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Swimming with the Goldfish

goldfish bowlHey kids! Do you love pretending to be different animals? How about a goldfish? Well, starting Thursday, September 2, 2010, you can register for the Swimming with the Goldfish program. The program is open to kids ages 3 years- to 5 years-old with a caregiver. Swimming with the Goldfish will happen on Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. See you there!

Check Out Canton for Special Savings

This program has been discontinued

Library card users can now get special savings at local Canton businesses thanks to Check Out Canton, a partnership between the Canton Economic Development office and the Canton Public Library. Local businesses supply special offers that can be checked out with a library card, just like the Museum Adventure Pass program. Take a pass from the Check Out Canton rack and present it at our Checkout Desk. You'll be issued a voucher good for one week.

Offers include a buy one, get one free ticket from the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, savings on catering, carpet cleaning, veterinary care and more. To see the current offers and availability, search the online library catalog. One pass per library card per week, no holds on passes.

Living Book: David Tennies

David Tennies is a Civil War Living Historian and reenactor. Unlike many reenactors, Mr. Tennies portrays a civilian role, as Michigan Senator Jacob M. Howard.

Meet Mr. Tennies and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Mind Your Manners @ the Library

Bring your family to the library to celebrate good manners. September is Children's Good Manners Month, and famililes with children ages 4-8 can come hear some great stories about good manners and bad, sing special please and thank you songs, and make a fun craft. Join us September 11 from 2:00-2:45 to practice your manners.

Plymouth Author Extravaganza

You are invited to change the world through the power of the written word at Zoe Live Publishing's Author Extravaganza on Saturday, September 11, benefiting the Canton Public Library.
  • 10:00-11:30AM: Aspiring Author Workshop — Learn to tell your story, or share your message in this free workshop
  • 1:00-5:00PM: Book Expo — More than 20 family-friendly authors sign and sell their works to raise funds for the Canton and Plymouth libraries
  • 6:00-8:00PM: Poetry Slam — A family-friendly open mic venue to share your prose and poetry
The Plymouth Author Extravaganza will be held at the Comfort Inn, 40455 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth (near Bennigan's). The event is free. Each author will donate $1 from book sales and a signed copy of their book to the Canton and Plymouth libraries. For more information, visit


Unfortunately, bullying isn't just on the playground anymore. With teens using the internet daily, online bullying has become a new problem that parents should be aware of. In order to help parents and educators better understand and prevent cyber bullying, ebrary has a Cyber Bullying Searchable Information Center. Parents can find a collection of ebooks and government documents listed to help them understand this subject.

Elmore Leonard Teen Short Story Contest

Are you a teen who loves to write? Do you want to win a cash prize?! If so, check out the Elmore Leonard Short Story Contest. This contest is being held as part of the Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival. Not sure who Elmore Leonard is, check out our large collection of his books and films based on his books.

Storytime Registration

Storytime registration begins Monday, August 30. Storytimes begin the week of September 13. Children must have their own library card to register for storytime. Check out this video to see some of the fun activities we do in storytime.

We have storytimes for various ages: For families planning to bring children of multiple ages, please sign up for the Family Storytime.


Young readers can turn to click magazine as a great alternative to clicking on the T.V. "Click," the mouse, is your narrator throughout the picture-filled pages. This fun science magazine offers stories, comics, interviews, and creative activities to encourage young curious minds. It is available in the children's department. So stretch your mind and click on something new today.

Stellar Science Saturday

Learn, explore and discover the excitement of science. For third through sixth graders.
Registration begins Saturday, August 28
Program Date: Saturday, September 11 from 11:00-11:45AM

Back to School

You've got something someone could use. Likewise, they may have something that would help you out. To help get over this economic hump, let's share. This month's exchange items are book bags, backpacks, lunch boxes and all things needed for school. You may drop your items off beginning one week prior to the exchange day and receive a certificate to use on September 8th between 10:00AM and Noon. Save a couple of bucks and still make the students happy with items new to them. Only items in excellent condition will be accepted.

Books of Local Interest

Here is a great article about the Wayne State University Press and University of Michigan Press. In recent years they have both taken up the tasks of publishing books by Michigan authors and about topics having to do with Michigan. Search for Michigan History in our catalog to see some of the books about Michigan History that are in the Canton Public Library's collection.

Living Books Teaser

We'll be kicking off our Living Books program on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM in the Community Room.
This program lets you "check out" a person with a specialty or other interest to learn more about the subject. It's going to be a lot of fun and a great learning experience. See you there!

Say Hello To Your Friends

Are you a fan of the Baby-Sitters Club book series? Kids ages 8 and up can join us for activities, crafts, snacks, and some fun talk about the books.
This program takes place Tuesday, September 7th from 7:00-8:00PM.
Register online now!

Larceny and Old Lace

Come see the Spotlight "Still Got It" Players in their rendition of Larceny and Old Lace. A show that promises enjoyment for all ages. It will be playing from August 25-29 at Canton's own Village Theater in Cherry Hill Village. Ticket prices range from $11-$15.

Featured Destination: Blue Water Area

Enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan, have a picnic and take a stroll out to the lighthouse. Midwest Living rated this area as one of the best small towns to visit in its 2008 Best of the Midwest magazine. Catch up on your stone skipping, build a sandcastle, tackle a dune, sail on a tall ship or chart a fishing expedition, then watch the most spectacular sunset from the sandy front porch. So dig into the sands of Michigan's Beachtowns.
[Photo courtesy of mdprovost via flickr]

Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

Here come the Tigers!

While the skies maybe a bit on the gray side this morning, here's hoping the weather holds for the Tigers to host the Cleveland Indians tonight at Comerica Park. Don't have tickets? Well, then, come and check out our great books on both the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Get your gloves ready… it's going to be a great game!

Back to School!

Some of your favorite TV characters are heading back to school! We have new school adventures from old favorites Curious George and Elmo. Martha Speaks also make her CPL debut with a back to school offering. Your favorite character not on the list? We have lots of other Back to School videos.

Family Sunday at the DIA

Here's a chance to play with the art! Artist Andy Malone returns to the DIA this Sunday, August 22 to demonstrate games he has designed as well as allow visitors to play with some of the games. Andy's interactive creations have been previously exhibited at the DIA and galleries around Metro Detroit. Sunday's exhibit runs from 12:00-4:00PM