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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.

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!

Got Goosebumps?

Looking for something creepy, ghostly, or haunted to get you in the Halloween mood? While Goosebumps are the usual go to movies for kids looking for a movie of this variety, we have lots of other options here at CPL
  • Grizzly Tales: These are compilations of many short stories cartoons with a slightly creepy bent
  • Ruby Gloom: This new series stars a cheerful girl and her rather gloomy friends
  • Cartoon Network Halloween specials: With so many cartoons to choose from, there's definitely going to be something that appeals to everyone
  • Halloweentown: The premise of this Disney Channel series of movies is that Halloween creatures exist in a alternative universe. The fourth installment stars Lucas Grabeel, in his pre-High School Musical Days.
There are lots more spooky films to check out! Just look up Halloween Juvenile films in our catalog!

Happy October!

It's October 1st and I'm ready for pumpkins. What about you? Get in the mood for fall and read a pumpkin book. Here are two that are easy to read on your own.

Oh my, pumpkin pie! by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Marley and the runaway pumpkin by based on the bestselling books by John Grogan; text by Susan Hill; interior illustrations by Lydia Halverson

Or if you want to read about more of the other fun things that happen in fall, try these books below.

Rhyming with Dogs!

Check it out — if you like dogs and you like poetry, our new book Name that dog!: puppy poems from A to Z by Peggy Archer is the book for you! Full of fun poems about your favorite doggies and adorable illustrations, this book will keep you smiling about dogs all day long. Enjoy!

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Ranger Rick

Hey Kids, check out Ranger Rick magazine in the Children's Department. Ranger Rick is a clever raccoon who is the leader of a small group of animals. He and his friends come up with ways to solve some of our environmental problems. This magazine offers you great information and photographs of all kind of animals, as well as cool stuff in the ocean. It also offers "green tips" for kids, Ranger Rick's comic adventures, games, crafts and stories about real kids and their adventures. It's a fun read, with lots to look at!

Simple Sewing

Simple sewing: the complete illustrated machine-side reference of tips and techniques by Beth Baumgartel
Have you ever needed to mend a ripped seam, or wanted to make your own simple curtains, but weren't sure where to start? These and many, many other projects are detailed here, along with basic guides to sewing machines, working with patterns, and a guide to fabrics. This is an ideal book to have at hand when sewing at home.

Study Skills

Sylvan Learning Center presents a seminar focusing on study skills for kids in fifth through sixth grade. Register today! Program Date & Time: Saturday, October 9 at 2:30-3:30PM

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

Knuffle Bunny Free

Author Mo Willems brings Knuffle Bunny back for one last adventure in Knuffle Bunny Free: an Unexpected Diversion. Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents — all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans? Check it out and enjoy a special story of discovery and growing up.

If you are new to the Knuffle Bunny series, check out the other tales of Trixie and Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity.

The Sewing Answer Book

The sewing answer book by Barbara Weiland Talbert
This handy little book has answers to hundreds of the most common questions home sewers find themselves asking. If you've got a problem working with plaids, need help adjusting a pattern to fit your personal size, or wonder what maintenance your machine might need, this book has the answer.