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Money Smart Storytime

Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, takes place during the week of April 5-12. Join us for a special Money Smart storytime for kids ages 3-5. We'll read some money-themed stories and have a free book giveaway.

Program Date: April 10, 10:00 AM

Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals

Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom as the library goes wild! GLZS animal programs are designed to inspire and connect kids with the natural world by providing up-close animal experiences with some special friends from all corners of the Earth. Help us celebrate Earth Day by learning about the many creatures including a blue-tongued skink, spiny-tailed lizard, pancake tortoise, Brazilian rainbow boa (pictured above), Honduran milk snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches who all call our planet home. Space is limited and both children and adults who wish to attend are required to register. Registration begins on March 25.

Program times are as follows: Please register for only one of the two sessions.

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Target Family Reading Night: Garden Party

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us April 14, 7:00-8:00 PM for crafts, games and a snack at this fun program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. You'll also get a free book for your home library! Registration begins March 25.

K Club

Big ears are welcome at our K Club program this spring! Children ages 4-6 will enjoy stories, a snack and a craft centered around a rabbit theme. Hop on over to this fun program on April 19, 2:00-2:45 PM.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins Tuesday, March 25
Session begins Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 AM.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey kids, while we were shivering in the snow last week, LB was taking a historical jaunt through sunny Charleston, SC.   One of the first things he visited was Fort Sumter, where the Civil War officially began in 1861.  He learned a lot about cannons while touring the fort and even saw a few original cannon balls.  He also spent a day on  a historical rice plantation learning about life in the South.  He ended the week touring a battleship that served in World War 2, and an aircraft carrier that picked up the Astronauts of Apollo 8.  Whew! Even with all that traveling through time, he still managed to visit the library.  He is one busy bear.  
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Transportation

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "transportation" themed storytime. 

My car by Byron Barton


Freight train by Donald Crews

Cultural Expo Open House

The Cultural Expo open house will be presenting information from cultures all over the world, some well known and some not. Every country will have an activity, from coloring pages to puppets. Other countries will have traditional food with the recipes available if you love the food and want to make some at home. Countries represented will be Korea, Germany, India, Honduras, Poland and others!!
Join us on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM as a team of National Honor Society students teach about and celebrate cultures from around the world.
[Savoir-Vivre International flag endpapers by Crosset Library in licensed under CC BY-SA2.0]

Celebrate Seuss! March is Reading Month

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child" (Dr. Seuss).

Join us for a belated celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday as Reading Month comes to a close. This time-honored storyteller would have been 110 years old this year! Children in grades K-2, with a caregiver, are welcome to enjoy stories, crafts, and games. Come prepared to sing an enthusiastic rendition of Happy Birthday.

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: March 31
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

UoM Family Reading and Science Program III

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the balance", participants will find out what can happen if the food chain comes undone? In the circle of life there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. This workshop will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance. Registration begins on February 24.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

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

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention for Kids

On Saturday, March 8 from 2:00-2:45 PM, join local Pilates and Weight Loss Coach Judy Farmer, as she discusses the ins and outs of child diabetes and how to prevent it. As a mother of seven kids, Farmer knows how to get kids motivated! Get ready for fun as your kids jump to super dubstep music and learn easy ways to have energy and feel good all day. Bring a friend! Best for ages 6-10 year old.

Children's Musicians You Haven't Discovered

You've exhausted Raffi, Laurie Berkner, Caspar Babypants and Jim Gill.  Looking for some fresh music?  Here's some artists you may not have found yet. 

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, March 4 from 4:30-5:15 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear dark, loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat to work on. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on February 18.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Olympic Gold Winners, Sochi 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White from Michigan are the first American pair to win an ice dancing medal in the winter Olympics. Davis and White won the gold medal in ice dance on Monday for their nearly flawless performance. Both skaters attend University of Michigan and have been skating together since they were young children. The couple practice at the Artic Edge Ice Arena in Canton! Congratulations Meryl and Charlie!

[Ice Dance Championships SD by nabechiko29 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0]

Join us over Mid-Winter Break for some fun at CPL!

You won’t want to miss out on these fun programs we have scheduled for you over Mid-Winter Break!

Dance Your Fanny OffTuesday, February 18, 7:00 PM
Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes. This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

Teen Animanga ClubWednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM
Teens, join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Superfun Unicorn PartyThursday, February 20, 2:00 PM
Unicorns are so awesome! Come and celebrate their coolness at our Superfun Unicorn Party where we will read a magical Unicorn story, make some fun crafts, and have an awesome snack. This program is open to kids ages 4 years to 8 years old and their caregiver. Don't forget to register by clicking here. See you there, horn wearing optional!

The K ClubSaturday, February 22, 11: 00 AM

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Zoo

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "zoo" themed storytime. 


Dear zoo by Rod Campbell


Zoo ah-choooo by Peter Mandel ; illustrated by Elwood Smith


The Underpants Zoo by written and illustrated by Brian Sendelbach




Six little ducks [sound recording] by Al Dana... [et al.] — Dance to the track "Going To The Zoo."


Wiggleworms love you [sound recording] — Sing along with the track "Speckled Frogs."