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Target Family Reading Night: Halloween Howls

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us Wednesday, October 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM for a spook-tacular evening. Hear a haunting tale, make a craft, play a game, and make some monster mash. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume for the annual Halloween parade through the library. Registration begins September 25 at 9:00 AM. This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Monster Mash Masquerade

Families with young children can get dressed in their most comfortable costumes and get your dance on! This program is an open dance party for our littlest patrons to get movin' and groovin' with their grownups to some great spooky tunes. After we've danced the monsters away, be ready for a Halloweeny trick-or-treat through the library!

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun!

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

CPL's 2013 LEGO Dream House Award Reception

Canton kids of all ages have envisioned their Dream House and brought them to life by LEGO. On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 come to the Community Room and admire the fantastic LEGO Dream House Contest entries and vote for your fan favorite. On Sunday September, 29 at 4:00 PM, we will host an awards reception for these great creations. Join us!

[LEGO House by Mark Nicolson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Family Portrait Craft

What does your family look like? Craft a portrait of your family for display on our Family Wall of Fame as we celebrate all of Canton's families. Join us on October 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM. All ages encouraged to attend.

[sara_jan-2006-family by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 9. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Weekday sessions are held in the Community Room. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, September 9-October 19:


* Wednesday evening sessions will be PJ Family Storytime. Kids are welcome to attend in their PJs and will enjoy quieter stories, activities and music to calm them into bedtime. There will be no ABC Activity time following this storytime.

NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

Target Family Fun Night Pirate Party

ARRRR, mateys! Join us for our September Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a swashbuckling good time at our Pirate Party. Games, crafts, snack... maybe even some walking of the plank. Dock your ship with us Monday September 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to pirates ages 4 to 8 years old with their Captains (grown-ups). Parrot optional. Registration begins Monday August 26, 2013.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 9. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

Sessions September 9-October 19


NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

Listen @ the Library

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents the first in a series of music presentations at the Canton Public Library. The goal of the Society is to "strengthen families through musical outreach in the heart of the community." We will be treated to delightful chamber music performed by very talented musicians. The performance will include interactive demonstrations and lecture which will engage and entertain the audience of all ages. This presentation will be given by Stephen Wogaman, a pianist with the group. Stephen has been a part of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and has his doctorate in music from Indiana University School of Music.

Please bring the entire family for an amazing afternoon of memorable music on Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 PM in our Community Room.

Lily of the Valley--Bracket Winner!

lily of the valleyThank you to everyone who voted in our CYS Flower Bracket Game. Lily of the Valley was our big winner! Yea! If you want more information on our fragrant and beautiful winner, along with the many other flowers you can plant here in the mitten state, be sure to check out our gardening collection in both the children's and adult departments. Enjoy the rest of your summer and when you see a Lily of the Valley, think of us!

How to Build a Birdhouse

On August 18 from 12:00-2:00 PM join Kyle Davison, local Eagle Scout-to-be, as he instructs on how to build birdhouses and creates a natural habitat around our library pond. Kyle will also share his knowledge of bat and butterfly houses as well as the local creatures that reside within them. The program will take place under the tents in the back of the library and many of the birdhouses will be hung around the library's pond to shelter our local flying critters. All construction materials will be provided. Children five-12 years old and their caretakers are welcome. One birdhouse kit per family. Registration by one family member only is required and begins July 25.
[Birdhouses in Hongdae by Adam_Inglis is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

Connect Your Summer Final CELEBRATION!

Come one - come all! We are celebrating the end of our Connect Your Summer reading program. We have something for everyone including:

We promise an afternoon of fun, food, games and prizes for all ages in our big back yard on Saturday, August 17 from 11:00 to 1:00 PM. Join us!!!

Farmer's Market w/guest author Shanda Trent

As you may know, we hold storytimes at the Canton Farmer's Market on various Sundays throughout the summer. What you may not know is that on Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 AM we will host local Ann Arbor author Shanda Trent as she presents her book Farmer's Market Day. This book follows a little girl as she explores the wonders of the local Farmer's Market searching for the perfect treat. Join us in welcoming Ms Trent to the Canton Farmer's Market!

At Home Story Fun

Are you looking for something to do this summer to earn your badges for CYS? For a fun activity, have an at home storytime! Here are some great books and songs that will be fun and festive:

Twist and Shout by the Beatles
Rock and Roll Freeze Dance by Hap Palmer

Go back to bed! by Ginger Foglesong Guy ; illustrations by James Bernardin

Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne ; with words by Nick Bromley

The day Louis got eaten by John Fardell

Have fun!

Michigan Reads! Books for Kids

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects a special book for its 'Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book' program. These books are great for sharing with preschoolers and other members of the family! This summer, earn your My Mitten badge by checking out some of the great book selections from this program.

2013:

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski ; illustrated by Lee Harper

2012:

Moose on the loose by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

2011:

Memoirs of a goldfish by Devin Scillian ; and illustrated by Tim Bowers

2010:

The runaway garden: a delicious story that's good for you, too! by Jeffery L. Schatzer ; illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler

2009:

The pout-pout fish by Deborah Diesen ; pictures by Dan Hanna

2008:

Learn a New Game

Use the library's collection to learn a new game, then try out your new skills and share your experience to earn your Game On badge. Explore sports, board games, or even card games. A few suggestions to get you going:

The big book of rules: board games, kids'games, card games, from backgammon and bocce to tiddlywinks and stickball by Stephanie Spadaccini ; illustrated by John Farnsworth


The book of rules: a visual guide to the laws of every commonly played sport and game






The New complete Hoyle: the authoritative guide to the official rules of all popular games of skill and chance by Alfred H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, Geoffrey Mott- Smith


Hoyle's modern encyclopedia of card games; rules of all the basic games and popular variations, by Walter B. Gibson by Gibson, Walter Brown, 1897-

Sporty Picture Books

Who's on first? by Abbott & Costello ; illustrated by John Martz


A is for amazing moments: a sports alphabet by written by Brad Herzog ; illustrated by Melanie Rose


Happy like soccer by Maribeth Boelts ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo


Clorinda plays baseball! by Robert Kinerk ; illustrated by Steven Kellogg


Babar's Celesteville Games by Laurent de Brunhoff


The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Celebrate Go Outdoors Month All Summer Long

You can celebrate Get Outdoors Month all summer long. The official celebration takes place in June, but you can find activities to celebrate going outdoors throughout our Connect Your Summer experience. Use library materials to learn a new outdoor sport, plan an outdoor adventure, or just to find a great book to take outside. Share your experience to earn a badge.

During the month of June, check out our Great Outdoors Month display in the Tween Scene (pictured).

Get Your Game On with Dewey

If you're into browsing, try using the Dewey Decimal System to find a book for your Game On badge. For nonfiction sporting selections, in both the Adult and Children's Departments, check the 796s for sport books. Use our endcaps to find the right number. Discover a good-looking read, and then share your thoughts after you've read it to earn your Game On badge.

Where Do You Love to Read?

Do you love to read so much that you will read almost anywhere? Where are you reading this summer? On the golf course? In a tent? On a boat? On vacation in some exotic locale? Or in your own tree fort? When you claim your Love It badge, upload a picture of you (or your family) reading. Not only will you earn your Love It badge, you will be entered in a random drawing for a prize!