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Coming of Age in America

The reality of our planet is we are an aging society. Soon over half the global population will be over the age of 50. This is unprecedented in human history. What will this mean to society? A new PBS documentary is in the works, Coming of Age in America. It will look at where we live, how we work, and what impact will this have on the world. Watch your local PBS station for broadcast times.

Biggest Loser - Buddy Shuh

You have made your commitment to Canton Township's 100 Days to Health. Biggest Loser Contestant, Buddy Shuh shares the triumph of losing 163 pounds while overcoming the grief of losing his baby daughter. Buddy's spiritual journey is told in his book, The Story of Bella. Buddy will be speaking as well as selling and signing copies on Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 PM.

Helen Milliken Former Michigan First Lady Dies

Former First Lady of Michigan, Helen Wallbank Milliken died today. Wife of Michigan's longest-serving governor, William Milliken, Helen Milliken was a strong advocate of women's rights and environmental issues. In a 2006 interview by the Associated Press she said, "Nobody ever saw anybody burn a bra; they're too expensive, but the myth has survived. There have been excesses, but the goal has always remained the same: equal opportunity for women." Ms. Milliken is survived by her husband, William and son, William, Jr.

Beloved Weatherman Sonny Eliot dies

The Metro Detroit area lost a legend this morning with the passing of 91 year old Sonny Eliot (born Marvin Schlossberg). Sonny began his broadcast career an incredible 60 years ago with his weekly "At the Zoo" program. He went on to become a staple in our homes doing his nightly weather forecasts, which were sprinkled with much humor. We all remember phrases like "ha ho hum" weather meaning hazy, hot and humid.

Stay Safe - Avoid Identity Theft

'Tis the season of good will, families, shopping and scam artists!  Sergeant Pat Sullivan of the Canton Public Safety Department, will share ways to avoid identity theft, especially during this busy holiday shopping season.  He will also discuss how to "Take Charge" if it does happen to you.
Join us for this important evening on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.

Portraits of Service with Robert H. Miller

Portraits of Service is a moving, emotional book by local author Robert H. Miller.  It is also an award-winning record of the stories and faces of veterans of many different wars.  In 2012, it was awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year.  Miller is currently traveling the country and the world as his book is creating a stir worldwide.  Join us to celebrate our local veterans (some of whom are included in the book) on November 15 at 7:00 PM in the library's Community Room.  Bring your American pride and a hanky. 

Jean Merrill, Children's Book Author, Dies at 89

Merrill is best known for two popular children's books, The Pushcart War (1972) and The Toothpaste Millionaire (1972), but wrote more than 30 books and twelve movie scripts for animated adaptations of her work. A common theme in her stories is that of an underdog overcoming the constraints of the established social and economic order. Merrill grew up on a farm in upstate New York and preferred outdoor activities, such as building forts, sledding, collecting fossils, and climbing silos, to playing inside with manufactured toys and being watched by adults. She died of cancer at her home in Vermont on August 2, 2012.

The pushcart war by Jean Merrill ; with illustrations by Ronni Solbert

Ron Palillo 1949-2012

Ron Palillo, an actor whose signature role was Arnold Horshack in the 1970s TV sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died at 63. Palillo died of a heart attack in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. His work also includes a performance as the voice of the Ordinary Guy in the children's animated film Darkwing duck.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

David Rakoff 1964-2012

David Rakoff passed away Thursday at the age of 47 after a long illness. The Canadian born writer was a journalist, actor, and broadcast talent for public radio. However, he is perhaps best known for his humorous essays. During his too-short career he wrote for Newsweek and The New York Times in addition to publishing several books including Don’t Get Too Comfortable and Half Empty. Doubleday plans to publish his final work next year, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die; Cherish, Perish.

Sally Ride

Sally Kristen Ride was a physicist and a former NASA astronaut. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman to enter space as a crew member on space shuttle Challenger for STS-7. Her second space flight was in 1984, also on board the Challenger. Her post-NASA years were spent at Stanford University and University of California, San Diego. She holds the distinction of being the only person on both the Challenger and Columbia disaster commissions. She founded Sally Ride Science, a company that creates entertaining science programs and publications for upper elementary and middle school students. Ride authored many books on space aimed at children. Sally Ride died on July 23, 2012 at the age of 61.

Author Stephen R. Covey, 1932-2012

Author Dr. Stephen R. Covey has passed away at the age of 79. His most well-known book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, has sold over 20 million copies, spawned a number of related books and has been named “the Most Influential Business Book of the Twentieth Century”. The management expert and cofounder of FranklinCovey was one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans” in 1996. His most recent book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life's Most Difficult Problems, outlines effective methods for conflict resolution at work, in school, or elsewhere in society.

Crazy Weather

According to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center's State of the Climate: National Overview June 2012 Report the last 12 months have been the warmest on record for the mainland United States. Although alarming, this does not come as a surprise to most people with the extremely high temperatures experienced over the last several weeks. But what is going on? To help you understand this crazy weather, you may want to check out CPL resources on climate change and in particular:

Waking the giant: how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes by Bill McGuire

Andy Griffith 1926-2012

Actor Andrew Samuel 'Andy' Griffith (June 1, 1926-July 3, 2012) died today at his Dare County, North Carolina home. Most fans will remember him as television icon, Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show or lawyer Ben Matlock in Matlock. Before television, though, there were screen performances such as his chilling performance in A Face in the Crowd as malevolent drifter 'Lonesome' Rhodes, a country singer who rises to fame as a television performer/singer. In 1997, Griffith won a Grammy for Best Southern Country, Bluegrass and Gospel Album, and in 2007 was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Lonesome George, Galapagos Island Conservation Icon, 19?? to 2012

Lonesome George: Lonesome George died Sunday afternoonAccording to a statement by the Galapagos National Park Service, the last surviving Pinta Giant Tortoise has passed away, making the subspecies extinct.  The age of "Lonesome George" was estimated at least 100 years.   The cause of George's death is unknown, though advanced age is not likely: the 5-foot, 200-lb tortoise was expected to live well over 200 years.

Drills This Week

Emergency evacuation drills have been scheduled at the library this week. All patrons will be required to participate in these drills, so be prepared to quickly collect your valuables and exit the building. Safety drills are necessary to keep our staff familiar with proper procedure in the event of real emergencies. Thanks in advance for your cooperation and patience.

Leo Dillon, 1933-2012

Leo Dillon, award-winning illustrator, has passed away at the age of 79. Working in collaboration with his wife Diane, Dillon illustrated numerous picture books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winners Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Ears and Ashanti To Zulu: African Traditions. The Dillons also created illustrations for the Madeleine L'Engle novels A Wrinkle In Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Leo and Diane Dillon were also famous for their cover artwork for adult science fiction novels, winning the Hugo Award in 1971 for Best Professional Artist.

Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak, children's book author and illustrator, has passed away at the age of 83. Best known for his Caldecott Medal-winning book Where The Wild Things Are, which was also adapted into a major motion picture in 2009, Sendak wrote and illustrated many other well-known books in his 60-year career, including Outside Over There and In The Night Kitchen.

Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Adam Yauch, also known as MCA, died at the age of 47 after a long battle with cancer. He was one of the founding members of the hip-hop trio Beastie Boys and had been undergoing treatment since his diagnosis in 2009. In April the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but sadly Yauch’s illness prevented him from attending the ceremony. His treatment also delayed the release of the group’s latest album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2. As a practicing Buddhist he became heavily involved in the free Tibet movement. He is survived by his parents, wife and daughter.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Older Americans Month 2012

May is Older Americans Month and this year's theme is Never Too Old to Play. Canton Public Library offers several opportunities to play in May. On Thursday, May 3 view the new documentary Honor Flight Michigan. Travel with a group of Michigan's World War II veterans to Washington, DC, visit the National World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, and catch up with old war buddies. The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Wednesday, May 23 to discuss the 2012 Everyone's Reading selection, Lethal by Sandra Brown and on Thursday, May 24 sing along with former New Christy Minstrels member, Jackie Davidson and her partner, Gary Brandt as they sing the good old songs again.

Dick Clark 1929-2012

American icon Dick Clark died Wednesday from a massive heart attack.  Nicknamed "America's oldest teenager", Clark was best known for hosting American Bandstand. His successful production company was responsible for many other famous television shows like $25,000 Pyramid and TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. Dick Clark was the most famous host of the annual New Year's Rockin Eve program with millions tuning in each December 31st to watch him ring in the new year.