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Book Club Choices: February 2013

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits.

The boy in the suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis ; translated from the Danish by Lene Kaaberbol

The Buddha in the attic by Julie Otsuka

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey

2013 Newbery Winners

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao has been awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for the year 2013. This heart-moving tale about a captive silverback gorilla was inspired by a true story. Ivan has spent 27 years of his life at The Big Top Mall, a cheap roadside circus attraction, confined to an enclosure of glass, metal, and concrete. He has become numb to his existence, watching TV, dabbling with art, and eating food thrown to him. Bob, a spunky dog, and Stella, an aging elephant are his only friends and companions. Ivan's melancholy life begins to change, however, when Ruby, a young vibrant elephant appears on the scene and Stella dies from neglect. Stella's dying plea to Ivan is help Ruby escape. Ivan's dormant mind comes alive as he devises a daring plan to free Ruby. With the help of the kind daughter of the custodian, Bob, and a zoo thousands of miles away, Ivan's creative efforts may just succeed. Thought provoking and emotionally packed, this book should be read more than once to savor all of its nuances.

Newbery Honor Books for 2013  are:

2013 Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards

Awards season is upon us and here are your 2013 Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards:

Author Award:
"Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author Honor Books:
"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson

"No Crystal Stair:  A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller" by Vonda Micheaux Nelson

Illustrator Award:
"I, Too, Am America" illustrated by Bryan Collier

Illustrator Honor Books:
"H.O.R.S.E." illustrated by Christopher Myers

"Ellen's Broom" illustrated by Daniel Minter

"I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr." illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Vietnam War Peace Agreement Anniversary

Forty years ago, on Januuary 27, 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were signed - ending the Vietnam War. During the long conflict, the United States suffered over 58,000 soldiers killed and approximately 153, 000 wounded, as well as 1,943 missing in action.

A bright shining lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan

Ending the Vietnam War: a history of America's involvement in and extrication from the Vietnam War by Henry Kissinger

The best and the brightest by David Halberstam

Savvy Seniors February 2013

According to a September 2012 study by Pew Internet of older adults who are online, 50% of adults ages 50-64 report being active on a social networking site. An even more substantial increase in social media use this year were older adults ages 65 and older, which reported being active on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. More so than in 2011, 34% of seniors are now using social networking sites which was up from 26% in 2010.

Computers for seniors for dummie [Large print] by Nancy Muir

Using the internet safely for seniors for dummies [Large print] by Linda Criddle and Nancy Muir


165 years ago, on January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill setting off the California Gold Rush. People began flocking to the state later that year, but the majority didn't arrive until the next year — hence the term "forty-niners." All told, the news drew some 300,000 people from all over the world (Latin America, Europe, Australia and China) between the years 1849 and 1855, to seek their fortune in California.

The age of gold: the California Gold Rush and the new American dream by H.W. Brands

The California Gold Rush and the coming of the Civil War by Leonard L. Richards

Days of gold: the California Gold Rush and the American nation by Malcolm J. Rohrbough