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Best Bets Based in Schools Abroad

Looking for Summer Reading ideas with substance? Here are some best bets for Tour #2 and Tour #8 that focus on schools in faraway places. Kabul Beauty School Leaving Microsoft to Change the World Notes on a Scandal Three Cups of Tea Under the Greenwood Tree

Have you checked out Bookletters?

As of January 1st, 2011 we are no longer offering the BookLetters service. To subscribe to featured books (by genre, format, etc.), bestsellers, and other library RSS feeds, please see the Books & More page.

If you're looking for summer reading ideas check out the Library's Bookletters page. There are lots of book lists with descriptions, one for just about every reading mood. You can also sign in for email newsletters right to your inbox.

Meeting Minutes -- June 21, 2007

June 21, 2007
7:30 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, James Fausone, at 7:30 p.m. 

Present: J. Fausone, J. Gillig, G. Snow

, C. Van Auken, N. Williams

Absent: C. Young

Also Present:  J. Tabor, S. Rzetelny, R. Havenstein-Coughlin

Not Quite a Lady

Yes, it is almost time for a summer trip and, as always, one of the first questions for me is--what do I take along to read? Diehard romance reader that I am, I am opting for Not Quite a Lady by Loretta Chase. Chase is my favorite author for humorous historical romances. Not Quite a Lady is part of a series, so, if you haven't discovered her yet, you may want to start with Mr. Impossible, the first book in the series.

Yipee Kai Ay Mother . . .

Next week the latest installment of one of the most beloved action film franchises ever blasts into theaters "Live Free or Die Hard." This is the fourth film where Bruce Willis has portrayed NYPD Detective John McClane and the first Die Hard film revolutionized action films. In the 90's many action films could be described as "Die Hard on a fill in the blank. So in honor of the fourth film I give you a list of some of the better Die Hard inspired movies: Under Siege 1 and 2: (Die Hard on a Boat and a Train) I know what you're thinking what are not one but two Steven Segal movies doing on this list? But truthfully these are really fun and well made movies thanks in no small part to the villains in both films.

What have 317 adults done that you haven't?

They've signed up for Adult Summer Reading at the Canton Public Library and earned entry slips for fabulous prize drawings, like a $400 Northwest Air gift certificate! It's not too late for you. Summer reading sign up goes through July 26. Visit the Adult Summer Reading page for details, links to book suggestions and more.

Summer Blog Blast Tour

Members of the biblioblogosphere/kidlitosphere have created a really cool blog tour for authors of children's and teen literature. Check out this great lineup!

Busy Day at the Library!

Monday, June 18th, was not the busiest day the library has ever had - but it was close! We checked out over 11,000 items, as Canton residents of all ages came to sign up for our summer reading programs and take their reading material home. We had four Library Assistants and four self-check machines busy all day, and we hope to see everyone again soon.

Pirate Reading Challenge

Avast, scallywags and scurvy bilge rats! The Pirate Reading Challenge begins June 12, 2007 and lasts until September 19, 2007. There be significance to these dates: durin' the week o' June 10 in 1718 Blackbeard ran aground his ship Queen Anne's Revenge. September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The goal be to read books about pirates. Set your own goal for how many pirate books you'd like to read. Cast your eyes on the official Pirate Reading Challenge Code O' Rules and get started by learnin' your pirate name.

Summer Reading registration is open!

Today is opening day for summer reading. Stop in and sign up for a summer's worth of fun. We have programs for kids, tweens, teens and adult. You're never too old to read.

Surfing with the Fantastic Four

With Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer hitting theaters today you might think that I as a fan of Marvel Comics' First Family would be excited. There's a reason why I'm not. It's because I'm a fan of the comic adventures of the FF and I saw the first film, which granted children loved but it seemed like if you were over 6 or liked even a little dose of intelligence in your movies was not for you. This latest incarnation appears to be more of the same. I hope I'm wrong and I hope it's good but unless I can see it for free I don't plan on seeing it.

3 Days to Summer Reading Kick Off

Get your library card and get ready to register for Listeners, Readers, Tween, Teen and Adult Summer Reading. Registration starts June 18! Sign up the whole family.

Library Closed This Weekend

With so much happening at Heritage Park for Liberty Festival, the Canton Public Library will be closed Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. You can still use many of the library's services on our Internet Branch,, including renewing your library materials, checking databases and subject pages and registering for classes. When we open on Monday, we'll expect to see all of you coming in to sign up for summer reading. It kicks off on Monday, June 18 for children, tweens, teens and adults.

Michigan Children's Book Award Winner Announced

Michigan Children's Book Award Winner Announced Michigan Library Association names the best children's book of the year June 14, 2007, Lansing, MI The Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that RULES by Cynthia Lord, published by Scholastic Press, is the winner of the 2006 Mitten Award. RULES is a funny, poignant, thoughtful look at sibling relationships and the intrinsic value of a person. Twelve-year-old Catherine has created a list of rules to help her younger brother, David, navigate the world. David has autism, and Catherine experiences a range of emotions with him, from frustration to protectiveness to a wry appreciation for his point of view.

Acclaimed Children's Writer Sarah Stewart Wins 2007 Michigan Author Award

ACCLAIMED CHILDREN'S WRITER SARAH STEWART WINS 2007 MICHIGAN AUTHOR AWARD The Michigan Center for the Book today announced Sarah Stewart, author of such beloved children's books as The Gardener and The Library, as the winner of the 2007 Michigan Author Award. Sponsored jointly by the Michigan Center for the Book (a program of the Library of Michigan) and the Michigan Library Association, this annual award honors a Michigan writer for his or her contributions to literature, based on an outstanding published body of work. Sarah Stewart has written five children's books - The Money Tree, The Library, The Gardener, The Journey, and The Friend - all illustrated by her husband David Small.

Ready for Your Close-Up?

The world premiere of The Hollywood Librarian will be unveiled at the ALA conference on Friday, June 22nd in Washington, DC.

2007 Michigan Teen Book Award Winner Announced

Michigan Teen Book Award Winner Announced Michigan Library Association names the best teen book of the year June 13, 2007, Lansing, MI The Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Rash by Pete Hautman, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, is the winner of the 2007 Thumbs Up! Award. In Rash, Hautman has crafted a chilling satire which tells the story of Bo, a struggling teenager. In the year 2076 it's illegal to litter or verbally assault another person in the Safer States of America.

School's Out Forever?

Before you close the books on your high school or college years, check out these movies portraying teachers who have influenced and inspired their students' successes in school and life: Akeelah and the Bee Blackboard Jungle The Browning Version Coach Carter Dead Poets Society The Emperor's Club Finding Forrester Freedom Writers Goodbye, Mr. Chips Half Nelson The History Boys The Hobart Shakespeareans Hoosiers Invincible Lean on Me Mad Hot Ballroom The Miracle Worker Mr. Holland's Opus Mona Lisa Smile October Sky The Paper Chase Paper Clips Pay It Forward The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Remember the Titans The Ron Clark Story Spellbound Stand and Deliver Take the Lead To Sir, With Love We are Marshall

International Language Books


If you are wondering what books, magazines and videos the Canton Public Library owns in languages other than English, check out our webpage. We've been ordering books since January and they're arriving all the time, so keep an eye on the shelves, too.

Religion Virtual Database


Let me introduce you to an interesting database! Contrary to its name, articles in the Religion Virtual Collection are not just about religion. It also contains the Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which has articles about classical philosophy, (examples are Aristotelianism, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato) theological philosophy (atheism, mysticism), psychological philosophy (Freud, psychoanalysis, behaviorism), sociological philosophy (racism, feminism), and political philosophy (communism, socialism, terrorism).