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2013 Storytime Changes

Starting on January 14, there will be a number of exciting changes to our Storytime roster! We will continue to offer Family Storytimes, add a second Baby Storytime, and unveil our Preschool Storytime sessions. Please read the information below to determine where your child will have the most fun, then follow the links to additional information about objectives and guidelines to create the best experience for your child.

Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime is intended for children who are 18 months and younger. An adult must accompany the baby to storytime which lasts approximately 30 minutes. In the Purple Room, registration required

Family Storytime

Family Storytime is intended for children who are 5 and younger. An adult must accompany the child to storytime which lasts approximately 30 minutes.
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Purple Room

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime is intended for children who are 3 to 5 years old. We encourage independence in the preschool storytime; children are welcome to attend this session without their caregiver. Caregivers must stay in the Children’s Library while the storytime takes place. If their caregiver decides to attend the session they are expected to take part in the storytime activities. Each Preschool Storytime session lasts approximately 30 minutes. In the Purple Room, registration required

All structured storytime sessions will be followed by a 30 minute open ABC Activity Time.

S.N.A.P. Posters: Last Call for beautiful art!

Action for EarthDid you have fun creating a beautiful work of art for our mural? If so, be sure to come and show us where your picture is on the mural and we can make sure you get a limited edition poster of your very own! Just stop in at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your poster. See you soon!

Snack Tales

Kids in grades 1-4, join us for Snack Tales on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00-2:45 PM. You will get a chance to listen to some great stories and cook up a tasty snack. Registration begins December 26. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.

Picture Books about Snowmen

What falls, but never gets hurt? Snow, of course. It's that time of year again, when the snow falls and snowmen are made. Here are some fun picture books to help you make the best snowman on the block.

Bear in long underwear by Todd H. Doodler

Making a friend by Alison McGhee

Perfect snow by Barbara Reid

Reading Assistance Dog Program

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading to aloud to a dog. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM and is on first come, first serve basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.

Program Date: January 28, 6:30-8:30 PM

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 14. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Storytimes are held in the Community Room and do not require registration. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Open Family Storytimes , January 14-February 23:

  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Purple Room

SteveSongs at Village Theater

This week we are giving away a family pack of four tickets to see Candy Canes & Kiddie Rock featuring SteveSongs, Mr Steve from PBS Kids. The event will take place on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 PM at the Village Theater. Come into the Children's library and fill out an entry form today!

Little Explorers Healthy Kid Demos

Come join the staff of Premier Athletics: Little Explorers as they jump and tumble, dance and sing.  This program incorporates music and games to inspire children to learn and grow both mentally and physically.  Caregivers and their children aged two to five are encouraged to check it out for themselves on Tuesday, December 18 at either 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM.  Please only attend one session. 

Winter Break Drop-In Craft

On Thursday, December 27 from 1:00-3:00 PM, we will be converting the Purple Room into a fun, drop-in, do-it-yourself craft space. Come in and get your creation on!

61/365 Glitter by Mykl Roventine is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Winter Break Movie Madness!

Join us on Friday December 28, for an all-day family movie extravaganza starting at 10:00 AM with a film for our youngest patrons and gradually getting more sophisticated, until the 3:00 PM showing of Snow White and the Huntsman. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Snack Tales

Kids in grades K-4, join us for Snack Tales on Saturday, November 17, from 2:00-3:00 PM. We will read some turkey stories, and you will get to make a special treat. Registration begins Thursday, October 25. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.

Book and Toy Collection for Children's Hospital

The Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Alumni are partnering with Hip Hop Knit Shop and Children's Hospital of Michigan to bring sick kids books, toys and stories and both the Canton and Plymouth Libraries are drop-off points. Starting November 1 through December 12, we will be collecting books and toys, telling stories, navigating art carts and knitting blankets for the kids at Children's Hospital. Join us as we help to make kids feel better this holiday season!

Traditional Yoga Basics

yoga cat: yoga catOn Wednesday, November 7 from 7:00-7:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses.  Please wear loose fitted clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on.  Registration for this program begins on October 25. 
[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin November 12. 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 November 12-December 15

  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM and 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Fridays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM in the Purple Room
There will be no ABC Activity Time on Thursday, November 22 and Friday November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Gobble Gobble!

Gordon Briley and The Adventures of Lily and Ava

Local Author Gordon Briley will talk to us about his inspiration and writing process for creating the rhyming picture book The Adventures of Lily and Ava. Attendees will get a look at the book and be able to ask the author any questions they have about the how to write a book.  Families are invited to join us on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 PM for this fun program. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

October is National Vegetarian Month

Does the thought of eating meat make you feel just awful? Join me in celebrating National Vegetarian Month, going on now in the month of October. We have a wonderful collection of Vegetarian cookbooks that are sure to get your mouth watering. Even if cooked cow does pass your lips sometimes, don't be afraid to try some new, great meatless recipes out. You may be pleasantly surprised.

125 gluten-free vegetarian recipes: quick and delicious mouthwatering dishes for the healthy cook by Carol Fenster

Snack Tales

Kids in grades K-4, join us for Snack Tales on Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM. We will read some Halloween stories, and you will get to make a special spooky treat. Registration begins Monday, September 24. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.

To see the other fun treats we've made in Snack Tales, check out our Flickr page!

Dinosaur Picture Books

Enjoy these great picture books filled with dinosaur tales:

Dinosaur thunder by Marion Dane Bauer ; [illustrated by] Margaret Chodos-Irvine



Dinosoaring by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine



The Berenstain Bears dinosaur dig by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Origami Expert, Charles Esseltine

Join origami expert, Charles Esseltine, on Thursday, October 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM to learn about basic folds and shapes. Charles will demontrate a variety of origami models, including some fun, Halloween designs. All materials will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Registration is required and will open on September 25. Little hands will need assistance from big hands. Warning: All attendants must arrive willing to have fun!
Photo used with permission by origamiguy1971

Canton Farmers Market: Harvest Celebration

Join us on Sunday, October 14 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Canton Farmers Market's Annual Harvest Celebration. Held at the historical Preservation Park, this celebration will include crafts, stories, and Halloween Parade, so come dressed in your finest costume garb. See you there!
[After our trip to the pumpkin patch by knitsteel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]