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April 17, 2014 at CPL

Earth Day Events at CPL!

Earth Day 2014We're celebrating Earth Day from April 21-24 and want you to join us! There will be events for everyone including:

Purse & Jewelry Donations Needed

Start your spring cleaning and help a good cause all at the same time!  The Canton Senior Center is looking for new or gently used handbags and jewelry for their 6th Annual Jewelry & Purse Sale.  Proceeds from this sale will support Canton's Senior Adult Program, which offers a variety of social, enrichment and service-based programs to Canton residents 55 and older.  Donations will be accepted in the Parkview Room of Summit on the Park Community Center until April 28. 

STEM: Science for Tomorrow Workshops

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be presenting their Science for Tomorrow: STEM Career Workshops here at Canton Public Library. These programs are designed to introduce middle school students to STEM careers, show them who scientists really are and what they do, and provide them with practical tools for navigating high school, applying for college and achieving those careers. 
Through a series of four interactive workshops, students will get to meet the U-M faculty or alumni who work in the STEM related fields every day.  They are also given tools to help them take charge of their educational future and given assistance in setting realistic goals to get them into STEM fields in college. 
The program begins with a U-M campus visit in Ann Arbor for each student and one caregiver.  A bus will leave from Canton Public Library at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. After a visit to a working science lab, campus tour, lunch with faculty and students and presentations by U-M admissions staff, the bus will return to the library around 3:00 PM. 
The program continues for 3 more workshops at the Canton Public Library on the days and times listed below. Space is limited. Registration for the bus ride to Ann Arbor also registers each student for the remaining workshop sesssions at the library. 

National Poetry Month

Poetry can be celebrated the year-round, but especially so in April. Established in April 1996, National Poetry Month brings together poets and booksellers, literary organizations and publishers to celebrate the importance of poetry and its vital place in American culture. We at the Canton Public Library would like to participate by showcasing our many poetry resources in this Special Collection.

Timeless Poetry Collections

The best-loved poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis by selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy — Jaccqueline's daughter offers a selection of the former First Lady's favorite poems, plus a few of her mother's own verses.

The hell with love: poems to mend a broken heart by edited by Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez — This collection of love poems is for anyone who has ever suffered the pain of breaking up and everyone who believes in the unique power of poetry to console and transform.

My song is beautiful: poems and pictures in many voices by selected by Mary Ann Hoberman — Fourteen poems celebrate the power of childhood from the perspective of a rich variety of cultures.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins Tuesday, March 25
Session begins Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 AM.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of April 14. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, April 14 - May 24:

Worst Opening Sentence Contest

We are celebrating National Library Week at the Canton Public Library with a special writing contest! All ages and resident/nonresident patrons are eligible to participate. The goal is to create a funny, original, unpublished opening sentence to the worst imaginary novel ever written. CPL's "It was a Dark and Stormy Night" bad-writing contest will receive entries during National Library Week, beginning 9:00 AM April 13 through 9:00 PM April 19. One entry per person. One winner will be selected.

The rules are simple: Submit your entry online. Inappropriate situations or language will be disqualified. The winner will be contacted by April 30 and have a week to claim a prize. Good luck to all our participants!
 

Everyone's Reading 2014

Before You Know KindnessEveryone's Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading the same great book. This year's selection is Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian. He is making two personal appearances in the Metro Detroit area: Wednesday, April 30 at 2:00 PM at The Community House in Birmingham and at 7:00 PM that same evening at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. We have free tickets to both events available at the information desk beginning March 17 to Canton cardholders in good standing. Two tickets are available per cardholder.