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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

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 Journey Into 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.

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.

18th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay, & Poetry Contest

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. To commemorate this milestone in baseball history, the Detroit Tigers are sponsoring the 18th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. This contest is open to middle and high school students from the greater Detroit region. Students may enter the contest by submitting an original work of art, essay, or poem in honor of Jackie Robinson. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2013. For contest criteria and official entry forms, visit the Tigers Care Education Programs website.

Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

Conversations with myself by Nelson Mandela ; [foreword by Barack Obama]

Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Mandela, Nelson, 1918-

Mandela: a critical life by Tom Lodge

Playing the enemy: Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation by John Carlin

Young Mandela by David James Smith

Nelson Mandela: a biography by Martin Meredith

In his own words by Nelson Mandela ; edited by Kader Asmal, David Chidester, Wilmot James

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

John F. Kennedy Assassination 50th Anniversary

 John F. Kennedy, the 36th president of the United States was assassinated in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago this year. It was an unforgettable day for most Americans who grew up in the 1960s, leaving a lasting impression on many of them. "Where were you when you heard about President Kennedy's assassination?" would become a recurring question of the time.

John F. Kennedy on Film

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.  Check out some of the following documentaries for some historical perspective:

The Kennedy inauguration [videodisc]: January 20, 1961 by Films for the Humanities & Sciences ; NBC News ; NBC Universal, Inc

A tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy [videodisc]: 1962 televised tour by created and produced by CBS News ; proudly presented by Marshall Fields, the Field Museum

Cuban missile crisis [videodisc]: three men go to war

American Experience: JFK by Kennedy, John F

The Kennedy Half-Century by Kennedy, John F

JFK Remembered: 50 Years Later by Kennedy, John Fitzgerald

The Day Kennedy Died by Spacey, Kevin

Gettysburg Address Anniversary

On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his now-famous address to the troops at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Gettysburg. It is thought to be one of the greatest speeches in American history. Lincoln repeated the principles of equality as set forth in the constitution as well as the ideal of representative government for all and praised those fighting for those principles. These are concepts that have made our country the envy of the world today, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of this great speech with an exhibit in the east end of the library. Come see the beautiful silk panels depicting the Civil War and join us for some special programming.

New Documentaries on the Shelf

Manhunt— Boston bombers [videodisc] by a NOVA production ; produced and directed by Miles O'Brien

The search for Robert Johnson [videodisc]: the real story of the greatest folk blues guitar player that ever lived by produced and directed by Chris Hunt.

Treasures of New York [videodisc] by WLIW21 in association with WNET

Nureyev [videodisc]: a portrait by producer and director, Patricia Foy

Richard III [videodisc]: martyr or monster? by produced by Coda Publishing ; written and directed by Bob Carruthers

The waiting room [videodisc] by Docurama ; directed by Peter Nicks