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Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

We're looking for some special people to become part of the library catalog. Are you a religious leader in the Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jewish faiths? Are you a vegetarian, a policeman, an atheist, a gay/lesbian person, a U.S. military veteran, a rock recording artist, a published author or any other interesting or unusual person? If so, we want you.

The Canton Public Library is starting a Living Books program where patrons can check out "living books" (that would be YOU) for 30 minutes of face-to-face, one-on-one conversation. These interviews are intended to answer questions for the curious, satisfy special interests and beliefs and learn from others' experiences. With dialogue comes understanding - with understanding comes tolerance.

Angels, Demons, and the Illuminati

The soon-to-be featured film "Angels and Demons" portrays a fictional global struggle between the Catholic Church and a secret sinister society known as the Illuminati. But what exactly was the Illuminati in history or contemporary time? What are some theories of the dark agendas of these global organizations? Books that cover this group and/or topic and others similar to them are:
Circle of Intrigue: the Hidden Inner Circle of the Global Illuminati Conspiracy
Rule by Secrecy: the Hidden History that Connects the Trilateral Comission, the Freemasons and the Great Pyramids

Mother Teresa by Maya Gold

Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997), born Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun with Indian citizenship. Although she was born in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia today, Mother Teresa's family came from Shkoder, Albania her father was active in national politics and her mother was a devout Catholic. Mother Teresa has been quoted as saying: "By blood I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun.

Easter Reads

In "Evidence for the Resurrection",  bestselling author Josh McDowell and his son, Sean examine the gospel and 2000 years of Christian history, concluding that Christ conquered death in clear, concise and accessible chapters. 

St. Patrick's Day Reads

To know more about St. Patrick, try "Patrick, the Pilgrim Apostle of Ireland" or "The Steadfast Man, a Biography of St. Patrick". To know more about his influence on Ireland, see "The Voice of the Irish: the Story of Christian Ireland". For a DVD, try "Patrick" narrated by Liam Neeson. For interests in famous Irish, try "The Irish 100: A Ranking..".

Persepolis

An interesting DVD about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution is Persepolis, which was a 2007 Academy Award nominee for best animated feature. It is told from writer and director Marjane Satrapi's experience and point of view.

Lent: Orthodox Style

Lent is a season of fasting, spiritual and mental cleansing, and discipline. But how orthodox do the orthodox fast in these parts? Read this article from the Detroit Free Press to find out how. For a broader view of lenten festivities, see The Encyclopedia of Easter, Carnival and Lent in our library collection.

The Faith of Barack Obama

The Faith of Barack Obama explores the religious background of Barack Obama, examines his relationship with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and discusses how his beliefs shape his personal and political life. Read this book for an insight into our new president's ideals.  

Today is Tu B'Shevat, a Holiday that Celebrates Trees

tree plantingTu B'Shevat (Tu from "tet vav," the Hebrew numeral for 15; b' (of); and Shevat (the month), is a minor Jewish holiday that focuses on ecology and connections to the natural world. Almonds along with dried fruits such as dates, figs, raisins and carob are eaten at a Tu B'Shevat seder. Other activities include the planting of trees and the drinking of wine. For more, see this article.