History

12 Years a Slave

Set in the antebellum United States, the new film 12 Years a Slave is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, and Brad Pitt. For more reading:

The classic slave narratives by edited and with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

Bullwhip days

Celia, a slave by Melton A. McLaurin

Harriet Jacobs: a life by Jean Fagan Yellin

Monuments Men

A new film based on the book The Monuments Men will be in theaters this February. Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett, it tells the true story of a group of museum directors, architects, sculptors, and art lovers who were recruited into a special unit - dubbed "The Monuments Men" -  whose job it was to protect and recover art that had been looted by the Nazis. For more histories of stolen art, check out one of these titles:

Saving Italy: the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel

Rescuing da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe's great art: America and her allies recovered it by Robert M. Edsel ; forewords by Lynn H. Nicholas and Edmund P. Pillsbury

The forger's spell: a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century by Edward Dolnick

Top Ten Photo Preservation Mistakes

Presented by Priceless Photo Preservation of Ann Arbor, this is an interactive workshop that helps participants figure out the often confusing world of preserving their family photos, movies, videos, scrapbooks and slides. Among other things, you'll learn what digital formats to avoid, how commonly used scrapbooking items actually put your items in danger and how to digitize your mementos properly. Participants are encouraged to bring photos, slides and similar family memorabilia for personal evaluations and consultations with PPP partners Rob Hoffman and Hanna Primeau.
This program will take place on Wednesday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Detroit Association of Black Storytellers Present: Vickie Slaughter

Join us on February 27 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we celebrate Black History Month and welcome storyteller Vickie Slaughter from the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers.  Ms Slaughter will be weaving tales of African lands, trickster animals and African American heroes.  Listen and enjoy!

Meet "Annie's Ghosts" Author Steve Luxenberg

Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts: A JourneyInto a Family's Secret the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read will speak on Thursday, January 30 from 1:15–2:15 PM at Schoolcraft Community College's VisTaTech Center, VT 550.

Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mother's reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ‘40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: March 27, 2014

March 27    

Detroit: an American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to Detroit's fate, his family's, and his own. Detroit has gone through good times, 'the Arsenal of Democracy' and bad times and right now everyone's wondering what its' fate will be.

What We're Reading: December 2013

Books the Canton Public Library staff are reading and believe deserve a moment in the spotlight - fiction, non-fiction, old and new:

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

No escape by Mary Burton

The particular sadness of lemon cake: a novel by Aimee Bender

The system: the glory and scandal of big-time college football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: January 23, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Thursday, January 23  in Group Study Room A. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required. This month we are discussing Annie's Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg, Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read selection.

Annie's Ghosts: a Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg.  As his mother lays dying, Steve Luxenberg learns a family secret.  The mother he thought was an only child, had an older sister.  A sister who had been declared insane and placed in Eloise Hospital, Wayne, Michigan. With his family's reluctant consent, Steve Luxenberg unravels the secret.

Year 2013 Top Non-Fiction Picks

Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 non-fiction read(s), a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman

Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright

Junius and Albert's adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War odyssey by Peter Carlson

One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

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