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Best in Show Dog Show 2014

Best in Show LogoWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now by returning the waiver form by 6:00 PM September 12 and join us on Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 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 BEGINS MONDAY AUGUST 25th.

Canton TargetTesting ACT Test prep class

CantonTargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing. Prateek Sharma, a senior, scored a 35 on the ACT.  Benjamin Yang, a junior, scored a 33 on the ACT.  Charlie Hou, a junior, scored a 36 on the ACT.  All three scored within the top 1% of test takers nationally.  The instructors have also spent time helping fellow students for the ACT in independent efforts in the past year.

Registration through the Canton Public Library website is required to join the class and will be open to those student who have completed their freshman year of high school.  This class is a 10-week session which will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:15PM.  The first session will be on September 21 and the last will be November 23. Having a library card is a requirement for registration. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class. Registration begins on August 25. Any questions regarding class content may be sent to cantontargettesting@gmail.com

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, September 27 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Celebrate Someone Special on Grandparents Day

Celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 7. Come by the Purple Room between 1:00 and 5:00 PM to make a simple craft to give someone special, or bring your grandparent with you and snap a photo together in front of a Happy Grandparents Day backdrop.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, Sept. 6 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Food Fighters Club: Pudding Art

September 17, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Make fantastic art out of pudding (and eat your creations). We'll supply everything you need. For teens. Registration required.

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, September 24, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

DJ Primer: Music Mashup / Remix Class

September 10, 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Learn how to mix vocals from one track and instrumentals from another to build new musical creations with free software! For teens. Registration required.

Knit Night - September

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday September 8 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Group Study Room A. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Three Days of Peace and Music

"By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong." Those words, written by Joni Mitchell in her famous song about the event, perfectly captured the feelings about the music festival for those who were there. It was forty five years ago on August 15, 1969, that thousands of people gathered in rural Bethel, New York to attend what would become an historic outdoor concert. For those who attended - and even like Mitchell - those who could not, Woodstock became a defining moment. Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, the Who and Crosby, Stills & Nash were just some of the musicians who performed that weekend.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, September 5 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for older children (ages 13 and over) and adults with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. Registration begins August 22. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Remembering Robin Williams

Beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on August 11th at the age of 63. The Canton Public Library carries a wide selection of films starring Mr. Williams including Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire and The World According to Garp.  Feel free to laugh or cry with the work of this American legend. Follow the link for a list of his works in our collection.

Shark Week

Duh Dun, Duh Dun...

It's that time of year again: Shark Week is here! Get in on all of the fintastic action with some of these great books and DVDs all about these mysterious and amazing animals. Whether you are a Shark Week veteran or a first timer these reads will leave you hungry for more.


The blacktip reef shark
by Sara Green

Bluntnose sixgill sharks and other strange sharks by Rachel Lynette

A daredevil's guide to swimming with sharks by Amie Jane Leavitt

Sharks by Kris Hirschmann

Whale shark by Anders Hanson ; consulting editor, Diane Craig, M.A./Reading Specialist

New Features for OverDrive eBooks

OverDrive has just released two new features to help with the ease of reserving popular eBook titles.  

The first, automatic borrowing, allows eBooks and eAudio titles to be automatically checked out when a book becomes available.  While placing a title on hold, click the 'Automatically borrow this title when it becomes available' option.  For more information, be sure to read the OverDrive article.  

The second feature, suspending a hold, ensures the reader that they won't lose their place in the holds queue if they want to temporarily suspend a hold on a title.  This is helpful if the reader is in on a waiting list for a title and is currently reading another. The reader will continue to move up the wait list but the hold will not be filled for an amount of time specified by them.  More information on this can be found in the OverDrive blog.  

Dystopian Sci-Fi For Teens

The eye of minds by James Dashner


Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi


Breathe by Sarah Crossan


The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Partials by Dan Wells


In the After by Demitria Lunetta


Starters by Lissa Price

Connect Your Summer Final Celebration

This year you have read books, completed activity sheets, attended programs and made this summer truly awesome!  But there is one final event you can't miss!  On August 16 we invite you to attend our Connect Your Summer Final Celebration from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back yard by the pond and there will be a number of amazing features including:


We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to PARTY!

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.

Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014

 Walter Dean Myers, author of numerous young adult and children's books, died after a short illness at the age of 76.  His books mostly featured inner city youth and dealt with tough issues.  His career spanned nearly 46 years, and produced 100 books.

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

John Green Read Alikes

If you just can't get enough of John Green's books you may want to try some of these similar titles:

If you love The Fault in Our Stars try:

If I stay: a novel by Gayle Forman

Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel by Jesse Andrews

Bitter sweet by LaVyrle Spencer

Deadline by Chris Crutcher


Before I die
by Jenny Downham







If you love Looking For Alaska try:

Thirteen reasons why: a novel by Jay Asher

Please ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King