T(w)een Day of the Dead DIY

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Canton Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Learn more about this unique holiday, decorate sugar skull masks and try your hand at making a 'nicho' or shadow box frame. Nichos are shadow box style frames that are often featured on Mexican alters or hanging in the home. This program is for tweens and teens. 

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, November 1 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Do you love the Medieval and Renaissance time periods? If so, you can now buy discounted Michigan Renaissance Festival tickets with the help of your library card. Michigan Adventure Pass (MAP) holders can purchase Adult tickets for $16.50 ($22.95 value) and children's tickets for $8.50 ($13.95 value). 

1.) Go to michrenfest.com

2.) Click on Tickets

3.) Click on Purchase Corporate Discount Tickets

4.) Enter Access Code: TLN17

​The Festival runs until October 1 and is located in Holly, MI (about a one hour drive north of Canton).

Learn more about Michigan Activity passes on our Community page. 

 

Also join us this weekend for a completely free outing, our Hark! Medieval Day program on Sunday, September 17 from 1:00 - 3:00PM.

T(w)een Monster Hunting and Survival 101

Join us if you dare on a cryptic adventure through time and space as we encounter rare monsters from around the world. You'll be split into teams where you'll prep for your journey choosing a selection of survival items. Each team will need to know how to survive monster attacks and defeat each foe if they plan on getting out alive. Open to all tweens and teens.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 21 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Voting is open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is October 8-14, 2017. The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of October 18, 2017, so check back to see the winners. Place your vote now!

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Canton Public Library has many resources for parents, parents-to-be and educators. From books of baby names, to baby sign language in books and on DVDs, information on dealing with behavior issues and disabilities, to test practice and educational activities, we have what you need! The Parenting collection is located next to the computers in the Children's Library for easy access. We also have additional parenting resources in the adult non-fiction area. 

Whether you've been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure trove of new and exciting ideas for programs, all of which revolve around themes from a baby's world.

America's best-selling and best-loved guide to baby gear is back with an updated and revised edition. Yes, a baby book that actually answers the big question about having a baby: How am I going to afford all this? With the average cost of a baby topping $7400 for just the first year alone, new parents need creative solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the consumer maze that confronts all parents-to-be. 

Are you a teen that is just not that into YA books? Who says you have to read in the teen section? Luckily, libraries allow you to read whatever you like! Check out some of these "new adult" or NA novels that will appeal to older teens, 20 year olds and just about anyone else who wants something a bit more gritty with a teen narrator. 

Things We Have In Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Fifteen-year-old Yasmin is a major misfit: overweight, depressed, and shunned by her classmates. With her father dead and her mother remarried, Yasmin is uncomfortable in her own skin and feels like a visitor in her own home. One day she happens upon a man creepily watching popular girl Alice, the same classmate whom Yasmin has a crush on. She decides to befriend this stranger in the hopes of keeping him from harming Alice, with Yasmin becoming Alice's hero and friend as a result. But upon her initial meeting with awkward loner Samuel, Yasmin immediately recognizes a kindred spirit. This leads to her pursuing a friendship with him, to the point of forgetting her unspoken role as Alice's protector. Then Alice goes missing. 

A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi

Alireza Courdee, a fourteen-year-old straight-A student and chemistry whiz, takes his first hit of pot. In as long as it takes to inhale and exhale, he is transformed from the high-achieving son of Iranian immigrants into a happy-go-lucky stoner. He loses his virginity, takes up surfing, and sneaks away to all-night raves. For the first time, Reza feels like an American teen. Life is smooth; even lying to his strict parents comes easily.

But then he changes again, falling out with the bad boy surfers and in with a group of kids more awake to the world around them, who share his background, and whose ideas fill him with a very different sense of purpose. Within a year, Reza and his girlfriend are making their way to Syria to be part of a Muslim nation rising from the ashes of the civil war.

Teen Writers' Studio

Do you love making up stories, poems or dreaming about writing a novel one day? Do you want to meet other teens who share the same passion? Join us for an informal session where you can meet other writers, do a few exercises, talk about how to improve your work and bounce ideas off each other. You will never be required to share your work, but if you'd like to, this is a safe space and judgment free zone. Your stories and poems produced during these sessions will also be bound together at the end of the school year, creating a book or zine of your work. Open to all middle and high school students. 

Untitled by Elizabeth M is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, October 14 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, November 11 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

American Girl Club

Join us as we learn about a different American Girl character at each meeting through crafts, games and activities. We will explore both the historical characters and the modern day girls. No prior knowledge of the books or character is needed. If you have an American Girl doll feel free to bring her, and a friend! This program is open to ages 8-12.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 16 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Tenney (modern day) Registration required.
Monday, November 20 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Meet Addy (1864)
Monday, December 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Watch Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (1 hr and 26 min)

If you love mythology, pick up one of these exciting novels in the Teen Space. 

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months.

Whether you are celebrating Ramadan this season or simply want to teach your children more about this Muslim holiday, CPL has a number of wonderful books for you to take home. 

Ramandan is celebrated in the ninth month in the calendar used for Muslim holidays. This year Ramadan falls during summer which is the most challenging season to fast. The days are very long and hot. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down in order to understand how the poor feel when they go hungry. The beginning and ending of Ramadan is marked by the crescent moon, and this is why many children's books feature moons on the cover or in the title! 

Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Scrabble.

Curious George celebrates Ramadan with his friend Kareem by sampling special treats, making baskets to donate to the needy, and searching for the crescent moon.

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