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LEGO Contest Exhibit

The amazing, creative entries in our 2013 LEGO Contest: Family Dream House will be available to view in the Community Room of the Canton Public Library beginning on Saturday, September 28 at 10:30 AM. Help us decide on the Grand Winner of our contest by voting for your favorite. Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room.

Canton Public Library's 2013 LEGO contest

Canton Public Library's second annual LEGO contest will be held September 28-29. This year, participants are asked to think creatively and build a Family Dream House. Please read all contest rules and register before hand to ensure space for display. There will be one winner for each grade division, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th as well as one popular-vote winner decided by library patrons. Winners will be announced at a reception at the close of the contest on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO compatible plastic brick.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO designed kit, project found online/in a book or magazine.
  3. Your creation must fit on one 10" by 10" LEGO baseplate. Your completed project may be no taller than 2 feet tall.
  4. Participants must register to ensure a space for display. One entry per registrant.
  5. Entries may be submitted by a team of up to 3 builders. Team entries should be registered under the name of the oldest participant. They will be judged in that age division. If you choose to submit a project as a team you will not be able to also submit an individual creation.
  6. Please provide a sign/label with your first name and age, the title of your project, and a short description highlighting what makes your "Dream Home" special. This will help voters make their decisions.
  7. Participants can begin to drop off projects on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00AM.

NPR's 100 Must Read for Kids 9-14

NPR has just released the Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf, a list of the top 100 books for kids ages 9-14. The books (or in some cases, series) are divided into categories like American Stories, Biographies, Everyday Magic, Family Life, Fantasy Worlds, Friendships and Finding Your Place, Good for a Laugh, Mysteries and Thrillers, Myths and Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Poetry, and Survival and Adventure. You'll find most, if not all of these books at Canton Public Library.

Who's Your Bond?

The votes are in and the winning James Bond is... Pierce Brosnan!

Watch your favorite Bond in any of these movies found here at Canton Public Library.

GoldenEye [videodisc] by Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation

Tomorrow never dies [videodisc] by Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation

The world is not enough [videodisc] by Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation ; [presented by] Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions

[Pierce Brosnan at Cannes in 2002. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under a CC-BY-SA-2.5,2.0,1.0 license.]

Get Creative With LEGO


LEGO recently released some fun new Summer Reading activities in connection with last year's Read! Play! Build! initiative. Here you'll find building plans for DUPLO blocks, and stories to go with them for ages 1 to 5 years old. There is also a parent activity guide with suggestions for fun family activities, and free music to jam to while you build. Check it out today!

Shakespeare in the Park

Every summer, Waterworks Shakespeare Company takes over the Starr Jaycee Park in Royal Oak for a unique experience--Shakespeare in the Park. In the afternoons there is a family friendly show (this year it is Much Ado About Nothing) and the evenings are a full scale production (The Merry Wives of Windsor).

Canton 2013 Sounds of Summer

Attend a free concert!  Canton Leisure Services has a concert at three times a week.  Times and Locations are on their website.

Perform a Puppet Show

Got a little Theatrical side to you? Make up your own puppet show in the Children's Library. Or check out a couple puppets and put one on for your family at home.

Summer Poet-Tree

Tree in the Children's LibraryFor CYS this summer, the tree in the center of the Children's Library is becoming a Poet-Tree. Stop by and enjoy the new poem posted each week. Read three poems, and you qualify to claim the Curtains Up badge, for celebrating the fine art of poetry.

Summer Style Storytime

Do you LOVE storytime? Our well-loved Family Storytime will continue during Connect Your Summer, but with a Summertime Twist. We'll be enjoying storytimes once or twice a month in the great outdoors! Storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Storytimes will be held in the tent behind the library. Rain location will be indoors. No registration required.

Baby Drive-In Movie

Baby playing in a boxChildren ages 2 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us 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 play thing — a cardboard box — into a kiddie friendly vehicle. Then we'll all watch a short movie. And then you'll get to take your newly created cardboard car home! Registration begins Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 AM.

Program Date: Monday, July 22nd at 10:00 AM in the Community Room

Photo courtesy of flickr user brungrrl by a cc by-nc-sa 2.0

Ice Cream Makers Space

Do you LOVE icecream? Do you like to make stuff? Then join us on Friday, August 2nd at the Ice Cream Makers Space. Register for one time slot: 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM. We'll provide all the supplies. Registration begins on Wednesday, May 29th.

Program Meets: All programs will meet in the Community Room.

Puppets and Craft

Families with kids ages 5 and under are invited to join us for a funny puppet show and a special craft. No registration required.
Program date: Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM in the Community Room.

Quacky over Ducks

Has watching the 21 baby ducks in the Baby nook area sparked some duck love at your house?  There are lots of really fun duck themed books and movies here at Canton Public Library.

10 little rubber ducks by Eric Carle

Charlie at the zoo by Marcus Pfister ; translated by J. Alison James

Cold little duck, duck, duck by Lisa Westberg Peters ; pictures by Sam Williams

Come along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons

Do like a duck does! by Judy Hindley ; illustrated by Ivan Bates

Duck and cover by Jackie Urbanovic

Milestone Children's Movies

Two Classic kids movies hit significant anniversaries this year. Either one would be a great idea for your next movie night.

Holes [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents in association with Walden Media a Chicago Pacific Entertainment & Phoenix Pictures production, an Andrew Davis film — Based on the Newbery winning children's book, this camp adventure starring Shia LaBeouf is 10 years old this year. It has it all...humor, adventure, family, friendship, and stinky shoes.


The Sandlot [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox in association with Island World ; a David Mickey Evans film ; written by David Mickey Evans & Robert Gunter ; produced by Dale de la Torre, William S. Gilmore ; directed by David Mickey Evans — If you haven't seen this classic baseball adventure in the 25 years since it came out, you need to rectify it.  A newcomer to town makes friends and faces fears while learning the fine game of baseball on his local Sandlot.