Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.
Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson
And for Moms who want to get in on the fun—geek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!
Console wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the battle that defined a generation by Blake J. Harris ; foreword by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
The art of video games: from Pac-Man to Mass Effect by Chris Melissinos & Patrick O'Rourke
Extra lives: why video games matter by Tom Bissell
Hey Kids! Are you a lover of animals? If so, check out these awesome animal books and get your Animal Lover Badge.
My farm friends by Wendell Minor
Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich
Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea
Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley
Animals home alone by Loes Riphagen
Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by David Roberts
Mini racer by Kristin Dempsey; illustrations by Bridget Strevens
Pot-bellied pigs: a complete and up-to-date guide by Dennis Kelsey-Wood
The chinchilla handbook: filled with full-color photographs by Sharon L. Vanderlip; illustrations by Michele Earle-Bridges
Cockatiels: everything about purchase, care, behavior, and health by Thomas Haupt and Julie Rach Mancini; illustrations by György Jankovics; [translated from the German by Rita Kimber]
Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:
A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock
Dog house: a love story by Carol Prisant
Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin
Cat daddy: what the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean by Jackson Galaxy with Joel Derfner
Smart guide to understanding your cat by Carolyn Janik
Cat calls: wonderful stories and practical advice from a veteran cat sitter by Jeanne Adlon, Susan Logan ; foreword by Jim Davis
I am Maru by Mugumogu
Bad dog: a love story by Martin Kihn
The complete idiot's guide to positive dog training by Pamela Dennison
Dog games: stimulating play to entertain your dog and you by Christiane Blenski
Dog walks man: a six-legged odyssey by John Zeaman ; map illustrations [end papers] by Claire Zeaman
Cuts fitness for men: the ultimate 30-minute workout by John Gennaro, with Myatt Murphy and Steven Haase
The FastDiet: lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer with the simple secret of intermittent fasting by Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
The story sisters by Alice Hoffman
Grace (eventually): thoughts on faith by Anne Lamott
Good things I wish you: a novel by A. Manette Ansay
The pull of the moon by Elizabeth Berg
A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers [Large print] by Henry David Thoreau
A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton
The other woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
This month in history Benedict Arnold was executed, Marilyn Monroe was born, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released, WWII Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York.
The real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy
The making of Some like it hot: my memories of Marilyn Monroe and the classic American movie by Tony Curtis with Mark A. Vieira
D-day: the battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [sound recording] by The Beatles
Enlightening the world: the creation of the Statue of Liberty by Yasmin Sabina Khan
Alice Springs by Nikki Gemmell
My lie: a true story of false memory by Meredith Maran
Oleander girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The sentimentalists: a novel by Johanna Skibsrud
The reading promise: my father and the books we shared by Alice Ozma ; foreword by Jim Brozina
The school of essential ingredients [sound recording] by Erica Bauermeister
The blue room [sound recording] by Madeleine Peyroux
The autistic brain: thinking across the spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
Fatherhood: and other stories by Thomas H. Cook
On Thursday, August 8 at noon, we will be discussing:
Lots of candles, plenty of cake by Anna Quindlen — From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own in this humorous memoir. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen's status as America's laureate of real life.
South of Broad: a novel by Pat Conroy meets July 25
Case histories: a novel by Kate Atkinson meets August 22
River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard meets September 26
Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser meets October 24
The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain meets November 21
Two days have been set aside to honor the memory of those who have served America in the armed forces:
The resources below are a good way to learn about our nation's armed conflicts and honor the memory of those who served to protect our nation.
America's first woman warrior: the courage of Deborah Sampson by Lucy Freeman and Alma Halbert Bond — The biography of the only woman soldier to fight in the Revolutionary War.
Good to great [kit]: why some companies make the leap— and others don't by Jim Collins — Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. The research team then contrasted these good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness — why some companies make the leap and others don't. The findings may surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice.
Will we ever be able to travel through time to different eras? These books tackle tough questions about "life, the universe, and everything."
Breaking the time barrier: the race to build the first time machine by Jenny Randles
Chronos: how time shapes our universe by Etienne Klein ; translated by Glenn Burney
How it began: a time-traveler's guide to the universe by Chris Impey
How to build a time machine by Paul Davies
Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, September 26 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candace Millard. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.
River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard. The River of Doubt--it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. This is the true story of his journey.