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Savvy Seniors July 2013

The 2013 Western Wayne County Senior Olympics will be held August 12-16. Events will be held throughout Western Wayne County. Individuals 50 years and older will participate in a large variety of activities. The opening ceremony will be held at Nankin Mills Field (Hines Drive S. of Ann Arbor Trail) in Northville at 8:00 AM on August 12.

Teen Baseball Books

Center field by Robert Lipsyte

Heat by Mike Lupica

Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

The boy who saved baseball by John H. Ritter

Alex Rodriguez by Michael V. Uschan

The big field by Mike Lupica

Center field by Robert Lipsyte

Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh My!

Michigan is lucky to be home to many successful sports teams - both professional and collegiate. The Detroit Tigers, Red WIngs, Lions, and Pistons are all among the longest running franchises in their sports and have won several championships between them. In fact, in 1935, Detroit was nicknamed the City of Champions when the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won the first championships in their respective sport that year. In addition, boxer and local hero Joe Louis was named the "Most Outstanding Athlete of 1935." The University of Michigan, and Michigan State University both have a long tradition of winning teams in several sports as well.

Try a New Sport

Tennis: steps to success by Jim Brown, Camille Soulier

Table tennis: steps to success by Richard McAfee

Field hockey: steps to success by Elizabeth Anders with Sue Myers

Softball: steps to success by Diane Potter, Lynn V. Johnson

Archery: steps to success by Kathleen M. Haywood, Catherine F. Lewis

Swimming: steps to success by David Thomas

Basketball: steps to success by Hal Wissel

Teens Get Your Fiction Game On

The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch

Swim the fly by Don Calame

Whale talk by Chris Crutcher

Winger by Andrew Smith

Rush for the gold: mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein

Vanishing act by John Feinstein

Summer ball by Mike Lupica

The batboy by Mike Lupica

Sporty Picture Books

Who's on first? by Abbott & Costello ; illustrated by John Martz


A is for amazing moments: a sports alphabet by written by Brad Herzog ; illustrated by Melanie Rose


Happy like soccer by Maribeth Boelts ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo


Clorinda plays baseball! by Robert Kinerk ; illustrated by Steven Kellogg


Babar's Celesteville Games by Laurent de Brunhoff


The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Sports Fiction for Tweens

Good sports by Jack Prelutsky ; illustrated by Chris Raschka

Lay-ups and long shots: an anthology of short stories by Joseph Bruchac, Lynea Bowdish, David Lubar, Terry Trueman, C.S. Perryess, Dorian Cirrone, Jamie McEwan, Max Elliot Anderson, Peggy Duffy

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman

The girl who threw butterflies by Mick Cochrane

The rivalry: mystery at the Army-Navy game by John Feinstein

Pop by Gordon Korman

Sports jokes to tickle your funny bone by Stew Thornley

Snapshots of Reading and Games

Share the ways you've been able to combine reading with gaming or sports. Earn your badge by sharing a photo of you reading a baseball book at a Tigers Game, reading about improving your chess skills while playing a formidable opponent, or come up with your own way of creatively reading while playing.

Celebrate Go Outdoors Month All Summer Long

You can celebrate Get Outdoors Month all summer long. The official celebration takes place in June, but you can find activities to celebrate going outdoors throughout our Connect Your Summer experience. Use library materials to learn a new outdoor sport, plan an outdoor adventure, or just to find a great book to take outside. Share your experience to earn a badge.

During the month of June, check out our Great Outdoors Month display in the Tween Scene (pictured).

Get Your Game On with Dewey

If you're into browsing, try using the Dewey Decimal System to find a book for your Game On badge. For nonfiction sporting selections, in both the Adult and Children's Departments, check the 796s for sport books. Use our endcaps to find the right number. Discover a good-looking read, and then share your thoughts after you've read it to earn your Game On badge.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun DayDon't forget about Building Bridges Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 22nd from 11am-1:30pm at the Canton Mosque located at 40440 Palmer Rd. Face painting, sports activities, henna, mosque tours, ethnic food, Arab Calligraphy and Q and A with the Imam are some of the highlights of this day. Please RSVP by June 20th. Stop in to pick up a free flyer for more information.

Vaulting on Horseback - POSTPONED due to extreme heat.

VaultingThe riders and horses from Miracle Ranch in Milford will visit and bring Leon, a beautiful white horse, and the riding team of girls from 5 to 20. Equestrian Vaulting is the art of combining gymnastics and dance while standing on the back of a moving horse. It is quite an amazing sight to see. Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 12 noon behind the library for this unique demonstration. Be prepared to be dazzled.

Meet a Horse

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday, August 7, at 10:00 AM. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Come back in the evening at 7:00 PM to hear the moving and amazing story of JoAnne Normile and how she started Canter, the racehorse rescue group, in Michigan. Normile's story is told through her book Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. She will be available to sign copies of her starred Kirkus-reviewed book purchased at the event.

Oldies, but Goodies: Backyard Games

Join us for some old-fashioned backyard games! We'll be behind the library (weather permitting) so kids of all ages can come have some fun. Should we run into bad weather, we'll still have games in the Community Room, so stop by.

Tuesday, June 25 from 7-8:30 PM

From Glory Days by Kurt A. David

From Glory Days PBS TV ShowJoin Kurt A. David, pro athlete, best-selling author, TV personality and more as he brings his popular PBS TV show to the library. David's message is about reaching success despite facing great change, transition and adversity. His best-selling From Glory Days tells the stories of well-known, big-name athletes who have made the transition from hero athlete to everyday father and husband. Meet Mr. David, hear his stories and take a good look at his book, available for sale and signing on Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess is open to 10 year olds and up.

Open Chess

 There is no meeting in May due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  See you June 23rd.

Play Ball!

 Opening Day for the 2013 MLB season has begun! Some new reads for baseball fans.

Baseball Prospectus 2013: the essential guide to the 2013 season by edited by King Kaufman and Cecilia M. Tan

The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych by Wilson, Doug

Francona: the Red Sox years by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy

Hank Greenberg: the hero of heroes by John Rosengren

Baseball Talk: Rick Ferrell & the Detroit Tigers

Batter up!  Baseball is back in town so join us for an entertaining, historical presentation to get us all in the team spirit on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM. Kerrie Ferrell chronicles her father's career, Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell, and his Detroit Tigers baseball career from 1950-1992.  She will share historical pictures, humorous inside stories and take us all on an entertaining journey through decades of pro baseball.  Tales of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and more will surely entertain.
Pass the peanuts and Cracker Jack!   

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room.  For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.  See you on April 28th at 1:00 PM.