Saint Patrick's Day

Who was St. Patrick? What do I do for party decorations for St. Patrick's Day? What is the history of St. Patrick's Day? What recipes can I cook for a St Patrick's Day party? Check out our books, DVDs and more to learn how to celebrate this Irish American holiday. For a brief biography of St. Patrick, read the History.com article and view the videos on informative St. Patrick's Day topics.

A New Cardinal

On February 18, 2012, the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, was elevated to the position of Cardinal by Pope Pius XVI. There are currently 181 Cardinals in the Catholic Church worldwide, of which only 108 are under 80 years of age and eligible to vote for a new pope in conclave. For more information on Cardinals (Catholicism) or Timothy Dolan, click on the subject links. For additional and more specific histories of cardinals, see these titles:

My brother Joseph: the spirit of a cardinal and the story of a friendship by Eugene Kennedy

Éminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the rise of France by Jean-Vincent Blanchard

The cardinals: thirteen centuries of the men behind the papal throne by Michael Walsh

Powerpoint Basics Class

Learn to create multimedia presentations Tuesday, February 7th from 10-11:30 AM. Prerequisites: mouse and Word skills. Registration opens on January 24th. Suggested titles for check-out in our collection are:

PowerPoint presentations that sell by Adam B. Cooper

Power points!: how to design and deliver presentations that sizzle and sell by Harry Mills

What's 2012 in the Chinese Zodiac?

The year 2012 is The Year of the Dragon in China and the Chinese New Year begins on January 23rd. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules, and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. So, if you were born in any years designated as "Year of the Dragon," you may exhibit these characteristics. To check and see which sign dominates the year you were born, see the China Today website. For more on Chinese horoscopes that you can check out in our library, see:

The handbook of Chinese horoscopes by Theodora Lau

The Chinese horoscopes library by Kwok Man Ho

Wine and War at Vintner's

Share both wine and a good mystery for an evening of fun and mayhem at Vintner's Canton Winery located at 8515 N. Lilley Road in Canton. The book being discussed will be Wine and War: The French, The Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup. When France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the German army began a campaign to pillage one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Please register to join us on February 21st from 7:00-8:00 PM. Books will be available by January 21st, so ask for your copy at the adult reference desk.

Hanukkah

Chanukah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom. It begins on December 21st this year and ends on the 29th. One candle on the menorah is lit each day to celebrate the miracle of a one day's supply of candle oil lasting through eight days. For more on Hanukkah, see these sources in our collection. For a brief overview, see this holiday website.

Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Eric Hitchens, author and journalist, columnist and literary critic for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, World Affairs, The Nation and others died at 62 years of age on December 15th from complications from esophageal cancer. He was voted the world's 5th top public intellectual in a Prospect/Foreign Affairs opinion poll. Here are some of the books Canton Library owns by this controversial author:

God is not great: how religion poisons everything by Christopher Hitchens

Hitch-22: a memoir by Christopher Hitchens

Love, poverty, and war: journeys and essays by Christopher Hitchens

The portable atheist: essential readings for the nonbeliever by selected and with introductions by Christopher Hitchens

Vintner's Book Discussion Will Not Meet in December

Wine and Mysteries Book Discussion, which meets monthly at Vintners Winery, will not be meeting in the month of December. Have a festive, safe and fun Christmas holiday! A few recommended titles to help you enjoy this season are:

The Christmas cookie club: a novel by Ann Pearlman

Hot toddies: mulled wine, buttered rum, spiced cider, and other soul-warming winter drinks by Christopher O'Hara; photographs by William A. Nash

Vintner's Book Discussion is October 18th

Register and join us for wine and a mystery book discussion on Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM at Vintners Canton Winery. Drop by the Main Reference Desk to pick up a copy of this month's book:

The night inspector : a novel by Frederick Busch — William Bartholomew, a maimed veteran of the Civil War, returns from the battlefields to New York City a hardened man, bent on reversing his fortunes. This is a gripping portrait of a nation trying to heal from the ravages of war, of the desolation of a people searching for hope in a new age, and of one man's attempts at recapturing a lust for his own life.

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