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Genealogy @ Your Library: FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org is a free searchable genealogical resource sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In addition to having billions of searchable records, it also has a vast amount of educational information regarding genealogy.  Join us as we explore this free family history treasure trove.

No registration is necessary.

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The Canton Public Library recognizes the strength and resilience in the older adult. Your stories and contributions, successes and difficulties are invaluable in connecting our community. 

In celebration of Older Persons Month, CPL is creating a Senior Spotlight. Beginning April 22 we invite Canton residents age 65 and older to share their story with CPL by completing this submission from. Tell us about yourself or someone you know. Then, throughout the summer, Canton Public Library will celebrate these individuals with a special Spotlight Display at the library. 

A printable version of the form is available below and can be returned to the Check Out desk at the library. Once your submission is received, CPL staff will contact you to finalize details for your display. 

Questions about the Senior Spotlight can be directed to Laura Fawcett at fawcettl@cantonpl.org

 

 

Celebrate Children's Book Week 2021

Childrens Book Week Poster by Bryan Collier with Black girl flexing on a book

 

Join us for Children's Book Week from Monday, May 3 -- Sunday, May 9. This celebration of children's and teen literature draws attention to the importance of good books for young people.

Visit Every Child a Reader to find printable bookmarks, drawing guides, superpower challenges, and a poster with even more activities

Ramp up the fun with these other suggestions:

  • Dress up as your favorite children's book character.
  • Take the StoryWalk behind the library, through Heritage Park.
  • Browse our Early Literacy resources. Try one out and tell us if you liked it. 
  • Check out a Kids eBook using one of our library apps: Hoopla, Libby, Kanopy.
  • Submit a May We Suggest Kids request to get personalized recommendations.

Don't forget to share your experiences and use the hashtag #ChildrensBookWeek2021 on your social media accounts. Tag us on Facebook and Twitter @CantonLibrary or on Instagram @CantonPublicLibrary so we can see what you've been up to.

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Lunch and a Book: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-audiobook

 

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London-the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses, lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped human traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time-but their greatest misfortune was to be born women.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

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Lunch and a Book: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

The lying life of adults by Elena Ferrante
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook | large print

 

Italian teenager Giovanna searches for a sense of identity and clear perspectives when she finds herself torn between the refinements and excesses of a divided Naples.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

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Lunch and a Book: January

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

March. Book 1 by 1940 February 21- John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

 

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

March. Book 2 by John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

After the success of the Nashville sit-in movement, John Lewis' commitment to change through nonviolence is stronger than ever - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement's young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

March. Book 3 by 1940 February 21- John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

 

By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. But strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, even as 25-year-old John Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format.If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

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Lunch and a Book: December

Come join us for Lunch and a Book’s annual “Holiday Tea.” This year we will be meeting virtually to discuss our favorite book of the year. You can pick ANY title from 2020 that you read – fiction or nonfiction. Come prepared to talk for a minute or two and to listen to others talk about their favorite 2020 title! 

 

Registration Required. Registered participants will receive an email one day 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.

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Make-Your-Own Monster Mash Masquerade

Group of costumed children dancing in circle

 

In need of a monstrously fun movement extravaganza? Take home our make-your-own Monster Mash Masquerade kit to inspire a spooky celebration in your own home. Get creative and craft your own mask for the occasion, then use our suggested playlist to get moving and boogie down. Dancing is a great way to have fun as a family. This program is intended for walkers up to age 5.

 

Kit contains: a selection of mask-making materials, some spooky swag, and suggestions for further fun.

If you are interested in picking up a kit you will need to:

  1. Register to reserve a kit between September 24 and October 21st.
  2. An email with instructions on how to pick up your kit will be sent out after registration ends.
  3. Schedule a day and time to pick up your kit. You will have 10 days to pick up your kit.
  4. Enjoy your kit at home!

If you didn't manage to snap up a kit, you don't need to miss out on all the fun. Check out our spooky music resources and our on-demand spine-tingling story suggestions.

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Mindfulness with Reset Brain and Body

woman meditating

Mindfulness is the idea of focusing your awareness on the present moment. It affords many health benefits, stress reduction, and increases your gratitude of everyday moments.

On August 20, join us for a virtual day of mindfulness with Reset Brain and Body, based out of Plymouth.

At 2pm, Bridget will teach kids and families mindfulness.

At 6pm, Holly will lead adults in how to start a mindfulness practice. 

Participants will receive a code to access Mindfulness 101, an e-book created by Reset Brain and Body. 

This program will take place virtually over Zoom. Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the day before the program starts (on August 19). Registration is required, and begins on August 6. 

If you are registering for the 2pm session, please register just one of your family members, and include the age(s) of your family members who will be attending, so we can best tailor the program to you!

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Baby Drive-In: Grab-and-Go

Baby Drive-In

The Baby Drive-In is coming to you as a grab-and-go kit this year! 

All you'll need to have on hand at home is a cardboard box and some glue (or tape). The Baby Drive-In Kit supplies the rest needed to decorate and transform your box into a kid-friendly car. For a tutorial on this, check out this video created by Miss Marianne.

Each kit will contain:

  • a large sheet of paper to cover your box
  • cutout circles for wheels and headlights
  • a paper plate for a steering wheel
  • a packet of microwave popcorn - for the grownups!
  • a list of suggested titles for viewing via Hoopla Digital*

 

Registration for kits will take place for children 0-2 years old from July 29 thru August 12, while supplies last. Once you've registered to reserve your kit, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pick up your kit at the library. 

 

*CPL Library card required in order to use Hoopla Digital

 

 

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