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Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Book Club Choices: July 2013

Ten Books Every American Should Read...

Common sense by Thomas Paine

1776 by David McCullough

Founding brothers: the revolutionary generation by Joseph J. Ellis

The Declaration of Independence by illustrated and inscribed by Sam Fink

Animal farm by George Orwell ; preface by Russell Baker ; introduction by C.M. Woodhouse

1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm

The Star-Spangled Banner by Spier, Peter

Family Day at the Canton Mosque

Join the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs in
Building Bridges: Family Fun Day at the Canton Mosque

Please RSVP by June 20

Saturday June 22, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM at the Canton Mosque
40440 Palmer Rd. Canton, MI 48188

Free Admission, Interactive Activities, Food, Art, Sports

Join MCWS in their first active Family Day on June 22 — organized to foster dialog within our increasingly diverse communities. Families, adults, youth and children will be able to engage in team building activities and join conversations while enjoying great food, art displays and the company of the beautiful people around Canton.

Savvy Seniors June 2013

The May/June 2013 issue of Michigan Municipal League's The Review focuses on growing old in Michigan. Are communities ready to handle the growing number of older adult residents? Over half of Michigan's residents are now over the age of 50. How will the needs of young and old be balanced? Are they really that different?

"When Asia Was the World" by Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500; a time when Asia was dominant; by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers-the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture. Come join us on June 18 at 7:00 PM as he talks about When Asia Was the World. Earn your Back in Time badge by attending this informative look back in history. The book When Asia Was the World will be available for purchase and signing.

Heart Soul Detroit

Local authors Matt Lee and Jenny Risher present their lovely new book Heart Soul Detroit which contains insightful interviews and artistic photographs of famous Detroiters from James Hoffa to Jack White to Nick Lidstrom and 47 others. The authors will discuss how they compiled their list, did the interviews and took their project to completion. Books will be available for sale and will be signed by the authors. This promises to be a delightful evening of remembering and speculating on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM.

Author Talks at Nicola's Books

Detroit: an American autopsy by Charlie LeDuff.  Mr. LeDuff, a FOX2 television journalist, will discuss his book at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor on Thursday, February 14 at 7:00PM.

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.

Year 2012 Top Non-Fiction Books Picks

Our favorite reads this year from the Adult and Children/Tweens/Teens Librarians:

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo

We've got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson

The righteous mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain

Paris: a love story: a memoir by Kati Marton

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens ; foreword by Graydon Carter ; afterword by Carol Blue

Author Talk at Nicola's Books

Sacrilege: a thriller by S.J. Parris — On Monday, August 27 at 7:00 PM at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Dr. Darcy Lockman will talk about her challenging, yet fulfilling, journey to become a psychotherapist. She received her Ph.D at Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. She is currently a practicing psychotherapist in New York where she lives with her family.

Time was, Time is… July 2012

Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Queen Elizabeth celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, China is becoming a world power, and Andy Farrell creates his list of the greatest ever golfers.

The 100 greatest ever golfers by Andy Farrell

Walt Disney: a biography by Louise Krasniewicz

Monarchy. The complete series. Disc 1 [videodisc] by a production of Thirteen/WNET New York in association with Channel Four Television and Granada Video

Waking giant: America in the age of Jackson by David S. Reynolds

The Boxer Rebellion and the great game in China by David J. Silbey

Great Michigan Read 2012

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan.

Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.