2021 Write Michigan Promotional Poster

The Canton Public Library is partnering with Kent District Library to present the tenth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew almost 1,000 Michigan writers last year.

Canton residents and writers of all ages are invited to enter beginning September 1, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language (12 and younger). Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes.

Stories can be submitted at through Tuesday, November 30 at noon. Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; current Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Those who enjoy reading stories are encouraged to sign up to be a volunteer story reviewer.

Winners will be honored during an awards ceremony in March and their story will be published in an anthology by Chapbook Press.

Show off your writing skills and visit for more details and to enter. 

Genealogy @ Your Library: is a free searchable genealogical resource sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In addition to having billions of searchable records, it also has a vast amount of educational information regarding genealogy.  Join us as we explore this free family history treasure trove.

No registration is necessary.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

911 tribute

On September 11th, America commemorates the 20th anniversary of that tragic day. Streaming services and television networks will be broadcasting special programming (here's the link for the list of events) with ceremonies honoring the victims, interviews with the brave first responders, survivors and family members will share their recollections and perspectives in the wake of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. All 246 passengers and crew aboard the four planes were killed; 2,606 died in the Twin Towers and 125 at the Pentagon perished. It is a day all Americans will never forget. So many horrific images will forever be imprinted on our collective memory. The 9/11 Memorial and Musuem now stands in the same place and a new building, The Freedom Tower, stands even taller at 1,776 feet; a testament that from the ashes we will rise. 

The 9/11 Commission report : the attack from planning to aftermath : authorized text by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States

Published for the tenth anniversary of 9/11, this new edition of the authorized report is limited to the Commission's riveting account--which was a finalist for the National Book Award--of the attack and its background, examining both the attackers and the U.S. government, the emergency response, and the immediate aftermath. It includes new material from Philip Zelikow, the Commission's executive director, on the Commission's work, the fate of its recommendations, and the way this struggle has evolved right up to the present day. 

ELL Conversation Groups (Zoom)

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers online.  Meets every Thursday on Zoom (email Kristy at for information on how to attend).  Please see the English Language Learner Program FAQ for more information.

We also have an in-person ELL Conversation Group that meets on Fridays.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 7 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online
Thursday, October 14 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online
Thursday, October 21 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online
Thursday, October 28 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online

Polymer Clay Jewelry

Polymer clay is a versatile medium and a great way to experiment with your creative side! Learn the basics of working with polymer clay and make your own jewelry at home! Most supplies will be provided, but a few basics will be required from home. Registration is required and will begin on Thursday, 8/26 at 9:00am. This program is for ages 18+. 

One week prior to the program, registered participants will receive an email with instructions for picking up program supplies and attending the virtual program via Zoom.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. ELL Book Club meets every-other Friday at 11:30 PM. Please see the English Language Learner Program FAQ for more information.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, October 1 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Community Room
Friday, October 15 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Community Room
Friday, October 29 - 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Community Room

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers.  Meets every Friday in-person that the library is open.  Please see the English Language Learner Program FAQ for more information. 

Upcoming sessions

Friday, September 24 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Friday, October 1 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Friday, October 8 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Friday, October 15 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Friday, October 22 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room
Friday, October 29 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room

Below are the titles that the Senior Book Group will be reading in September, October, November, and December of this year.


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Senior Book Group: October

The Senior Book Group will again be meeting in person on Thursday, October 28 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Friends' Activity Room to discuss Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge.

Libertie : a novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her mother, a physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie will go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie feels stifled by her mother's choices and is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it--for herself and for generations to come.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 28 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, October 14, 2021

Lunch and a Book will again be meeting in person on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Friends Activity Room to discuss Circe by Madeline Miller. For those who prefer meeting via zoom, you can still opt to attend this meeting virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance.

Circe : a novel by Madeline Miller
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child -- not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power -- the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources. For those that plan on meeting in person simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends Activity Room.

Registration Required.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 14 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Circe by Madeline Miller Register
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