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A Jazzy Christmas 2012

I love Christmas music, but this year it's the melodies I want to hear. If you need more, CPL's Jazz Music Library database has over 200 Christmas albums available to CPL cardholders. Some of my favorite CDs are:

Peace by Jim Brickman

Homecoming by Jim Brickman

December by George Winston

A Winter's solstice

Celtic Christmas II: a Windham Hill collection

Low Vision Reader

Canton Public Library maintains an Optelec ClearView Low Vision Reader for library users. The 18" Widescreen monitor has a fully adjustable monitor arm, adjustable brightness, and Photo Mode for viewing pictures. The LV Reader is located in Adult Services near the Library's fireplace. Assistance is available at the Adult Services Help Desk.

Canton Seniors December, 2012

Have you checked out what's happening at the Canton Senior Center?  For more information call 734-394-5485 or cantonfun.org.  All Canton residents, 55 and older are welcome.

Upcoming road trips:
  • Thursday, December 27 — Jersey Boys at the Fischer Theater
  • December 30-January 1 — New Year's Eve in Traverse City
  • January 22 — Greektown

Murder Will Out, December 2012

If you like police procedurals…

Blood country: a Claire Watkins mystery by Mary Logue

Untraceable by Laura Griffin

A reason to kill by Jane Adams

A perfect evil by Alex Kava

Book Club Choices December 2012

How about discussing a book by a Michigan author and/or story-based in Michigan?

Shadow of a doubt by William J. Coughlin

The complete short stories of Ernest Hemingway by Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961

Legends of the fall by Jim Harrison

Happy Birthday, Jamie Lee Burke

The Neon Rain by James L. Burke — James Lee Burke, author of the award-winning Dave Ribocheaux series and a series featuring Billy Bob Holland, Texas attorney and his cousin, Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, was born this month on December 5, 1936.

Helen Milliken Former Michigan First Lady Dies

Former First Lady of Michigan, Helen Wallbank Milliken died today. Wife of Michigan's longest-serving governor, William Milliken, Helen Milliken was a strong advocate of women's rights and environmental issues. In a 2006 interview by the Associated Press she said, "Nobody ever saw anybody burn a bra; they're too expensive, but the myth has survived. There have been excesses, but the goal has always remained the same: equal opportunity for women." Ms. Milliken is survived by her husband, William and son, William, Jr.

Older Adults November 2012

There are benefits you may be missing. The National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, a National Council on Aging program, provides a checklist for programs and benefits available to Older Adults. BenefitsCheckUp quickly finds federal, state, and private benefit programs available to help you save money on health care, food assistance, prescriptions, utilities, and more.

What We're Reading November 2012

Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.

Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures

Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia

Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick

Thanksgiving [sound recording]: a Windham Hill collection

Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch

Great Book Adaptations on Turner Classic Movies

Read the book? See the movie. Throughout the month of November, Turner Classic Movies is featuring film adaptations of well-known novels. The films run 24 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. A variety of themes are featured including Southern Novels, Adventure, American Literature, Westerns, Science Fiction and more. Stories for Children and Young Adults will be shown all day on Thanksgiving Day.

Canton Seniors Book Group November 29, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, November 29 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We are reading:

The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine