What was it like to be a student in a small, one-room schoolhouse, where students of all ages learned together under the direction of a single teacher? We've curated a list of recommended fiction and non-fiction for you to read all about it.

Want to take it a step further to create a more hands-on experience? Check out our Experience History: Old School kit! With the candle, slate, chalk, and McGuffey Primer included in the kit, you can act out an old-fashioned school day - the perfect activity for a cozy weekend at home.

Fiction

Have you ever wondered what going to school was like in the olden days? Maybe you've read about Laura Ingalls Wilder heading off to school for the first time in On The Banks of Plum Creek. Or, maybe you've visited the Canton Historical Museum and wondered what it was like to attend a one-room school.

Now, you can bring that era to life with the Experience History: Old School kit. Each kit contains a slate, chalk, candle, a McGuffey Reader, and a nonfiction book comparing school days past and present. 

Check out an Experience History: Old School kit today and transport yourself back in time!

Interested in learning some words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese? Try these titles from the Juvenile International Language collection.

A dictionary written for English-speaking elementary-school-level children who are taking a beginning course in Mandarin Chinese, as well as for Chinese-speaking children learning English, provides phonetic pronunication and translation for each entry, along with sample sentences to demonstrate usage.

"First Words Mandarin" features 100 words to use while traveling, from food and transport, to animals and weather.

Baby Drive-In

Children ages 2 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us Wednesday, July 25 for a special drive-in movie... but first you'll have to make something you can drive. We'll spend the first part of our program turning the perfect child's plaything — a cardboard box — into a kid-friendly vehicle. Then we'll all watch a short movie. And then you'll get to take your newly created cardboard car home!

Supplies are limited; registration is required and begins June 21.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

The Kindness Rocks Project is growing in popularity all across America, including right here in Canton. Need some inspiration for painting your own rocks? Check out some of these books to get you started.

Nature crafts by Annalees Lim

Provides instructions on creating crafts from natural materials, including "pebble zoo" animals made from painted rocks.

Teaches readers how to make various craft projects inspired by nature or for use outdoors, including painting rocks to look like dominoes or nature scenes.

Baby And Toddler Sensory Playtime

Babies age 2 and under, with a caregiver, may join us for a special sensory playtime. Our self-paced activity stations will allow you to explore sight, touch, and sound, work on motor skill development, and reinforce cooperative play with others.

This is a drop-in program; no registration is required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

America is a country of immigrants. Some families arrived several generations ago; some families are newer arrivals. Whether you're looking for stories that relate the immigrant experience of yesteryear, or stories with a more modern-day setting, you'll find both at Canton Public Library. The following is a list of picture book titles that highlight immigration, then and now.

Stories Of Yesteryear

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies 18 months and younger with a loving adult, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and rhymes carefully chosen to build awareness of language and vocabulary, foster a love of books, and provide a fun, interactive experience for babies and parents/caregivers.

The Fall 2017 session of Baby Storytime will take place on Tuesday mornings at 10:00-10:30AM starting November 7 and ending December 12.

Registration opens October 25 .

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

The following children's nonfiction titles were chosen as CPL librarians' favorites of 2016. Check them out today!

A picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, by the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson.

Shares the childhood of the famous artist as she apprenticed in her family's tapestry shop and was inspired by her mother's work as a weaver.

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