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Tanabata Festival

Join us July 19th as we celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese Star Festival. This festival celebrates the once-a-year meeting of star lovers, the Ox Herder and the Weaver Princess, who are separated by the Milky Way during the other 364 days of the year.

To help us celebrate, members of the Japan Society of Detroit Women's Club will present the Tanabata story using Kamishibai, a Japanese form of storytelling. We will also participate in the Tanabata custom of writing wishes on long strips of colorful paper and then tying them to tree branches in the hopes that they will come true. In addition children will have the opportunity to try on Yukatas or summer kimonos.

This event will take place Saturday July 19th at 11:00 am.

New Horizons Band of Canton

Join us for a musical performance compliments of the New Horizons Band of Canton. New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. The New Horizons Band of Canton is sponsored by Evola Music and will be joined by Irv Feldman and the Seek to Be Music Ministry for this performance. This free concert will take place Sunday June 8 at 2:00 PM. All ages welcome.

hoopla Hoop - Hula Hoop Contest

Come and put your hula -hoop skills to the test! We are hosting a contest to celebrate hoopla, a multi-media platform that offers thousands of streaming and downloadable movies, music albums and audiobooks to the Canton community. The individual that hula-hoops the longest will walk away with a new android tablet, perfect for using hoopla! Staff will also be on hand to explain this awesome service in detail and help you set up an account! Contest participants are encouraged to bring their own hula - hoops if possible.  Join us Monday, June 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Knit Night - August

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday August 11 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Make and Take a Hair Flower

Drop in for a crafting session June 23rd from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the  supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  All ages welcome. 

The Ring of Steel Theatrical Swordplay

On July 10 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, we will be welcoming The Ring of Steel to present their Introduction to Theatrical Sword play. Participants will be introduced to the safety procedures, underlying martial arts, and beginning techniques of swordplay for stage and film. This program is recommended for patrons 8 years old and up. No registration required.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

NHS Homework Help Ends May 22nd

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

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.  Tutoring ends May 22nd.

Curious George Celebration

There will be a plenty of "monkey business" at our Curious George program on Tuesday, June 24, 7:00-7:45 .We will celebrate our favorite monkey with a story, games and crafts. This program is designed for children ages 3-7. Supplies provided in this program are limited to those children registered.

It's Screen-Free Week

This week, May 5th-11th is Screen-Free Week. Presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Screen-Free Week encourages families to spend a week without entertainment screen media--i.e. no TV watching, video game playing or internet surfing for entertainment's sake.  Instead families spend the week doing things together, being creative and getting active.  Want to participate?  There are ideas on the official Screen-Free Week website, or Canton Public Library has lots of resources to help you think of fun things to do.

ChopChop: the kids' guide to cooking real food with your family by Sally Sampson ; photographs by Carl Tremblay


Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon


The great book of family games by Chicca Albertini

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on June  22 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on June 22 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old.

Family Book Talk Night

Summer is a great time to have fun together as a family, and you can join us with your family by reading a book by (or about) Roald Dahl, then come to our Family Book Talk Night. Families with a child in elementary school can join us, and we'll have a snack and chat about the books we've read. 

Please register at least one member of your family and let us know how many people you will be bringing in the Note.


*You can also use this experience to earn badges in our CYS program: claim a Bookworm Badge when you read your Roald Dahl book, claim an eLectrified Badge if you also watch a Roald Dahl-related movie, and claim a related On-the-Scene Badge after you attend the program.

Meet a Horse

This program will be held outside. Please dress for the weather.

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 June 18th from 10:00 - 11:00 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.

Big Brothers and Sisters

In honor of National Superhero Day (April 28), a list of books for the best kind of superheroes: big brothers and sisters.

Big Brothers

A new brother or sister by Charlotte Guillain

Will you still love me? by Carol Roth ; illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Purple Room

Target Family Reading Night

Families with children ages 4-8 can join us for some Fractured Fairy Tale fun. Expect stories, crafts, and games, with a fairy tale twist. Register beginning April 25.

Tuesday, May 27 @ 7:00 PM

Sponsored by Target Early Literacy Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

DIA presents: Samurai Beyond the Sword

May is Michigan Month! One of Michigan's greatest treasure is the Detroit Institute of Arts. To celebrate the DIA we are hosting a talk about their newest exhibit, Samurai: Beyond the Sword, which runs through Sunday, June 1. This is a rare opportunity to experience the world of the Japanese Samurai. Moving beyond the stereotype of the warrior, the exhibition explores the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual and art worlds of their time. Join us on Saturday, May 10 from 2:00-3:00 PM as we discuss the origins of the Samurai culture and the fascinating pieces in the DIA's exhibit.

Get a coupon good for $4 off an adult admission now through May 18 here: http://www.dia.org/calendar/CouponSamurai2014.aspx

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. 
On Saturday, May 31 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the Art of Meditation. This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared. 

Starfish Family Services: Active Learning

On Wednesday, May 28 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Learning Through Play: The Active Learning Way. Participants will identify the five ingredients to provide a quality active learning environment and also explore the many benefits of learning through play.  Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.