UM STEM - Fall/Winter 2017

The Canton Public Library has partnered with the University of Michigan’s Technical Communications department to bring a series of fun and exciting STEM workshops to the library. These workshops will present a wide range of topics in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Each session has been designed and developed for kids aged 11 – 13 by engineering students at the university.

Registration is required for each session and begins on October 25 for the November sessions. Registration for the December 2 & 3 begins on November 17. Registration for December 9 & 10 begins on November 22.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, December 2 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Magnetism - It's Awesome! Registration required.
Sunday, December 3 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room The Martian Workshop Registration required.
Saturday, December 9 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Fly Me to the Moon: Straw Rockets Registration required.
Sunday, December 10 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Beat the System: Cyber Security Awareness Registration required.

"From one of America's greatest comic novelists, a hilarious new novel about aging, family, loneliness, and love The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old, and the clan's matriarch, Joy, is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would have wished. When Joy's beloved husband dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother's loneliness and despair, but there is one challenge they did not count on: the reappearance of an ardent suitor from Joy's college days. And they didn't count on Joy herself, a mother suddenly as willful and rebellious as their own kids. The New York Times bestselling author Cathleen Schine has been called "full of invention, wit, and wisdom that can bear comparison to [ Jane] Austen's own" ( The New York Review of Books ), and she is at her best in this intensely human, profound, and honest novel about the intrusion of old age into the relationships of one loving but complicated family. They May Not Mean To, But They Do is a radiantly compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

It's still warm outside but fall is here! Pick up a book (or two) about some fun things to experience during this season!

Apples and pumpkins by Anne F Rockwell

In preparation for Halloween night, a family visits Mr. Comstock's farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

Apples by Ken Robbins

Describes how apples are grown, harvested, and used, and details facts about apples in history, literature, and our daily lives.

Rock Painting Basics: Happy Snowman

Adult rock painting enthusiasts are invited to join local artist, Danielle Cobb of Kukaluka Designs, for an evening of fun and creativity. Danielle will share her rock painting knowledge and help participants create their very own "Happy Snowman" rock design. All supplies will be provided.

This program is suitable for adults 18 and up - all skill levels welcome. Registration required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Diwali Kathak Recital

Diwali is India's biggest and most important holiday of the year. To celebrate, we are welcoming students from the Thirak Kathak Dance Studio. Led by Reshma Buch, these dancers will treat audiences to an audiovisual feast of royal and elegant Indian classical dance. Join us for the celebration, November 12 at 3:00 pm.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies 18 months and younger with a loving adult, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and rhymes carefully chosen to build awareness of language and vocabulary, foster a love of books, and provide a fun, interactive experience for babies and parents/caregivers.

Registration opens October 25.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, November 28 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Tuesday, December 5 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.
Tuesday, December 12 - 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.

A screening of “A Continuing Series of Small Indignities: A Personal Conversation About Race,” a documentary film, is the impetus for a community discussion on race and building a more inclusive, accepting and safe community. The Canton Response to Hate Crime Coalition will host the screening on Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill. It will be followed by a moderated community conversation and panel discussion featuring Harris, filmmaker Michael Pfaendtner, and other representatives from the Canton community.

The documentary, produced and directed by Michigan filmmaker Michael Pfaendtner, premiered at the 2017 Freep Film Festival and was also been shown at the Trinity International Film Festival and the Royal Starr Film Festival. It follows the personal experience of 59-year-old Rodney Harris as he recounts a lifetime of subtle and not-so-subtle racism.

The event is coordinated by the Canton Response to Hate Crime Coalition (CRHCC).

This Not in Our Town event is November 3 at 7:00 PM at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI. There is no cost to attend.

Teens, We Want You!


Have you ever read a book everyone else loved only to think it's terrible - and wonder why no one else says so? Or been assigned a book for school that you thought would be totally lame - until it changed your life? Maybe you were feeling depressed until you opened a book that made your day - by making you lol. These are the stories we want to hear! 


We're looking for book reviews written by our teen patrons. We want to hear what YOU think. What book do your friends need to read? What book should they avoid at all costs?


Stop by the teen space to fill out a paper book review OR use this form to write and email it! We'll post your review in the library, on our website, or on our social media.


Help us help you find good reads! 

Do you want to improve your public speaking? Are you afraid of speaking in front of groups of people? You can become an effective public speaker! In this fun and hands-on course, you'll find out how to talk confidently and persuasively to both large audiences and small groups. You'll learn how to plan and deliver your presentations skillfully and how to manage one of the most common public speaking barriers—fear.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, October 18. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!