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Lunch and a Book 2014 Reading List

 September, October and November titles coming soon!

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th


Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th





Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th

The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th


The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th


The housekeeper and the professor by Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder — June 12th

STEM: Science for Tomorrow Workshops

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be presenting their Science for Tomorrow: STEM Career Workshops here at Canton Public Library. These programs are designed to introduce middle school students to STEM careers, show them who scientists really are and what they do, and provide them with practical tools for navigating high school, applying for college and achieving those careers. 
Through a series of four interactive workshops, students will get to meet the U-M faculty or alumni who work in the STEM related fields every day.  They are also given tools to help them take charge of their educational future and given assistance in setting realistic goals to get them into STEM fields in college. 
The program begins with a U-M campus visit in Ann Arbor for each student and one caregiver.  A bus will leave from Canton Public Library at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. After a visit to a working science lab, campus tour, lunch with faculty and students and presentations by U-M admissions staff, the bus will return to the library around 3:00 PM. 
The program continues for 3 more workshops at the Canton Public Library on the days and times listed below. Space is limited. Registration for the bus ride to Ann Arbor also registers each student for the remaining workshop sesssions at the library. 

Sylvan Presents: Educational and Financial Planning

MoneySmart2014Join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM as we welcome Sylvan Learning Center and financial adviser, Kristina Wittner (Edward Jones Investments) for a conversation about financial and academic strategies to adopt now as you plan ahead for your child. A question and answer period will be included.

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Program: Tuesday, April 8. 7:00-8:00 PM  

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, April 5 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton Meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

April Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, April 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please be prompt!

Budgeting 101: A Balancing Act

Created by the Federal Reserve in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year, during the first week of April, organizations across the country will be providing free programs to address financial concerns. This year we are joining forces with the Financial Planning Association of Michigan to present this great program. Local FPA member Russ Jones will cover the basics of creating and maintaining a household or personal budget, including why to create one, how to create one and, most importantly, how to stick to one. Our presenter will also addresses the issue of debt – how to manage it and ways to begin eliminating it. Join us on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this fabulous and informational program!

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, April 23, 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.

Save the Whales

Do you love whales? Want to learn more about these amazing creatures? Come to our Save the Whales program on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll hear a smashing whale tale, make a craft, and enjoy an ocean snack. Registration begins Tuesday, March 25th. This program is open to kids ages 4 years to 9 years old and their caregivers.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins Tuesday, March 25
Session begins Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 AM.

Starfish Family Services: Social-Emotional Development

On Wednesday, April 9 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Be Friends: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development. Participants will identify how a young child's thinking and reasoning impacts their social relationships as well as ways to help children learn about others.  They will also explore environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Target Family Reading Night: Garden Party

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us April 14, 7:00-8:00 PM for crafts, games and a snack at this fun program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. You'll also get a free book for your home library! Registration begins March 25.

Greetings and Invitations with MS Publisher

Looking for an easy but affordable way to create greetings or invitations to all your spring and summer functions (think graduations and showers)? Learn how MS Publisher can help you make them! We'll also talk about how you can use the Mail Merge function to print out personally addressed envelopes. Prerequisite: Some experience with MS Word and Excel.

Join us in the I-Lab on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Registration required.

K Club

Big ears are welcome at our K Club program this spring! Children ages 4-6 will enjoy stories, a snack and a craft centered around a rabbit theme. Hop on over to this fun program on April 19, 2:00-2:45 PM.

Earth Week Poetry Fun



Find some inspiration in Earth Week while celebrating National Poetry Month. Drop in to make and share your own poetry.

Folding Paper Mini Book

minibookKids, ages 8-11 years old, will learn to take a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a mini book under the guidance of paper artist Cecilia Escobar. Join us on Saturday, April 26, 3:30-5:00 PM to learn the magic of folding paper to create a book that you can decorate, fill with special messages or create as a special gift for Mother's Day.

Cecilia Escobar is a bookbinder artist who loves to play with paper and the endless possibilities that this media offers. A Canton resident, she is an advocate of the arts in all forms. This program is presented through a partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. Registration is required.

Rick Lieder Nature Photography Workshop

DamselflyRick Lieder, award-winning nature photographer and author of Step Gently Out, will present a workshop for middle and high school students on Tuesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00 PM. Students should bring their own cell or digital camera and will learn to use photography to connect with nature by taking outdoor photos on the grounds of the library.

Students will learn techniques to grow their photography skills, including design and composition concepts and available light to help tell a story. Registration is required.

This program is offered in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Cellography Portraits and Cell Phone Photos

On Monday, April 28, 3:30-5:00 PM, work with professional photographers Jack Kenny and Bob Mosher to learn about composition and light when taking photos. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school students will focus on taking portraits. Students should bring a digital camera or cell phone camera.

Jack Kenny is a professional photographer best know for his extensive knowledge and photographs of Cuba and is a specialist in portraiture and studio photography. This program is presented in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Online registration is required.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on April 27 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on April 27 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old

Sylvan Saturday: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Teens are invited to attend this introductory ACT Prep course, that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.