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Diwali Celebration Offers Multicultural Experience

Canton, MI—The celebration of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, will be the feature of a multicultural program on Wednesday, November 9, 7:00-8:30 PM at the Canton Public Library.

This all-ages program features Nadanta, a classical dance troupe directed by Chaula Thacker, musical performances by Shilpa Modhak and samples of traditional festive food. There will also be henna demonstrations, a fashion show of colorful costumes from different parts of India and Rangoli floor designs.

Diwali, a Hindu festival, honors the renewal of life and the triumphs of light over darkness. This program is part of a series of multicultural programs, sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library, to promote cultural experiences and understanding. The Canton Public Library is located at 1200 S. Canton Center Road in Canton, MI. For more information, visit www.cantonpl.org.

Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive

On November 16 and 17, the library will be hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. For a fourth straight year, the number of children living in poverty is up and many families in our community struggle to provide clean diapers for babies, the handicapped and elderly. Last year we collected over 26,000 diapers to help Michigan families. We need your help to stuff the truck donated by Fat Chef in a Little Coat catering. Bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 16 and 17. Open packages are acceptable; if diapers are loose, please indicate size on the package.

November/December 2011 Connections Online

The November/December issue is available online now as a pdf document. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml into your feed reader.

October Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored October 2011 programs.

September Programs in Printable Calendar Format

We now offer a printable PDF version of our monthly program calendar. This version includes all library sponsored September 2011 programs.

September/October 2011 Connections Online

The September/October issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml into your feed reader.

Canton Public Library Receives Grant from Target for Family Reading Program

CANTON, MI—The Canton Public Library announced the renewal of a $2,000 Target grant to be used to continue to support the Family Reading Night program.

“Our partnership with Target continues with the awarding of this grant, which allows the Canton Public Library and the Friends of the Canton Public Library to maintain our commitment to early childhood literacy and improving lives in our community,” said Eva Davis, library director.

Over 2000 people have participated in the Target Family Reading Night program since its 2009 inception. The program offers stories, games and snacks to families with children ages 4-9 and provides a book for the family to take home and share. It encourages early childhood literacy by demonstrating techniques and supplying a book for families to model at home.

Shark Week

The Discovery Channel is promising the most action-packed Shark Week ever with seven new shows, a website full of downloadable video and even a Shark Week Facebook page. You can also learn more about sharks from the Shark Research Institute and track shark attacks worldwide. But if that's not enough for you, we've got plenty of shark content at CPL to keep you busy.

The secret life of sharks: a leading marine biologist reveals the mysteries of shark behavior by A. Peter Klimley

The encyclopedia of sharks by Steve and Jane Parker

Friends of the Canton Public Library Make $10,000 Donation

CANTON, MI — Friends of the Canton Public Library treasurer Larry Hoelscher had a big smile and a big check for Canton Public Library trustee Michael Siegrist and library director Eva Davis. He and outgoing Friends president Peg Britz presented a check for $10,000, earmarked for the library’s endowment fund, during their annual membership meeting on Wednesday.

The donation is the result of book sales and fundraising efforts by the Friends group, who have contributed more than $64,000 to the library in the past year. The Friends sponsor programs and events at the library such as Connect Your Summer, and purchase materials for the Michigan History, International Language and other collections.

Summer Connections Issue Online

The summer issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Help Michigan Military Moms Aid Our Troops

In honor of Memorial Day, the Canton Public Library has teamed up with the Michigan Military Moms to collect care package items for US military personnel serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donations will be accepted May 11 through May 31. Items requested include:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Bug Repellent Wipes
  • Flavored Drink Mix Packets
  • Beef Jerky (no pork)
  • Duct Tape or Electrical Tape
  • Juice Boxes
  • Snack and Energy Bars
  • Gold Bond Powder
  • Q-Tips
  • AT&T Calling Cards

The library is also accepting monetary donations to help defray the cost of shipping. Make checks out to Michigan Military Moms.

Lemonade! Get Your Lemonade!

Expect to see lemonade stands dotting the Canton landscape on June 12 as the first-ever Lemonade Day Detroit hits the streets. It's part of a metro-wide project with which CPL is proud to partner. From the Lemonade Day website:

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community.

Want to get involved? Register online, or get a registration form at the Children's Desk here at the library. Once registered, you can get your backpack full of start up materials at the same desk. Need help? CPL librarians can point you toward some great resources to help your lemonade stand stand out. Good luck and happy selling!

Librarian's Award a Repeat for CPL

Anne Heidemann accepts award from MLA representative Nicole Welz.Anne Heidemann, Department Head for Children's, Tween & Tween Services at the Canton Public Library, was the winner of the 2011 Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth from the Michigan Library Association. The award, given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made a career of outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth, was awarded last year to CPL librarian Anna Slaughter, making the trip to the award podium a repeat for the Canton Public Library.

May/June Connections Online

The May/June issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
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Just Bea a Little Greener at Your Library


Libraries are the ultimate practitioners of the three Rs of the green lifestyle. Just think of the trees and money you'll save by checking out books from your local library instead of purchasing them, thereby reducing your consumption. And talk about reuse! You can read a book or watch a DVD over and over, then return it to the library for someone else to use. When it comes to recycling, you can donate your old materials to libraries for used book sales.