Here are 100 ways to Kick Off Your Summer

  1. Put a Library Lover sign in your yard.
  2. Color on our CYS Community Mural.
  3. Read a book set in Detroit.
  4. Write a Michigan haiku.
  5. Read a book about Yak and Gnu
  6. Learn how to make cheese.
  7. Check out some funny pages
  8. Listen to stories in our Wings of Wonder butterfly garden.
  9. Brush up on your knowledge of our Presidents.
  10. Visit us at the Canton Farmer’s Market.
  11. Learn to read the signs of nature.
  12. Pretend to be a Grown-Up.
  13. Listen to music from the ‘60s. Or ‘70s. Or anytime in the past.
  14. Binge watch horror movies.
  15. Nurture your green thumb.
  16. Share your dream with us.
  17. Solve a murder mystery.
  18. Pursue something trivial.
  19. Bust a yoga move.
  20. Join a Friendly group.
  21. Read about sports teams from the City of Champions.
  22. Sing along with a Tony Award-winning soundtrack.
  23. Find the rebel alliance at CPL.
  24. Make Ice Pops.
  25. Go mad for movies.
  26. Explore shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
  27. Join in on a book discussion.
  28. Improve your Excel skills.
  29. Check out the MAP and hit the road with your library card.
  30. Research your ancestry.
  31. Create a fairy lantern.
  32. Laugh your socks off.
  33. Travel to another world.
  34. Read through someone else’s eyes.
  35. Take your tastebuds on a trip.
  36. Dive into graphic novels themed around food.
  37. Get crafty with these home project books.
  38. Cast your vote in CPL’s Decision 2016.
  39. Earn 12 badges by reading Manga.
  40. Capture a Wild Badge.
  41. Connect with CPL on social media.
  42. Get eLectrified with a Zinio magazine.
  43. Play Animal Lover bingo.
  44. Grab some friends and start a book club.  
  45. Dominate the Dewey Decimal system.
  46. Geek out over classic storybooks.
  47. Take a selfie with Chewbacca.
  48. Read a memoir. Then write your own.
  49. Tag us on social media with #CYSReturnoftheFun
  50. Read a local newspaper article from the day you were born.
  51. Find a job or read about one.
  52. Discover how mummies were made.
  53. Re-read an old favorite.
  54. Race through the streets of Rio de Janeiro in Forza Motorsport 6.
  55. Read one of roughly 200 mystery books about cats.
  56. Play some Dungeons & Dragons
  57. Listen to that catchy Zootopia song on your phone.
  58. Take a creative writing class online.
  59. Burst into song with musicals for every badge.
  60. Read about a modern-day hero.
  61. Check out a book on constellations, then go stare at the night sky. Then read The End of Night.
  62. Tell a librarian a joke.
  63. Scour Cook’s Illustrated for a new cheesecake recipe.  
  64. Help put together a puzzle.
  65. Try to love spiders (it’s not easy!)
  66. Make a pet toy for your furry friend.
  67. Go meatless on Monday
  68. Cheer up a Toilet
  69. Brush up on your Constitution with this graphic adaptation.
  70. Read a Challenged Book. Read several.
  71. Read a story you loved as a child out loud to someone who has never read it.
  72. Check out a storytime kit and put on a storytime for some kids. Or your friends.
  73. Interloan a book from another library.
  74. Follow Thorndyke’s reading progress. Follow his blog.
  75. Sign up for our enewsletter to get Library News all summer long.
  76. Be inspired by others’ Connect Your Summer experiences.
  77. Read a Shakespearean play. If you’re feeling dramatic, act out a scene at the puppet stage.
  78. Say hello to our fish.
  79. Download the Mango app to your phone and tell your kids it’s a game.
  80. Read without words.
  81. Change your life with some magic.
  82. Let someone else read you a story.
  83. Bike to the library for a program.
  84. Check out a book on ducks, then read it near the pond.
  85. Travel the state without leaving home.
  86. Use a May We Suggest reading list to discover your new favorite book.
  87. Read about Ben Franklin, or his lesser-known correspondent.
  88. Reuse your dinnerware.
  89. Game your way through the eLectrified path.
  90. Read a new book about something old.
  91. Decide for yourself—man or myth?
  92. Eat your way through history.
  93. Enjoy movies about math. Yes, really.
  94. Raise a glass to Michigan brews.
  95. Earn a quick badge with a short book.
  96. Take a coast-to-coast tour of America.
  97. Road trip! Via film.
  98. Or read a road trip.
  99. Learn about Michigan critters.
  100. Visit the library every day for programs, activities and fun.

 

In the midst of the 2016 presidential contest, learn more about the U.S. government, presidents, and candidates.

Introduces ten United States presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, and JFK.

U.S. Presidents by Ken Jennings

A trivia book combines engaging facts about the American presidents with illustrations and skill-reinforcing quizzes.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3 1/2-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Friends' Activity Room (former purple room) starting Monday, April 18 thru Friday, May 27. Registration is online and begins March 24.

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Adult Coloring & Craft Club

adult coloring book

Please join us Monday, May 23rd, 7:00 PM in the Community Room to make a gift card holder using a sanitized toilet paper holder with your own theme or select from the paper and ribbon options we will have on hand.  There will also be coloring, of course.

[Photomarathon: Patterns by Maxime De Ruyck is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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A look at the high-wire walk made by Philippe Petit in 1974 between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City, and how it is still considered one of history's most artistic crimes.

The legacy of Roger Ebert's life, recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of the world-renowned film critic and social commentator, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America .

2014's Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour is a real life international thriller that unfolds by the minute. With unprecedented access, this gripping behind-the-scenes chronicle follows award-winning director Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country) and journalist Glenn Greenwald's remarkable encounters with whistle-blower Edward Snowden in a hotel room in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents that provide evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). The documentary not only shows the dangers of government surveillance, but makes audiences feel them. After seeing the film, viewers will never think the same way about their phone, e-mail, credit cards, web browser or digital footprint again..

2017 Connect Your Summer Final Party

You have worked all summer long and now we celebrate our fantastic summer! Join us on Saturday, August 19 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM for great fun including:

Can't wait to see you there!

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Connect Your Summer Kick Off Party

Kick off the summer in style by joining us for the Connect Your Summer reading program kick off party! We have great activities planned including a photo op spot, wheel of fun, custom CPL coloring sheets and more. Pick up a CYS yard sign*, place in your yard for all to see and possibly get a drop-in visit from the CYS prize patrol. We will unveil our Giant Spirograph outside at 11:00AM and 2:00PM. And, most importantly, we will have a CYS sign up station to join the program and ask any and all questions you may have about our exciting and busy summer here at the library. 

* All giveaways and snacks available while supplies last.

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Connect Your Summer Begins!

Connect Your Summer starts on June 1!

Connect Your Summer (CYS) is Canton Public Library's summer reading program, and it runs from June 1 to August 17. 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 on how to participate, check out this handy guide. Or head on over to the Connect Your Summer home page to get started!

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Learn about your food - where it comes from, how it's made, and the history of how and why we started to eat what we eat - with some of these informative documentaries.

This film shows how human desires are an essential, intricate part of natural history by exploring the natural history of four plants -the apple, the tulip, marijuana, and the potato - and the corresponding human desires - sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control. This two-hour documentary begins in Michael Pollan's garden, and roams the world, from the fields of Iowa to the apple forests of Kazakhstan, from a medical marijuana hot house to the tulip markets of Amsterdam.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of food journalist Pollan's thesis. Humans used to know how to eat well, he argues, but the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists. As a result, we face today a complex culinary landscape dense with bad advice and foods that are not "real." Indeed, plain old eating is being replaced by an obsession with nutrition that is, paradoxically, ruining our health, not to mention our meals. Pollan's advice is: "Don't eat anything that your great-great grandmother would not recognize as food."

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