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Sleepy-Time Reads

Nothing like a good story to settle down for bed and get the imagination ready for dreaming. And your baby will probably enjoy the story too.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene W. Field ; [illustrated by] David McPhail

Sleep, baby, sleep by illustrated by Teri Weidner

A book of sleep by Il Sung Na

Weird Books About Weird Animals

Nature is a weird and funny place. Check out these books to see some the weirdest animals around. These are the newest board books about animals. What's amazing is that the books in this list are all from the last two years. There's a lot more where that came from!

Hide and seek in the jungle by [written by Sean Callery ; illustrated by Rebecca Robinson]

Animal I spy : what can you spot? by [illustrated by Kate Sheppard]

Recent Board Book Arrivals

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Little tiger by illustrations by L. Rigo

Little puppy by illustrations by L. Rigo

Great Outdoor Reads for You and Your Baby

Going outside? Turn it into a fun reading and learning experience with these books.

The bunnies' picnic by Lezlie Evans ; illustrations by Kay Chorao

The best picnic ever by Clare Jarrett

Picnic by Mick Inkpen; illustrated by Stuart Trotter

CDs Your Baby Will Love

If you haven't seen our Children's CD collection, you're really missing tons of great stuff that you can check out. For your baby, you might appreciate the collection of lullabies, including Rockabye Baby, which are lullaby renditions of popular music.

Along with the lullabies, you and your baby may enjoy some of the following CDs:

The opera baby [sound recording] : soothing operatic classics for your baby

Summer Library Programs for Babies

Come to the library to listen, learn, and play. The following library programs are suited for children from birth to 5 years:

ABC Activity Time

Drop in play including sensory activities, puzzles and games for children ages birth through 5, with a caregiver.
  • Tuesday, June 29, 10:30-11:00AM
  • Friday, July 9, 10:30-11:00AM
  • Wednesday, July 21, 7:30-8:00PM

Babies Read at the Library!

Here are some solid choices for reading to your baby at the library.

White on black by Tana Hoban

Baby manatee by written by Patricia A. Pingry; illustrations by Drew Rose

Baby orangutan by [photographs provided by San Diego Zoo; written by Julie D. Shively; illustrations by Meredith Johnson]

Morningtime Books

Books for baby about the morning and wake-up time.

Wake up, sleepy bear! by Christine Morton-Shaw and Greg Shaw ; illustrated by John Butler

Wake up, farm!: with flaps and pop-up fun by Andrew Everitt-Stewart

A child's good morning book by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Karen Katz


The Friends of the Canton Public Library are active advocates and supporters of the library. Their membership, which totals 178 people, runs Secondhand Prose, the used bookstore, and supports many library programs with financial and other contributions. If you have used materials from the History Collection, Women’s Collection, Multicultural Collection or Business Collection, you have the Friends to thank for the funding to keep those collections current.

The Friends are big contributors to our Summer Reading program, donating prizes and funds for the Fun in the Sun Day, special events throughout the year like the popular Konami Drums and Big Band programs, Resume Writing and Techniques and others.

Canton Center Road Construction

Update [10/28/2010]: On Saturday, October 30 Wayne County plans to close Palmer Road at Canton Center. This closure is necessary to construct the Canton Center/Palmer Road intersection pavement and should last about 2 weeks. Glenngarry Road at Canton Center will be open to traffic on Saturday. Seabrook at Canton Center will be closed Saturday. Please drive carefully and follow all posted signs.

Update [10/14/2010]: On Monday, October 18 Wayne County plans to begin the paving of the remaining three lanes of Canton Center Road. In addition, paving of Palmer Road east of Canton Center will also begin. Both roads will be open to traffic (with flag control) but there will not be access to Glengarry subdivision from Canton Center Road; use Palmer Road. Please drive carefully, follow all posted signs and plan extra travel time through these construction zones.


Endowment Fund

  • Mary Jayne Archibald
  • Stein and Emilie Brunvand
  • Dave Burgess
  • Luis Carrera
  • Joseph and Connie Chicky
  • Chad Childers
  • Gloria and David Cifaldi
  • Elaine Clair
  • Paul and Lena Coen
  • Brad Czerniak
  • Eva and Timothy Davis
  • Sylvia Dryden
  • Karen Dziegeleski
  • Edward Fair
  • Francoise Fairfield
  • Friends of Canton Public Library
    [In Honor Of Dr. James Gillig]
  • Jack and Betty Gatemen
  • Cheryl and Lewis Gehring
  • Frank and Loraine Gilbo
  • Kathie Gladden
  • Suzanne Goins
  • John Groske
  • Michael and Candace Gulkewicz
  • Patricia and Arthur Jenkins
  • Bonnie Johnson
  • Mary Rita Jones

Letter From The Director

Annual Report 2009


The Canton Public Library connects your community.

This has been a transformative year for the library. We embarked on a new Strategic Plan, working with local Canton firm K2 Communication Plus to conduct focus groups with patrons, online and paper surveys, and research into the current and projected population of Canton. This work will guide us through the next three years as we focus our efforts and your tax dollars to provide the programs, collections, and services that you need most. Out of this Strategic Plan came our new Mission Statement, revised Core Values, and new logo, all of which reflect the diverse, dynamic, living organism that is your public library.

Please Pardon Our Dust

This week we will be updating the security gates at the front door, the self-checkout machines, as well as equipment at the Circulation Desk.
  • You may have to enter/exit through only one side of the front doors, or use a different entrance altogether. Signs will be posted and staff will be available to help
  • Checking out items may be slower. The self-check machines may be unavailable or other issues could arise, so lines will be longer than usual
  • There may be dust and other debris
We apologize for the inconvenience. We're installing these upgrades with the intention of improving your future experiences at Canton Public Library. Your patience this week is greatly appreciated.

Online, Web-only TV Series

"Clark and Michael" originated as Clark Dukes' film school project. Its premise is two guys trying to get their TV pilot made. The show, a Web-only series, caught the attention of CBS executives and is now being produced by CBS. It is the most streamed CBS Interactive series and has been nominated for several "TV Guide" Online Video Awards. Check it out at Clark and Michael.

No More Jellyfish, Chickens or Wimps: Raising Secure, Assertive Kids in a Tough World

No more jellyfish, chickens, or wimps : raising secure, assertive kids in a tough world by Paul Coughlin — Through showing parents how to avoid over-parenting and how to instill the glorifying virtues of toughness, wisdom, and courage, Coughlin presents a clearer picture of Jesus—not just the "meek and mild" side often presented in churches today.