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Voters can get ready for the upcoming primary election to be held in Michigan on August 4, 2020 by going to VOTE411. By typing in their address, voters can find out who and what's on the ballot for all local, state, and federal elections, including information on the candidates. Voters can also check their registration status, and their polling place and hours. For more information on voting in Canton - including information on absentee voting - click here.

Boston's massacre by Eric Hinderaker

On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Boston's Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre is one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one of the least understood. Eric Hinderaker revisits this dramatic episode, examining in forensic detail the facts of that fateful night, the competing narratives that molded public perceptions at the time, and the long campaign afterward to transform the tragedy into a touchstone of American identity.

July 1, 1867. The Constitution Act, 1867 is enacted,  uniting the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

The Constitution : an introduction by Michael Stokes Paulsen

July 2, 1788. The United States Constitution was ratified.

July 2, 1881. President James A. Garfield was shot as he entered a railway station in Washington, D.C. He died on September 19.

The summer months are usually the time we can go see all of  those blockbuster movies we look forward to all year. Think Jaws. The Dark Knight. E.T. Jurassic Park. And although our summer movie experience is different this year, there are still many ways to watch and appreciate our favorite films. Changes are coming to this year's film festivals as well. YouTube announced that they would feature a free online global film festival called We Are One which began May 29 and ran through June 7. Twenty of the world's most famous film festivals presented including the Cannes Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival. A full schedule of future events will be posted on the festival's YouTube page. Even the Oscars are in for some big changes this year. Although only a temporary change, streaming-only movies will be eligible for awards at the 2021 Academy Awards presentation for the first time. Theater closures have pushed many studios to either release movies online or delay them for months. But in the meantime there are lots of ways to enjoy the movies this summer! And don't forget the popcorn!


  • Hoopla  Thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios are available for streaming, from anime to westerns - and everything in between! CPL Library card required.
  • Kanopy  Stream movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, including the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema. CPL Library card required.
  • Kanopy Kids Kanopy Kids features a collection of films and TV series that inspire and inform, helping children develop social emotional skills and reinforcing valuable learning topics, such as history, science, and new languages. CPL Library card required.
  • Crackle. An ad-supported streaming service that offers both movies and TV shows.  No account required.
  • IMDbTV. Ad-supported streaming movies and TV shows. Must create a free account.
  • Popcornflix Kids.  Ad-supported streaming service for family-friendly movies & TV shows.
  • Tubi TV. Access to thousands of free movies for all ages - not commercial free, however. No account required.​

Books About the Movies

Books For Kids

Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Although the new world of social distancing is putting a crimp in all of our travel plans, that's no reason we can't take a trip - a virtual trip that is! From museums to zoos, to country and city tours, the possibilities are endless. No need to leave your couch, just pick a destination and you're on your way! No passport required. A good place to start your vacation is from one of the following sites which list a variety of virtual tours from around the world.

  • Google Arts & Culture  Explore art and culture from around the globe with this comprehensive site, including over 200 museums from 80 countries.
  •  Find links to food, drink, travel and entertainment around the world including their list of the best virtual trips while social distancing
  • Pure Michigan  The new #Virtual Pure Michigan campaign brings Michigan travel experiences directly into people’s homes by way of virtual tours, live streams, web cams and other interactive technology such as puzzles, games, and fun fact sheets for the whole family
  • VisitDetroit  Links to Detroit attractions offering virtual tours and online learning.
  • Travel and Leisure  Tours of Tokyo, European castles, glaciers in Alaska, and Abbey Road studio in London are just some of the many virtual destinations you can find on this site
  • Discovery Education  Virtual field trips with hands-on learning activities

Can't make up your mind with all of the many choices available? No problem!  Browse through some of the categories listed here - and take a minute to view this inspiring video about the city of Detroit.

Animals & Nature

Cities & Countries

Detroit & Michigan

Kids & Family


National Parks


Print & emedia

The Library's collection also offers a variety of ways to experience a virtual vacation:




Kick back and soak up some travel tips as well as "visit" some fascinating destinations.


  • Amateur Traveler  This long-running podcast (over 600 episodes) talks about a different destination every week.
  • Globetrotter Lounge   Hosted by award-winning travel expert Jet Set Lisette who interviews inspiring women who have found creative ways to travel the world.
  • Switchback Kids   Elizabeth and Cole Donelson (aka the Switchback Kids) visited all of the 59 national parks, and share their experiences, including top lists, budgeting tips and more.
  • The Thoughtful Travel Podcast  Hosted by travel blogger Amanda Kendle, who interviews fellow travel addicts about their travel experiences, like getting lost, navigating different cultures, and meeting the locals. ​

Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!


Canton is home to a wide variety of dining choices. Whether your craving is for fast food or fine dining, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, or any of a vast number of delicious ethnic cuisines, you're bound to find it in Canton. And although our dining experience has been altered for the time being, you can still satisfy your hunger pangs by patronizing the many restaurants in Canton that are offering delivery and pick-up during this stressful time. But since, we're all spending a lot more time at home these days, its also a good time to learn some new recipes and practice some of our cooking skills. So whether you're choice is to "eat out" or stay in, we've got you covered.

Barbecuing is a great way to "eat out" and stay at home!

Or try some of these recipes especially compiled for "eating in."

For a variety of dining experiences, try some of of these resources:


  • cloudlibrary  Listen to this great selection of cook books for adults and kids.
  • Hoopla​  Streaming books, audio and video on all kinds of cooking, including cooking for kids
  • Overdrive  ebooks and audiobooks for all ages.

The Library's collection is full of great cookbooks. Here are a few to get you started:

Cookbooks for All Ages


  • AllRecipes  Thousands of recipes searchable by style, ingredients, and world cuisine.
  • Simply Recipes  Recipes with seasonal ingredients.  Includes an archives of over 30 years’ worth of old family recipes.
  • Yummly  Easy to follow recipes from breakfast to dinner.

Websites (Kids & Teens)


  • Burnt Toast  Host Michael Harlan Turkell explores a different aspect of food culture and community.
  • The Menu  Discusses everything from restaurants and chef culture to home cooking and more.
  • Radio Cherry Bombe  Host Kerry Diamond features interviews with the most creative women in the world of food.
  • The Splendid Table  Award-winning food writer Francis Lam hosts conversations about food culture, eating and cooking.
  • A Taste of the Past  A weekly journey through the history of food with culinary historian Linda Pelaccio.

Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

“It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”
—Robert H. Jackson  (U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1941-1954)

"The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”
—Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1949

Fascism : a warning by Madeleine Korbel Albright
Also available in: e-book