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ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, September Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.  Group meets Tuesday September 9 at 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Knit Night - September

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday September 8 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

The British Burn Washington

Two hundred years ago this year, during the War of 1812,  the British army occupied Washington, setting fire to many public buildings, including  the White House and the Capitol. It was on  August 24, 1814, that approximately 4.000 troops entered the city, causing most of the residents to flee. A warning was dispatched to First Lady Dolley Madison who managed to escape across the Potomac River with a portrait of George Washington in tow. This was the only time since the American Revolution that a foreign power has captured the United States capital.

The burning of Washington: the British invasion of 1814 by Anthony S. Pitch


Washington burning: how a Frenchman's vision of our nation's capital survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the invading British Army by Les Standiford

Today! Friends Benefit at Menchie's

Enjoy a delicious Menchie's frozen yogurt and help the Friends of the Canton Public Library raise money to support the library.

Visit Menchie's on Thursday, September 4 from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM and show the attached flyer when you pay for your purchase. The Friends will get 20% of your purchase price and you get a yummy treat. Digital copies are also accepted so flash the PDF on your phone. Offer good at Menchie's located at Canton Center and Hanford in Canton.

Library Board Schedules Special Meeting

The Canton Public Library Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The purpose of the meeting will be to interview and select a candidate to fill a vacancy on the board.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room; the public is welcome.

World War I: the Americans

Although the United States did not enter the war until 1917, the American Expeditionary Force suffered 320,500 casualties. In memory of the 100th anniversary of the war read about some of these brave men and women:

Yanks: the epic story of the American Army in World War I by John S.D. Eisenhower with Joanne Thompson Eisenhower


Five lieutenants: the heartbreaking story of five Harvard men who led America to victory in World War I by James Carl Nelson


The long way home: an American journey from Ellis Island to the Great War by David Laskin


American women in World War I: they also served by Lettie Gavin


Crusader nation: the United States in peace and the Great War by David Traxel

Parent Academy: Google Chromebooks & iPads with PCCS

Want to learn more about the Google Chromebooks and iPads that your students are receiving from PCCS? Attend either of two hands-on learning sessions, Thursday, September 25, 7:00-8:30 PM or Wednesday, October 1, 7:00-8:30 PM, that we are hosting in partnership with PCCS technology trainers. Topics to be covered include:
  • Devices and how they are used in the classroom
  • Chromebook use and troubleshooting
  • Google Apps for Education, including resources
  • Digital Citizenship

Celebrate National Aviation Day

In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Orville Wright's birthday as National Aviation Day. This celebration of aviation occurs each year on August 19. You can share in the celebration by reading about some of the pilots in our collection. Click on the titles to see availability and location.

Amelia Earhart: the legend of the lost aviator by Shelley Tanaka ; illustrated by David Craig


Fly high!: the story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger ; illustrated by Teresa Flavin


MeLCat Server Downtime on August 19

On Tuesday, August 19, the MeLCat (Michigan eLibrary Catalog) server will receive a software upgrade. The server will go down just after 1:00 PM and is expected to be down for several hours. What will this mean for you?
  1. Staff and patrons will not be able to search or place new MeLCat requests. Current Item status will not be available.
  2. Patrons trying to do renewals may get a "server unavailable" message.
  3. Staff will be able to process requests and check your MeL materials out.
We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Update: Access has been restored to MelCat. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Free Online Classes to Start Soon

The free Gale Courses that the library offers to its cardholders are set to begin on August 20. You can register for any number of classes and in any subject area that appeals to you. The goal is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for you to learn, at your own pace, new skills or improve existing ones. Take advantage of the vast array of instructor-led courses soon.

Three Days of Peace and Music

"By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong." Those words, written by Joni Mitchell in her famous song about the event, perfectly captured the feelings about the music festival for those who were there. It was forty five years ago on August 15, 1969, that thousands of people gathered in rural Bethel, New York to attend what would become an historic outdoor concert. For those who attended - and even like Mitchell - those who could not, Woodstock became a defining moment. Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, the Who and Crosby, Stills & Nash were just some of the musicians who performed that weekend.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, September 5 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for older children (ages 13 and over) and adults with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. Registration begins August 22. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Read-alikes for THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

The movie rights have been purchased for M. L. Stedman's THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS.  wonderful book about a lighthouse keeper and his wife. Tom is a WW I veteran, one of the 'lucky ones', he has lost a limb nor his mind but he deliberately seeks the solitude of an island off Australia.  He meets and marries, Isabel. But times on the island are tough for Isabel as she suffers multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth in just four years time. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.  Similar books are:

The sandcastle girls: a novel by Chris Bohjalian

The orchardist: a novel by Amanda Coplin

The secret keeper: a novel by Kate Morton

The house I loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Lauren Bacall

Legendary Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89. She made her first film - To Have and  Have Not -  in 1944 with future husband Humphrey Bogart. They went on to star together in several more films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo. Her many film roles ranged from the comedic to the dramatic, as well as musical. She also enjoyed  great success on Broadway, where she won two Tony Awards - for Applause in 1970 and Woman of the Year in 1981.


Dark passage [videodisc] by First National Pictures, Inc., Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.


Harper [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Gershwin-Kastner production

World War I: the Campaigns

The battles of World War I were fought in Europe, the  Middle East, and the Pacific. In memory of the war's 100th anniversary, check out some of the library's many resources on this global event whose repercussions are still being felt today:

To conquer hell: the Meuse-Argonne, 1918 by Edward G. Lengel


Verdun: the longest battle of the Great War by Paul Jankowski


Castles of steel: Britain, Germany, and the winning of the Great War at sea by Robert K. Massie


Yanks: the epic story of the American Army in World War I by John S.D. Eisenhower with Joanne Thompson Eisenhower


Setting the desert on fire: T.E. Lawrence and Britain's secret war in Arabia, 1916/1918 by James Barr

Remembering Robin Williams

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on August 11th at the age of 63. The Canton Public Library carries a wide selection of films starring Mr. Williams including Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and The World According to Garp.  Feel free to laugh or cry with the work of this American legend. Follow the link for a list of his works in our collection.