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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!

Collecting Family Stories: How to Interview Your Relatives with Virginia Bailey Parker

Virginia Bailey Parker is a national award-winning author, oral historian, speaker and writing coach. She has written three books, has been a columnist, newsletter editor for professional organizations and a freelance writer. Parker will help you record your family's unique stories while you can. But first, which questions should you ask and how do you ask them to get the best results when interviewing family members. Join us on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.

Healthcare for the Future

DoctorJoin Renee Merckz, executive director of PRA (Professional Resource Alliance of Greater Michigan) to find out your options. Merckz will show us the possibilities and promises for a long life free of health cost worries. PRA calls itself "Michigan Care Consultants for Seniors and Their Families" and whether you are a senior or a child of one, you need to hear this information. Please join us on Tuesday, July 9 from 6-7:30 PM for all the answers.

Naturalization Workshop

Attorney Ruby Robinson of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will provide a workshop on becoming a naturalized citizen. Get help with paperwork via workstations manned by law students, have your paperwork reviewed by an attorney and get advice on the final steps in the process. Join us on July 7 at 1:00 PM to start on the path to citizenship. Registration is required for this workshop and you will need to bring immigration documents with you.

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.

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

Real Heroes Read Book Talk and Author Visit

On July 2, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Michigan authors David Anthony and Charles David Clasman will introduce us to their super fun and exciting chapter book series, Heroes A2Z. Set in Traverse City, Michigan, this series follows twins Abigail and Andrew and their baby sister, Zoe as they face exciting adventures, mind boggling mysteries and don't forget the aliens! Books will be available for purchase and authors will be available to sign them, but there will also be free book giveaways, too. So come on in to hear about Superhero kids fighting crime before bedtime.

Ms Carissa Rocks!

Carissa Knoles has been strumming to the beat of her own guitar since the young age of 14. When a guitar playing crush said, “girls don’t really play guitar,” she went out and bought one the very next day and has been rocking happily ever after! Since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Children and Families from the University of Michigan in May 2010, Carissa has combined her knack for music and her passion for Early Childhood into the Music with Ms. Carissa program. Carissa has written her own original songs for the imaginative minds of the young and the young at heart. Join us in welcoming Ms. Carissa on July 30 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Although Ms Carissa generally plays to the 5 and under crowd, all ages are welcome to rock out!

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

Movie Mondays: Be Creative

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, August 5, we will celebrate our final Movie Monday by with films about BEing CREATIVE. We will begin our day exploring the 2nd Dimension and end it with a look at London's most elusive and intriguing street artist. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Be Well & Back in Time

Bill and Ted's Excellent AdventureJoin 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 8, we will BE WELL with some healthy viewing and go BACK IN TIME with some time-traveling classics. We'll start our day with a collection of stories about our favorite aardvark and end with two totally excellent dudes who ace their history assignment with the help of a very special phone booth.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out with The Princess Bride

After you've spent your day celebrating the launch of Connect Your Summer 2013, have fun storming the castle with this family-friendly fractured fairy tale! We'll show the movie. We'll provide the popcorn. All we need is your love for dread pirates, fireswamp adventures, battles (of strength, agility and wit), rodents of unusual size and "twue wuv"!

And don't forget to stop by the Geek Out table during the CYS kickoff and complete a Nerd Knowledge quiz! Completed quizzes can be put into a drawing for summer movie passes from Goodrich Theaters. We'll select and announce the winner just before the movie starts! Join us in the Community Room on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM for the first in our Movie Mondays summer film series!

August Creatapillars

Are you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 7 to 10 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our project for August will be crafty and summery. We will meet on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 7:00-7:45 PM. Registration begins Monday, July 29, 2013.

[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Movie Mondays: Chow Down & Curtains Up

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 29, we will CHOW DOWN with the CURTAINS UP. We'll start our day with a Parisian mouse who dreams of great food and end the evening with a song. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Six Little Ducks Storytime

Kids ages 3-5, with a caregiver, register online to join us for a fun duck-themed program with ducky stories, a simple craft and a tasty snack.

Program Date: July 10, 10:00 AM

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.

Organize and Recycle in Your Garage

The experts from Perfectly Placed and the Wayne County Extension Service are back. They will guide us through cleaning out that garage - what to keep, what to get rid of and how to get rid of it safely. Join us on June 20 at 7:00 in the Community Room and you will be able to hold summer cookouts with the garage as a rain backup space without embarrassment.

Movie Mondays: Animal Lover & Love 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 15, we will celebrate our furry friends with films that bring out the ANIMAL LOVER in you, and a romance so sweet we guarantee you will LOVE IT. We'll begin our day with the search for our favorite clown fish and end with a heartwarming and bittersweet tale of first love. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

How to Raise a Butterfly

On July 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM, local expert and butterfly lover, Stephanie Faust will share with us how to find eggs, nurture caterpillars and then once emerged from their cocoons, release butterflies back into the wild. We will also explore how to create the perfect butterfly garden to attract our beautiful fluttery friends.

Cock-a-Doodle Dance Party

Cock-A-Doodle Doooooo! Come join author Christine Tricarico on July 17 from 10:00-11:00 AM for a rockin'read-aloud, doodle dance lesson and book signing at her Cock-a-doodle Dance Party! Children from birth through 5 years old will love the antics of these raucous farm animals.