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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Look What's In Large Print: Suspense

If you enjoy the novels of Lee Child, David Baldacci, James Lee Burke, Joseph Finder, or Vince Flynn and like the readability of Large Print try...

Buried secrets [Large print] by Joseph Finder

The innocent [Large print] by David Baldacci

American assassin [Large print] by Vince Flynn

Alibi [Large print] by Joseph Kanon

Hot pursuit [Large print] by Suzanne Brockmann

The third bullet [Large print]: a Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter

New True Crime

My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult

"My sister's keeper" is written by Jodi Picoult who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you?

Sleuth It: Mystery Meet Up

Here is a list of books discussed at the Mystery Meet-Up Connect Your Summer 2013, which was part of the 2013 Canton Public Library's Summer Reading Program for all ages.

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger



Blood alone by James R. Benn

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

A duty to the dead by Charles Todd

Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman

If You Like Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus balance jobs and family while solving crimes. Authors such as J. A. Jance, Mary Logue, Iris Johansen, J. D. Robb and Catherine Coulter couples trying to find balance in their lives between their relationship and their jobs.

Judgment call by J.A. Jance

Blood country: a Claire Watkins mystery by Mary Logue

The face of deception by Iris Johansen

Naked in death by J.D. Robb

The cove by Catherine Coulter

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

Medical Books to Movies

And the band played on [videodisc] by HBO Pictures

Awakenings [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Gifted hands [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Television Inc

Girl, interrupted [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Running with scissors [videodisc] by Plan B Entertainment

Sybil [videodisc] by Lorimar Productions presents

The vow [videodisc] by Screen Gems and Spyglass Entertainment present

The three faces of Eve [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

My Mitten at Zinio Digital Magazines

Do you enjoy taking advantage of living in such a nice state? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

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Fault in our Stars

The fault in our stars by John Green — Sixteen-year old cancer patient Hazel's constant companion is an oxygen mask and a tank that she drags behind her in a backpack. Her parents force her to attend a kids-with-cancer support group where she meets Gus, a seventeen-year old high school basketball player and amputee who's there to support mutual friend, Isaac, suffering from eye cancer. They bond over their experiences with coping with cancer and they agree to read each other's favorite novels. And there, their journey begins. The book, The Fault in our Stars, will be in theaters starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in June.

If You Enjoy Tense Thrillers...Try These

If you enjoy tense thrillers try…



Down the darkest road by Tami Hoag

Heartless by Alison Gaylin

Silent scream by Karen Rose

Stolen by Allison Brennan

The house on Tradd Street by Karen White

And the band played on : politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic / Randy Shilts

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.  One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished ina special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time. .

Suspenseful Summer Listens

Here are 9 thrillers for the hot months ahead.

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

Mute witness by Charles O'Brien

A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch

A conspiracy of paper by David Liss

Non-Fiction: Lives Changed by Animals

We can learn a lot from our pets. Check out these touching stories of animals that changed the lives of those around them.

Oogy: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin

A lion called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall

What the animals taught me: stories of love and healing from a farm animal sanctuary by Stephanie Marohn

Cat daddy: what the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean by Jackson Galaxy with Joel Derfner

Bad dog: a love story by Martin Kihn

The cat who came back for Christmas: how a cat brought a family the gift of love by Julia Romp

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

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What do you love? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

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Murder Will Out: April 2014

This month's selections span the continent...

The devil's interval by Linda Lee Peterson

Foal play by Kathryn O'Sullivan

Detroit shuffle by D.E. Johnson

Crooked numbers by Tim O'Mara







Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong

Murder Will Out: Sherlock Holmes Wannabees

The House of Silk: a Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz

The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

The Case of Emily V by Keith Oatley

Baskerville by John O'Connell

Sherlock Holmes: the unauthorized biography by Nick Rennison

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

If You Like Legal Thrillers

Prime witness by Steve Martini

The Lincoln lawyer: a novel by Michael Connelly

Running from the law by Lisa Scottoline

The fifth assassin by Brad Meltzer

The cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Kitty Sleuth Book Series

Koko and Yum Yum mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun

Cat in the stacks mystery by Miranda James

Pru Marlowe pet noir series by Clea Simon

Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries by Clea Simon

No cooperation from the cat: a mystery by Marian Babson

Cats in trouble mysteries by Leann Sweeney

Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown ; illustrated by Michael Gellatly