Parents

2016 Family Music Fest!

Music creates a soundtrack for our lives. It can enliven and enrich the lives of kids and the people who care for them from infancy and beyond. On Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM we will host a day's worth of fantastic, energetic, diverse musical acts. Come and celebrate the beat within all of us. This program is designed for families and patrons of all ages. The schedule is as follows...

10:00AM - Music with Ms Carissa - Ms Carissa unleashes her tot rock for all to hear. She will be playing both her originals as well as some tried and true classics. Come and join her already huge local following. Recommended for families with kids birth thru 8 yrs old.

11:30AM - Detroit Pleasure Society - Traditional Jazz has never sounded so fresh and new. Check out Detroit Pleasure Society's bombastic and swingin' good tunes. Recommended for patrons young, old and everyone in between.

2:00PM - Drummunity - Lori Fithian lives to the beat of her own drum and challenges you to do the same. Experience the creation of and contribute to a real life, huge drum circle made up of all who wish to join the beat. All ages welcome. No previous experience required.  

4:00PM - Istvan & his Imaginary Band - Istvan used to play in rock bands. Then, inspired by the birth of his own daughter, he decided to start to write his own rock songs and share them with elementary school aged kids and their families all around Chicago. Now he's branching out even further to rock the socks off of families all over the place and he's even won a Parent's Choice "Fun Stuff" Award for his most recent album, Playtime. The music he creates is super fun and highly interactive. Don't miss it!

The Family Music Fest is made possible by the Friend's of the Canton Public Library and Vibe Credit Union.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Did you miss our Pet Storytime at the Farmer's Market last week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a cuddly storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

We tried a few different rhymes and songs. We sang "The Wheels on the Bus," but added noises for all the different pets on the bus (I think the Elephants on the Bus were my favorite). We also acted out this rhyme while making all the appropriate animal noises:

     Can you hop like a rabbit? Can you jump like a frog?

     Can you waddle like a duck? Can you wag like a dog?

     Can you fly like a bird? Can you swim like a fish?

     Can you sit back down and be still like this?

Strictly no elephants by Lisa Mantchev

A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.

Are you prepared for International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th? Mango Languages can help!  Not only does Mango offer free online courses on Latin, Arabic, Chinese, German and much more, you can also learn to speak like the heartiest mates on the seven seas!  Check out Mango's course on talking like a Pirate!

You can learn how to speak Pirate and many other languages through Mango Languages all with your Canton Public Library card. 

Give the Gift of Life!

Libraries For Life

Join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to save lives during our fourth Michigan Libraries for Life campaign. Library staff will be available to answer questions, provide fun give-away items and most importantly, help community members to become organ, eye and tissue donors. If you are unable to stop by during the scheduled time and are interested in becoming a donor, register online.

The Canton Public Library has partnered with the Gift of Life Michigan in this endeavor. By hosting this campaign, we hope to educate, inspire and empower patrons to join Michigan's organ and donor registry and help save the lives of one or several of the 3,000 Michigan residents currently waiting for an organ transplant.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Parenting the Montessori Way: Special Speaker

Banyan Montessori will present Ms. Debra Herron. Ms. Herron is from Montessori Science Solutions and is also an instructor at the Michigan Montessori Teacher Education Institute. She will be talking about some of the guiding principles of Parenting the Montessori Way including the importance of the ground rules, the many ways to talk to children, the child's absorbent mind and the importance of a prepared environment. Join us for this wonderful seminar.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Salvation Army logo

The Canton Public Library is working with the Salvation Army of Plymouth to help our students with the basic supplies necessary to be a success in school. From August 1-29, we will accept donations of pens in black, blue and red ink, No. 2 pencils, highlighters and glue sticks. Drop donations in the box near the library's main doors. We thank you for your help in supporting our community.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your E-lectrified, On the Scene, and Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Do you think that completing all 36 badges in the Connect Your Summer program is impossible for adults? While it can be daunting, a good strategy makes it totally doable. Here are some tips from experienced CYS participants, who have completed the 36 badge challenge numerous times.

  1. Now is not the time to read War and Peace. Look for short books, like these.
  2. Always carry a book with you. Ten minutes waiting for soccer practice to end can turn into ten minutes of reading time.
  3. Find a book with lots of pictures.
  4. Or a book that is all pictures. It's not cheating--it's a Graphic Novel.
  5. Listen to a book. It's entertaining and you can claim an e-Lectrified badge.
  6. Set aside some time to read every day. Maybe a half hour in the morning, or while you eat lunch.
  7. Try a Young Adult title. Good content, quick reads and you might relate to your teenager better.
  8. Have two or three books available. That way if you aren't in the mood for one, you can read a different one.
  9. Make good use of the recommended lists for each badge.
  10. Download a book to your phone or tablet so you always have a book with you.
  11. Find a book your family will enjoy and take turns reading out loud. That counts, even if you are reading a children's book.
  12. Try something different, like poetry, perhaps, or short stories.
  13. Read something that can help you professionally. Bill Gates likes these, and he seems to do okay for himself.
  14. Magazines! Grab one off the shelf, or check out one of the 175 or so available online with Zinio.
  15. Plan a weekly trip to the library and attend a program or complete an On the Scene activity.
  16. Participate in the Big Library Read and combine an e-book with a book discussion, all online.
  17. Browse our Short Story collection to find a quick read.
  18. Use library materials to inspire a daily chore, like cooking dinner. You have to eat anyway, right?
  19. Challenge someone to participate with you. Motivate each other, attend programs together, or trade reading suggestions.
  20. Don't procrastinate. And don't give up. The final day to claim badges is August 17: plan accordingly.
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Animal Lover: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

A 13-year old girl and her estranged father learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them how to fly.

When young Alec Ramsay and a wild stallion are cast adrift after a shipwreck, they help each other survive on a desolate island. Based on the novel by Walter Farley.

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