Library trustees seeking input from communityBy Guest
The Open Book: Canton Public Library News
The Board of Library Trustees is asking for your advice in planning for library services that will meet Canton’s needs in the coming years. We are gathering input with a Library Community Survey that is available on the library’s website or in print at the library and Town Hall. Please help us serve you better by filling out the survey. If you are willing to take part in a focus group or personal interview about the library, please let us know by providing contact information at the end of the survey.
Our series of Oscar-nominated films continues on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. with a film about how the general manager of the Oakland A’s tried to revolutionize baseball with statistical analysis. Our Public Performance License prohibits us from publicly advertising the title. For advance notices of films, sign up for the Film and Discussion Club on our newsletter subscription page online, or call or visit the library. The next film will be shown on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. and is about an aspiring writer in the 1960s who sets out to chronicle the lives of domestic workers.
Whether you are an armchair traveler or considering a tour of China, Richard Ferland is your professional guide. Traveling to China: From Preparation to Immersion will be presented on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. Ferland is a professional photographer and has extensive experience working, living, and touring in China. Through fascinating stories and images, he will provide many insights for future travelers on what to expect in China. This program is free and refreshments will be served.
“Two Angry Moms” is a documentary film that asks what happens when fed-up moms try to change school food. Filmmaker Amy Kalafa crosses the country in search of alternatives to the toxic food environment found in many of our nation’s schools. There are nearly 73 million school-aged children in America. The Centers for Disease Control predict that these children will be the first generation in history to live shorter lives than those of their parents. “Two Angry Moms” takes a look at the school food programs and explores the roles the federal government, corporate interest, school administration, and parents play in the feeding of our country’s school kids. The film offers examples of how to improve school food programs and make a difference in both the health of each child and the long-term health of the country.
Michelle Kaplan will host the showing of this controversial film about school lunch and nutrition and what can be done about it on Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m. Born and raised in Canton, Kaplan attended the Luce Elementary School, Galvin Middle School, and graduated from Canton High School in 2008. Since then, she has traveled throughout the country, work-trading on organic farms where she has acquired self sustainability skills such as growing food, cooking, natural building, wilderness survival, herbal medicine, communal living, homesteading, child care, etc. Kaplan’s vision is to raise awareness about where our food comes from and bring communities together around that issue.
Don’t miss the Art and Antiques Appraisal Day with Paul Royka on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Royka is a nationally known expert providing appraisal, auction, and estate services throughout New England. He has been featured on Antiques Roadshow, ABC News, and more. Bring your fine and decorative art, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, Judaica, coins, toys, books, ceramics, etc. The first item is free; there will be a $15 charge for each additional item. Please do not bring items that cannot be carried by one person. The library reserves the right to disallow any item into the building that is too large or that may soil or damage the floor. Please do not call the library with questions about this program: send email to email@example.com.
Calling all teens! Get your game on at the library! Play your favorite Xbox or Wii game with anyone in grades 7-12 in the Community Room from 3-5 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Enjoy snacks and some friendly competition. For more information, contact the Young Adult Department at 821-5027 ext.115.
From the Junior Room
Free play groups are offered on a monthly basis funded through the Mass. Department of Early Education and Care and conducted by Marsha Wright.
Tot Time Sing and Learn will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. for children ages 9 months to 3 years. At the conclusion of each group, parents will receive a packet of information and ideas to help carry on at home. Space is limited to 10 families. Register at the Junior Room desk. Patty Cake Playtime will be held on Thursday, April 12, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. for infants 4-9 months and their caregivers. Learning through Play will be held on Monday, April 23, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and is open to all pre-school children and their parents. Space is limited and pre-registration in the Junior Library is required for these playgroups.
Children in grades 1-5 can join the Magic Carpet Book Club. Each month we will take a magic carpet ride to a different place in our history.
The library will be closed on Monday, April 16, Patriots’ Day. Our regular hours are Mon. 1-9 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visit us online at town.canton.ma.us/library.
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