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2011 Detroit Jazz Festival

This Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, the 32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival will "Bring you the World" celebrating jazz's influence on the world and the world's influence on jazz. Artists from Japan, West Africa, Israel, England, The Netherlands, Brazil and a diverse collection of Detroit-based talent will perform. It's not ALL jazz, however, as gospel, latin, blues, funk and big band sounds will eminate throughout downtown Detroit. There will also be fireworks on Saturday night. Experience the largest free jazz festival in North America right here in Detroit and be sure to check the complete festival line-up.

MIS August Race Weekend 2011

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 will conclude the Michigan International Speedway racing season this weekend August 19-21, 2011. Events begin Friday with Meijer Pole Day followed by Saturday's VFW 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and culminating in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard will serve as grand marshal giving the command to start engines on Sunday!

Fly Fishing with James DiStefanis

Local author James DiStefanis shares his knowledge and passion for fly fishing on Wednesday, August 3rd from 7:00-8:30PM. Learn how to tie a fly and perhaps cast a line or two. No registration necessary.

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

The Blue Angels have been flying over Canton! They are preparing to perform in this weekend's Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport. World War II Battle Re-enactments, a Vietnam Dogfight and a Stealth Bomber flyby are also scheduled.

[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Canton Cricket

Wicket, gully, bowler, batsman… learn all about the game of cricket from the Michigan Cricket Association on Thursday July 21st from 7:00-8:30PM. A major sport in England and India, cricket is becoming more popular here in the United States. In fact, Canton recently unveiled the Township's first cricket field in Heritage Park. Find out more about this game of fierce competition and skill while earning a Connect Your Summer Sports Fan Badge! No registration necessary.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

Musical Entertainment this Summer in Canton!

Music will fill the air again this summer throughout town in the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Four different ones to choose from; Monday Night in the Village, the 8th Annual Backyard Beats, Thursday Night Concerts and the Summer Jazz Series. Relax and enjoy Rock, Jazz, Country, Motown, and more with the whole family!

Get Your Kicks this Weekend at the 28th Canton Cup

Memorial Day weekend brings the Annual Canton Cup, the largest soccer tournament of it's kind in Michigan, right here to Canton. Over 781 teams from across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ontario will compete on soccer fields throughout the area. Check out the new soccer titles recently added to the library's collection.
Photo courtesy of Flickr: Herald-Post

Flower Power!

Flower Day 2011 at Detroit's Eastern Market will be this Sunday May 15th. The annual event draws over 150,000 people and is one of the largest shows in the country. Hundreds of flower growers from Michigan, Canada and other area states will be offering annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, etc. Bring the whole family for a variety of activities like the Wacky Wagon Contest, Craft Fair, Ask the Experts and the Children's Merry Market Land. Eastern Market is open from 6:00AM to 5:00PM on Flower Day. After purchasing your plants check-out some of CPL's material for gardening ideas. (Image by Sandra:Flickr)

Congratulations to the Worst Opening Sentence Winners!

The results have been tabulated and the winners in the National Library Week's Worst Opening Sentences Contest are:

First Place

"It had taken me 10 months of the most grueling investigating that I have ever done in my career, but I finally solved what may be the most difficult mystery of my life: Why she always brushed her tongue until the toothbrush made her gag."

Second Place

"Several ladies had decided to hold a rap fest at their dorm, sort of an old-fashioned ho' down."

Third Place

"When the smoke cleared, there sat the magical orange gerbil, and his toothpick army."

Thank you to everyone who participated in the celebration of National Library Week with the Canton Public Library.

Go Red Wings!

The Detroit Red Wings are heading into game 2 in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Phoenix Coyotes! The Wings have home ice advantage and lead the series. Relive and learn about the Stanley Cup in our collection of books and DVDs. Catch them in action on April 16th at 1:00PM and cheer them on to another Cup!

Sport-filled Saturday!

Beginning at 3:00PM the Red Wings take on the Nashville Predators as they wind down the regular season. Then at 4:10PM the Tigers play the New York Yankees where Brad Penny will be matched up against former teammate A.J. Burnett. March Madness continues at 6:00PM with the Final Four NCAA Div I Men's Basketball Championship. First Four winner VCU and Butler vie for a berth to the Championship game. University of Kentucky and University of Connecticut continue the excitement in their bid to the Title at 8:45PM. Grab your snacks, spirit wear, and fresh batteries for the remote and enjoy!

An Irish Trilogy for St. Paddy's Day

Listen to Brendan O'Carroll's Mrs. Browne trilogy and get your Irish brogue on for St. Patrick's Day.

The Mammy by Brendan O'Carroll

The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll

The Granny by Brendan O'Carroll

Fall Back This Weekend

Daylight Savings Time begins March 13th at 2:00AM. Don't be left behind and set your clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time also brings longer days, brighter mornings, bird songs, flowers and Springtime! Learn more about the history of Daylight Saving Time.

Libraries Save Families Money

Libraries are a valuable resource in area communities as illustrated in a March MetroParent article. Families can save money by borrowing free DVDs, attending library programs, using online databases, downloading eBooks & audiobooks, etc. Many of the resources mentioned are available here at the Canton Public Library. So come visit and start saving today!