for this SCARY literature experience!

  • Registration Required
  • Ages 9 - 17
  • Tuesday, October 30th, 7:00 pm to 8:00pm

 

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, October 30 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.

If you want to learn touch-typing or improve your existing typing skills, this is the perfect course for you! In these lessons, you'll use the Keyboarding Pro 5 program, a typing tutorial designed for personal computers, to learn how to touch-type—that is, to type text you read from a printed page or a computer screen without looking at your keyboard.  

Using Keyboarding Pro's built-in word processor, you'll learn how to create, edit, and save word processing documents. As you improve your typing speed and accuracy, you'll use the word processor's timed writing feature to continually hone your skills. You'll even learn posture tips to minimize fatigue and help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, August 15. 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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