Education

Longway Planetarium's Traveling Sky Dome

In preparation for the Solar Eclipse on August 21 we are inviting you to cast your eyes upward. Flint's Longway Planetarium's traveling program is bringing an inflatable dome of state-of-the-art video technology to our library, immersing the viewer in a dark, cloudless night sky during the daytime. Participants will experience the wonder of scientific exploration as the inflatable dome is rendered in a realistic model of the night sky over Michigan. With the aid of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth.

There will be one show, repeated three times according to the schedule below. Each show is approximately 30-40 minutes. Please sign up for only one of the time slots. Registration is required for ALL participants. The program is appropriate for patrons aged 5 and up.

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Flying Aces: Frisbee Masters

For 30 years the Flying Aces have been wowing audiences with their amazing frisbee feats, tricks and plain ol' good humor. Join us in welcoming the Aces as they share their active and exciting demonstrations with us. This program is fun for all ages.

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Super STEAM Summer Series

Let's think outside of the box for a second...What does STEAM mean to you? This summer CPL is deviating from the norm and providing innovative programming around the science, technology, engineering, art and math disciplines. This programming is developed for patrons aged 11-13 and registration is required. Topics are as follows...

  • Friday, June 23 -  HTML - In this first session you will learn the basics of HTML coding, and design your own website. Customize the font, content, colors, and more. Bring a flash drive so you can save it, take it home, and show off your work. Designed for students with no coding experience. Registration is required and begins May 25.
  • Thursday, July 6 - Industrial Design: Where Art Meets Science - What's your big idea? Learn how Industrial Design helps tell the story of science ideas. Sketch, draw and design away. Registration is required and begins on June 23.
  • Thursday, August 10 - Sound Frequencies of a DJ - Motown DJ and producer Mike Huckaby visits the library for a STEAM experience like no other. Learn the ins and outs of sound mixing as well as the science behind the sound. Registration is required and begins July 25.

[light and sound image by Derek Σωκράτης Finch shared under CC 2.0]

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Cameron Zvara: Magician

We are thrilled to have Cameron Zvara back to the library. Since we saw him last he's performed Internationally and has even played live on stage with the Detroit Tigers! His show is a perfect fit for CPL and is filled with magic, comedy, juggling, stunts, music, and TONS of audience participation. We welcome you all to join us in an afternoon of fun and mind boggling entertainment.

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World Lizard Day

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Leapin' lizards, it's World Lizard Day, and we're going to celebrate with a visit from some scaly friends from the Leslie Science and Nature Center.  Experience seeing live lizards up close and expand your knowledge about these interesting reptiles.  No registration is required.  This program is for ages 6 and up.

Lizard by Sergy G (CC BY 2.0)

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Junior Writers Workshop

In this three session series, children will learn the five basic elements of a story: character, plot, setting, conflict, and theme. As they learn about each topic, children will create their own short stories, design characters, and reveal their work to the rest of the participants in the final session. Registration is required and registering for the first session automatically registers you for the next two, so please plan on attending all three sessions. This program is for children aged 7 - 10 years old. 

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Zeal's Incredible Free Build Domino Workshop

Few things are more addictive and entrancing than watching domino based chain reaction creations topple down.  This is an opportunity for new and/or experienced domino builders/chain-reaction enthusiasts to meet-up and build something together. 

This “free build” will start with a quick tutorial (introducing various types of basic domino structures) and then allow each participant to assemble their own creation with defined start and end points.  At the end of the building session, we will ensure connection between the various creations and then countdown to a sequential toppling of the connected creations.   Be sure to bring your cameras and capture the building and toppling moments.    

We will include a focus upon the STEM educational interplay with domino and chain reaction art, as the creation and toppling aspects of the event will help demonstrate how we can rely upon science, technology, engineering, and math to help us obtain a fun and fulfilling toppling experience. 

This program is designed for kids aged 9-17 years old. Registration is required and begins on March 24.

Dominos by Phillip Taylor is licensed under CC 2.0

 

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The Storytellers Present: Build a Better World

Come celebrate African American History month with us by welcoming back The Storytellers. A favorite of the Canton Public Library, The Storytellers combine interactive stories, beautiful music, humor, and hands-on fun with wonderful musical instruments from around the globe.

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DIA Away

DIA Away: Think Like an Artist is a free, mobile interactive classroom and a creative exploration space for people of all ages. It brings educational, hands-on art experiences across the tri-county area and will be visiting us here at Canton Public Library. 

This incredible program is housed in a fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53’ double-expandable trailer. Inside, participants will discover some of the ways artists think and then have the opportunity to try out creative thinking skills at digital and hands-on stations. Visitors will be surprised and inspired to discover the connections between themselves and the ways artists think and work.

We are pleased to present DIA Away in collaboration with PCCS, and Canton Leisure Services.

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