Parents

Glasses and hand-held viewers for safe observation of the solar eclipse are in high demand right now. Local retail outlets are sold out, and libraries and other organizations are distributing their limited supplies today, Monday, August 21. 

CPL will be distributing its remaining glasses on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 1:30 PM on the day of the eclipse. 

The American Astronomical Society has put together a list of reputable vendors for those seeking to buy glasses. Or use make your own pin hole viewer, like this one from NASA, or this one using paper plates.

 

Beginning August 21, our west parking lot will be closed for repavement. The lot will be blocked from the entrance at Civic Center Drive; no access will be allowed down the west driveway. We expect the project to be completed on August 28, however, it is weather dependent. In addition to fixing crumbling pavement, two additional handicapped spaces will be added to the lot. 

While the drive is closed, book donations can be dropped at the shelves placed at the front of the library. Overflow parking is available at the Canton Township Administration lot across Veterans Way. Please obey all posted traffic signs. 

Educators- school is about to be back in session! Get ready for the new year with Gale Courses. With courses like Empowering Students with Disabilities, Understanding Adolescents, and Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success, you'll be all set to start the school year on the right foot. Will this be your first year? Check out Survival Kit for New Teachers.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, August 16. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Wayne County is holding a household hazardous waste collection event on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Westland Shopping Center, 35000 Warren Rd. The collection event is open to all Wayne County residents. For a list of acceptable and unacceptable materials please call (734) 326-3936 or visit the Wayne County Land Resource Management website.

Need help navigating the daily glut of information? These books offer useful strategies, quick tips, and funny stories to help you determine truth from falsehood, likely from unlikely, and serious from silly. 

Have you read (or stumbled into) one too many irrational online debates? This handy guide is here to bring the internet age a much-needed dose of old-school logic (really old-school, à la Aristotle).

The bestselling author of Proofiness and Zero explains how to separate fact from fantasy in the digital world. Seife seeks not to rail against the Internet, but to act as a guide for the skeptic [with] a handbook for those who wish to understand how digital information is affecting us. Readers of this disturbing but entirely convincing account need to remind themselves that the Internet is pretty useful, but they will not deny that it teems with garbage.  -Kirkus Reviews

Do you like stories outside the boundaries of traditional religion, stories about people grappling to stay alive and persevere in their faith, or books of inspiration and prayers for those seeking to find God or make it through difficult times? How about secret knowledge hidden in the past, lost books of the Bible, people who talk to angels or heavenly beings and experience help and healing in their daily lives? Or just plain wisdom for everyday living? All of these topics pique our curiosity, intrigue our senses, enlighten our souls, or uplift our hearts. Here are several that might brighten your way or simply bless you for reading them today.

First-time parents Joe and Tahni Cullen were thrust into the confusing world of autism when their toddler, Josiah, suddenly lost his ability to speak, play, and socialize. The diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their attempts to see Josiah recover and regain speech, the Cullens underwent overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial struggles. While other kids around him improved, Josiah only got worse. Five years later, Josiah, who had not been formally taught to read or write, suddenly began to type on his iPad profound paragraphs about God, science, history, business, music, strangers, and heaven. Josiah's eye-opening visions, heavenly encounters, and supernatural experiences forced his family out of their comfort zone and predictable theology, catapulting them into a mind-blowing love-encounter with Jesus.

Longway Planetarium's Traveling Sky Dome

In preparation for the Solar Eclipse on August 21 we are inviting you to cast your eyes upward. Flint's Longway Planetarium's traveling program is bringing an inflatable dome of state-of-the-art video technology to our library, immersing the viewer in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime. Participants will experience the wonder of scientific exploration as the inflatable dome is rendered in a realistic model of the night sky over Michigan. With the aid of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.

There will be one show, repeated three times according to the schedule below. Each show is approximately 30-40 minutes. Please sign up for only one of the time slots. Registration is required for ALL participants. The program is appropriate for patrons aged 5 and up.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Outdoor Challenge Experience: Watch a firework show or launch your own fireworks with friends or family outside. Take pictures and record what you did on your challenge sheet.

Outdoor Challenge Explore: Learn about the 4th of July, America, or how fireworks are made by reading materials from the Canton Public Library.

Outdoor Challenge Engage: Share your fireworks experience by telling someone else (a friend, family member, or neighbor) or share your experience on social media with the hashtag #CYSStoryBox. 

Explore Fireworks With the Following Books

The well-known author of the Paddington Bear books has passed away at 91.

"A chance encounter with a toy bear in a London shop spawned a long line of books, a BBC TV series, a feature film and a lot of merchandise. A prolific writer, he also created The Herbs, featuring Parsley the Lion, which became a successful TV series and the tale-telling guinea pig, Olga da Polga. And for adults there was Monsieur Pamplemousse, the retired detective turned restaurant critic and his bloodhound, Pommes Frites (BBC Obituary)"

Check out some of the books we have here at the library!

Paddington by Michael Bond
Also available in: video

While waiting for their daughter to arrive at Paddington Station, Mr. and Mrs. Brown spot a small bear, recently arrived from darkest Peru, and take him home to join their family.

Paddington here and now by Michael Bond
Also available in: e-book

With trouble apparently following him everywhere he roams, lovable Paddington Bear must use his charm and wit to straighten out dilemmas involving a grouchy neighbor and a strange mishap that lands him center stage at a concert.

 

In case you missed our Foxes storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own foxy storytime at home.

From Storytime

My ears are huge and fuzzy by Jessica Rudolph

In this book, young readers will learn all the different traits of a particular animal, and then get to guess what it is.

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