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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!

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Wednesday, January 9 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 fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on December 26.
[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

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.

NHS Homework Help resumes January 7th

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

Michigan Science Center

Just in time for the holiday break, the Detroit Science Center reopens Wednesday, December 26th, as the Michigan Science Center .  Families with older children may find the grand opening special exhibit, Human Bodies: Anatomy in Motion, interesting. For the younger crowd, try Kids Town, the Chrysler IMAX dome, or take in a show at the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium. 

Make a Cyber Snowflake

While you are waiting for the snow to really start falling, create a few flakes of your own (like the one seen here) over on the Make-a-Flake website. Need inspiration? We have lots of books with beautiful pictures of actual snowflakes here at Canton Public Library.

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

Video Game Party!

Yeah kids, we know you are out of school and we know you are getting bored! Bring your friends to the library and game, game, game. On Friday, January 4 from 2:00-4:00 PM, we will have the Community Room hooked up to Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 with Just Dance 4 on the big screen! Bring games from home or play those we have here. See you then!

Sports Facts

Who has the record for the most home runs in a season? Who holds the record for the most 3-pointers in their basketball career? All this cool sports trivia can be found in the pages of our Sports Illustrated Records Books in the Children's Reference section, and the children's circulating collection. These are really fun books to browse through at the library. Football and Hockey Records are available as well.

The ultimate collection of pro hockey records by Shane Frederick ; [Anthony Wacholtz, editor]

The ultimate collection of pro basketball records by Tyler Omoth

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins Thursday, December 27. We welcome you at one of the following sessions January 14-February 22:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Fridays 1:00-1:30 PM

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver, these storytimes feature simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

We are now offering two sessions for Baby Storytime, please register online for one timeslot. Session #1 is held Tuesday mornings at 10:00 AM, Session #2 is held Thursday afternoons at 1:00 PM.  Registration opens December 27.

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-K or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have special stories, a snack and a craft designed around a winter theme. Come join us for this fun time at the library on Saturday, January 12, 10:00-10:45 AM.

Snail Mail for Seniors: Create A Card

Snail Mail for Seniors is a non-profit group set up to send greeting cards and children's drawings to senior citizens free of charge. They aim particularly for the senior that does not usually receive many visitors or mail. Come to the Purple Room anytime between 2:00-4:00 PM on January 3 and create a card to send to these oft-overlooked members of our community. We will be focus on creating Valentine's Day cards. All ages are welcome to participate. Supplies provided.

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!

Dog Daze

Lovers of dogs and/or dog stories will be delighted to know that a deluge of delights awaits them this publishing season. Here is but a sampling of some recent dog tales. Take your pick of the litter!

A dog called Homeless by Sarah Lean

The vanishing by Christopher Holt

The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron

Dances with Dogs

The dogs of winter by Bobbie Pyron is an incredible, heart-pounding survival story based on fact.  Ivan is but one of 80,000 to 2 million homeless children forced to fend for himself in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Most of these abandoned children form packs and live in vacant buildings and/or underground train stations. What distinguishes four year old Ivan Mishukov is his decision to depend on a pack of feral street dogs instead of other children for his survival.  For two years they eek out an existence together, helping one another just as a family would.  Enduring the brutal Russian winters with temperatures often twenty below zero is almost beyond belief.  As Ivan is later quoted as saying, "I was better off with the dogs.

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.

Kwanzaa Family Storytime

Join us Saturday December 29, at 11:30 AM  in the Purple Room for our family celebration of Kwanzaa and its seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.