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Lincoln: The Movie

We are honoring the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with an amazing Civil War traveling exhibit and a special showing of Lincoln. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis, this profoundly thought-provoking movie focuses on Lincoln's final months in office as he struggles to end the war, emancipate the slaves and reunite our country. Four score and seven years ago... please join us on November 20 at 6:00 PM to share this movie and a few snacks with friends and neighbors.

Who Killed JFK?

It has been 50 years since our 35th president John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in the Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. The FBI and the Warren Commission concluded that Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. In 1978, however, the US House Select Committee on Assassinations felt Kennedy's assassination was the result of a conspiracy. Today, 80% of Americans believe the FBI and Warren Commission investigations were flawed. Hear the rest of the story from former Department of Defense employee and Canton resident, Gerald Dodson. Join us on November 14 at 7:00 PM as we remember this tragic event in our history.

Holiday Savings Tips

Melissa Buckles, popular blogger Bargain Shopper Mom, will share holiday savings tips - everything from Black Friday, Cyber Monday and how to save when entertaining. Melissa has many followers who trust and learn from her experience and research. Please join us on November 11 at 7:00 PM and you may learn a few tricks too. May your holidays be merry, bright and full of savings.

Holiday Gifts from Your Kitchen

Join popular local chef Mary Spencer as she returns to the library and shares easy holiday gifts to make in your own kitchen. There is nothing more special or delicious than something you made for your friends and family. Mary will share secrets for you to share with loved ones so they know you really do care. Join us on November 7 at 7:00 PM and get started on your holiday gift list.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, November 11 at 7:00 PM in the library's Purple Room. Bring your own projects, yarn and needles. No registration needed.

How to Not Outlive Your Money

Gary Timco of Timco Financial Group will share ways to prosper in uncertain economic times, preserve your principal while earning a respectable rate of return and ways to stretch your IRAs. He will also discuss ways to reduce a heavy tax burden on your beneficiaries. Please join us on November 6 at 7:00 PM for this informative session.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess is open to 10 year olds and up.

Knit Night

Our knit night group will not meet on October 14 as generally scheduled. The library will be closed to the public on October 14 for a staff inservice training. See you back here on November 11.

Flu Shots

It's coming... flu season. Be prepared by getting your flu shot on October 1 between noon and 4:00 PM. The professional staff from Canton's Walgreen's at Ford Road and Sheldon will provide flu shots for you and your family at the library. Most shots will be free and covered by your insurance. Remember to bring your insurance cards and let's see if we can make this winter a flu-free one for you.

Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces (Exchanges) are scheduled to open on October 1st. This is where we will go to find the best solution to our individual and family health care insurance needs. Since this is a new experience for all of us, we need a little guidance and information to be successful, thrifty and healthy. David Huntzicker of Kapnick Insurance Group will be our guide as we begin our search. David will explain the categories and the time lines we will all need to be aware of, as well as all the options available to us.
Join us on October 3 at 7:00 PM to get your questions answered.

The New Health Care Law: What It Means to You

This presentation is an explanation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it will affect consumers and senior health coverage today and in the future. A representative from the State of Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services with share information about the Health Insurance Marketplace. We know you have questions... come hear the answers on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00 PM. Please register for this program.

Advanced Sudoku Workshop

Dave Pandit is back to show us some advanced Sudoku techniques. You can take the most difficult Sudoku puzzles and solve them with ease to the delight of your family and friends. The author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, Mr. Pandit will show us some unique puzzles and solving techniques. Please join us on October 15 at 7:00 PM for puzzle-solving challenges and fun. Mr. Pandit's book will be available for purchase at this program.

Sudoku Basics Workshop

Divyang (Dave) Pandit used to find Sudoku puzzles difficult, even though he was a General Motors engineer. That is until his mother showed him the connection between sudoku and east Indian dance. His mom, without the ability to speak English and with only a seventh-grade education, could easily solve the Sudoku puzzles. Mr. Pandit, author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, will share the secrets for keeping your mind sharp and solving the puzzles using his mother's teachings. Please join us for a fun, informative evening on October 8 at 7:00 PM.

Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own projects, yarn and needles.