Canton Book Project Celebration Scheduled


CONTACT: Erica Rakowicz
Communication Specialist, Community Relations
Canton Public Library
734-397-0999 ext. 1245

Canton Book Project Celebration Scheduled

Celebrate the third annual Canton Book Project with a Book Givers Reception on April 11 at 7:00 PM at the Canton Public Library. This year’s book givers have been selected, and now it’s time for them to distribute their books to the public. The titles this year range from children’s picture books to classic novels.

In its third year, the Canton Book Project is now growing in participation, and in its impact on the community.

“This year, we saw almost double the applications from the previous year,” said Laura Fawcett, program librarian. “It’s an opportunity to get more books out into the community and strengthen the community well-being.”

Nineteen book givers were selected this year. New to this year’s Canton Book Project are Celebrity Book Givers, who are well-known and inspirational leaders in the community.

Canton Public Safety Officer Patty Esselink chose the book “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann to share with the community. Canton Township Supervisor Pat Williams chose “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins, and Joanne Maliszewski, editor of O & E Media, will distribute her favorite book, “Wind in the Willows,” by Kenneth Grahame. Kristina Wilson, the owner of the new Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea in Canton, will distribute “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte.

Other books to be shared through the Canton Book Project are as follows:

“Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, distributed by Govinda Sai Lakshmanan

“I Survived” books by Lauren Tarshis, distributed by Saicharen Lakshmanan

“Who Was?” books by Paula K Manzanero and Nancy Harrison, distributed by Sayeesha Lakshmanan

“Violent Ends” by Beth Revis, Blythe Woolston, and a number of other authors, distributed by Ariana Kahn

“Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick, distributed by Caylin Cook

“Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad, distributed by Alfed Brock

“The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, distributed by Tina Flint

 “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” by Laura Markham, distributed by Michelle Minard,

“The Chronicles of Flannery Fiddlesticks” by A. M. Kenrick, distributed by the book’s author, Angela Kenrick,

“The Gift of Fear” by Gavin de Becker, distributed by Sandra den Boer

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, distributed by Zainab Elsarawy

“Crazy in Alabama” by Mark Childress, distributed by Natalie Blasius

“Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse” by Leo Lionni, distributed by Cecilia Escobar

“The Good Nurse” by Charles Graeber, distributed by Iris Knight

Copies of these books will be distributed to members of the community in hopes to create a spark that inspires the recipient to keep reading, creating an engaged, informed community.

“It's a great program, easy to get involved and an excellent way to share the love for reading and any other message you think is important to get out into the community,” said Susan Kennedy, a 2016 Canton Book Project participant. She chose to share “Go Dog Go” by P.D. Eastman because she wanted to distribute a book that both kids and parents could enjoy together.

The Canton Book Project was launched as a way for the Canton Public Library to further connect your community. In addition, the Canton Book Project invites people to share their love of reading by giving out books to people in the community who, for whatever reason, don’t read for pleasure or own books.

For more information about the Canton Book Project, contact Laura Fawcett at or 734-397-0999 ext. 1079.


The Canton Public Library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Rd. Learn more about the library by visiting or by calling the library at 734-397-0999.