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History of Journalism

May 3 has been designated as World Press Freedom Day in recognition of a "free, pluralistic and independent press" and its essential part of a democratic society. Indeed, the purpose of journalism, said Chicago newspaper columnist Peter Finley Dunne in the early 1900s, is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Although modern journalists have often been the targets of severe criticism, it is also true that throughout the centuries, and even today, journalism has been a force for making America a better place to live.

Joan of Arc

The 600th year celebration of the birth of Joan of Arc is being celebrated in 2012. Born in France in 1412, she is considered a national heroine and one of the country's patron saints. Nicknamed the "Maid of Orleans", she was a peasant girl who claimed divine guidance when leading the French army to several significant victories during the Hundred Year's War. Captured by the enemy, she was tried for heresy and burned at the stake when she was only 19. Twenty five years later the pope cleared her name and declared her a martyr. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized in 1920.

Joan of Arc: a Penguin life by Mary Gordon

Honor Flight Michigan - The Legacy Project

Join us in honoring the Legacy of Michigan's World War II heroes and Honor Flight Michigan who provided their trips of a lifetime. The family-friendly documentary will tug at your heart and make you swell with pride for our fathers and grandfathers, a generation of heroes. Please bring Dad or Grandpa along on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM to watch this documentary, hear stories from the people who created the organization and the veterans who lived it.

Family History

Do you know anything about your family history?  For example, many families have  descendants that came to America through Ellis Island in New York. April 17 is "Ellis Island Family History Day." More immigrants were processed on this day in 1907, than any other day in history. The statue of liberty was the first glimpse of America for millions of immigrants. Ellis island has a unique and interesting history as America's immigration station with a lot of family history to offer.

Book and Author Luncheon

Kevin Boyle, historian and author of Arc of Justice, will be appearing at Fox Hills' banquet center on Tuesday, May 29 at Noon for the 26th annual Friends of the Library Plymouth-Canton-Northville-Novi Book and Author Luncheon.

Reserve your seats, which are available using this request form, starting April 15.

Titanic's 100th Anniversary

April 15, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the luxury liner RMS Titanic. The largest ship afloat in the world at the time — and widely believed to be "unsinkable" — the Titanic left Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City on April 10. Four days later, the ship collided with an iceberg late in the evening of April 14, and sank in the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 2:20 in the morning of the 15th.

Before We Celebrate, Let Us Commemorate

For the past few years, the Canton Public Library has held a donation drive to commemorate Memorial Day by helping service men and women. Once again we will be collecting donations, this year for the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor , but there are many other rewarding ways to observe Memorial Day, including:
  • Visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes
  • Visiting war memorials
  • Flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon
  • Participating in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of the day
  • Attending a parade
  • Watching a patriotic movie or reading a patriotic book
Check out websites like [White House] Joining Forces, where you can actually send a message of thanks to a military family and get other ideas for showing appreciation. Also, be sure to visit the library's displays on Memorial Day and the history behind some of our military traditions.

Memorial Day Supply Drive to Benefit Veterans

Before we celebrate Memorial Day, let's commemorate. Please help CPL as we collect items to be donated to the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor for distribution to homeless veterans. Donations will be appreciatively accepted beginning Thursday, May 10 through Thursday, May 31 at the Reception Desk.
Suggested donations include:
  • Rolls of Lifesavers (or other hard candy)
  • Rice Krispies bars (or granola bars, etc.)
  • Plastic utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Napkins
  • Ritz snack mix (or other trail mix)
  • Easy-open cans of tuna, chicken or other meats
Other general requests include $5-10 gift cards to Wendy's or McDonald's; cans of coffee (regular or decaf); prepaid telephone calling cards; new crossword puzzles and word search books.

1940 Census Information Now Available

The 1940 Census was released to the public this morning by the National Archives. Originally taken in April, 1940, the information is now available for the first time after a mandatory 72-year waiting period. The Federal government requires that a census is to be taken every ten years so that the apportionment of members of the House of Representatives can be accurately determined.

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.

Celebrating Extraordinary Women Throughout History

Marie Curie. Eleanor Roosevelt. Susan B. Anthony. Elizabeth I of England. Florence Nightingale. These remarkable women are well known to most of us, but there are many others in history just as remarkable whose names may not be as recognizable. In honor of Women's History Month we should all make some time to learn about them by reading some of the many biographies to found in the library's collection:

Bella Abzug: how one tough broad from the Bronx fought Jim Crow and Joe McCarthy, pissed off Jimmy Carter, battled for the rights of women and workers, rallied against war and for the planet, and shook up politics along the way: an oral history by Suzanne Braun Levine and Mary Thom — Bella Abzug, American lawyer, congresswoman and social activist

Jane Addams and the dream of American democracy: a life by Jean Bethke Elshtain — Jane Addams, American social reformer, suffrage leader and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Anna of all the Russias: the life of Anna Akhmatova by Elaine Feinstein — Anna Akhmatova, Influential Russian poet

Blame it on the Moon?

Next month on April 14th, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic. It was one of the 20th century's worst disasters that claimed over 1500 lives. On that night, Titanic was speeding towards New York Harbor to arrive a day early. The icy North Atlantic sea was calm making icebergs harder to spot and the collision was inevitable. So, why blame the moon? The moon was in rare alignment with the sun and those influences produced abnormally high tides which caused glaciers in Greenland to break and float into shipping waters. Intrigued? Stop by our Titanic display, or read more at the Discovery Channel site, or look at library's copy of the April issue of Sky & Telescope.

Target Family Reading: St. Patrick's Day Fun

Children, ages 4-9 with a caregiver, join us Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00-8:00 PM to celebrate all things green. We will sing some festive songs, share some lucky tales, create some golden crafts and enjoy some green treats. This St. Patrick's Day themed program is supported by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library and each family will receive a special St. Patrick's Day book to add to your home collection. Registration begins Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

Reliable George

George did it by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain ; illustrated by Larry Day — Do you ever get nervous about a big job you have been asked to do? George Washington did. Americans wanted George to be the first President of the United States, and George didn't want to do it. He was nervous about this huge job and all that it entailed. But George was a humble and reliable man, and he put aside his own feelings to help his new country when they needed him. A true hero, George Washington's birthday is on February 22.

89 Years Ago

On February 16th in 1923, Howard Carter, an English archaeologist entered the tomb of King Tutankhamen (know to most as King Tut). Inside the tomb was a coffin made of gold containing the mummified body of King Tut. Despite the rumors that a curse would betide anyone who disturbed the tomb, all the treasure found inside were cataloged and removed. These treasures can been seen in the traveling exhibit, "Treasure of Tutankhamen".