The books are all memoirs that are fun to read or listen to. Enjoy one today! 

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Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love. 

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Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best. As Jenny says : "Some people might think that being 'furiously happy' is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he's never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.

Lets throwback to some oldies but goodies in chapter and picture books! 

Imogene's antlers by David Small

One Thursday Imogene wakes up with a pair of antlers growing out of her head and causes a sensation wherever she goes.

Half magic by Edward Eager

Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

STEM Curiosity

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Kids aged 7-10 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math are first introduced to a topic and the science behind it. After learning about the sessions' topic, participants will be given a problem and challenged to engineer a solution to it individually and as teams. 

Registration is Required

 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 20 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Hydrology & Water Quality
Saturday, September 15 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room The Physics of Music
Saturday, October 6 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room International Space Week

Speedcubing at CPL

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On Saturday, August 4th from 10:00 am to Noon, join our guest, James Hildreth the Michigan representative for the World Cubing Association, as we learn about the sport of competitive speedcubing. Come and learn about cubing, test drive different types of cubes, ask questions, or test your time against others and see if you can reign supreme on the CPL time board! Recommended for patrons aged 8 years old and up.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, August 4 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

"A host of animals portrays all kinds of non-traditional families"--.

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

These are real stories from the past that hold a candle to today's action-adventure novels! 

"I did have a murderous trip down South, but it was mighty interesting." In October 1913, Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a tour of South America. The thrill-seeking adventurer had no idea that he would soon receive an offer he couldn't refuse: the chance to lead an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle to chart an unmapped river with his son Kermit and renowned Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon. Death on the River of Doubt takes readers inside the thrilling journey that unfolds as Roosevelt, Rondon, Kermit, and their companions navigate an unpredictable river through an unforgiving jungle. With new threats at every turn, from bloodthirsty piranhas and raging rapids to starvation, disease, and a traitor in their own ranks, it seems that not everyone will make it out alive. Through it all, the indomitable Teddy Roosevelt remained determined to complete their mission and rewrite the map of the world. Or die trying"--.

Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world.

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.  Below are books that have been nominated this year, along with some from prior years. 

Young Readers

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to celebrate, here is a list of books that contain characters living with neurodiversity and/or mental illnesses. For more information on mental health or to learn how to become an advocate for yourself or others please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at  www.nami.org

Middle schooler Natalie's year-long assignment to answer a question using the scientific process leads to truths about her mother's depression and her own cultural identity.

Finding perfect by Elly D Swartz

"With some help from her siblings and friends, Molly is able to face her OCD and be strong enough to get help for it"--.

Extra time this Holiday Season? Why not learn a new language with Mango Languages? You can learn one of the 72 languages featured with Mango for free with your Canton Public Library card. Click here to see what kind of foreign language resources we offer. 

Do you need help wth finding books, PDFs, articles, and primary sources of information for your project? Feel free to browse the list below for easy to access information to help with your project. 

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Power Search

Biography in Context 

World History in Context

US History in Context

EBSCO Host eBook Collection 

MeL (get books from other libraries sent to Canton Public Library)

MeL Databases

 

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