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A decade ago on this day August 6, 2009, John Hughes passed away suddenly after suffering a fatal heart attack while on a walk in New York City during a visit with family. He was just 59 years old. Born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in Grosse Pointe, Hughes began his career as an author of humorous essays and stories for the National Lampoon. He wrote and directed some of the funniest and most iconic movies capturing suburban teenage life in the 1980s and 1990s. Many of those films, now considered classics, would also launch careers of actors including Michael Keaton and members of the Brat Pack group. These films made a huge impression on our generation and in popular culture back then. And they're still relevant today. Enjoy!

He allegedly wrote Ferris Bueller's Day Off in four days, Planes, Trains and Automobiles in three days, The Breakfast Club in two days, and Vacation in a week. He never went to film school or studied cinema. And he spent most of his incredible career in the Midwest, far from the Hollywood Hills. John Hughes was indeed one of the most prolific and successful filmmakers in Hollywood history. He helped launch the careers of Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Macaulay Culkin, and Judd Nelson. He made John Candy a household name. In this first illustrated tribute to the legendary filmmaker, author Kirk Honeycutt offers a behind-the-scenes look at the genius that was John Hughes--from his humble beginnings in direct mail to his blockbuster success with classics like Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, and Home Alone. Honeycutt also explores the darker side of John Hughes: his extreme sensitivity, his stormy professional relationships, and the devastation Hughes experienced after the death of his closest friend, John Candy. Featuring fresh interviews with Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Steve Martin, and Jon Cryer, and a foreword from Home Alone director Chris Columbus, this is the must-read for fans of John Hughes.

John Hughes wrote and directed this quintessential 1980s high school drama featuring the hottest young stars of the decade. Trapped in a day-long Saturday detention in a prison-like school library are Claire, the princess (Molly Ringwald); Andrew, the jock (Emilio Estevez); John, the criminal (Judd Nelson); Brian, the brain (Anthony Michael Hall); and Allison, the basket case (Ally Sheedy). These five strangers begin the day with nothing in common, each bound to his/her place in the high school caste system. Yet the students bond together when faced with the villainous principal (Paul Gleason), and they realize that they have more in common than they may think, including a contempt for adult society. "When you grow up, your heart dies," Allison proclaims in one of the film's many scenes of soul-searching, and, judging from the adults depicted in the film, the teen audience may very well agree. Released in a decade overflowing with derivative teen films, The Breakfast Club has developed an almost cult-like status.

JobNow

Canton Public Library is excited to announce JobNow by Brainfuse – anytime, anywhere job searching assistance and career guidance! Identify the next step in your career, strengthen your workplace skills, or get expert resume feedback and coaching to help you ace the interview with live coaching from 2-11PM, 7 days a week. 

JobNow offers a personalized resume review and job interview coaching, career assessments, resume templates and so much more. No matter what time of day, JobNow provides a full suite of tools to help you pursue your dream job. For lifelong learners, the Brainfuse's Adult Learning Center (part of HelpNow) provides resources to improve computer skills, take equivalency exams, and make sure nothing can get in the way of living your best life. JobNow and HelpNow are available from CPL public computers, and remotely with your Canton Public Library card.

 

Brainfuse HelpNow

Canton Public Library is excited to announce HelpNow by Brainfuse – anytime, anywhere learning and test preparation support! HelpNow provides a full suite of tools for all learning styles, including live help from 2-11PM, 7 days a week to help patrons of all ages and levels. 

HelpNow offers a personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies), including SAT preparation and a writing lab. Master skills and concepts to thrive in school, ace the test, or collaborate with tutors to create your own study tools. For lifelong learners, the Adult Learning Center provides resources for improving computer skills, taking equivalency exams, and getting feedback on your resume. HelpNow is available from CPL public computers, and remotely with your Canton Public Library card.

Our new Sensory Storytime Kits are here and ready to go! We designed them to make storytimes at home more enjoyable and accessible for young children of all abilities! Each multisensory kit has an engaging story with an accompanying CD, a sensory-friendly toy and manipulative especially helpful for visual or tactile little learners who may be on the Autism Spectrum or have other developmental delays. You can find our new Sensory Storytime Kits located in the Children's Library. Check one out today!

The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown. Although many of his friends suggest otherwise, he believes he has no choice but to be glum, until one day a new fish changes his mind with a kiss.

 

Did you miss our Pants Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own pant-astic storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

 

IF YOU'RE WEARING PANTS (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

If you’re wearing pants and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re wearing pants and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re wearing pants and you know it, and you really want to show it,

If you're wearing pants and you know it, clap your hands.

[continue with stomp your feet, peekaboo, shout hurray!]

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Hey Kids,

Sometimes it's hard to challenge expectations and pre-conceived notions to become who you are. Read on for many examples of people who defied stereotypes and limitations to be authentic. And don't forget to check out part 1 for even more great books about being yourself.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Boys do not cook, and girls cannot play sports--but in this book the pictures tell a different story.

This story imagines what it was like when Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass got together for a cup of tea and discussed their struggle for civil rights.

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Did you miss our Superhero Storytime at the Farmer's Market this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own super storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

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