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Requested item due back in June 2010

Good Morning, I requested the DVD Nip Tuck Season 5, part 2 disc 2. It is currently on my hold request. When I clicked on the item for more details I learned the item was due back on 6/24/10. The item is marked billed. I assume that to mean the patron has been billed for their way overdue item. Given the current status of the item are there plans to repurchase the missing disc? Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Shannon

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! And Sleepy Bear!
Well, the book discussion is a go! Make sure you come to the library on Wednesday, February 23rd at 2:00PM to talk books with me and Sleepy Bear. It's going to be so fun!
Thanks, Sleepy Bear, for the reminder that you live in a different time zone than we do. I forget that sometimes! We get sunlight and new days before you do, but you get the weather first. Funny how that works. It has been so warm in Michigan the last couple days that we do not have any snow left. But from your blog it sounds like we will be getting some soon!
There are so many kids to watch in the library, that I don't usually get time to read until everyone goes home. But when I do get time to read, I like to to the fish in our fish tank. I don't know if they listen though. What do you like to read? I like books about bears. One of my favorites is Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup. Have you read it? I hope it's not about me! I'm big but I hope I'm not smelly!
Talk to you Wednesday for our book discussion!
Bear Hugs!

The wall poster at the entrance of the kid library

Where can we get the wall poster at the entrance of the kid section? The poster is about swap and bridge. It is made by a lot of kid paintings. My son's painting is inside. Like to get the poster. Thank you!

Suggested eBooks: Safari Online

Hi Canton Library, I am a Canton resident and am writing to enquire if the library has looked at Safari e-books as a resource for providing technical and business books. I would love to see some of their computer programming titles being offered. They have a lot of books that are really expensive to buy and really hard to find. The title that I'm most interested in right now is "MacRuby: The Definitive Guide. Ruby and Cocoa on OS X" (ISBN 978-1-4493-8037-3). More info on that book can be found here The link to Safari books is here They claim to offer programs for public libraries, but they have pretty well priced themselves out of my family budget with their unlimited plan costing $42/mo. Thanks for your time, Whit

chinese new year

I've just heard that there will be an event about Chinese New Years at your library. How can I find information about that, date & time etc.

Online Storytime: Pigs

In this second episode of CPL online storytimes, Miss Kristen and Miss Ruth tell stories and sing songs all about pigs.

Celebrating Extraordinary Women Throughout History

Marie Curie. Eleanor Roosevelt. Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth I of England. Florence Nightingale. These remarkable women are well known to most of us, but there are many others in history just as remarkable whose names may not be as recognizable. In honor of Women's History Month we should all make some time to learn about them by reading some of the many biographies to found in the library's collection:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, American lawyer, congresswoman and social activist

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy: a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain — Jane Addams, American social reformer, suffrage leader and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anna of all the Russias: the life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein — Anna Akhmatova, Influential Russian poet

Arbella: England's lost queen by Sarah Gristwood — Arbella, English Renaissance noblewoman

To the heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the exploration of Central Africa by Richard Hall — Florence Baker, Explorer of Central Africa

A lady, first: my life in the Kennedy White House and the American embassies of Paris and Rome by Letitia Baldrige — Letitia Baldridge, American etiquette writer and White House social secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy

Desert queen: the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell: adventurer, advisor to kings, ally of Lawrence of Arabia by Janet Wallach — Gertrude Bell, English writer, traveller and archaeologist

Margaret Bourke-White: a biography by Vicki Goldberg — Margaret Bourke-White, American documentary photographer. Was the first female photographer for Life magazine

Mistress Bradstreet: the untold life of America's first poet by Charlotte Gordon — Anne Bradstreet, First American woman poet to have her works published

America's first woman lawyer: the biography of Myra Bradwell by Jane M. Friedman — Myra Bradwell, First woman lawyer to practice in the United States

A schoolteacher in old Alaska: the story of Hannah Breece by edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs — Hannah Breece, Teacher on the Alaskan frontier 1904-1918

Queen of Bohemia: the life of Louise Bryant by Mary V. Dearborn — Louise Bryant, American journalist and political activist

Immigrant saint: the life of Mother Cabrini by Pietro Di Donato — Frances Cabrini, First American citizen to be canonized a saint by the Catholic Church

Catherine of Siena: a passionate life by Don Brophy — Catherine of Siena, Catholic philosopher, theologian and Dominican nun

Camille Claudel: a life by Odile Ayral-Clause — Camille Claudel, French sculptor and graphic artist

Queen Bess: daredevil aviator by Doris L. Rich — Bessie Coleman, First African American woman pilot

Spyglass: an autobiography by Hélène Deschamps; edited by Karyn Monget — Helene Deschamps, Heroine of the French Resistance in World War II

America's Joan of Arc: the life of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson by J. Matthew Gallman — Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, American orator, abolitionist and advocate of women's suffrage

Desert flower: the extraordinary journey of a desert nomad by Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller — Waris Dirie, Somali author, actress and human rights activist

Voice for the mad: the life of Dorothea Dix by David Gollaher — Dorothea Dix, 19th century American social reformer and advocate for the mentally ill

Jacqueline du Pré: her life, her music, her legend by Elizabeth Wilson — Jacqueline du Pre, Celebrated British cellist

Young woman and the sea: how Trudy Ederle conquered the English Channel and inspired the world by Glenn Stout — Gertrude Ederle, First woman to swim the English Channel

Jocelyn Elders, M.D.: from sharecropper's daughter to surgeon general of the United States of America by Joycelyn Elders and David Chanoff — Jocelyn Elders, First African American Surgeon General of the United States

Charlotte Forten: a Black teacher in the Civil War by Peter Burchard — Charlotte Forten, African American antislavery activist, poet and educator

Jessie Benton Fremont: a biography by Pamela Herr — Jessie Benton Fremont, American pioneer, writer and political activist

Gellhorn: a twentieth-century life by Caroline Moorehead — Martha Gellhorn, American journalist and war correspondent

Lillian Gish: her legend, her life by Charles Affron — Lillian Gish, American actress of stage, screen and television whose career spanned 75 years from 1912 to 1987

Hetty: the genius and madness of America's first female tycoon by Charles Slack — Hetty Green, American businesswoman and the first female tycoon

The girl with the gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert and the making of the modern art market by Lindsay Pollock — Edith Gregor Halpert, Art dealer

This little light of mine: the life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills — Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil rights activist

Open wide the freedom gates: a memoir by Dorothy Height; with a foreword by Maya Angelou — Dorothy Height, American educator and social activist

Beautiful shadow: a life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson — Patricia Highsmith, American novelist and short story writer

Hildegard of Bingen: the woman of her age by Fiona Maddocks — Hildegard of Bingen, 12 century German writer, composer, philosopher and mystic

Sorrow's kitchen: the life and folklore of Zora Neale Hurston by Lyons, Mary E — Zora Neale Hurston, American folklorist and anthropologist

American Jezebel: the uncommon life of Anne Hutchinson, the woman who defied the Puritans by Eve LaPlante — Anne Hutchinson, 17th century American social reformer

Molly Ivins: a rebel life by Bill Minutaglio & W. Michael Smith — Molly Ivins, Amerian journalist, political commentator and humorist

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin — Harriet Jacobs, American writer, abolitionist and social reformer

Dancing spirit: an autobiography by Judith Jamison with Howard Kaplan — Judith Jamison, American dancer and choreographer for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Mother Jones: the most dangerous woman in America by Elliott J. Gorn — Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, American labor and community organizer

Barbara Jordan: American hero by Mary Beth Rogers — Barbara Jordan, First Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Houe of Representatives from the South

The sun in the morning: my early years in India and England by M.M. Kaye — M.M. Kaye, British novelist and memoirist

Fanny Kemble's civil wars by Catherine Clinton — Fanny Kemble, British actress and anitslavery activist

Beautiful: the life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Michael Shearer — Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress, scientist, inventor and mathematician

Dorothea Lange: a life beyond limits by Linda Gordon — Dorothea Lange, Documentary photographer and photojournalst

Miss Leavitt's stars: the untold story of the woman who discovered how to measure the universe by George Johnson — Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Groundbreaking American astronomer

Ann the Word: the life of Mother Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers by Nardi Reeder Campion — Mother Ann Lee, Founder of the Shakers

Belva Lockwood: the woman who would be president by Jill Norgren — Belva Lockwood, Anerican lawyer, advocate for women's suffrage and Presidential candidate in 1884 and 1888 for the National Equal Rights Party

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: spirit of the Lakota by Reneé Sansom Flood — Lost Bird, Survivor of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre

Straight on till morning: the biography of Beryl Markham by Mary S. Lovell — Beryl Markham, British aviator and adventurer. First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west

Doors to Madame Marie by Odette Meyers — Odette Meyers, Holocaust survivor

Sister: the life of legendary American interior decorator Mrs. Henry Parish II by Apple Parish Bartlett and Susan Bartlett Crater — Sister Parish, American interior decorator. Was the first interior designer to decorate the Kennedy White House

The woman behind the New Deal: the life of Frances Perkins, FDR's Secretary of Labor and his moral conscience by Kirstin Downey — Frances Perkins, U.S. Secretary of Labor (1933-45). Was the first woman appointed to the United States Cabinet

Emily Post: daughter of the Gilded Age, mistress of American manners by Laura Claridge — Emily Post, American writer on etiquette

Among stone giants: the life of Katherine Routledge and her remarkable expedition to Easter Island by Jo Anne Van Tilburg; foreword by Andrew Tatham — Katherine Routledge, Archaeologist on Easter Island

Mary Seacole: the most famous black woman of the Victorian Age by Jane Robinson — Mary Seacole, Jamaican nurse in the Crimean War

Betty Shabazz: a remarkable story of survival and faith before and after Malcolm X by Russell J. Rickford; foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams — Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist

Edith Stein, a biography by Waltraud Herbstrith; translated by Bernard Bonowitz — Edith Stein, German philosopher, nun and saint of the Catholic church

The thread that runs so true by Jesse Stuart — Jesse Stuart, American writer of novels, short stories and poetry about Southern Appalachia

Maria Tallchief: America's prima ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Larry Kaplan — Maria Tallchief, First American prima ballerina

More than a muckraker: Ida Tarbellʼs lifetime in journalism by edited, with an introduction, by Robert C. Kochersberger — Ida Tarbell, American teacher and "muckraking" journalist

The hiding place by Corrie Ten Boom; with Elizabeth & John Sherrill — Corrie ten Boom, Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis

Push comes to shove by Twyla Tharp — Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer

Theodora: empress of Byzantium by Paolo Cesaretti; translated from the Italian by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia — Theodora, Empress of the Byzantine Empire

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux by Kathryn Harrison — Therese of Lisieux, French Carmelite nun and Catholic saint

On her own ground: the life and times of Madam C.J. Walker by A'Lelia Bundles — C.J. Walker, African American businesswoman, hair care entrepreneur and philanthropist

To keep the waters troubled: the life of Ida B. Wells by Linda O. McMurry — Ida B. Wells, African American journalist and newspaper editor

Fanny Wright, rebel in America by Celia Morris Eckhardt — Fanny Wright, Scottish-born writer, feminist, abolitionist & social reformer of the 19th century

Mother Daughter Book Discussion: All of a Kind Family

I was just looking up future events to do with my children, and noticed that the bulletin for the Mother/ Daughter book discussion "All of a Kind Family" is listed for girls in grades 5-12. I think that this might be an error as the book is rated for AGES 9-12, therefore most highschool girls would probably not enjoy this book discussion.

Death of a Sweep

When the library receives M. C. Beaton's 2011 (due out in early February) Death of a Sweep, would you put my name on your request list for it? Beth McFaul

A good book to add

Would like to recommend that you look into including The Boy Who Howled to your children's/middle grade collection. Truly well written, funny, engaging - particularly for boys, who don't often have books available that capture their interest. Author is Timothy Power.


I was curious if there are any current employment opportunities for the Canton Public Library? 

What year is 2011 in Chinese?

The Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the 4th sign in the Chinese zodiac which consists of 12 animals signs. To find your sign, click on China Today web. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. For more information on Chinese horoscopes, see these sources in our library. For information on how Chinese New Year is celebrated, including legends, food, and taboos, see this China Facts page.


Hearts Aglow
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I read the article in the Observer about the Bookstore and I would like to volunteer for the 2-hour block of time to "man" the bookstore. I would prefer an early afternoon time slot if possible (my 2nd choice would be late afternoon). I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Karen

Advertising local event

We are holding a Mom to Mom sale at our school in Canton and was wondering if you have anywhere to place an advertisement or a bulletin board?

Labels on Manga.

On the back of pretty much ALL Manga are age ratings. I would prefer you use those for a few reasons. One about my younger sister. She likes reading "Tokyo Mew Mew" and "Kamichama Karin" which are both part of some of her favorite series. Tokyo Mew Mew is rated AGE 7&UP and Kamichama Karin is AGE 10 & UP. Yet, it is in the teen room. She tells me that she feels inferior and short to the people in the Teen Room and she is embarrassing me every time she says, "Oh, YES!! They have the ENTIRE series!" Or "FINALLY! Book (Insert a random number) is HERE!!!" And also, she isn't allowed to go into the teen room. She gets in trouble for checking out Manga, because she claims that Librarians stop her and say that she cannot go into that room. I cannot and DO NOT want to carry 10 manga novels and my books out of that room every single week. So please, put books for kids 10 and under in the TWEEN please.

Meeting Rooms

For the community room rental is there a limitation as to what the function can be? And where can I get rates for rental? Thanks


Hi I'm logged on to the library website, I put in my user ID and password and I don't know what I need to do to find what I have checked out, where to renew, and what I have signed up for (what classes that is)

Please help
Thank you

Baby storytime registration

Hello, I am a Canton resident and have a valid library card. The system will not let me register my child for baby storytime even though there are still spaces available. Does my child need his OWN library card in order to register (even though he is only 15 months and obviously *I* will be the only one checking out books, not him??) Thank you for any insight.

Request for referrals

Hello! I have a 7-year-old son and would like to find an age appropriate book about "the body." I found books about specific body parts and preschool books about the body but am wondering if there is something in between to educate him on the body (or even how boys are different than girls). A realistic fiction book would be great, or a nonfiction book that can educate at a 7-8 year-old level. Any suggestions regarding titles or authors is greatly appreciated!