History

Time Was… Time Is… September 2011

What do a fiery patriot, a queen, a bank robber, a scientist, and a composer have in common? They were all born in the month of September.

Samuel Adams: a life by Ira Stoll

Death and the Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I and the dark scandal that rocked the throne by Chris Skidmore

The love pirate and the bandit's son: murder, sin, and scandal in the shadow of Jesse James by Laura James

A life of discovery: Michael Faraday, giant of the scientific revolution by James Hamilton

George Gershwin: his life and work by Howard Pollack

Remembering 9/11

Join us on Monday, September 12 at 9:00 AM as the VVA Post 528 Color Guard raises the flag and at 7:00 PM for a musical tribute by the Michigan Philharmonic. Check out these books and dvds on display:

The 9/11 Commission report: the attack from planning to aftermath: authorized text by with an afterword by Philip Zelikow

Portraits 9/11/01: the collected "Portraits of grief" from The New York times by foreword by Howell Raines; introduction by Janny Scott

9-11: artists respond

9-11 by Noam Chomsky

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.

Time Marches On

History is full of days and years which have special meaning. 1492? Columbus discovered America. 1776? America declared its independence. 1929? The stock market crashed. We all learned about these significant dates in school. However, these are just some of the years in history worth remembering - for better or for worse. Check out the following list for more:

69 A.D.: the year of four emperors by Gwyn Morgan

The year 1000: what life was like at the turn of the first millennium: an Englishman's world by Robert Lacey, Danny Danziger

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: October 26, 2011

Canton Seniors Book Discussion group will meet on Wednesday, October 26 from 2:00-3:00p.m. in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. This month's reading selection is:
 
The devil in the white city: book jacketThe Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson.  Architect Daniel Hudson Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he and others transformed swampy Jackson Park into the White City for the World's Columbian Exposition 1893 in Chicago, while Henry H. Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths.

Copies of The Devil in the White City will be distributed on September 28 at the book discussion. Beginning September 29, ask for a copy of The Devil in the White City at the Adult Reference Desk.

The Amazing Dewey Race

Tweens and Teens, do you watch the Amazing Race on TV? Interested in embarking on your own adventure? Join us in the library for a race of your own. You will travel around the library and complete tasks from all around the world. Maybe you will be the one to conquer the Dewey Decimal System!

Who: Kids, Tweens and Teens, going into grades 4 & up
When: Friday, August 5, 1:00-2:30PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Friday, July 22

The National Jukebox

The Library of Congress recently unveiled a fantastic new site called the National Jukebox which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. Included are more than 10,000 recordings orginally made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925 that were originally issued on labels now owned by Sony Entertainment. Available selections come from several genres including classical, blues, ragtime, jazz, religious, spoken word and even yodeling and whistling! The database will be increased on a regular basis with contributions from other Sony-owned labels such as Columbia and Okeh.

What We're Reading: August, 2011

Book Club Choices: August 2011

Book groups: Tried Canton Public Library's Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books and a resource guide containing book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. For more information call the Adult Reference Desk at 734-397-0999 ext. 1180.

Cutting for Stone [kit]: a novel by Abraham Verghese

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn [kit] by Mark Twain; with an introduction by John Seelye; notes by Guy Cardwell

Case Histories: a novel [kit] by Kate Atkinson

Truth & Beauty: A Friendship [kit] by Ann Patchett

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