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Connect Your Summer

Canton Public Library's Connect Your Summer (CYS) reading program begins on Monday, June 17. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in the Community Room for a full day of fun events.  Learn about the twelve badges you can earn this summer and all of the exciting ways to earn them.  Participate in opening day activities like a bike safety program or giant Scrabble, get a blood pressure check from our partners at Walgreens, nosh on a Bob Evans cookie or play dress up at our photo booth.  At 7:00 PM, geek out with a contest and special showing of The Princess Bride. Some other plans for the summer include real horses at the library, Monday Movie Madness, and MANY other special programs and plenty of opportunities to earn badges and win prizes. So don't be shy, come into the the library this summer where we guaranteed to connect you to a good time!

Healthcare for the Future

DoctorJoin Renee Merckz, executive director of PRA (Professional Resource Alliance of Greater Michigan) to find out your options. Merckz will show us the possibilities and promises for a long life free of health cost worries. PRA calls itself "Michigan Care Consultants for Seniors and Their Families" and whether you are a senior or a child of one, you need to hear this information. Please join us on Tuesday, July 9 from 6-7:30 PM for all the answers.

Classic Movie Series

City LightsEarn your Back in Time badge while enjoying a great series of classic movies. The films selected enchanted movie audiences by the stories, the stars, the behavior and the "look." They represent some of the best of the past from Hollywood's Golden Age. Following each film presentation, we will gather for light refreshments and a good talk about the movies, their themes and characters. Each viewpoint is unique and welcomed. Join us in the library Purple Room:

A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach with Loreen Niewenhuis

Michigan native Loreen Niewenhuis has always had a connection to and deep love of Lake Michigan. She decided to make the 1000 mile trek around the lake and then wrote A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan. Next, she decided to touch every Great Lake and her second big trek resulted in A 1000 Mile Great Lakes Walk. Loreen will share her fascinating story with us on August 15 at 7:00 PM. She will also sell and sign her books for our enjoyment. Don't miss this one.

Collecting Family Stories: How to Interview Your Relatives with Virginia Bailey Parker

Virginia Bailey Parker is a national award-winning author, oral historian, speaker and writing coach. She has written three books, has been a columnist, newsletter editor for professional organizations and a freelance writer. Parker will help you record your family's unique stories while you can. But first, which questions should you ask and how do you ask them to get the best results when interviewing family members. Join us on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.

Preserving and Canning with Chef Mary Spencer

RaspberryCulinary instructor Mary Spencer will answer all of your canning and preserving questions. She will demonstrate how to preserve Sugared Raspberries and how to can homemade fresh vegetable salsa. Mary has studied under the best, including Jacques Pepin, Milos Cihelka and many more. She has taught classes at Kitchen Glamour, Kitchen Witch, ABC Warehouse and now runs her own cooking school in Northville called Taste: A Cook's Place, LLC. Come learn Mary's lessons on saving our summer bounty and share in a small tasting on July 31 at 7:00 PM.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, August 12 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Meet a Horse

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday, August 7, at 10:00 AM. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Come back in the evening at 7:00 PM to hear the moving and amazing story of JoAnne Normile and how she started Canter, the racehorse rescue group, in Michigan. Normile's story is told through her book Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. She will be available to sign copies of her starred Kirkus-reviewed book purchased at the event.

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, June 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Lunch & a Book August 2013

On Thursday, August 8 at noon, we will be discussing:

Lots of candles, plenty of cake by Anna Quindlen — From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own in this humorous memoir. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen's status as America's laureate of real life.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out with The Princess Bride

After you've spent your day celebrating the launch of Connect Your Summer 2013, have fun storming the castle with this family-friendly fractured fairy tale! We'll show the movie. We'll provide the popcorn. All we need is your love for dread pirates, fireswamp adventures, battles (of strength, agility and wit), rodents of unusual size and "twue wuv"!

And don't forget to stop by the Geek Out table during the CYS kickoff and complete a Nerd Knowledge quiz! Completed quizzes can be put into a drawing for summer movie passes from Goodrich Theaters. We'll select and announce the winner just before the movie starts! Join us in the Community Room on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM for the first in our Movie Mondays summer film series!

Movie Mondays: Animal Lover & Love It

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 15, we will celebrate our furry friends with films that bring out the ANIMAL LOVER in you, and a romance so sweet we guarantee you will LOVE IT. We'll begin our day with the search for our favorite clown fish and end with a heartwarming and bittersweet tale of first love. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Stiggy's Dogs

Stiggy's Dogs is a nonprofit organization that rescues and transforms shelter dogs into psychiatric service dogs for our military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no cost to them. Please join us as Stiggy's Dogs founder, Jennifer Petre, along with one of the agency's service dogs, shares details of the creation of this organization and the training and pairing of the dogs with their veterans. These dogs are taught specific tasks ranging from reminding veterans to take their medicine, waking them up from a nightmare or alarm clock ringing, to directing them through a crowd. All of the dogs are rescued from shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. By rescuing shelter dogs and providing our military veterans living with PTSD and TBI with psychiatric service animals, this organization is Rescuing One to Rescue Another. Ms Petre will be visiting us on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, June 20 from 1 to 2:30 PM.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University every Sunday from 2:45-5:45 PM in the Purple Room to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

From 2:45-3:45 PM class is for registrants only. You may register with Brahma Kumaris in Michigan by calling 248.987.2687 or emailing farmingtonhills@us.brahmakumaris.org

From 4:00-5:45 PM class is open to any and all participants. No registration is necessary.

Upcoming topics are as follows:

Sunday 8th  Understanding Myself

Sunday 15th   Understanding God

Sunday 22nd Understanding Karma

Sunday  29th  Meditation - Science of Silence

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, August 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 19

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The Buddha in the attic by Julie Otsuka tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. The book traces their extraordinary lives from the arduous journey across the Pacific Ocean to a country where they don't speak the language or understand the culture and to husbands they never met.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM: