Kids

Poetry Novels for Middle-Grade Readers

When thinking of books of poetry, most people think of Shel Silverstein, Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas, or nursery rhymes. But there's a wealth of other options. Here are some novel length books written in free verse, which is non-rhyming and does not have a regular meter or flow.

This is just a sampling, with more novels in verse available through our catalog.

The crossover by Kwame Alexander

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai

Lip Sync Battle

You've probably seen the epic lip sync battles on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you've watched LL Cool J host the show on Spike TV. Now you can show off your own lip sync skills and find out who is the top performer in Canton as we host a CYS Lip Sync Battle here at the library. Thursday July 30 at 7:00 PM. Registration is required. Participants are required to email song selection to welzn@cantonpl.org by July 24.

Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

Around the World with Books Quiz

How well do you know your books? We've got a special quiz to take you around the world with literature! (We have one for kids, and a more challenging one for adults.)

Stop by the CYS Command Center and get an Around the World Book Quiz. Match the setting of each book to the letter on the map, and turn in your quiz for the chance to win a prize. Don't forget to claim your Around the World badge online as well!

Constellation Connect-the-Dots

The night sky is full of stars, and some of them cluster together in to shapes. Did you know that the night sky changes throughout the year, and looks different from other areas of the world?

Stop by the CYS Command Center and connect the dots to find the constellations. Turn in your sheet for the chance to win a prize, and don't forget to claim your Great Outdoors badge online!

Art On the Scene


Everyone's an artist! No matter your age or talent, take a moment this summer to create something special. Check out our easels in the main lobby area, and make some art to leave here or take with you. Whatever you do, don’t forget to claim your Be Creative On the Scene badge online and fill out a ticket in the CYS Command Center near the Self Service Area for the chance to win a prize.

On the Scene with the Animal Lover Badge: Baby Ducklings

The ducklings have grown up and have been relocated to the pond in the back of the library. Check the pond to catch a glimpse of mama and her teen ducks!

Summer is here and we have so much fun planned Connect Your Summer.

Ready to earn your Animal Lover On the Scene Badge? Our ducklings have outgrown the courtyard and have been relocated to the pond behind the library. Count the ducklings and wave hello. Then be sure to hop online and claim your Animal Lover On the Scene badge. And watch our Vines of the catch and release of the ducklings to earn your Animal Lover eLectrified badge. Have fun!

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