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Canton Farmers Market: Harvest Celebration

Join us on Sunday, October 14 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Canton Farmers Market's Annual Harvest Celebration. Held at the historical Preservation Park, this celebration will include crafts, stories, and Halloween Parade, so come dressed in your finest costume garb. See you there!
[After our trip to the pumpkin patch by knitsteel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan

On Saturday, October 20 from 2:00-3:00 PM, the Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan will be sharing with us their photos, recordings of "spirit voices" (or EVPs) and stories of their various paranormal investigations throughout the Southern Michigan region. Creepy and fun, this presentation is not for the faint of heart. Recommended audience age of 12 years old and up.

Harry Potter Costume Party

Join us October 27 2:00-5:00 PM for our Harry Potter Costume Party. Come as your favorite Harry Potter character, ghost, creature, or prop! We'll have prizes, snacks, and a showing of the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Plus, see the Harry Potter's World Exhibition, brought to you by the National Library of Medicine. For patrons 8 to 80. Registration required.

World Series 2012

Major League Baseball is jetting toward the World Series faster than vendors can toss hot dogs to the hungry crowd. This year the World Series begins on October 24, 2012, so only a little over a month away. Will the Detroit Tigers make it into the playoffs? Only time will tell. We are one game behind the White Sox, so keep your fingers crossed and check out our awesome books and dvd's hightlighting Detroit's finest. Go Tigers!

The Detroit Tigers: a pictorial celebration of the greatest players and moments in Tigers history by William M. Anderson

Lego Fun!

If you have enjoyed our awesome "Your Dream Library" Lego displays in the children's dept. you might also be interested in the Lego Kids Fest coming to Novi in October. Creativity for all to enjoy.

Dystopian Fantasy or a Fantastic Dystopia

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann is like Harry Potter entering the Hunger Games, according to one Kirkus reviewer. Other reviews also rave about this new teen/tween Fantasy/Sci-Fi series. In the dystopic land of Quill, when you reach age 13, you are deemed Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Alex is too creative and is thereby judged Unwanted and sentenced to be cast into the Lake of Burning Death along with the other Unwanteds.  His identical brother, Aaron, is rated Wanted, turns his back on his brother, enters Wanted University, and rises quickly, becoming the protege of High Priest Justine. Meanwhile, Alex is pleasantly surprised when instead of suffering a painful death, he is welcomed into the magical realm of Artime by the kindly mage Mr. Today.

Winning Mystery Series

Last chance by Norah McClintock is the first book in the Robyn Hunter Mystery series. While working in an animal shelter for the summer, Robyn if forced to confront her fear of dogs as well as Nick, a boy from her past she had hoped never to see again. Nick is one of the juvenile offenders volunteering at the shelter.  He is accused of hitting a pedestrian while joyriding and pleads guilty.  Robyn senses something strange about his plea, begins snooping around, and once convinced of his innocence, sets out to prove it. Dog lovers and mystery fans will enjoy this book.  Danger, clever detective work, and current teen/tween issues will keep even reluctant readers coming back for other titles in this series.

NHS Homework Help Returns October 1st

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

Days and Times

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners are welcome. The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by “Library Chess Clubs.” For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com

6th Grade Books

The dragon turn by Shane Peacock

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The alchemyst by Michael Scott

Wildwood by Colin Meloy; illustrations by Carson Ellis

Great Fifth Grade Reads

Take a look at some great books for fifth graders:

The underneath by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by David Small

An unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost by Louise Arnold

Dragon's breath by E.D. Baker

Great Fourth Grade Reads

Looking for some great Fourth Grade reads? Try some of these:

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; illustrations by Patricia Castelao

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume; illustrated by Roy Doty

LEGO Contest Reception

Calling all LEGO lovers! Join us Monday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the Purple Room for a special viewing reception of our LEGO contest participants' creations. Participants will be showing off their 'Dream Library' to the Canton community.

Jean Merrill, Children's Book Author, Dies at 89

Merrill is best known for two popular children's books, The Pushcart War (1972) and The Toothpaste Millionaire (1972), but wrote more than 30 books and twelve movie scripts for animated adaptations of her work. A common theme in her stories is that of an underdog overcoming the constraints of the established social and economic order. Merrill grew up on a farm in upstate New York and preferred outdoor activities, such as building forts, sledding, collecting fossils, and climbing silos, to playing inside with manufactured toys and being watched by adults. She died of cancer at her home in Vermont on August 2, 2012.

The pushcart war by Jean Merrill ; with illustrations by Ronni Solbert

Be Creative With Some Virtual Sand Art

Thisissand.com is a fun website that turns your computer screen into a sand box. You're taken to what is initially a blank screen with a tiny gray box in the left hand corner. Hold down the mouse to see what happens. Then click on the little gray box for more directions. You can use this website to make incredible designs like the one on the right. Let your creative juices flow and have fun! Don't forget to check out the gallery to see others amazing artwork.

Meet the Greatest Paleozoologist

The wondrous journals of Dr. Wendell Wiggins: describing the most curious, fascinating, sometimes-gruesome, and seemingly impossible creatures that roamed the world before us by Lesley M.M. Blume ; illustrated by David Foote. If you don't know what a paleozoologist is, then read this extremely informative and entertaining work by Dr. Wiggin. It reveals the secrets of the very ancient earth and long-extinct plant, animal, and humanoid species. Wiggins provides detailed sketches and descriptions of such bizarre creatures as: Thunder Vulcusts, "Land" Whales, Bunny Fluffs, Cloud-Dwelling Hummingbird People, and Hapless Vampire Glow Bats.

Sylvan Saturday: Back To School Boot Camp

This event has been canceled.


On Saturday, September 22 from 2:00-3:30 PM, Sylvan Learning Center will present a Back To Basics Boot Camp. Make sure your child is "fit" for the challenge of a new school year. This program is designed for students aged 12 years old and up. Register today!

Olympics: Gone But Not Forgotten

The 2012 London Olympics by Nick Hunter — Last night, sadly, was the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It was such a spectacle to watch and I have to admit, I may be going through Olympic withdrawal. Are you? Have no fear! We have great books on London, Brazil (where Rio de Janeiro will be the host of the 2016 Summer Games), and the Olympics. Have fun reading and reliving all your favorite things about this year's Summer Games!

Congratulate Allison Schmitt

Canton is very proud of Olympic Gold Medal Winner Allison Schmitt, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. If you would like to help celebrate this hometown champion there will be a celebration rally on Tuesday, August 14 at 6:00 PM at Heritage Park Amphitheater. Congratulations Allison!
[Allison Schmitt by Jdalasica is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz

A big thank you to all who participated in the Time Travel to Historic Canton Quiz! The drawing winner will be contacted this week.

Week 1

Question

Which building is now located where Julien’s Corner Market and Gas Station used to be (torn down in 1997)? Hint: It was located on Canton Center Road.

Answer

Rite Aid

Week 2

Question

What company is located at the Penney House (built 1856) at this time?