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Donuts with Dad

A father reading a book to his childrenCome celebrate Father's Day with your special Dad or Grandpa on Thursday, June 13 from 7:00-7:45pm. We will share some great "Dad" stories together, make a craft and enjoy some donuts. Designed for children ages 3-5. Take advantage of this opportunity to share together!

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids. LB began his summer travels this weekend with at trip to Traverse City. He's been there once before, and he did some things for the second time, and some things for the first time. He visited a lighthouse and walked out to the 45th Parallel--that's the line of Latitude that's right in the middle between the Equator and the North Pole. And he visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes. These Dunes get their name from an old Native American legend you can check out and read here at the library. In the picture above you can see THREE bears--LB and the two bear cub islands North and South Manitou Islands. On one of them you can see another old lighthouse and a shipwreck!
      LB says Traverse City was a lot of fun, but just a little chilly. So he's looking forward to his next trip where it will be warmer. It has water, sand and Islands too! Where do you think he is going?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days to be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

Children's Books on CD Have Moved

Children's Books on CD (formerly shelved in aisle #22) are now shelved with the Children's fiction books (aisles #15, #16, #17, #18). This will make it easier for patrons to find print books that are also available on CD so that they can follow along. It will also help kids to realize just how many wonderful, popular titles we have on CD.
It looks great thanks to a lot of work from our pages. Check it out!

Tutoring Will Return in September

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Connect Your Summer

Canton Public Library's Connect Your Summer (CYS) reading program begins on Monday, June 17. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in the Community Room for a full day of fun events.  Learn about the twelve badges you can earn this summer and all of the exciting ways to earn them.  Participate in opening day activities like a bike safety program or giant Scrabble, get a blood pressure check from our partners at Walgreens, nosh on a Bob Evans cookie or play dress up at our photo booth.  At 7:00 PM, geek out with a contest and special showing of The Princess Bride. Some other plans for the summer include real horses at the library, Monday Movie Madness, and MANY other special programs and plenty of opportunities to earn badges and win prizes. So don't be shy, come into the the library this summer where we guaranteed to connect you to a good time!

Meet a Horse

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday, August 7, at 10:00 AM. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Come back in the evening at 7:00 PM to hear the moving and amazing story of JoAnne Normile and how she started Canter, the racehorse rescue group, in Michigan. Normile's story is told through her book Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. She will be available to sign copies of her starred Kirkus-reviewed book purchased at the event.

Family History Charm Bracelets

Parents, grandparents, and kids, 7-10, join us Saturday, July 20, 1:00-2:00 PM to make a beautiful family history charm bracelet. Design and decorate a unique charm for each member of your family out of Shrinky Dinks. Registration required.

"My Mitten" Drawing Contest

Starting July 1st, enter our "My Mitten" Drawing Contest and show us what you love about Michigan. It could be your favorite place, your favorite people who live in Michigan, or even your favorite Michigan "thing" (cherries, automobiles, whatever you love!). Last day to enter is July 26th, with artwork being displayed in the library July 30th - August 11th for voting (one vote per person per day).

Contest Entry Form

Contest Rules

  1. Last day to enter: July 26th.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be submitted on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but please do not copy someone else's art.
  5. Artwork will be displayed in the library from July 30th - August 11th, and voting will be done by you (one vote per person per day)!
  6. Prizes will be awarded in 5 different age categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th, and 11th-12th grades.
  7. Winners will be announced August 17th at the End of CYS Party.
  8. All winners' entries, with consent, will be displayed on the CPL website.
  9. Last day to retrieve your submitted artwork will be August 31st.

Make an iPod Cozy

Felt iPod CozyMake a one-of-a-kind, designer case for your iPod or mp3 player using colorful felt, embroidery thread, and your choice of embellishments. It's super easy, and we'll supply everything you need! Friday July 26, 2:00-3:00 PM. Feel free to bring your mp3 player with you if you want to make sure it fits. Ages 9-17.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Hey all of you little folk, come to our library and get your dance on! This program is an open dance party for our littlest patrons to get movin' and groovin' with their grownups. This program is designed for new walkers up to 5 years old and is a great way to have some fun!

Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY SA-2.0

Oldies, but Goodies: Backyard Games

Join us for some old-fashioned backyard games! We'll be behind the library (weather permitting) so kids of all ages can come have some fun. Should we run into bad weather, we'll still have games in the Community Room, so stop by.

Tuesday, June 25 from 7-8:30 PM

Movie Mondays: Green Thumb & Game On

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, June 24, we'll give give our planet a GREEN THUMBs up and get our GAME ON with these fun summer films. We will start our day with fairies in the rainforest who are about to meet their first humans and end with the story of a football team that embraced challenges and change to triumph with a perfect season. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Young Rembrandts

We all have a unique and creative ability. Especially children! On June 22 from 2:00-3:00 PM, Kathy Baker, fine artist, graphic designer, and CCS instructor, will present her Young Rembrandts art program to children kindergarten through 5th grade. By introducing her cog-art philosophy, children will learn to express themselves in a safe, fun and non-judgmental environment - an environment that tunes in to the unique individual needs and talents of each participant.

Kids Art Favorites Mosaic by Patrick Q is licensed under CC BY - SA 3.0

Summer Bike Safety Program

As part of our Connect Your Summer reading program Opening Day activities on June 17, we will be hosting a two hour Bike Safety drop in from 2:00-4:00 PM. A representative from the Canton Police department will be here to talk about the rules of the road and staff from the Trading Post will come in to talk helmet safety and fittings, bike inspection and other aspects of riding that will keep you safe this summer. This program will take place in the back parking lot of the library. Ride on in and be well!

Bicycle Rack by Theen Moy is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

We Love Clifford!

Come and meet Clifford, the BIG RED DOG! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Clifford Book. We will celebrate Clifford at our Big Red Program on June 27 from 7:00-7:45 PM. This program is for children ages 2-6. Supplies provided in the Clifford Celebration Program are limited to those children registered.

Read and Ride with the Wimpy Kid!

Wimpy Kid fans going into grades 3 through 6, come join us for an evening hour of fun. Make a craft, play a game, enjoy a wimpy wonder, and get some car window clings to "Wimpify" your vehicles with your favorite Kinney characters.

When: July 23, 7:00-8:00 PM
Registration begins: May 29

3D Storytelling

On August 7 from 2:00-4:00 PM, local artist and writer, Christina Smith, will teach kids aged 9-12 years old her technique for writing a story, building vocabulary and then using around-the-house items to create a 3D Storybox to show their story visually. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 29.

National Book Lovers Day Program

Did you know August 9th is National Book Lovers Day? Join us Friday, August 9 from 2:00-2:45 PM for our Family Book Lovers Day Program. We'll have a great time hearing a story, eating a snack, talking about books, and working on a craft.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out & Sleuth It

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 22, we will both GEEK OUT and SLEUTH IT. We'll start our day with a video game bad guy who wants to play the hero and end with a backwards tale about a man who can't remember much-and has the tattoos to prove it. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.