The Big Library Read is a “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. The 2018 fall selection is:   The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke. In this fantasy book written for young adults, sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, where she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic.   

The Big Library Read runs from October 1 through 15, and during this time OverDrive offers unlimited checkouts on the title. No hold list and no waiting!

In 2018, the library received a generous donation from Citizens for Peace to purchase books and dvds. Citizens for Peace is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group pursuing nonviolent solutions to conflict and creating a culture of peace. The items purchased cover a broad spectrum of youth and adult materials on peace-building and promoting a tolerant and just society. Following are just a few of the books this thoughtful donation has allowed us to purchase. To find a complete list of books librarians have purchased with this money, search the phrase "Citizens for Peace" in our catalog.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus says of the meek, "they will inherit the earth." Meekness, John Dear argues, is the biblical word for nonviolence. He makes the connection Jesus makes at the start of his Sermon on the Mount between our practice of nonviolence and our unity with creation. Drawing on personal stories, John Dear invites us to return to nonviolence as a way of life and a way of living in solidarity with Earth and its creatures.

On a hot summer afternoon in 1928, the leaders of the world assembled in Paris to outlaw war. Within the year, the treaty signed that day, known as the Peace Pact, had been ratified by nearly every state in the world. War, for the first time in history, had become illegal the world over. But the promise of that summer day was fleeting. Within a decade of its signing, each state that had gathered in Paris to renounce war was at war. And in the century that followed, the Peace Pact was dismissed as an act of folly and an unmistakable failure. This book argues that that understanding is inaccurate, and that the Peace Pact ushered in a sustained march toward peace that lasts to this day.
 

Nonfiction Book Group October 2018

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Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and co-author Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives--how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they set out to explore the hidden side of...well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work.

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Saturday, October 20 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room

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Nonfiction Book Group September 2018

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The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It infected a third of the people on Earth--from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi and Woodrow Wilson. But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I. In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test.

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The Big Library Read is a “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. The 2018 summer selection is:  Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams. This wild west version of Pride and Prejudice was selected through popular vote by OverDrive readers from around the world.  

The Big Library Read runs from July 9 through 23, and during this time OverDrive offers unlimited checkouts on the title. No hold list and no waiting!

Nonfiction Book Group August 2018

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Road Through Time begins with the story of how anatomically modern humans left Africa to populate the world. She then carries us along the Silk Road in Central Asia, and tells of roads built for war in Persia, the Andes, and the Roman Empire. She sails across the seas, and introduces the first railways, all before plunking us down in the middle of a massive, modern freeway. The book closes with a view from the end of the road, literally and figuratively, asking, can we meet the challenges presented by a mode of travel dependent on hydrocarbons, or will we decline, like so many civilizations that have come before us?

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Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking - the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers - brings a comforting sense of home. So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium. Luckily she soon makes friends - including a Grecian god-like neighbour - who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is.

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Brides by the Sea, the cutest little wedding shop in all of Cornwall, has it all, including cake baker Poppy who lives upstairs. When her best friend Cate's wedding planner walks out and Poppy takes over, she finds out wedding planning is not a piece of cake. Double-booked venues, 'rustic' locations and gorgeous but grumpy farmer Rafe have this wedding pro feeling like the wedding, the shop and the cake might all come crashing down on her.

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Years ago Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up-- and she hasn't looked back. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious...and hopelessly in love with her boss. But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she's suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers-- all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework-- and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking - and finds herself restoring a dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

In 2017 the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund was created through a generous anonymous donation from appreciative readers. This donation enhances our print collection through the purchase of literary fiction and literary genre fiction; or quality narrative nonfiction primarily in the areas of science, social science, the humanities, literary biographies, and history. If you're interested in contributing to the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund, contact the fund's administrator, the Canton Community Foundation. Following are just a few of the books this thoughtful donation has allowed us to purchase in 2017. To find a complete list of books librarians have purchased with this money, keyword search the terms Book Purchase Enrichment Fund in our catalog.

Drawing from the great folklorists of the past while expanding African American lore with dozens of tales rarely seen before, The Annotated African American Folktales revolutionizes the canon like no other volume. Acclaimed scholars Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar assemble a groundbreaking collection of folktales, myths, and legends that revitalizes a vibrant African American past to produce the most comprehensive and ambitious collection of African American folktales ever published in American literary history.

A consideration of Fosse's career in the context of changes in the Broadway musical theater over four decades. The book traces his early dance years and the importance of early mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins on his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life - all dancers - impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic. Finally, the book investigates how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes. 

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