Trying to satisfy a princess-obsessed reader? Look no further. The following titles are full of royalty and mythical creatures, and some ordinary characters with extraordinary flair. 

J READERS

In this classic fairy tale, retold with a twist, Hansel and Gretel are eat a lot of junk food and aren't very active. Their father, the woodcutter, plans a trip for them to the woods for exercise. But the children get lost and discover a hungry--but health-conscious--witch!

Part of the Tadpoles Fairy Tale Twists series.

Part 2 of Learning to Read? Not Sure Where to Start?  Here are some more series and individual titles perfect for your beginning readers. 

See Fred run by Kevin Bolger

This book is part of a phonics series. Kevin Bolger creates funny cartoons using sight words and phonic concepts. 

Fox is late by illustrator Corey R. Tabor

A funny animal story featuring a fox. Fox continues his adventures in: Fox the Tiger.

Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore

The Friends of the Library are pleased to welcome you back to the Secondhand Prose Bookstore! Donations will be accepted beginning Monday, September 21, in advance of the planned reopening on Friday, October 2. For guidelines on materials donation and where to drop them off, click here.

Please note that the bookstore hours are temporarily changing, and that they may change further depending on the availability of volunteers and any local, state, or federal restrictions:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday (Premium Members Only): noon to 4:00 PM

Important information: The current maximum occupancy of the bookstore is 4 people; this includes the volunteers as well as customers. The library is limiting all patron visits to 30 minutes total—please be mindful of this time limit. Customers are required to wear a solid mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times. Hand sanitizer as well as disinfectant and paper towels are available. Food and beverages are not allowed at this time. All sales are final; no refunds.

These restrictions provide for the appropriate physical distancing and help mitigate community spread of the coronavirus; thank you for your cooperation as the Friends welcome you back to the bookstore!

If you haven't read much modern Latinx literature, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a good reminder that it is time to start. These books by Latina authors tell emotional stories that are unique in perspective and circumstance but that also connect to the general human experience. Check them out today!

Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion never dreamed of moving to America, the way the girls she grew up with in the Dominican countryside did. But when Juan Ruiz proposes and promises to take her to New York City, she has to say yes. It doesn't matter that he is twice her age, that there is no love between them. Their marriage is an opportunity for her entire close-knit family to eventually immigrate. So on New Year's Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows and becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable, Ana hatches a reckless plan to escape. But at the bus terminal, she is stopped by Cesar, Juan's free-spirited younger brother, who convinces her to stay.

Her body and other parties : stories by Carmen Maria Machado
Also available in: e-audiobook

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

2020 CPL Music Fest

 

Music fills our days with joy and provides a soundtrack to our lives. It provides solace during tough times and is a great reminder that sometimes you need to just get up and DANCE! Celebrating music together is a great way to meet your neighbors and build community. Even though this year's celebration on Saturday, October 17, is a bit shorter and virtual, it is still provides a great excuse to stop what we're doing and enjoy the day.

10:00AM - Jim Gill's Video Concert of Music and Play - Calling all family singers, dancers and action lovers! The celebrated and CPL storytime staple, Jim Gill, is producing an exclusive video concert just for Canton Public Library. Follow the link to this one-of-a-kind mix of songs and movement and play and FUN! Video will be available for a limited time only.

2:00PM - Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits - Miss Paula is out to rock and roll and she's bringing her friends along for the ride. A regular fixture at The Detroit Zoo and various gigs around the Detroit area, this band brings punk to the families of the world, one awesome riff at a time. This virtual program is for all ages, registration is required and begins on September 24. One registration per family, please. Zoom links will be sent out within 24 hours of the live program.

Oh! And don't forget to watch and dance and sing along to our 2020 CPL Music Fest Family Fun Playlist on Youtube!

 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

May We Suggest? - Kids

Looking for books? Answer the questions below to tell us what you need, and you will receive your own list of reading suggestions prepared by a Canton Public Library librarian within 2-4 days. Please allow additional time during holidays and other Library closures.

The Libraries Transform Book Pick, a digital reading program connecting readers nationwide to free access to the same ebook through public libraries, returns this fall! Unlimited copies of Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma will be offered by OverDrive from September 14-28, 2020.

Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and Westward expansion. This coming of age story tells of Rosa, who was never embraced by her mother and siblings, nor did she accept the typically female role proposed for her. As her story comes out, interwoven with her later, both difficult, life in what is now Montana, the conflicts between white and black, man and woman, heightens. 

 In 2017 the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund was created through a generous anonymous donation from appreciative readers. This donation enhances our print collection through the purchase of literary fiction and literary genre fiction; or quality narrative nonfiction primarily in the areas of science, social science, the humanities, literary biographies, and history. If you're interested in contributing to the Canton Public Library Book Purchase Enrichment Fund, contact the fund's administrator, the Canton Community Foundation. Following are just a few of the books this thoughtful donation has allowed us to purchase in 2020. To find a complete list of books librarians have purchased with this money, keyword search the terms Book Purchase Enrichment Fund in our catalog.

How to pronounce knife : stories by 1978- Souvankham Thammavongsa

Make-Your-Own Monster Mash Masquerade

Group of costumed children dancing in circle

 

In need of a monstrously fun movement extravaganza? Take home our make-your-own Monster Mash Masquerade kit to inspire a spooky celebration of your own. Get creative and craft your own mask for the occasion, then use our suggested playlist to get moving and boogie down. Dancing is a great way to have fun as a family. This program is intended for walkers up to age 5.

Kit contains: a selection of mask-making materials, some spooky swag, and suggestions for further fun.

 

If you are interested in picking up a kit you will need to:

  1. Register to reserve a kit between September 24 and October 22nd.
  2. An email with instructions on how to schedule a pick up appointment will be sent out after registration ends.
  3. Schedule a day and time to pick up your kit. You will have 2 weeks to pick up your kit.
  4. Pick up your kit during your scheduled appointment. 
  5. Enjoy your kit at home!

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 22 (All day) Last Day to Register for a Kit Register

Looking for some fiction and non-fiction picture books about fall, harvest, and farms? Here are a few picture books that you can read with your K-2nd grade child. 

Fall Stories

Hush up and hibernate! by Sandra Markle

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