Not sure what to make for those holiday parties or cookie exchanges? Is your cookie jar empty? Do you have a sweet tooth that can only be sated by the very best in seasonal baked goods?
Have no fear! Canton Public Library is here to help with these top-notch cookbooks, specializing in putting some extra sweetness in your sugarplums: (Note: If you do end of baking a dozen or so extra delicious cookies, please join us on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 PM, for our Family Holiday Cookie Competition, or share your recipe on CPL's recipe blog)
Send your old incandescent holiday lights to HolidayLEDs.com and not only will they recycle them for you but they will also send you a coupon for 15% off anything on their website. You can also drop them off at Whole Foods Market in Ann Arbor. For more green holiday ideas, check out "I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More" by Anna Getty.
Curl up by the fire, sip some eggnog, and read a Christmas mystery novel. We have a variety of Christmas mysteries to help you ring in the holiday season.
Visions of sugar plums by Janet Evanovich — Christmas is right around the corner and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is on a mission to track down Sandy Claws, a toymaker in trouble with the law. There is also a strange and handsome man in her kitchen. Can he help her find Sandy Claws and a Christmas tree before Christmas? Fans of the humorous Stephanie Plum series will enjoy this special Christmas treat.
If you enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty, try one of these:
Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare
Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers
The diviners by Libba Bray
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
The round house by Louise Erdrich
The beginner's goodbye [large print] by Anne Tyler
Breakdown [large print] by Sara Paretsky
At Bertram's hotel [large print]: a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie
Thanksgiving Day kicks off a month of celebrations. May we suggest a movie, tips from Martha Stewart on Thanksgiving prepartions, a history, music to sooth, and a story about family.
Planes, trains and automobiles [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures
Martha's classic Thanksgiving [videodisc] by [presented by] Marth Stewart Living Omnimedia
Mayflower: a story of courage, community, and war by Nathaniel Philbrick
Thanksgiving night: a novel by Richard Bausch
Bear says thanks by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman — An impromptu party in Bear's Den prompts him to be thankful for all his friends. This book inspired me to share what I am thankful for...YOU! I'm so glad that you come and visit me at the library, and read my blog. And for all my Librarian friends who keep me company and look out for good books for me to read. And for LB who keeps me up to date on the outside world, and keeps me company when the library is closed.
What are you thankful for? I'd love to hear it.
For many, part of the fun of visiting new places is exploring the restaurants, markets and foods unique to that area. We have books to help you find these culinary delights.
Food lovers' guide to Boston: the best restaurants, markets & local culinary offerings by Patricia Harris & David Lyon
Promoters,musicians,songwriters,recording studios...all these people behind the scenes.
Here, there and everywhere: my life recording the music of the Beatles by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey
Lonely avenue: the unlikely life and times of Doc Pomus by Alex Halberstadt
Did you know that November 3rd is National Sandwich Day? Legend has it that Englishman John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, created the first sandwich in 1762 by putting meat between two pieces of bread. Celebrate by enjoying your favorite sandwich or by trying something new from one of the many sandwich cookbooks at the library.
Beautiful breads and fabulous fillings: the best sandwiches in America by Margaux Sky; photographs by Ron Manville
On Thursday, November 8 at noon we'll be discussing:
The language of flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh — After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, Victoria Jones is unable to get close to anybody and her only connection to the world is through flowers. She uses the Victorian language of flowers (originally developed to convey romance) to communicate grief, mistrust, and solitude. Praised by Booklist as "enchanting, ennobling, and powerfully engaging", this debut novel creates a vivid portrait of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.
Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo by Jim Aylesworth ; illustrated by Brad Sneed
It's milking time by Phyllis Alsdurf ; illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Meet the dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz
Ella Sarah gets dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin ; illustrations by Fumi Kosaka
Jesse Bear, what will you wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom ; illustrations by Bruce Degen
Does the thought of eating meat make you feel just awful? Join me in celebrating National Vegetarian Month, going on now in the month of October. We have a wonderful collection of Vegetarian cookbooks that are sure to get your mouth watering. Even if cooked cow does pass your lips sometimes, don't be afraid to try some new, great meatless recipes out. You may be pleasantly surprised.
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Chinese author, Mo Yan. As one of mainland China's best known authors, Mo Yan has created over 10 novels and 80 short stories in his 30-year career. According to The Guardian he is "notable not only for his creative engagement with modern Chinese history but also, more simply, for his dedication to the craft of writing." You can check out his prize-winning works in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, or English translation.
Big breasts and wide hips: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
Life and death are wearing me out: a novel by Mo Yan; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt
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Mrs. Adams in winter: a journey in the last days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien
Dinosaur thunder by Marion Dane Bauer ; [illustrated by] Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Dinosoaring by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine
The Berenstain Bears dinosaur dig by Jan & Mike Berenstain