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Library Schedules Discussions for Challenged Books

To foster a sense of community and provide an opportunity for calm conversation, the Canton Public Library will host a book discussion for two book titles whose inclusion in the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools AP English curriculum was recently challenged.

Beloved, by Toni Morrison, will be the featured title of a February 27, 7:00 PM discussion and Waterland, by Graham Swift, will be discussed on March 27 at 7:00 PM.

"By hosting a discussion of these books, we can give our community a shared experience and promote a dialogue around the perspectives each individual brings from reading the book," says Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin, department head of adult services. "The public library is an excellent forum for connecting our community in this manner."

The discussion will be led by library staff and is open to anyone in the Plymouth-Canton community ages 16 and older. Those interested in participating may register and pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library beginning January 30.

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — for which Morrison won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize, is described by its publisher, Random House, Inc., as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement."

Waterland by Graham Swift

Printable January Calendar

The January calendar is now available online in printable pdf format.

Bookfair Benefit for the Library

Barnes & Noble Bookfair VoucherDo your holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble Northville on November 28 and the Canton Public Library will receive a percentage of almost anything you buy, including a Nook and items in the cafe. Present the CPL voucher, printable from our website, at check out or use our Bookfair code, 10570158.

You can also shop online November 28 through December 3, 2011. Stop in the store and enjoy storytimes, crafts and games like Giant Scrabble all day long at the Barnes and Noble Northville.

Diaper Drive Ends Tonight

Here's a message from Marybeth Levine, executive director of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, who is braving the wind and snow to collect diapers during our drive.

Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive, Wednesday and Thursday!

We are pumped up for this year's diaper drive. Thanks to Canton Patch for helping us get the word out.

Bring diapers of any size or brand to CPL on Wednesday November 16 and Thursday the 17th, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The diapers will go to Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization that distributes diapers to Michigan support agencies.

Third Annual “Stuff the Truck” Diaper Drive at Canton Public Library

CANTON, MI—Imagine swaddling your toddler in a paper towel or plastic bag because you are out of diapers and don’t have the resources to buy more. That’s the challenge facing thousands in Metro Detroit and the reason the Canton Public Library has partnered with the Detroit Area Diaper Bank for the third annual Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive, November 16 and 17.

The library will collect diapers of any size or brand, newborn through adult, including pull-ups, swim diapers and open packages, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on November 16 and 17. The diapers will go to the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization, who dispenses them to SE Michigan partner agencies serving people in crisis. Last year’s drive netted over 26,000 diapers.

“The diaper drive helps us fulfill our mission of connecting our community,” states library director Eva Davis:

November Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored November 2011 programs.

Diwali Celebration Offers Multicultural Experience

Canton, MI—The celebration of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, will be the feature of a multicultural program on Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Canton Public Library.

This all-ages program features Nadanta, a classical dance troupe directed by Chaula Thacker, musical performances by Shilpa Modhak and samples of traditional festive food. There will also be henna demonstrations, a fashion show of colorful costumes from different parts of India and Rangoli floor designs.

Diwali, a Hindu festival, honors the renewal of life and the triumphs of light over darkness. This program is part of a series of multicultural programs, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, to promote cultural experiences and understanding. The Canton Public Library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, MI. For more information, visit www.cantonpl.org.

Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive

On November 16 and 17, the library will be hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. For a fourth straight year, the number of children living in poverty is up and many families in our community struggle to provide clean diapers for babies, the handicapped and elderly. Last year we collected over 26,000 diapers to help Michigan families. We need your help to stuff the truck donated by Fat Chef in a Little Coat catering. Bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 16 and 17. Open packages are acceptable; if diapers are loose, please indicate size on the package.

November/December 2011 Connections Online

The November/December issue is available online now as a pdf document. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml into your feed reader.

October Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored October 2011 programs.

September Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored September 2011 programs.

Girl Scout Troop 40196 Book Campaign

Withdrawing books is an ongoing process at the library, and our thoughts are always on being “green” when it comes to disposing of withdrawn books. I have once again had the pleasure of working with the Girl Scouts. Maha Zahid, a member of Troop 40196 in Canton stared working this summer on her Silver Award and her plan was to set up a book donation campaign to collect books for Bennett Elementary School in Detroit. Bennett Elementary was closed in 2007 because of a fire and has been undergoing renovations with a scheduled reopening date of August 29th, but there were not enough funds to replace the library. Maha decided to help and contacted us about setting up a drop off box in the library. One thing led to another and we spent the summer donating withdrawn children’s books. Every Wednesday, Maha and her mother picked up the books from the library for delivery to Bennett this August.

September/October 2011 Connections Online

The September/October issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml into your feed reader.

Canton Public Library Receives Grant from Target for Family Reading Program

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library announced the renewal of a $2,000 Target grant to be used to continue to support the Family Reading Night program.

“Our partnership with Target continues with the awarding of this grant, which allows the Canton Public Library and the Friends of the Canton Public Library to maintain our commitment to early childhood literacy and improving lives in our community,” said Eva Davis, library director.

Over 2000 people have participated in the Target Family Reading Night program since its 2009 inception. The program offers stories, games and snacks to families with children ages 4-9 and provides a book for the family to take home and share. It encourages early childhood literacy by demonstrating techniques and supplying a book for families to model at home.

Friends of the Canton Public Library Make $10,000 Donation

CANTON, MI — Friends of the Canton Public Library treasurer Larry Hoelscher had a big smile and a big check for Canton Public Library trustee Michael Siegrist and library director Eva Davis. He and outgoing Friends president Peg Britz presented a check for $10,000, earmarked for the library’s endowment fund, during their annual membership meeting on Wednesday.

The donation is the result of book sales and fundraising efforts by the Friends group, who have contributed more than $64,000 to the library in the past year. The Friends sponsor programs and events at the library such as Connect Your Summer, and purchase materials for the Michigan History, International Language and other collections.

Summer Connections Issue Online

The summer issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml
into your feed reader.

Help Michigan Military Moms Aid Our Troops

In honor of Memorial Day, the Canton Public Library has teamed up with the Michigan Military Moms to collect care package items for US military personnel serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donations will be accepted May 11 through May 31. Items requested include:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Bug Repellent Wipes
  • Flavored Drink Mix Packets
  • Beef Jerky (no pork)
  • Duct Tape or Electrical Tape
  • Juice Boxes
  • Snack and Energy Bars
  • Gold Bond Powder
  • Q-Tips
  • AT&T Calling Cards

The library is also accepting monetary donations to help defray the cost of shipping. Make checks out to Michigan Military Moms.