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Storytime - Children 2-3 years

Children ages 2 years - not yet 4 years old, accompanied by a caregiver are invited to join us for a half-hour program of stories, activities and songs.
Online registration begins October 27. (Non-resident registration begins October 29)
All children must have their own library card to register
Ages: Children 2-3 years and a caregiver
Session Dates: November 10 - December 12
Times: Mondays @ 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 5:30pm OR 7:30pm,
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Children 4-5 Year Olds

Lil StorytimeA 45-minute interactive storytime and craft program for children who are able to attend without a caregiver. Caregiver must remain in the library during session. Online registration begins September 2. (Non-resident registration begins September 4) All children must have their own library card to register.
Ages: Children 4 -5 years
Session Dates: November 13 - December 12

Family Storytime

We invite families with children ages 1-5 years old to join us for a half hour program to share some great books and fingerplays. Registration not required
Ages: Children 1 - 5 years old with caregivers
Dates and Time: Saturdays, November 15 - December 13 @ 11-11:30am

ABC Activity Time

Come explore sensory activities, puzzles, nesting and matching games, with your young child ages birth to five year old. Caregivers must remain with child. Registration is not required
Ages: Birth to age 5 and a caregiver
Session Dates: November 12 & December 19
Times: Wednesdays @ 10 - 11 am and Fridays @ 10 - 11 am
Location: Community Room
Note: No ABC time on Friday, November 14th, or Friday, November 28th

Fun with Amelia Bedelia

Come meet Amelia Bedelia, play some fun games and have a snack.
Register online beginning November 4
Ages: 1st and 2nd graders
Time: November 18 @ 5:00 - 5:45

Talk about Books

Boy readingAges: 1st and 2nd graders
Read a book and then get together with other kids to talk about it and to do some fun activities.
After you're registered, visit the Children's Information Desk to check out a copy of the book.
November Book: Poof! Rabbits Everywhere by Peter Lerangis
Date and Time: November 19 @ 5 - 5:45pm
Register beginning: November 6

Book Buddies

read01apAges: 3rd and 4th graders
Get together with other kids, enjoy a snack and talk about a fantastic book.  
After you're registered, visit the Children's Information Desk to check out a copy of the book.
November Book: Poppy by Avi
Date & Time: September 22 @ 5 - 5:45pm
Register beginning: November 6

Storytelling with Touchdown!

Tonya Dallas, also known as Touchdown, is back to share her fun, humorous and entertaining stories.
Registration not required.
Ages: Children 5-11 years old, with a caregiver
Date and Time: November 10 @ 7 - 7:45pm
Location: Community Room

Family Videogaming

Join us for fun and friendly competition for the whole family. Registration not required
Ages: Families with children aged 6-12
Time: December 13 @ 2 - 5pm and December 30 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: Community Room

Library on the Move

Canton Public Library is teaming up with Canton Leisure Services to provide fun activities for the whole family. See the Fall edition of Discover for more information.
  • Holidays at the Bartlett-Travis House

Grandparent Fun


Do you watch your grandchildren on a regular basis? Looking for something fun and different to do with them? Want to meet other grandparents who babysit too? The CPL Grandparents Group provides fun activities for you and your grandchildren.

Connections Newsletter - Nov/Dec 2008

Our newsletter for November/December, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

Pearl's Picks for November 2008

Oxygen by Carol Cassella (2008)

The main character in Carol Cassella's very readable first novel, Oxygen, is, like Cassella herself, an anesthesiologist in Seattle. Dr. Marie Heaton finds her life gone badly off track when what should have been a pretty routine surgical procedure goes wrong, and eight-year-old Jolene Jansen dies on the operating table. Jolene's mother files a malpractice suit against Marie as well as the hospital, and guilt, grief, and fears about her future as a physician begin to take their toll on Marie. She turns for support and reassurance to her colleague, Dr.

Interlibrary Loan

With ILL, you can use your CPL card to borrow items not owned by the library. To get started, choose an option:

Receiving Items

The time it takes for an item to arrive varies; usually within 2 weeks for MeLCat items, perhaps longer for ILL requests due to distance. When your items arrive you'll be notified, and we'll hold items one week for pickup at the Checkout Desk. You must check out items with the account used to request them, and must pay any applicable fees first.

Returning Items

All items must be returned with ILL bands/labels and any due date cards intact to ensure proper check-in and return. Charges will apply to lost, overdue, or damaged items. Article photocopies are yours to keep unless otherwise noted.


MeL LogoMeLCat lets you search most of the public and academic libraries in Michigan, and request to have any items marked 'Available' delivered to your home library. Requests are free and anyone with a CPL card is eligible. Books go out for three weeks and most audiovisual items one week.

Seats on University Governing Boards on Ballot

On Novemeber 4th, voters will decide who will sit on the governing boards at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. Click the link above to learn more.

What Should I Read Next?

Looking for a good recommendation, or simply loved a book and want to find others like it? CPL has several resources you may want to consult. You can select from one of CPL's many bookmarks designed to satisfy all different kinds of readers' tastes including romance and mystery. You can also use one of CPL's databases like What Do I Read Next? or Novelist to help you select a good read. And, of course, you can always ask a friendly Reference Librarian for a reading suggestion.

November 2008 Lunch & a Book - Nov 13

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston): When independent Janie Crawford returns home, her small African-American community begins to buzz with gossip about the outcome of her affair with a younger man, in a novel set in the 1930s South.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Nov 17, 2008

Best FriendsBest Friends (Martha Moody): From their first meeting at Oberlin College in 1973, the friendship of two very different women - one from a working-class, Protestant family in Ohio and the other from a wealthy, Jewish family in L.A. - spans two decades and endures family and career demands.

Senior Book Discussion - Nov 19, 2008

Lake of Dead LanguagesThe Lake of Dead Languages (Carol Goodman): Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. (Note: We meet the third Wednesday of November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Education and the Election

As this election year draws to its close, I wondered what role our next President might play in improving the nation's educational system. To find out more, I conducted searches in both of the library's education databases: ERIC and Educator's Reference Complete. I typed the keyword "election" in the ERIC search box and selected magazines the library owned. The first article, "Looking Ahead: Letters to the next President," from the current issue of Change: the Magazine of Higher Learning, offered perspectives from University presidents and students on the important issues facing higher education. In the Educator's Reference, I also typed the keyword "election" and selected full-text articles from academic journals.