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All the Living by C.E. Morgan. Aloma moves to her boyfriend Orren's Kentucky farm when his family dies in a car accident. And as a bereaved Orren withdraws, Aloma's chances of becoming a concert pianist diminish. Read by Julia Gibson

Closing Time: a Memoir by Joe Queenan. Queenan's deeply funny and affecting memoir about his great escape from a childhood of poverty in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. Read by Johnny Heller

The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs. Essays on all of A.J.'s hilarious adventures as a human guinea pig, including "My Outsourced Life" and "The Truth About Nakedness." Read by the author

The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. Read by multiple readers

Little Bee by Chris Cleave. A haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers--one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. Read by Anne Flosnik

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker. Truly paid the price of her enormity, the subject of constant abuse and humiliation at the hands of her peers, while her polar opposite sister Serena Jane, the epitome of feminine perfection, leads a life of privilege. Read by Carrington MacDuffie

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, home to the Ayres family. The once grand Georgian house is now in decline. But are the Ayres haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Farady know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his. Read by Simon Vance

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly. Focusing on the case of Alonzo Winslow, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus and that the real killer is operating completely below police radar--and with perfect knowledge of any move against him. Read by Peter Giles

Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos. A portrait of three siblings who have lived in the shadow of unresolved grief since their mother's disappearance when they were children. Read by Tavia Gilbert

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith. When Precious Ramotswe asks her dependable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni to fix her tiny, white van, she fears he might just sell the vehicle and buy her something more modern, and he does. So Precious tries to track her beloved van down--and learns it has already been stolen from its new owner. Read by Lisette Lecat

games not removed

I returned all the cd rom games on 12/28/09.But they have not been cleared out of my list yet.I appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you.

Suggest a Purchase Price

I am interested in maybe purchasing the two books I have renewed (several times). Would you please suggest a purchase price so I may consider. Thank you.

College Bowl Fever!

Grab your spirit wear and cheer for your favorite college football team during the 2009-10 College Bowl Games. Michigan State will make its second appearance in the Valero Alamo Bowl to give the school a third straight postseason game for just the third time in school history. The Spartans will go against Texas Tech on Saturday January 2, 2010. The No. 25 ranked Central Michigan Chippewas, earning a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in school history, face Troy in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday January 6, 2010. Fire up Spartys and Chips!! Complete Bowl Schedule

Library Circulation Hits 2 Million Mark

The Canton Public Library has hit an all-time high in circulation, reaching our 2 millionth checkout of the year. That's an average of 23 items checked out per Canton resident. These economic times have spurred a 12% increase in library usage over last year, in which we also saw increased use. Our DVDs, books, CDs and video games continue to be popular items, we see many people using our computers or our Wi-fi to connect to the Internet and taking advantage of our databases and other electronic resources.

Our thanks to the Canton community for helping us reach this milestone. We look forward to serving you in 2010.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!!!
SANTA CAME!!!! And you know what? He brought me a little buddy! Which is, in fact, what his name is! Little Buddy, or LB for short. I've been having so much fun with my new friend! Now I have someone that I can play games with when the library is closed! The best part is that LB is travel-sized. That means that he can sneak into people's suitcases and go on vacation with them. I never get to go anywhere, so I am excited to see where LB ends up going!
I hope you and yours had a nice holiday too. Did you get anything? What did you do? Can't wait to hear all about it! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!

P.S. Here's a picture of LB! Better get used to him, because you might be seeing him a lot!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! 
I'm sooo excited that tomorrow is Christmas Eve!  I bet you all are too!  Did you know that Santa Claus visits the library?  Yup!  He does! It's because I'm such a nice bear. As you can tell from the picture--he's been coming for a long time.  It's a picture of me waiting for Santa way back before the Children's Library was expanded!  The hard part is the waiting, and it will be extra hard tomorrow because the library will be closed--so I won't have all of you to keep me busy until he gets here! 
   When Santa comes to the library, he lands on the roof of the library and slides down into our fireplace, just like he does at your house!  I made sure Miss Kristen bought extra cookies so that we'd have some for Santa. Because I'm a bear, I don't have to be asleep when Santa comes, so we chat a little bit, and I make him some Coffee to help him warm up and wake up!  If you were flying all day delivering presents--you'd need coffee too!  And sometimes I let him check out a book or two.  Since he's Santa he doesn't have to pay overdue fines if he doesn't return them until next Christmas.
    I can't wait to see what Santa brings this year.  I wrote a letter asking for a friend, because I get lonely at the library by myself.  Plus, there aren't enough bears here in Canton.  What did you ask Santa to bring you?  I'd love to know--reply to my blog!   Merry Christmas!
Bear Hugs!

Crock Pot Cookery

Yes, it is officially winter and what's better on a cold day than a hot meal ready in the crock pot when you get home? CPL has loads of crock pot cookbooks, but they are under the odd subject heading of Electric cookery, Slow. Don't let this slow you down; check a few out and start cookin'.

childrens dvd

I suggest that you buy ben10 alien force volume 1 or 2 which is in toysrus for 9.99 or 12.99. thanx

Question About Picking Up in Person

Hi, I am interested in picking up a computer game from the Canton Public Library. I see that it is available through the CPL website, but that it is "Not Requestable" through MelCat. I was wondering if I am able to check out material if it is listed as "Not Requestable" through MelCat. What exactly does the term "Not Requestable" mean, anyway? Thanks

Borrowing for non-Canton residents

Dear Canton Public Library, I was very dissatisfied with my latest visit to the Canton Public Library. Having grown up in Plymouth, I frequently used the reciprocal borrowing program at your library. I was always able to check out the materials I required, and I was always treated with respect. Recently I was working on a school project and needed some resources from the library. After gathering five books for my project, I headed to the check-out line. Once the librarian scanned my card she told me that I could only check out two books at a time. I was confused, especially because other patrons in front of me in line had checked out stacks of books without a problem. Then I was told that I was only permitted two books because I am a Belleville resident. I was surprised since Plymouth residents do not have a two book limit. I was also very embarassed. Here I was, with a long line of patrons waiting behind me, having to select two books of my five. I can't remember the last time I was to feel so unwelcome. I thought public libraries were supposed to encourage education. Yet here I was being penalized for not living in the right zip code. I had to visit a different library in order to gather the required materials for my project because two books was not sufficient. Why does the Canton Public Library only allow Belleville residents to borrow two books? Why are Belleville residents treated differently than Plymouth residents? What other city residents are only permitted limited access to the library? Also, I looked on your website under borrowing policies and reciprocal borrowing. I noticed that these limits are not listed. Why not? How can non-Canton residents avoid the embarassment of having their books taken away at check-out if these policies are not public? Would you consider allowing non-residents to have wider access to the library's resources? Thank you for your time and consideration.

A Unique Addition to CPL guest will love

Hello,...My name is Dan Carter, I am a Canton based resident and somewhat of a local celebrity. I am a Vocalist, Songwriter, and Caricature Artist. Along with many newspaper write-ups, I've made tv appearances on Fox-2, WDIV-4, and WXYZ-7. My offer is one that will add an element of "family fun" to CPL, and all will absolutely love. As a "giving back to the community effort" I would like to appear once or twice per week and sketch caricature drawings of you guest. The heading of every drawing page will your logo and name inscribed, I'm considered amoung the best in my craft in the metro Detroit region. This would all be done at no charge. I'd love to set up a meeting with you guys to show samples of my work and discuss in greater detail. Again,..I'm certain it's gonna be a unique twist all will love, particularly the kids. I'll look forward to your response. -Dan C 734-612-9043

Sort by due date does not work

Hello, The sort by due date feature on your website has not been working for a few days now . I've been trying since Wed but get an error on the page. I normally renew books based on the due date sorter and I'd incorrectly assumed that some videos that were due on 12/16/09 were renewed,but realized a day later that the due date feature was not working since the videos were listed at the bottom of the page. Can you please reverse these late fees on those videos?


On the twelfth, I had four DVDs due. I renewed them all on the eleventh. However, I logged into my account today and found out I had a $4.00 fine on one of the DVDs that I renewed... What happened?

Grey's Anatomy-DVD

I've been watching the Grey's Anatomy series and now I'm up to Grey's anatomy. Season three, Disc 3 [videodisc] : seriously extended / Touchstone Television and now I can't seem to get a hold of it. I'm on the hold list, but because the last person never returned it and is being billed for it no one else can watch it. I've tried to get it from another library and can't. I've made a suggestion on the CPL site to try to get it, and have heard nothing, so I was wondering if you could help me get it so how? Please respond Thank You In Advance

Intermediate level reading

Hello, Can you please recommend books for an adult who speaks English as a second language very well but is trying to improve reading speed? Nothing for a beginner level and not too boring? Thanks, Zina.

My Favorite Christmas Story

For a long time my favorite Christmas book was The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.  I love the wild and outrageous Herdman family who discovers the Christmas story for the first time.  This is a wickedly humorous, but touching story that has stayed with me since the first time I read it many years ago.  But last year, I read a book that may take that top spot of Christmas favorite.  The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog by Dave Barry had me laughing until I cried.  On Christmas Eve, the Barnes family experiences the startling loss of the beloved family dog.  But Doug and his father pull off a Christmas miracle - of sorts - just in time for the Christmas pageant. 

A Curse Dark as Gold

This is a mystery young adult thriller. The library had this book but it says that it is lost and paid , i really want to read it and i hope you guys get a new copy.

Description 'bubbles' for DVD's

I think it would be so much easier to review current and new DVD's if you had them set up like Netflex. At Netflex you simply hold the cursor over the DVD's title that you're interested in and a 'bubble' pops up with a small overview of the film. It's very handy and it's so much easier then going back and forth to read about a particular film. Thank you.

Blu Ray disks

Hi, I was wondering if you could get some blu ray disks for our library. I can't seem to get it through inter-library loan. If you could, can you enable us to get blu ray discs from other libraries, or get some for our own library. Thank You.