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Winter Classic Comes to Michigan

It's official: The Red Wings and Maple Leafs will face-off in Ann Arbor at the Big House in the 2013 Bridgestone Winter Classic on New Year’s Day. Stay connected to receive future updates. Meanwhile, continue cheering the Wings on as they move forward in their quest to beat the NHL record of 20 straight home game victories. Don't forget that the library has loads of books and dvds on the Red Wings, and even a couple on the Leafs.

Forever Hockeytown!: how the 2008 Red Wings reclaimed the Stanley Cup by editor, Mark Francescutti

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.

The fourth Sunday of the month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Ice Cold Gold

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, two figure skaters trained here in our very own Canton Michigan, just won their fourth consecutive U.S. Figure Skating Championship title. Not only that, but they're the longest running Ice Dance team in the U.S.! We make some mighty fine ice skaters here in Canton. Congrats to the medal winners.
[Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP]

Joe Paterno 1926-2012

Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State coach, died January 20 in State College, Pennsylvania of lung cancer. The winningest coach in major college football, "JoePa" roamed the Penn State sidelines for 46 seasons, his thick-rimmed glasses, windbreaker and jet-black sneakers as familiar as the Nittany Lions’ blue and white helmets.
[Image courtesy of AP Images]

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of each month in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.

The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Red Wing All-Stars

Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard will play for Team Chara in the NHL All-Star Game hosted by the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, January 29th. The Red Wings head into the All-Star break with NHL's longest home game winning streak in 36 years with 17! Read more about current and past hockey greats in several books found in the Canton Public Library's collection.

Older Adults: Go4Life January 2012

The American Library Association has joined the National Institutes of Health promoting Go4Life. Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help individuals fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.

Older & wiser workout [videodisc]: for active older adults by with Sue Grant; produced by FitFlix Productions

Lilias! yoga: your guide to enhancing body, mind, and spirit in midlife and beyond by Lilias Folas

Skiing in Michigan

Skiing in Michigan offers excitement at any level of skill. With more than 40 Michigan downhill skiing resorts, the Silvery Slopes of Michigan offer the best Alpine skiing in the Midwest. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky where the beauty of downhill skiing is Pure Michigan. Michigan ski resorts and lodging and travel include Cadillac, Gaylord, Traverse City, Boyne, and Petoskey.

College Football Bowl Frenzy and More

College Bowl Madness begins Saturday, December 17th with the New Mexico Bowl continuing into 2012 culimnating with the BCS Championship Bowl on January 9th. Western Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan will see action in the Little Caesars Bowl, Outback Bowl and Sugar Bowl, respectively. In addition, the Wayne State Warriors will play for the NCAA Division II Championship on Saturday December 17th.

Senior Wii Bowling

Seniors have fun on a Wii Bowling League on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. It's great fun and competition, with no special skills required. Join us on January 3 and January 12 at 11:00 AM.

Keeping Up With The Lions

Are you keeping up with the Detroit Lions? They are having a really great year (finally). Their next game is Sunday, December 4th, against the New Orleans Saints. Since it's an away game, and unless you are among the very lucky folks attending, be sure to read up on your favorite team on their website or in our nonfiction collection. Go Lions!

Verlander Named American League MVP

Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has also been named the American League's Most Valuable Player for 2011. He is the first starting pitcher to win MVP since 1986 when Roger Clemens took the honor. Only six other pitchers in MLB history have won both the Cy Young Award and the MVP honors in the same year: the Dodger's Sandy Koufax in 1963, St. Louis' Bob Gibson and Detroit's Denny McLain in 1968, Oakland's Vida Blue in 1971, Milwaukee's Rollie Fingers in 1981 and Detroit's Willie Hernandez in 1984.

Tiger Ace Wins Cy Young Award

Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers has been named the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The 28 year old right handed pitcher who finished the 2011 season with a 25-4 record and 250 strike outs won the award by unanimous vote. In addition, Tiger's manager Jim Leyland was the runner up for American League Manager of the Year. Other recipients of 2011 MLB awards include former Detroit Tiger Kirk Gibson who was named the 2011 National League Manager of the year and former Tiger centerfielder Curtis Granderson who was named Outstanding Player in the American League. MVP awards for the American League will be announced on November 21st with both Justin Verlander and Tiger's first baseman Miguel Cabrera in the running. Looking to satisfy your baseball fix till Spring Training 2012? Be sure to check out the many Detroit Tiger books and videos we have to offer!

Open Chess

Open Chess in November and December will only meet once in each month due to the holiday calendar. Tim Heller will host the informal open play for everyone from beginners to experts. Join us on November 13 and December 11 at 1:00 PM in the Community Room. Oh, and have a lovely holiday season!

Let's Go Red Wings!

Hockey fans, the Detroit Red Wings open the 2011-2012 NHL Hockey season at Joe Louis on Friday October 7th against the Ottawa Senators. Puck drops at 7:30 PM. Grab your spirit wear and cheer them on to what is sure to be another exciting hockey season.

Go Get 'Em Tigers!

Our Detroit Tigers start their hunt for a World Championship tonight at Yankee Stadium! Those of us over a certain age will certainly remember the excitement of past World Series for the Tigers. The 1984 series was the most recent successful run, but I will always remember the 1968 series as a magical time. Kaline, Cash, Northrup, Stanley, Freehan, McAuliffe, Lolich and McLain were just some of the Tigers on that team that came from behind night after night to pull out a game in the late innings — much like this year! And after every win we would hear their very own fight song Go Get 'em Tigers! If you want to sing along you can find the words below. And to quote the late, great Sparky Anderson from 1984 "Bless You Boys!"

Magazine Express

As the Canton Public Library continues to deal with a declining budget, patrons are reminded the "magazine express" program has been discontinued.

Let's hear it for the Tigers!

We are rocking it baseball style here in the D! Our Detroit Tigers are on a roll. Let's hope they can carry this into the playoff season starting shortly. Have you got tickets yet? Until it's time for the next game, check out our great books and DVD's on the Detroit Tigers.

MIS August Race Weekend 2011

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 will conclude the Michigan International Speedway racing season this weekend August 19-21, 2011. Events begin Friday with Meijer Pole Day followed by Saturday's VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and culminating in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will serve as grand marshal giving the command to start engines on Sunday!