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Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 9. 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, September 9-October 19:


* Wednesday evening sessions will be PJ Family Storytime. Kids are welcome to attend in their PJs and will enjoy quieter stories, activities and music to calm them into bedtime. There will be no ABC Activity time following this storytime.

NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

Target Family Fun Night Pirate Party

ARRRR, mateys! Join us for our September Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a swashbuckling good time at our Pirate Party. Games, crafts, snack... maybe even some walking of the plank. Dock your ship with us Monday September 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to pirates ages 4 to 8 years old with their Captains (grown-ups). Parrot optional. Registration begins Monday August 26, 2013.

Starfish presents: Sensory Issues in Early Childhood

On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM a speaker from Starfish Family Services will present Sensory Issues in Early Childhood. Come learn about the different sensory motor activities that can improve focus and attention in early childhood. Find out how sensory input can improve function and play. Presented by Melissa Gray, a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist.

Canton Public Library's 2013 LEGO contest

Canton Public Library's second annual LEGO contest will be held September 28-29. This year, participants are asked to think creatively and build a Family Dream House. Please read all contest rules and register before hand to ensure space for display. There will be one winner for each grade division, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th as well as one popular-vote winner decided by library patrons. Winners will be announced at a reception at the close of the contest on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO compatible plastic brick.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO designed kit, project found online/in a book or magazine.
  3. Your creation must fit on one 10" by 10" LEGO baseplate. Your completed project may be no taller than 2 feet tall.
  4. Participants must register to ensure a space for display. One entry per registrant.
  5. Entries may be submitted by a team of up to 3 builders. Team entries should be registered under the name of the oldest participant. They will be judged in that age division. If you choose to submit a project as a team you will not be able to also submit an individual creation.
  6. Please provide a sign/label with your first name and age, the title of your project, and a short description highlighting what makes your "Dream Home" special. This will help voters make their decisions.
  7. Participants can begin to drop off projects on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00AM.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 9. 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.

Sessions September 9-October 19


NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

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, September 10, 10:00 AM and Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 AM. Please register for one half-hour timeslot.

Prevent Colds and Flu

While cold & flu season may be a few months away, it’s never too early to talk about prevention. Taking a proactive approach is the best way to avoid germs and maintain good health. On September 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Arsala Bakhtyar, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician from Oakwood Healthcare System, will be sharing important tips and tricks for keeping children and adults healthy and thriving during peak cold and flu season.

Dr. Bakhtyar is a board certified pediatrician who completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She provides care for patients from infancy to adolescence at an office located in Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton, at 7330 N. Canton Center Road.

Flu shots will NOT be available at this program but WILL be available at our Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, October 1 from 12:00-4:00 PM. Brought to us by Walgreens.

[influenva virus by Kat Masback is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

September Tween 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 Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. This month we will be making greeting cards for senior citizens with the Snail Mail for Seniors group. Please be prompt.

Listen @ the Library

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents the first in a series of music presentations at the Canton Public Library. The goal of the Society is to "strengthen families through musical outreach in the heart of the community." We will be treated to delightful chamber music performed by very talented musicians. The performance will include interactive demonstrations and lecture which will engage and entertain the audience of all ages. This presentation will be given by Stephen Wogaman, a pianist with the group. Stephen has been a part of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and has his doctorate in music from Indiana University School of Music.

Please bring the entire family for an amazing afternoon of memorable music on Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 PM in our Community Room.

NPR's 100 Must Read for Kids 9-14

NPR has just released the Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf, a list of the top 100 books for kids ages 9-14. The books (or in some cases, series) are divided into categories like American Stories, Biographies, Everyday Magic, Family Life, Fantasy Worlds, Friendships and Finding Your Place, Good for a Laugh, Mysteries and Thrillers, Myths and Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Survival and Adventure. You'll find most, if not all of these books at Canton Public Library.

Lily of the Valley--Bracket Winner!

lily of the valleyThank you to everyone who voted in our CYS Flower Bracket Game. Lily of the Valley was our big winner! Yea! If you want more information on our fragrant and beautiful winner, along with the many other flowers you can plant here in the mitten state, be sure to check out our gardening collection in both the children's and adult departments. Enjoy the rest of your summer and when you see a Lily of the Valley, think of us!

Starfish Family Services: Organize Your Playroom

On September 4 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Organizing Your Playroom. Participants will learn strategies for equipping their play space to encourage easy clean up. They will also learn how to label and store materials so children can find and return them after play. These programs are developed for parents, grandparents, daycare providers and any other adults who care for children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? Answers

LB and Clarke thank everyone who helped identify the pictures they took around Canton.
LB and Clarke closeup
  1. Canton Historical Museum. Corner of Canton Center and Heritage Park Rd
  2. The rock in front of Salem High School
  3. Morning Glory Whisper bench in front of Family Christian Bookstore, Ford and Sheldon
  4. Cherry Hill Village Theater
  5. Canton Township Administration Building
  6. Center of Canton at intersection of Canton Center & Cherry Hill roads
  7. Front of Canton Public Library

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. Open and tournament chess are open to ages 10 and up. See you on September 22 at 1:00 PM.

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #7

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #7", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.
*If you missed any pictures, you can still submit an entry for them until noon on Friday, August 16. Just look under the Sleuth it! badge Activities.*

Clue #7: Home again!

LB and Clarke 7

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #6

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #6", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #6: Sat on a bench in the very center of Canton watching cars go by.
LB and Clarke 6

Cookbooks for Kids

Kids, earn your Chow Down badge this summer by checking out a cookbook from the children's nonfiction collection. Here are some fun titles to consider:

Terrific veggies on the side by Kari Cornell ; photographs by Brie Cohen

Cook it


Kids' baking: 60 delicious recipes for children to make by Sara Lewis


Let's cook with cheese!: delicious & fun cheese dishes kids can make by Nancy Tuminelly

Midwestern recipes by Mary Boone

Easy breakfasts from around the world by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #5

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #5", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #5: We visited the building where the business of Canton is conducted.
LB and Clarke 5

Starfish Family Services: Making Play Room Materials

On August 22 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Making Playroom Materials from Everyday Items. Participants will identify natural, real, recycled and scrap materials for your play room, as well as make materials to take back to their play room setting. These programs are developed for parents, grandparents, daycare providers and any other adults who care for children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Connect Your Summer Final CELEBRATION!

Come one - come all! We are celebrating the end of our Connect Your Summer reading program. We have something for everyone including:

We promise an afternoon of fun, food, games and prizes for all ages in our big back yard on Saturday, August 17 from 11:00 to 1:00 PM. Join us!!!