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Tanabata Festival

Join us July 19th as we celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese Star Festival. This festival celebrates the once-a-year meeting of star lovers, the Ox Herder and the Weaver Princess, who are separated by the Milky Way during the other 364 days of the year.

To help us celebrate, members of the Japan Society of Detroit Women's Club will present the Tanabata story using Kamishibai, a Japanese form of storytelling. We will also participate in the Tanabata custom of writing wishes on long strips of colorful paper and then tying them to tree branches in the hopes that they will come true. In addition children will have the opportunity to try on Yukatas or summer kimonos.

This event will take place Saturday July 19th at 11:00 am.

Digital Photo Project Session -CANCELED-

Do you have photos you’d like to share with friends and family? Want to turn some of your best pics into a creative project like customized note cards or a photo book? Whatever your skill level, join us Wednesday June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for this hands-on help and work session. A library staff member will be on hand to offer help, advice and tips, including scanning prints and snapshots, creating a photo book, making customized photo gifts, editing and cleaning up digital images, posting pictures to social media sites or blogs, and transferring pictures from your phone or digital camera to a computer and more. Registration required.

NOTE: Support will be available only for photo editing applications installed on the library's public computers (such as MS Office, Paint and Paint.net, but NOT Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) or programs and services accessible from the internet. Come prepared to start or continue your own digital photo project. If you’re starting with printed snapshots, bring them with you. If you have digital photos, bring them on a portable device such as a USB drive or a camera memory card (such as an SD card).

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

Knit Night - August

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday August 11 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Knit Night - July

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday July 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

hoopla Hoop - Hula Hoop Contest

Come and put your hula -hoop skills to the test! We are hosting a contest to celebrate hoopla, a multi-media platform that offers thousands of streaming and downloadable movies, music albums and audiobooks to the Canton community. The individual that hula-hoops the longest will walk away with a new android tablet, perfect for using hoopla! Staff will also be on hand to explain this awesome service in detail and help you set up an account! Contest participants are encouraged to bring their own hula - hoops if possible.  Join us Monday, June 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

A Time for Change with Nancy Austin

Nancy Austin, senior real estate specialist, will guide you through the process of making a big change in your life or your parent's lives. Is it time to explore and seek safer, healthier, more convenient housing options? Ms. Austin will share the details involved in this process from paperwork to legal items to cleaning up to needed resources for the future. Learn how to get through this life-changing event with love and efficiency on June 4 at 7:00 pm.

Pinterest Live - DIY SPA

Wondering if any of those homemade beauty product recipes on Pinterest actually work? Do you spend time pinning handmade scrubs and creams to a board thinking you will give them a whirl someday? Well let's roll up our sleeves together and bring some of those pins to life!  Join staff librarian and DIY enthusiast July 29th at 7:00 pm as we sample some recipes and recreate a few other.  Ages 12 and up. Registration required.

Make and Take a Hair Flower

Drop in for a crafting session June 23rd from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the  supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  All ages welcome. 

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, July 11th and 25th. 

Great Reads for Memorial Day

Baghdad at sunrise: a Brigade Commander's war in Iraq by Peter R. Mansoor ; foreword by Donald Kagan and Frederick Kagan


The coldest war: a memoir of Korea by James Brady


The coldest winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam


Countdown to victory: the final European campaigns of World War II by Barry Turner


Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission ; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain ; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]


A life in a year: the American infantryman in Vietnam, 1965-1972 by James R. Ebert

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 26, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Muriel Barbery's THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG. Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.  

The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; translated from the french by Alison Anderson — The lives of three people intersect with unexpected results: Renée, the concierge of an elegant Parisian apartment building and residents Paloma, a twelve year old genius and a wealth Japanese man, Ozu.

Pinterest Live: The Votes Are In

The Pinterest votes are in and the sharpie mugs have won!  There is still time to register too, so be sure to sign up today. Join us as we bring Pinterest to life! Don't Just Pin It, Do It!!  Tuesday May 27th at 7:00 PM

Murder Will Out: Greg Iles at Nicola's Books

Greg Iles, New York Times Bestselling Author of Natchez Burning will discuss and sign copies of his recent book at Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson Road; Ann Arbor, MI) on Monday, May 19 at 7:00PM.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 16 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

We are water: a novel by Wally Lamb — An intricate and layered portrait of marriage and family in need of understanding and connection. Set in New England and New York during the first years of the Obama presidency, it is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, gay marriage, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

Made in Michigan

Michigan Week (May 17-24) is a good time to remember the state's celebrated natives from all walks of life. Communities across Michigan can lay claim to renowned authors, artists, musicians, actors, athletes, politicians, inventors and more. Film makers Francis Ford Coppola, Sam Raimi, Michael Moore, and Paul Schrader were all born in Michigan. Just some of the world famous musicians born here include Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Earl Klugh, Bog Seger, Glen Frey, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. Actors born in the state include Bruce Campbell, Tom Selleck, Lily Tomlin, Ellen Burstyn, Kristen Bell, Julie Harris, George Peppard, George C. Scott, Danny Thomas, and Marlo Thomas — the list goes on. Noteworthy authors such as Edna Ferber, Terry McMillan, Judith Guest and Marguerite De Angeli are also Michigan natives. Famous Michigan born athletes include baseball players Charlie Gehringer, Jim Abbott and Hal Newhouser. Find out more about our state's notable heritage by checking out some of the following items from the Library's collection.

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex — Architect

The Dodge brothers: the men, the motor cars, and the legacy by Charles K. Hyde — Automobile engineers

Online May Classes to Start

Our May classes from Gale Courses (previously Learn4Life) are going to start on Wednesday, the 21st. Sign up now to take advantage of our free, 6-week courses that range from personal development to how to start your own small business. Want to learn how to publish ebooks or design a website? You can find these classes too. All you need is your CPL card and a computer with Internet connection to start! 

NHS Homework Help Ends May 22nd

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.  Tutoring ends May 22nd.

Loan Workshop for Small Business

Are you in need of a small business loan or line of credit? Then our workshop is for you! Learn directly from financial institutions and small business consultants about:
  • What is necessary to obtain financing
  • The key elements of a loan package
  • Options available for financing
Let us answer your questions and provide you with essential information to achieve your goal of starting a business or growing your existing business.

Join us on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM as Schoolcraft College Business Development Center and local lenders answer your questions and provide you with essential information. Please note: Registration is required through Schoolcraft College.