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Library Closed February 3 & 4

The library will be closed on Monday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 4 as contractors begin demolition for our Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP). Storytimes scheduled for this day are canceled; all online resources are available, including databases, MyAccount, Zinio, hoopla and Overdrive eBooks and audiobooks. For updates on the PSIP, check the library website or call 734-397-0999.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:


The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli

Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan

Monuments Men

A new film based on the book The Monuments Men will be in theaters this February. Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett, it tells the true story of a group of museum directors, architects, sculptors, and art lovers who were recruited into a special unit - dubbed "The Monuments Men" -  whose job it was to protect and recover art that had been looted by the Nazis. For more histories of stolen art, check out one of these titles:

Saving Italy: the race to rescue a nation's treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel


Rescuing da Vinci: Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe's great art: America and her allies recovered it by Robert M. Edsel ; forewords by Lynn H. Nicholas and Edmund P. Pillsbury


The forger's spell: a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century by Edward Dolnick


Hitler's holy relics: a true story of Nazi plunder and the race to recover the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.  Big things are happening at the library soon.  BIG THINGS.  As in Renovations and Construction.  As you can see, I'm already prepped for the changes to come. I've got my construction hat on and I've established a protective zone all around me.  Why do I need that, do you ask?  Because the Children's Library is where much of the construction stuff will be happening. The construction workers will be storing stuff and working here.  That means...that the Children's Library will be CLOSED for at least two weeks!   I don't know quite how I'll manage.  I'm sure I'll go through withdrawals from seeing all of you. I hope I don't get bear-ied in sawdust! But never fear...I have a plan.    Since I'll literally be hanging it out in the thick of things, I'm going to your Bear-on- the-Spot Reporter.  I'll be giving Bear-Eye views on how the construction is going.  And I may have to venture out to Adult World once in a while to clear the ringing from my ears. What I'm saying is, is that even though you won't see me every day, I'll still be making my presence known.  look for updates from me and my Little Buddy, LB, in the next few weeks here at the library.
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke 

Printable Program and Event Listing, February 2014

Here's a printable PDF calendar of all the programs and events that are happening at the library in February, 2014.

Library Board Meeting Minutes — January 16, 2014

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz called the meeting to order at 7:28 PM

Present: K. Schulz, N. Eggenberger, J. Fausone, M. Farell, T. Hartnett
Absent: S. Foster
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(C. De Bear, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

None

Director’s Report

A “bug” on the website now links to a fact sheet on the Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP).

E. Davis and L. Golden met with Darrell Clem of the Canton Observer regarding the PSIP; a resultant story will run in an upcoming edition (possibly Sunday, January 19.)

A preliminary draft of the upcoming community survey was received from ETC Institute. After review, Davis and Golden had changes they would like implemented, which Golden will convey at a meeting with ETC and Canton Leisure Services at the end of January.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids. It's that time of year again.  Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award.  Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year.  I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit.  But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks. 

Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest.  The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes? 

K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program created just for them. We will share some silly stories together, and enjoy a snack and a craft around this fun theme. Come join our giggles at the library on February 22, 11:00-11:45 PM.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Life & Legacy At The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

The Canton community will once again honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special tribute, “CANTON CELEBRATES DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.” on Monday, January 20, 2014 at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill. The public is invited to attend a pre-event meet and greet with the keynote speaker, Alexander Jefferson, Lt. Col. (Ret) of the Tuskegee Airmen, Detroit Chapter, being held next door to the theater at the newly opened 502 Grill starting at 5:00 p.m.

A punch and cookie reception will begin at The Village Theater at 5:30 p.m., followed by the main program slated to start at 6:00 p.m.

This annual event is presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts,and Heritage, members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sub-Committee, and Canton Township.
This year’s reception is sponsored by Darian & Ralynda Moore of Keller Williams Realty of Plymouth, MI. Admission to this special presentation is a $2 donation at the door.

The program will feature actor Stan Jordan delivering the powerful “I Have A Dream” Speech. Musical performances will also be provided by the New Hope Music Academy, under the direction of Isaac Pippen and soloist, Alicia Dent. Canton Police Honor Guard, PCEP Step Team and tap dancer, Kelsey Rose, will round out the program.

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 84 this year. A federal holiday to honor King, who was assassinated in April 1968, was first observed in 1986. Congress also designated it a national day of service in 1994.

Books

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and transformation of America by Michael Eric Dyson

At Canaan's edge: America in the King years 1965-68 by Taylor Branch

Pranayam Yoga

Join us on Wednesday, February 5 from 7:00-8:30 PM for a Pranayam Yoga wellness seminar. Learn the art of yogic breathing techniques to:

Manage stress
Improve immunity
Learn the art of letting go
Manage worry and anxiety
Discover your real self by rediscovering the true joy and peace within

Please wear comfortable clothing to practice breathing !!!!

[yoga by Natalie Lucier is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Top Ten Photo Preservation Mistakes

Presented by Priceless Photo Preservation of Ann Arbor, this is an interactive workshop that helps participants figure out the often confusing world of preserving their family photos, movies, videos, scrapbooks and slides. Among other things, you'll learn what digital formats to avoid, how commonly used scrapbooking items actually put your items in danger and how to digitize your mementos properly. Participants are encouraged to bring photos, slides and similar family memorabilia for personal evaluations and consultations with PPP partners Rob Hoffman and Hanna Primeau.
This program will take place on Wednesday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, February 7 and 21.

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, February Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in Group Study Room A.

Listen @ the Library: Chamber Music Society of Detroit

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents the first in a series of music presentations at the Canton Public Library. The goal of the Society is to "strengthen families through musical outreach in the heart of the community." We will be treated to delightful chamber music performed by very talented musicians. The performance will include interactive demonstrations and lecture which will engage and entertain the audience of all ages. This presentation will be given by the Kyodai Brass Quintet. Kyodai (“Brothers”) Brass was formed at the Cleveland Institute of Music by two sets of musical brothers: Conrad, Gary and Douglas Jones (trumpet, trombone and tuba), and Hayato and Hirofumi Tanaka (trumpet and horn).  The quintet is known for its eclectic programming, exciting performances, extremely diverse repertoire, and commitment to educating audiences of all ages about live music and the brass idiom.

Please bring the entire family for an amazing afternoon of memorable music on Saturday, February 8 at 3:00 PM in our Community Room.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Conference Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of most months in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on February 23 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old.