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Hark to the Bells

Christmas spirit abounds as we gather on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 PM to listen to the holiday sounds of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble.  Members share their musical talents by playing familiar holiday music on the amazing bells.  You will also learn a bit of history and how-to about bells.

Vote for your favorite Michigan author

Nominate your favorite Michigan Author so the Michigan Library Association can reward them! Any author who lives in Michigan or writes about Michigan can win, regardless of the genre they write, as long as they have published at least 3 titles. See the list of authors who have won over the years and access the nomination form here. This year's winner was Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River and several other Michigan based books.

NHS Homework Help

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

Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, December 1  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! Also, this month we're collecting for Toys for Tots. Drop off new toys December 1st or 2nd to help those in need.

An Evening with Charles Dickens

Mark Dawidziak presents his one man show featuring selections from various Dickens works including The Story of Paul from "Dombey and Son", The Ghost of Christmas Present from "A Christmas Carol," the Period from "A Tale of Two Cities" and a delightfully macabre bedtime story, Captain Murder from "An Uncommercial Traveler."

Step back in time as we begin the holiday season on a very entertaining note on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the library Community Room, while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game.  Beginners are welcome.  The 4th Sundays include a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs."  For tournament information and registration, please email
December date is the 9th at 1:00 PM.
No December 23rd date due to holidays.

Book and Toy Collection for Children's Hospital

The Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Alumni are partnering with Hip Hop Knit Shop and Children's Hospital of Michigan to bring sick kids books, toys and stories and both the Canton and Plymouth Libraries are drop-off points. Starting November 1 through December 12, we will be collecting books and toys, telling stories, navigating art carts and knitting blankets for the kids at Children's Hospital. Join us as we help to make kids feel better this holiday season!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids, I told you LB was still at it. He just got home from his last trip for a while, a week in Chicago, Illinois. Now, LB's been to Chicago before (briefly) and I'm sure that many of you have been there too, being that it is so close. But I haven't, so most of what LB saw was new to me. First of all, LB got to take the train. It's the second time he's ridden one. I think LB just has to go on a cruise ship and he'll have experienced pretty much every type of transportation there is. And he got to meet Sue. Have you met Sue? She's big and has a very nice smile. She's a T-Rex skeleton at the Field Museum. And he spent a bit of time exploring Nacy Pier where he rode a ferris wheel and he went to the top of the Willis Tower. Apparently LB is not afraid of heights. He's been lots of places way up high! But I think he's ready to stay put for a while. I'm glad because it's been lonely around here without him.

Bear Hugs!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Γεια σας παιδιά! Now don't adjust your screen — that's just "Hi Kids" in Greek. Yup, LB just got back from exploring Greece. Looks like he had lots of fun eating lobster, seeing ancient art and swimming in the ocean. I bet you know more about Greece than you think you do. The Olympics originated there, and you know all those gods in the Percy Jackson books you like? Yup. They're from Greece too. And if you like Baklava, they make it in Greece. Yum! Sounds like a place I'd like to go. Keep you eyes open.

Traditional Yoga Basics

yoga cat: yoga catOn Wednesday, November 7 from 7:00-7:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses.  Please wear loose fitted clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on.  Registration for this program begins on October 25. 
[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Sylvan Saturdays: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, November 10, from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Teens can attend this workshop, an introductory ACT Prep course that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Business Services Office Needs a Volunteer

Interested in a little light office work? The CPL Business Services office needs help with filing documents and other clerical duties, including some data entry.

If you can volunteer 2 hours weekly (your choice of Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM-5:00 PM), are detail-oriented, neat and accurate, we would like to interview you for this volunteer opportunity. Basic computer skills (use of Internet, keyboarding) are a must; familiarity with Excel and other Microsoft Office applications preferred. Any candidate must be able to:
  • Visually distinguish among various account folders
  • Understand spoken instructions and communicate clearly with supervisor
  • Lift and carry 10-25 lb. if necessary
Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 2 at 6:00 PM.
Email or drop off at the Reception Desk.

Far Out Fantasy

The scorpions of Zahir by Christine Brodien-Jones is a riveting, fast-paced mixture of fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, mythology, mystery, family affairs, and travel. Feisty Zagora Pym sets off for Morocco with her astronomy-crazed brother and archaeologist father to connect with a long lost colleague (Pitblade Yegen) of her father and explore  ruins of the ancient city of Zahir. But Pitblade had been kidnapped, mammoth scorpions have invaded the city, and the rogue planet, Nar Azrak, is on a collision course with earth. With the help of members of the Azimuth tribe, thought to have been extinct, Zagora begins a daring quest to restore order and harmony to this desert land. Key to success of this mission is returning the Oryx Stone to the apex of a buried pyramid.

First Book in a Great Mystery Series?

The secrets of Shakespeare's grave by Deron R. Hicks ; illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer has action, humor, suspense, and family intrigue.  An unscrupulous, greedy relative theatens to take control of the family publishing business from Colophon and Case's father. Enter Julian, an eccentric cousin. He and Colophon join forces to solve a centuries' old mystery about a hidden family fortune that dates back to Shakespeare's time. She is even able to enlist the help of her obtuse older brother Case in a valiant attempt to save their father from financial ruin. Puzzles, hidden clues, creepy graves, slapstick chases, and diverse family dynamics keep readers riveted. A open ending ensures at least one more gripping epsisode in The Letterford Mysteries.

Animanga Cosplay Contest

Join us Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 PM for our Animanga Cosplay Contest! Dress as your favorite, stylish anime character and you could win a prize. Or, just come along to watch anime and support your friends!
[photo by magoexperto is licensed under CC by 2.0]

Giant Scrabble

Join us Monday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board. Test your ultimate Scrabble skills on a team; you can either stop by for a word or two, or stay the entire time!

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, November 3 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!

New Michigan Law Protects Young Athletes

new law will go into effect requiring the state to provide educational training materials for athletes, coaches and parents on concussions. Coaches will be require to remove players from the game if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion and return to the field once a doctor gives a written approval. To learn more, check out one of the health collection's newest book, Ahead of the Game

Murder Will Out: Mystery Novels Survey

The Canton Public Library is asking readers of Mystery novels to complete our online Mystery Novels Survey.  The purpose of the survey is to gather information about the library's Mystery collection in order to better serve our patrons.  All participants will have an opportunity to be entered into a gift card drawing by filling out the entry form at the end of the survey. 

If you prefer paper, the Mystery Novel Survey ballot is available near the Mystery stacks.  You can pick up an entry for the gift card drawing at the Adult Help Desk (across from the Check Out Desk).  The survey will run October 22 through November 5.

Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest

Love Harry Potter? Enter our Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest! There will be prizes for grades 6-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, and adults. Last day to enter is November 21. Winners will be announced at the final reception, held on November 30 at 4:00 PM.

To Enter

You may enter by uploading your story below, or by sending it as an attachemnt to
Online Entry