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School Days

Now that school has begun for another year, this would be a good time to learn about some extraordinary teachers both past and present:

A schoolteacher in old Alaska: the story of Hannah Breece by edited and with an introduction and commentary by Jane Jacobs

Nothing daunted: the unexpected education of two society girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

The water is wide by Pat Conroy

Teacher man: a memoir by Frank McCourt

Beyond the miracle worker: the remarkable life of Anne Sullivan Macy and her extraordinary friendship with Helen Keller by Kim E. Nielsen

In the sun's house: my year teaching on the Navajo reservation by Kurt Caswell ; afterword by Rex Lee Jim

Words of Wit and Wisdom

Find inspiration and humor in these books of quotations.

Hello goodbye hello: a circle of 101 remarkable meetings by Craig Brown

The Wit and wisdom of women by [interior illustration by Steven Nau; edited by Melissa Stein]

For girls only: wise words, good advice by Carol Weston

Notes to the future: the authorized book of selected quotations by Nelson Mandela ; introduction by Archbishop Desmond Tutu ; editors, Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter ; associate editor, Doug Abrams

The Guinness book of poisonous quotes by compiled by Colin Jarman

A continual feast: [words of comfort and celebration, collected by Father Tim] by [Jan Karon]

The March on Washington, 1963

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. One of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history, it was the site of Martin Luther King's historic I Have a Dream speech. In a year marked by racial unrest and numerous civil rights demonstations, Dr. King pleaded to "let freedom ring."

Nobody turn me around: a people's history of the 1963 march on Washington by Charles Euchner

Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly

The dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the speech that inspired a nation by Drew D. Hansen

The 1963 civil rights march by Scott Ingram

Lunch & a Book October 2013

On Thursday October 10 at noon, we will be discussing the Everyone's Reading 2013 selection:

The secrets of happy families: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds--from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets--and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

Great New Tween Sci-Fi & Fantasy

The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman

Hammer of witches by Shana Mlawski

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani ; illustrations by Iacopo Bruno

The apprentices by Maile Meloy ; with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr

SYLO by D.J. MacHale

The reluctant assassin by Eoin Colfer

A world without heroes by Brandon Mull

World, meet Sunny

The Obamas announced a new addition to their White House family; a female Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny. She was born a year ago in June in Michigan and arrived at her new home in Washington, DC. Sunny seemed to handle the media attention just as well as her companion, first pet Bo.

NPR's 100 Must Read for Kids 9-14

NPR has just released the Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf, a list of the top 100 books for kids ages 9-14. The books (or in some cases, series) are divided into categories like American Stories, Biographies, Everyday Magic, Family Life, Fantasy Worlds, Friendships and Finding Your Place, Good for a Laugh, Mysteries and Thrillers, Myths and Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Survival and Adventure. You'll find most, if not all of these books at Canton Public Library.

New Teen Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Paranormal with a Bit of Romance

Check out one of these highly recommended new teen books:

Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken

Altered by Jennifer Rush

The archived by Victoria Schwab

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan