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Henning Mankell, Swedish Noir Author, dies at 67

Henning Mankell, author of the popular Kurt Wallander series died on October 5 of cancer at the age ot 67.  Mankell was the author of over 40 novels, 11 featuring the dour detective Kurt Wallander. Kenneth Branagh adapted several of the novels to film for the BBC. 

World Sight Day 2015

October 8 is World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness held to generate global attention on blindness and vision impairment.For those unfamiliar with the free service, the Braille and Talking Book Library offers audio books, magazines and braille titles to Michigan residents with visual or physical disabilities that are unable to utilize standard print materials. Canton Public Library is a demo site; interested individuals can try a digital talking book machine before enrolling in the program.

Great Michigan Read 2015-2016 Kickoff

If you will be in the Lansing area on Thursday, October 8, please be sure to join us for the Great Michigan Read kick-off event (which will actually be Emily’s sixth appearance) at the Library of Michigan (702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing). The 2013-14 Great Michigan Read author, Steve Luxenberg (Annie’s Ghosts), will be interviewing Emily St. John Mandel about Station Eleven, writing, and much more. The doors open at 6:00 PM.

Great Michigan Read 2015-2016

Station eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The first author tour is coming up this week, October 5, with events scheduled in Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. For Emily St. John Mandel's full schedule please visit the 2015-2016 Great Michigan Read website.  


The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a host of other sponsors. 

Time for Twos

Children, who are 18 months old to not yet three, may join us with their caregiver for stories and activities designed just for their age group. We'll read books, sing songs, and then enjoy some water play.

Registration will begin October 26.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Please choose a Monday OR Friday session as this is a registered program. Sessions begin Monday, November 9 and end Friday, December 11. Registration is online and begins Monday, October 26. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30
Fridays, 1:00-1:30

Native American Biographies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month check out some of the biographies of notable First Americans from the Library's collection, or go to this list for more information.

Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden

Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard

Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce: the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray

Pocahontas by Grace Steele Woodward

Your Tablet, Your Library - November 14

Movies and music and books, oh my! Come to the library to learn more about how you can enjoy downloadable and streaming library services; from Zinio's digital magazine downloads to Hoopla, which offers streaming comics, movies, music and more!

Join us Saturday, November 14 at 3:00 PM to take a tour through our Library's emedia services, taking a close look at options for streaming and downloading movies, TV, music, ebooks and eaudiobooksRegistration required!

Intermediate Excel 2013 - November 19

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel.

Join us Thursday, November 19 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Registration Required!

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners - November 14

If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's Internet Lab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 14 for our drop-in skills lab. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more.  A librarian will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or direct you to activities and tutorials to help build basic computer skills.

*This lab is restricted to basic computer skills, as listed above. Staff will not be able to assist with the diagnosis or repair of computer equipment, or with online financial transactions.

Prepare for Temporary MeLCat Unavailability

For technical reasons, MeLCat will be temporarily unavailable for new requests beginning on Wednesday, November 18. Library users will be able to pick up MeLCat materials until Wednesday, December 2. The ability to place requests will be restored by Friday, December 11. MeLCat materials can be returned at any time.

Databases provided by MeL may be unavailable outside of the library from December 2-11. 

For more information, please visit the MeLCat website.

Please plan ahead and place your MeLCat requests prior to November 18!

Native American Heritage Month

birdIn 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month", which has come to be commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. By either name it is a time of "recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S." The Library's collection is a great place to look for materials about Native Americans and their place in our country's history.

500 nations: an illustrated history of North American Indians by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. ; based on a documentary filmscript by Jack Leustig, Roberta Grossman, Lee Miller, and William Morgan with contributions by John M.D. Pohl

The Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas

Daily life of Native Americans from post-Columbian through nineteenth-century America by Alice Nash and Christoph Strobel

Learn Oktoberfest German with Mango

For the month of October, learn to speak German for Oktoberfest with Mango Languages! This is free with your Canton Public Library card. Mango has over 80 languages to learn so check out the resource here today!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Dr. Susan Love's breast book by Susan M. Love, M.D. with Elizabeth Love and Karen Lindsey ; illustrations by Marcia Williams

The new generation breast cancer book: how to navigate your diagnosis and treatment options—and remain optimistic—in an age of information overload by Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Chief of Breast Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Co-director of the Dubin Breast Center

Turning off breast cancer: a personalized approach to nutrition and detoxification in prevention and healing by Daniella Chace, MS, CN

Pilates for breast cancer survivors: a guide to recovery, healing, and wellness by Naomi Aaronson, Ann Marie Turo

The silver lining: a supportive and insightful guide to breast cancer by Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW ; photographs by Elizabeth Messina

Art + Authors Book Discussion at the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts hosts a quarterly book discussion, Art + Authors to discuss great books and great art together.   To complement the upcoming 30 Americans exhibit,  a Canton Public Library librarian will co-lead a discussion of two books, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coats and The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin both November 6th  and November 7th from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the DIA.  The discussion will be followed by a tour of a permanent exhibition led by an Interpreter Program volunteer.   The program is free but registration is required. Call  313-833-4005  for more information

Macarthur Genius Grant Winner Ta-Nehisi Coates

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and institutions committed to building a better world. The Fellows Program recently announced the 2015 "Genius Grant" recipients who had shown extraordinary dedication and originality to their creative pursuits. One of the winners is national correspondent of The Atlantic and author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, of the bestselling book about race relations, Between the World and Me.

Share a Story: Monster Storytime

Did you miss our monster storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own spooky storytime.

From Storytime

Have fun singing "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Make up your own actions to go with the song.

And try a version of the Chocolate Chip Ghost.


Yeti and the bird by written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Oh no, Little Dragon! by [by Jim Averbeck]

Hoopla eBooks and eComics coming November 01

Exciting news: on Sunday, November 1st, Hoopla is getting even better! In addition to streaming movies, TV, music and audiobooks, you can now use your Canton Public Library card to check out Hoopla's eBooks and eComics! Just like everything else on Hoopla, these eBooks and eComics are always available. 

In the meantime, you can use your library card to check out great music, movies and more on your tablet, smart phone or computer!

Unconventional Princess Picture Books

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Meg Hunt



Princess-in-training by Tammi Sauer ; pictures by Joe Berger



The princess and the pony by Kate Beaton


Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole


The paper bag princess by story, Robert N. Munsch ; illus- trations, Michael Martchenko