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Starfish Family Services: Reading with Preschoolers

On Tuesday, May 26, from 6:30-8:30PM the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Reading for Preschoolers. Participants will learn and practice ways to make storybook reading an interactive and enjoyable experience for preschoolers. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Child Development Lecture: Exercise, Nutrition and Brain Development

Join us on Saturday, May 30, from 1:00-3:00PM, as Banyan Montessori Academy will present Dr. Sean Gregory from Canton Center Chiropractic Clinic to talk with parents about helping their children grow into their full potential.

If nutrition provides the building blocks of the body genes, then exercise provides the blue prints. The consumption of optimal levels of micro-nutrients (minerals, vitamins and plant chemicals) is necessary for both children and adults who desire to operate at their full capacity. This coupled with a proper macro-nutrient (carbs, protein, and fats) is what paves the way to individual optimization. In addition to proper nutrition, exercise grows and reinforces the brain at the same time as it grows and reinforces the body.  Movement tells our bodies how to lay down new bone when we grow, helps aid our digestion through core activity and breathing, and activates and balances our hormones.
Dr. Gregory will be discussing the building blocks of nutrition to grow a healthy, active brain as well as how exercise is integral to fully realizing our potentials.

Materials will be provided detailing high nutrient foods, strategies to get kids to eat healthy, and age specific recommendations for physical activity.
 

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmer's Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, interesting varied vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday, from 9:00AM-1:00PM, through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:
  • May 31
  • June 14
  • June 28
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • August 30
  • September 13

Fun with Michigan Birds

Are you interested in learning more about the birds in our very own backyard?
 Join us formichigan birds a fun Michigan Bird Program on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 PM. We will learn about what birds live here in the Mitten state, make a Peanut Butter bird feeder, and have a wonderful snack. Registrations is required and begins April 27, 2015.  This program is open to children ages five years to twelve years old with a caregiver.

Reader's Theater Folktale Show

three billy goats gruffOur Tween Service Corps Presents a Readers Theater Folktale Show! Come on Saturday, May 9 from 2:00-3:00 PM and enjoy a lively and fun puppet show featuring two well known stories, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.  We will also have a light snack and make a craft. The program is open to all ages with a caregiver.

Enchanted Fairy Tales Musical Theater Performance

After many weeks of practice and hard work the attendees, aged 7-10, of this musical theater workshop present their final performance for the public - Enchanted Fairy Tales! The young performers were trained in the basics of theater including projection, stage direction, set design and much more by two PCCS Arts Academy Students.
Hot on the heels of the theatrical release of "Into the Woods" and the current release of "Cinderella", this show is made up of short scenes from many popular musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz and more. Please join us in watching the magic unfold on Friday, May 1 from 4:30-5:30PM in the Community Room...Be Our Guest!

Facts About Animals

Does your child have an animal report due in the next couple days? The Canton Public Library has plenty of books about a wide assortment of animals, but when a school project is due sometimes it's hard to find a book on a particular animal. Our online databases, which have digital versions of print resources, are here to help. The databases provide citation information, such as when and where it was originally printed, and allows users to print the article to bring in to their teacher. All these links are available through the Kids Homepage, just scroll down until you find the list of Databases. You may have to enter your library card information to gain access from home.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Previously a printed encyclopedia, Grzimek's has articles, often with a picture, that typically contain an animal's physical characteristics, geographic range, habitat, diet, behavior and reproduction. Broader categories will occasionally feature a specific species, like the article on hares and rabbits features snowshoe hares, mountain hares, and desert cottontails. This database offers an e-mail article feature, which allows you to send the article to yourself as a PDF or text file for quick future reference.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of April 13. 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, April 13-May 23:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)


Spring Garden Party

Spring is in the air and with Spring comes flowers, birds, and warmer weather!
Come springcelebrate Spring at our Garden Party on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The party is from 2:00PM-3:00PM and is open to kids ages 4-8 years old and a Caregiver. Registration begins March 26, 2015. 

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Docu Watch – "Never a Bystander"

Join us in watching this short documentary film titled Never A Bystander, featuring an inspiring Holocaust survivor, Irene Butter, who shows viewers how empowered choices — forgiveness included — enables lives of joy, purpose, and compassion. This film was filmed partially at Discovery Middle school in Canton.  Both the films subject, Irene Butter and the film’s director, Evelyn Neuhaus, will be in attendance for an engaging Q&A. All ages welcome on Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey

It’s all about survival! On Saturday, April 25 at 2:00-3:00PM, engaging raptors including an owl, falcon and EAGLE, will visit the Community Room to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Join our friend from the Leslie Science and Nature Center as they present a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts and provide a stimulating introduction to these birds of prey. Help us round out our Earth Week celebrations by appreciating the beauty of these Hunters of the Sky!

[bald eagle by Eric Begin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

NHS Homework Help

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
  • Tutoring is on a first come first served basis
  • Tutoring sessions will be a half an hour

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk

There will be no tutoring during Spring Break (April 6th-10th).

Hoopla Adds Disney Movies

Canton families rejoice! Hoopla has recently added dozens of Disney titles to its offerings. Enjoy classics like The Muppet Movie or The Black Cauldron without leaving your house. Download the Hoopla app to get started.

Hoopla offers movies, music, television and audiobooks on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Just use your Canton Public Library card to create an account, and get started today!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Stop in at the Main or Children's Reference desks and pick up a poem for your pocket.  Share the poem with friends, family, or any and everyone you meet.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry because poetry is best when shared.

Baby Storytime

Designed for children 0-18 months with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins March 26
Storytime session begins Tuesday, April 14, 10:00 AM

Available Holds

Busy week? Our staff is here to help you! Patrons with a Canton or Plymouth Library card can place holds on available items. Simply browse our on-line catalog for books, DVDs, CDs, video games - we have over 300,000 items to request. Our catalog is available 24 hours a day, so you can browse at your convenience. We will pull the item you request, put it on our hold shelf and notify you when it is ready, usually within 12 hours! And you don’t have to come right in, once you are notified, you have four days to pick up your item.  

Is the item you’re looking for checked out to someone else? No problem, again place a hold and you will be next on the list to receive the item. Even if we don’t have the item, you may be able to request it from another library using the MeLCat system in our catalog. We will have the item delivered and waiting for you.

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department are on
vacation for a few days to be cleaned. They will be back soon to play with their many fans.
 

Every Day is a Good Day to Read

March is National Reading Month, and we want to stress how important it is to read to your child everyday. If you read just 15 minutes a day during the first five years of a child's life, that's over 450 hours (or over 19 whole days!) of reading by their fifth birthday. There is a book for every day of the week, and we can prove it:

Monday is one day by Arthur A. Levine ; illustrated by Julian Hector


Tuesday by David Wiesner


Wednesday by Anne Bertier ; translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick


Where does Thursday go? by words, Janeen Brian ; pictures, Stephen Michael King


Friday my Radio Flyer flew by Zachary Pullen

Pinterest Live Junior Edition - Recycled Bookmarks

Kids age 7-10, we have a Pinterest Live program just for you. Join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 4:00 PM as we celebrate National Library Week by creating Pinterest-inspired recycled bookmarks. All materials are supplied.

Registration begins March 26.

Starfish Family Services: Schedules and Routines

On Tuesday, March 17 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Schedules and Routines. Participants will learn the benefits to keeping a daily routine and the importance of providing a predictable social frame for their child. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals