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ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 5. 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.

ABC Activity Times, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. ABC Activity Times will still take place, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 5. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. Storytimes will still be held, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.

There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit to sign up and try a lesson today!

Baby Storytime

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

Registration begins December 23
Storytime session begins Tuesday, January 6, 10:00 AM

Leaf through a book!

A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, December 20 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, December 12 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is a sensory-friendly storytime with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

K Club

Warm up at the library at our K Club program on Tuesday, December 30 , 2:00-2:45 pm.  Create your own edible snowman, enjoy some winter stories and a craft. This program is designed for children ages 4-6.

Target Family Reading Night: Snow Much Fun

Come celebrate the winter season with us! Kids ages 4-8 with their grownups can join us Monday, December 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM for tons of winter fun. We'll read a story, make a wintery craft, play games, and enjoy a tasty snack. We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Make-And-Take: Snowpal Mason Jar Craft

Crafty kids can get in a winter groove on Tuesday, December 23, 2:00-3:00 PM by creating a Snowpal Mason Jar Decoration. Registration begins November 24.  This program is for ages 7-12.

Drop-In Lego Engineering

Coming Soon: Our annual Lego Building Contest in January.

To get ready for the main event (or just to have fun engineering your own creations), drop in at the library on Sunday, December 28 from 1:00-5:00 PM

You bring your imagination, we'll supply the Legos. Keep in mind that you won't be able to take your creations home.

Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2-3 PM.

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming

Roll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming.  This monthly program will take place the fourth Tuesday of every month, 3:30-5:00 PM beginning January 27.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice.  This program is suggested for ages 9-12.  Families are welcome.  No registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Engineering Gingerbread

Families and kids in grades K-4 can practice engineering and architectural skills building an edible gingerbread house.  Add your imagination and artistic skills to our big cardboard gingerbread house too.  All supplies will be provided.  Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Registration is required.

Gingerbread House by White 77 under CC0 1.0 Universal

Biography Suggestions by Grade

Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.


Gus & me [kit]: the story of my granddad and my first guitar by Keith Richards, with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro ; art by Theodora Richards — About Keith Richards’ relationship with his grandfather, this copy comes with a CD of the author reading the story.

Marvelous Mattie: how Margaret E. Knight became an inventor by Emily Arnold McCully — A young woman inventor becomes known as the female Edison.

A boy and a jaguar by written by Alan Rabinowitz ; illustrated by Cátia Chien — A young boy struggles with stuttering, and uses his relationship with animals to overcome his difficulties.

Just being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo ; illustrated by Julia Denos — Audrey Hepburn was so much more than an actress! Find out what she did off the screen.

Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade


Tulip loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; illustrated by Sarah Massini — A little girl who loves to dance finds a dog who shares her passion.

Bad bye, good bye by written by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Jonathan Bean — Moving is difficult!

Maple & Willow apart by Lori Nichols — Willow is off to school. What will her little sister do?

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman ; pictures by Caroline Binch — For the theater lover or big dreamer in your life.

A perfect day for digging by Cari Best ; illustrated by Christine Davenier — Is digging ever too dirty?

Need more? Try this list of Realistic Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Masterful Mysteries


Murilla Gorilla and the hammock problem by Jennifer Lloyd ; illustrated by Jacqui Lee

The case of the baffled bear by story by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by G. Brian Karas

Minnie and Moo: the case of the missing jelly donut [kit] by Den[y]s Cazet

Who ate all the cookie dough? by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

What really happened to Humpty?: (from the files of a hard-boiled detective) by Joe Humpty as told to Jeanie Franz Ransom ; illustrated by Stephen Axelsen

Need more suggestions?

Great Graphic Novels


A day in the life of Doctor Bugspit by Elise Gravel

Mr. Ball makes a to-do list by Michael Townsend

Mr. Pants: it's go time! by words by Scott McCormick ; pictures by R.H. Lazzell

Mr. Men, Little Miss: Little Miss Daredevil: the Incredible Race! by [stories by John Hardman ; art by Bryan Beach]

The Glorkian warrior delivers a pizza by James Kochalka

Need more suggestions?

First Grade

Chi's sweet home. Vol. 4 by Konami Kanata ; [translation, Ed Chavez]

Michigan Fiction & Authors


The twelve days of Christmas in Michigan by written by Susan Collins Thoms ; illustrated by Deb Pilutti

Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles

Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe

Up, up, up dear dragon by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

1st Grade

Alien ice cream by David Anthony and Charles David ; illustrations, Lys Blakeslee

Research Rocks!

Not sure how to begin that Science Fair Project Report? What is the Scientific Method anyway? Fear not! Come to our Research Rocks program on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00-11:00 AM in the iLab. We will look at what makes good research and how to write up a basic report. This class is open to kids ages 9 to 12 years old. Registration begins October 27th.