The Canton Public Library embarked on a study in the fall of 2020 to learn about the unique needs of Canton Township residents aged 65 and older.  This strategic research was called the Senior Pulse Project and its goal was to learn how the library could safely meet the short term needs of Canton seniors. 

Who Was Involved in This Project?

The Pulse team included six library staff members as well as our Research Strategist, Susan Kennedy, from Look See.  
The library also received a wealth of information from our community partners who shared their expertise:

  • TejKiran Singh, Gurdwara Sahib Singh Sabha of Michigan
  • Sufia Fateh, Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs
  • Stephanie Diago, Club 55 Canton Leisure Services
  • Ariel Starr, Waltonwood Cherry Hill
  • Bill Schlatter, SEMCOG
  • Dan Patton, CPL Librarian

Genealogy Connect: Stuck? Research Strategies for Those Brick Wall Ancestors

Join us on Thursday, May 20 at 10:00 AM as Michigan genealogist Kris Rzepczynski presents "Stuck? Research Strategies for Those Brick Wall Ancestors".  This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.  Registration required and will begin April 22, 2021. 

Want to know more about Zoom programs?  Check out these tips for a great experience.  

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, May 20 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Online

Nonfiction Book Group: May

Join us Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable-making us predictably irrational.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, May 15 - 10:00 AM to Sunday, May 16 - 10:45 AM Online

Nonfiction Book Group: April

Join us Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses:   

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

A sensational and entertaining memoir of the world's most notorious jewel thief--a woman who defied society's prejudices and norms to carve her own path, stealing from elite jewelers to live her dreams. 

Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Doris Payne was told her dreams were unattainable for poor black girls like her. Surrounded by people who sought to limit her potential, Doris vowed to turn the tables after the owner of a jewelry store threw her out when a white customer arrived. Neither racism nor poverty would hold her back; she would get what she wanted and help her mother escape an abusive relationship. Using her southern charm, quick wit, and fascination with magic as her tools, Payne began shoplifting small pieces of jewelry from local stores. Over the course of six decades, her talents grew with each heist. Becoming an expert world-class jewel thief, she daringly pulled off numerous diamond robberies and her Jewish boyfriend fenced the stolen gems to Hollywood celebrities. Doris's criminal exploits went unsolved well into the 1970s--partly because the stores did not want to admit that they were duped by a black woman. Eventually realizing Doris was using him, her boyfriend turned her in. She was arrested after stealing a diamond ring in Monte Carlo that was valued at more than half a million dollars. But even prison couldn't contain this larger-than-life personality who cleverly used nuns as well as various ruses to help her break out. 

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Genealogy Connect: Virtual Tour of the Library of Michigan

Learn about the family history resources at your Library of Michigan by taking a virtual tour with librarian Matt Pacer.  Matt Pacer has many roles at the Library of Michigan, including Michigan Collection Curator, LM Digitization Coordinator, Rare Book Room Coordinator, Reference Librarian, and an all-around swell guy. He is here to help you discover resources that meet your research and learning needs. 

This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.  Registration required and will begin February 18, 2021. 

Want to know more about Zoom programs?  Check out these tips for a great experience.  

 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Nonfiction Book Group: March

Join us Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses:   

 

You and I eat the same [electronic resource] by Chris Ying and René Redzepi
Also available in: e-book

Good food is the common ground shared by all of us, and immigration is fundamental to good food. In eighteen thoughtful and engaging essays and stories, You and I Eat the Same explores the ways in which cooking and eating connect us across cultural and political borders, making the case that we should think about cuisine as a collective human effort in which we all benefit from the movement of people, ingredients, and ideas. An awful lot of attention is paid to the differences and distinctions between us, especially when it comes to food. But the truth is that food is that rare thing that connects all people, slipping past real and imaginary barriers to unify humanity through deliciousness. Don't believe it? Read on to discover more about the subtle (and not so subtle) bonds created by the ways we eat. 

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book formatIf you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Nonfiction Book Group: February

Join us Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses:   

 

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. This book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that 'we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.' By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control-relegating millions to a permanent second-class status-even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a 'call to action.'

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook formats. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Genealogy Connect: Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research

Join us on Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 AM as nationally known genealogist Thomas MacEntee presents "Did I Get Everything? Creating a Checklist for Genealogy Research".  This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.  Registration required and will begin December 22, 2020. 

Want to know more about Zoom programs?  Check out these tips for a great experience.  

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones. Below, you'll find a special selection of craft ideas from the Creativebug crafting database to share as a family and make your creative time inspiring and fun. You'll need a Canton Public Library card for access. 

 

 

 

Cooking and Baking

Nonfiction Book Group: October

Join us for a live virtual program on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at 10:00AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book

A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious "art war" that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level. At its center are two enduring figures: Maya Lin, a young, Asian-American architecture student at Yale whose abstract design won the international competition but triggered a fierce backlash among powerful figures; and Frederick Hart, an innovative sculptor of humble origins on the cusp of stardom.

This book is available immediately on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

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