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Canton Seniors Book Discussion: Winter 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. We meet from 2:00-3:00PM, September through June in the library's Group Study Room A. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the meeting or can be picked up at Canton Public Library the following day. In Winter, 2011 we will be discussing:

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: a Memoir of Going Home by Rhoda Janzen — (January 26, 2011)

Kabul Beauty School: an American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriguez, with Kristin Ohlson — (February 23, 2011)

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

A Mixed Bag of Teen Reads from 2010

Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.

Ostrich boys by Keith Gray

Sisters red by Jackson Pearce

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Is the Book You're Reading Award-Worthy?

The 2011 MLA Thumbs Up! Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Thumbs Up! Award.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by Michigan Library Association teen services librarians to an author for outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. The book must appeal to teens, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Additional criteria for the award:
  • Books must be original works commercially published in the U.S. during 2010 (January 1st-December 31st)
  • Books originally published outside the U.S. are eligible if their first U.S. printing occurred during this same time period
  • Books may be hardcover or original paperback, fiction or nonfiction
  • Authors may include co-authors or editor(s)
If you have a book you would like to nominate, please send the title to:
Amelia Yunker, 2011 Thumbs Up! Committee Chair
Amelia.Yunker@yahoo.com
Submissions accepted through January 31st, 2011

Tumtum & Nutmeg

Tumtum and Nutmeg are big heroes in tiny packages — they may even be the world's bravest mice. Arthur and Lucy, the children of Rose Cottage, are terribly neglected by their absentminded father and must be looked after. Just as the holidays are approaching, an evil neighboring mouse absconds with the children's Christmas gifts. Will they be able to retrieve them in time? More exciting adventures await them when they take a holiday seaside vacation replete with treasure maps and more evil mice. Even when their world gets chaotic, this is still a cozy read. Mouse-sized vehicles run smoothly, battles are epic, but weapons shoot sherbet powder and peppermint gas. Check out these heart-warming tales to be enjoyed by all during the holidays.

Detroit Style Science Fiction

Anya Kalinczyk may spend her days as an arson investigator for the city of Detroit, but at night, she's a ghost hunter. She's not just any ghost hunter, however, but a Lantern, with the ability to consume ghosts and demons. If you're an urban science fiction fan, try these two books, with a dash of red hot demons in the motor city.

Embers by Laura Bickle



Sparks by Laura Bickle

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.

Find a Good Mystery @ Barnes & Noble, Northville

On Monday, November 29 from 10:00-11:00AM, CPL librarian Joyce Simowski takes the mystery out of finding a great mystery book during the Barnes & Noble Northville Book Fair. Use your B & N voucher for books, games, CDs, and DVDs at Barnes & Noble Northville (17111 Haggerty @ Six Mile Road) and the Canton Public Library will get a percentage of your sale on nearly everything B&N sells, including the Nook and Nook accessories, plus coffee and snacks from the B&N cafe. The offer does exclude textbooks, ebooks, video games and gift cards. Stop by for reading suggestions. No registration necessary.

Tintin Returns!

The Adventures of Tintin are back in the library! They had been missing for a while, but all 23 adventures are again available for check-out from the Children's Graphic Novel Collection. Many adults fondly remember this series and want to share it with their children, as well as enjoy the adventures again themselves. Kids have always loved Tintin. Steven Speilberg must find Tintin pretty awesome since he is directing a film featuring Tintin (The Secret of the Unicorn) that will be released next year. Visit the official Tintin website and come to the library to check out our great new editions of this classic graphic novel series.

A Great Group Makes For A Great Book Club

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading Unwind by Neil Shusterman. It is proving to be a popular selection. If you haven't read this book, both the book club and I suggest you do!

A Few Romance Faves!

Whether you are a diehard reader of romances or never had the desire to pick one up in your life, you might find a good read on the following list of romantic books. Science fiction, nonfiction, fantasy and more: we've got something romantic for everyone.

Singled out by Trisha Ashley — Humorous women's fiction with unconventional characters

Hens dancing by Raffaella Barker — Women's fiction with a touch of that sly British humor.

2010 Nero Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, a New York-based fan organization, has announced its nominees for the 2010 Nero Award, "presented each year to an author for the best mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories." The contenders are:

The Fleet Street Murders by Charles Finch

The Crack in the Lens by Steve Hockensmith

Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks

Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010

Every year, The New York Times Book Review asks a panel of judges to select ten picture books they consider to be the best children's picture books of the year. All of these books are available here at the Canton Public Library and are listed below.

Here comes the garbage barge! by written by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Children make terrible pets by Peter Brown

Seasons by Blexbolex

Shadow by Suzy Lee

Museum of Thieves

Just when you thought there couldn't be… there is another great fantasy series in the works. It starts out with Museum of Thieves, an action-packed story filled with very strong, memorable characters. Goldie and Toadspit are two runaway 'thieves' from the city of Jewel. But you will learn that sometimes it behooves you to be a good thief. They are hidden by the 'good guys' from the 'bad guys' in the Museum of Dunt, which is a museum like you've never encountered before, so that they can help protect Jewel from a great evil that could destroy everything and everyone. Transmuting creatures, evil designs, magical mysteries, suspense, comic relief — this enticing world created by Lian Tanner has it all. You will be lucky to get your hands on a copy of the book or CD as the series is continued and word gets out!

Share Some Silliness with your Little One

If you're looking for something silly and short to share with your little one, take a look at the Sandra Boynton items in our collection. The board books are quick little reads: some have silly themes like belly buttons and others are fun stories about animals. If you're looking for children's music that won't drive you crazy, Philadelphia Chickens is my favorite. The songs aren't obnoxious, but they are catchy enough that you'll remember them later if you need to entertain your baby on the go.