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Teen Books About Animals

The beastly bride: tales of the animal people by edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; introduction by Terri Windling; selected decorations by Charles Vess

Half brother by Kenneth Oppel

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Hunting the Dragon by Peter Dixon

Books About Animals for Adults

Adventurous Kids Reads

Picture Books

The adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg & Raymond Briggs

The adventures of Patty and the big red bus by Meghan McCarthy

The adventures of Polo by Regis Faller

All aboard! by James Stevenson

Teen Reading Adventures

13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson

An abundance of Katherines by John Green

Are we there yet? by David Levithan

Destination unexpected: short stories by edited by Donald R. Gallo

If You Like Inspirational Historical Fiction

…and like strong characters, light romance, and prefer audio format, try these:

The mountain between us by Charles Martin

Shoot the moon by Billie Letts

Miss Julia speaks her mind: a novel by Ann B. Ross

Two more options that are available in print:

Big Stone Gap: a novel by Adriana Trigiani

Bone-chilling Listens in the Summer Heat!

Nothing beats having a good bone-chilling, spine-tingling audiobook to listen to while you bask in the sun! If the warm temperature lulls you to sleep, the suspense of the book will keep you on edge!

The snowman by Jo Nesbø; translated by Don Bartlett

Last snow by Eric Van Lustbader

Before the frost by Henning Mankell; translated by Ebba Segerberg

Terminal freeze by Lincoln Child

That's How

Parents, how many times a day do you hear "Why?" or "How?" How many different ways can you answer that? Author Christopher Niemann tries to help you answer those questions with his new picture book, That's How. Here, many questions about how things work are answered in a simple, straightforward way. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering how things work! If you are looking for more stories to answer those never ending whys and hows, check out childrens question and answer stories.

Family PJ Storytime

Get out your PJ's, robes and slippers and join us for a family-friendly storytime. We want the entire family in PJ's for this fun evening. Pillows and pillow pets are welcome on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room. No registration needed.

Book Club in a Bag Kit

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly is a legal thriller featuring Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller. He is asked to defend a rich man arrested for assault. Getting justice proves to be deadly and risky.

New Urdu Books

We have received our 2011 shipment of books in Urdu and they are on the shelves. Stop by and check them out. New titles include:

Barq-i tabassum by Shaukat Thānvī

Jis tan lagyā ʻishq kamāl by ʻUshnā Kaus̲ar Sardār

Obāmā kī āp bītī by Bārak Obāmā ; mutarjim, Yāsar Javvād

Ṣāʻiqah : Nāvil by Raz̤iyah Baṭ

Judy Moody Live on the Big Screen

The first big kid friendly release has hit the theaters, just in time for the last day of school. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer takes Megan McDonald's popular red-headed heroine from the page to the big screen. Judy Moody's plans for a super exciting summer are derailed when her two closest friends head off to more exciting adventures, and her parents leave for California, leaving Judy and her brother Stink in the care of Aunt Opal. Will this mean a major bummer summer for Judy, or will it turn out to be super after all? After you've seen the movie, discover (or enjoy for a second time) some of Judy's other adventures here at Canton Public Library!

Hindi Books on CD!

We have recently purchased Ghaban by Premacanda and Diwar by Rajvansh in Book on CD format. Because this is the first time we've seen Hindi books on CD, we were so excited to order a couple titles. If you listen to one (or both) let us know what you think of the sound quality. We would love to hear your comments.

Murder Will Out: Nero Wolfe Awards 2011 Nominees Announced

The New York based organization, The Wolfe Pack, announced the nominees for this year's Nero Wolfe Award.   The winner will be announced at the Thirty-Fourth Annual Black Orchid Banquet held the weekend of December 2 -4 in New York City.  The finalists are:

Lilian Jackson Braun's Passing

Lilian Jackson Braun, author of the "Cat Who…" mysteries featuring Koo and Yum-Yum, crime-solving cats died the age of 97. Ms. Braun grew up in Massachusetts but became a long-time Michigan resident. For several years, she wrote a column for the Detroit Free Press. Ms. Braun's light, humorous mysteries have been translated into 16 languages, distributed worldwide, and sold in the millions. Beginning in 1990, Braun’s books reached the prestigious New York Times best-seller list for 20 consecutive years.

Memory Bank

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson is an enjoyable, but puzzling story. Soft black&white pictures tell some of the story, as with Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It has the dark, mysterious aura of Gaiman's Coraline. Parental figures are rather horrific, as one might find in Roald Dahl's creations. Hope Scroggins becomes entangled in the WWMB (World Wide Memory Bank) and a dream realm in a desperate search for her younger sister whom her parents told her to forget about after dumping Honey out of the car for misbehavior. But the whole book has a very surrealistic quality to it and I am wondering what is real, what is dreamed, what is the intent of the authors. As Keats might say, "Gone is the vision. Do I wake, or do I sleep?" So I am asking all readers to please post your thoughts/feelings/reactions to this awesome, but mysterious story.

Summer Reads

It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Hot dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell

Richard Scarry: The Best Ever

Today would have been Richard Scarry's 92nd birthday. Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919–April 30, 1994), a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide, has delighted four generations of readers. His best known book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, has sold over 4 million copies since its publication in 1965.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 22, 2011

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, June 22 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We'll be discussing Sarah Blake's The Postmistress:

It is 1941 and America has not yet entered the war waging in Europe, but they listen avidly to radio broadcasts sent from London. In The Postmistress two women find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news of the War in Europe yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue.

Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in US

Ann Arbor, MI is the 4th. well-read city in America. Amazon.com has released its list of Most Well-Read Cities, which they define as the twenty cities in the U.S. with a population of over 100,000 whose inhabitants order the most books, magazines, and periodicals in print and digital editions from the site per capita. The criteria are somewhat vague as cities are rated by their purchasing habits. It's interesting to note how many of these cities are university towns.

Murder Will Out: Arthur Ellis Awards 2011 Announced

Bury Your Dead: Book JacketThe Crime Writers of Canada announced the winners of this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. Louise Penny's Bury Your Dead won for Best Crime Novel and The Debba by Avner Mandelman was chosen Best First Crime Novel.