Memory Bank

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson is an enjoyable, but puzzling story. Soft black&white pictures tell some of the story, as with Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It has the dark, mysterious aura of Gaiman's Coraline. Parental figures are rather horrific, as one might find in Roald Dahl's creations. Hope Scroggins becomes entangled in the WWMB (World Wide Memory Bank) and a dream realm in a desperate search for her younger sister whom her parents told her to forget about after dumping Honey out of the car for misbehavior. But the whole book has a very surrealistic quality to it and I am wondering what is real, what is dreamed, what is the intent of the authors. As Keats might say, "Gone is the vision. Do I wake, or do I sleep?" So I am asking all readers to please post your thoughts/feelings/reactions to this awesome, but mysterious story.

Summer Reads

It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Hot dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell

One hot summer day by Nina Crews

Think cool thoughts by Elizabeth Perry; illustrated by Linda Bronson

Poet Laureate for Children

The Poetry Foundation has chosen their newest Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has written a lovely post about Mr. Lewis on their blog. Also, we have a wonderful selection of poetry books by Mr. Lewis in our collection that you should check out and enjoy!

How to Grow Food

How to grow food : a step-by-step guide to growing all kinds of fruit, vegetables, salads and more by Richard Gianfrancesco — It's not too late to start growing your own food this season! Though some gardeners started earlier, you can plant seeds directly in your garden right now and be enjoying fruit and veg in a matter of weeks. This book is a terrific guide to the many edibles you can grow at home. With color photographs and detailed information, this is truly a one-stop-shop of edible gardening information.

Richard Scarry: The Best Ever

Today would have been Richard Scarry's 92nd birthday. Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919–April 30, 1994), a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide, has delighted four generations of readers. His best known book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, has sold over 4 million copies since its publication in 1965.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 22, 2011

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, June 22 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We'll be discussing Sarah Blake's The Postmistress:

It is 1941 and America has not yet entered the war waging in Europe, but they listen avidly to radio broadcasts sent from London. In The Postmistress two women find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news of the War in Europe yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue.

Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in US

Ann Arbor, MI is the 4th. well-read city in America. has released its list of Most Well-Read Cities, which they define as the twenty cities in the U.S. with a population of over 100,000 whose inhabitants order the most books, magazines, and periodicals in print and digital editions from the site per capita. The criteria are somewhat vague as cities are rated by their purchasing habits. It's interesting to note how many of these cities are university towns.

Super Species: The Creatures That Will Dominate the Planet

You are probably no stranger to the term "invasive species." If not familiar with the term, then you have at least heard the names of some of the species like the sea lamprey, Asian carp, and/or Emerald Ash Borer. Garry Hamilton examines the impacts of invasive species in Super Species: The Creatures That Will Dominate the Planet. While many experts view invasive species as a threat to biodiversity, others believe these creatures may be nature's way of restoring ecological vibrancy in the wake of human-mediated destruction.