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Are boxes and boxes of old photographs cramping your style? Wouldn't you like to organize, display and preserve these precious memories? Well, scrapbooking might just be the solution you are looking for. Our librarians have compiled a list of fun and informative resources to help you get started!


Art of the Scrapbook: A Guide to Handbinding and Decorating Memory Books, Albums, and Art Journals by Diane Maurer-Mathison: Covering binding, paper decorating, lettering and layout techniques from simple to innovative, this book offers something for crafters at all skill levels. Professional paper and book artists share their work and techniques giving readers the inspiration for creating their own innovative designs.

Pilgrimage & Mysticism

Mysticism is described as the immediate consciousness of the ultimate reality of God or the experience of such communion as described by mystics. As evidenced by the popular explosion of titles attempting to quench the spiritual thirst of seekers, this quest is alive and well among readers today. Here are some sources to help satisfy the soul's search for serenity.


The pilgrim's progress in modern English by John Bunyan — Classical — Penned in the 1400's, this allegory follows the Pilgrim on his mystical and dangerous journey to safe arrival in the desired country.

Our Animal Friends

While dogs are still the most popular pets in the United States, these days people are befriending everything from turtles to mice. Whether you currently have an animal friend or are just thinking about adopting one, we have compiled a list of resources of interest to pet lovers of all types.

Pet Care

Aquariums for dummies by Maddy Hargrove and Mic Hargrove

An essential guide to choosing your marine tropical fish by Dick Mills

Getting to know your hamster by Gill Page

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Aug 18, 2008

A Thousand Splendid SunsA Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hesseini): Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul, losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage. By the author of The Kite Runner.

One Million Mark Reached at Canton Public Library

CANTON, MI— When Parminder Kaur of Canton stepped up to the Checkout Desk at the Canton Public Library on Wednesday, she had no idea her materials were of any particular significance. But, in fact, Kaur’s check out put the library’s total circulation at 1,000,000 items for the year 2008, an annual milestone first set in November 2002.

Library Director Eva Davis reports that a circulation increase averaging nearly five percent has pushed the one million circulation mark to an earlier point in the calendar.

College Survival

Whew! You've been accepted into a college, but you wonder what it's going to be like. Or maybe you have a few worries about making it away from home? How will you study? What will you eat? The College Survival Special Collection offers a few good books and a few good links to help you make the best of your college experience.

Getting Adjusted

A few books and sites with a little of everything — good general guides to read if you want to know what to expect.


The college dorm survival guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers — From avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15 to decorating your space, this informative and funny guide gives experts' advice on everything you need to know to enjoy dorm living to the fullest.

Adult Contemporary Discussion Books Since 1988

Motor City blue by Loren D. Estleman — January 1988

The situation in Flushing by Edmund G. Love — February 1988

The prince of tides by Pat Conroy — March 1988

Rascal [sound recording] by Sterling North — April 1988

Join a Book Discussion Group


The Canton Public Library has three adult Book Discussion Groups. Lunch & a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00p.m. in the Community Room. The Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required for these groups. The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets at the Summit, September through June. Register at the Canton Senior Center in theSummit. Books and Dates are available on the Adult Book Discussion page.

We Have a New Look!

What do you think of the new look of our Catalog page? We want to make it easy for you to check if a book, a movie, or a CD is in the library, to place Holds, or find what's new at Canton Public Library. You can search other library's catalogs or order a books and/or films from MeLCat (Michigan electronic Library Catalog). Check us out.

Meeting Minutes -- July 17, 2008

July 17, 2008
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Gillig, at 7:29 p.m.

Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, C. Van Auken, N. Williams

Absent:G. Snow, C. Young

Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny


No comments. (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, C. McLaughlin, L. Papa, Don Turner)


The agenda was approved as presented.

July 2008 Lunch & a Book

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson A series of events in a small western town changes the lives of David Hayden, his sheriff father, his mother, and their Sioux housekeeper, as they discover the truth about family loyalty.

Just the Facts, ma'am

If you want statistics on hot topics for any research papers or simply just for the facts or your own edification, go to the "by the numbers" section of Click on any topic to find the numbers.

It's the Challenge of the Decades at the Canton Public Library

The Canton Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program is in full swing and it's not too late to sign up at the Adult Reference Desk for the Challenge of the Decades. Read books, watch movies, listen to music for each decade from the Thirties through the present and get a chance at some great prizes.

Friend or Foe? Balancing the Good and Bad

I wanted to learn more about social networking sites and schools so I selected another educational database in our collection called Educator's Reference Complete. I typed the topic, social networking, into the basic search field, selected keyword and chose an article from the magazines section. My search produced several full-text articles and I found one from a magazine the library doesn't own called Digital Directions. I could read the entire article online just by clicking the full-text link. Also, the option is available to select another language such as Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese just by choosing the language and clicking the translate button. How cool is that?!

Think Before You Post

The use of social networking technologies has infiltrated many aspects of our culture including the workplace. Online sites such as Facebook and YouTube are extremely popular and almost half of the users of MySpace are 35 and older. As the new generation of teachers enter the classrooms this fall, they face an interesting choice. How much of your personal life do you share with your professional life (students, parents, other teachers and administrators)? In our database, ERIC, it pointed to an interesting article in Phi Delta Kappan (May 2008, page 681-685), a periodical that the library owns. The article, Have You Googled Your Teacher Lately, is about teachers using social networking sites and the potential impact of their choice whether or not to post private information.

Connections Newsletter - Jul/Aug 2008

Our bimonthly newsletter, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

Books By Mail


This service is provided to Canton residents who are physically unable to come to the library due to a permanent or long-time illness or disability, as well as for seniors without a way to get library materials.

Receiving Your Library Materials

Canton Public Library cardholders can fill out the Books by Mail application below. If you do not have a Canton Public Library card please call Joyce Simowski at 734-397-0999 ext. 1142 for further assistance.

Once your application is processed, you may borrow up to four items at a time, with a maximum of 12 checked per library card, for up to four weeks. Reference, non-circulating, Lucky Day, and seven-day materials are currently excluded from this service.

Returning your Library Materials

Each shipment you receive includes pre-paid return postage and a return label. Put your library materials back into the bag and mail it back to us. Standard library fees will be charged for lost and damaged materials.

Need Help?

Questions about Books by Mail should be referred to Joyce Simowski who may be reached at 734-397-0999 ext. 1142 or

To apply, simply complete the form below and then click "Submit Request".

Canton Public Library Books By Mail Application


Arts and Literature

Art and Art Museums

Literature and Poetry

  • Bartleby — classic poetry and (unabridged) books online
  • Project Gutenberg — classic works for downloading or reading online

Literature Criticism, Guides, and Notes