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Jeffrey Zaslow, 1958-2012

Best-selling author and long-time columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow, died on Friday, February 10th from injuries suffered after a car crash in northern Michigan. Internationally known for his humorous and empathetic columns as well as his non-fiction books including The Girls from Ames and The Last Lecture, the West Bloomfield based author was scheduled to appear at Canton Public Library on February 23rd to discuss his most recent book, The Magic Room.

Career Planning Secrets with Tom Maslyk

Local resident, Tom Maslyk, will share his well-researched secrets to career planning. Maslyk will stress some basics like your mission or vision for your career and then reach outside the box to include your values, your achievements and do a gap analysis to address your skills. A manager at IBM, Maslyk has 32 years personal experience and has counseled dozens to successful career paths. Join us on Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM.

Bollyfit

Get moving with Bollyfit as we continue to partner with Canton Leisure Services in support of their 100 Days to Health. Space is limited so sign up quickly and wear comfortable clothing for this program on Saturday, March 10th at Noon. Registration begins February 25.

It's Tax Time with H&R Block

Join Phyllis Wood and her team from Canton's H&R Block to learn the latest tax law changes in Michigan. Don't miss an opportunity to receive the best refund possible on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.

The fourth Sunday of the month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on March 24 at 2:00 PM.

Reading Assistance Dogs Program

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM and is on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.

Program Date: Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 PM

Internet Basics

Learn how to search the Web, the library catalog and online databases. Skill using a mouse is prerequisite.
Date: Monday, March 19, from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Internet Lab
Online registration begins at 9:00 AM on March 5

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
If you've visited the library in the last week, you've noticed that there's something different here! Canton Public Library is home to Turner Town for the month of February. This dollhouse exhibit teaches about Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in a really fun way! My friend LB, being that he is pretty small in stature himself, decided he needed to check it out. He loved that everything was his size! It took some work, but I think that I've convinced him that he can't move in. LB told me there are lots of fun things for kids to do while they're looking at the houses. You can play Eye Spy, Vote for your favorite house, or design your own town! Check out LB's tour of Turner Town on Flickr, and then come take the tour yourself!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Target Family Reading: Love is in the Air

On Thursday, February 9, from 7:00-7:45 PM, love is in the air! Along with great love stories there will be crafts, a delicious snack and a free book to add to your collection at home. This Valentine's Day themed programming is supported by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Come Visit Turner Town

We invite you to visit the Children's Library to tour Turner Town, a Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Awareness Campaign, during the month of February (Turner Syndrome Awareness Month). This collection of doll houses is an interactive self-teaching traveling exhibit that depicts the everyday challenges of a girl with Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities from birth and through her later teenage years. It has already been displayed in Livonia libraries, the Plymouth District Library and the Detroit Children's Museum. We are excited to have it visit us as well! Turner Town will be on display for the month of February.

For more information please visit Turner Town's website and the Turner Syndrome Society.

Sylvan Saturdays: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, February 11th, from 1:00-5:30 PM. Teens can attend this workshop, an introductory ACT Prep course that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Tech Town Open House

You are invited to TechTown's Open House on Tuesday, February 7 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Register at the TechTown site or call 313-879-5250.

If you have an idea for a new product or business or need help developing your idea, tour TechTown's facilities, learn how they can help you, or chat with TechTown's entrepenuer of the month at their this monthly open house.

Murder Will Out: Love is Murder Conference XIII

The 13th Annual Love is Murder Conference for Mystery writers and readers will be held in Chicago at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5. The conference offers author chats, opportunities to meet with publishers and/or agents, and writer's workshops. Entertainment in the evening includes a performance by Those Were The Days Radio Players.

Artistic license by Julie A. Hyzy — Ms Hyzy is the conference's Guest of Honor.

Teen Animanga Club

February 22, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Special Book Discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison

To Foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP curriculum was recently challenged. The first discussion will be Monday, February 27th at 7:00 PM and we will be discussing:

Library Schedules Discussions for Challenged Books

To foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP English curriculum was recently challenged.

Beloved, by Toni Morrison, will be the featured title of a February 27, 7:00 PM discussion and Waterland, by Graham Swift, will be discussed on March 27 at 7:00 PM.

"By hosting a discussion of these books, we can give our community a shared experience and promote a dialogue around the perspectives each individual brings from reading the book," says Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, department head of adult services. "The public library is an excellent forum for connecting our community in this manner."

The discussion will be led by library staff and is open to anyone in the Plymouth-Canton community ages 16 and older. Those interested in participating may register and pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library beginning January 30.

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — for which Morrison won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, is described by its publisher, Random House, Inc., as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement."

Waterland by Graham Swift

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, March 3 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Gabrielle Giffords to Leave Washington

Sunday Giffords announced that she would resign from the U.S. House to focus on her recovery from the attempted assassination on her a year ago. In Gabby: a story of courage and hope, a book that she and husband Mark Kelly coauthored with Jeffrey Zaslow they relate their moving account of a family surviving tragedy and the logistics of living through a medical nightmare.