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December Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please be prompt!

Choosing the Right eReader

We Love eReaders Ready to make the leap into the world of eBooks, but not sure how to choose the right one for you? Join us for one of our two sessions to learn more about the current world of eBooks and eReaders, what features are common in today's eReader market, and the difference between popular models and brands. We'll also talk a bit about how the Library can help you make the most of your eReader.
Registration required!

December Creatapillars!

caterpillarAre you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 5 to 9 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our next program will meet on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Registration begins Monday, November 25, 2013.


[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

iPad Minis Available to Check Out

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, starting December 1 we will have 11 iPad Mini eReaders to check out (for Canton/Plymouth residents only). Besides a few preloaded classics and apps, each eReader has the Overdrive app which allows you to download your favorite library ebooks. An iPad Mini checks out for 3 weeks (and, yes, you can renew it if no one else is on hold), but you must return it to a staffed desk, and it's $5 per day overdue (so remember to return it on time).

Games Kids Play: Enhancing Language and Literacy Development through Games

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Dr. Lauren Katz and Dr. Joanne Pierson of the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute (3LI - www.3-li.org) will discuss the role that everyday board and card games, including some of the classics, play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. Drs. Katz and Pierson, speech-language pathologists with advanced degrees in education and a specialty in dyslexia, will highlight games for preschoolers to young adults that the family can enjoy together while supporting and building skills in vocabulary, memory, social language, comprehension, reading, and spelling. So come in on December 11 from 7:00-8:00 PM and get great ideas to round out your holiday shopping list!

Starfish Family Services: Let's Pretend

On December 17, from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Pretend. Participants will identify and use everyday elements and strategies for supporting pretend play with their children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, December 14 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers December Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion December 2013

Happy Holidays!  Our next book discussion is Thursday, January 23, 2014 and we'll be discussing Steve Luxenberg's ANNIE'S GHOST.  Copies will be available for pickup beginning Friday, December 20.  Ask for it at the Adult Help Desk. 

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion December 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, December 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

A walk across the sun: a novel by Corban Addison — Teen-age sisters Ahalya and Sita are left orphaned after a tsunami destroys their coastal town. Destitute and alone, they plan to seek refuge in a convent miles away. A driver agrees to take them, but instead he sells the girls to human traffickers. On the other side of the world, Washington lawyer Thomas Clarke takes a sabbatical to escape his own heartache. He volunteers at an international anti-trafficking group in India where he meets Ahalya and Sita and makes it his personal mission to save them.

Adult Writers' Group December 2013

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 7.

A Holiday in the Islands Concert

Looking forward to the holidays, but already weary of the cold? We have the solution and something for everyone. Enjoy the amazing Gratitude Steel Band as they present "A Holiday in the Islands Concert" on Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM. Chaz and his band, a product of Trinidad and Tobago, will perform fun music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. You won't be able to sit still through this upbeat performance.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering of Monday, December 9 at 7 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of most months in the library community room. You must be 10 to 99 years old. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. See you December 22 at 1:00 PM.

If You Like Legal Thrillers

Prime witness by Steve Martini

The Lincoln lawyer: a novel by Michael Connelly

Running from the law by Lisa Scottoline

The fifth assassin by Brad Meltzer

The cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Food from All Over the World

New and delightful cookbooks and memoirs highlighting cuisines from many cultures.

Mastering the art of Soviet cooking: a memoir of love and longing by Anya von Bremzen — This witty memoir captures the feasts and famines of three generations of Russian women.


Japanese soul cooking: ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat ; photography by Todd Coleman — Comfort food Japanese-style.


Mastering the art of French eating: lessons in food and love from a year in Paris by Ann Mah — When her diplomat husband is assigned to Paris, Ann plots gastronomic adventures à deux. But when he is called to Iraq on a year-long post, Ann must stay alone in the City of Light.


Notes from the larder: a kitchen diary with recipes by Nigel Slater ; photographs by Jonathan Lovekin — British food writer Slater muses on a year in the kitchen--including a personal selection of simple and seasonal recipes.

Flu Clinic + Medicare Part D Answers

Our partners at Walgreens are giving us all one last chance to get our flu shots before we gather with family and friends for the holidays. Let's all be healthy and enjoy our time with loved ones. Also, the Medicare deadline looms on December 7 and you still may have a few questions. The trained professionals at Walgreens have the answers. So, bring your family for flu shots (free with most insurance cards) and your questions regarding Medicare Part D on Wednesday, December 4 at 2:30 in the library Purple Room.

Savvy Seniors: November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregiving Month and a great time to think about how you can fit exercise into your busy schedule! Being active has many benefits for caregivers including increasing your energy level; maintaining and improving your physical strength and fitness; and managing and preventing chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Check out these resources for caregivers on Go4Life:

Caregivers and Exercise--Take Time for Yourself

Helping Older Family Members Become More Active

Helping People with Alzheimer's Disease Stay Physically Active


(Source: National Institute of Health)

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.