To celebrate Black History Month and the upcoming Blank Panther movie, here are some of the best African and African American comic book characters. 

When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt - but can its monarch survive the necessary change? 

Featuring the stories and artwork (by Todd McFarlane himself!) that laid the groundwork for the most successful independent comic book ever published. Spawn Origins Volume 1 includes the introduction of not only Spawn, but also a number of other memorable and menacing characters, including Malebolgia and the Violator.

Read the book before you see the movie! Here are all the adult books that are getting movie adaptations in 2018. 

Non-Fiction Books

Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. 

Read the book before you see the movie! Here are all the children's and teen books that are getting movie adaptations in 2018. 

Children's Books

A collection of the four stories relating all the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his mischievous cousin, Benjamin Bunny. Included are "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," "The Tale of Benjamin Bunny," "The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies," and "The Tale of Mr. Tod.".

This year January 15th celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty years later many Americans still fight for equality and social justice. Here are some resources on equality and social justice you can check out at the Canton Public Library.

A is for activist by Innosanto Nagara

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books

Equality and diversity by Charlie Ogden

This timely book discusses why the acceptance of diversity is important in society to prevent discrimination based on race, religion, and sex. Case studies of real-world events help readers understand the consequences of inequality.

As 2017 comes to an end it is time to look back at our favorite video games of the year. The games featured on this list you can check out to try yourself. Did your favorite game make the list?

Travel across vast fields, through forests, and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the kingdom of Hyrule In this stunning open-air adventure. Also available in Wii U version

Explore incredible places far from the Mushroom Kingdom as you join Mario and his new ally Cappy on a massive, globe-trotting 3D adventure. Use amazing new abilities—like the power to capture and control objects, animals, and enemies—to collect Power Moons so you can power up the Odyssey airship and save Princess Peach from Bowser’s wedding plans!.

Did you enjoy the latest DC movie, Justice League and want to read more about the characters? Check out these comics that feature the characters and storylines that inspired the movie.

The comic that inspired the movie tells a story of the formation of the Justice League and their battle against Darkseid. Steppenwolf also makes an appearance in this comic. 

Also available in: print

Looking for more old and cranky Batman? Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns features a 55 year old Batman that is wiser, edgier, and has little patience. Batman fights Two-Face, the Joker, and even Superman in this comic. We have two copies of this graphic novel a 1996 version and a 30 year anniversary edition

Did you enjoy the latest Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarock, and want to read more about the characters? Check out these comics that feature the characters and storylines that inspired the movie.

This comic tells the story of Hulk and his time on Sakaar. Contains love, death, and epic battles. 

Thor. Vol. 3 by J. Michael Straczynski

This comic tells the story of what happens after Ragnarock and how Asgard rebuilds itself on Earth. The beginning of the series by Michael Straczynski is Thor 1

Inktober is the annual drawing challenge in October for artist of all skill levels. The goal is to work on your drawing skills by completing a drawing every day during the month of October. Here are some resources at Canton Public Library for inspiration and skills to practice. 

Learning to draw in pencil has never been so easy! With Just for Fun: Drawing, aspiring artists and art enthusiasts who have never before picked up a pencil can follow incredibly simple step-by-step instructions and discover how to draw everyday subjects. Each featured subject starts with basic lines and shapes, and slowly progresses with each new step to a fully rendered, completed drawing. 

Written for art students and beginners who want to illustrate for comics and graphic novels, this book provides a thorough grounding in drawing the human form. This comprehensive self-teaching course for illustrators features more than 150 instructive color illustrations.

Banned Book Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Public libraries support intellectual freedom, the right for every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. Below is a list of some of the most frequently challenged books. Did some of your favorite books make the list?

Children's Books

A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle

Summary: Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin, embark on a journey through space and time, assisted by three otherworldly women, when they set out to find Meg's father, a physicist who disappeared while experimenting with time travel.

Reasons for Challenge: too religious, anti-Christian, promotes occultic world view.

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