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I Want Braincandy!

Candy for the brain? You got it...Braincandy is a great series of DVDs for kids 6 months to 4 years old. They'll be introduced to different concepts like sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch. And don't forget to check out Eyecandy, which is part of the Braincandy series, too, and is all about the sense of - you guessed it - sight! Pick up a few and start feeding your kids some sweet stuff for the brain!

Hiking in Michigan

Whether it's a long cross-state hike or a shorter day hike, Michigan abounds with breathtaking trials.  To locate and plan a hike near or far visit  Make sure to prepare for a enjoyable experience with Buck Tilton's new Knack

Strategic Planning Process Presentation

If you'd like to see the process behind our strategic plan as presented to the Library Board of Trustees, just view this Presentation:

"Outliers" is a Great Book to Read

Why did Korean Airlines pilots crash more often than any other country? Why are Asian-Americans better at math than Americans and western Europeans? Why is your birth year important for how and in what field you succeed? Why do some geniuses thrive and others flounder? What did Bill Gates and the Beatles have in common? The answers to these and many other questions are tackled in this fascinating expose entitled "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell, which studies what makes people succeed brilliantly or fail utterly.

The Lorax

Did you enjoy Dr. Seuss' The Lorax? Want to learn more about what you can do to help the environment? Check out The Lorax Project. Besides great information about how to protect the forests and other endangered species, you can also play games, look at pictures of different habitats, track the Lorax in different parts of the world and meet friends of the Lorax like lemurs, red pandas and golden lion tamarins all on this website.

Library Workshops Offer Help to Job Seekers

Spiff up that resume and learn sure-fire interview techniques at three workshops to help job seekers offered at the Canton Public Library.

Christina Stark, a human resources specialist, will help attendees prepare for the job market with the following programs.

Resume Development, July 16, 10:00AM-Noon. An excellent resume is a marketing document that is well written, attractive, interesting, appropriately formatted, has a professional quality, and contains no inaccurate or misleading information. Guidelines and worksheets will be provided to help you develop that marketing document. Current issues for job seekers, cover letters, and the Internet will be discussed.

Interview Strategies, July 29, 10 a.m.–noon. Getting that interview is the culmination of your job search efforts. Interviews not only include that face-to-face time with your potential employer but could include personality, knowledge, and behavioral assessments. This workshop will cover information about the types of interviews, the importance of preparation, and questions you can expect (and you should ask).

Speed Interview Practice Session, August 13, 7-9 p.m. Get real life practice answering interview questions in this round-robin style format. As a prerequisite, you must attend the Resume Development and/or Interview Strategies class.

Online registration with a valid library card is required for all programs. You may register two weeks in advance of program date at our Program Calendar. Community volunteers are needed to act as interviewers for the Speed Interview Practice Session. Call 734-397-0999 to sign up.


Children ages 4-8 and their caregivers are invited to have fun with other kids making crafts to take home. No registration required.
When: June 30 1:00-3:00PM

Animal Encounters

Hear stories and meet some of the artistic animals featured in art and music from around the world. Children going into Kindergarten through fourth grade are invited! Register today!
Program Date: July 13, 2 - 2:45 pm

Second Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Program Date: July 14, 2 - 2:45pm

The Music Lady

The Music Lady, Beverly Meyer will share songs, joy, and movement with children, ages 2-8, and their families. Come sing and dance along! No registration required.
Program Date: July 6, 11 - 11:45 am

First Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out the book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley
Program Date & Time: Monday, July 6, 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Tuition Goes Up, Family Incomes Go Down

MoneyIn today's Detroit News/Free Press, it's that time of year when colleges in the state are considering how much to raise their tuition for the upcoming fall semester. There's less government aid for schools so families are faced with paying more and doing less. The Library has the latest financial aid books to help students find funding sources such as Get Free Cash for College.

Read Slob!

Are you looking for a good mystery that's mixed with a little bit of humor? Try the 2009 Junior Library Guild winner, Slob by Ellen Potter! It's about a boy named Owen who is faced with challenges such as dealing with a bully, an excrutiating gym class with a mean gym teacher, and not to mention finding out who is stealing his oreos every day! In the midst of all of this drama, he is in a race against time to create a contraption that will help him solve one of the biggest mysteries of all....did you think I would tell you what it is? Read the book and find out!

Peter Paul Rubens (Painter, not the Sandwich)

peter paul rubensPeter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577. He is best known as an influential Flemish painter during the Baroque era. You make think Rubens conjures up images of sandwiches and lunch, but actually, the artist was famous for painting Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His paintings are full of action and movement as the subjects are rendered in vivid colors and in interesting poses. An excellent website to learn more about this famous artist is

Teen Fantasy Suggestions

If your favorite genre is Fantasy or you are just looking for a new book to try you may also be interested in the following book list that we put together based on one of our patron's request:

Based on the Book

Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Inkheart, Spiderwick Chronicles.  Most people know that these recent movies are based on books.  But Children's novels have been providing sources for movies for many years.

New Publications For Your Student

College students and parents of elementary, middle and high school students can pick up copies of the Eduguide: Your roadmap to student success in the library's lobby brochure rack. Separate editions, geared to each educational level, offer tips on both helping students succeed in their current scholastic careers and preparing them for the next step on their academic ladder.

Bloody Good Reads

The current popularity of the "Twilight" series of books and movies have made the Vampire yet again a media darling. Let's face it though, the sun-sparkling, non-people eating vampires of "Twilight" were designed for a certain audience, those looking for a romance story.

If you like your vampire stories with (if you'll pardon the pun) "more bite," more moral ambiguity, and a lot less teen angst, you'll want to try Charlie Huston's series of Joe Pitt Casebooks. The Joe Pitt series takes place in a Manhattan that's been secretly divided by rival vampire gangs with different philosophical viewpoints on the world and the vampire's place in it.

The Return of Die Hard's John McClane

In 1988 Director John McTiernan and writers Jeb Stuart and Steven E. de Souza revolutionized the action movie with "Die Hard". The film starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman introduced movie goers to John McClane, a charismatic New York City Cop who was different than your typical action movie hero because he was very human and had a sharp sense of humor.