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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!.

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.

Code

Technology Challenge Experience: Attend a coding program at the library or try coding at home. Record what you did on your challenge sheet. 

Technology Challenge Explore: Learn about coding by reading materials from the library.

Technology Challenge Engage: Share your coding experience by telling someone else (a friend, family member, or neighbor) or share your experience on social media with the hashtag #CYSStoryBox. 

Books About Coding for Kids

Outdoor Challenge Experience: Watch a firework show or launch your own fireworks with friends or family outside. Take pictures and record what you did on your challenge sheet.

Outdoor Challenge Explore: Learn about the 4th of July, America, or how fireworks are made by reading materials from the Canton Public Library.

Outdoor Challenge Engage: Share your fireworks experience by telling someone else (a friend, family member, or neighbor) or share your experience on social media with the hashtag #CYSStoryBox. 

Explore Fireworks With the Following Books

Superheroes/Graphic Novel Experience: read DC's Rebirth event at Canton Public Library! Start with DC Universe: Rebirth that launched this epic event and continue the story by reading your favorite DC character's comic. Rebirth is a great starting point for new and old DC fans! Search our catalog or check with a librarian for more DC Rebirth trade paperbacks and digital comics available on Hoopla.

 

Superheroes/Graphic Novel Explore: Explore your DC Rebirth experience by reflecting on what you read, learning more, or digging deeper. What did you like about Rebirth? What didn't you like about Rebirth? What Rebirth story was your favorite and why? What are your predictions for the comics you read? How did the character you read about match or didn't match their movie/TV version?

 

Superheroes/Graphic Novel Engage: Share your DC Rebirth experience by telling someone else (a friend, family member, or neighbor) or share your experience on social media with the hashtag #CYSStoryBox. 

Introduction to Rebirth

DC Universe : rebirth by Geoff Johns
Also available in: e-book

A mysterious force ripples across the DC Universe, trying to warn the World's Greatest Heroes of an impending threat! That force? A returning Wally West! But what has the former Kid Flash seen? And who or what is he running from? It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don't say we didn't warn you!

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