Register for the Best in Show Dog Show!

Canton Library will host our own Best in Show Dog Show on August 6th from 10:00AM-Noon. Pets must register ahead of time — but all humans are welcome!

A signed registration form and other information about your pet is required if you wish to be in the show. You must present your homeowners insurance and dog's shot records to participate.

Dogs will be judged on various criteria including appearance, behavior, best trick, and best costume. Many prizes will be awarded with an overall Best in Show grand prize for the winner.

Download the registration form

Flag Day is June 14th!

Flag Day was created as a patriotic holiday to celebrate the American Flag. In 1916, President Wilson issued the first proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of Flag Day on June 14th and it was made a permanent observance in 1949. For fun facts concerning Flag Day, how to celebrate Flag Day, graphics of the 50 state flags, flag etiquette, cake, crafts, e-cards, patriotic song lyrics and more, see this web site. Check out a listing of sources that detail the history of the American flag in the Canton Library.

Award Winning Military History Books

Celebrate Memorial Day by checking out some of these books. Each year, the Society for Military History gives awards to outstanding literature in this genre. Here are some of the titles that we own:

Society for Military History — Distinguished Book Awards

Vietnam's forgotten army: heroism and betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew Wiest

Caesar: life of a colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy

The regulars: the American Army, 1898-1941 by Edward M. Coffman

An army at dawn: the war in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson

How to Use the Optelec Viewer

Canton Public Library's Optelec viewer provides magnification, color and contrast support, and other benefits for visual accessibility. In this video, Elaine shows us how to use the viewer to reader a book.

The Optelec machine is located by the Web Express computer stations. If you need assistance, ask a librarian at the Information Desk.

Vintner's Book Discussion is March 15th

We will be discussing Death of a Wine Merchant by David Dickinson. This is a British historical mystery set in Victorian England and France with fine prose and a complex plot. A son of the Colvilles, who are wealthy wine merchants, is about to marry the daughter of the even grander Nash family. Immediately after the wedding, the bridegroom’s Uncle Cosmo is found clutching a gun over the body of his brother. He refuses to give any explanation, even to his attorney, who retains Lord Francis Powerscourt to investigate.

Vintner's Winery is located in the Golden Gate Shopping Complex across from Mettetal Airport in the SE corner of Joy and Lilley Rds.

Register online for the "Wine and Mysteries" program which meets on March 15th and ask at the reference desk for a copy of the book! We have several copies available in the back.

What year is 2011 in Chinese?

The Year of 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, which begins on February 3, 2011 and ends on January 22, 2012. The Rabbit is the 4th sign in the Chinese zodiac which consists of 12 animals signs. To find your sign, click on China Today web. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. For more information on Chinese horoscopes, see these sources in our library. For information on how Chinese New Year is celebrated, including legends, food, and taboos, see this China Facts page.

Christmas Traditions, Why Are They?

Who made the first Nativity Scene? What is the symbolic meaning of the candy cane, the holly leaf or the Christmas tree? How did the legend of Santa Claus begin and why is kissing associated with mistletoe? Answers to these and other legends may be found at this website link.

To check out information on Christmas customs, crafts, recipes, movies, music, stories, legends, (or more), check out these sources in our library to enhance your enjoyment of this beautiful season!

Grape Expectations

Please join us on Tuesday, October 19th from 7:00-8:00PM at Vintner's Winery for Grape Expectations, a Pennsylvania Dutch mystery with recipes. In this story, a couple of outsiders have bought an old farm in Mennonite Pennsylvania. They say they want to grow fruit, but their real plan is to start a vineyard and open a winery which will clash with the teetotalling Mennonites. When the vineyard manager is murdered, everyone is a suspect! Please register online for this program and ask a librarian for a copy of the book.

Vintner's Book Discussion — Fall, 2010

Here is the agenda and schedule for our newest book discussion at Vintner's Winery. Come join us for wine and mysteries on the third Tuesday of each month:

September 21st, 7:00-8:00PM for The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby

October 19th, 7:00-8:00PM for Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers

November 16th, 7:00-8:00PM for Deadly Vintage by Elaine Flinn

Copies of each book are available one month prior to the corresponding book discussion. Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for your copy.

Victorian Is My Passion

I love Victorian mysteries, movies, non-fiction or anything with that flavor or set in that time period. A trifle romantic, a bit goth, always prim and proper up front, but underneath...ooh, so mysterious! Here is a list of titles, some classics, but most not so well known.

Fiction

Kept : a Victorian mystery by D.J. Taylor

Death at Whitechapel : a Victorian mystery by Robin Paige

Defend and betray by A Victorian Mystery Featuring Inspector Monk by Anne Perry

Mrs. Jeffries and the missing alibi by Emily Brightwell

Silent in the grave by Deanna Raybourn

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