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Book Club Choices: April 2012

April is National Poetry Month, if you haven’t already, maybe it’s time your group considered reading and discussing poetry. Choose a poet and let members select 2 or 3 poems from the poet’s collected worksto read. Members can discuss their reactions to the poems or maybe to poetry as a whole.

The complete poems by Walt Whitman ; edited with an introduction and notes by Francis Murphy

How to read a poem: and fall in love with poetry by Edward Hirsch

How to read a poem— and start a poetry circle by Molly Peacock

Migration: new & selected poems by W.S. Merwin

Swan: poems and prose poems by Mary Oliver

Baby Games

Help your infant develop brain power and have fun by trying out some new games during playtime. Below are some suggested books filled with ideas for baby and caregiver play. You can find these titles in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby minds: brain-building games your baby will love by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D

Baby play by general editors Wendy S. Masi, Roni Cohen Leiderman

Better Homes & Gardens Herb Gardening

Better homes and gardens herb gardening by [contributing writer, Karen Weir-Jimerson]

Growing herbs can be one of the easiest things you ever do in the garden. They have many advantages, including attractive foliage and flowers, appealing scents, usefulness in cooking, and ease of cultivation. Many herbs also have flowers that attract beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies. This book includes lots of info that will be helpful when selecting the herbs to grow in your garden, as well as instructions for creating container gardens, using herbs in cooking and crafts, and lots more.

Handmade Garden Projects

Handmade garden projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting & more by Lorene Edwards Forkner — Would you like to give your garden a little something extra? By reusing materials and with a little DIY effort, you can add depth and interest to your garden. This book has it all, from pathways to structures to furniture to containers to storage and more. Check out the author's blog for lots more info and inspiration.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: May 23, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, May 23 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We are reading the Everyone's Reading 2012 choice:

Lethal by Sandra Brown — When her four year old daughter informs her a sick man is in their yard, Honor Gillette rushes out to help him. But that "sick" man turns out to be Lee Coburn, a man accused of murdering seven people the night before.

One + One: Scarves, Shawls & Shrugs

One + one: scarves, shawls & shrugs: 25 projects from just two skeins by Iris Schreier — So often as a knitter you end up with a single skein of a lovely yarn and it can be difficult to decide what to do with it. This book shows how to pair up those gorgeous single skeins to make scarves, wraps, and more. Combining two yarns which complement or contrast with one another can really bring a simple project to another level.

Better Homes & Gardens Water Gardening

Better homes and gardens water gardening

There are many reasons to use water in the design and construction of your garden. Water features attract beneficial wildlife including birds and butterflies, provide sound screening, and add a soothing element to your landscape. This book provides all the info you'll need to create or improve the water features in your garden, from ponds to waterfalls to fountains and beyond.

The Heirloom Life Gardener

The heirloom life gardener: the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily and naturally by Jere & Emilee Gettle ; with Meghan Sutherland

This book contains a wealth of information, including a history of seed-saving, background on one of the most prominent heirloom seed companies in the U.S., information and instruction on how to grow your own food from heirloom seed, and a guide to some of the most commonly grown heirloom varieties. Also included are engaging color photographs of the fruits, vegetables, gardens, and people featured in the information.

Meet Best-Selling Author, Sandra Brown

Meet award-winning, best-selling author Sandra Brown in person. The lifelong Texan has written over 60 best sellers full of interesting characters, heart-pumping action and clever plot twists. Her newest book, Lethal, is our featured read for Everyone's Reading. Read the book, share the conversation and meet the author. Free tickets are available at our help desk for two appearances in the Metro Detroit area:
  • Thursday, March 22 at 2:00 PM at Rochester Church of Christ in Rochester Hills
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 PM at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills

Saint Patrick's Day

Who was St. Patrick? What do I do for party decorations for St. Patrick's Day? What is the history of St. Patrick's Day? What recipes can I cook for a St Patrick's Day party? Check out our books, DVDs and more to learn how to celebrate this Irish American holiday. For a brief biography of St. Patrick, read the History.com article and view the videos on informative St. Patrick's Day topics.

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

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.

Funny Reads

Looking for a funny and easy read? Try some of the books listed below next time you need a good laugh. They can all be found in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy reading!

Splat the cat sings flat by Rob Scotton

Itchy, itchy chicken pox by Grace Maccarone; illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Amelia Bedelia under construction by story by Herman Parish; pictures by Lynn Sweat

Socktopus

Socktopus: 17 pairs of socks to knit and show off by Alice Yu

Sock knitters, you won't want to miss this book, as it's got over a dozen attractive sock patterns. Knitters who haven't knit socks yet, this book might just bring you over to the dark side (protip: it's not really dark). These socks are both beautiful and functional, as Yu has clearly worn many knitted socks and knows what makes them comfortable and useful. You may also enjoy Yu's blog, which has great photos of her knitting, travels, and life in general.

Spring Break Mini-Breaks

Plymouth-Canton School's Spring Break starts on April 6th and you may have a great trip already planned. But if you can't fit in a long vacation to sunnier climates, why not plan a mini-break? We have some fantastic travel guides for close-by locations.

Detroit & Ann Arbor: a great destination by Jeff Counts

Fodor's 2012 Chicago by Margaret Kelly

Chicago restaurants 2012

President's Obama's Reading List

On Friday, August 19th, 2011, while vacationing in Martha's Vineyard President Obama and his daughters made an impromptu stop at the island bookstore. Of the books purchased by the president were two new books: The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell and:

Rodin's debutante: a novel by Ward Just

The President also brought along three other books with him:

Same Place, More Space

Same place, more space: 50 projects to maximize every room in the house by Karl Champley, with Karen Kelly ; illustrations by Arthur Mount

You may recognize author Karl Champley from DIY Network's Wasted Spaces, and fans of that show will find similar ideas in this book. In addition to ideas for taking advantage of unused storage space, this book goes further, offering how-tos for rearranging floor plans and uses of space to get the most out of your home. Included here are instructions and diagrams for multi-use furniture, use-specific remodeling, and lots more.

Starkweather Bookclub Pick: The Burn Journals

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant a couple years ago. The book club was such a success we decided to continue meeting.

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon — Presents the true story of Brent Runyon who at fourteen set himself on fire and sustained burns over eighty percent of his body, and describes the months of physical and mental rehabilitation that followed as he attempted to pull his life together.

Seeing Trees

Seeing trees: discover the extraordinary secrets of everyday trees by Nancy Ross Hugo ; photography by Robert Llewellyn

Trees are all around us, but how often do we really look at them? This book takes a VERY close look and includes stunningly detailed photographs of trees and their constituent parts. Once you've looked through this book, every walk through your neighborhood will be an opportunity to notice these incredible details. Check out the video preview for a sneak peek.