This Special Collection was created as Detroit prepared to celebrate its 300th birthday, a year-long event that was marked by a host of festivities and events. The history of the city is broad enough and rich enough, though, to warrant a continual presence and periodic updating as one of the library's special online resource collections. As we celebrate the city's 312th birthday, check the books, websites and other materials listed here to discover more about the Motor City and its colorful past.
History of Detroit
Celebrating 300 Years of Detroit Cooking, 1701 to 2001 edited by Marguerite J. Humes: A "historical cookbook" presenting information about Detroit's social setting and cooking history from 1701 to 2001. Includes original recipes handed down by Native Americans and immigrants alike, as well as some developed by native Detroiters.
Detroit, 1860-1899 by David Lee Poremba: Venture back in time to Detroit in the mid to late 19th century with this fascinating book.
Detroit: A Motor City History by David Lee Poremba: A concise and highly readable history by the acting manager of the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library.
Detroit: Across Three Centuries by Richard Bak: Bak introduces readers to some of the epic names and events from the city's past.
Starvation Lake: a mystery by Bryan Gruley
Open season by C.J. Box
The cold dish by Craig Johnson
A cold day for murder by Dana Stabenow
The blue edge of midnight by Jonathon King
In the bleak midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Games to keep the dark away by Marcia Muller
Explore the following resources about Michigan all year-long, but especially during Michigan Week which is celebrated this year during the week of May 18 - 25. This celebration is intended to inspire people to embrace, explore and celebrate the history and resources of the great state of Michigan. The following is just a sampling of our rich Michigan collection here at the Canton Public Library. Be sure to come and browse through all of the titles regarding our great state!
Fun Facts About Michigan
Michigan Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Colleen Burcar with Gene Taylor: Includes fun and quirky stories of interesting Michigan residents and places.
Michigan Trivia compiled by Ernie & Jill Couch: Did you know that 60,000 automobiles were registered in Michigan in 1913? Or did you know that Michigan become part of the Indian Territory in 1800? Find out more facts about the Great Lakes State in this fun book.
Unexplained Michigan mysteries: strange but true tales from the Michigan unknown by Gary W. Barfnecht: The title says it all: a fascinating collectin of eerie and strange real-life tales.Weird Michigan: your travel guide to Michigan's local legends and best kept secrets by Linda S.
The North American International Automobile Show, known as the Detroit Auto Show around here, opens to the public on Monday, January 19. The first Detroit Auto Show was held in 1907. What began as a local show is now international in scope.
The car: the evolution of the beautiful machine by Rod Green
Merrily we roll along [videodisc]: The early days of the automobile by NBC News Productions
Motorcars of the classic era by Michael Furman
Devils & Blue Dresses by Mitch Ryder. Detroit's own, Mitch Ryder will discuss and sign his autobiography on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00p.m. at Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI. Ryder will be interviewed by Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor 107. A Question and Answer session will follow the interview. Copies of Devils and Blue Dresses will be available for purchase. The event is free, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information contact the Ypsilanti District Library.
Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.
If you're looking for a picture book about Michigan, or one that takes place in Michigan, we have you covered. Here's a list of fun picture books from the "mitten state."
M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford; illustrated by Michael Monroe
Gitchi Gumee by written by Anne Margaret Lewis; illustrated by Kathleen Chaney Fritz
Rascal makes mischief on Mackinac Island by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds; illustrated by Darrin Brege
The Michigan Notable Books Program has selected 20 books for 2012 celebrating Michigan people, places and events. The majority of these titles are available at Canton Library and libraries across the state. For a free bookmark listing these titles, stop by the Adult Help Desk. For more information on the Michigan Notable Books Program, see michigan.gov/notable books
The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012 is drawing to a close. This year's selection has inspired displays and discussions across the states in public libraries and schools. The author, Kevin Boyle, received his undergraduate degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and his doctorate from University of Michigan. He is presently teaching at Ohio State University. Arc of Justice won the National Book Award in 2004 and was named Michigan Notable Book in 2005.
The boy in the suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis; translated from the Danish by Lene Kaaberbol
Dreams of joy: a novel by Lisa See
Faith: a novel by Jennifer Haigh
The fatal touch: a Commissario Alec Blume novel by Conor Fitzgerald
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Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled for at least 2 classes in a Michigan public or private university or college for the fall 2011 semester are eligible. The deadline date for students' entries is September 30, 2011.
(Photo Credit: Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service. 08 Jul. 2004. eLibrary. Web. 10 Aug. 2011.)
A covert affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS by Jennet Conant
Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell
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