In The United States of Paranoia, Jesse Walker explores this rich history in the United States, arguing that conspiracy stories should be read not just as claims to be either believed or debunked but also as folklore. When a tale takes hold, it reveals something true about the anxieties and experiences of those who believe and repeat it, even if the story says nothing true about the objects of the theory itself. In a story that stretches from the seventeenth century to today, Walker lays out five conspiracy narratives that recur in American politics and popular culture. With intensive research and a deadpan sense of humor, The United States of Paranoia combines the rigor of real history with the punch of pulp fiction.
This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, call us at 734-397-0999 to place a copy on hold.
Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.
Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she's competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.
Sprouts! Part science experiment, part nutritious powerhouse, all delicious. Learn how to go from seed to table with this Grab & Go kit, and you'll create your very own sprouts jar and grow your first little seedlings! This take-and-make kit is for all ages, but set-up might require adult helpers.
Sprouts are not only fun to grow, but they're incredibly nutritious! Spouting 20-30 times the nutrients of many other vegetables, these cancer-fighting little guys help protect us from cardiovascular disease and environmental pollutants. Once you've got your sprouting jar set up, it's easy and cost-effective to buy your own seeds and grow your own sprouts year-round.
Registration for this program begins on June 24 and ends on July 18. Pick up your kit between July 20-27.
Looking for some silly exercise that's still socially distant? Keep an eye out this summer for our sidewalk chalk obstacle course, which may appear periodically when the weather is nice along the west side of the parking lot between the library and Heritage Park. Stay tuned to our social media for updates!
For children ages 18-35 months. A Grab & Go kit with everything you need to create your own play "pizza oven" out of a cardboard box. There will NOT be pizza, but there will be fun and imagination!!!
Registration required and begins on June 24.
We'll gather virtually on Tuesday, July 20 via Zoom to show off our creations and enjoy some food-themed stories.
Canton Public Library is excited to present our summer poetry series: Poets in the Parking Lot. Each session will offer an exciting night of unique artistic expression. These programs will take place outdoors in CPL's east parking lot so be sure to bring your lawn chairs.
June 15 - Students from The Park Featuring a performance by Madeline Thetard.
Can you make a paper airplane that stays in the air longer than anyone else’s? Put your aerospace engineering to the test and learn something new in the process!
- We will accept submissions from June 21 through July 21, 2021 by 9:00 PM.
- To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should include your name, age, and a link to a video showing the full flight of your paper airplane from take-off to landing. Tip: have someone else film it while you throw it outside.
- The video should be no longer than 1 minute, and should be hosted on your own cloud storage, like Google Drive or Dropbox. Make sure that your sharing setting allows anyone with the link to view your video.
- Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a family team, but not both. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.
- By entering, you are granting Canton Public Library permission to show your video or link to it on in its website.
- Divisions are based on age: 8 & under, 9-12, and 13-adult.
- Winners will be announced on Aug. 4, 2021 at 5:00pm on our website.
How to Make Paper Airplanes
- All ages
- Younger kids
- Older kids/adults
- World record holder for flight time, Takuo Toda, tells his story
- World record holder for distance, John Collins, explains aerodynamics
- Learn the science behind flight
How to Make it MORE Fun
- ADDTIONAL CHALLENGES (tricks and hitting targets)
Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 2:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group discusses:
Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for.
Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers online. Currently, we're meeting every Friday at 10am on Zoom, and breaking out to smaller Zoom tables. Please see the English Language Learner Program FAQ for more information, and use this Zoom link to join us.
Advanced English Language Learners read and discuss books in English virtually. We discuss single titles every other week over the course of multiple meetings. The weeks between book discussions, we have a general conversation group. It generally takes us three to five book discussion meetings to finish a title, but new members are welcome at all times. Currently, we're meeting at 1pm on Fridays. Please see the English Language Learner Program page for more information, and use this Zoom link to join us.
Families with young children ages 0-5 looking for a fun way to experience stories and songs can join us for outdoor Wings of Wonder Storytime. Together with a Youth Librarian, build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories and connection. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks.
All storytimes take place near our Wings of Wonder butterfly garden in the back of the library so bring a blanket for the dewy morning grass and bring some bug spray if you desire to keep the mosquitos at bay. You may bring snacks and drinks. In case of inclement weather, storytime will be cancelled. Please note that the storytime will be between 20-30 minutes and WILL NOT be followed by an open play time.
This program REQUIRES REGISTRATION and space is limited. Registering one person from your family secures a spot - please register using the card of your child aged 0-5. Registration for all sessions begins two weeks in advance.
Although outdoor restrictions may have been lifted, we ask that each family is mindful of their storytime neighbor and gives each other plenty of space to dance and play.
June: Dungeons & Dragons
Zoom links were sent out to registrants at 12:00pm on Monday June 14th. If you register after this time please email email@example.com to get the zoom link.
CPL Game Night is a 1 hour social program for players aged 10 and up and all gaming abilities. Participants will socialize with each other through Zoom while playing a game together. On June 15th at 6:00 PM we will be playing the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. Registration opens June 7th.
Dungeons & Dragons materials provided generously by Wizards of the Coast
- To join a Zoom meeting players must have Zoom installed on their device. Microphone access is required, camera access is optional.
- To play Dungeons & Dragons you will need:
- A character sheet
- Roleplaying Dice (optional)
Character Sheets are below. Customize your character by picking a name.
CPL Game Night is a 1 hour social program for players aged 10 and up and all gaming abilities. Participants will socialize with each other through Zoom while playing a video game together. On July 24th at 6:00 PM we will be playing Quiplash. Registration opens June 24th.
Come "spread your wings" and spend one of your 62 days at our K Club program as we read, create and learn about our backyard feathered friends. Kids will make their own bird feeder to take home, and assemble their own clever snack. This unique program provides children with recreation and learning in the areas of science, art and reading fun. K club is a transitional and creative program designed for children ages 4-6, pre-k through first grade. Supplies are limited to registered children. Registration begins June 24.