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Lunch & a Book July 2014

On Thursday, July 10 at noon, we will be discussing:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 26, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Muriel Barbery's THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG. Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.  

The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; translated from the french by Alison Anderson — The lives of three people intersect with unexpected results: Renée, the concierge of an elegant Parisian apartment building and residents Paloma, a twelve year old genius and a wealth Japanese man, Ozu.

Murder Will Out and the winner is...

The Mystery Writers of America recently announced the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Awards honoring the best mystery fiction and non-fiction published in 2013. Ann Arbor's Aunt Agatha's Bookstore won The Raven Mystery Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside of creative writing.

Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger

Best First Novel

Red sparrow: a novel by Jason Matthews

Best Paperback Original

The wicked girls by Alex Marwood

Mary Higgins Clark Award

Cover of snow: a novel by Jenny Milchman

Murder Will Out May, 2014

Publishers, psychologist, police, politicians, and plants.  What do they have in common?  Murder...

A dangerous fiction: a novel by Barbara Rogan

Dante's wood: a Mark Angelotti novel by Lynne Raimondo

Dead man's time by Peter James

Deadly devotion: a novel by Sandra Orchard

Death of a chef by Alexander Campion

Which State Will You Read?

We've collected the 50 most famous books set in 50 states in our showcase display. Stop by and check it out!

Big Brothers and Sisters

In honor of National Superhero Day (April 28), a list of books for the best kind of superheroes: big brothers and sisters.

A new brother or sister by Charlotte Guillain

Will you still love me? by Carol Roth ; illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Sports Books for Teens

Baseball great by Tim Green


The rivalry: mystery at the Army-Navy game by John Feinstein


Deep zone by Tim Green


Whale talk by Chris Crutcher


Deadline by Chris Crutcher


Forward pass by Lorna Schultz Nicholson


Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Lunch & a Book May 2014

On Thursday, May 8 at noon, we will be discussing:

The round house by Louise Erdrich — In the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. Joe tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. While his father, who is a tribal judge, tries to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: May 22, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Thursday, May 22 in Group Study Room A. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.

May 22

Crank by Ellen Hopkins — On a trip to visit her absentee father, well-behaved, high school junior Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.

Michigan Notable Books 2014

The Michigan Notable Books program has made its annual selection of the 20 books published in the previous year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Many of the winning titles can be found in the library's collection, and the others can be delivered to the library via MeLCat interlibrary loan. From fiction to nonfiction, the list offers a variety of choices.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — The Friends of the Canton, Plymouth, Northville and Novi Libraries' selection for their Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, this memoir about survival and self-discovery documents the summer of 2005 when debt, doubt and divorce forced the author to refocus.


Something that feels like truth: stories by Donald Lystra — In 16 compelling stories, award-winning author Donald Lystra takes us on a page-turning journey through the cities and countryside of the Great Lakes heartland to as far away as Paris.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at the age of 87. He was perhaps best-known for his books, Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. Garcia Marquez popularized magical realism,  described by the committee who awarded him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982 as a genre "in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination."

New Book Club in a Bag Kit!

The dog stars [kit] by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Look What's In Large Print: April 2014

Agatha Christie's mysteries are being re-released in large print. Anna Quindlen's latest is a fictional story of about a 60 something photographer coming to terms with her life.  Extremely private throughout his career, the new Johnny Carson biography by Harry Bushkin, Carson's lawyer from 1970-1988, reveals the complexity of Mr. Carson. Elo's first novel links the commercial fishing industry, the perfume industry, and conservation in a hunt for justice. The Cold War was warming up and President Truman saw the need to recruit European scientists to America.  He specifically stated no Nazi scientists should be recruited, Operation Paperclip tells what really happened.

Still life with bread crumbs [Large print]: a novel by Anna Quindlen

The regatta mystery, and other stories [large print] by Agatha Christie

Johnny Carson [large print] by Henry Bushkin

North of Boston [Large print] by Elisabeth Elo

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

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Spring

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home?  Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhymes are all great suggestions for a "spring" themed storytime. 

Fletcher and the springtime blossoms by Julia Rawlinson ; pictures by Tiphanie Beeke



999 frogs wake up by Ken Kimura ; illustrated by Yasunari Murakami


The second line [sound recording]: scarf activity songs by Johnette Downing — Dance along and wave scarves to the track "Flitter Flutter." Don't have scarves like the ones we use at our library storytimes? Any piece of light fabric will do the trick - even a washcloth or a clean dust cloth!


Singable songs for the very young [compact disc] by Raffi — Sing along to Raffi's upbeat version of "Mr. Sun."

If you like J. D. Robb, try...

If you like J. D. Robb's In Death series, try these.

Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan — First book in the Lucy Kincaid series:  Surviving an attack by an online predator, Lucy Kincaid wants to join the FBI and fight cyber-crime, but in the meantime, she volunteers with a victim's rights group. But when the predators she hunts start turning up as murder victims, the FBI takes a whole new interest in Lucy.


Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo — First book in the Kate Burkholder series:  Kate Burkholder grew up in idyllic Painters Mill, OH where many residents drive buggies, shun electricity, and distance themselves from the complications of modern life. The presence of a serial killer shatters the stillness of the town, leaving its citizenry terrified and on guard.

Lunch & a Book April 2014

On Thursday, April 10 at noon we will be discussing:

The dog stars by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Everyone's Reading 2014

Before You Know KindnessEveryone's Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading the same great book. This year's selection is Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian. He is making two personal appearances in the Metro Detroit area: Wednesday, April 30 at 2:00 PM at The Community House in Birmingham and at 7:00 PM that same evening at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. We have free tickets to both events available at the information desk beginning March 17 to Canton cardholders in good standing. Two tickets are available per cardholder.