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Living Books

Imagine being able to "check out" a person with knowledge and experience in a topic or skill in which you're interested. That's the concept behind Canton Public Library’s new Living Books program.

Our goals are:
  • To celebrate and promote diversity
  • To encourage understanding and respect
  • To challenge stereotypes and prejudices
  • To have fun learning about each other and sharing personal knowledge

Living Book: Craig Perdue


Craig Perdue, Naturalist and Primitive Technologist, shows us how Glory, the gregarious Harris Hawk, and Jasper, the Great Horned Owl, get trained to follow using behavioral psychology. Mr. Perdue also tells us about his lifetime love of nature and the skills to survive and thrive in it. Check out Mr. Perdue as a Living Book at Canton Public Library!

Living Book Night

Check out one of our Living Books on February 22. Registration begins on February 8 at which time you can register for a half hour visit (for either the 7:00-7:30PM, 7:30-8:00PM or 8:00-8:30PM time slot) with one of our real, living books! You can register for up to three books as long as the time slots are different. Click on the links below for a live preview:

Resources for the Transgender Community

She's Not There, by Jennifer Finney Boylan, was recommended to me by a transgender friend who described it as "the book she could relate to the most" regarding her experience. The book helped her in her decision to transition and me to understand her struggle with her sexual identity and what to expect from the transitioning process. CPL has other helpful gender identity resources including a Living Book who is the co-president of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) who can discuss the topic of transgender with you.

Living Book: Tom Leib


My name is Tom Leib. I am a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine. I treat patients with herbs, oil, and massage. My office is currently located in my home where I use reading, muscle responses, and massage to assess a patient's health. I am not a vegetarian. I also work in the auto industry.

Meet Tom and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Lauren Mitchell


My name is Lauren Mitchell. I am a life-long Christian and current seminary student who has held many different positions in the church over the years. My father and grandfather were also Christian ministers. I have attended both Protestant and Catholic schools in my lifetime and have always attempted to live a faith-filled, Christian life.

Meet Lauren and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Anne Heidemann, Organic Gardener


My name is Anne Heidemann. I am an amateur gardener who has been growing vegetables, herbs, and perennials for about 3 years. I don't have any formal training but have gained most of my knowledge from gardening books found at the Canton Public Library — along with advice given to me by fellow enthusiasts. There are also many green thumbs in my family who have shared their experiences with me.

Meet Anne and ask her your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Laura Kardel


My name is Laura Kardel and I have been a homeschooler for the past seventeen years. During that time I have homeschooled my five children — aged 13, 15, 24, 26 and 28. Although not a teacher by trade I do have a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University. My three oldest homeschooled graduates have gone on to get their bachelor degrees, and two are pursuing their MBAs at the Wharton Business School and Duke University.

Meet Laura and ask her your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Dr. David Monroe


Dr. David Monroe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and hospital chaplain. His primary focus is marriage counseling, though does do some individual psychotherapy. Dr. Monroe tells us about career options in his field, and about how men and women communicate.

Meet Dr. Monroe and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin


Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin is the Adult Services Department Head at Canton Public Library. She is also an avid Scrapbooker and Card Maker. In this interview, Rebecca shows us her scrapbooking room and tells us about her hobby.

Meet Rebecca and ask her your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Anthony De Orio


Anthony De Orio is Co-President of PFLAG Detroit. PFLAG is "Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays." In the interview, he tells us how he got involved with PFLAG, and what the organization does.

Meet Anthony De Orio and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: Malkia Newman


Malkia Newman, a Mental Health Educator and advocate, talks about her life experiences as a person diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

Meet Malkia Newman and ask her your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Book: David Tennies


David Tennies is a Civil War Living Historian and reenactor. Unlike many reenactors, Mr. Tennies portrays a civilian role, as Michigan Senator Jacob M. Howard.

Meet Mr. Tennies and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Living Books Teaser


We'll be kicking off our Living Books program on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM in the Community Room.
This program lets you "check out" a person with a specialty or other interest to learn more about the subject. It's going to be a lot of fun and a great learning experience. See you there!