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Yeehaw! It's Dude Night!

Our next Family Fun night is Thursday, November 11th at 7:00PM. It's Dude Night! So break out your cowboy boots and 10 gallon hat, but leave your sharp shooter at home. Join us at CPL for a rootin' tootin' cowboy time with singing, square dancing and lots more Old West fun. Register today!

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

First and Second Grade Book discussion

Registration for the First and Second Grade Book discussion begins today for our meeting on November 15th @5pm. This month we're reading The Frog Prince Jon Scieszka.  With the change of age ranges in our book discussions, you may find that they fill up faster than they have in the past.  Don't forget that we now have Book Clubs in a Bag that you can check out for more Book Discussion fun.

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Give thanks for the picture book with these wonderful Thanksgiving stories. Enjoy some turkey tales while waiting for the special holiday to arrive!

Gus, the pilgrim turkey by Teresa Bateman ; illustrated by Ellen Joy Sasaki

The Berenstain Bears' Thanksgiving by Stan & Jan Berenstain

An old-fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott ; illustrated by James Bernardin

Ghoulish Poems to Give you Halloween Giggles

Hey Ghouls and Ghoulettes! Halloween is just around the corner and just for giggles — a couple of titles that will give you goosebumps and bring you into the holiday spirit! The first titles is Frankenstien makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex and the second one is The Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton. Frankenstein will make you giggle as he introduces you to all his spooky friends, then travel to Halloween Town as our friend, Jack Skellington, tries to take over Christmas. Happy Haunting!

Sing and Sign Class

Parents and children under age five will learn how to sign key words in songs, games and books. Register online beginning Saturday, October 23.
Program Date: Saturday, November 6 at 10:00AM-10:30AM

Fall Crafts

Pumpkins, turkeys and leaves abound, as there are so many fun crafts to offer kids and parents this time of year. Trim your Thanksgiving table with some special additions, or learn how to make a delicious turkey treat to gobble up. There are plenty of ideas out there to inspire your creativity and fun!

"Oh Say Can You See" Contest

Our CPL History post on October 25 talks about our grand opening celebration and the flag raising ceremony with the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars so here's a contest question for you based on the American flag. Be the first to post the correct answer to this question in the comment of this post, along with a link to the CPL database where you found the answer and win a prize.

Here's the question: On what date was the stars and stripes pattern adopted as the official flag and by whom?

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Join The Cat and the Hat knows a lot about that! (Wings & Things) on dvd as he takes his young friends exploring around the world, learning about Bees, Birds and other Critters.

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.


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 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.