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Simply Sublime Gifts

Simply sublime gifts : high-style, low-sew projects to make in a snap by Jodi Kahn ; photography by Scott Jones ; illustrations by Kate Francis — We all love the idea of a handmade gift, but often it's difficult to make the time to create something from scratch. No worries! Here you'll find nearly 30 gifts that you can make from materials as easily at hand as dishtowels, shammy cloths, and empty cardboard containers like cereal boxes. Some of the patterns are even available online.

How to: Register Online for Programs


If you'd like a quick walk-through of registering for programs, just watch the YouTube video above.
  1. Have a Canton Public Library card
  2. Click the link to the Program Calendar
  3. Find the date of the program you wish to attend. Often there are more programs than display by default — click "All" at the bottom of the day to see a full list
  4. When you have found the program you're interested in, hover over the icon graphic to see how many slots are available. If there are open seats, click the icon to proceed
  5. Clicking the icon will take you to a login screen if you are not already logged in. Enter your name and library card barcode, then press the submit button to log in
  6. Review the program information on the registration page. If all the information is correct, click 'Submit' to register
  7. If all has worked properly, you should reach a confirmation page with no on-screen warnings. If you do not reach a confirmation page or are shown an on-screen warning, please contact the library
  8. If you need to register more than one person (more than one library card), you must log out and re-do the process using the other card
If you log in to your patron record, you can manage the programs for which you're registered. If you're registered for programs, there will be a link at the top, near your name and address.

Common Problems

If you get an on-screen warning, there could be several things blocking you from registering:
  • You may be the wrong age for the program. Please check the age requirements and make sure that the library card you are using belongs to the appropriate child
  • You may have already registered for another section of the program. Please check My Account to see if your card is already registered
  • Your card may not be updated. Please visit the checkout desk, or call 734-397-0999 (option #3)

Waiting Lists

We do not maintain waiting lists for programs. However, extraordinarily popular programs tend to have sessions added as necessary. Also, there are some online cancelations, so diligence checking the page can often get you a spot.

Living the Dream: How to Solar Power Your House and Save the World

Do you believe you can make a difference and help change the world?

Stephen Forrest will talk about his experiences with his "off-the-grid" house in Vermont. Forrest is Vice President of Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Professor of Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics.

Dr. Forrest will speak at the Hatcher Library Gallery at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00PM.

Aphasia

Did you know over a million Americans live with Aphasia every day and it can occur in people of any age?  What's  Aphasia?  It is a language disorder usually caused by a stroke, head injury, tumor, or neurological disease.  Aphasia affects talking, understanding, reading and writing.   A good book to read is Stroke Recovery Book by Kip Burkman.  Also, speaking first hand from a loved one who had a stroke there is a speech-language program at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP).  They are committed to providing intensive state-of-the-art therapy

Driven Crazy?

Do you ever find yourself saying, "My kids are driving me crazy!" Rest assured, you aren't the only one! Help — My Kid Is Driving Me Crazy is a useful guide to dealing with the various ways kids push the envelope. Learn how to deal with manipulation and keep it from happening over and over again, and bring peace back to your household! Find it in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Public Libraries Help Grandparent Caregivers

In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, one out of every ten children in the United States now lives with their grandparents. The increasing number of families with two working parents rely upon grandparents or an older relative for caregiving. Canton Public Library offers Grandparent Fun at the Canton Public Library, a 45-minute multigenerational program for children and their grandparent(s) on Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, November 3.

Storytime @ the Farmer's Market

Drop by the Canton Farmer's Market this Sunday, October 17th, for a special Halloween storytime put on by the Canton Public Library. Dress up in costume, enjoy a Halloween story, and make a Halloween craft. Two sessions, 11:00AM and 1:00PM

The Farmer's Market is located at Preservation Park (at the Bartlett-Travis House), 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton. See you there!

Want to Start Your Own Book Club?

Children's Book Club in a Bag provides everything your group needs for a great discussion all in one easy kit! This gives you the opportunity to conduct book discussions like those that take place at the library but, with Children's Book Club-in-a-Bag, you can do it wherever and whenever you like. Each kit contains eight copies of one title and a list of discussion questions.
  • Kits may be checked out for eight weeks, but can't be renewed

Halloween Fun

Children, ages 2-4, are invited to wear a costume and participate in fun Halloween activities. Register for one timeslot.
Monday, October 25 at 10:00-10:45AM
Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00-7:45PM

No Tutoring Monday, October 11th

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Monday, October 11th due to the NHS monthly meeting. They will, however, return Tuesday, October 12th.

Family Reading Night Programs

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a $2,000 Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant. Money from the grant, combined with funds from the Friends of the Canton Public Library, is used for Family Reading Nights at the Canton Public Library. Programs include stories, games and snacks and are open to families with children ages 4-9. Participants receive a free book.

Bullying

Bullying can be a difficult topic to talk about, but one that is very important for parents, kids, and young adults to learn how to deal with. There are many websites out there that can help families deal with bullying, whether it's at school, or on the web. Tips for young adults and kids can be found on Stomp Out Bullying and Cyberbully. Kids can find games and animated short stories on Stop Bullying Now, to help them with these issues. Organizations like Netsmartz also offer information for adults, children and educators on internet safety.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
You may have noticed that there's been lots of talk in the library lately about CPL's 30th anniversary.  There are only a very few people who've been a part of Canton Public Library as long as I have, so I thought I'd chime in with my own experiences here at CPL. You can find my story on the library's Flickr account.  Yup!  I'm a pretty tech savvy bear. In some of the pictures I look kind of funny because they were taken a long time ago.  You'd better not laugh!

Eco Books

Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor

Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.

Quilting Night

Quilting group meets on the first Wednesday night of each month from 7:00-8:45PM in the Community Room. Bring your quilts to show and ideas to share with the other quilters. The library has a large collection of books on quilting. Browse through our collection and enjoy your evening.

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! This month we'll be discussing Nate The Great. Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk. Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, October 19th at 5:00PM. Registration begins Tuesday, October 5th.

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Monday, October 18 5:00-5:30PM
Book Title: Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie

Where did the Puppets Go?

The puppets in the Children's Department of the Library will be unavailable for checkout beginning Monday, October 4, 2010. The puppets will be getting some much needed TLC to keep them in the best shape for everyone to enjoy. The puppets will be available again on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Thank you for your understanding!

Sew Retro

Sew retro : 25 vintage-inspired projects for the modern girl & a stylish history of the sewing revolution by Judi Ketteler
This book is a treasure trove for the home sewer. It offers quick glimpses into the history of home sewing and includes easy projects inspired by vintage pieces. The vintage color photographs and illustrations are enough to make this a fun book to flip through, but the projects are also great for hobby seamstresses at any level.

Making Summer Reading History


We've shown CPL's history with Summer Reading… but what about recent history? Our 2010 program was huge and successful, despite road construction and further budget constraints. The above video shows just some of the activities and programs hosted at the library. We were busy this Summer!