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Hummingbird Music Together

You and your child, 0-5 years old, will love singing songs and chants from around the world, including: drumming to a traditional African folksong, paddling our canoes down the river, tapping our sticks to an Irish folk tune, singing a song in Spanish and enjoying a chant about some funny animals that live in Australia. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. Join the staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton on Wednesday, November 4 from 10:00-10:45 AM in the Community Room.  Registration is required and begins on October 21.  

Fine Art for Tweens: Sketching and Shading

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach how to sketch the objects placed in front of you. Next, you will learn how to shade the drawing with different blending and shading techniques. Adding shadows to an art work is an art in itself. With the help of shading, your work will be more realistic. Shading is an important part of drawing that can be used to create a strong sense of space and form and makes the object look solid and 3 dimensional.  Join us on Saturday, November 1 from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[ARTT110 Project One Sketch by BnBGobo99 in licensed under CC by-SA 2.0]

Monster Mash Masquerade

Families with young children can get dressed in their most comfortable costumes and get your dance on. This program is an open dance party for our littlest patrons to get movin' and groovin' with their grownups to some great spooky tunes. After we've danced the monsters away, be ready for a costume parade through the library!

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun.

Monster Bash Gaming

CreatureJoin us on October 30, 6:45-8:45 PM in the Community Room for monster-themed games like King of Tokyo and Godzilla Stomp.  Come in costume if you'd like, either dressed as a monster or as another character.  No registration required. For children and tweens, ages 9-12.

Photo Creature by Shawn Budemer (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old to get moving with their caregivers, dancing is a great way to have some fun. 

Tuesday, November 4 @ 7:00 PM

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Star Wars Reads Day Program

May the Force Be With You! Saturday, October 11, 2014 is Star Wars Reads Day
and my yoda2young Jedi, I hope to see you at our program from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on October 11th. We will read an intergalactic story, have a spacey snack, and enjoy a surprise from dear Master Yoda. Registration begins September 25, 2014 and is open to children ages 5 years to 9 years old with a caregiver.

Zombie Scavenger Hunt (at The Block)

October 17, 6:30PM to 10:30PM. We're partnering with Canton Leisure Services: The BLOCK for this special event. Part tag, part scavenger hunt. Tons of scary, zombie fun. Oh...and PIZZA, too!  The BLOCK requires registration (734-398-5570), a $5 fee and a completed emergency contact form (attached) to attend. This will be held outside at The BLOCK. For Teens.

Photo: Zombie! by Daniel Hollister (CC by 2.0)

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, October 25 at 4:00-4:30 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for younger children (ages 12 and under) with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting Monday, September 15 thru Friday, October 24. Registration is online and begins Monday, August 25.  We welcome you at one of the following sessions.

Mondays, 10:00-10:30 AM
Fridays, 1:00-1:30 PM

*Please note that there will be no programs on Monday, October 13 as the library will be closed.

Pinecone Birdfeeder Craft and Storytime Program

Fall is just around the corner, but our fine feathered friends are still around
and hoping forbirds a delicious snack! Join us for our Pinecone Birdfeeder Craft and Story program on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2:00-2:45 PM. We will read some delightful bird stories and have fun making pinecone birdfeeders using peanut butter and birdseed.  The program is open to children ages 4 to 8 years old and their caregivers. Registration starts August 25, 2014. There will be peanut butter at this program!

Talk like a Pirate Day Craft

Ahoy landlubbers! Drop in and join me mateys for some swashbuckling fun on Friday, September 19, from 4:00–5:00 PM in the Purple Room. Make a pirate hat and create a treasure map. And while yer at it, grab ye some booty as well. All ages, no registration required.

[Pirate Levi by Anne Marie is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

Talk It Up: Read & Write

This program is for kids ages 7-10 who like to hear stories and talk about them, too. Participants will listen to a story read by a Children's Librarian, discuss it with each other afterwards, and then write a short book review. Books chosen for discussion will vary in genre and include fiction, non-fiction and biographies. No need to read the book ahead of time - just bring your listening ears and then get ready to talk it up!

This discussion will help participants build literacy skills, as well as their vocabulary and writing skills.

Program Date: September 20, 2:00 PM

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 15. 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, September 15-October 25:
NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 13. The library will be closed for Columbus Day.
 

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 15. 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, September 15-October October 25:

NOTE: There will be no Family Storytime on Monday, October 13. The library will be closed for Columbus Day.

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, September 27 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a fun, interactive, and sensory-friendly storytime especially designed for younger children (ages 12 and under) with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome when registration process is complete. Registration begins August 25. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Connect Your Summer Final Celebration

This year you have read books, completed activity sheets, attended programs and made this summer truly awesome!  But there is one final event you can't miss!  On August 16 we invite you to attend our Connect Your Summer Final Celebration from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back yard by the pond and there will be a number of amazing features including:


We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to PARTY!

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.

Celebrate National Dance Day

Join us to celebrate National Dance Day on the last Saturday in July. To promote dance as a great way to have fun and be healthy, we'll learn a beginner dance routine. As part of the national celebration, we'll create and share a video of our group dancing. 

Visit the Dizzy Feet Foundation Events page to watch the routines. No dance experience is necessary, please just wear comfortable clothes and bring your enthusiasm.

Dancers of all ages welcome: recommended for ages 8 and up. No registration required.

eBooks for travelling Around the World

Are you looking for a way to earn your Around the World Super Bookworm Badge and your Around the World eLectrified badge? Check out this list for some great suggestions we have in our ebook collection on Overdrive. Enjoy!

Starcross, or The coming of the moobs!, or Our adventures in the fourth dimension! [electronic resource]: a stirring adventure of spies, time travel and curious hats by as narrated by Art Mumby, (& Miss Myrtle Mumby) to their amanuensis, Philip Reeve ; and illuminated throughout by David Wyatt


The freedom maze [electronic resource]: a novel by Delia Sherman


A crazy day with cobras [electronic resource] by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca


Car trouble [electronic resource]: a novel by Jeanne DuPrau


Going bovine [electronic resource] by Libba Bray

Summer Movie Madness

Join us as we show this summer's hottest new dvd releases right here at the libary! You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs. All showings may earn you the On the scene: Curtains Up badge.

Showings are as follows: