March 16, 2018 at CPL

Stephen Hawking


Theoretical physicist Stephen W. Hawking, who revolutionized our understanding of black holes, passed away today at the age of 76. Hawking, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease when he was 21, spent most of his life confined to a wheelchair but didn't let the limitations of his body constrain his mind. To physicists, and the broader scientific community, Hawking remains a giant upon whose shoulders they will stand.


To learn more about Hawking and his contributions to our understanding of the world, check out the items below. 


Stephen Hawking is among one of the most inspiring persons of our time. His work in the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics has been significant. This title includes primary sources, sidebars, prompts and activities, charts and graphs, and much more. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

The following Federal and State of MI 2017 tax year materials are now available:

  • Federal 1040 Tax Forms 
  • Federal 1040 Tax Instruction Booklets
  • MI-1040 Individual Income Tax Forms and Instructions
  • MI-1040CR-7 Home Heating Credit Claim Booklet

These are the only pre-printed materials distributed to the library. If you require additional forms and instructions please speak with a librarian at the Information Desk. You may also contact the IRS by phone at 1-800-829-3676 or online at

March is Women's History Month. Find out about the many brave and talented  women who have influenced world history by reading some of these titles from the Library's collection:

Presents profiles of war heroines from Germany, Poland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States.

Happiness Challenge

Can we make Canton a happier community? Take our 21 day Happiness Challenge and see if you can train your brain to increase happiness and optimism.  

Starting February 27, you can participate in our Happiness Challenge by writing in a journal or by replying to our daily Facebook prompts. Our Happiness Challenge concludes on the International Day of Happiness, March 20, with a celebration with ice cream, a playlist of your favorite songs, and much more. All ages are welcome! 

Let's create a happier Canton together. Use #InternationalDayofHappiness to share your stories to inspire others.

For more on this theory, watch The Happy Secret to Better Work, an entertaining TED Talk by Shawn Achor. View all 15 minutes, or pick it up at the 10 minute mark for our retraining exercises.


UM STEM -Spring 2018

The Canton Public Library has partnered with the University of Michigan’s Technical Communications department to bring a series of fun and exciting STEM workshops to the library. These workshops will present a wide range of topics in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Each session has been designed and developed for kids aged 11 – 13 by engineering students at the university.

  • Sunday, March 18 - Helping Hand: Biomechanics. At engineering's core is the desire to improve lives. Each advancement in engineering is built off of a simple idea. In this workshop, participants will use simple household items to create a functional prosthetic hand.
  • Saturday, March 24 - Exploring Alternative Energy: Wind Power Workshop. Alternative forms of energy are becoming increasingly important in todays world. This workshop will showcase how turbine blade design can effect how much energy we can extract from the wind. Build your own blades!
  • Sunday, April 8 - Making Music with Circuits. Think that STEM and the Arts aren't related? Think again! Join us as we combine creativity and technical skills to design and build electronic synthesizer instruments using littleBits.

Registration is required and begins on February 21 for the March sessions. Registration for the April 8 begins on March 22.

Upcoming sessions

Sunday, March 18 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Community Room Helping Hand: Biomechanics Registration required.
Saturday, March 24 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Alternative Energy: Wind Power Registration required.
Sunday, April 8 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Making Music: Electronic Circuits

This winter we are trying something new to help you avoid cabin fever, stay entertained and meet you where you are. Electrify Your Winter is a program that starts on January 1 and ends March 20, the International Day of Happiness.

Electrify Your Winter offers ways to stay involved in the library community without necessarily leaving the comfort of your warm and cozy couch. There’s a Checklist Challenge, where you can read e-books/books, listen to music from the ‘60s, learn words in a new language, watch a movie set outside the US and other challenges. The library will also broadcast live storytimes from our weekly programs on Facebook, just in case it’s too snowy to leave your house or you don’t want to deal with boots and snowsuits. Librarians will read stories fireside to access on our YouTube channel whenever you want to- whether that be on a snow day or on a day you’re looking for something to entertain the kids with. A special Pinterest board will have suggestions to help you get cozy and beat winter the winter blues while our Goodreads group will be hosting online book discussions. When you do come visit us, we might just surprise you with hot chocolate, coffee and tea to warm you up before you head back into the Michigan cold.  We look forward to sharing the cold months with you.

Sylvan Practice Test: SAT

We are welcoming back Sylvan Learning Center administer a full length SAT practice test. This test  is open to teens aged 14-17.  Participants are to bring their own calculator and pencils. They must attend the entire session. Registration is required and although participants do not need to be Canton residents, they do need to have a valid library card entered in the CPL system to register. Registration begins on February 21.

Please Note: Sylvan administers one form of the SAT diagnostic test. If you attend more than one of these sessions, you will be repeating the same test each time.  As a result, any improvements in SAT scores from one Sylvan session to another may not accurately reflect how one might do on the actual SAT test.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, March 17 - 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM Community Room SAT Registration required.