Check out our wide selection of materials including books, videos, CD’s and cassette tapes noting the achievements and notable moments in history of those of African descent. Let’s celebrate Black History Month together here at your Canton Public Library!
(image from Kevin Fell at HOZA)
Note: This event has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.Kick off Black History Month by reminiscing about Motown greats, such as the Temptations, the Supremes, the Miracles and Smokey Robinson and many more. It was an era of unique Detroit sound shared around the country. Lina Stephens, chief curator of the Motown Museum, shares the history, the personal stories and music with us.
No registration is needed
A call to remember notable events, especially surprise attacks and disasters, is a well-known trope in the cultural memory. As George Santayana quipped, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." So, in case you have forgotten, here are some resources for remembrance of things past:
Remember the Alamo
The Alamo: a cultural history by Frank Thompson
The Alamo [videodisc] by The History Channel
Remember the Maine
How the battleship Maine was destoyed by H.g. Rickover
Why does e=mc2: (and why should we care?) by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
Saturday, January 15 would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 82nd birthday. We celebrate his life, his message, and the spirit of the Civil Rights movement on the third Monday of every January. For some, this means a day off of work or school; for many others it's a day of community service (Find volunteer opportunities on the All for Good site). Whether you choose to serve, attend special community events, or simply reflect, Canton Public Library has useful resources for you:
Martin Luther King — Books
Behind the dream: the making of the speech that transformed a nation by Clarence B. Jones and Stuart Connelly
What would Martin say? by Clarence B. Jones and Joel Engel
Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.
Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore
The lady in the tower : the fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
The comforts of home : thrifty and chic decorating ideas for making the most of what you have by Caroline Clifton- Mogg
Lives like loaded guns : Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon
Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.
Manhunt : the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson
Krakatoa : the day the world exploded, August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
Triangle : the fire that changed America by David Von Drehle
Tuesday, December 7th, 7:00-8:30PM at Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100 (use Diag entrance) — 913 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
Blaine Pardoe, author of Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars
Pardoe tells the complex story of Frederick Zinn, a man who brought peace and closure to countless families who lost airmen during both world wars. Zinn created the techniques still in use to determine the final fate of airmen missing in action. The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing, courtesy of Nicola’s Books.
Pardoe is an accomplished author who has published dozens of military fiction novels and other books, including the widely acclaimed Cubicle Warfare: Self-Defense Tactics for Today's Hypercompetitive Workplace.Part of the University of Michigan Press Author Series.
Gus, the pilgrim turkey by Teresa Bateman ; illustrated by Ellen Joy Sasaki
The Berenstain Bears' Thanksgiving by Stan & Jan Berenstain
An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott ; illustrated by James Bernardin
Teens and adults, please join us on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00PM. No registration required.
- We started out on the 3rd floor of Township Hall
- The card catalog was a piece of furniture
- To call someone in from lunch to help at the reference desk we rang a bell from the 3rd floor window
- We had a huge fly problem when we were in the old building and we were intimately acquainted with the "death dance" flies do
- All reference questions were answered from one reference desk
- Monday mornings the entire staff filed cards into the catalog
- On opening day, our staff numbered 9 people
- A large part of our opening day collection was discarded from the Wayne County General Hospital collection
- The night before we opened we worried that no one would come
- At the end of our first open day, there wasn't even 1 picture book left on the shelf
- The book drop was a long 3 floors down when the elevator wasn't working & books were hauled up the stairs in canvas bags
- Name badges looked like this
- A president visited the library
- It was big news when in 1990 we stopped charging rental fees for videos, compact discs, and new books
- In the late 80s there was a shortage of public librarians that really threatened our ability to offer the best customer service possible
- The library once had an assistant director [it was me!]
- My confirming letter
- The library has always been known for its strong customer service and was the front page feature of the July 1990 "Customer Service Report"
- Books received a due date stamp rather than a printed receipt
- Reference questions were answered from reference books rather than from the internet
- We maintained a Fugitive Fact file of reference questions which I believe morphed into what is now Google
- Old newspapers were viewed on microfilm rather than as digitized images on the web
- The library once had a LAN instead of internet databases
- Books were checked out with paper forms rather than on a PC
- Many of the best-selling authors of 30 years ago are still best-selling authors today
- Email didn't exist and we mostly ran around desk-to-desk when we needed to communicate with colleagues
- Phone messages were delivered on pink memo slips rather than via voicemail
- Students prepared reports using our typewriters rather than computers
- Students used the Readers' Guide To Periodical Literature to search for magazine articles
- Our library logo was once a tree
The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:
The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe
The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel
Exodus by Leon Uris
The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!
Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.
- Michigan Youth Theater
- Holocaust Memorial Center
- The Art Experience
- Detroit Children's Museum
- Huron Lightship
- Carnegie Center, Port Huron Main Museum
- Thomas Edison Depot Museum
- US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble
- Monroe County Historical Museum
- Cranbrook House and Gardens
- Ford Rouge Factory Tour
- Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
- Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Strategic PlanObjective (#3): The Canton Public Library will service the community by being a conduit for connections between residents and local groups, through the awareness of needs and opportunities.
Create a digital archive to connect the community
- Pursue partnerships within the community to establish the library as the digital repository for local historical and community information
- Develop plan for grant initiative to fund digital archive
- Review existing infrastructure
- Develop implementation plan
- Implement and evaluate plan
The PlanWe are presently digitizing Canton Public Library's history, using the experience of doing so to improve our workflow and interface. Soon we will pursue more community partnerships and digitize materials from outside the library.
If you have artifacts of possible historical significance to Canton communities, please contact Brad Czerniak, our Digital Resources Developer.
If you would like to assist with the Canton History project, learn more about volunteering at CPL, then contact Kathie Gladden, Volunteer Coordinator.
StandardsImages and Documents should be scanned at 600dpi whenever practical
- Images larger than 5"7" but smaller than the scanner's full tray may be scanned at 300dpi for speed and storage purposes
- Slides and other small-format images should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 2400dpi
- Images larger than the scanner tray may be scanned in multiple passes if the risk of damage to the original is negligible, but should also be photographed for contextual purposes
- Documents should generally be done at 600dpi to allow for Optical Character Recognition. Documents with type no smaller than 24-point may be scanned at 300dpi for speed and storage purposes
- Audio should be recorded at the highest practical bit rate given recording circumstances
- Video should be recorded at the highest practical resolution and bit rate given recording circumstances
- Objects should be photographed or otherwise recorded individually without added context in well-considered lighting at high resolution, per the camera's capabilities
Audio should be saved in the native lossless format of the recording device
Video should be saved in the native lossless format of the recording device
AcknowledgmentsSpecial thanks to the Canton Historical Society and Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for support in this continuing relationship.
Additionally, this project would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the 2010 CPL Summer Interns, Jared and Hilary.