The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Heritage month. This month celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islanders' contributions to the history, culture, and achievements in the United States. Check out some of these newer titles in Youth, YA, and Adult materials featuring  Asian American and Pacific Islanders in their characters, authors, and illustrators. 

Youth Materials

Fatima's great outdoors by Ambreen Tariq

Excitedly joining her family for an outdoor camping trip in a Midwestern state park, Fatima Khazi helps set up a tent, build a fire, and fend off a daddy longlegs before settling down to sleep surrounded by the near-magical sounds of the forest

When you log in on the My Account page, you will be asked to enter a PIN. We've instituted PINs to help secure your account

Log in screen

Enter your library barcode, the 14-digit number on the back of your library card, in the first box, with no spaces.

Enter your PIN in the second box. Your default PIN is the 8-digit birthdate (mmddyyyy) associated with your account. For example, if your birthday is May 15, 1991, your PIN is 05151991.

A PIN is now required for self-service transactions

A Personal Identification Number (PIN) has been added to your library account.

Right now, your PIN is your 8-digit birthdate. For example, if you were born on December 10, 1851 like Melville Dewey, your PIN would be 12101851.

A PIN is needed for any self-service transaction, for example, on our website or using self-check, but not for any person-to-person transaction at the Check Out Desk.

You are welcome to leave your PIN the way we set it, but we encourage you to log in to your library account and modify it. Your PIN must have a minimum length of 7 digits and a maximum length of 13. Please avoid numbers with three repeating digits (for example, 1114570) or repeating number pairs (for example, 12121212).

In the future, if you forget your PIN you can select the “Forget your PIN?” link at the bottom of the login page, or call 734-397-0999 and we can reset it back to your birthdate for you.

If you’re wondering why PINs, or want some PIN suggestions, check out this post.

It's the day we're all waiting for...in a galaxy far, far away. Enter the world of Jedis, Sith, Rebels, Mandalorians, and Yodas of all ages! Here are some quick links and library materials to help you celebrate this annual tradition.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

  • Official Star Wars Day website - Head here for videos, free activities, and info on all things Star Wars.
  • The Mandalorian Junior Novel (eBook) - A junior novel retelling of the first season of the smash-hit, instantly iconic Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
  • The Ultimate Star Wars And Philosophy (eAudiobook) - Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic - Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic! Check out the newest (oldest?) chapter in the Star Wars saga with books for all ages on hoopla.

The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue (read-along eBook)

The High Republic: A Test Of Courage (Juvenile eBook)

The High Republic: Into The Dark (YA eBook) 

The High Republic Adventures (eComic) 

Library Books and Comics

Leia and R2 recreation

Happy Star Wars Day! Every year on May the 4th we celebrate a galaxy far, far away and our love of all things Star Wars. This year, Deb was inspired by the art recreation challenge to imitate a classic scene from Star Wars. 
There is also a 24-hour livestream of free content on Twitch all day on May the 4th, 2020. 

The Library may be closed, but you can still enjoy Star Wars on Hoopla. Here are our top 5 Star Wars items in Hoopla:

  • Star Wars comic series (2015) (comics) - The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far - the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet!
  • Star Wars Trilogy soundtrack by John Williams (music) - Each time the screen goes black and you see those words- "A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away"...the music blasts through you and you're a kid again. Few things bring back the memory of the first time you saw that screen crawl like John William's classic score. 
  • Star Wars Rebels series (ebooks) - Meet the Rebels crew! Your favorite Star Wars Rebels heroes are ready to fight the evil Empire! Ranging from early readers to chapter books, these stories bring Star Wars cannon to younger readers.
  • Why We Love Star Wars by Ken Napzok (ebook and audiobook) - Celebrate the greatest saga ever told: All of us who are deeply influenced by the epic saga of Star Wars have our favorite moments. What began as one movie about good people, evil oppressors, and the space wizards that stood between them has exploded into a franchise that continues to grow in stature, importance, and myth through discussions, debates, and daydreams.
  • Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (video) -Like none before them, Star Wars toys were a phenomenon that swept the nation, permanently transforming both the toy and movie industries, and creating a hobby that, 30 years later, still holds sway over pop-culture. This documentary looks at the toys' history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.

Since 2013, May has been celebrated as Short Story Month - a time to read, share, and even write short stories! The story collections below have made waves and won awards in recent years. Check one out today for an exploration of these authors' unique styles and insights.

Ayiti by Roxane Gay
PIN Day is here!

A Personal Identification Number (PIN) has been added to your library account.

Right now, your PIN is your 8-digit birthdate. For example, if you were born on December 10, 1851 like Melville Dewey, your PIN would be 12101851.

We are currently in a transition period. PINs will be required for self-check out starting April 29, and will be added to online My Account and login processes as we move forward.

You are welcome to leave your PIN the way we set it, but once it is available online, we encourage you to log in to your library account and update it. Your PIN can be any number you choose, with a minimum length of 7 digits and a maximum length of 13.

In the future, if you forget your PIN you can always reset it online, or call 734-397-0999 and we can reset it back to your birthdate for you.

If you’re wondering why PINs, or want some PIN suggestions, check out this post.

The Canton Public Library embarked on a study in the fall of 2020 to learn about the unique needs of Canton Township residents aged 65 and older.  This strategic research was called the Senior Pulse Project and its goal was to learn how the library could safely meet the short term needs of Canton seniors. 

Who Was Involved in This Project?

The Pulse team included six library staff members as well as our Research Strategist, Susan Kennedy, from Look See.  
The library also received a wealth of information from our community partners who shared their expertise:

  • TejKiran Singh, Gurdwara Sahib Singh Sabha of Michigan
  • Sufia Fateh, Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs
  • Stephanie Diago, Club 55 Canton Leisure Services
  • Ariel Starr, Waltonwood Cherry Hill
  • Bill Schlatter, SEMCOG
  • Dan Patton, CPL Librarian

Sunday on May 9 is when we hit the pause button on our busy lives and take a moment to appreciate our mothers and motherhood. Mothers have a profound value in our lives and in many ways have the most challenging, greatest and toughest job in the world. They give us an abundance of unconditional love, support and acceptance. Mothers are our tireless cheerleader for every milestone we experience. Check out these new books celebrating the joys and challenges of motherhood. 

Easy Mom's Day Craft for All Ages and Abilities

Plastic Spoon Flowers
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This year Oscars show signs of progress. People with disabilities are very much the least represented groups in the film and tv industry. But three films featuring disabilities are up for major nominations. For Best Picture (Sound of Metal),  Actor in a Leading Role (Riz Ahed, Sound of Metal), Actor in a Supporting Role (Paul Raci, Sound of Metal), Documentary (Crip Camp), and Short Film Live Action, (Feeling Through) are all hoping to take home a golden statue in their category. Though they are not yet on dvd, here are the Oscar-winning films in our collection that feature disabilities. 

Renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of: time. Eddie Redmayne won for Best Actor. 

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