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Lecture on BELOVED

Were the professors' lectures videotaped? Might they be put on the web for viewing? Any info is appreciated.

Quiet areas

People frequently are loud in the quiet zone. Maybe the can't see the small signs on the tables. Could there possibly be bigger signs posted? Thanks.
 

The Artist

The Artist has become the first silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture since 1929 when the film Wings won the award at the very first Oscars ceremony. For more great films of the silent era try some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Broken blossoms [videodisc] by United Artists — A young Chinaman in London's squalid Limehouse district hopes to spread the peaceful philosophy of his Eastern religion. There he befriends a pitiful street waif who is mistreated by her brutal father.

City lights [videodisc] by a comedy romance in pantomime written and directed by Charles Chaplin — A tramp wins the love of a blind flower girl and attempts to obtain money from a millionaire to help her regain her sight

The Kid [videodisc] by [First National Pictures]written, produced, and directed by Charles Chaplin — The Tramp rescues an abandoned baby and raises him to become his inseparable sidekick

The gold rush [videodisc] by United Artists — A prospector goes to Alaska in search of gold and during a storm, he becomes trapped in a cabin with another prospector and an outlaw

The lodger [videodisc]: a story of the London Fog by Gainsborogough Pictures — A rash of murders causes a family to be suspicious of their tenant, a man who seems fascinated with their daughter

The man who laughs [videodisc] by Carl Laemmle presents a Universal Super-Jewel — A man whose features were distorted into a permanent grin becomes a clown with a circus troupe - where he meets and falls in love with a beautiful blind girl

Orphans of the storm [videodisc] — Two girls, raised as sisters, arrive in Paris on the eve of the French Revolution only the be cruelly and tragically separated

Pandora's box [videodisc] by ein Nero-Film — A beautiful young dancer is forced to flee her native Germany after a scuffle with her wealthy fiancee leaves him dead

meditation cds

Where do I find meditation cds at the library?

Community Room Program/Event Suggestion

Tole Painting Class. I.e. Host a local tole-painter to demonstrate tole-painting. You can even use the book "Tole-Painted Garden Furniture" by Areta Bingham, which is in the Library, to promote the event. People, like me, who are interested in painting and are preparing for Spring, will appreciate this class/event. Thank you for listening.

Soldier Bear Wins an Award

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak — is a wonderful, heartwarming novel based on a true story about a bear, Voytek, and a group of Polish soldiers who adopt him as a cub during World War II. Voytek grows into one smart bear who learns to act as a spy and carry bombs and, thereby, earns the honor of being made an official soldier of the company. While the horrors of war are not minimized, this delightful story keeps the reader laughing as it relates the crazy antics and mischief Voytek gets into. He is helped by a monkey and some dogs who are also part of the troop. During very difficult times he boosts the morale of all those he comes in contact with. Reading this real-life adventure, you realize just how special and emotionally fulfilling human-animal relationships can be. Drawings, actual photographs, a map, and an informative afterward enhance an already stellar piece of fascinating history.

Soldier Bear definitely earned ALA's 2012 Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the year's most outstanding translated children's book printed in the United States. It was originally published in the Netherlands in 2008. We are very fortunate this awesome story was made available to us in English!

Reliable George

George did it by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain ; illustrated by Larry Day — Do you ever get nervous about a big job you have been asked to do? George Washington did. Americans wanted George to be the first President of the United States, and George didn't want to do it. He was nervous about this huge job and all that it entailed. But George was a humble and reliable man, and he put aside his own feelings to help his new country when they needed him. A true hero, George Washington's birthday is on February 22.

Tutoring help for 3rd grader

Hello, I was told the library has tutoring services, or at least tutors who use the library. Is that correct? If so, who are the tutors and how do I make arrangements to speak with one of them? Thanks, Janet
 

Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington Novels

Very perverse...often talking about "f...ing" women. The main character, Stone Barrington, treats women like objects. The author must have some serious issues to write about f...ing random women all the time as if this is normal/healthy male behavior. I will not be reading anymore of the Stone Barrington novels, or Stuart Woods' books for the above reasons. I encourage the Canton Public Library to remove his books from the Library, especially the Lucky Day collection.
 

Red Wings Going for the Record

Hey Hockeytown! Tuesday night, February 14, 2012, our Detroit Red Wings will be playing for not just another win against the Dallas Stars. They will be playing for a record breaking win. Currently, our Wings have tied the record at 20 home games won in a row, tomorrow they are hoping to break that record with their 21st home game win. I have tickets, do you? If not, be sure to watch the game on TV or check our awesome selection of items on the Red Wings. My fingers are already crossed, are yours?

Literary Fiction with (Mostly) Happy Endings

If you love finely drawn characters and deep dramatic works, but don't want the ending to be too very bleak, try these titles:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ; edited by Angus Easson ; with an introduction by Sally Shuttleworth

Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber

The blood of flowers: a novel by Anita Amirrezvani

The saffron kitchen by Yasmin Crowther

What I loved: a novel by Siri Hustvedt

The thirteenth tale: a novel by Diane Setterfield

Middlemarch by George Eliot ; edited by Rosemary Ashton

The Inn at Lake Devine: a novel by Elinor Lipman

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life by Mameve Medwed

Information regarding a train accident in Wayne Co. in 1903

My grandfather, Isa Fay and three other men, John McMullen, Solstas Stsfan & John Paget died as a result of injuries suffered in a train crash involving 2 trains operated by the Detroit, Jackson & Chicago Railway Co. and the Detroit United Railway in Van Buren Township, Wayne Co. MI, sometime between Jan. - Nov. 1908. I am trying to locate information regarding the accident. Can you help me? Thank you, Mary Jean

Don Cornelius 1936-2012

Creator and host of the historic "Soul Train" TV show died February 3rd in Los Angeles. His groundbreaking show brought African-American music, fashion and dance to mainstream America for 35 years. Legendary artists such as Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and so many more were featured. "Soul Train" was to soul music what "American Bandstand" was to rock'n'roll. Don, "we wish you love, peace and soul."
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Lover Reborn
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The Black Banners Ali soufan

I was just wondering if you anticipate getting this book. It was written by a former FBI agent about 911. Just came out and very popular. Thank You Eileen Green

Group discussions Beloved and Waterland

I am so glad the library had taken on the task of a public discussion of these books. I'm quite concerned that material that has been used and accepted in the school community, and is challenging for AP students, should suddenly cause so much dissension. It's my understanding one parent has complained about the use of these books. That hardly seems like a community issue. I'm concerned that the PCCS superintendent took such stringent action because of one complaint. Sorry to go on, obviously I take issue with this situation. When I was in high school, Catcher in the Rye was 'banned'! So we all went out and bought a copy. Holden Caulfield was our hero! Times have changed, but book banning is ridiculous. To suggest that young people today would be shocked or unduly influenced by what they read is ludicrous! They know everything! They are subjected to all of society by the media, social networks and the culture in general. Again, thank you for scheduling these discussions. There will be no book burning in Canton!!
 

If You Like Downton Abbey

Set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, the popular PBS series Downton Abbey centers on the Crawley family, their servants and their life at their grand country home. However, the death of the Crawley heir aboard the Titanic, sets in motion a succession of changes for both the family and the servants. The second season — which began on PBS on January 8 — has moved forward to the years 1916-17 and portrays the effect that World War I has on all of their lives. This Emmy Award winning series is written by Julian Fellowes and stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Elizabeth McGovern. If you enjoy this period of history try some of the following titles.

Books

The American heiress: a novel by Daisy Goodwin — Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

Below Stairs — The Classic Kitchen Maid's Memoir That Inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Powell, Margaret — The remarkable true story of a woman who served in one of the great houses of England as a kitchen maid.

The buccaneers [Large print] by Edith Wharton — The story of five rich New York girls who travel to England in the 1870s in search of titled husbands.

A countess below stairs by Eva Ibbotson — After the Russian Revolution turns her world upside down, Anna, a young Russian countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as a servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family.

The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West — Set in England in 1905, siblings Sebastian and Viola are tied by family duty to upper-crust society — all the while despising it.

The Englishman's daughter: a true story of love and betrayal in World War I by Ben Macintyre — In the first days of World War I four British soldiers found themselves trapped on the wrong side of the Western Front in a tiny village just a few miles from the Somme. Here, the villagers conspired to feed, clothe and protect them under the very noses of the Germans. A true story.

Fall of giants by Ken Follett — The story of five interrelated families — American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh — as they move through the World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Falling angels by Tracy Chevalier — At the dawn of the 20th century, Maude — the plain daughter of an upper-crust family, and Livia, the beautiful daughter of a working-class family — begin to forge a friendship. But as the years pass, the friends begin to grow apart as English society is pushed into a new, more liberal age.

The fox's walk by Annabel Davis-Goff — During World War I, ten-year-old Alice Moore is left in the care of her autocratic grandmother at Ballydavid, a lovely country house in County Waterford, Ireland, where she is forced to piece together her world from overheard conversations, servants' gossip, and her own keen observations.

George, Nicholas, and Wilhelm: three royal cousins and the road to World War I by Miranda Carter — The pre-World War I era is brought to life with this history of the three royal first cousins — King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia — and their growing animosities and rivalries which brought an end to dynastic rule in Europe with the beginning of World War I

Howards end by E. M. Forster — Set in Edwardian England, this is the story of three vastly dissimilar classes of people: the Schlegels (educated and independently wealthy); the Wilcoxes (nouveau riche); and Leonard Bast, an ambitious but struggling bank clerk.

Northrop Hall by Margaret Bacon — In the first decade of the 20th century, life at Northrop Hall for the Arndale family carries on much as it has done for centuries. But the storm-clouds are gathering over Europe, and with the outbreak of World War I , the world of the Arndales and their servants is turned upside down.

The perfect summer: dancing into shadow: England in 1911 by Juliet Nicolson — The story of a glorious English summer in 1911 when the world was on the verge of irrevocable change.

The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro — At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, an English butler embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career.

DVDs

Brideshead revisited. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Granada Television — The story of three decades — from the early twenties to World War II — of the wild and eccentric Sebastian Flyte and the aristocratic Marchmain family.

The Edwardians. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation — The lives and careers of nine prominent Edwardian figures.

Gosford Park [videodisc] — Set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend are interconnected when one of the group is murdered.

The House of Eliott. Series 1, Disc 1 [videodisc] — Beatrice and Evangeline Eliott, penniless orphans, find employment and romance in the world of London fashion design during the roaring twenties.

Manor house [videodisc] — A fascinating look at the British class system of the early 1900s.

The remains of the day [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures — The story of blind devotion and repressed love between a fanatically proper butler and a high-spirited, strong-minded young housekeeper employed by a British lord.

The shooting party [videodisc] — A group of aristocratic men and women gather for a shooting party at an estate in the English countryside and go through the elaborate rituals of an Edwardian country house party.

Upstairs, downstairs. The complete first season, Volumes 1 & 2 [videodisc] by London Weekend Television — This 1971 Masterpiece Theatre series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place.

reference materials

can I access a reference book on the computer rather than come into the library. I am interested in the books listing all the businesses by type.

Logging in to patron account

I am annoyed that I have to go through a named account login page before I can get to a library-card-number (patron) login. How about a patron login link on your site's home page?

History of Homes in area

How do I find out the history of a home? I'm looking for haunted, criminal, etc. Thanks