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Author Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

Legendary writer Ray Bradbury has passed away at the age of 91. Author of classics such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, Bradbury saw several of his works turned into movies, among them The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His career of over 70 years earned him many honors, including 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

Books Teens Will Love

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Dreamland social club by Tara Altebrando

Close to famous by Joan Bauer

I am J by Cris Beam

Picture Books about Summer

Memorial Day kicked off summer celebrations all over Michigan. As the days get warmer, enjoy some of these picture books filled with great ways to spend those summer days.

Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee

Now it is summer by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

Kitten's summer by Eugenie Fernandes

Moon Books

Picture books about the moon are a perfect choice for bedtime reading. If you're a fan of the classic story Goodnight Moon, give these other great books a try.

And if the moon could talk by Kate Banks; pictures by Georg Hallensleben

Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle

Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes

Leo Dillon, 1933-2012

Leo Dillon, award-winning illustrator, has passed away at the age of 79. Working in collaboration with his wife Diane, Dillon illustrated numerous picture books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winners Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears and Ashanti To Zulu: African Traditions. The Dillons also created illustrations for the Madeleine L'Engle novels A Wrinkle In Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Leo and Diane Dillon were also famous for their cover artwork for adult science fiction novels, winning the Hugo Award in 1971 for Best Professional Artist.

The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 on May 27. On that day in 1937 over 200,000 people crossed the bridge on foot and roller skates. The bridge links the City of San Francisco with Marin County. Singer Tony Bennett immortalized the Golden Gate Bridge in the song "(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco". Construction on the bridge began on January 5, 1933 and ultimately cost $35million. Take a virtual walk across the bridge, read about the history of this world famous bridge, or watch the Golden Gate Bridge being constructed.

Golden Gate Bridge [videodisc] by a Ben Loeterman Productions, Inc. film

London Travel

Even if you can't make it to the Olympics in London this summer, you can use these books to plan (or daydream about) a trip to this fantastic city.

Fodor's 25 best London by Louise Nicholson; [additional writing by Sue Dobson]

London by main contributor, Michael Leapman

Frommer's London day by day by Joe Fullman

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group June 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship which blooms between Joe, an irascible 72 year old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for fiction and non-fiction.

Avoiding Perfectionism

Freeing our families from perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon ; edited by Pat Samples — Do you expect too much of yourself or your kids? Do you have a hard time relaxing? These tendencies can be a few of the problems that result from perfectionism, which is a problem for many families. This book will teach you what perfectionism is not and help you free your family from this burden that can take a heavy toll on self-esteem, relationships, and energy.

Children's Books to Love

From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?

Local Author Event

Join us on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM as we welcome local authors to share their craft, their insights and their books. We have everything from children's to fitness to romance, real-life adventure, a novel and self-help books to satisfy everyone's interest. Refreshments will be provided as you peruse the individual authors' tables and discuss their books with them. This event is made possible in part from a grant from the Michigan Center for the Book.

2012 Reading List for Lunch and a Book

Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue — January 12

The girls from Ames: a story of women & a forty-year friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow — February 9

The postmistress by Sarah Blake — March 8

Lethal by Sandra Brown — April 12

Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak, children's book author and illustrator, has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his Caldecott Medal-winning book Where The Wild Things Are, which was also adapted into a major motion picture in 2009, Sendak wrote and illustrated many other well-known books in his 60-year career, including Outside Over There and In The Night Kitchen.

Book Club Choices May 2012

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources try the Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag.
 

All mortal flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein

Mockingbird: a portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields

A reliable wife: a novel by Robert Goolrick

Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 27, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing:

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship that blooms between Joe, an irascible 72-year-old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for both his fiction and non-fiction works.