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Connect Your Summer 2015 Swag Station

Attention 2015 Connect Your Summer Participants! Stop by the library on one of the dates listed below to support our community partners and reward yourself for your summer reading participation. The CYS Swag Station will feature coupons and other treats donated to the library in support of the CYS program. The Swag Station will be available during library hours on the following dates:
  • Tuesday June 23
  • Wednesday July 8
  • Monday July 18
  • Thursday July 23
  • Monday July 27
  • Friday August 7

All items are available on a first come first serve basis while supplies last. Limit one reward per CYS participant.

NHS Homework Help Ends May 21st

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

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.  Tutoring ends May 21st.

Mark Twain's Previously Unknown Writings

Mark TwainMark Twain, Father of American Literature, and author of famous works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has more to offer us readers. Scholars in California have recently discovered a series of writings written by Twain when he was a 29-years old journalist in San Francisco. Read more about this story in this article.

Healing Meditation with Sister Jyotsna Patel

On Friday, May 22 from 3:00-5:00PM, Brahma Kumaris presents Sister Jyotsna Patel. Sister Patel has dedicated her life to spiritual service for over 30 years.  Her words are filled with spiritual wisdom and she touches the hearts of every person she meets. Come practice healing through meditation with this special afternoon leader.

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel [kit] by Fannie Flagg — Spanning decades, generations, and America in the 1940s and today, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is a fun-loving mystery about an Alabama woman today, and five women who in 1943 worked in a Phillips 66 gas station, during the WWII years. Like Fannie Flagg's classic Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg, this is filled to the brim with Flagg's trademark funny voice and storytelling magic. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

High Interest - Low Readability

Looking for some interesting books that aren't too difficult to read? check these out:

The ultimate Minecraft comic book: a graphic novel. Volume 1, The curse of Herobrine by Herobrine Comics


Bone: tall tales by Jeff Smith ; with Tom Sniegoski ; color by Steve Hamaker


Iron Man. Enter the dragon by writer, Fred Van Lente ; penciler, James Cordeiro ; inker, Scott Koblish ; colorist, Martegod Gracia ; letterer, Nate Piekos ; cover artist, Michael Golden


Creatures from Planet X! by Yale Stewart


Beware the Inquisitor! by written by Lisa Stock


Rutabaga the adventure chef. 1 by Eric Colossal

King of the Blues, Legend B.B. King

The world mourns B.B. King, legendary blues artist, who died at the age of 89 at his home in Las Vegas. If you'd like to learn more about the highly-acclaimed artist, try one of the following resources.

[Photo credit: "B.B. King in 2009" by Tom Beetz - http://www.flickr.com/photos/9967007@N07/6577873073. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wi…/File:B.B._King_in_2009.jpg…]

Relay for Life of Canton, Saturday, May 16

On Saturday, May 16, the American Cancer Society is hosting its annual Relay for Life fundraiser at Heritage Park to honor cancer survivors and to remember loved ones lost to the disease. Due to historically tremendous community support, parking in our nearby lot will likely be limited. Please plan your library outings accordingly.

Blood Drive, Friday, May 29

On Friday, May 29, the Canton Public Library is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. To schedule an appointment between 10:00 AM and 3:45 PM, please visit our Reception Desk or call Diane Risko at 313-549-7052. Walk-ins are also welcome. It's a poke, a pinch and a cookie - all for a great cause.

Target Family Reading Night: Painting!

Celebrate your inner artist at our Target Family Reading Night on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:00 PM. Attendees, ages 4-8, will hear art themed stories, participate in a series of activities, and receive a free book to add to their own personal library. Participants are encouraged to dress for a mess.  Registration begins May 19.
This program is sponsored by the Target Early Literacy Grant.

New Books on the Biography Shelf

Born with teeth: a memoir by Kate Mulgrew


It's a long story: my life by Willie Nelson with David Ritz


Jonas Salk: a life by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs


On the move: a life by Oliver Sacks


The Wright brothers by David McCullough

Coming Soon: Connect Your Summer 2015!

Summer is coming, and #cysisawesome!

Connect Your Summer, the Canton Public Library's summer reading program, kicks off on June 1! Whenever you read, attend a library program, or do an activity in the library, you can claim badges online. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have for winning prizes! For more information, check out a refresher on how to participate in Connect Your Summer.

Get ready to have a super mega ultra summer!

CPL Job Openings

We currently have two new positions open with our Information Services Department. For complete details on the job postings please visit our Jobs page.

Savvy Seniors: May is Older Americans Month

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.  Canton Public Library offers a variety of services to residents over the age of  62 such as  Books by Mail,  a Large Print Collection, large screen computer monitors with user friendly keyboards and mouses, Low Vision Magnifiers, and an Optelic Reader. The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00pm.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Trustee Comments
  • Committee Reports
    • Financial Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Transfer of Endowment Fund
    • Bond Redemption Options
    • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Policy (1st Reading)
    • Strategic Plan Update
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Job Openings

CPL currently has three new positions open with the Circulation Department. For complete details on the job postings please visit our Jobs page.

Everyone's Reading 2015 The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer

Beecher White is an archivist who spends his days working happily in the past, where things are emotionally safe. Clementine Kaye, his crush back in school, asks for his help tracking down her long-lost father. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact he was never intended to see, a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder. Their discovery points to a murder and subsequently its connection to a secret organization of the United States government.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that showcases a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.

Participating libraries will host events relating to The Inner Circle this May and June, including a special book discussion June 14th at 1pm, and author Brad Meltzer will appear in person at two events on June 22nd.

Due to popular demand, a ticket will be required for both author appearances. Tickets are free but limited and will be given away at the Information Desk on a first come, first serve basis to Canton Public Library cardholders in good standing.

Author Appearances:

Monday, June 22nd at 2 PM
Rochester Church of Christ
250 W. Avon Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Humorous/Funny Stories for 6th Graders

Sixth Grade

Big mouth by Deborah Halverson

Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to making money by Tommy Greenwald ; illustrations by J.P. Coovert

Codename Zero by Chris Rylander

The fantastic family Whipple by Matthew Ward

Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

Humorous/Funny Stories for 5th Graders

Kate the great: except when she's not by Suzy Becker

Tales from a not-so-happily ever after by Rachel Renée Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell

Guys read: funny business by edited and with an introduction by Jon Scieszka ; stories by Mac Barnett ... [et al.] ; with illustrations by Adam Rex

The call of the bully: a Rodney Rathbone novel by Scott Starkey

The barftastic life of Louie Burger by Jenny Meyerhoff ; with pictures by Jason Week