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American Jazz Songbook with Paul VornHagen

The Paul VornHagen duo will perform at the Canton Public Library on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. in the library Community Room. Stop by for special selections from the American Jazz Songbook… it will have you tapping your toes and swaying to the music!

Medicare Recipients Be Alert!

Medicare recipients who are eligible for what is being called the Donut Hole Rebate will be interested in the July 31, 2010 interview of Michigan Office of Services to the Aging director, Sharon L. Gire to explain eligibility for the Medicare Donut Hole rebate payment. Ms. Gire was interviewed by Laurel Hess, host of Comcast Newsmakers.

Free Summit on Veteran's Benefits

A free educational summit on Veterans Administration benefits will be held Wednesday, September 22 at Laurel Manor in Livonia. The event — co-sponsored by the Canton Community Foundation — is open to veterans, their families and friends and will feature speakers and counselors on healthcare and disability benefits, homebound services and more. Pre-register (required) on the Canton Community Foundation website or by phoning (734) 495-1200.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Goodwill Donation Drive at Summit on the Park

Donate to Goodwill Industries and get a discount on your membership to the Summit on the Park. Drop off gently-used clothing and household items at the Summit for Goodwill's new Canton retail store September 12 through September 19, and you can receive an Individual Annual Membership to Canton's award-winning fitness and aquatic facility for $250 or a Family Annual Membership for just $550.

For more information, visit Cantonfun.org or phone (734) 394-5460.

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.

We're Looking for a Few Good Volunteers

Our next quarterly volunteer orientation will be this month. We are especially looking for volunteers who will be available and willing to put in a few concentrated hours each month to help keep the library the beautiful and welcoming space it is. We specifically need someone to help us dust the shelves and pick up the grounds. So, if you are in touch with your inner Martha Stewart, fill out a volunteer application form and turn it in to the Reception Desk before September 19.

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 www.zlwriters.com.

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!

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.

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!

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

Thank You to our Summer Reading Sponsors

The Canton Public Library would like to express our appreciation to our Summer Reading sponsors: We are very fortunate to have such generous sponsors. Thank you!

Library Board Meeting Agenda - August 19, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010 — 7:30PM
  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Discussion of 2011 Draft Budget & 3-year budget projections (item of discussion)
  • New Business
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Summer Reading Celebration

Celebrate the end of summer reading with fun in the sun. Activities include crafts, entertainment, face painting and farm animals. All activities will take place behind the library. Registration is not required.
All are welcome!
Program Date: Saturday, August 14, Noon-3:00PM

Blood Drive at the Library

Don't have a pint — donate it to the American Red Cross blood drive instead, when they set up shop at the library on Friday, March 11. You can sign up now at the Reception Desk, or just walk in any time between 11:00AM-4:45PM. There's a critical need for blood right now, so please drop by to donate. And be sure to bring a friend. (You must be 17 years of age and able to donate a full pint of blood to be eligible.)

2010 Crime Daggers Finalist Announced

Tom Harper, CWA ChairFrom a slightly longer shortlist of contenders, the British Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and its corporate partners, Specsavers, Cactus TV, and ITV3, have now announced the four finalists in each category for the 2010 Gold, Steel, and John Creasey Dagger Awards. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 8. A special awards ceremony that night at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel will be filmed, and then televised on ITV3 the following week.  (Photo: Tom Harper, CWA Chairperson)