Technology

Learn and engage in new ways.

Code

Technology Challenge Experience: Attend a coding program at the library or try coding at home. Record what you did on your challenge sheet. 

Technology Challenge Explore: Learn about coding by reading materials from the library.

Technology Challenge Engage: Share your coding experience by telling someone else (a friend, family member, or neighbor) or share your experience on social media with the hashtag #CYSStoryBox. 

Books About Coding for Kids

Coding with ScratchJr by Adrienne Matteson

"ScratchJr is a beginner's programming language that is fun and easy to use. Through simple text written to foster creativity and problem solving, students will the art of innovation. Large, colorful images show students how to complete activities. Additional tools, including a glossary and an index, help students learn new vocabulary and locate information."--.

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners

If you are looking to build a foundation of strong computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's Internet Lab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on the second Saturday of each month. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more, with trusted experts on hand to answer any questions you may have or connect you to additional resources. The Computer Skills Lab for Beginners is a safe space to build confidence, and learn the things you need to feel “computer savvy” in the Digital Age.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, September 9 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab
Saturday, October 14 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab
Saturday, November 11 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab
Saturday, December 9 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Internet Lab

Summer Solstice is upon us! Get your summer started with courses from Gale. Learn How to Start Your Own Edible Garden in a class that helps you pick the right produce for your space, understand fertilization and proper drainage, and learn how to spot pests before they take over your garden. Use your homegrown produce to create Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals, a course created and lead by a certified dietician. Continue your summertime self care routine through exploring Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, a course that focuses on relaxation, diet, and natural remedies for common ailments.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, June 14. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Snapchat? Instagram? Facebook? At least one of these social media tools is probably part of your life. Check out a book that explores the impact of technology and social media for fictional teenagers. 

#Famous by Jilly Gagnon

When Rachel's picture of crush Kyle goes viral, it sparks a whirlwind adventure of Internet fame that forces both Rachel and Kyle to question whether fame and love are worth the price.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

When pictures of Lucy kissing her best friend's boyfriend emerge on the world of social media, she becomes a social pariah after the scandal rocks the school.

Antisocial by Jillian Blake

"One by one, students' phones are hacked at Alexandria Prep. What was thought to be a joke escalates quickly as private information and secrets are revealed, leaving everyone exposed, and Anna Soler on the the hunt for the hacker"--.

Mini Minecraft

For the littlest minecrafters, we offer a special session geared just for them! Participants ages 5-7 who already have a Minecraft PC account can participate in a themed building event in our private world. Children must have prior experience using a mouse and playing the game on a PC. Parents are encouraged to stay and assist on an as needed basis. Registration Required and begins June 23rd.

Image of Minecraft toys by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Super STEAM Summer Series

Let's think outside of the box for a second...What does STEAM mean to you? This summer CPL is deviating from the norm and providing innovative programming around the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. This programming is developed for patrons aged 11-13 and registration is required. Topics are as follows...

  • Friday, June 23 -  HTML - In this first session you will learn the basics of HTML coding, and design your own website. Customize the font, content, colors, and more. Bring a flash drive so you can save it, take it home, and show off your work. Designed for students with no coding experience. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Thursday, July 6 - Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science - What's your big idea? Learn how Industrial Design helps tell the story of science ideas. Sketch, draw and design away. Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Thursday, August 10 - Sound Frequencies of a DJ - Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of sound mixing as well as the science behind the sound. Registration is required and begins July 25.

[light and sound image by Derek Σωκράτης Finch shared under CC 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Digital Download Drop-In Help

Did you know that you can access thousands of eBooks, downloadable Audiobooks, movies, music, comics and magazines on your computer, smart phone or mobile device, just by registering with your Canton Public Library card? Check out our eMedia page for details. We can help you get started.

Stop in on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM to get one-on-one help from the friendly experts at the Information desk. Get set up and build confidence without feeling rushed. Just bring your device and your desire to learn!* No registration required-just drop in.

*Kindle users must bring Amazon login information as well.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, August 25 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, September 1 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, September 8 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, September 15 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, September 22 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, September 29 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, October 6 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, October 13 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, October 20 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk
Friday, October 27 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Information Desk

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