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Diwali is a Hindu holiday celebrated by Hindus wherever they live in the world. The name "Diwali" comes from the word "Deepavali" which means "row of Lights". This festival is the most widely celebrated festival in India, although the celebrations differ from place to place. There are some things about the festival that are common across the world. Some of these aspects are lighting of lamps, called "diyas", cleaning and sometimes painting homes, feasting with family and friends. The most important meaning of the festival is the celebration of the truimph of good over evil. It is also a time for renewing hopes for happiness and prosperity in life. The festival of Diwali can last up to five days. In 2010 the main celebration falls on Friday, November 5th. So Happy Diwali to everyone.

HD tv's

Hi, Is there a Consumer Report rating HD tv's? If so, could you send me the report? Thanks, Kris

book on hold

I'm curious to know why that an item I put on hold about 2 weeks ago(An item that was on order) I was number 3 out of 4 on a waiting list but now I'm number 17 out of 18. Just wondering how that works. Thankyou

Lost Library Card

I recently lost my library card and just want to have it blocked so whoever finds it can't borrow materials under my name ! Thanks

"Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive November 17 & 18

Last year, you helped us collect over 17,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. This year, we're going for a truck full. Fat Chef in a Little Coat owners Steve and David Hulett have donated a truck for the cause and our director, Eva Davis, will camp out while we fill it.

We're asking for your help to "Stuff the Truck" so bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 17 and 18. Open packages, pull ups and swim diapers are all acceptable; if diapers are loose, please label with the size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.
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Library Card

I've lost my library card key tag. I would like to get another card.

Storytime Registration begins Monday, October 25

Storytime registration begins Monday, October 25. Storytimes begin the week of November 8. Children must have their own library card to register for storytime.

30 Favorite Religious Thrillers Like The Da Vinci Code

A "religious thriller" is a suspense novel whose plot is closely connected to religious objects, institutions or questions. Here are 30 of my favorites I've enjoyed throughout the years:

Cross bones by Kathy Reichs

Salvation in death by J.D. Robb

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

The Europa conspiracy by Tim LaHaye and Bob Phillips

The last jihad: a novel by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Ezekiel option: a novel by Joel C. Rosenberg

The last days by Joel C. Rosenberg

The copper scroll by Joel C. Rosenberg

The lost symbol: a novel by Dan Brown

The rose labyrinth by Titania Hardie

The grail conspiracy by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore

The last secret of the temple by Paul Sussman

The third secret: a novel by Steve Berry

Map of bones: a Sigma Force novel by James Rollins

Piercing the darkness by Frank E. Peretti

Excavation by James Rollins

The Da Vinci code: a novel by Dan Brown

Blasphemy by Douglas Preston

Black order by James Rollins

The twelfth Imam by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Templar legacy: a novel of suspense by Steve Berry

The footprints of God by Greg Iles

Kingdom come by Jim Hougan

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

The Dante Club: a novel by Matthew Pearl

The Mephisto Club: a novel by Tess Gerritsen

The last Templar by Raymond Khoury

The templar salvation by Raymond Khoury

Windswept house: a Vatican novel by Malachi Martin

People of the book by Geraldine Brooks

Library Card

Hi, I live in Pinckney, MI and have heard great things about your library. I need to to know if I am able to get a canton card so I may borrow books.

Nicely done

Hello, I recently googled Canton Library and came upon your site. I was so impressed by the layout, the depth of information, and the ease of use. I can't tell you how disappointed I was when I realized that this library was not the Canton Baltimore library that I was looking for. Just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with your good work. Keep it up! Regards, Nate

Children's dvd's shelves

The suggestion is to stack the children's dvd's in an up-and-down way, one on top of another for ease in reading titles. Having noticed the Country Living mags were stacked that way recently, I'm wondering if it could work for the those dvd's as well. Would be much easier to read and browse titles, as long as as many dvd's could be stored on each shelf. Perhaps they would slide and slip more easily, but thought it worth considering. Maybe some kind of sectioning device is available. Thank you.

Westland library card holders cant hold or request books?!?

this is the dumbest thing ever. i like the canton library more then my own, thats why i come here. its ridiculous that i dont have the same benefits as the cpl orange card holders. this needs to change.


Teen Poetry Contest

Enter CPL's poetry contest and you could win a great prize. Entries will be accepted October 17-October 23; winners will be announced on October 28.

Contest Rules

  1. Poetry may be written and submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade
  2. Poem must be your original work
  3. Poem must be in the form of a Haiku or Cinquain
  4. Keep it clean — poems containing vulgar, profane, obscene, racist or otherwise offensive connotations will be rejected
  5. All poems submitted on paper must be typed in at least 12 point font on white paper
  6. Do not put your name on the same paper as your poem. This will allow judging to be done on a completely impartial basis
  7. All entries must have the following information on separate sheet of paper (or filled in the online submission form):
    • Poetry Contest
    • Name
    • Date
    • Grade
    • Poem Type
  8. The judges will use the following criteria: creativity, organization, substance, and overall presentation
  9. One entry per person

You can submit your poem using the form below:

Select the file for your poem from your computer and attach it to this form.

"THE CONFESSION" by John Grisham

I am wondering how long it takes to buy additional copies of a book?
This particular book, "THE CONFESSION" by John Grisham has had at least 53 holds on it since before JUNE of this year and has had the comment that
"13 copies ordered for Adult Fiction on 06-11-2010"

And there has been ONLY ONE BOOK AVAILABLE this entire time.
Also - do I get a response to my comment sent to my e-mail adderess as well as here?
Also - what does the term
"3 holds on first copy returned of 1 copy" mean??
Thank you for your earliest response.

"The librarians also keep an eye on which items have the most holds, and will buy additional copies when the number of holds"

Date Change for the Computer Maintenance Class

There is a computer maintenance class that is scheduled to meet on Thursday, October 14 from 9:30am-11:30am. When I attempted to register for the class, it now indicates that the class will meet on Friday, October 22. Which is the correct date? I certainly hope that the original date of Thursday the 14th is correct since I intentionally rearranged my work schedule in order to take this class.

Class cancellatins

I am enrolled in MS Word I on 10/5 and MS Word II on 10/12. I have a schedule conflict for both of these courses and won't be able to attend. Please remove me from both of these courses so someone else can use the spot. Thank you.

Digital Camera for Beginners, AND about Facebook

Hello, I am a canton resident. We all love this library so much. I am a working mom and want to learn about digital camera pictures transfered to computer and download them and transfered them on facebook. Please can we have a class in the evening one day instead of morning so working moms can come too please. I also want to learn about how to chat on Facebook and how to send messages to one friend without showing to others and a lot of other stuff on the facebook please. Please can we have a class in the evening one day for this too.

30 Books Everyone Should Read

Marcia Barker, CPL's programming specialist and long-time library employee, suggests this list of books everyone should read.

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl by translated from the Dutch by B. M. Mooyaart-Doubleday ; with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt

1984 : a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen ; edited with notes by Vivien Jones

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The complete tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare ; fully annotated, with an introduction, by Burton Raffel ; with an essay by Harold Bloom

The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli

Jane Eyre, introduction by William Peden by Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855

Lord of the flies by William Golding ; with a biographical and critical note by E. L. Epstein

The giver by Lois Lowry

The red badge of courage by Stephen Crane ; adapted by Malvina G. Vogel ; illustrated by E.R. Cruz

Charlotte's web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

The adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ; afterword by Alfred Kazin

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ; with an introduction by Joyce Carol Oates

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

Of mice and men by John Steinbeck

Little women by Louisa May Alcott ; illustrated by Louis Jambor

The Grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck ; introduction and notes by Robert DeMott

Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell

Kenneth Grahame's The wind in the willows by adapted by Michael Bishop ; illustrated by Rene Cloke

Great expectations by Charles Dickens ; with an introduction by David Trotter ; edited and with notes by Charlotte Mitchell

Middlemarch by George Eliot ; edited by Rosemary Ashton

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway ; illustrations by C.F. Tunnicliffe and Raymond Sheppard

The call of the wild by retold from the Jack London original by Oliver Ho ; illustrated by Lucy Corvino

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson ; supplementary material written by Anna Maria Hong ; series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson

The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis [abridged by Amanda Benjamin] ; illustrated by Christian Birmingham

Rage of the Red Lanterns

You need a new copy of "Rage of the Red Lanterns." Someone tore some pages out of it. YA Graphic Novel Green Lantern