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Our Own Snug Fireside: Life during the Civil War

Join us on Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM for a peek into the world which no one alive today has witnessed first-hand. As living historians renowned for their knowledge on daily life of the mid-19th century, Larissa Fleishman and Ken Giorlando will draw you into their world of horses & carriages, oil lamps & candles, and hoop skirts & top hats as they bring back the everyday life of long ago.

"Our Own Snug Fireside” is a program for audiences of all ages which offers a first-hand look into the activities, chores, occupations, manners, etiquette, and clothing of a time from over one hundred and fifty years ago. Using replica artifacts, entertaining exchanges, fun filled facts, and a bit of humor our presenters will show what life was like during such an intense time in American History: The Civil War.

Mrs. Fleishman and Mr. Giorlando have been students of history for decades, and not only have intently studied the everyday life of our ancestors, but have also been involved in the practice of historical presenting and living history/reenacting for nearly as long. “Our Own Snug Fireside” is certainly a chance to see history come alive.

[Tatton Park Sept 201027 by DeviousWolf Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, November 11. 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, November 11 - December 14: 


NOTE: The library is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 and there will be no programming on those days.

Baby Storytime

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

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, November 12, 10:00 AM, and Tuesday, November 12, 11:00 AM. Please register online for one half-hour timeslot.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of November 11. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Weekday sessions are held in the Community Room. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, November 11 - December 14:


NOTE: The library is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 and there will be no programming on those days.

Preschool Storytimes

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of story and words designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the purple room starting Monday, November 11 through Friday, December 13. Registration is online and begins Friday, October 25. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:
*Please note that we are closed November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no programming on that day.

Target Family Fun Harvest Party!

Fall is in the air! Join us for our November Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a wonderful time celebrating the season at our Harvest Party. Games, crafts, snack and a special Thanksgiving surprise. We look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 18 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to kids ages 4 to 8 years old with their Grown-ups. Registration begins October 25, 2013.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess is open to 10 year olds and up.

Holiday Savings Tips

Melissa Buckles, popular blogger Bargain Shopper Mom, will share holiday savings tips - everything from Black Friday, Cyber Monday and how to save when entertaining. Melissa has many followers who trust and learn from her experience and research. Please join us on November 11 at 7:00 PM and you may learn a few tricks too. May your holidays be merry, bright and full of savings.

Starfish Family Services: Reading with Preschoolers

On November 5 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Reading with Preschoolers. Participants will learn and pracatice ways to make storybook reading an interactive and enjoyable experience. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days to be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

K. A. Barson at Ann Arbor Bookstore Nicola's Books

45 pounds (more or less) by K.A. Barson — K. A. Barson will be at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30PM to talk about her recent book, answer questions, and autograph her book.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Games

Hey Kids, have you seen Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 yet? Scholastic has a way to continue the fun with games for kids and fun educational resources for parents that tie into the movie. Check them out!

Tutoring Returns October 7th

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.

2014 Budget Approved

At the Budget Hearing on September 19, 2013, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2014 budget and set the 2014 millage rate. The millage rate remains the same at 1.5437, and the total 2014 budget of $5,599,410 reflects use of some of our Fund Balance (essentially, our savings account) to 1) make building improvements, and 2) bring the library's pension account to 100% funding.

1) As a result of patron feedback and suggestions, our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan includes a comprehensive look at how library spaces are used, how that usage has changed over time, and what changes you'd like to see to improve our interactions with you. In addition to your feedback and suggestions, we also considered the entire building; the original library building is now 25 years old, and the library additions are now 12 years old. Much of our equipment and fixtures date back to the original construction and are due (some overdue) for replacement. In 2013, we were able, through donations and use of Fund Balance, to update and renovate some library spaces--new study rooms were added in the east wing of the library, and renovations were done in our Community Room and Quiet Study Room, as well as in the staff kitchen. These updates and replacements will continue in 2014 with updates to the main area of the library, with our Patron Service Improvement Project (PSI Project).

Target Family Reading Night: Halloween Howls

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us Wednesday, October 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM for a spook-tacular evening. Hear a haunting tale, make a craft, play a game, and make some monster mash. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume for the annual Halloween parade through the library. Registration begins September 25 at 9:00 AM. This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Starfish Family Services: Caregiver Interactions

On October 23 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Starfish Family Services will present Caregiver Interactions. Participants will learn the importance of clear communication between children and adults and learn techniques to enhance these interactions. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

October Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, October 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Please be prompt.

CPL's 2013 LEGO Dream House Award Reception

Canton kids of all ages have envisioned their Dream House and brought them to life by LEGO. On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 come to the Community Room and admire the fantastic LEGO Dream House Contest entries and vote for your fan favorite. On Sunday September, 29 at 4:00 PM, we will host an awards reception for these great creations. Join us!

[LEGO House by Mark Nicolson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces (Exchanges) are scheduled to open on October 1st. This is where we will go to find the best solution to our individual and family health care insurance needs. Since this is a new experience for all of us, we need a little guidance and information to be successful, thrifty and healthy. David Huntzicker of Kapnick Insurance Group will be our guide as we begin our search. David will explain the categories and the time lines we will all need to be aware of, as well as all the options available to us.
Join us on October 3 at 7:00 PM to get your questions answered.