Trying storytime at home for the first time? These resources chosen by CPL librarians will have you laughing, moving, and reading in no time. Remember, this is the perfect time to be silly with the kids!


We want to ensure you have access to online resources during our closure, so we are 

In addition, our database vendors are also offering free or enhanced services during this time, which we will make available to you for as long as they are offered:

  • Kanopy is creating a selection of "free" titles that do not count against monthly caps, including unlimited access to Kanopy Kids content!
  • For Pre-K students, Miss HumbleBee's Academy offers learning exercises in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music to prepare children for Kindergarten. 

  • Brainfuse has added additional tutors for their live hours, and is providing stronger support for their 24/7 learning tools such as Skill Surfer and MEET online collaboration.
  • The popular genealogy resource Ancestry, normally restricted to in-library use, is available to you at home. (Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home provides daily lessons and activities to keep kids engaged and learning during school closures. 
  • In addition to our usual Tumblebooks content, you may now access Tumblemath to support K-5 students
  • Pronunciator has added special COVID-19 lessons in 101 languages to help learners communicate with health care professionals - perfect for English Language Learners. 

  • Kids InfoBits helps teachers (and parents) find curriculum-appropriate content for young learners on animals, music, people, and more!
  • Gale in Context for Middle School, High School, or College offers age-appropriate interdisciplinary content that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

All you need to access these resources is an active CPL library card. We have changed expiration dates on all library cards set to expire in March and April, and will renew already-expired cards online if you contact us. Don't have a card? You can apply online to receive a temporary card good for 90 days. 

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Hey Kids,

Thorndyke here. This is a really long library closure, and I am missing all of your faces. You’ll be glad to know that I’m healthy, practicing safe hand washing, and keeping myself at least 6 feet away from others at all times. Of course, right now that’s only the fish.

Things are a little strange right now, that’s for sure. And maybe you’re worried. I am, too. I felt a little better after talking my worries over with my fish friends, and after I learned more about what is happening. I found a comic by Elise Gravel, one of my favorite authors, that explains it a little. And I found another comic illustrated by Malaka Gharib that explains it a little bit more. Learning about the virus that is causing so many worries helped me a lot.

Stay safe kids. I miss seeing you, and will be so happy to see you all again.

Bear Hugs,

The library remains closed through April 5, 2020 but we have some updates to share.

  • The due date of all items currently checked out has been extended to April 10. 
  • You will not be responsible for fines that may have accrued during our closure.
  • We've suspended the ability to place holds. If you have an item on hold, your place in the queue will be frozen, and if you have a hold item ready for pick up, it will be there for you when we reopen.
  • Our book drop is open. You may return materials if you wish.
  • We've doubled the number of items you can check out each month on hoopla, from 20 items per card to 40. 
  • Kanopy has added 38 no-credit titles, which means these titles will not count against your monthly cap. Also, Kanopy for Kids is now free for 30 days. Warning: Increased demand for Kanopy has caused some access issues with the website.
  • The Michigan Activity Pass program has been suspended until further notice.
  • Our Wi-Fi is on a timer, set for library hours. It reaches out to the parking lot. Feel free to sit in your car and use it.
    Thanks again for your patience and support. We've heard from many of you how much you miss coming to the library. We miss you, too. Now go wash your hands!

Please note that the March meeting of the Canton Public Library Board of Trustees has been cancelled and will not take place on the third Thursday of the month (March 19).

The April Board Meeting will tentatively take place on Thursday, April16 at 7:30 PM.

While we are still working through operational procedures during our closure, we do have some information to share about the current situation. Please keep in mind that things are still changing and we will continue to post updates.

  • You will not be responsible for fines that may accrue during our closure. Fines will continue to show up on your account, but you won't have to pay them.
  • We instituted autorenewal a few months ago, so any items eligible for renewal will automagically renew themselves, with no action needed by you. You may, of course, renew items yourself if you prefer, through My Account
  • Holds will not roll over, so you will not lose your place in the queue for items you've got on hold. You will not be charged for failure to pick up a hold, because, of course, you can't pick up your hold.
  • Our book drop is open. You may return materials if you wish, but you don't have to if you'd prefer to stay home.
  • MeL inter-library loan deliveries are suspended.
  • We have a very wide range of electronic resources that you can access with your library card. You can also use our databases.
  • We are responding as best we can to emails, Contact Us and social media.

Thanks for your patience and support. Our primary goal is to follow the Canton Township Emergency Management recommendations to keep our community and staff safe and healthy. Even though our doors are closed, many library services are open and we are here to help you get through this. Or, as Hagrid says, “What's comin' will come, an' we'll meet it when it does."

Following the guidance from the Canton Township Emergency Management and the Governor’s revised executive order banning gatherings of more than 250 people, the Canton Public Library will be closed to the public from March 14 through April 5, 2020. We plan to open on Monday, April 6 at 9:00 AM.

Please check our website,, for updates.  

Due to the library closure, all programs through April 5 will be canceled or postponed. We will make attempts to reschedule programs based on the availability of speakers and presenters, and room and date availability. For April program information, subscribe to our enewsletter

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As Canton Public Library cardholders, you have access to HelpNow by Brainfuse which offers live tutoring for all ages. We'd like to remind our patrons that one of their services called MEET allows for people to have virtual germ-free meetings in the comfort of their own homes.  

Dear Patron,

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus continues to be top of mind and we've been actively monitoring updates from Canton Township, Wayne County, the State of Michigan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

We respectfully ask, for the health of our staff and our community, that if you are not feeling well, or are concerned about exposure to the virus, that you refrain from visiting the library. We are happy to extend loan periods on checked out items, or enroll you in our Books by Mail service.

In support of our core value of Access, the library remains open our normal business hours to serve our community. We have stepped up sanitization of public spaces. Our outside cleaning company uses commercial grade supplies and disinfectants to eliminate infectious germs, and they are paying special attention to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, including high-touch areas such as door handles, keypads and computer keyboards, and of course, public restrooms. Our restrooms are stocked with soap, and we have hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available at all public service desks. The puppets, toys, puzzles and other playthings which can’t be cleaned repeatedly throughout the day have been removed until further notice.