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The Ring of Steel Theatrical Swordplay

On July 10 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, we will be welcoming The Ring of Steel to present their Introduction to Theatrical Sword play. Participants will be introduced to the safety procedures, underlying martial arts, and beginning techniques of swordplay for stage and film. This program is recommended for patrons 8 years old and up. No registration required.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Purple Room

Starfish Family Services: Active Learning

On Wednesday, May 28 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Learning Through Play: The Active Learning Way. Participants will identify the five ingredients to provide a quality active learning environment and also explore the many benefits of learning through play.  Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Starfish Family Services: Professional Development Day

Starfish Family Services will discuss common interactions with children and the importance of problem solving.
Session #1 - Turning Conflicts into Learning - Develop strategies for using conflict situations to develop important social skills as well as using natural consequences for setting limits.
Session #2 - Children Can Solve Their Own Problems - Exploring an important six-step process to help children resolve conflicts on their own. 
This special professional development and networking day is designed for childcare providers of Wayne County and will take place on Wednesday, May 21 from 9:30AM-2:00PM. Lunch will be provided, childcare will not.
Space is limited and registration is required! To register please go to: www.greatstartconnect.org or contact Starfish Early Learning Communities program:
starfishelc@sfish.org or (313)-937-2458

Spring Storytime @ the Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  Join us on Sunday, May 25 from 9:00AM-1:00PM as we read stories and have spring time fun. Check back later to get the complete list of our Farmers Market visits this summer.

[Eden 2010_D10868 by Barry is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

DIA presents: Samurai Beyond the Sword

May is Michigan Month! One of Michigan's greatest treasure is the Detroit Institute of Arts. To celebrate the DIA we are hosting a talk about their newest exhibit, Samurai: Beyond the Sword, which runs through Sunday, June 1. This is a rare opportunity to experience the world of the Japanese Samurai. Moving beyond the stereotype of the warrior, the exhibition explores the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual and art worlds of their time. Join us on Saturday, May 10 from 2:00-3:00 PM as we discuss the origins of the Samurai culture and the fascinating pieces in the DIA's exhibit.

Get a coupon good for $4 off an adult admission now through May 18 here: http://www.dia.org/calendar/CouponSamurai2014.aspx

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. 
On Saturday, May 31 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the Art of Meditation. This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared. 

STEM: Science for Tomorrow Workshops

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be presenting their Science for Tomorrow: STEM Career Workshops here at Canton Public Library. These programs are designed to introduce middle school students to STEM careers, show them who scientists really are and what they do, and provide them with practical tools for navigating high school, applying for college and achieving those careers. 
Through a series of four interactive workshops, students will get to meet the U-M faculty or alumni who work in the STEM related fields every day.  They are also given tools to help them take charge of their educational future and given assistance in setting realistic goals to get them into STEM fields in college. 
The program begins with a U-M campus visit in Ann Arbor for each student and one caregiver.  A bus will leave from Canton Public Library at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. After a visit to a working science lab, campus tour, lunch with faculty and students and presentations by U-M admissions staff, the bus will return to the library around 3:00 PM. 

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Program: Tuesday, April 8. 7:00-8:00 PM  

Budgeting 101: A Balancing Act

Created by the Federal Reserve in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year, during the first week of April, organizations across the country will be providing free programs to address financial concerns. This year we are joining forces with the Financial Planning Association of Michigan to present this great program. Local FPA member Russ Jones will cover the basics of creating and maintaining a household or personal budget, including why to create one, how to create one and, most importantly, how to stick to one. Our presenter will also addresses the issue of debt – how to manage it and ways to begin eliminating it. Join us on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this fabulous and informational program!

Sylvan Presents: Educational and Financial Planning

MoneySmart2014Join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM as we welcome Sylvan Learning Center and financial adviser, Kristina Wittner (Edward Jones Investments) for a conversation about financial and academic strategies to adopt now as you plan ahead for your child. A question and answer period will be included.

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: April 28
Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals

Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom as the library goes wild! GLZS animal programs are designed to inspire and connect kids with the natural world by providing up-close animal experiences with some special friends from all corners of the Earth. Help us celebrate Earth Day by learning about the many creatures including a blue-tongued skink, spiny-tailed lizard, pancake tortoise, Brazilian rainbow boa (pictured above), Honduran milk snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches who all call our planet home. Space is limited and both children and adults who wish to attend are required to register. Registration begins on March 25.

Program times are as follows: Please register for only one of the two sessions.

[P1010308 by The Reptilarium is licensed under CC BY - SA 2.0]

Starfish Family Services: Social-Emotional Development

On Wednesday, April 9 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Be Friends: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development. Participants will identify how a young child's thinking and reasoning impacts their social relationships as well as ways to help children learn about others.  They will also explore environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.