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Movie Madness: The Lego Movie

Start your summer break off right with a viewing of The Lego Movie! On Tuesday June 17 starting at 2:00PM watch as Emmett Brickowski and his rag tag group of Lego friends find their creativity and battle the evil Lord Business.
You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like. And remember...Everything is AWESOME!

Hummingbird Music Together Presents: The Zoo

On Wednesday, August 6 from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, 0-5 years old, will love taking a musical trip to the Zoo together starting with a train ride with This Train,  seeing different animals including Two Little Blackbirds, and cuddling together under the big night sky with Great Big Stars. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.
[Detroit Zoo Train by WyanPhoto is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Summer Style Storytimes

We've decided to take our family storytime fun OUTSIDE!  Bring a blanket, snack and listening ears under the canopy in the back yard by the pond.  Join us for stories, music and fun in the sun activities on the following days:

Tiger Stadium Documentary "Stealing Home"

"Stealing Home", winner of the recent Freep Film Festival audience award, chronicles the history of Tiger Stadium and the recent action of the Navin Field Grounds Crew to resurrect and maintain the remaining footprint of this historic location. This film presents the day-to-day activities of the Grounds Crew alongside historic imagery of the field from the past 100 years. Join us on Wednesday, June 18, 7:00-8:45 PM, as we watch this fantastic piece of Detroit Tiger history and then join director Jason Roche, Professor of Communication Studies at University of Detroit-Mercy, for an informative Q&A. This presentation is open to patrons of all ages and is a must-see for baseball fans and history buffs alike. This is also a CYS Game On: On the Scene approved program. Click here for Grantland's story on the topic from the recent Detroit feature.

Knit Night - July

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday July 14th from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Digital Photo Project Session -CANCELED-

Do you have photos you’d like to share with friends and family? Want to turn some of your best pics into a creative project like customized note cards or a photo book? Whatever your skill level, join us Wednesday June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for this hands-on help and work session. A library staff member will be on hand to offer help, advice and tips, including scanning prints and snapshots, creating a photo book, making customized photo gifts, editing and cleaning up digital images, posting pictures to social media sites or blogs, and transferring pictures from your phone or digital camera to a computer and more. Registration required.

NOTE: Support will be available only for photo editing applications installed on the library's public computers (such as MS Office, Paint and Paint.net, but NOT Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) or programs and services accessible from the internet. Come prepared to start or continue your own digital photo project. If you’re starting with printed snapshots, bring them with you. If you have digital photos, bring them on a portable device such as a USB drive or a camera memory card (such as an SD card).

Tanabata Festival

Join us July 19th as we celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese Star Festival. This festival celebrates the once-a-year meeting of star lovers, the Ox Herder and the Weaver Princess, who are separated by the Milky Way during the other 364 days of the year.

To help us celebrate, members of the Japan Society of Detroit Women's Club will present the Tanabata story using Kamishibai, a Japanese form of storytelling. We will also participate in the Tanabata custom of writing wishes on long strips of colorful paper and then tying them to tree branches in the hopes that they will come true. In addition children will have the opportunity to try on Yukatas or summer kimonos.

This event will take place Saturday July 19th at 11:00 am.

Knit Night - August

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday August 11 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

New Horizons Band of Canton

Join us for a musical performance compliments of the New Horizons Band of Canton. New Horizons Music programs provide entry points to music making for adults, including those with no musical experience at all and those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long time. The New Horizons Band of Canton is sponsored by Evola Music and will be joined by Irv Feldman and the Seek to Be Music Ministry for this performance. This free concert will take place Sunday June 8 at 2:00 PM. All ages welcome.

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

hoopla Hoop - Hula Hoop Contest

Come and put your hula -hoop skills to the test! We are hosting a contest to celebrate hoopla, a multi-media platform that offers thousands of streaming and downloadable movies, music albums and audiobooks to the Canton community. The individual that hula-hoops the longest will walk away with a new android tablet, perfect for using hoopla! Staff will also be on hand to explain this awesome service in detail and help you set up an account! Contest participants are encouraged to bring their own hula - hoops if possible.  Join us Monday, June 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

Make and Take a Hair Flower

Drop in for a crafting session June 23rd from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the  supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  All ages welcome. 

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

Pinterest Live: The Votes Are In

The Pinterest votes are in and the sharpie mugs have won!  There is still time to register too, so be sure to sign up today. Join us as we bring Pinterest to life! Don't Just Pin It, Do It!!  Tuesday May 27th at 7:00 PM

NHS Homework Help Ends May 22nd

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.  Tutoring ends May 22nd.

It's Screen-Free Week

This week, May 5th-11th is Screen-Free Week. Presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Screen-Free Week encourages families to spend a week without entertainment screen media--i.e. no TV watching, video game playing or internet surfing for entertainment's sake.  Instead families spend the week doing things together, being creative and getting active.  Want to participate?  There are ideas on the official Screen-Free Week website, or Canton Public Library has lots of resources to help you think of fun things to do.

ChopChop: the kids' guide to cooking real food with your family by Sally Sampson ; photographs by Carl Tremblay


Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon


The great book of family games by Chicca Albertini

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on June  22 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on June 22 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old.

RJ Spangler Trio Plus Larry Smith

Join us for a concert featuring the RJ Spangler Trio with special guest Detroit jazz sax great Larry Smith. Learn the history of Detroit's jazz & blues roots and listen to musical examples performed by this all star band. Tuesday July 15 7:00 PM.

Family Book Talk Night

Summer is a great time to have fun together as a family, and you can join us with your family by reading a book by (or about) Roald Dahl, then come to our Family Book Talk Night. Families with a child in elementary school can join us, and we'll have a snack and chat about the books we've read. 

Please register at least one member of your family and let us know how many people you will be bringing in the Note.


*You can also use this experience to earn badges in our CYS program: claim a Bookworm Badge when you read your Roald Dahl book, claim an eLectrified Badge if you also watch a Roald Dahl-related movie, and claim a related On-the-Scene Badge after you attend the program.