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How can we be good citizens? Now is a great time to explore the topic at home and learn new ways to be good to each other. Try making a list of ways to help in your community and check off as many as you can!

What can a citizen do? by Dave Eggers

CPL Story Go Round

Story Go Round

Hello Storytimers! As snows falls and meeting inside is not safe just yet, we present to you CPL Story Go Round, a collection of storytime nuggets designed just for you. Head over to our Youtube channel to see a collection of very short videos ranging from stories to songs to action rhymes and more. Follow a theme curated by one of our wonderful librarians OR mix and match the videos yourself. Want to watch all songs? Sing out! How about listen to stories? Put your listening ears on and go for it! These videos are designed to give you the freedom to build your own storytime with your kids and continue to enjoy a guided storytime experience from your home at a time that is best for you. They will remain on the site so that you can view new videos as they are posted or watch your favorites over and over again. Videos will start going live on January 4!

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Black Bottom saints : a novel by 1959- Alice Randall
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

An enthralling literary tour-de-force that pays tribute to Detroit's legendary neighborhood, a mecca for jazz, sports, and politics, Black Bottom Saints is a powerful blend of fact and imagination reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's classic novel Ragtime and Marlon James' Man Booker Award-winning masterpiece, A Brief History of Seven Killings. From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph "Ziggy" Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroit's famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city's African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he's rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats. As he lays dying in the black-owned-and-operated Kirkwood Hospital, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it. Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom's venerable "52 Saints." Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe  Louis, and a raucous Bricktop. Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life "Saints" with local heroes who became household names, enthralling men and women whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City's Harlem. Accompanying these "tributes" are thoughtfully paired cocktails--special drinks that capture the essence of each of Ziggy's saints--libations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randall's wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other.

Also available in: e-book

From Ty Cobb and Hank Greenberg to the Bad Boys, from Joe Louis and Gordie Howe to the Malice at the Palace, City of Champions explores the history of Detroit through the stories of its most gifted athletes and most celebrated teams, linking iconic events in the history of Motown sports to the city's shifting fortunes. . Driven by the conviction that sports not only mirror society but also have a special power to create both community and enduring narratives that help define a city s sense of self, City of Champions is a unique history of the most American of cities. 

Also available in: e-book

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X--all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction. The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism. Setting Malcolm's life not only within the Nation of Islam but against the larger backdrop of American history, the book traces the life of one of the twentieth century's most politically relevant figures "from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary. "In tracing Malcolm X's life from his Nebraska birth in 1925 to his Harlem assassination in 1965, Payne provides searing vignettes culled from Malcolm's Depression-era youth, describing the influence of his Garveyite parents: his father, Earl, a circuit-riding preacher who was run over by a street car in Lansing, Michigan, in 1929, and his mother, Louise, who continued to instill black pride in her children after Earl's death. Filling each chapter with resonant drama, Payne follows Malcolm's exploits as a petty criminal in Boston and Harlem in the 1930s and early 1940s to his religious awakening and conversion to the Nation of Islam in a Massachusetts penitentiary. With a biographer's unwavering determination, Payne corrects the historical record and delivers extraordinary revelations--from the unmasking of the mysterious NOI founder "Fard Muhammad," who preceded Elijah Muhammad; to a hair-rising scene, conveyed in cinematic detail, of Malcolm and Minister Jeremiah X Shabazz's 1961 clandestine meeting with the KKK; to a minute-by-minute account of Malcolm X's murder at the Audubon Ballroom. Introduced by Payne's daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her father's death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle.

In 1998, Congress extended the date of copyright expiration for works published between 1923 and 1977 to 95 years. So as of this year, many great works originally published in 1925 are now part of the public domain, accessible to free legal use. Check out some of these 96 yr old titles and find out why they're still on reading lists and influencing popular culture.

Books

The Great Gatsby : the graphic novel by 1985- adaptor Fred Fordham
Also available in: print | audiobook | video | e-music

Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

Have you made a New Year's resolution for 2021? Are you looking for ideas about changes you'd like to make to have your best year yet, or do you need more help on how to make your goals your reality? Check out these blog posts for tips and inspiration!

What better way to enjoy the chilly, snowy days to come than curled up with a good book? These nonfiction picks are great for winter evenings full of quiet contemplation.

Books for living by Will Schwalbe

Get FREE access to online classes and meetups courtesy of the MDHHS Aging and Adult Services Agency. The state agency has teamed up with a website called GetSetUp to help you safely and securely learn new skills and interact with peers over the internet. GetSetUp offers live meetings with older adults from near and far. You can learn things like how to use ZOOM for a family gathering or videochat with other folks about local sports or crafting.

Follow these steps to join the service:

  1. Make sure you have an email address as well as a camera and microphone on your computer. You can also use a smartphone or a tablet.
  2. Go to the website getsetup.io/michigan. You should see the MDHHS logo in the right-hand corner.
  3. Start browsing the classes and meetups. Click the blue "Register Now" button to sign up for a session. You can just sign up for individual sessions or you can create an account to track your activity. You can also sign up to get emails about upcoming classes.
  4. The majority of classes are free. If you see a class that has a fee, you can enter the coupon code MICHIGANHEALTH to waive the fee for most classes. 
  5. We recommend you start out with the "New Member Orientation" at this web address: getsetup.io/details/new-member-orientation

If you have any questions, there is an email address and toll-free phone number at the top of the GetSetUp webpage. Please take advantage of this fun and innovative service.

May We Suggest

Looking for something to read? We now have three services to meet your needs: May We Suggest Classic, May We Suggest Express and May We Suggest - Kids

  • May We Suggest Classic – Tell us what you like to read and a Canton Public Library librarian will respond with a curated reading list within 4 days.
  • May We Suggest Express – Get your curated reading list within 2 days, and have up to three books from that list placed on the hold shelf for you so you can start reading right away.
  • May We Suggest - Kids – For the kids! Answer a few simple questions to tell us what you need, and you will receive your own list of reading suggestions prepared by a Canton Public Library librarian within 2-4 days.