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The Steins Collect

The Steins collect : Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian avant-garde by edited by Janet Bishop, Cécile Debray, and Rebecca Rabinow — Marvelous, inspiring and accessible book for anyone interested in the birth of modern art. This book accompanies a traveling exhibition on the art and collecting of the Stein family: brothers Leo and Michael Stein, sister and writer Gertrude and Michael's wife, Sarah. As American expatriates living in Paris during the first decade of the twentieth century, the Steins supported and promoted avant-garde painting with Leo and Gertrude supporting Pablo Picasso's work and Sarah and Michael behind Henri Matisse.

National Book Festival

If you weren't able to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 24-25, videos of the event including authors' talks are now available. Historian and author David McCullough appeared at the 2011 National Book Festival, as did Sylvia Nasar, Cassandra Clare, Wally Amos, Sara Paretsky, and more.

Discover Your Inner Guitar Hero

Do you have a little Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton in your blood? The pros from Axis Music Academy will help you discover your inner guitar talents on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM. Tweens, teens and adults will listen to a little music, learn about guitars and give it a try themselves. Should be lots of fun!

Discover Your Inner Guitar Hero

Do you have a little Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton hiding in you? The pros from Axis Music Academy will help you discover your hidden talents on Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Come give it a try — you may be amazed how quickly you can pick it up and start making music.

The Paint Creek Boys Visit!

Do you like Ricky Skaggs or Allison Krauss? Then you'll love the music of Ron and Don Whitaker, aka The Paint Creek Boys. Join us on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for a free concert of bluegrass, country and gospel music. We'll tap our toes and clap our hands while Ron and Don do the pickin' and grinnin'.

ZooZical a Musical Story

Have you ever wondered what zoo animals do when the visitors go home? Do they go to sleep, eat lots of food, play games? Well the zoo animals of ZooZical decide to put on a musical after all their visitors go home. In their musical, they sing some classic songs, but in a new, zooified way. Check out ZooZical, and enjoy they amazing talents of the giraffes, lions, kangaroos and one very special hippo.

This may even inspire you to read about more talented animals!

Fall into Autumn with Music

Here are some great kids cd's that you can play while you jump into the pile of leaves.

John McCutcheon's four seasons [sound recording]: autumnsongs by McCutcheon, John

Cartime [sound recording]

Sara Jordan presents celebrate seasons [sound recording] by Sara Jordan; composed by Sara Jordan, Mark Shannon

Ruins of Detroit

The ruins of Detroit by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre; with essays by Robert Polidori and Thomas J. Sugrue; [translations by Sébastien de Villèle] Over the past generation Detroit has suffered economically and its urban decay is now glaringly apparent. The authors have documented this disintegration, showcasing with amazing photograhs structures that were formerly a source of civic pride.

Final Days to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Program passes will be available until September 23, 2011 to check out. Museums will accept passes until September 30, 2011.

The 2012 program will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

CPL Quilt Group

On Wednesday, September 7, Grace will be talking about Red Work. Grace is very knowledgeable about many areas of quilting and we expect this to be an informative discussion with many examples of her fine work. Join us at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Post-its Aren't Just for Notes Anymore

There is a war going on in Paris. It is known as La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it war). Office workers around the city are devoting large chunks of their day to outdoing neighboring offices' Post-it Note art displays. For some great photos, and more information, check out the Post-it War website and this NPR story.
[Image from Post-it War website]

Commemorating 9/11

A phrase often heard after the 9/11 tragedy was "we will never forget" and we certainly won't at the Canton Public Library. We have two events on Monday, September 12 to honor the 10th anniversary and those effected by the events of that day. First, at 9:00 AM in the front parking lot, we will witness a flag ceremony performed by the VVA 528 color guard. At 7:00 PM, we are pleased to welcome some of the members of the Michigan Philharmonic to perform some patriotic music. If anyone wishes to share memories or experiences of that day, please contact Marcia at 734-397-0999 x1079. God Bless America.

Music for Children Going Back to School

Hi Kids. If you are looking for some great music to get you in the mood to go back to school, look no further. We have great music CDs for all ages, from preschool to middle school, that will help you prepare for the new school year. Enjoy your first day!

2011 Manga Drawing Contest Winners

We had over 60 people enter our 2011 contest with some amazing, beautiful art! This year's theme was "World Cultures", and kudos to everyone who incorporated it into their drawings! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners for each age group and a few honorable mentions. Take a look at all of 2011 manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners:

5-6 Grade

1st Place — Daydreaming by sydney Jiang, grade 6

Manga Drawing Contest, World Cultures Edition

This year’s Manga Drawing Contest theme is "world cultures". For a chance to win great prizes, visit the entry form and instructions. Last day to enter is July 31.

Adventures in Masks

Kids, have you ever seen a mask that made you laugh, or scared you, or made you think, "What is that?" Masks are a tradition in many cultures. They are used in ceremonies, for celebrations, or for decoration. Here's your chance to make your very own scary, funny or adventurous mask.

Who: Children, ages 5-9, with a caregiver
When: Monday, August 8, 1:00-1:45PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, July 25.

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph, a newly launched website, invites people to take a picture from the past and photograph it, merging it into the present. Some of the submissions are funny, some are sad, and some are just strange. The website reminds me a lot of a favorite book, PostSecret, where anonymous postcards revealing secrets were collected for all to read. Both are worth a look.

Jazz for Kids

Looking for some music to help the kids chill out on these very hot days? Try some Jazz. Cool Jazz for Kids and Disney Songs the Satchmo Way are just two of the great selections of Jazz for kids. Classic crooners like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists that will help your family beat the heat. More selections are available in the Children's Department. Stay cool!

Summer Flower Arranging

Summer flowers are in abundance right now. Come see floral designer Collette Bielat of Sparr's Florist (at 42510 Joy Road, Plymouth) share the secrets to a spectacular arrangement. See the dressier look for those summer bridal showers and the more casual BBQ picnic table look. Collette will take us through all the steps and a lucky winner or two will go home with the finished arrangements. Saturday, July 23 at 2:00PM — no registration is required.

Superfan Celebration


Want to see yourself in Shonen Jump magazine? Viz is giving fans a chance to send in cosplay photos, art, stories, even haiku (really, all kinds of stuff) to appear in their December issue. Check out the details of their superfan celebration.