Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's Biography shelves.

A number of books written by seasoned authors were released in November. Check out the titles below to see what's new in the Large Print collection.

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Cilka is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival. When the war is over and the camp is liberated, freedom is not granted to Cilka: She is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to a Siberian prison camp. But did she really have a choice? And where do the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was send to Auschwitz when she was still a child? In Siberia, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she meets a kind female doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing and begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions. Confronting death and terror daily, Cilka discovers a strength she never knew she had. And when she begins to tentatively form bonds and relationships in this harsh, new reality, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love. From child to woman, from woman to healer, Cilka's journey illuminates the resilience of the human spirit--and the will we have to survive.

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Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to them—and to the men they love—becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they're committed to their job—bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope. At times funny, at others heartbreaking, this is a richly rewarding novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Storytime was a great place to chat about being brave. Don't worry kids, it can be hard for grown-ups to be brave in the face of something scary, too! Just know that it takes work and family to help you grow brave. Courage rocks!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Even though the snow is falling fast outside and the temps are very chilly, we can still have fun inside at Storytime learning about birds! Tweet, Tweet, everyone!

Stories and Songs from Storytime

“It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.”
― Mark Twain 

Profiles in courage by 1917-1963 John F. (John Fitzgerald) Kennedy

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, the author describes her childhood anxiety, in a story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer her fears.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

2020 LEGO® Building Contest: The Great LEGO® Bake Off

Attention Builders! It’s time for our annual LEGO® Building Contest. This year's theme is The Great LEGO® Bake Off. You can enter any food related creation, be it a restaurant, a food dish, or a food fight. There are multiple divisions based on age: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-adult. Contestants may enter individually or as part of a team. Registration begins November 21 and the contest will take place January 2. Entries must be dropped off between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM on the day of the contest. A public viewing will be held from 3:00-6:00 PM, and an awards ceremony from 7:00-8:00 PM.  Patrons will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a Popular Vote winner separately from age category winners that will be chosen by our judges.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO®, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks, motors and materials.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO® designed kit or a project found online, in a book, or in a magazine.
  3. Your creation may not be larger than 2 feet x 2 feet x 2 feet.
  4. Participants must register online (beginning November 21) to ensure a space for display. Please also fill out the paper entry form (downloadable from the CPL web site) and bring it with you when you drop off your entry.
  5. Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a team but not both. Entering as a team is a way for families and friends to build together. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.
  6. You must adhere to the following participation schedule (see below).
  7. Canton Public Library cannot assume responsibility of LEGO® creations while they are on display, though we will have someone monitoring the room at all times.
  8. Entries must be taken home on Thursday, January 2, by 8:45 PM.

Participation Schedule

Thursday, January 2

  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: drop off entries
  • 12:00-3:00 PM: room closed for viewing set-up and judging
  • 3:00-6:00 PM: public viewing and popular vote casting
  • 6:00-7:00 PM: room closed for popular vote tallying and ceremony set-up
  • 7:00-8:00 PM: awards ceremony

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, January 2 - 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Community Room Register

For the past several years, the Canton Public Library has offered volunteer opportunities for tweens in grades 5-8 through our Tween Service Corps. Due to a lack of service opportunities, we will be suspending the Tween Service Corps at this time. If you need to fulfill volunteer hours, please consider PBJ Outreach and Open Door Food Ministry. These two organizations are local and accept volunteers of all ages. Thank you to all who have completed service hours at the library or who expressed interest in serving the CPL community.

Wonderbooks are an exciting new addition to the Canton Public Library's children's collection. Each book has an audio player bound to the inside of the front cover, allowing the reader to listen to the story, without the need for a CD player or other equipment. 

Search the list of Wonderbook titles in our catalog, or stop by the Children's New Book Shelf to browse available titles.

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