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Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days to be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

K. A. Barson at Ann Arbor Bookstore Nicola's Books

45 pounds (more or less) by K.A. Barson — K. A. Barson will be at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30PM to talk about her recent book, answer questions, and autograph her book.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Games

Hey Kids, have you seen Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 yet? Scholastic has a way to continue the fun with games for kids and fun educational resources for parents that tie into the movie. Check them out!

Tutoring Returns October 7th

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.

2014 Budget Approved

At the Budget Hearing on September 19, 2013, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the 2014 budget and set the 2014 millage rate. The millage rate remains the same at 1.5437, and the total 2014 budget of $5,599,410 reflects use of some of our Fund Balance (essentially, our savings account) to 1) make building improvements, and 2) bring the library's pension account to 100% funding.

1) As a result of patron feedback and suggestions, our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan includes a comprehensive look at how library spaces are used, how that usage has changed over time, and what changes you'd like to see to improve our interactions with you. In addition to your feedback and suggestions, we also considered the entire building; the original library building is now 25 years old, and the library additions are now 12 years old. Much of our equipment and fixtures date back to the original construction and are due (some overdue) for replacement. In 2013, we were able, through donations and use of Fund Balance, to update and renovate some library spaces--new study rooms were added in the east wing of the library, and renovations were done in our Community Room and Quiet Study Room, as well as in the staff kitchen. These updates and replacements will continue in 2014 with updates to the main area of the library, with our Patron Service Improvement Project (PSI Project).

Starfish Family Services: Caregiver Interactions

On October 23 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Starfish Family Services will present Caregiver Interactions. Participants will learn the importance of clear communication between children and adults and learn techniques to enhance these interactions. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

October Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, October 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Please be prompt.

Target Family Reading Night: Halloween Howls

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us Wednesday, October 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM for a spook-tacular evening. Hear a haunting tale, make a craft, play a game, and make some monster mash. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume for the annual Halloween parade through the library. Registration begins September 25 at 9:00 AM. This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

CPL's 2013 LEGO Dream House Award Reception

Canton kids of all ages have envisioned their Dream House and brought them to life by LEGO. On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 come to the Community Room and admire the fantastic LEGO Dream House Contest entries and vote for your fan favorite. On Sunday September, 29 at 4:00 PM, we will host an awards reception for these great creations. Join us!

[LEGO House by Mark Nicolson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Affordable Care Act Marketplaces

The Affordable Care Act Marketplaces (Exchanges) are scheduled to open on October 1st. This is where we will go to find the best solution to our individual and family health care insurance needs. Since this is a new experience for all of us, we need a little guidance and information to be successful, thrifty and healthy. David Huntzicker of Kapnick Insurance Group will be our guide as we begin our search. David will explain the categories and the time lines we will all need to be aware of, as well as all the options available to us.
Join us on October 3 at 7:00 PM to get your questions answered.

2013 Teen Writers

Check out the short stories that were submitted as part of the Teen Creative Writing Series this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated!

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Things Done with Lara Galloway

Too much to do, not enough time? Get a grip on your time at this helpful program, led by Lara Galloway, the MomBizCoach. Learn the principles of managing your priorities and your time as an entrepreneur and avoid the pitfalls and time sucks that rob you of getting things accomplished. These techniques are helpful to anyone wanting learn time management skills. Join us Wednesday, October 23, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Talking with Parents: Literacy Struggles

Drs. Lauren Katz and Joanne Pierson from the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute (3LI), will hold a Q & A with parents about the language and literacy difficulties experienced by children, teens, and college students. Both Katz and Pierson are speech-language pathologists with doctorates in Education with a focus in literacy and learning disabilities. They have years of experience in conducting diagnostic assessments and providing intervention for students of all ages whose language and/or literacy problems, including dyslexia, are affecting academic performance. On October 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM they will help patrons recognize literacy struggles and offer strategies and solutions to turn those struggles into success. Bring your questions!

Family Portrait Craft

What does your family look like? Craft a portrait of your family for display on our Family Wall of Fame as we celebrate all of Canton's families. Join us on October 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM. All ages encouraged to attend.

[sara_jan-2006-family by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

The Art of Roughhousing

Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD speaks regionally and nationally on play, health, and parenting topics. He was a featured speaker at TEDxDetroit 2011 for his talk Playing For Our Future and at TEDxEMU 2012 for his talk Playing For Our Health. He is also coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It (Quirk Books, 2011), a parenting book about the importance of parent–child physical play. The Art of Roughhousing has received hundreds of media mentions and been translated into four foreign languages. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI where he stamps out gastrointestinal disease with a colonscope, and enjoys embarking on make-believe pirate-princess adventures with his wife and three daughters, learning new magic tricks and shooting hoops.
Join Dr. DeBendet on October 10, from 7:00-8:00 PM as he discusses his book and gives tips on fun, physical, healthy ways to connect with our children.

How to Raise a Healthy Family

Families must work together to get things done, whether it’s taking on household chores or tackling a busy school year. But do you ever think about how your family can work together to stay healthy? From proper nutrition to safe exercise, Richard Grucz, MD, of Oakwood Healthcare System, will share important health tips and demonstrate how families can join together to maintain good health. Join us on October 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this informative event.

Dr. Grucz is a board certified family medicine physician at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton. He provides care for patients of all ages at the office, which is located at 7330 N. Canton Center Road.

Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Best in Show Dog Show 2013

Best in Show LogoWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now by returning the waiver form by 6 PM September 13 and join us on Saturday, September 14 at 11 AM in back of the library under the tent. Space for contestants is limited to the first 25 waivers received but all are welcome to come see the show. This event is fun for all ages! Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Behaved, Best Looking, Best Biggest, Best Smallest and Best in Show. Winners will receive fabulous prizes! Enjoy a free hot dog and pop! REGISTRATION OPENS 9 AM Saturday August 31.

Target Family Fun Night Pirate Party

ARRRR, mateys! Join us for our September Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a swashbuckling good time at our Pirate Party. Games, crafts, snack... maybe even some walking of the plank. Dock your ship with us Monday September 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to pirates ages 4 to 8 years old with their Captains (grown-ups). Parrot optional. Registration begins Monday August 26, 2013.

Starfish presents: Sensory Issues in Early Childhood

On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM a speaker from Starfish Family Services will present Sensory Issues in Early Childhood. Come learn about the different sensory motor activities that can improve focus and attention in early childhood. Find out how sensory input can improve function and play. Presented by Melissa Gray, a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist.