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Join us for an evening of musical entertainment featuring the Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet's  new show HUZAH for Hoagy: The Music of Hoagy CarmichaelThursday, May 8 at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments served.

Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History

Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery, the Great Lakes State is often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty.” Add to that a growing industry focused on locally-sourced products such as cheese, poultry, sauces, jams, breads, chocolates and SO much more, and you have a feast just waiting to be devoured.  This program will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!  Tuesday July 8 2014 7:00 PM

Help Them Read


Help get books into the hands of kids.  The Barbara Bush Foundation is partnering with Scholastic on the Help Them Read initiative. It's easy.  Just vote for your favorite book from the list provided, or suggest your own.  For every vote, Scholastic will donate one book to a program that support children and family literacy.  Vote now. Vote later.  Vote often.  

Free Comic Book Day May 3

Saturday May 3 is Free Comic Book Day. Stop by the library and get a free comic (only while supplies last, so come early)! Brought to you by Comic City.

STEM: Science for Tomorrow Workshops

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be presenting their Science for Tomorrow: STEM Career Workshops here at Canton Public Library. These programs are designed to introduce middle school students to STEM careers, show them who scientists really are and what they do, and provide them with practical tools for navigating high school, applying for college and achieving those careers. 
Through a series of four interactive workshops, students will get to meet the U-M faculty or alumni who work in the STEM related fields every day.  They are also given tools to help them take charge of their educational future and given assistance in setting realistic goals to get them into STEM fields in college. 
The program begins with a U-M campus visit in Ann Arbor for each student and one caregiver.  A bus will leave from Canton Public Library at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. After a visit to a working science lab, campus tour, lunch with faculty and students and presentations by U-M admissions staff, the bus will return to the library around 3:00 PM. 

May the Fourth Be with You!

The Canton Public Library is celebrating Star Wars Day. All ages are invited to stop by the Purple Room on Sunday, May 4 between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM to watch the cartoon series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and create a 3D papercraft of a Star Wars character. The cartoon will start at 1:00 PM, but feel free to come in anytime to make your craft. May the Fourth be with you!

Star wars, the clone wars. The complete season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Lucasfilm Ltd

Harriet the Spy Contest: Attention All Spies Ages 8-11

Do you like spying on your parents, brothers, sisters or classmates? If you do, the library is holding a Harriet the Spy contest during the month of April to celebrate this book's 50th anniversary. The journal winner will receive a gift certificate to Dairy Queen.

In order to win you need to do four things:
  1. Pick up the 2-page hand-out at the circulation desk and complete it.
  2. Create a map of your spy route.
  3. Keep a journal/notebook of your own and make a spy entry everyday.
  4. If you used spy gadgets, write about them in your journal.
All completed journals/notebooks with hand-outs must be turned in at the checkout desk by 6:00 PM on Monday, May 5th to be considered for the prize. Put your name and telephone number on the cover of your journal.

All entries will be judged by our expert spies. They will be looking for all four items to be completed, originality of spy route map and uniqueness of daily journal entries.

Looking for ideas? Check out the library's Harriet the Spy display, books and videos.

Happy spying! Don't get caught!

Building Bridges Family Fun Day

Building Bridges Family Fun DayFamily Fun Day will once again be brought to you by the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs Outreach Committee. It will be held at the Canton Mosque at 40440 Palmer Rd. in Canton on April 12th from 11am-2pm. This will feature face paining, henna, ethnic foods, sports, arab calligraphy, mosque tours and Q and A with the Imam. Please RSVP to www.mcws.org/outreach if you wish to attend so they will have an idea of how many will come.  This Family Fun Day should be fun for everyone!

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Spring

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home?  Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhymes are all great suggestions for a "spring" themed storytime. 

Fletcher and the springtime blossoms by Julia Rawlinson ; pictures by Tiphanie Beeke



999 frogs wake up by Ken Kimura ; illustrated by Yasunari Murakami


The second line [sound recording]: scarf activity songs by Johnette Downing — Dance along and wave scarves to the track "Flitter Flutter." Don't have scarves like the ones we use at our library storytimes? Any piece of light fabric will do the trick - even a washcloth or a clean dust cloth!


Singable songs for the very young [compact disc] by Raffi — Sing along to Raffi's upbeat version of "Mr. Sun."

Folding Paper Mini Book

minibookKids, ages 8-11 years old, will learn to take a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a mini book under the guidance of paper artist Cecilia Escobar. Join us on Saturday, April 26, 3:30-5:00 PM to learn the magic of folding paper to create a book that you can decorate, fill with special messages or create as a special gift for Mother's Day.

Cecilia Escobar is a bookbinder artist who loves to play with paper and the endless possibilities that this media offers. A Canton resident, she is an advocate of the arts in all forms. This program is presented through a partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. Registration is required.

Money Smart Storytime

Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, takes place during the week of April 5-12. Join us for a special Money Smart storytime for kids ages 3-5. We'll read some money-themed stories and have a free book giveaway.

Program Date: April 10, 10:00 AM

Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals

Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom as the library goes wild! GLZS animal programs are designed to inspire and connect kids with the natural world by providing up-close animal experiences with some special friends from all corners of the Earth. Help us celebrate Earth Day by learning about the many creatures including a blue-tongued skink, spiny-tailed lizard, pancake tortoise, Brazilian rainbow boa (pictured above), Honduran milk snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches who all call our planet home. Space is limited and both children and adults who wish to attend are required to register. Registration begins on March 25.

Program times are as follows: Please register for only one of the two sessions.

[P1010308 by The Reptilarium is licensed under CC BY - SA 2.0]

Target Family Reading Night: Garden Party

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us April 14, 7:00-8:00 PM for crafts, games and a snack at this fun program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. You'll also get a free book for your home library! Registration begins March 25.

K Club

Big ears are welcome at our K Club program this spring! Children ages 4-6 will enjoy stories, a snack and a craft centered around a rabbit theme. Hop on over to this fun program on April 19, 2:00-2:45 PM.

Baby Storytime

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

Registration begins Tuesday, March 25
Session begins Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 AM.

Earth Week Poetry Fun



Find some inspiration in Earth Week while celebrating National Poetry Month. Drop in to make and share your own poetry.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey kids, while we were shivering in the snow last week, LB was taking a historical jaunt through sunny Charleston, SC.   One of the first things he visited was Fort Sumter, where the Civil War officially began in 1861.  He learned a lot about cannons while touring the fort and even saw a few original cannon balls.  He also spent a day on  a historical rice plantation learning about life in the South.  He ended the week touring a battleship that served in World War 2, and an aircraft carrier that picked up the Astronauts of Apollo 8.  Whew! Even with all that traveling through time, he still managed to visit the library.  He is one busy bear.  
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Transportation

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "transportation" themed storytime. 

My car by Byron Barton


Freight train by Donald Crews

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: March 31
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room