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Inside the World of Video Games

Learn about the video game industry and the creators and designers behind your favorite games.

The history of video games by Lydia Bjornlund



Video games: from concept to consumer by Kevin Cunningham



The epic evolution of video games by Arie Kaplan



The awesome inner workings of video games by Arie Kaplan



Video game designer by Alix Wood



Video game developer by Chris Jozefowicz

Computer game and film graphics by Paul Byrne

Butterfly-Friendly Plant Exchange, Saturday, May 30

On Saturday, May 30, the Friends of the Library are hosting a plant exchange to build out the new Wings of Wonder butterfly garden near our retention pond. In exchange for your labeled, butterfly-friendly blossoms, the Friends will be offering milkweed plants - raised on supplies generously donated from Home Depot. Click here to view a list of desired plants.

Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Vice-Chairperson, Sommer, called the meeting to order at 7:42 PM

  • Present:
    J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner
  • Absent:
    N. Eggenberger, M. Farell
  • Also Present:
    E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(H. Ahmad, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, L. Papa, J. Spencer, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

Communications

None

Director’s Report

E. Davis reviewed the financial statements, noting that we are one-third through the fiscal year and pointing out the areas of Professional & Contractual and Capital Outlay expenses. Due to the PSIP II renovation project, they are trending higher than one-third spent (as would normally be expected at this time of year) but will fall back in line as we move through the year.

R. Havenstein-Coughlin and N. Szczepanski submitted a conference proposal for the Rethink It: On Designing Libraries for a New Age conference, based on their experiences involving both staff and patrons in redesigning the Checkout and Reference Desk areas to conform with Strategic Plan objectives. Their proposal has been accepted and they will be presenting at Grand Valley State University in August.

Basic ESL Online Course Now Available

Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.

No computer experience is necessary. Click on "Instant Access" to enter without registering.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July-December 2015

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We discuss a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.


July 23  

Five miles south of Peculiar: a novel by Angela Hunt







August 24   

The giver by Lois Lowry







September 24  

Honolulu: a novel by Alan Brennert







October 22   

No river too wide by Emilie Richards

Starfish Family Services: Let's Be Friends

On Tuesday, August 25, from 6:30-8:30 PM the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Be Friends. Participants will learn how young children's thinking and reasoning impact their social relationships. They will also identify ways to help children learn about others, environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Starfish Family Services: Preschool Social Studies

On Tuesday, July 21, from 6:30-8:30 PM the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Preschool Social Studies. Preschoolers are learning social studies everyday. In this workshop, participants will explore what social studies looks like in our classrooms and homes.  It's so much more than states and countries! Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Starfish Family Services: Babysitting Class - CANCELLED

Summer is here! Babysitting is an excellent way to spend your time and possibly make a few extra bucks in the process. On Saturday, July 11th from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM the staff from Starfish Family Services will teach young men and women from 6th-8th grade the basics of babysitting, including safety in the home and caring for infants. Participants will receive training in first aid. This is an all day event, so don't forget to bring a sack lunch. Registration begins on June 15th.

Ms Carissa ROCKS!

Hey everyone, it's Ms Carissa Knoles! Carissa has been strumming to the beat of her own guitar since the young age of 14. When a guitar playing crush said, “girls don’t really play guitar,” she went out and bought one the very next day and has been rocking happily ever after. Since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Children and Families from the University of Michigan in May 2010, Carissa has combined her knack for music and her passion for Early Childhood into the Music with Ms. Carissa program. Carissa has written her own original songs for the imaginative minds of the young and the young at heart. Join us in welcoming Ms. Carissa on July 7 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Although Ms Carissa generally plays to the 5 and under crowd, all ages are welcome to rock out.

Tooth Fairy Program

Brushing your teeth is an important part of staying healthy, but do you REALLY know the ins and outs of dental care?  On Tuesday, July 14 from 10:00-10:45AM, join the Tooth Fairy and her friend as they share tons of FUN information about going to the dentist and taking care of your teeth.  You might even get some useful tools to help you do the job right. This program is for children aged 3 to 7 years old. Registration is required and begins on June 25. This program is brought to you by Bright Side Dental.
[Photo used with permission from picturegift



 

Michigan Activity Pass 2015 (Including State Park Passes) Now Available!

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program is back, and better than ever! In addition to providing free or discounted admission to cultural and historical attractions across the state, this year the MAP program has added access to Michigan State recreation areas, parks, historic sites and campgrounds as well!

Library patrons can use their card online to print a pass, either at home or the library, to one of the almost 400 participating institutions on the MAP website. The MAP program is designed to enhance the learning experience for users of all ages through books and other library materials. Each pass will offer complimentary or reduced price admission, discounts in the museum gift shops or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders, for the duration of one week from the date printed.

Participating cultural partners include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Howell Nature Center, Sea Life Aquarium, the Michigan Philharmonic, Yankee Air Museum and many others. For a complete list, visit the MAP website.

Special Book Discussion Everyone's Reading

Join us Sunday, June 14th at 1:00PM in the Community Room ER2015to discuss the Everyone's Reading novel, The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. Beecher White is an archivist who spends his days working happily in the past, where things are emotionally safe. Clementine Kaye, his crush in back in school, asks for his help tracking down her long-lost father. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, The Inner Circle is a thrilling novel that once again proves Brad Meltzer is a master of suspense.

Copies of the book are available to sign out at the Information Desk. 

Your Tablet, Your Summer - June 6

Movies and music and books, oh my! Did you know that you can stream or download thousands of items to your computer or mobile device to enjoy your library where you go? From Zinio's 279 digital magazine titles to Hoopla's streaming movies, music and more, our emedia services have just what you need — even if you're on vacation!

Join us Saturday June 6 at 10:00 AM in the community room to take a tour through our Library's emedia services, taking a close look at options for streaming and downloading movies, TV, music, ebooks and eaudiobooks. Registration required!

Drop-in eBook Help, Every Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Have you hit a snag with your ereader?  Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device.  No registration required, just drop in!

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners - June 13

If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's Internet Lab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 13  for our drop-in skills lab. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more.  A librarian will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or direct you to activities and tutorials to help build basic computer skills.

*This lab is restricted to basic computer skills, as listed above. Staff will not be able to assist with the diagnosis or repair of computer equipment, or with online financial transactions.

Beginning Excel 2013 - June 4

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows with this introduction to Excel 2013. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday June 4 at 7:00 PM. Registration Required!

Board Gaming League of Canton - August

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, August 1  between 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Board Gaming League of Canton - July

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, July 11  between 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Board Gaming League of Canton - June

Into board games like Catan, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, June 6  between 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Teen Animanga Club - June

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free