Seniors

2021 Write Michigan Promotional Poster

The Canton Public Library is partnering with Kent District Library to present the tenth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew almost 1,000 Michigan writers last year.

Canton residents and writers of all ages are invited to enter beginning September 1, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language (12 and younger). Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes.

Stories can be submitted at writemichigan.org through Tuesday, November 30 at noon. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; current Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Those who enjoy reading stories are encouraged to sign up to be a volunteer story reviewer.

Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony in March and their story will be published in an anthology by Chapbook Press.

Show off your writing skills and visit writemichigan.org for more details and to enter. 

Genealogy @ Your Library: FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org is a free searchable genealogical resource sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In addition to having billions of searchable records, it also has a vast amount of educational information regarding genealogy.  Join us as we explore this free family history treasure trove.

No registration is necessary.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Below are the titles that the Senior Book Group will be reading in September, October, November, and December of this year.

September

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Senior Book Group: October

The Senior Book Group will again be meeting in person on Thursday, October 28 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Friends' Activity Room to discuss Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge.

Libertie : a novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her mother, a physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie will go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie feels stifled by her mother's choices and is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it--for herself and for generations to come.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 28 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, October 14, 2021

Lunch and a Book will again be meeting in person on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Friends Activity Room to discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. For those who prefer meeting via zoom, you can still opt to attend this meeting virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance.

Circe : a novel by Madeline Miller
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources. For those that plan on meeting in person simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends Activity Room.

Registration Required.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 14 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Circe by Madeline Miller Register

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, September 9, 2021

Beginning in September, Lunch and a Book will again be meeting in person on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Friends Activity Room to discuss What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha. For those who prefer meeting via zoom, you can still opt to attend this meeting virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

From the heroic pediatrician who rallied a community and brought the fight for justice to national attention comes a powerful firsthand account of the Flint water crisis--a dramatic story of failed democracy and inspiring citizen advocacy and action. In the heart of the world's wealthiest nation, one hundred thousand people were poisoned by the water supply for two years--with the knowing complicity of their government. Written by the crusading pediatrician who helped turn the crisis into a transformative movement for change, What the Eyes Don't See is a devastating insider chronicle of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Here is the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead, and how she courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash. With persistence and single-minded sense of mission, she spoke truth to power. The book explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. A medical and scientific thriller, What the Eyes Don't See grapples with our country's history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona--an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist--whose family roots in social justice activism buoyed her through the fight for justice in Flint. It captures a timely and essential story of how communities can come together to fight for social justice, even in opposition to their own governments.

If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources. For those that plan on meeting in person simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends Activity Room.

Registration Required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Creativebug Spotlight Program: Book Safe

Creativebug* boasts more than 1,000 arts and crafts videos and tutorials. In September, the library is happy to highlight one specific class for a grab-and-go kit: Book Safe. With step-by-step instructions provided by video, you will be able to create the perfect gift or ideal hiding spot for a beloved item.

Each kit will contain:

  1. Cutting tool/X-acto
  2. Glue brush
  3. Glue
  4. Straightedge ruler
  5. Hardcover book 

You will need to supply at home:

  1. Sandpaper (optional)
  • Registration for this grab-and-go kit will take place beginning Thursday, August 26, while supplies last.
  • Individuals will be notified via email when kits are ready. Kit pick-up will take place from September 13-18. 

 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the thousands of craft videos available on Creativebug to get started today.

 

*a CPL Library card is required in order to use Creativebug

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Canton Seniors Book Group September 2021

Beginning in September, the Senior Book Group will once again be meeting in person in the Friends' Activity Room. Join us on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 2:00PM as we discuss: 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Devices showing New York Times online

Read The New York Times from anywhere with your Canton Public Library card!

Enjoy digital access to current and historic NYT articles; customizable news alerts; multiple language options; and real-time market data and company research pages covering 11,000+ public and private companies.

Here's how:

1. Click on this link.
2. Enter your Canton Public Library card number and PIN.
3. Follow the link on the page.
4.  Create a New York Times account*; if you already have one, click “Sign in”.
5. After signing in you will have unlimited access to The New York Times online for 24 hours.
6. To continue after 24 hours is up, click on the link above in step 1 and sign in again with your NYTimes.com account. (We recommend bookmarking this page!)

*Review the NYT Privacy Policy here.

Sharing login info with unauthorized users is a violation of our terms and agreement for both newspapers, and could result in cancellation of services. 

 

Read The Wall Street Journal from anywhere with your Canton Public Library card!

Enjoy digital access to U.S. and international print content; the WSJ Magazine; profiles, financials, research and ratings of thousands of companies; and U.S., Asia, Europe, India, China, and Japan editions.

Here's how: 

1. Click on this link.
2. Enter your Canton Public Library card number and PIN.
3. Follow the link on the page.
4.  Create a Wall Street Journal account*; if you already have one, click “Sign in”.
5. After signing in you will have unlimited access to the Wall Street Journal online for 3 days.
6. After your three days is up, click on the link above in step 1 and sign in again with your Wall Street Journal account. (We recommend bookmarking this page!)

Review the WSJ Privacy Policy here.

Sharing login info with unauthorized users is a violation of our terms and agreement for both newspapers, and could result in cancellation of services. 

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